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Robert

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  • The Future of Success

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert B. Reich
    • Narrated By Robert B. Reich
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The dizzying exuberance of the Internet-driven marketplace offers unprecedented opportunities and an ever-expanding choice of products and jobs. This is a boon to us as consumers, but it's wreaking havoc in the rest of our lives. Using examples from everyday life, Reich delineates what success is coming to mean in our time and suggests how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives.

    Kenneth says: "What you knew, but hadn’t articulated"
    "an economist's world view"
    Overall

    If you find discussions about economic factors that influence life enjoyable, then you will find this an especially exciting treat. If you are not an economist there is still plenty to enjoy and appriciate.

    He tells great stories about our modern economy and what impact our daily choices have. He explains everything from why we have the number of children we have to why we marry or decide not to marry through the lens of economics.

    Why do I hire a housekeeper?........ Economics.
    Why do I have my son's birthday at Chuck E Cheeses?........ Economics
    Why are african american women having fewer children?....... Economics, of course!

    I did enjoy it, however, and in fact I quote this book often and play entertaining bits of it to classes. I am a college professor though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "borring!"
    Overall

    I tried. I mean, I REALLY tried to listen to this one. But man this guy nearly put me into a coma! It isn't the length, it is just out of this world mind numbing. This was the first audio book (out of 7) that really put me to sleep.

    It is like listening to a monotone history lecture. If you are a history buff that enjoyed the "talking to the blackboard" lectures is college, then this is right up your alley. I just couldn't connect though, although I really wanted to. I heard the author on NPR and was really interested in the topic. I just couldnt handle the guys boring voice.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Reaching for the Invisible God: What Can We Expect to Find?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Jay Charles
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Life has a way of toppling our presumptions as Christians. Author, Philip Yancey speaks on the questions that confront us all: How does this Christian faith work? How does God work? And how does he work for me?Yancey trims away false expectations of God through Scripture and human experience.Reaching for the Invisible God helps you from tough questions to a deeper relationship with a God you can love with all your heart.

    Carl Cravens says: "A Christian author has the doubts I do?"
    "Finally a thoughtful Christian book"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Yancey. He is upfront with his doubts but remains a commited believer in Christ because, as he states, "whom else should he follow". The shares tragic stories that have shaken his faith and goes on to explain why he continues to believe and why his faith in God has increased.

    He explains his journey from simplistic blind faith to a deeper more robust and complex trust in the Lord.

    It is refreshing hearing from someone with doubts and questions just like me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Warren
    • Narrated By Rick Warren
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    The Purpose-Driven Life will help you understand God's amazing plan for you. Rick Warren will guide you through a spiritual journey that will transform your answer to the important question: What am I here for? Knowing God's purpose will reduce your stress, focus your energy, and give meaning to your life. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This book will be a classic treasured by generations to come.

    Felix says: "Great book... but only for believers.."
    "All my christian friends love it"
    Overall

    All my christian friends sing praise for this book. They also joke about how they are all on the 15th day of the book and they have had it for 6 months. Hence, it is NOT a real page turner! It is well intentioned but quite shallow.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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