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Saud

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  • The Big Leap

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gay Hendricks
    • Narrated By Gay Hendricks
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (154)

    Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors.

    Monica Raven says: "Inspiring, useful, a little preachy but VERY good"
    "Okay, but it's still lacking"
    Overall

    The beginning is powerful, but then the book turns dull and inconsistent. It tries to be inclusive to many things, but lost my attention -and my interest- in the process.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (855)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Teddy says: "Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science"
    "A trip through the culinary world of today"
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    This book does an excellent job in answering all the little questions and curiosities you may have about food, the kitchen, and the mysteries surrounding the preparation of foods for consumption. It is well researched and highly entertaining throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (564)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Antisemites listed here"
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    If you're interested to know about all the groups that blame Jews, this book is for you. It sounds like a boo-hoo I'm the victim here book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (215)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "A good manners guide for nice jerks"
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    This book acknowledges that we are capable of thinking and doing mean things, and suggests a better way. If you're into self help books and want to try something different, this is a no brained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert G. Hoyland
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time.

    Saud says: "Islamic conquest history from the outside"
    "Islamic conquest history from the outside"
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    This is an interesting look at how historians view early Islamic conquests and the explanation of their effectiveness by looking at historical documents from Muslim and other historians at the time.

    The reason I give it three stars is because it requires you to look at maps in the accompanying reference PDF if you wish to get the most out of this book. While this isn't a big issue if you don't care about maps or geography; it could become annoying if maps matter to you. If that's the case, skip this and get the physical copy instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Rethink your dining experience"
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    We all know about some stories about unpleasant experiences with waiters, and this book doesn't shy away from that.

    I regularly visit various restaurants around town and have seen all sorts of service from terrible to amazing, and this audiobook helps make sense of the mindset of waiters and restaurant staff.

    A little warning: some chapters are not for the squeamish and deals with medical emergencies, bodily fluids, insects and unpleasant kitchen staff revenge techniques.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the sea, a war begins that will take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "surprisingly character driven"
    "Made me watch the movie again"
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    This is my first movie novelization book, and I enjoyed how detailed it is without taking away from the moments that made the movie worth rewatching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (2268)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2080)

    Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    Thomas says: "He is back!"
    "Good short story, but spoilers"
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    This is the first I've heard from Brandon Sanderson, but it won't be the last. I didn't know what to expect, but this short story takes place after the events of the first novel in his series, and some of these events are mentioned plenty of times in the length of this short book.

    Do I regret listening to this? No.

    Do I plan to go back and listen to Steelheart? Definitely. I might know what to expect but the writing is so solid, I just don't care that I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (409)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    John says: "A Great Value"
    "Interesting"
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    It is exactly what you'd expect: a history of the discovery and debates regarding planet Pluto. I expected it to be better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1601)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Theological sci-fi"
    Overall
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    As a Muslim, I found this story fascinating even though I disagree with the author's depiction of God. That aside, it is a well thought out and entertaining story.

    The story in a nutshell: An alien contacts an atheist scientist, and to his surprise the alien believes in God. What follows are some interesting conversations regarding theology, cosmology, history and what it means to be human. I truly enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1905)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1163)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "A close look at the history of antibiotics"
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    As dull and technical as the subject of medical research might be to the average person, this book successfully makes an interesting, gripping story out of it. Conflicted people, torn families, huge puzzles to be solved, a miracle drug, a fall from grace, and Nazis.

    What's there not to love?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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