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Guilherme

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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  • 31 reviews
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  • Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Sam Motes says: "Insight from man on top"
    "Stoic Wisdom at it's best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Meditations to be better than the print version?

    Sometimes Marcus can get a bit repetitive, this is probably due to the fact that this book was actually a diary and was not written intending to be a proper book. I had a much better time listening to the book than reading it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meditations?

    Marcus Aurelius was one of the few rulers who was good with words as well as with actions. The whole thing is great.


    Have you listened to any of Duncan Steen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Duncan performs his reading marvelously, he brings Marcus to life, it feels like author is actually talking to you.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    BEGIN EACH DAY by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishne


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that only a few other classics from stoicism are availble at audible. I would like to see other books from seneca and a very good book about the subject here: A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (664)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Karen says: "Not really a self-help book, but a great listen"
    "Meditation 2.0!"
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    I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a biography and a meditation guidebook. It is definitely not a regular meditation guide though. There is no transcendental bu****it on it.
    The author who is a reporter in his spare time (a popular one by the way) has a very analytical mind and tries to uncover what is truth and what is not in self help. He talks about many self help books I read in the past .Eckhart Tolle, Joe Vitale Deepak Chopra he interview all of these guys and they are full of s**t, Eckhart being the only exception;

    The author is able to go straight into the most important questions about meditation, self help and controlling the ego. The closest to a mystical free of bias meditation teachings.
    It is a biography as well. Very enlightening because I face many of the difficulties he faced as well;

    One of the best meditation and self help book I read. Already listen to it twice, planning to listen again at least once every year.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10685)
    Performance
    (8141)
    Story
    (8187)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Good story and plot but slow paced."
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    Some terrible old evil awakens again to threaten humanity, but this time mankind is defenseless since it has forgotten the old ways (the knights radiant) and 'powers (soulcasting and surgebinding) which have been used in the past to combat that same evil. This is the basic premise of the story of this book.

    There are 3 main viewpoint characters, Kaladin A darkeye, or peasant, Shallan Davar A minor lighteyes, or noble,, Dalinar Kholin A highprince of Alethkar. And a few other minor viewpoint character the most notorious of those is Szeth-son-son-Vallano, an assassin from the land of Shinovar who is tormented by the murders he performs.

    The plot is compelling and despite its length (45 hours of so). I didn't listen to any other book before finishing this one. On the bad side, aside from a few action packed chapters where Szeth is the protagonist, the pace only starts to pick up at the end of the book (chapter 65 onwards – Sadius betrayal).

    I find that the book gets very boring and repetitive especially at the beginning of a change in viewpoint characters. This is because the author had the necessity of remembering the reader how awful the character felt, how worried he/she is, and how miserable he/she is. To the point that before chapter 65, every time something actually happens, (a few pages at best) the action offset by much more pages of whining and depression.

    I already started listening to book 2, and I recommend the book but if you are reading/listening ASOIF don't get to excited about this one, it's not the same thing, not even close. So 3 stars to it. If I hadn't listen the game of throne books I would give this one 4 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (561)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Funny, but definitely not original"
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    What did you like best about Worst Ideas Ever? What did you like least?

    The book is funny, the narrator has a way to make the worst ideas the world has ever created. On the other hand there is nothing original about the book. I have already seen a lot of stuff in this book on TV. The author just made it in written form. But on TV was more fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Overworld

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance’s picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas.

    Ryan says: "Literary equivalent of a Terry Gilliam film"
    "Jack Vance was a visionary"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first book I read by Jack Vance. I was surprised when I realized that many of his ideas inspired many modern and much more famous authors. Even RPG games such as dungeons and dragons were inspired by his books, for example the wizards having to memorize spells and then forgetting after they have been cast.Jack Vance has not receive the credit he is entitled.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dying earth is gloomy place, and the characters reflect that. You are not going to find a happy endings here if that is what you are looking for. I just did not give it 5 stars because the outline of the 5 or 6 tales are very similar. But that does not mean I'm not listening to this author again, in fact I just purchased the next book in the series


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is great at bringing the dying earth to life, metaphorically speaking since it's actually dying. haha


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1795)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Zompires detectives on the loose"
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    Would make a good afternoon B horror comedy.

