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United States | Member Since 2011

  • 11 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 97 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "You're better off with the DVD"

    I normally prefer the complete, unabridged version of most Audiobooks, for maximum reading pleasure. In "The Secret," however, I found the unabridged audio version contrary to the themes and purpose of the book: There's too much negativity. Interviewed experts rant ad nauseum, with far too many examples of how our negativity affects us.

    I watched the abridged DVD several months after discarding the present audiobook. The 90-minute DVD format was both tight and focused. The downside of negativity was appropriately presented, without being "dragged out" at the reader's and the book's emotional expense.

    Not Recommended.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane Austen's most popular novel, originally published in 1813, some 17 years after it was first written, presents the Bennet family of Longbourn. Against the background of gossipy Mrs. Bennet and the detached Mr. Bennet, the quest is on for husbands for the five daughters. The spotlight falls on Elizabeth, second eldest, who is courted by Darcy, though initially she is more concerned with the fate of her other sisters.

    Marilyn Pearse says: "Pride and Prejudice"
    "The best English I have ever heard in my life"
    What made the experience of listening to Pride and Prejudice the most enjoyable?

    Pride and Prejudice offers the most glorious use of English I'm aware of, and Emilia Fox's reading is on par with the language.

    What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice to and why?

    Pride and Prejudice is incomparable, for both the language, and for the massive transformation of the protagonists. It is the standard for Romantic Literature.

    What about Emilia Fox’s performance did you like?

    Excellent tone, emotional connection, and character rendering.

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

    If possible, sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kevin Hall
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We live our lives word by word - to build our relationships, to convey our points of view, to object to wrongs done to us or to others, to comfort our children and our friends. We also use the wrong words - sometimes unknowingly - and get ourselves into situations we'd rather not be in. As Stephen R. Covey points out in his introduction: "Words sell and words repel; Words lead and words impede; Words heal and words kill."

    Loralin says: "Highly Recommended and very inspirational."
    "Sounds Like Polyester Self-Help"

    Talk about falling for a gimmick, hook, line and sinker... Stephen Covey gave a "heart felt" speech for "Aspire" in a promo video which was sent to me by USAirways Dividend Miles program.

    I was herded into making a purchase.

    Aspire has a totally manufactured feel, and is far too pretentious, from the introduction, to around the middle of the book, where I simply gave up.

    I want my money back!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The 80/20 Principle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Koch
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel

    Learn the secret of success by achieving more with less. Find out how you can tap the hidden potential of the 80/20 principle in your life. Richard Koch is a highly successful entrepreneur and investor. His 80/20 Principle - that 80 per cent of results flow from just 20 per cent of the causes - is the one true principle of highly effective people and organizations.

    Ola says: "Tiresome to listen to"
    "Great book, questionable narration"

    Richard Koch's 80/20 Principle inspires the listener to cut out the meaningless waste of time, energy and activity in their life.

    The narration, however, suffers from a rather irritating little problem. Narrator Richard Aspel's rendering of straight text is quite good. Unfortunately, Aspel makes caricatures of the numerous quotations that pepper the book, to the point of distraction, especially after the first listen, when one endeavors to study the material in depth.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Siddhartha

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi

    This compelling spiritual quest by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is considered one of the most important works of 20th century fiction. Siddhartha's search for enlightenment leads him to the river of life itself. On his journey he learns from many teachers...

    Scott says: "Choosing an audio version of Siddhartha"
    "Choosing an audio version of Siddhartha"

    Audible currently offers 4 versions of Hermann Hesse's, "Siddhartha". I'd like to help you with your selection.

    Derek Jacobi brilliantly breathes life into the current edition. The reading is stellar, making this by far the recommended choice. Caveat: this version is abridged.

    As for the unabridged versions:

    Fidrous Bamji: If you must choose an unabridged version, this is the best of the lot. The narration is pleasing to the ear, but simply lacks the magic of Jacobi's rendition.

    James Langton: TOO FAST. Langton literally speed narrates the story, leaving you with a throbbing headache by the time he's done.

