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Howard_a

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  • Bright Lights, Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Magnus Palm
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.

    Howard_a says: "Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!"
    "Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!"
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    I read the physical book 10 years ago, and I still learned a lot from this audiobook. Palm chronicles the lives of the major people involved in ABBA, since most of there were kids. It is an enjoyable story that doesn't hide the truth about many of the situations they've encountered whether good or bad. I will most likely listen to this several times, because the content is so rich. When I originally read the book, there were many Swedish words that I guessed at the pronunciations, making them not so memorable, the audio edition changed that! Also, I was pleasantly surprised that it was updated in 2011.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

    William says: "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"
    "Very powerful story"
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    I picked this up because I like to listen to memoirs occasionally. Wow, this one blew my mind. The story digs deep into the life of an addict. It is a wake-up call to anyone who have given drugs even a tiny thought. Absolutely a wonderful listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alexander Elder
    • Narrated By Alexander Elder
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    A hundred-thousand investors have turned to this best-selling guide for mastering successful trading by Dr. Alexander Elder, a professional trader, a world-classs expert in technical analysis, and a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that successful trading is based on three M's: Mind, Method, and Money. Trading for a Living helps discipline your Mind, shows you the Methods for trading the markets, and show you have to manage Money in your trading accounts.

    Joseph says: "Read this if you want to know WHY things work."
    "If you plan to trade, listen to this."
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    Very delightful book, I've listened to several times. He really explains everything from the basics of the stock market, to how to trade without losing your shirt. He does not explain advanced topics like options, but following his basic rules will help you avoid losing massive sums of money. I'm not a fan of abridged books, but this is an exception. Its a very delightful and informative listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    Diane says: "Sweet, benign"
    "More than just the evil lady on Glee"
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    I really enjoyed this book, You never realize what's behind all these stars you see on TV, unless you follow them like a fan. I follow nobody, and by chance I caught this audiobook on sale, so I grabbed it. Its a really neat story. If you are homophobic, you won't wanna touch it though. It seems to me that breaking into an acting career requires both hard work and luck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William McDonough, Michael Braungart
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    "Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists. In other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. William McDonough and Michael Braungart argue in this provocative book that this approach perpetuates a one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model that dates back to the Industrial Revolution, a model that casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. They challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world.

    Andy says: "a step ahead"
    "We NEED to rethink the way we make things"
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    I really like the concept of sustainability it is utterly important because we use brute-force on most processes. Think about electricity production using steam in nuclear & coal plants -- we use about 20% to produce the electricity and 80% of that heat get dissipated into the air and water. I think we can do better, and books like this help us open our minds to better ways of producing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (638)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    A User says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "I managed to get through this. It was hard."
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    When I started listening to this, I couldn't resist thinking of a New York based Yuppie with tons of extra money. I almost gave up before the first chapter ended, but I persisted. She proceeded in a huge story about increasing her happiness. I though it was a good idea to listen, but after listening, I felt like the book was almost pointless. She used so many references to "me" and "i" that if the book were typeset, the publisher would have run out of I's:-) I think if she weren't to self-centered, she would not need a happiness project. The one positive thing about it was her section on spiritual happiness, and not actually practicing religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2744)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1130)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Surprisingly Interesting!"
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    I have to admit, if this wasn't on sale, it would have never gotten my attention. I was pleasantly surprised by listening to this during my commute. Its somewhat of a wake-up call, about things that never seemed to get any news coverage, because many of these topics are politically incorrect, or just have no place in our current defective media.

    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
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1854)
    Story
    (1836)

    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"
    "Points out how to reduce/avoid being manipulated"
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    I like his approach of using 'system 1' and 'system 2' for referring to 'parts' of the brain. This makes a lot of sense, as I've let my 'system 1' make decisions that my 'system 2' should have made. He supports his theory with tons of research and testing. I think it a great listen. I found that I did the whole book during my commute, and checked out the PDF after hearing references to it, when I was at work or at home. There were times where he referred to large lists of material, that would have been better listed in the PDF, but those were very few. Overall, I enjoyed learning more about how my brain works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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