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Curtis

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  • 10 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 331 titles in library
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  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (450)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Fascinating story. Couldn't stop listening."
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    I really didn't know much about Janis Ian or her music. I was familiar with a couple of her hits. I listened to this mainly because it got rave reviews from other listeners. This isn't the typical book I listen to on a regular basis. I am more the business book and self-help type but decided I wanted a break. Her story was extremely fascinating and provided a wonderful glimpse into what it is like to make it and not make it in the music world.

    She tells her story, and its a life with wild ups and downs, in such an open and honest way. She is a fantastic story teller/narrator, which makes sense as she is a singer songwriter. This has been one of my favorite audiobooks. Love the fact that in the audiobook you get to hear her music all along the way.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mambo in Chinatown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her 11-year-old sister, and works - miserably - as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew exis.

    Curtis says: "Loved the inside view of two different worlds"
    "Loved the inside view of two different worlds"
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    What did you love best about Mambo in Chinatown?

    A couple of years ago I became an avid amateur ballroom dancer and at the same time I have parents that immigrated from China. This was an accurate journey into both worlds. The characters were very realistic to me. I love ballroom dancing and in many ways, this book's insider descriptions of this world helps me to articulate why. Also, the clash of cultures is one that I can totally relate to and I felt myself cheering on the main character Charlie to successfully navigate between them.


    What about Angela Lin’s performance did you like?

    Angela Lin is one of the best narrators I have heard. She has the amazing ability to credibly bring several very different characters and their personalities to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11835)
    Performance
    (10246)
    Story
    (10225)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Much richer than expected, even with the hype"
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    Ever go to a movie because everyone else said how great it was? Then when you go you are disappointed because your expectations were so high? That's what I thought was going to happen with this book. Several people told me to read this and there is so much business news about Apple all the time that I thought that my high expectations would lead me to be to be disappointed. Instead this book far surpassed my expectations even with high expectations going in.

    It really explains why Steve Jobs was and is so highly regarded in the business world for his genius. There are all sorts of lessons on what it takes to create a great product and to be innovative. On the other hand, a clear example that business success and success in other aspects of life don't always go hand in hand.

    I also really enjoyed getting a overview of birth of the tech industry in the U.S. The research done for this biography is outstanding.

    I thought the narration was excellent and enjoyed listening to the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (608)

    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Elton says: "Just love this book!"
    "Good advice. Very basic. Nothing new."
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    This book provides good solid practical advice. However I read a lot of business books and found myself getting bored by basic information like communicate benefits vs. features. I was disappointed as I found his previous book, the Art of Non-Conformity so much more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (645)

    Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores, for the first time, the region of your highest self and definitively shows you how you can truly change your concept of yourself, embark upon a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible - and “all things” mean that nothing is left out.

    james blackmon says: "Dr. Wayne's best yet on metaphysical manifestation"
    "Evolution of his previous work"
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    I have been a fan of Wayne Dyer for years. I think this book really lays out his prescription for creating the life you would like and for me, answers many of the questions I still had from his previous works. With Wayne Dyer, you are either going to buy into his line of thinking wholeheartedly or think it way too "new age" and too "out there". There is no in between, especially with this book. I am buying into his premise and believe it will make a big difference in my life and following his advice in the past already has.

    I like hearing books narrated by the author and it works well for me in this read,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1371)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1164)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Solid information but nothing new"
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    Book starts out with solid information about Charisma. But ends up being a compilation of good advice about emotional intelligence in general. In the middle of the book I lost interest because there was nothing really new.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (348)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Amusing for a long time, then gets old"
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    I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Shatner has a lot of personality and attitude and it was fun to hear his perspective on many of the different TV shows and movies he has been apart of. However, started to lose interest in the second half of the book. Too much Shatner on Shatner to sustain interest.

    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
    (5202)
    Performance
    (4404)
    Story
    (4374)

    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"
    "Great Memorable Stories with Practical Tips"
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    Any additional comments?

    Good application to both life and work. The author goes deep on select memorable stories to provide a few solid and interesting points in each chapter. I listen to a lot of self-improvement and business books and found myself very engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Gordon
    • Narrated By Jon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

    Shemia says: "Simple, straightforward"
    "The Energy Bus"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book. The principles and story are simple and maybe some you have heard before, but I still think they are powerful. They have been put together in a fun and engaging fable. Also, I found the issues addressed rang true to real work situations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began: Tomorrow Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

    Bev says: "Listen, you won't be sorry..."
    "Tomorrow, When the War Began"
    Overall

    Our family, including two boys, age 12 and 14, really enjoyed this book on a long summer road trip. The narrator is superb and the story is engaging with great character development.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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