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Orange Monkey

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  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (305)

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"
    "GREAT LISTEN"
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    Now I'm Swedish, which could influence my opinion but I don't think it does. It's a great listen with mainly great characters and a great story, told in a great way.
    Although, don't believe that Swedish names and Swedish accents sound like they do in this recording.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Essential People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Dale Carnegie
    Overall
    (38)
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    (33)
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    Have you ever walked away from a conversation full of doubts and insecurities? Do you feel as if you've lost a little ground after every staff meeting? Most of us are either too passive or too aggressive in our business life, and we end up never getting the support, recognition, or respect that we so desire. But this solution-packed program is about to change all that.

    Orange Monkey says: "Assertive - Yet Not Aggressive, as a WOMAN"
    "Assertive - Yet Not Aggressive, as a WOMAN"
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    I almost didn't get this book because of some of the negative reviews. As I have read, listened to and enjoyed How to Win Friends and Influence People several times since a teenager - I figured this book wouldn't seem to offer any additional value.

    THAT IS PLAINLY NOT TRUE! - at least not for me.

    I have honestly never, ever heard such a CLEAR and pragmatic discussion on the question of effective assertiveness. Perhaps that is because of where I'm currently in my life, and what I've learned this far. I was 'ready' for it.

    Effective assertiveness - is MY main issue, and I think that's a more common issue for women than we might think.

    I believe in the responsibility of speaking up, especially when I'm speaking up on someone else's behalf, or simply for what's been agreed upon, what has been promised and so on. I think I'm being constructively ASSERTIVE, yet I'm probably often coming off as AGGRESSIVE.

    And then I realize that that's how I come across - so I apologize, and back off.

    This book taught me I can stick to my assertiveness, the WHAT, and simply 're-designing' the HOW. I have a very hard time being 'fake'; that is saying stuff I don't mean, so these tips are very pragmatic and useful, in staying assertiveness, yet in a way that make people perceive it as assertiveness, and not aggressiveness.

    We, as humans, have stricter rules for how women can behave, especially when it comes to assertiveness. The balance is more narrow. We are easily judged as aggressive, 'bitch' when behaving in a way that would not just be accepted from a man, but even admired.

    No point in complaining about that.

    Simply learn to play by the rules, so you truly can contribute with everything you can, and enjoy the freedom to speak your mind in order to be a valuable contributor. Keep up your listening skills, admit mistakes, be flexible - AND learn to be ASSERTIVE in an EFFECTIVE way - and there is no limit.

    This book is HIGHLY ENLIGHTENING!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul: Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5 - 8

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    Overall
    (38)
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    (32)
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    Today's children live in a world filled with adventure, mental stimulation, topical issues, and personal challenges. The values they learn now, between the ages of 5 and 8, will shape the rest of their lives. Through this collection of heartfelt true stories about family ties, helping neighbors, and lasting friendships, children will see how other kids their age have learned valuable lessons from the choices they've made - and most of all, they will realize that they are not alone in dealing with some of the difficult issues in their lives.

    shrockin says: "My kids love these"
    "Life lessons wrapped in deep enjoyment"
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    For thousands of years stories have been the vehicle for knowledge, values, beliefs and facts from one generation to another. Human brains are primed to learn through stories, anecdotal evidence that engages emotionally, that paints a vivid picture, that makes us identify with the challenges. It's imaginary role-play; dealing with situations in your mind before being confronted with difficult dilemmas in real life.

    Our 5-year-old loves these. She listens intently. Days, weeks or months afterwards she will bring up an example from one of these stories as a comment to something that happens.

    With fewer and fewer of us having multi-generational villages with elders having the time and patience to tell important stories to all of our children, these are a beautiful and crucial addition to priming our kids to ethically reflective beings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24960)
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    (22822)
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    (22804)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S ALL AS LEGAL AS LOTTERY TICKETS"
    "Sorry Mr King, but I was a little disappointed"
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    This is a review for those of you who like me, read a lot, but not that much fiction (due to lack of time), and thus want the ones you read to be unique, intriguing, thought provoking - something Stephen King is great at delivering - like King's 11/22/63.

    I purchased this book based on the ravishing reviews here. And I ended up disappointed. So even though I seldom write reviews I am now taking the time in case there's someone like me out there.

    What's the problem here?
    Great characters, and the peformance is GREAT. Yet, it fails to deliver anything novel, intriguing. I found it predictable, a bit of a 'cookie-cutter' novel.

    I know I'm going against the stream here, but hey, there are many other great Stephen King novels out there (even his book on writing is superb) so if you are a little bit picky due to time restraint and don't want to be disappointed: pick another one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Steven L. Goldman
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman Ph.D. Boston University
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (209)
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    Choose one: (A) Science gives us objective knowledge of an independently existing reality.... or (B) Scientific knowledge is always provisional and tells us nothing that is universal, necessary, or certain about the world.Made your choice? Welcome to the science wars. This long-running battle over the status of scientific knowledge began in ancient Greece, raged furiously among scientists, social scientists, and humanists during the 1990s, and has reemerged in today's conflict between science and religion over issues like evolution.

