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William

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  • Brain Power: How to Unleash Your Extraordinary Range of Mental Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tony Buzan
    • Narrated By Tony Buzan
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Do you know how to use your brain? Only recently has science begun to understand the incredible functioning of the human brain, an organ so complex, it makes the most sophisticated computer look like a toy. Now Tony Buzan has taken what is known and developed this "how-to-learn" program that can help you achieve your full potential. Discover how to sharpen your mental skills and unlock talents and abilities you never even knew you had, like creativity, leadership, and confidence.

    Mr says: "A disappointment"
    "Great if you want a story bad if you want a system"
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    This book gives very little information about the "How" to train your memory, and gives some good background on the "What" is memory training. It appeared to market itself as a package / system to help you learn, but had very little good content as a system. Tony Buzan is a great mnemonist, but reveals very little insight in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Comey
    • Narrated By James Comey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2064)

    In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

    Gillian says: "Audible Removed My Review! "
    "Wreaks sanity with his perspective "
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    James Comey weaves a nuanced accounting of his perspective through his working career. So what if we don’t all chuckle at the same phrase, and clinch our jaw at the same frustrations? Don’t we all feel better informed after this book? I do. Thank you for your service Jim!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165310)
    Performance
    (154575)
    Story
    (154255)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "A nostalgic science fiction tour de force"
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    I can only imagine Wil Wheaton enjoyed every second of narrating this loners journey. Once I hit play I couldn't stop listening until I had devoured the entire story line. It simultaneously pushed me into the future and rocketed me to Saturday and Sunday mornings of my childhood. As a geek I felt like the protagonist had good taste in cheesy movies, television shows, video games and music... Yet I'm sure I would have enjoyed arguing with him about certain selections. All this while immersed in futuristic poverty. Way to go Ernest Cline, way to go. How do you type a slow clap in a review? ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5950)
    Performance
    (5483)
    Story
    (5482)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Funny and she was designed for audiobooks!"
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    Reading the book herself, she made me laugh repeatedly. What else is their to say?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7528)
    Performance
    (6762)
    Story
    (6745)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Dennis says: "Everything a great suspense story should be"
    "I want more Mike and Shep!"
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    I was drawn into the story and curious to the last sentence. The characters were grungy and intelligent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (3925)
    Performance
    (3359)
    Story
    (3335)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Theodore says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "In Depth and Practical"
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    This book gives an overview of body language and how one can interpret body position and movement along with its limitations of use. I found the verbal description easy to picture in my mind, and the PDF was helpful when needed.
    I believe I will have a better understanding of how I am effecting others based on reading their comfort level.
    I am very happy I bought the book and recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6648)
    Performance
    (6100)
    Story
    (6077)

    From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

    Kindle Customer says: "One of the best ever…"
    "I was completely engulfed in the story."
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    This book rips it's violent setting from real headlines regarding real cartels giving this fictional story a background of grit rarely paralleled. The accents rung of realistic tones and the corruption pulls one into the deep character development. I applaud both Din Wilson as the writer and Ray Porter on his narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3462)
    Performance
    (2267)
    Story
    (2290)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Get Ready to Move Through Time."
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    I had not read Asimov's work. This is the second of his book in as many weeks I have consumed. The way he takes snapshots of characters, and tells the evolution of a new intelligence is fascinating. I wish I would have had this book as a kid. However, Asminov is still stretching the thoughts of this new fan. Now, about that Foundation. ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (5025)
    Performance
    (3655)
    Story
    (3673)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Slow start, with a strong building story"
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    Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

    Yes, it is a positive and enlightening story that should be the basis for a modern thinker raising the next generation. Heroic in scale, yet the only superpower is mindful determination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wonder as you see the mystique of a mind being built, and the effect of a single mind's effect on the world.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books of his, but I will now.


    If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Doc is the inspirational figure in this tale for me. I could see other characters that I would love to listen to over dinner, but the man that taught Peekay to think... that is a man that offers true power and wisdom.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not written as a first book. This is a novel many try to achieve writing once in their life. It is an aw inspiring heroic tale of an ordinary boy that should have never been on anyone's radar, but became larger than life as life hits him and he trudges forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Barber: More Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Arranged in a question-and-answer format, What Einstein Told His Barber is for anyone who ever pondered such things as why colors fade in sunlight, what happens to the rubber from worn-out tires, what makes red-hot objects glow red, and other scientific curiosities.

    kentennis says: "Great Science - Well Presented"
    "Majority of Info NOT information from Einstein"
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    What disappointed you about What Einstein Told His Barber?

    I bought this book too quickly, and the title mislead me.


    Has What Einstein Told His Barber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Many of the concepts in this book are not as thought provoking as I would have thought.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    I think he did a fine job, and the narration was done well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I fell asleep a few times. I thought some of the information was informative, but I had higher hopes. I may have just been disappointed, because I like Einstein, and this was not his work or thoughts I was purchasing, rather a hodge-podge of general information.


    Any additional comments?

    If you know it is not Einstein, you may have a better reaction, and go in with less excitement. This may give you a better overall experience. I should have read up on the book a little more, but what a concept - listen in on conversations between Einstein and layman around him. Title of book fail, not a writing fail.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • What You Don’t Know About Your Credit Score Could Hurt You: It's Your Turn to Thrive Series

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Sharon Lechter
    • Narrated By Phillip Lechter
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Sharon Lechter is dedicated to sharing relevant and actionable steps to help you build a strong and sustainable financial foundation for your family. As co-author of Think and Grow Rich – Three Feet From Gold, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Founder of Pay Your Family First, Sharon’s messages have helped people around the globe take control of their financial lives.

    William says: "Little new info"
    "Little new info"
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    OK, but not very much information outside of what you can get from 20 minutes worth of google searching.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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