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Michael

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  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (183)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    What an amazing life Hughes had. He went totally whacko in the last half of his life and was way out of touch with the real world as evidenced by his crazy operational memos and his obsession with germs. For a man so wealthy, I was amazed that he lived such a deprived, narrow, unhealthy, unclean and depressing life - he was a billionaire living in squalor. I'm just an average Texas working class guy but found this book inspiring inasmuch at it made me appreciate the great life I have with my family and the fact that it doesn't take money enjoy life. As an aside, this book was extremely well narrated by Dan Cashman, so much so that my next book selections have been influenced by taking a look to see what other books he has narrated. Get and listen to this book ? I guarantee that you won?t be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Distant, cold and analytical"
    Overall

    I was highly disappointed with this audiobook. I had been expecting it to open up a personal insight into the author’s experiences that others could perhaps relate to and help them cope with tragic personal loss.

    Instead it was chock full of copious detail about irrelevant and meandering topics that showcase Ms. Didions outstanding literary research capabilities, travel and life experiences, but deny the listener an insight into her real feelings and experiences. I kept listening hoping to warm to the author (I was trying very, very hard to do so let me tell you) and empathize with her experiences but she kept the reader very firmly at arms distance in their place from start to finish. This audiobook is full of so many facts and figures (all in a minutia of detail) that is reminiscent of a writer who is a talented Googleer and research technician, but who can’t relate to real people in a down to earth manner.

    The end product is a meticulously detailed and clinical exposition that has the warmth of a bag of ice.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home to Myself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wynonna Judd, Patsi Bale Cox
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Coming Home to Myself is the result of that emotional journey, a song of personal discovery that taught Wynonna Judd to love not just what she does, but who she is. From a truly exceptional woman comes an unexpected memoir of survival, strength, hope, and forgiveness, filled with an exultant and empowering message certain to resonate with those who have dreamed of finding themselves, and who only needed the courage and inspiration to begin their own journey.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Unexpectedly good book. Wonderfully written and read. I felt like Wynonna has just having a chat with me. Please do not pass this off as a chick book - I am a man but found myself staying awake until 2am listening about female relationships.

    Most folks think that rich and famous folks have got it made and do not have any real problems or conflicts in their lives, but this book proves them wrong. Wynonna has had many struggles in throughout her life that have, until now been hidden from the public. This wonderful book traces Wynonna?s life and its many interesting and challenging relationships. Listeners will find out Wynonna finally makes sense of her life by coming home to herself. You will not be disappointed with this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Camp

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael D. Eisner
    • Narrated By Michael D. Eisner
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    For those who have been there, there is no forgetting the sounds and smells of summer camp: of dusty playing fields, platform tents, and wood cabins; of mist rising off the water at dawn and the sparks of a Sunday night campfire sailing up into a cold night sky. Now Michael D. Eisner shares a deeply personal memoir of his own experiences at one remarkable Vermont summer camp, of the life lessons he learned there and how they helped turned him into the man he is today.

    Michael says: "Camp out"
    "Camp out"
    Overall

    After listening to and enjoying James B. Stewart's excellent (5 star rating in my mind) book "Disney War" (also available from audible.com) I was tempted to listen to "Camp" out of curiosity to hear how someone who is now so disconnected from the real world as Eisner, started out in life. I shouldn't have bothered. Eisner is an empty spiritless character who babbles on about the roots of his own greatness - the book is not worth the money even if you get it free in a 2 for 1 offer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healing Anxiety and Depression

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen, Lisa C. Routh
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    For the 38 million Americans who suffer from anxiety and/or depression (and for those who treat them), Dr. Daniel G. Amen has liberating news. Using a sophisticated brain-imaging technology called SPECT (single photon emissions computed tomography), Amen and his colleagues have discovered that these disorders are the result of measurable brain dysfunction, of physical neurological conditions that clinicians can actually see. And what they can see, they can treat more effectively than ever before.

    Michael says: "A commercial for SPECT"
    "A commercial for SPECT"
    Overall

    After reading several positive reviews about this book, I was very disappointed when I actually listened to it myself.. The book was written by scientists/doctors for fellow scientists/doctors, and explores each type of disorder in intricate detail with primary focus on the author?s work with Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) brain scans.

    The book does not provide you with any practical non drug related self help tools but rather refers the listener to the need for undertaking a SPECT scan then take drugs to remedy the situation.

    I felt frustrated listening to it because I have not had a SPECT brain scan, and I felt I needed to rush out and hand over my money to have one done, so in that sense how the book was relevant to me. In that sense the book felt like a ongoing mononitious commercial for SPECT.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of the Steal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    In his celebrated best seller Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. In The Art of the Steal, Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant to businesses on preventing financial foul play - while revealing to listeners how they can identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud.

    Barbara says: "Financial fraud was never so interesting"
    "Get streetwise - listen to this book!"
    Overall

    An amazing book which describes just about every possible way fraudsters can rip you off. I leant a hell of a lot in listening to this book and made several changes in my life as a result of reading the book that will minimize me falling susceptible to rip-off artists, which in this day and age most of us can encounter multiple times on a daily basis without even knowing it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (165)

    How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal.

    James says: "Perhaps the best non-fiction book on Audible yet!"
    "Good content but poorly narrated"
    Overall

    I am a big animal lover but must say that I was disappointed with the book, not because of the content but because of the narrator who just seemed to want to rush through the book without taking a breath. The book is worth getting but not quite as enjoyable as it had the potential to be if it better narrated, however this is a personal choice for most people and no doubt others may have a different opinion to me on this topic.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

    Robert says: "A good introduction"
    "Brings science to life"
    Overall

    A thoroughly enjoyable audio book which not only brings this famous equation to life but, more interestingly, the many people surrounding its development and application, in a way that is not too technical.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2603)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Wonderful !!!"
    Overall

    Wonderful story, beautifully narrated. This book is in my top 5 all time audio book favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against treacherous currents, braving depths that induced hallucinatory effects, they pushed themselves to their limits and beyond, brushing against death more than once in the rusting hulks of sunken ships.

    Michael says: "Couldn?t turn it off !!!"
    "Couldn?t turn it off !!!"
    Overall

    Although I?ve listed to enjoyed dozens of audio books, this is the first book that has inspired me to take the time to write a review. My wife and I have been listening to audio books for years now and Shadow Divers is without doubt the best audio book we?ve ever listened to. It's simply a GREAT STORY (and extremely well narrated by the way) that keeps you interested from start to finish. You don?t have to be young or old, male or female, or a diver to find the story interesting. I strongly advise that you purchase the unabridged version so you don?t miss a thing. I found myself listening way after my normal bed time because I got so engrossed in the story. Shadow Divers may cause you to loose some sleep but I think you'll find it worth it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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