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  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
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    (793)
    Story
    (786)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Chlo-bell says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "Robert Greene's best book yet"
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    Unlike Greene's other books, which are base and amoral (although still entertaining), this book is uplifting and motivating. Becoming great at anything is hard work and it is the hard work that separates those who achieve mastery in a subject area (or areas) and those who merely spectate. Mastery is not magic or necessarily innate ability, it is dedication to a pursuit through various phases of learning, from novice to master, combined with time and impeccable, undying work ethic. Greene, as in his other books, weaves historical examples throughout. Mastery is his best work to date and his first work to eclipse his own 48 Laws of Power.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.): The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Thomas Gordon
    • Narrated By Jamie MacKenzie
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    P.E.T. began over 45 years ago as the first national parent-training program to teach parents how to communicate more effectively with kids and offer step-by-step advice to resolving family conflict so everybody wins. This beloved classic is the most studied, highly-praised, and proven parenting program in the world -and it will for you.

    Laura says: "A must for every parent"
    "I'll take what is good and leave the rest"
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    The information in the first 5 hours (80%) of this book is good and helpful. More than likely it is this portion of the book most people will find useful and the book is worth buying for this content.

    Where the book becomes less helpful is when the author says that he thinks some kids should run away from their parents explaining that some parents are so terrible as to leave their kids no other alternative for a fruitful life. Most people would agree that abandoning your family is drastic, yet the author throws it out there almost casually and does very little to defend it. From this section it is all downhill.

    There are some contradictions exposed that I would have expected the author/editor to clear up. The biggest of which is that the author complains that parents who have rigid notions of correct behavior and conduct often harm their kids, yet the author expresses some rigid notions of correct behavior himself and essentially says that if parents don't use his method (specifically the no-lose conflict resolution) their kids will be irrevocably harmed. This seems like an extreme position. There are no other viable approaches? It appears the author has different standards for methods other than his own.

    The author also rails on public schools and their authoritarian/militaristic approach to managing kids. I mostly agree with that assessment but what I find puzzling about it is that public school districts have been staffed with psychologists who are involved at all levels of decision making in the school administrative hierarchy. Isn't this representation of psychologists in the schools what he is advocating? Perhaps he is complaining about the effectiveness of this approach and has mislabeled it?

    If you consider buying this book I would highly encourage you to also buy Meg Meeker's books to serve as a counter weight. PET does not make many distinctions between boys and girls where Meg Meeker has books specifically addressing the unique needs of boys and girls separately. Meg Meeker can provide you with a wider and richer picture of the general and specific needs of boys and girls where PET is essentially a unisex, tactical training manual for parents.

    Overall I would encourage parents to read this book but would prepare them for the less helpful and possibly unwanted section at the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Complete Bible Dramatized Audio

    • UNABRIDGED (78 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Zondervan
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (168)

    For those who value the timeless KJV translation, this new audio recording offers a rich listening experience. Featuring top voice talent enhanced by original music and sound effects, the KJV Complete Bible Dramatized Audio brings the King James Version to life. World-class narration, a fully orchestrated background, and colorful character renderings engage the ears, the imagination, and the heart. It's ideal for drive time, exercising, or general listening.

    Brian says: "Great production but navigation is lacking"
    "Great production but navigation is lacking"
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    The other reviews are better to read for specific details on the production, etc. I wanted to post a navigation guide since there is not one included. I came up with this by getting the full list of KJV books, listening to where each part starts (this audiobook downloads in 11 different parts), and then broke the book list up according to where each part picks up. There are also some people saying that this audiobook isn't complete. That may have been the case at one time but is no longer the case. This is the full Bible.

    PART1 (OLD TESTAMENT)
    Genesis, Exodus & Leviticus

    PART2
    Numbers, Deuteronomy & Joshua

    PART3
    Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel & 1 Kings

    PART4
    2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra & Nehemiah

    PART5
    Esther, Job, Psalms & Proverbs

    PART6
    Ecclesiastes, Song Of Solomon & Isaiah

    PART7
    Jeremiah, Lamentations & Ezekiel

    PART8
    Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi

    PART9 (NEW TESTAMENT)
    Matthew, Mark, Luke & John

    PART10
    Acts, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians & Galatians

    PART11
    Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1&2 Peter, 1,2&3 John, Jude & Revelation

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Wisdom of the Talmud

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ben Zion Bokser
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is a highly comprehensive introduction to the Talmud, the age-old storehouse of Jewish wisdom. Bokser covers the long history of the Talmud, from its origin in the Babylonian exile, its growth through the five centuries after the Roman destruction of the Temple, and the later persecution of the Talmud. The book covers a number of high-level topics, including social ethics and personal morality, with numerous examples from the Talmud. Ben Zion Bokser was one of the major Conservative rabbis of America.

    Heather says: "bad narration can ruin a book"
    "Hard to follow, rapid-fire narration"
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    There's not much of a story and the narration is so swift that it would be hard to follow even if there was. Seems like this was edited to be obscure and usable as Cliff Notes and only to those already intimately familiar with the subject. It could have been made better by the narrator taking a breath and using more inflection to decompress the dense material being covered. In short, it was a disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War Is a Racket

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Smedley D. Butler
    • Narrated By Jack Eddelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.

    D. K. Parshall says: "He Got It Right"
    "An important message from an American patriot"
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    This is a short, easy and enjoyable listen. The profit motive of war is pretty well covered in this work although much more could have been written to support his points. This book will appeal more to those curious about the United States' war profit history and WWI history. At the very least it is a starting point for understanding the economic beneficiaries, whether accidental or contrived, that resulted from the United States entering WWI.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (803)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Tired and flawed logic"
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    This reminds me of the Paul Wellstone funeral back in 2002 which started out as a memorial and turned into a Democratic National Convention. The sound bite you get for free is luring but it quickly turns into a hatchet job on the NRA and freedom loving Americans. I should have known to expect this since it was so prominently advertised. I could have turned on MSNBC and heard Chris Matthews spout this same tired drivel.

    42 of 66 people found this review helpful

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