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Greg Wilson

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  • The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By V. S. Ramachandran
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (171)

    V. S. Ramachandran is at the forefront of his field - so much so that Richard Dawkins dubbed him the "Marco Polo of neuroscience". Now, in a major new work, Ramachandran sets his sights on the mystery of human uniqueness. Taking us to the frontiers of neurology, he reveals what baffling and extreme case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved.

    Michael says: "Great if you like understanding how brains work"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Having read Ramachandran in the past I was looking forward to this latest offering. Unfortunately the first half of the book is simply a rehash of his previous books. Overall this book was a disappointment and I can't recommend it

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to 'Savages'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Now, in his high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, it is a tale of family in all its forms. As the younger generation does battle with drug dealers and crooked cops, they learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents' history.

    Joanne says: "Terrific entertainment"
    "Fun but..."
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    Really enjoyed the fun story mostly because of Holter Grahams delivery. My objection was that the book read like a screen play with over 300 chapter markers including scene setups. Seems a bit lazy on Winslow's part as if he didn't want to do a rewrite for the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10320)
    Performance
    (4928)
    Story
    (4918)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Still a winner after all these years"
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    Many of the examples given by Carnegie are taken from early last century and even much earlier in time but the principles have proven to improve ones quality of life as well as prepare one for a higher quantity of success in the world of business.

    Good to return for a refresher course now and then just to remember how important a smile can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism for Busy People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Michie
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (301)

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Annie M. says: "Dipping your toe into meditation? Buy this..."
    "Thinking seem to be the problem"
    Overall
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    I keep looking for a way to think my way into a higher consciousness. I love the basic premise of Buddhist thought but stilling the mind through meditation still just escapes me.

    Decent enough book, just not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intern: A Doctor's Initiation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sandeep Jauhar
    • Narrated By Sandeep Jauhar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    A thriving cardiologist, Jauhar has all the qualities you'd want in your own doctor: expertise, insight, a feel for the human factor, a sense of humor, and a keen awareness of the worries that we all have in common. His beautifully written memoir explains the inner workings of modern medicine with rare candor and insight.

    Greg Wilson says: "Save your credit"
    "Save your credit"
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    Took a chance on the selection. However I couldn't complete the book. Not the least bit compelling. Oh well, win some, lose some.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

    Ryan says: "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
    "More fun with the boys of Hollywood Division"
    Overall
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    I really enjoy all of Wambaugh's novels following the cast of characters from Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles Police department. They are wacky, fun loving sometimes poignant but always effective keepers of the peace. You can't go wrong with this selection if you like a little humor with your drama.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (475)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Simple minded, Fun Antihero escapism"
    Overall
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    The book is a fun read if you don't mind the over the top profanity. Interesting idea to have a former mafia/russian mob hitman enter witness protection and become a physician. Enjoyed some of the information imparted from the good doctor but IMHO this is not worth your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Fun, Profane, Politically Opinionated"
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    Simple escapism with an antihero. Can't recommend it unless your into that mind set at the moment. This is the second book I downloaded by Bazell so I was in the mood...I'm out of it now:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (418)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Gentle musings of two men"
    Overall
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    As long as you're not looking for anything of depth this is a gentle way to spend an afternoon listening to the musings of 2 men trying to make sense of their lifes. I enjoyed it but was somewhat disappointed in its lack of substance.

    Recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (536)

    Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims....

    dsueb45 says: "Another great Alex Delaware story!"
    "Alex and Milo ride again"
    Overall
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    You can't miss with Kellermans duo. Always well written dialoge and a fun romp.

    Recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4332)
    Performance
    (3295)
    Story
    (3273)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "McGiverish escapism"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not much to say here. This book is aimed at the testosterone driven adolescent reader. I'm quite sure I would have enjoyed it 40 years ago. Not recommended for anyone over the age of 18.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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