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Charles

The Dalles, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Art of Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
    • Narrated By Howard C. Cutler
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    The Dalai Lama will tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is toward happiness." How to get there has always been the question. With the help of a psychiatrist, he now gets the message across in a context we can easily understand.

    Chris says: "very good listen"
    "Happy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Happiness the most enjoyable?

    the topic is very good, and the reasoning is straight forward. It seemed to make sense in many ways.


    What three words best describe Howard C. Cutler’s voice?

    Sounds like a stereotypical psycho bull..... guy, reading a script. The authors reading left much to be desired. book would have done much better without.


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

    I would not do so, not appropriate.


    Any additional comments?

    good book, topic and coverage quite good,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (886)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Deathwish"
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    Would you listen to Into Thin Air again? Why?

    Yes, a great story, well written and insightful. The mindset and determination of the folks who endeavor to climb is fascinating. Though I appreciate the work ethic and desire, I can't quite understand the fascination with death. It seems to me the people who do this have some sort of death wish, or at minimum an interest in losing limbs to frostbite and/or friends. The psyche of these people is fascinating. While I can get close to the sensation, and have considered climbing, the brush with death in that environment just could not compel me. The story is well done, the author and narrator good, though in my assessment, he has no reason to feel guilty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into Thin Air?

    The author's mental anguish over the whole situation. Really makes one think. After some introspection I must say, he has nothing to feel guilty about. Adults making decisions to do something that is probably best left to the professionals. And even they run the risks....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had a good laugh at the fellow getting close to camp and sliding down head first to the call. Then he actually got up, waved, and walked in. It is not a funny scene, but the spectacle amidst all of the complexity was wild.


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

    I am not sure a movie would be worth seeing. The hero would have to be Hall, but what a shame he perished for the sake of one client achieving the summit. then, after the client is done, he stays with him. Tragic, for both, but what a spirit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Bradley, Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (100)

    In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

    Patti says: "History in Real Life"
    "Great insight into the lives of young men"
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    Would you listen to Flags of Our Fathers again? Why?

    Yes, the story is very good. We have all met these types of people, and to know how they made it through such an unbelievable endeavor, and their perspective on what they and their comrades did, is very interesting.


    What other book might you compare Flags of Our Fathers to and why?

    Not sure I have read one quite like it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Hoye?

    Not sure, very sappy. Perhaps this is the author's intent, but very sappy.


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

    I have been to Iwo Jima, and have felt the presence of ghosts on that island. When he read about the flag raising, and talked about the young men who raised it, the Marines and Civilians were wet eyed. The story was great, but the presence in that place, who could stay dry eyed. It is an amazing place.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, though the perception of boy's is somewhat misleading and overplayed. While young and innocent in many ways, these are young men. The situation in the world, at the time they lived is tragic in many ways. The things they endured were superhuman, but that does not make them "boys". They are young men, and as stupid and foolish as young men can be, it is a testament to each of them that they continued to do what they do, when asked to do so by their country. I love the men, I spent time with them as a young man, and I hope we never have to endure this type of conflict again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1017)
    Story
    (1013)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Stimulating thought"
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    If you could sum up Moonwalking with Einstein in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic information


    What did you like best about this story?

    The process behind learning/memorizing, and how the brain works to remember.


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

    A chance to listen while driving.


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

    No, it caused a lot of reflection and thought with respect to how one can apply the processes and understanding to the real world. Could you train children to remember in this way, such that they would be better students?


    Any additional comments?

    Information overload, what a great presentation of the way the mind functions and how it can be trained. Trying to figure out how to make it practical is the next step....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (4875)
    Performance
    (4119)
    Story
    (4088)

    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"
    "Very thought provoking"
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    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Self reflection


    What did you like best about this story?

    Concept of how change can occur


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

    Good read, though little with which to entertain. The book is primarily facts and data.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, hope for changing ourselves and others exists. We have to decide to make the improvements.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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