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  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1758)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1472)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "On Point"
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    Where does The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Personal MBA is right up at the top of business books I have listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh Kaufman is obviously passionate about his subject matter


    Any additional comments?

    The Personal MBA gets to the point, the concepts are clear and easy to understand. Josh Kaufman takes the mystery out of what can be a mysterious and complex subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19614)
    Performance
    (13651)
    Story
    (13546)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Too Girly for my taste"
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    What would have made Outlander better?

    More action early on. Too much time having tea etc.


    Has Outlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't read the further books in the series.


    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    I didn't feel the performance brought me close enough to the characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought the premise/story-line was interesting and had potential but it didn't go where I thought it should.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (5224)
    Performance
    (4590)
    Story
    (4611)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Perhaps.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Malcolm Gladwell again?

    Perhaps.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was okay. The subject material was anecdotal and not consistent with the theme.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from David and Goliath?

    As or I would have suggested the author make the stories more relevant to the subject matter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (486)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone interested in the events of the scientist involved and the history


    Has The 4 Percent Universe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not as long as other books deal with the science and aren't just a story of who studied what.


    Any additional comments?

    The sample narrative was misleading. I thought this book would be about the science of the universe and at least include reference to quantum mechanics and particle physics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Man Journey: Finding Meaning in Retirement

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Silver
    • Narrated By Steve Silver
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Retirement. You’ve worked for it, planned for it, and dreamed about it: life’s great permanent vacation. But what if retirement could be measured in more than hours on the beach, days on the golf course, and weeks of travel? What if retirement were the beginning, not the end, of your life’s greatest work? What if the rest of your life could be the best of your life? New Man Journey is for any man who longs to make retirement about more than recreation.

    Wade says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A churchgoing retiree would enjoy this book


    What could Steve Silver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less leaning on god for results in one's life.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Silver’s performances?

    No, too religous


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Quite disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    The publisher's summary led me to believe this would be a useful retirement guide. It was not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9260)
    Performance
    (3662)
    Story
    (3702)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Another Winner"
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    What did you love best about World Without End?

    Once again Ken Follet has magnificent character development and continuos melodramatic conflict.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interweaving of plots and characters makes the book tough to put down


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The main characters, Merthin and Karis, clear protagonists but still very human


    If you could rename World Without End, what would you call it?

    Kingsbridge


    Any additional comments?

    Like Pillars of the Earth there was just a bit too much description of architecture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kingdom: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the 9th and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

    Stephen says: "Great Historical Fiction!"
    "Great Intro to Alfred the Great"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Kingdom the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting intro into a historical novel on Alfred the Great. The story was very well put together with good solid narration. Lots of action and suspense combined with a sound story line. My only disappoinbtment was realizing I had purchased an abridged version. Would loved to have read the unabridged version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development of the main character was well done, the evolution of the story line was compelling and held my interest.


    If you could take any character from The Last Kingdom out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dinner with the main character Uthred, would be interesting. Young, head strong, confident yet still clearly full of flaws.


    Any additional comments?

    recommended read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2483)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1346)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Story behind the Stories"
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    Where does On Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book would rank in the top 3 of the audio books I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Writing?

    The recounting of the authours early life and struggles are a story of interest


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the authours recounting of his accident, being struck by the van.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found this an interesting autobiography c/w some advice on being a writer.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen, especially as Stephen King narrates the book himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2642)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1691)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Tony Hsieh Delivers Again"
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    What did you love best about Delivering Happiness?

    The best part about this audio book is that Tony Hsieh, the person who owns the subject of the book is also its narrator. It is delivered in his own tongue, which makes the message more personal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Delivering Happiness?

    Although not a key focus of the book, the demonstration of persistence through adversity is an underlying element to the message of success through inovation and adherence to common principles and goals.


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

    This is the only Tony Hsieh audio book I have listened to.


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

    I think this would make a very interesting movie. Good story line and the fact that his first fortune vanished and he recovered in an even larger way truly promotes his never say die attitude. Tony refers to the book From Good to Great in his book. I would say Tony's tag line could be from Great to Greater.


    Any additional comments?

    I recoomend this as an entyertaining and inspirational listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1204)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Searched for Meaning but It wasn't There"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the first half of this book but not the second. It missed the point.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Viktor E. Frankl? Why or why not?

    I'm not that interested in psychiatry so I probably wouldn't but another Frankl book.


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

    I would see the movie if the story was about his concentration camp experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the second half of the book totally missed the point of what I expected to be explored,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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