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Lech

WarszawaPoland | Member Since 2006

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  • The Immortal Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Shenk
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?

    bob oneill says: "a must-read for all chess lovers"
    "Entertaining and inspiring"
    Overall

    A good book on chess. Mostly an outline of history plus plenty of stories. Quite entertaining and inspiring. I did like it indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6778)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2103)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Brilliant book"
    Overall

    Absolutely breathtaking. It's a great thing Mr. Hosseini is doing for Afghanistan. The book brings the country to the world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2901)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1080)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    A fabulous writer, a fabulous narrator. Enough said! Those characters are so real...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1773)

    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"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    I have no idea how this guy does it. His storytelling skills are breathtaking. If you want to find yourself in a different place, in a different life, delighted with events to come, events you would not have experienced otherwise, just grab this book and do not even bother to read the summary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Harvey Mackay
    • Narrated By Harvey Mackay
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty contains Harvey's gold-chip advice, accumulated over a lifetime of business success, on how to build and maintain the network you need. Harvey guarantees you'll never be more than a phone call away from a person in the position to help you get what you want - whether it's the job opportunity of a lifetime or a lifetime partner, the sales prospect of your dreams or the career advice you've only dreamed of. Harvey shows you how to create a network of trusted, valuable contacts that is worth its weight in platinum.

    Thomas says: "Very Good"
    "Great work"
    Overall

    This book could be read even only for the real life examples presented by Mr. MacKay. Well composed, summaries, lots of insight and practical knowledge. I think I will read the book once again to grasp as much as possible from it. Mr. MacKay is indeed a well organized speaker and author. It's a pleasure to learn from him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Sanders
    • Narrated By Tim Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Tim Sanders, Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo!, puts forth a wildly original idea: It pays to be nice. Sanders shows how being a "lovecat" will help you accomplish your goals, both in and out of the office.

    Lech says: "Not too much REAL content"
    "Not too much REAL content"
    Overall

    This book could be easily shortened to about two or three pages of text. However, some readers could find stories/examples described by the author as meaningful and entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Resilience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Brooks
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Why can some of us overcome life's greatest trials while others become burdened by the slightest setback? What factors help some adults bounce back from adversity while others languish in feelings of helplessness and hopelessness? And what exactly is the inner strength that some people simply exude in their daily lives? Such people possess a powerful quality called resilience.

    Lech says: "Difficult to learn from"
    "Difficult to learn from"
    Overall

    It's difficult to find concrete, usable knowledge in this book. While I cannot say the concepts presented by the authors do not appeal to me, the problem lies in the way they are put together. The reader receives a typical list of issues which are important / should be reconsidered in order to achieve a resilient mind, but after that there are merely lots of words of description. No tools. No solutions really. In other words, after reading the book you have this vague idea that something is important, but then... you do not remember what it was.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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