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Benedict

Benedict

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  • 28 reviews
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  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (539)

    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Tina M. Hilton says: "Great Content, Robotic Narration"
    "Best book and most needed book these days"
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    I have bought all the "Best 50 Jobs to Work Out of Your Home"-type books over the years.

    This is the best by far because it shows how to tailor your own future based on your own skills and interests, and has excellent examples of people who have actually done this.

    The author has done a tremendous amount of research to produce this book. So it was not just a one-off book written from the kitchen table.

    I think everybody should get this book to understand its philosophy and to help protect against the future.

    Very highly recommended.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
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    (31)
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    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.

    wobbly says: "I'll be returning this one"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
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    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
  • The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bob Maurer, Leigh Ann Hirschman
    • Narrated By Bob Maurer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
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    (41)
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    UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

    Patrick says: "A must for anyone that wants to achieve."
    "Financially valuable book..."
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    This is a brief book. It tells the story of how great success can be had simply by making a small, completely inexpensive, change in things to improve the fortunes of your life or your company (or Country?).

    I barely was able to finish the book because I was bored, but somewhere along the way I realized I, too, could make a small change in my life and thus save $1,000 to $2,000 per year in after-tax savings/expenses in my own budget.

    So a short book, but quite valuable. I recommend it to everyone just to have the principle in mind, for life. One day great dividends can be reaped. This is for CEOs and the rest of us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Hitler: New Scientific Evidence That Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jerome Corsi
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    Overall
    (15)
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    (14)
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    In 2009, three US professors with access to Adolf Hitler’s alleged remains startled the world with scientific DNA proof that the skull and bones that Russia had claimed since the end of World War II were Hitler’s actually belonged to a middle-aged woman whose identity remains unknown.

    Benedict says: "I was taken aback ..."
    "I was taken aback ..."
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    I thought this was the most preposterous thing I have ever heard of in the public discourse.

    Now, it turns out the only "proof" (meaning something absolute) about Hitler's body being taken to Russia after the war is false: the body was determined by *American* forensic experts, in an investigation conducted *in* America, to be that of a woman less than 40 years old.

    So Hitler did not die in the bunker.

    Now what?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
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    (2224)
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    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Linda Lou says: "NOT "DICKENSIAN" ENOUGH"
    "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
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    I had not heard of this story until this week. It is part of a series of Christmas stories told by Charles Dickens that includes A Christmas Carol. It is very well read by Jim Dale, of lasting Harry Potter fame.

    The Cricket on the Hearth is very moving and quite touching.

    Some women of the modern era wonder how their counterparts of earlier days were able to be "traditional" housewives looking after hearth and home. I believe this story provides some great insight into the relationships of wives and husbands that is worth attending to, if only for the understanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    Overall
    (194)
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    (150)
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    Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions.

    Kate says: "Informative and Interesting!"
    "What I did not know about Islam"
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    I took up this book after listening to Zealot by the same author. That was quite a book and very enlightening.

    This book on Islam is also enlightening. I was prepared to be disappointed either because the author would be somehow Blind or that the book would otherwise be second-rate.

    However, clearly Mohammad was a decent person, and clearly Islam is a legitimate faith and not some mishmash dreamed up more than a thousand years ago.

    When Mohammad was alive, he got along just fine with the Jewish folk!

    What happened to Islam was the problem of succession to Mohammad. Complexities due to special interests of the original business and government leaders of Mecca and a variety of other groups disputing control affect Islam to this day.

    There is a lot of detailed understanding in this book that explains modern Islam such that it can be understood justly. There is an explanation of the Taliban and Al Quaida as a reaction more to Saudi Arabia (and the extraordinary hypocrisy of its leaders' materialism and its extremely strict Puritanical Wahhabi sect of Islam) than to the United States!

    Mentioned in passing is that the American Center for Disease Control and the American Type Culture Control (.org on the web) provided the chemical and biological materials used by Saddam Hussein for use on the Iranians to such horrific effect some years ago.

    The author Reza Aslan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    The narrator was most excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Tom Aaron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (6)
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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
  • The Black Arrow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    (12)
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    In a time of shifting loyalties and trecherous alliances, young Dick Shelton is betrayed by his brutal guardian. Intent on rescuing the woman he loves, Dick joins forces with a mysterious fellowship intent on dispensing their own brand of justice.Through one trap after another, each choice Dick makes begins to have dire consequences—not only for himself, but for the fate of England!

    Benedict says: "Excellent writing, excellent narration, good story"
    "Excellent writing, excellent narration, good story"
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    This is a worthwhile story, but not so "hot" as Treasure Island. I think the Narrator saved it from making me kind of mad that I bought the book. In the end I recommend this book third in line, "thusly": after Treasure Island, then Kidnapped.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (400)
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    (391)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Says what we already thought, but now with facts"
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    We already have cynical views of perhaps every one of our politicians, particularly those who oppose our personal views.

    Now we can rest assured that politicians on "both sides of the aisle" are entirely cynical in their dealings with each other and particularly with the voters.

    In today's world, even a terrific loss can be "monetized" to the point that losers such as Generals McChrystal and Petraeus are far better off financially now after being fired from their jobs.

    The books is quite humorous, and I highly recommend it.

    The amounts of money involved here are extraordinary!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Quintus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman
    • Narrated By Doug Kaye
    Overall
    (10)
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    (9)

    How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up-to-date as tomorrow's headlines. In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest orator, ran for consul (the highest office in the Republic), his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no-nonsense advice on running a successful campaign.

    Benedict says: "How to be a politician ..."
    "How to be a politician ..."
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    Cicero gives an incredibly concise outline to his brother who is running for office in ancient Rome. The same outline entirely explainsToday's politicians on both sides of the aisle. Clearly people are the same today as then, and must be addressed in the same predictable ways to obtain their vote, help and money.

    Perhaps you and I are the exceptions??

    I now know how to run for office simply by following Cicero's concise plan. After reading the plan, it all in the execution.

    I did not know much about Cicero, but please view his Curriculum Vitae on Wikipedia!

    I had no idea. Almost stunning.

    Ben

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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