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  • 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
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    William says: "Majority of Info NOT information from Einstein"
    "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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2628)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1464)

    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 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
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    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
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (620)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Betsy says: "Ditto - Don't waste your credit."
    "Intrigued and then satified"
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    This book leaves you feeling dumbfounded as the characters in the story are systematically destroyed by an unknown force. I enjoyed the writer's ability to create concern and disgust. Overall, I thought it was a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1803)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "GREAT - best for what it is"
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    This book explores the delta between science and intuition and points out flaws in our intuition. This has some very great insights into the human psyche and will be a great foundation of knowledge for anyone trying to understand knowledge, intellect, intuition, statistics and a host of other topics that have been brought together over the course of Kahnemn's career. This book can be his legacy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (970)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Learn about what Memory can do, not a how to"
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    This book is NOT a How to book on memory, but I was not expecting a how too book. It does give a great personal narrative of how a reported became the US memory Championship. This is a very inspiring story, and he does a great job of showing that anyone can master these techniques.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Power: How to Unleash Your Extraordinary Range of Mental Skills

    • NONE (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tony Buzan
    • Narrated By Tony Buzan
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (8)

    William says: "Great if you want a story bad if you want a system"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (71)
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    (71)

    In this audiobook, the brain behind the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, advanced speech recognition, and other technologies devises a framework for envisioning the next century. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain.

    Ryan says: "An optimistic map to technological transcendence"
    "Not a prophet, just a guy that is paying attention"
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    Ray Kurweil's ideas of the future have been very productive in helping individuals know what target to aim towards, when it comes to future planning. One must understand the concepts in this book to handle the business paradigm changes we will face as access to information is coming faster than we can organize it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

    Roderick says: "The "techie" medicine needs!"
    "Shameless self promotion, on an interesting idea"
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    The owner of a genetics company is selling you a book that promotes using genetics and protein testing to get a system view of your body. In turn this will help you make better life, and lifestyle decisions. I have to say, even though a good portion of the time, I felt I was being sold, I also can tell he believes in his philosophy. I find myself believing this could be the key to many people living longer. Not a bad concept.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (641)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Endearing story - No One Handle Death the Same"
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    Death, cheating and love. What happens when a family has to deal with their personal world falling down, while the world moves forward.
    Good book, I see why they made it into a movie. Sorry guys, no blood, gore, or gratuitous sex. This book just deals with a man trying to do the best he can, as he has to deal with emotions, and sometimes that is painful.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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