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goatroper

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  • What the Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Arntz, Betsy Chase, Mark Vicente
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (187)

    With the help of 14 leading physicists, scientists, and spiritual thinkers, this book guides listeners on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? How can I create my day every day? What the Bleep answers this question and others through an innovative new approach to self-help and spirituality.

    Henrik says: "Attacking straw men"
    "Interesting at first, then hippy silliness"
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    Okay, this starts out very interesting but then turns into a bit of a hippie diatribe. It also blames a lot of victims for their situation. It comes down to using modern quantum theory to justify the position of some mystics. I'm not saying I disagree, but that's what the book's about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (945)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Not your Typical War Story"
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    This is an extraordinarily well told story. I found it riveting to the end. The human component comes through at every turn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (337)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "Very Nicely Done"
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    This is very well done and a great explanation of economic growth and decline. Unfortunately, I believe it is missing some crucial parts that become important through time. It goes a long way toward discussing current fiscal policy and why it can't work. It's non-partisan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17213)
    Performance
    (15292)
    Story
    (15245)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "OMG"
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    Just finished listening to this: Holy Smokes! The narrator plays the characters like a virtuoso. The story is, well, unimaginably good. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever been desperately in love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3735)
    Performance
    (3332)
    Story
    (3344)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Great Story, Different Narrator Would Be Better"
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    I enjoyed the story of Lincoln's assassination. It really only deals with the last couple of weeks of the president's life. That's a pity. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I'm not from wherever Bill O'Reilly is from and I find his accent very annoying. His reading style is a little too "I'm super smart" smug.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Satanic Verses

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (330)

    Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

    David Edelberg says: "Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses"
    "Maybe I'm not Smart enough to get it"
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    I can't say I care for this book. Of course, I also think that if someone's life was in peril because of this book, then I completely missed the point. I find it to be too full of psycho-erotic babble. It jumps around in time and place too much.
    However, the narration was easy on the ear.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Gardner
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (402)

    From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

    Kristopher says: "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
    "now i get it"
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    This is a well written explanation of why I'm fearful of a great deal of unlikely scenarios and nonchalant about the extraordinarily dangerous. Even more, the author allows me to understand and sometimes reprogram the collective mind in my workplace and at home to better reflect that which is truly important and that which is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (208)

    Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations.

    Erik says: "Fantastic"
    "the cause of the current financial meltdown"
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    This book is worth reading so that you may understand the reasoning that led us to deregulate everything and cause the current financial collapse. The Friedmans deftly weave between fact, science, fiction, and opinion in a fashion that leads the reader to accept it all as science.

    3 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3891)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1643)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "i get it"
    Overall

    good glimpse into the world of emotionally challenged kids. certainly not all are super bright. not all are gifted at math(s).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Enlightened

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Hopkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (41)

    Full of personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama's experiences as a life-long student, thinker, political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Becoming Enlightened is a remarkable and empowering work that can be enjoyed by seekers of all faiths, at every stage of spiritual development.

    deborah says: "Great Spiritual Guide"
    "as good as anything"
    Overall

    very nice review of the path to enlightenment. should be required material for school

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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