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Andy

Westport, CT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "why they are so hard to break"
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    In a very understandable fashion, Charles Duhigg lays out what drives our habits, and what is required to alter them. Great narration."

    2 of 12 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
    (44)
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    (42)
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    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"
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    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
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    (42)
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    (39)
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    (39)

    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"
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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
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    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"
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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
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    (11)
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    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"
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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)
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    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"
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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
  • Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Greene
    • Narrated By David Greene
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    (14)
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    (13)
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    Through the stories of fellow travelers, Greene explores the challenges and opportunities facing the new Russia: a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity yet still continues to endure oppression, corruption, and stark inequality. Set against the wintery landscape of Siberia, Greene’s lively travel narrative offers a glimpse into the soul of 20th century Russia: how its people remember their history and look forward to the future.

    Kristen says: "AMAZING!"
    "deilghtful and informative"
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    I didn't realize when I selected this book that the narrator is the guy I listen to almost every morning on NPR. David Green tells a great story here. It's a little weird listening to him in long-form, versus short form NPR. Nonetheless, his stories of his travels through Russia are fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short Guide to a Long Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By David B. Agus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    One of the world's leading doctors and best-selling author presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy, and productive life. Dr. Agus believes that our foundation for optimal health begins with the daily habits we keep - and that we can build upon that bedrock with inexpensive, widely accessible drugs that have been proven to work while ditching false promises, such as vitamins and supplements.

    Andy says: "full of helpful tidbits"
    "full of helpful tidbits"
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    Rapid listen to the views of one doctor. Much of it made sense to me. No new discoveries here, but a good reminder of what to keep doing and perhaps, what to start doing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James May
    • Narrated By James May
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (62)
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    (63)

    Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.

    Amadeo says: "Not great, but good"
    "not funny, not informative, not entertaining"
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    The riff on the A330 was a total waste of time. I then switched off the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 41: A Portrait of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
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    (103)
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    George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

    Chase says: "Great Story of a Son's Adoration of his Father."
    "a loving son shares his thoughts"
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    Quick and super listen where 43 shows his love for 41. While there is nothing new in this book, I found it wonderful to hear a son talk about the father he so admires. For me, hearing it in the words of a President makes it that much more special.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Forrest Pritchard
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

    Sweetbay says: "Loved it! I wanted it to go on further"
    "best tasting audiobook i've listened to"
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    This book was super. It was a clear, concise, nicely paced account of how Forrest Pritchard struggled and ultimately succeeded at "fixing things." To understand what I mean by fixing things, you'll have to listen to the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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