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  • Community: The Structure of Belonging

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (14)

    Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities - businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government - do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost.

    Eric says: "Great book if it's for you"
    "Great book if it's for you"
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    Book has some great incites on community building practices. It is written almost like a manual on how to get started on community building. Really good for someone who is a natural leader and is looking for some concrete structure to build off of. The book is written for the right brained and looks at community building from less of an idealistic approach and more from a concrete one. I found the book interesting and informative, but not exactly applicable to me per-se. The print copy would probably be more useful if someone where to use it as an actual manual. I bought a copy of the print version for someone who works on community building in my neighborhood and she absolutely loves the book. I didn't get a whole lot out of it, but mostly because I am not doing community organizing so... check your situation, could be really beneficial for you and your community.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (278)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "As an Evangelical Christian, it blew my mind"
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    I come from a Non-Denominational Evangelical Christian background (yeah, i helped vote him in, sorry) and I was a Biology major in college. I originally majored in Biology to better understand Evolutionary Theory so that I could help debunk it and enlighten those blinded by it and save them for Jesus. What I found was that though the theory of Evolution is not provable beyond a bible thumpers shadow of a doubt, it is a very good scientific theory and its the best we got in terms of thinking concretely and logically. Taking those same principles, Mr. Wright applies them to how the thought of god could have evolved very naturally with the rise of civilization. He has very very good evidence and solid theories to back up this idea of his. It was a life changing and challenging read. As a Christian, it totally ripped my faith apart and left me feeling empty inside. Since I was about 16-17yrs old my self-worth and my confidence in myself (which I had for years felt it to be very solid and rewarding) was based solely on the existence of God. This book really challenged me on this issue and after listening to it, I went through a very dark time trying to work though the different issues that he placed before me in his writings. Part of me had wished that I had not listened to this book, but an other part of me was glad that this challenge was given to me because the thought of believing something and identifying with something which was false was very unappealing to me, rather discussed me and brought in thoughts of suicide and apathy. Through much time, thought, and what at first felt like empty emotionally draining hurtful prayer I was able to comeback to a Christian faith, but it is definitely not the same one I had before. I cannot say that this book was the only instrument in this process that I went through but it was definitely the heavy weight that broke the camel's back more than the straw. If your a zealous neo-Darwin atheist, you'll love this book. ;)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • VangoNotes for Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, 8/e, Topic 26: Regulation of Blood Volume and Blood Pressure

    • ORIGINAL (23 mins)
    • By Frederic H. Martini, Judi L. Nath
    • Narrated By Mark Greene, Amy LeBlanc
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    You're busy. We get it. With VangoNotes you can study "in between" all the other things you need to get done. VangoNotes gives you the confidence you need to succeed in the classroom. They're flexible; just download and go. And, they're efficient. Use them in your car, at the gym, walking to class, wherever. Get yours today and start studying.

    Eric says: "Not very informative"
    "Not very informative"
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    These notes just give you a very very un-detailed overview of the systems. Not very helpful in studying for a test. I had hoped that I could so some studying off of these while running the track in-between classes, but they really didn't help at all of understanding the more difficult to understand parts of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
    • Narrated By Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (103)

    Is this a book for beer aficionados or business enthusiasts? Both, and it's as refreshing as a cold brew. In Beer School, authors and entrepreneurs Steve Hindy and Tom Potter share the improbable saga of Brooklyn Brewery, the company they grew from a home-brew hobby into a multimillion-dollar business - all in the most competitive beer market in the United States.

    Chris - Audible says: "Good story, bad narrator"
    "Good Business Book, Bad Beer Book"
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    I like beer, I'm not really interested in starting a publicly traded multimillion dollar business. I did still find the book interesting and learned about the risks and drive in the business world. Definitely deterred me from starting any type of business. I run a small one man painting business. That's good enough for me, don't have to worry about funds to people to hire/fire. Book also gave a lot of incites to working in a business relationship between two people. So if you and your buddy are thinking about starting a business together this would be a very enjoyable business book to read together about a fun product. If you love beer and want to learn about beer making, or if your a home-brewer (like me) and are thinking about selling a couple bottles (vs. starting a huge beer making business) this is not the book for you. But if your thinking about starting a large brewery or any type of large company this is a very good book for that.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DNA: The Secret of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Watson, Andrew Berry
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA structure, gives this authoritative yet personal account of the course of modern genetic research and the technological and ethical challenges unleashed by it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A view from within."
    "Great History"
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    This book gave just the completely history of what we know about DNA to date. Very informative and was a great review of everything I learned in college (I was a Biology major). Was really fun hearing the story from Watson's perspective. This read is a great way to add to your knowledge or to review information about DNA. It might be difficult to follow, however, if you have very limited understanding about DNA, nucleotides, basic chemical structure etc. Might want to do a little Wiki research and get familiar with some vocab first if this is your first rodeo; Watson gets pretty technical in some parts and it might go over your head. Had I not just finished my undergrad, it would have gone over mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3471)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2263)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Not my bag"
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    Book is interesting and written from a neat perspective, but I just wasn't all that into it. Just not the style of writing that I am into. Book shows everyone's perspective to different situations, which was very interesting and added a lot of humor to the text, but you really need to pay attention to which character is talking otherwise you'll be lost and have to backtrack... of course backtracking is way easier in a print than on the ipod, so I wouldn't discourage anyone from this novel, but just wasn't my style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jay Dobyns, Nils Johnson-Shelton
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (103)

    Getting shot in the chest as a rookie ATF agent, bartering for machine guns, throttling down the highway at 100 miles per hour, and responding to a full-scale, bloody riot between the Hells Angels and their rivals, the Mongols - these are just a few of the high-adrenaline experiences Jay Dobyns recounts in this action-packed, hard to imagine, but true story of how he infiltrated the legendary Hells Angels.

    Clay says: "Trashy but entertaining"
    "A fun ride"
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    Great book and Great reader. The reader's voice just sounds like a badass old tough biker. You'll want to jump on a Harley after this listen. Very interesting book and a great story. Just a lot of fun and a great story. Shows how tough working undercover can really be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6825)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2147)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Great Book, Great Reader"
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    I couldn't stop listening. This book and reader will draw you in and keep you interested. The book is so very touching and has great application to life. You'll want to be a better person after listening. I tried to watch the movie after listening to this, and I just couldn't do it. The movie didn't even compare with the lessons learned in this great novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Female Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Louann Brizendine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can't remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages. Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think and what they value.

    Michael Dillman says: "Great material :^D -- Agonizing orator >:^("
    "Ok, but annoying reader"
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    I found the book to be very informational. It is full of research and the author tries to make all that data still interesting, but the reader was almost unbearably difficult for me to listen to. She has a very "ditzy" tone to her voice and "mones" her words often. I can usually listen to a book for about 6 hours on end if it is interesting while I am at work, but I had to take frequent breaks with this one. Book was somewhat insightful, but if your hoping to understand women better... your search will be long and hard. This book is definitely not the end all.

    I'd say the book was a little better than two, but definitely not a three star listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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