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  • Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Kluger
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Salk became a cultural hero and icon for a whole generation. Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of the first national vaccination program, and as humanity is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio worldwide, comes this unforgettable chronicle. Salk's work was an unparalleled achievement, and it makes for a magnificent listen.

    Tim says: "Excellent book"
    "Jonas E Salk; Saving lives"
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    What made the experience of listening to Splendid Solution the most enjoyable?

    Noticing the early vexing for profit by pharmaceutical companies even in the 1940's and 50's


    What did you like best about this story?

    Salks humanity


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first test of a sucessful vaccine


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1376)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Like sitting through chemistry class all over agai"
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    What would have made The Disappearing Spoon better?

    If it had a storyline or interesting facts for someone other than a Chemistry major


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sam Kean again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read well


    What character would you cut from The Disappearing Spoon?

    Helium


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (665)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "Disappointing; Too many references to other books!"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Heath and Chip Heath and/or Charles Kahlenberg?

    definitely not by the narrator as I found his voice sluggish. I hope the other book I bought Made to Stick is better. Switch references too many other books that I have already read so I wonder if it has any original thought presented.


    What could Dan Heath and Chip Heath have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Present material that seems original


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Kahlenberg?

    Hermann


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (171)

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "Epic account of an American business legend"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is historically accurate and presents both personal and business views of the character which allows the listener to fully develop an understanding of the persona of the first Vanderbilt. Like his type or not, remember he did business in a different time and the results often created wealth and livelihood for many. Besides the account of his life, this book describes well the times in which he lived.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story did not drift from the chronological events that made up the life of the character. It is just the facts. ma'am.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    Characterizations


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Vanderbilt's favoritism of one child over others


    Any additional comments?

    Long but worth the listen especially for business historians

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tracie McMillan
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    What if you can't afford nine-dollar tomatoes? That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn't escape as she watched the debate about America's meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food's true cost-which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

    Bleu says: "Interesting Story, Great Narration"
    "Too broad an overview; nothing new to read here"
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    Would you try another book from Tracie McMillan and/or Hillary Huber?

    Yes from the narrator Hillary Huber


    What was most disappointing about Tracie McMillan’s story?

    The book read more like a news report with little depth of description.


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

    Hearing live speech always makes a reading more interesting when it is done well


    What character would you cut from The American Way of Eating?

    There were too many characters to single one out


    Any additional comments?

    While interesting to a point, the central theme is that one cannot afford to live well on minimum wage or less. No kidding, really? At times the read is very sad and inspires you to want to act in some manner but the truth of business is profits before people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (885)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Must read for us almost hoarders"
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    Where does Unstuff Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite practical insights that we've always known but may not known how to apply to each area of organizing our stuff.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unstuff Your Life?

    Realizing that I had much more to do to be organized than what I thought


    What does Andrew J. Mellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humorous tones and references to real time websites


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Unstuff Your Life?

    A home for everything and like things together


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (921)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Eye opening food facts"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Salt Sugar Fat to be better than the print version?

    Updates since the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    none


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    reading


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    cant


    Any additional comments?

    Eye opening and revealing facts regarding the food industry and how they are able to adulterate our foods. Sad and scary facts on what we are eating and what we have become as a society of obese with chronic ailments. This can give you good insight on how that's happened and how to avoid the foods discussed. Interesting from a scientific standpoint add a star if you are a food technologist or chemist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horatio's Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a "horseless buggy" - but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet $50 that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here - in Jackson's own words - is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud.

    Elizabeth says: "Great story!"
    "An American tale..."
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    Where does Horatio's Drive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15%


    What other book might you compare Horatio's Drive to and why?

    William, Alfred, and General Motors. Another historic snapshot of how the automobile changed America. The fortitude of Americans was keenly defined by everyday auto pioneers like the main character.


    What does Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Historical accuracy and sidebars that make it interesting. Did you know that the Smithsonian has this car on display at the Museum of American History on the mall? That should give relevance to the significance of this journey.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Literally changes in the storyline occur with every turn of the wheel. Something that was hard to do then and would go unoticed if done today. Read it for the sake of learning about the culture of those times and enjoy the sense of accomplishment made by the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    In 2007 chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma - tongue cancer.

    SamanthaG says: "Not much I didn't know"
    "Chef of the year fends for his life with gusto"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if he were either a chef or suffering from a chronic disease and needed encouragement


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's humility


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    The main character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come and get it before it's gone...


    Any additional comments?

    Fairly good feel good book that they should have spent more time on choosing a name...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (742)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "Thinking at another's perspective"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It presented some interesting perspectives of how other's think and perceive.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David McRaney? Why or why not?

    No since this one did not capture my attention as much as I expected. I like a book to knock my socks off. This one did not albeit interesting it only unlaced my shoe.


    What three words best describe Don Hagen’s voice?

    Back alley patronizing


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it was marketed better


    Any additional comments?

    Some of us want to balance life by checking to see if we are deluding ourselves. This book tried to persuade me but I resisted. Interesting but somewhat tongue-in-cheek theories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3457)
    Story
    (3431)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "What quiet people never tell you...."
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    If you could sum up Quiet in three words, what would they be?

    Insight into introverts


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Read in the first person


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No specific one


    If you could give Quiet a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Of the quiet; what it tells us


    Any additional comments?

    Informative insight to thought processes of introverts. Comparisons and contrasts to extroverts. Revealing interesting hypothesis.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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