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Bogdan Ponomarov

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  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (362)
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    (336)
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    (337)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "We live on."
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    When I first picked up this book, I only heard people saying that if the first page strikes a chord with the strings of you soul, there's no way you could put it down from there on. Well, it's only partially true, as it lured me into its bittersweet adventure and kept me excited the whole way throughout the book.

    Although the last page, as well as the first, made a breathtaking impression, causing shivers up and down my spine, almost every other page is filled with phrases one would want to come back to and relive again. I believe I was even more lucky as I listened to the book. There's some kind of special magic about that Indian accent I liked so much mixed with a low, deep narration of the main character. My affection towards people and events presented grew stronger and stronger as the hours of chapters flew by. Even more so, I liked the philosophy, as well as the principles of love and justice expressed by the author; they somehow resemble to those I've always believed in and tried to live according to.

    A special attention should be drawn to love, of course. Each page is filled with it, in this form or another, and you find yourself thinking that there's no any other way to truth, if not through love.

    Much can, and should be said as I finished the book, with the storm of feelings accumulated throughout this charming story. As for me, it could not be better expressed, other than with the help of the following sentence: "One deserves to give himself or herself a gift of this fascinated journey that "Shantaram" kindly offers."

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8420)
    Performance
    (6563)
    Story
    (6593)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "A Jewel of an Auidiobook!"
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    We all start reading books with a hope for something breathtaking. In "The Book Thief" you are greeted by the voice of death, and the story promises to be quite amazing. Taking into consideration the gentleness of death's soothing narration, one cannot help but accept the invitation for an enticing journey.

    It's hard to overestimate the literal beauty of this well-written book. It was a pure joy to be guided through the pages of Leasel's life. With each page flipped over, so many lives were lured into death's soft, mighty hands. Nobody can escape that outcome, although a few can impress it. Leasel, and those close to here, were the ones that did a spectacular job at it, making this story such a pleasant adventure.

    I should give special attention to the audio version of the book. The listening experience was particularly enjoyable as the narrator did such a spectacular job at imitating the author's vision of how the story should sound like. The whole book was like a sweet lullaby sung by death, praising the human race in general, and certain souls in particular.

    I would highly recommend to read/listen to "The Book Thief." The recently produced motion picture only amplifies the overall positive impression left by the book. If you're looking for a story to touch your soul and leave some memorable moments for years to come, consider asking the compassionate death to read out loud this one for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1800)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1168)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "Powerful principle for all times."
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    A man who spent his lifetime seeking for answers on personal development and patters of how rich people think and behave couldn't go in vain. "Think and Grow Rich" is the manifestation of all the passion and purpose Napoleon Hill put into this book. By following these obvious, yet unshakable principles, one will most definitely pave his way to success, fulfillment and prosperity. However, it takes a lifetime to master those. With this book's company the journey becomes far easier and more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Sell Your Way Through Life: Highly Proven to Help Make Millionaires! (Revised)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By A. C. Fellner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Written in the depths of the Great Depression, How to Sell Your Way Through Life explores a crucial component of Achievement: your ability to make the sale. Ringing eerily true in today's uncertain times, Hill's work takes a practical look at how, regardless of our occupation, we must all be salespeople at key points in our lives. Hill breaks down concrete instances of how the Master Salesman seizes advantages and opportunities, giving you tools you can use to effectively sell yourself and your ideas.

    Bogdan Ponomarov says: "Solid addition to Hill's legacy."
    "Solid addition to Hill's legacy."
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    Having dived into the depth & abundance of Napoleon Hill's thought and experience, I cannot help but admire his life's work. It really does take guts to be a courageous dreamer in this fast-paced world. Discovering his books was a stepping stone on my way to advancement. There's a lifetime of discoveries, trials, errors and, eventually, success.

    This book, in particular, teaches one of the most important skills... It taps into our potential to sell ourselves through life by serving other people and ourselves in the greatest manner possible: by applying the golden rule. Hopefully, "How to Sell Your Way Through Life" will help and motivate you to discover it within you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (563)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "A gem to be appreciated over time"
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    This book has way much more to say than I can possibly perceive at this point in life. I believe I'll be coming back to this book many times throughout my adulthood and parenting.
    Perhaps it is the barrier of being a foreigner that created many obstacles in understanding it fully. In addition, being a 23-year old individual trying to figure things out in life, make it even more difficult.

    However, I'm grateful I came across this gem. But lots of polishing should be done before the true value of it can be uncovered and appreciated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangest Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Earl Nightingale
    • Narrated By Earl Nightingale
    Overall
    (104)
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    (90)
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    (91)

    I'd like to tell you about the strangest secret in the world. Not long ago, Albert Schweitzer, the great Dr. and Nobel Prize winner was being interviewed in London and a reporter asked him, "Doctor, what's wrong with men today?" The great doctor was silent a moment, and then he said, "Men simply don't think!" And it's about this that I want to talk with you. We live today in a golden age. This is an era that man has looked forward, dreamed of, and worked toward for thousands of years. But we take it for granted.

    Wagner Volanin says: "Earl Nightingale old cassettes are full of wisdom!"
    "Your Life Can Never Be the Same Again."
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    This little speech is life changing. Everything that I have ever managed to learn about this life is engraved here, in the simplest terms possible. The wisdom one hopes to acquire is always on the surface, yet so difficult to be acknowledged. The most simple things are the hardest to accept. This audio recording is short and precise. Every single word is vital, so it is up to a listener to grasp as much of it as he can.

    It will take years and years to make these 30 minutes a part of one's life. A great sense of calm and peace will be discovered, together with abundance and happiness at acceptance and realization of these words. Yet not the final destination is the reward, but the journey itself.

    “Ask, And It Shall Be Given You”
    “Seek, And Ye Shall Find”
    “Knock, And It Shall Be Opened Unto You”
    “For Every One That Asketh Receiveth”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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