    PROS
    It is a original book on the way it mixed many different genres like Horror, romance and mystery.

    CONS
    The title of the book suggests that you are going to get a badass main character but that's not the case.
    Turning zombies into vampire like creatures is not very original creatures.
    The plot is very shallow.
    It is very easy to figure out the authors source of inspiration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Sean Carroll
    • Narrated By Professor Sean Carroll
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

    Michael says: "Get From Eternity to Here instead"
    "Making an is not as easy as it seems."
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    Physics is no easy subject, at least to me. Quantum theory harder still. However the author does a terrific job making theoretical physics accessible for the regular person. On top of that, there is just so much interresting stuff in this book that it is almost impossible to get everything in only one listen, specially while you are driving. I'm planning to listen it at least once again.

    It is a book for those people who like me are absolutely fascinated by physics but just don't get what does those weird equations mean. If I had a teacher like that on high school I would probably had studied physics on college.. but you don't find teacher like him on highschools. =( It is the first time I can say I understand what entropy really is. I read many times on wikipedia and other books, and I thought I did understand, now i know I do.

    There is still a long way to go before humanity is able to fully grasp the misteries of the big bang. And maybe the future that looks rather bleak may have a way out, to survive the end of the universe... hopefully

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher salaries or more help at home, women often find it hard to ask.

    Guilherme says: "Interresting subject, bad delivery."
    "Interresting subject, bad delivery."
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    To begin I'd like to say that I believe that the disparity between sexes is a growing issue in the modern world. And the reason I bought this book was to learn ways I could negotiate better deals with women understanding more how they approach negotiation.

    I got what I was looking for, partially; because the author spends the first 2/3 of the book just talking about how bad the society views women when they take a more aggressive approach.

    After every point the author tries to get across she emphasizes it by giving example after example. It gets pretty boring after sometime since they are all the same. These examples could be very well be removed entirely from the book since it gets very repetitive and does not contribute at all besides filling pages.

    To save your time, go straight to the important part of the book; simply go directly to chapter 7. From that point onwards is the best part of the book

    However much of what the author says about negotiation is pretty basic stuff! If you are going to buy this book only to know more about negotiating, I would recommend skipping this one, even if you are a woman.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1100)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Just like watching a space attack B movie"
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    Very fun to listen - the main character, Emperor Mollusk, is certainly one os the best villains around.

    A bit cliché - the domination of the universe.

    The narrator is very good at creating different voices for every character.
    Haven't finished the book yet to say if the sinister Brain is going to control the universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guided Meditations for Busy People

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Bodhipaksa
    • Narrated By Bodhipaksa
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Most people who have difficulty setting up a meditation practice cite lack of time as the main hindrance. But with this audiobook, there's no excuse! Guided Meditations for Busy People is designed with the time-pressured in mind and offers nine short meditations from three minutes to nine minutes in length. Most are eight minutes long. These short "sits" are ideal for the person who needs to meditate but who feels they don't have the time.

    Marie says: "relax or refresh"
    "Short, and very effective."
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    There are about 8 or 9 different guided meditations, one in each chapter, making it very easy to switch between them. These guided meditations are short, about ten minutes each and are an ideal listen during your day, when you are waiting in lines or while driving - just don't follow the narrator advice to close your eyes and you'll be fine ;)

    I'm listening to this book almost every day and I can already notice the difference in my mood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (360)

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Nancy says: "Be well and happy!"
    "Best book on meditation I've read"
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    this is an incredible book about meditation in general and a new way of seeing the world as it is not as a construction of your self. I recommend this listen to everyone who is like me always anxious for no reason, like the world is about to end at any instant.
    I'm planning to listen to it many times, probably two or three times a year.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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