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michael

Hanover, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: your brain is involved in everything you do; learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days!

    Kenneth W. James says: "A large advertisement and excessive repetition"
    "shameless self promotion for amen clinic"
    Overall

    Much of what is interesting in this book is on brain anatomy. Daniel Amen is somewhat of a crackpot. A self-proclaimed genius, he compares himself to the likes of Einstein, Galileo, etc. for his ground breaking promotion of SPECT scans (primarily available only through the Amen Clinic). If he was 1/10th as smart as he claims, he'd be a force to be reckoned with. Now that i think about it, he's insane. He mentioned the name and cab number of a cab that gave him a bad ride a number of years ago. There were some other parts that were equally insane that i've chosen to block from remembering. There are some useful tips on supplements; however, he obviously hasn't done the research. He mentions acetyl l-carnitine, and lipoic acid, but he doesn't mention the fact that acetyl l-carnitine must be taken with lipoic acid. There are parts of the narrative that are just space filler.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1128)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Gladis says: "Awesome advise"
    "proselytizing"
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    Let me save you some time.

    "Cut up all your credit cards, save money, and pay tithe to the church twice a month."

    All the suffering, torture, genocide, children being shot in schools, etc., God could care less about these things, but he cares deeply about your bank account.

    Another televangelist wannabe.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Damon Vickers
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    We are at a crossroads of immense proportions. Nationally, internationally, and globally, we areliving in a manner that is absolutely, unconditionally, irrevocably unsustainable. Our global economic stability is in jeopardy, our planet’s ecosystems are under attack, and our health is deteriorating. Huge changes are coming whether or not we want them, whether or not we are ready for them. How can we lead the charge to introduce innovations and solutions to meet the inevitable challenges of new kinds of economic forces?

    TX Home Cook says: "Not What It Seems"
    "garbage"
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    If you point out specific flaws in a book, audible will delete your review. But it's ok if you just say a book is "garbage."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (166)

    Why do the rich get richer even in a financial crisis? In his new book, the best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad confirms his message and challenges listeners to change their context and act in a new way. Robert Kiyosaki here takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world.

    N'Teasha says: "Repeat of all of his books."
    "blatant partisan political endorsement"
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    The most important tips in this book were about what it takes to find investment property and continuing one's financial education. The rest was a blatant republican party endorsement from an ultra arrogant assclown. What was particularly laughable was that I'm supposed to believe that Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump want me to be rich. The author keeps referencing the other book he wrote with "The Donald." Donald Trump needs to have a coherent thought, STFU with the ignorant comments, and continue milking his current scams until he goes bust and files for bankruptcy again. How many times has he filed for bankruptcy? I could be a billionare too if I didn't have to payback the money that I lost. If these guys really cared about balancing the national budget, they would be endorsing Libertarian candidates like Gary Johnson who embody what the Republican party used to be. The new Republican party represents the worst of corruption, and the lunatic fringe. I lost almost all respect for Robert K. after this book.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

    David M. Weprin says: "Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert."
    "scary - use common sense"
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    While the concepts in this book are interesting, and thought provoking, the authors don't go very deeply into the technical details. Yet in spite of this lack of detail and explanation, the authors recommend that you sell everything of value that you own (except your car as you will need that to get to work to make more money, to give to their investment firm) and turn the money over to their investment company. That is what is scary. Be wary of anyone who tells you to sell everything you own, give the money to them because paradise awaits you in the afterlife, or "aftershock" in this case. How many times will people continue to fall for that one. At best, these people are well meaning, but misguided and arrogant. At worst, the next Bernie Madoff. "A fool and his money are soon parted." There's a reason that's a cliché. If these people could accurately predict the market which is driven by many more complex factors then anyone can calculate at this time, they wouldn't need to sell their financial services and books. Think about it. They're not your friends. They don't know you and could care less about you. They care about making money and feeding their egos. While I think the book brings up many important things to consider and has opened my eyes, I wouldn't give a penny of my money to their investment firm as I think these guys are the next Bernie Madoff. I have a 50/50 chance of being right. If I am, then I can write one of these "I told you so books." You heard it here first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (447)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "Warning - proselytizer"
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    Another lunatic trying to push a hidden agenda. I got 6 minutes and 45 seconds into the book and had to discontinue after two "belief in God" promotions. Lesson learned. Research the author more carefully before purchasing a book even if it has high rating.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Girl, 15, Charming but Insane

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sue Limb
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Life was tragic enough before this spring started. With a distinct lack of boobage and an arse so big that birds of prey could nest within its shadows, Jess Jordan is saddled with the Goddess Flora for a best friend, a Britney Spears look-alike so gorgeous that one grain of her divine dandruff could make the blind see again.

    Amy says: "bust a gut"
    "Hilarious!!!!"
    Overall

    I only got this book because Katherine Kellgren was the narrator and there wasn't anything else that seemed interesting at the time. I was putting off listening to it because I didn't think the topic would be of interest. I was wrong. Very very funny. The target audience is young adults. I recommend it for anyone. Best book so far this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
    • Narrated By Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (355)

    Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

    Andrew says: "Insightful study of human behavior"
    "the truth will set you free"
    Overall

    Debunks the repressed memory witch hunts. Very good introduction to cognitive dissonance theory. Guaranteed to offend those living in fantasy land (christians).

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Bloody Jack #4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (319)

    Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

    Michele says: "Loved it! Loved them all."
    "Katherine Kellgren deserves an academy award"
    Overall

    Her readings add so much depth to these books. You can tell she enjoys reading these stories. Definitely my favorite series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9580)
    Performance
    (4273)
    Story
    (4258)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "love this book"
    Overall

    I've listened to it four times already. Some of the most enlightening and useful information ever published. The style and narration is straight out of the depression era 1930's. That might put some people off. I find it refreshing. It's like traveling back in a time machine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Roy E. Appleman
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Roy Appleman's East of Chosin, first published in 1987, won acclaim from reviewers, readers, and veterans and their families. For the first time, there was one complete and accessible record of what happened to the army troops trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir during the first wintry blast of the Korean War. Based heavily on the author's interviews and correspondence with the survivors, East of Chosin provided some of those men with their first clue to the fate of fellow soldiers.

    Peter says: "Apologist for MacArthur and Ned Almond"
    "pretty good"
    Overall

    Butchered the Korean language though. You really need a map in front of you to follow along also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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