    Larry says: "Emancipation from what you think you don't know"
    "A course that could save the world"
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    Steven L. Goldman takes you along on a journey through the seemingly obvious: the success of science to improve the world. Even though that is non-arguable the case, science almost lost it's trust among the general public, with incomprehensible possible consequences due not to the failings of science to generate results, but due to what philosophers of science was arguing about scientific knowledge.

    This is a profound question. Is there objective, universal truth? And is that what science gives us? As Derrida and Foucalt came into fashion during the mid 20th century, more and more started questioning the earlier privileged position of scientific knowledge. Social construction theory was slowly undermining the trust in science. This was an important wake up call for the scientific community who had been too busy doing science not to bother engaging themselves in the "philosophical debate". In the 1980s it had become obvious that science was about to lose the war.

    Goldman gives an intelligent analysis with key events and individuals explaining the reasons why the science wars came into existence, and how it can be resolved.

    Science is not objective truth, but that does not diminish science. Science is still the greatest tool there is for dealing with ordinary experience, giving us control over our environments. Why that is the case, and how that can be argued is brilliantly explained in this course.

    Understanding that, is the best way in which most of us can support science, the greatest invention there ever was.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1728)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "A magic wand for getting the results you want"
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    Pleasant surprises are at times life-changing. Stumbling across something that you easily could have missed, ending up transforming your life.

    My expectations were low when I purchased this book. Hoping for some inspiration to get started with "unstuffing" my house, I instead got the mind-set of a super-achiever; following-through, according a plan, in a systematic way.

    By starting with the small stuff you can't delude yourself that you're living according to your theoretically high standards when you aren't. Getting organized and disciplined creates ripples on the water, affecting bigger areas in your life.

    I've always been quite an organized person, this book was still extremely helpful with great advice on how to approach overloaded kitchen cabinets, counter tops and wardrobes.

    Paradoxically though, this is one of the most potent self-help books there are. It's behavioral therapy at its best, with clearly visible feedback.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9363)
    Performance
    (8406)
    Story
    (8414)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Tom says: "Beyond hopes, let alone expectations"
    "Not worth the time"
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    Jodi Picoult failed to touch my soul with this book. Characters, story and milieu lacked the sparkle needed to transform them into real, captivating people. The notion that I was reading about fictional characters created in someone's imagination never left me. I jumped several chapters to get to the end. The moral conundrums at stake never challenged me.
    No, there's better stuff out there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2722)
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    (2734)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "No need to be a baseball fan"
    "Moneyball changed my life"
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    This is not a book about baseball.

    This is about science, and what science can do for us.

    Being a skeptic, MD and well-acquainted with, and even public promoter of the virtues of a scientific approach to life, this book still changed my life.

    Never before has the value of a fact-based approach been so beautifully described. The follies of the opposite, never before so lucidly and humorously shown.

    Mesmerizing. (I had to get the hard copy as well.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21686)
    Performance
    (19492)
    Story
    (19571)

    Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Should you click on "Add to Cart"?"
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    Is clicking "Add to cart" a mistake?
    No.

    As long as you realize that you will get what you think you'll get.

    Dan Brown sticks with his old recipe (who wouldn't?): the erudite, ingenious Langdon finding himself in predicament with a beautiful and intelligent woman escaping not just the evil-minded but also Polizia de Stato; deciphering clues from ancient art, history, religion and myth to solve the puzzle - and in the mean time; saving the world.

    Boring? Well, yes and no.

    Yes, as no new neuron-connections fire off as the texts of Shakespeare have been shown to do. (If Dan Brown is reading reviews; the words "unnerve", "admonish" and "materialize" unnerve me as they keep materializing, and I admonish him to check for synonyms.)

    No, as I find it interesting to see how Brown works with his (best-selling) success-blue print for a novel, an opportunity to delve into Florence's rich history of culture and art, and yes, enabling me to discuss "Brown's latest".

    If looking for something breath taking, novel, exhilarating this is not for you. Brown's talent lies in writing easily digestible escapist-stories with the traction of needing to know if the main characters will escape their huntsmen at every turn, sprinkled with da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and bio-terrorism.

    As an extra flavor; Paul Michael's performance is excellent. Subtle nuances are pulled off so well I hardly notice them consciously, however they do add color and character to the story and is a pleasure to listen to.

    I had a splendid couple of hours in Florence in pleasant and intelligent company.

    Sometimes, that is one of the greatest merits of a story well told.




    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Adam Alter
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings.

    Moonglotexas says: "Pop psychology, don't be ensnared!"
    "Fascinating!"
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    The subject of this book is one that I myself (!) have considered writing a book on. I'm glad I didn't even try - this is great, and fascinating. And the red thread is easily discernible through all the otherwise quite unrelated phenomena.
    There's lots to be learned about oneself, others and the world, from this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1954)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "A must listen"
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    The mark that Steve Jobs has put on the world is difficult to grasp. It's not just the revolutions he has created in so many fields, but perhaps more importantly, he has become the inspiration and the symbol for a new culture. A new culture that will create a different world.

    Understanding this transformation of society demands an understanding of whom Steve Jobs was, and how he became whom he was. This book is both entertaining and at the same time answers those questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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