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Andy

Westport, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (508)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "best book in 11 years of listening"
    Overall

    Agassi's book is awesome. It feels as if you have been in his tennis bag for 20 years. The stories and recollections are robust, and the narration is first rate. Just terrific.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eric Topol, MD
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation's top physicians, examines what he calls medicine's "Gutenberg moment". Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology is poised to democratize medicine. In this new era, patients will control their data and be emancipated from a paternalistic medical regime in which "the doctor knows best."

    PTA says: "Bold, innovative, and foward thinking!"
    "the future is here"
    Overall
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    Terrific overview of how technology available today, coupled with a mindset shift in clinician thinking, can go a long way towards improving health care for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Days in the Art World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sarah Thornton
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

    Andy says: "informative, from several perspectives"
    "informative, from several perspectives"
    Overall
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    Story

    Sarah Thornton did a good job here of teaching us about the art world. With her "close up" accounts of real life events, she helped me better understand the goals and motivations of the myriad players in the value chain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marie Kondo
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (89)

    Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

    Yassie says: "Definitely one of the best books on the subject"
    "therapy for the journey"
    Overall
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    Very soothing one way conversation with the author about her lifelong journey tidying up....and what you can learn from it. Good pre-therapy before cleaning out your house of lifetime possessions. A little corny when she starts thanking her possessions for the joy they bring to her life. Nonetheless, mildly entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Adam Alter
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings.

    ├ůsa says: "Fascinating!"
    "data driven discoveries"
    Overall
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    Delightful listen of some new and unexpected factoids about human behavior. Super narration too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1067)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "is this where the web is headed?"
    Overall
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    This story was an aspirational account of where a leading tech company wants to take the world.....to a place of total transparency. Great performance by the narration team.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Sutter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

    Jean says: "What a beautiful plane"
    "not a jet, but a family of jets"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting story about the aircraft business in general and the development of the 747 in particular. Now I understand why the model 747 has been around so long, and the reasons for its many configurations. I'm just an infrequent flier, but still enjoyed the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marc C. Conner
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

    MR says: "understanding the Bard"
    "Empowering overview of Shakespeare's works and themes"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a great introduction for anybody who wants to start from scratch with Shakespeare. The courses are geared towards an assumption that the reader knows very little on the subject, which ultimately makes for a clear presentation.

    The professor focuses on a handful of Shakespeare's plays, going over the stories and then illustrating critical analysis tools, and putting them to work. This is the best part-- you first learn how he is going to analyze the play, then observe that very analysis at work. The idea is that you can then delve into these plays on your own with these collected analysis tools.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Judith Rodin
    • Narrated By Cyndee Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Building resilience - the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively - is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow. Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges.

    Andy says: "thoght provoking and useful"
    "thoght provoking and useful"
    Overall
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    In what continues to be an era of natural and man-made disasters, this book is a refreshing primer on how smart people are strengthening their communities, in an effort to be better prepared when bad things happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tesla: Man Out of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Margaret Cheney
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    From Tesla's childhood in Yugoslavia to his death in New York in the 1940s, Cheney paints a compelling human portrait and chronicles a lifetime of discoveries that radically altered - and continue to alter - the world in which we live. Tesla: Man Out of Time is an in-depth look at the seminal accomplishments of a scientific wizard and a thoughtful examination of the obsessions and eccentricities of the man behind the science.

    branka says: "Everything is possible"
    "full of great detail on Tesla's life"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Very informative book about Tesla's life, providing a deep dive into his personal life, his work, and the world he lived in. Still some unanswered questions remaining, for reasons of national security so there isn't a clean wrap.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David B. Ruderman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Experience the evolution of all of Jewish life during the 10 critical centuries from its rabbinic foundations in late antiquity until the dawn of modernity in the 17th century. During this time, Judaism was forever affected by its encounters with the surrounding social, economic, political, and intellectual environments of both medieval Islam and Christendom. As a result of those encounters, new pathways of philosophical inquiry and religious spirituality would be formed. The Hebrew language would find new ways of artistic expression. And the role of Jews in the life of the surrounding community would be changed forever.

    Andy says: "Fascinating and Comprehensible"
    "Fascinating and Comprehensible"
    Overall
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    This is an area of history which I personally knew little about and had a hard time finding ways to learn about it.

    The audiobook is a gold mine in this sense. The professor is eloquent, knowledgeable, and organizes the information in a way which it makes it all easy to understand and digest.

    The style-- being a lecture-- is conversational, so I found much easier to listen to than a nonfiction book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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