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Benedict

Listener Since 2003

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  • 36 reviews
  • 278 ratings
  • 1260 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2018
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  • The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Tom Aaron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (22)
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    (19)
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    The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is a book written by Daniel Defoe. It is widely considered to be one of the top 100 greatest books of all time. This great novel will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Daniel Defoe is highly recommended.

    Tad Davis says: "More adventures, more cringes"
    "Great travelog!"
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    I had no idea that Robinson Crusoe had more of a life after his first island adventure.

    Here he actually revisits his old home in the Carribean, and eventually travels around the world.

    The detail Daniel Defoe describes in his travels seem totally real, so real that I have to remind myself that they are fiction.

    Here, we have a travelog that is very interesting and written in classic picturesque English, meaning every line evokes a clear picture of the events.

    The author's humanity is clearly evident in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chade-Meng Tan
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (473)

    Early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world... and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.

    Michael Davis says: "The narration is intolerable"
    "Almost missed getting this book"
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    I highly recommend this book. I have a lot of books on meditation skills so I thought my library was full. But this book has a lot of interesting drills that can be done solo or with a friend. The goal of the author is to create world peace in his spare time. Which is pretty much all the time we can spare! See the author's talk at YouTube Google Talks and see what you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Complaint Free World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Will Bowen
    • Narrated By Will Bowen
    Overall
    (264)
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    (201)
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    (201)

    In your hands, you hold the secret to transforming your life. Big words? Yes, but this is a plan that has already proven itself with millions of people around the world. In a Sunday-morning sermon, Will told his congregation he wanted to make the world a complaint-free zone and, to prove he was serious, he passed out purple bracelets to each church member and offered them a challenge. "If you catch yourself complaining, take the bracelet and move it to the other wrist."

    William says: "No complaints"
    "Great simple inspiration"
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    I am excited to try this project! It is cheap and promises very much joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopalong Cassidy: Death Comes Invited

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By William Boyd
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    An elderly sheriff and his young assistant are a study of contrasts.

    Benedict says: "Poor recording"
    "Poor recording"
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    The sound quality is not that good on this show, but I didn't mind paying a small price to hear a radio story of the Grand Old Days of radio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma: A Modern Retelling

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (617)

    Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.

    MadMadeleine says: "A Uncharacteristic Miss"
    "Great!"
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    The first half-hour to hour of this modern update of Jane Austen's great work may be amongst (if I may use that word) the very best writing and reading there is on audible.com. Be prepared for the author's huge charm offensive!

    Otherwise, this book's main thrust is for us to better consider our dealings with others and urges us to press forward our lives with kindness born of seeing the other person's point of view, and refraining from judging the *apparent* meaning in the conduct of others. (I suppose this could well be done in our respective countries' world relations.)

    Emma's last day of school leaving her friends for the last time bursting into tears and her silver Mercedes...

    Emma's friend lives in Darnwell Abbey...

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
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    (2181)
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    (2182)

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Another Winner"
    "Edgy"
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    I was surprised at first how this could be a "children's book" but have acquiesced. I came to admire Ms Winslett's acting/ narrative skills!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2532)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2018)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "So wonderful!"
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    I had always loved Jane Austen but for some reason had not gotten round to listening to Sense and Sensibility. I was nervous at first about it becoming a mere trivial commentary on women's affections and affectations but came to love this book. I became emotionally involved and even tearful at times.

    A most pleasant surprise was finding the narrator, Juliet Stevenson. I had not heard of her before but find her one of the great readers at Audible. I was amazed at how she could create the characters, both men and women, with such clarity and charm that was so equal to the greatness of the book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Influence: Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3133)
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    (2654)
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    (2629)

    Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the listener of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

    Dubito Ergo Sum says: "This book will change the way you see the world."
    "What about influence in politics"
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    This is an interesting book, and reading it could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of heartache. So read it just for that alone.

    My other thought is there was very little mention of "influence" in politics: how we are "trained" to concur and to obey to a greater or lesser degree.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anita Loos, Jenny McPhee (introduction)
    • Narrated By Patrice O’Neill
    Overall
    (36)
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    (35)
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    (34)

    If any American fictional character of the 20th century seems likely to be immortal, it is Lorelei Lee of Little Rock, Arkansas, the not-so-dumb blonde who knew that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Outrageous, charming, and unforgettable, she's been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe, and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger, with an insatiable appetite for orchids, champagne, and precious stones.

    Anne says: "A Girl Like I Loves This Book, Which Is An Audio Book"
    "Great story"
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    This was an exciting discovery for me. Anita Loos, the author, has put into words something about men that remains true and funny to this day, over 80 years after first being published.

    It tells stories on men and is also a great little history of the 1920's.

    It is very funny and highly recommended.

    The narrator is absolutely perfect for this book and I hope she does a lot more work for us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James. But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations.

    Scott says: "By Love Obsessed"
    "So, so remarkable!"
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    How on earth does A M McCall do it?

    He starts the book on the Cayman Islands and goes on from there. I suppose he visited the Islands for a vacation for three or four weeks and from that was able to weave another fabulous story of insights into human nature. He picked up the flavor of the Islands and the humanity that lives there.

    The bonus is that the book is longer than Mr. Smith's other books so there is that much pleasure in listening to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be recognized as the philosophic textbook for nonviolent revolution. "I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward," Thoreau wrote. "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Taking as his major premise the idea that "...government is best which governs least," Thoreau asserts that one's first loyalty is to one's own nature.

    Benedict says: "What we have forgotten!"
    "What we have forgotten!"
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    I remember reading this brief pamphlet in college and having to go for a drive in my car several times before I could finish it.

    I shall not try to improve on Thoreau by recounting the text, but highly recommend this book for "How to be an actual American."

    The price is right, the time to listen to it is right!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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