    Harish Bhimani: Bhimani sounds too self-indulgent, seems to be in love with his own voice. Pronunciation and inflection are questionable. The translation sounds flat, dead, worn.

    18 of 19 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

    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!"
    "Finally, a Stephen King book for me!"

    This is the first and only book I have ever read by Stephen King. I'm not a fan of the horror-thriller genre of fiction, but I have always been aware of both King's fame... and his great talent as a writer.

    In "On Writing," King's literary greatness shines through, for readers of all persuasions and preferences. It reads like a story, a novel in which the protagonist overcomes life's challenges, whilst intimately confiding the secrets of his success to the reader. The author's narration makes the message ever more intimate.

    The "Afterword", in which King relates his near fatal accident, reads like a Stephen King short story, stunning in detachment, detail, humor, along with a touch of horror. Through it, we discover that life is about meaningful activity, and love. It's clear that King's compass has always pointed to his deep love for writing, and his deep love for his wife.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn Harrold's Ultimate Guide to Relaxing Sleep Every Night

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold

    This audio program uses skilled hypnotherapy techniques that can help guide you into a deep and relaxing sleep. Glenn Harrold, the UK's best-selling hypnotherapist, combines the very latest clinical hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital sound for total mind and body relaxation. In this very receptive relaxed state, you will be given a number of post-hypnotic suggestions and carefully layered affirmations to help you achieve your goals.

    Kylie says: "ZZZZZzzzzzz-------------"
    "Too much thinking for bedtime"

    Glenn Harrold has a great voice, but unfortunately, the content is entirely flawed. Instead of a pleasant, positive, powerful drift off into the promised relaxing sleep every night, Mr. Harrold quickly launches into a conceptual discourse on the conscious and unconscious mind. Easy to ignore on the first listen, but a sleep-inhibiting mental snare after that.

    My advice to Mr. Harrold: Keep working on it! Go back to the drawing board, get rid of the conceptual content and psychological discourse and put us sleepers on the road to positive sleep... every night!

    Not Recommended

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Off-the-beaten path MBA"

    If you come from a lower or middle class background, the principles of dream and goal definition; overcoming fear; elimination of time wasting habits; small business set up and organization; and freedom from wage slavery were probably not part of your education.

    Fret no more; The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss provides simplified yet detailed steps that will take you from the bonds of the cubicle dwelling wage slave or workaholic entrepreneur, to time and space freedom: the ability to live where and when you want to while systematically and responsibly assuring you meet or exceed your material and safety needs.

    I've been living as a modern nomad most of my adult life, from Latin America to Europe to Asia, but never managed to get a solid financial footing... and I am an Economist by profession. Intense study of Mr. Ferriss' work has saved me from the throes of workaholism, and made me realize the need and method to completely restructure my small business to provide adequate positive cashflow and growth.

    Ray Porter more than captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the work in his enthusiastic rendering.

    Highly Recommended

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Jeremy Irons Over the Top in The Alchemist"

    Bravo for yet another superlative Audio presentation from Audible! The Alchemist may be Paulo Coelho's best work, and Jeremy Irons' exquisite voice rendering is no less than impeccable. Throw away your paperback version and download this treasure now!

    Highly Recommended

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone

    With more than two million copies sold, this classic guide to accumulating wealth has profoundly affected the world. Author George S. Clason uses simple and inspiring parables to illustrate how easily people can change their fiscal habits to enjoy a comfortable level of financial independence.

    Michael says: "One of my favorites"
    "A literary masterpiece of personal finance"

    Wow! what other all-encompassing word can be used to describe George S. Clason's masterpiece, The Richest Man in Babylon. It touches upon every aspect of personal finance in a series of loosely related, riveting tales.

    The book's fresh perspective drives home themes from overcoming debt to the wisdom of saving to the path to freedom from the "rat race" and more. The setting in ancient Babylon, in addition to providing romantic flavor and literary style, removes the work from the modern age and Western Civilization, rendering its principles both timeless and universal.

    A small critique of grammar: the use of antiquated second person forms (you, thee, ye, and their variants) is inconsistent and incorrect. The powerful content and excellent narration, however, more than compensate for this linguistic flaw.

    Highly Recommended

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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