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  • The Master Key System: Revised for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles F. Haanel
    • Narrated By James Boles
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (22)

    What would be possible if you could unlock your entire mental potential? The Master Key System is one of the classic works in the "science of thought" tradition. Charles F. Haanel's timeless work has been rediscovered for the benefit of today's listener. Newly updated for the 21st Century, the time-tested wisdom of Haanel's system reveals techniques to unlock thought as a creative energy and power.

    Cynthia says: "Life Changing"
    "Pseudo scientific religious drivel"
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    This is read as if from the pulpit. There is no room for questions or interpretation, it is someone propagating their one and only truth literally as if it was the word of god.
    I couldn't finish this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1667)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Great listen"
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    A nice balance of information and story, it gets you thinking...
    (a review needs to be 15 words long)

    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
    (2399)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1855)

    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"
    "Amazing book, worth several listens"
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    I learned a lot from this book, the ideas were clearly explained and I found it easy to listen to. Each chapter contained a valuable nugget of information.

    0 of 0 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
    (133)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    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"
    "A good read, could have been more technical"
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    I enjoyed hearing his ideas, it was amusing hearing his predictions now that we have reached them. No, we still don't have flying cars, but quite a lot of other things were spot-on.
    I had hoped it would have been a little more technical, discussing algorithms and neural networks etc, but it was a good listen none the less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jim Hopkinson
    • Narrated By Jim Hopkinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Jim Hopkinson details a novel way to get the the raise you deserve. Using these 10 steps, you will be able to confidently and effectively negotiate your salary. With helpful tips and questions throughout, this audiobook gives listeners the tools to conquer "the evil HR lady".

    Anthony says: "Not what I was looking for."
    "Excellent advice!"
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    I listened to this book a few months ago and was a little skeptical whether the advice was realistically applicable to real-life situations, but I decided to try.
    I was up for my annual review at work, and decided to prepare more thoroughly than usual by supporting the conversation with printed materials.
    I had news articles mentioning things I had worked on, screen shots and training material I had used that showed how my work was being used and developed. I had printed some emails illustrating how I had handled tricky situations, especially on issues I had previously had comments about.
    I printed material I found showing the average incomes for similar positions as mine showing a spread of which my current income was at the lower end, as I felt my results merited positioning in a higher category than previously.
    The end result was that they asked to keep all the printed material I had brought, and asked for some time to reconsider the 5% raise that was on the table. Two weeks later I got a new offer for a 15% raise as a direct result of listening to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1040)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Excellent listen, learned a lot from this."
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    This book is one I recommend to anyone who is interested in the science of obesity. Many commonly held ideas are scrutinized and the world is turned on on its head.
    Cause and effect are shown to have been misinterpreted for the last 50 years, and suddenly things start making sense.
    It contains a lot of research, anecdotes and references to studies and I think I'll need to give it a second listen before I understand it fully, but that's something I'll enjoy doing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    The Origin of Species sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. It is the major book of the 19th century and one of the most readable and accessible of the great revolutionary works of the scientific imagination. Though, in fact, little read, most people know what it says—at least they think they do. The Origin of Species was the first mature and persuasive work to explain how species change through the process of natural selection. Upon its publication, the book began to transform attitudes about society and religion.

    Riegholt says: "Best way to read the classic!"
    "Not exactly easy listening"
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    I'm sure this historically groundbreaking work is essential listening for people studying the subject, but as an interested layperson I should have gone with a more recent work studying the work of Darwin and its impact on our understanding of evolution.
    This work is quite a repetitive overview of his research which though interesting, was not exactly easy to listen to and I found my attention wandering during the narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (358)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "A lot lost in the abridgement"
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    I have also listened to the unabridged Christopher Hurt version for the first 20 hours and found the story to have far more depth than this one. Sadly I was unable to navigate the chapters on my kindle on the unabridged version, so was unable to continue after accidentally resetting it to the start again. Audible kindly exchanged it for this abridged version, but the story is simply not as compelling.
    I would definitely recommend going with the unabridged version if you can navigate the chapters properly on your device.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "A worthwhile listen"
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    Lots of worthwhile tips, ideas and lifelessons with a nice storyline to keep it easy to listen to.
    Anyone who is in business should give this one a listen.
    The stories might be a little dated, but the points that are made are well illustrated and relevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (568)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Boring"
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    What disappointed you about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook)?

    This book gets extremely boring, I stopped listening half way through because it was just too bad. Terrible acting without anything to even make me smile. it is just not funny at all.


    What could Jon Stewart, and The Writers of <I>The Daily Show</I> have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If they's skipped the profanity it might have beel usable as a light-hearted look at history, but as-is it is just tasteless.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The exagerated extra voices are just cringe-inducingly bad. They are trying to be funny but trying far too hard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook)?

    Without the profanity and overacting it could have been the basis for an irreverant look at history, as-is it is simply very boring and not funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible value for money too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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