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  • A Lion Called Christian

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Bourke, John Rendall
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
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    (31)
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    (30)

    In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube® and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion, Christian, after they had left him in Africa to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.

    Yuefang says: "From YouTube, now I listen their whole story"
    "Heartwarming story about Christian the lion"
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    Quick read on a true life story of two friends that buy a lion cub at Harrod's department store in the late 1960s. Their experiences raising the cub into adolescence and ultimately returning him to his natural habitat with the help of a well-known naturalist George Adamson is truly amazing.

    The story sparked renewed interest after a video appeared on YouTube showing the two friends reuniting with the lion, Christian, in the African wild. It's a beautiful moment to witness. I found the story of how these two young men were able to form such a close bond with a lion inspiring. It gave me newfound respect and awareness for the welfare of these creatures in their natural and unnatural habitats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Amy Cuddy
    • Narrated By Amy Cuddy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5166)
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    (4526)
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    (4497)

    Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

    liqingtao says: "Your body shapes your mind,your mind shapes your behavior,your behavior shapes your future."
    "Power posing and how it can transform your life"
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    What is presence? How does one have presence in everyday life? Why is having presence important? Cuddy answers these and many more questions on the topic by providing a multitide of anecdotal evidence and research studies to demonstrate the positive effects of improving one's presence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
    • Narrated By Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17440)
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    After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

    ambER says: "WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT"
    "Thought provoking dystopian story"
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    Beautifully written and thought provoking story set in a fictional dystopian time period (1990's or 80s). The story unfolds from the perspective of the narrator (Offred - of Fred). The history of how events unfolded to create the setting is explained in further detail much later in the story. It's an interesting history created by Atwood but at the same time familar in the real world. Themes of misogyny, class systems, patriarchy, and ecological disasters pervade the story. A great read, highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
    Overall
    (4542)
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    (4091)
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    If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice & Fire. This volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Daniel says: "Calm Down, Fanboys"
    "Excellent Game of Thrones History Book!"
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    Excellent history book of the world of game of thrones. Thorough histories of westeros, it's people and ruling families in the first half and Essos and the lands beyond in the second half. I enjoyed learning about the various peoples of this world and the rocky history of Westero's ruling families. I plan to reference this book again and again in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30212)
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    (27219)
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    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Sher from Provo says: "Quite a journey"
    "Get Ready for an Adventure!"
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    Beautifully written adventure of one little hobbit and 14 dwarves by master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkien. I enjoyed following Bilbao and his dwarvish company through the many obstacles, victories and defeats they encountered in their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the evil dragon Smaug and the subsequent battle that ensues. Tolkien's Middle Earth and it's inhabitants are richly detailed and interesting in their own right. Luckily he wrote many more books set in this mysterious and fantastical world for all of us to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Romance: An Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
    • Narrated By Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
    Overall
    (28236)
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    (25140)
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    At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

    ty says: "Entertaining and informative"
    "Funny & relevant insights on love & dating "
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    Very funny and interesting read from well known comedian Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. Ansari's brand of humor lightens up the more scientific side of romance and helps to navigate the various angles they delve into. This includes a history of dating, modern dating practices, real life anecdotes, marriage, cheating and love in other parts of the world. Ansari occasionally draws examples from his life but mostly he recounts stories from others who freely participated in discussions and surveys that were administered during the research process of writing this book. I think that's the strength of the story as reference to statistics and other research findings can be hard to relate to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14126)
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    (11823)
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    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Amazon Customer says: "As good as ever!"
    "funny and intriguing take on the end of the world"
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    Enjoyable story with several intersecting storylines of quirky and interesting characters centered around one main event (end of the world). The journey to the main event has many funny twists and turns along the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norse Mythology

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (26013)
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    (23853)
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    Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

    David S. Mathew says: "Welcome to Valhalla"
    "Fresh re-telling of the well-known Norse myths"
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    Thoroughly enjoyable re-telling of the Norse myths. Thor, Loki, and Odin all come to life in various stories retold by Mr. Gaiman's skillful ability to bring humor and depth to each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pushback: How Smart Women Ask - and Stand Up - for What They Want

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Selena Rezvani, Lois P. Frankel
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    Overall
    (76)
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    (61)
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    (61)

    In Pushback, top leadership consultant Selena Rezvani argues that self-advocacy is critical to success. Yet women initiate negotiations four times less often than men, resulting in getting less of what they want - promotion opportunities, plum assignments, and higher pay. This book shines a light on the real rules of holding your own and pushing back for what is rightfully yours. Drawing on interviews with high-level leaders, Rezvani offers listeners the truth about how women have asked their way to the top.

    Melina Garza says: "Straightforward Advice for Women Professionals"
    "Straightforward Advice for Women Professionals"
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    Excellent book on how to ask for what you want in a professional setting. The first few chapters help to set the stage on why women struggle to ask for what they want or deserve. The rest of the chapters focus on techniques and examples. I reread these chapters as I was preparing for job interviews and critical business negotiations.

    I highly recommend this book to any female professional looking for guidance on this subject.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose - Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ray C. Anderson, Robin White
    • Narrated By Ray C. Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (3)
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    His story is now legend. In 1994, after reading The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken, Ray Anderson felt a "spear in the chest." The founder of Interface, Inc., a billion-dollar carpeting manufacturer, realized that his company was plundering the environment and he needed to steer it on a new course. Since then, Interface has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 82 percent, and the goal is to reach a zero environmental footprint by 2020.

    Melina Garza says: "Relevant and Impactful Sustainability Story"
    "Relevant and Impactful Sustainability Story"
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    Excellent book from Ray Anderson on his personal journey implementing sustainable and environmentally friendly business and manufacturing processes. His experiences, triumphs and failures lend wisdom to an industry that is challenged with staying competitive and relevant. He offers many stories from outside and inside his business on important sustainability themes. Many metrics and studies are also presented to drive points home.

    The chapter I found most inspiring was social sustainability. This is a point that I hadn't paid much attention to and is a critical pillar to creating and sustaining a healthy community. Again, he offers many real and touching stories to give life to the topic.

    I've purchased copies of this book for several friends as I believe his story resonates with business professionals of all backgrounds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas R. Conant, Mette Norgaard
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
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    (24)

    Most leaders feel the inevitable interruptions in their jam-packed days are troublesome. But in TouchPoints, Conant and Norgaard argue that these - and every point of contact with other people - are overlooked opportunities for leaders to increase their impact and promote their organization's strategy and values. Through previously untold stories from Conant's tenure as CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Norgaard's vast consulting experience, the authors show that a leader's impact and legacy are built through hundreds, even thousands, of interactive moments in time.

    Jose J. Ruiz says: "Great book!"
    "Make Time for Touchpoints!"
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    Quick read on a topic of a critical leadership skill. The recurring theme is making time for touchpoints and making them impactful. Conant's research and stories shared by other leaders emphasize this point over and over. He also spends time addressing different management styles and how to mold oneself's style to better suit the needs of their team and organization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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