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D.W. Hawk

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  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1523)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Who Knew Math Could Be Entertaining?"
    Overall

    I picked this up because it was featured on the Audible home page and I had a couple of extra credits. I was looking for something different to listen to when walking the dog and waiting in airports. I had taken advanced math in high school, but, to be honest, I only excelled in the courses due to an excellent teacher (Thank you, Mrs. Claybrook), and then I stopped doing any kind of real algebra, trig, or calculus. At this point in my life, my brain stops working as soon as I hear numbers being tossed around.

    However, this book dealt with theory and history rather than functions and numbers. In the end, it was a very entertaining listen; chronicling the development of random theory from probability theory. Living in the Vegas area, I found the passages on gambling very engaging and interesting. I'll grant that the subject matter is not one that everyone will embrace, but this "math" book has changed a few notions of this "non-math" person.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2922)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1293)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Russell says: "Must Have"
    "Absolutely Inspiring"
    Overall

    If you have the guts and the drive to be debt free, this book will show you the way.

    If you have fears about being uncomfortable, if you have a short attention span, if you can't commit to long term goals, and if you feel obligated to martyrdom because of financial mistakes, you should download something from the fiction category instead.

    But if you've had enough of not even being able to live paycheck to paycheck...I double dare you to listen to this book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Uncommon Reader

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    When the queen chases a straying corgi through the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she happens upon the City of Westminster travelling library, and begins a journey of discovery.

    Angus says: "Poignant and full of wit."
    "Quaint, Whimsical, and Charming"
    Overall

    There is something old-fashioned and nostalgic about the way this story is told. The pace is not frenetic. The humor is mature, dry at times, and clever. And by the story's end I was left with the feeling that I had just enjoyed a warm afternoon in the company of an dignified older female relative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Campbell
    • Narrated By Ralph Blum
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Joseph Campbell transformed the way we view mythology, weaving traditional wisdom together with the modern struggle for identity and spiritual depth. This program brings new life to his brilliant poetic vision.

    Stephen says: "Unabridged Verison Is Needed"
    "Such An Important Book...Such a Poor Production"
    Overall

    This is truly a life-altering book for any artist seriously interested in the craft of storytelling and mythology. It's required reading for my undergraduate and graduate students. But to have Joseph Campbell's masterpiece erratically edited and then read with such an apparent lack of skill is embarrassing.

    My first wish is that the well-intentioned producers would have left the text in its original form. The book has been the definitive work regarding how an audience hears a story since 1949; how can cutting entire pages out of the chapters improve on that? My second wish is that the same producers would have hired a STORYTELLER -- one who understood the merits of vocal variation in pitch, pacing, and phrasing -- to read the work.

    Please don't let this review stop you from purchasing the book in print.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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