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  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2902)
    Performance
    (2436)
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    (2398)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Some good information...but slooow going"
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    Dr. McGonigal provides an overview of the theory and practice of willpower, much of which is drawn from McGonigal's course at Stanford. I thought it was interesting, but I think the same content could have been delivered more efficiently if, perhaps, 1/3 of the text was edited out.

    I'm sure that many listeners would say that Walter Dixon's narration was pleasant and well delivered, but it was way too slow for me. I played much of it at 2x speed (a first for me) because it seem to be going in slow motion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (153)
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    (154)

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

    Top of Mind says: "Another McKinty Gem"
    "Can't Stop Listening"
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    The pairing of McKinty and Doyle is compelling and transformative. Let's hope there are more entries in the Sean Duffy series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Narrated By Timothy F. Geithner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
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    (337)
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    On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

    Michael Moore says: "Very Worthwhile Read!"
    "Essential reading on the financial crisis"
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    This is a informative and engaging inside look at the financial crisis that almost tanked the global economy.

    Geithner provides a well-written and accessible look at the many factors that contributed to the crisis and made it difficult to combat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kim Zetter
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (206)
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    (204)

    Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare - one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

    Greg says: "Amazingly detailed, sober and above all, damning"
    "A View from the Birth of Cyber War"
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    An in depth look at what may have been the first cyber weapon. Unfortunately, it won't be the last. This book provides a good overview of cyber weapons and the challenges they present to nation states.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (837)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Some interesting ideas"
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    An OK book with some interesting ideas. IMHO this is a popular self-help book...but without much depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
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    (1221)
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    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "It's OK"
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    This is a pleasant enough time travel book with a good narrator and an interesting protagonist, but it's nothing special.

    The plot struck me as weak and at times I felt like I was listening to an abridged version (but I wasn't). IMHO it pales in comparison with some of Connie Willis's books which have more well developed characters and feature plots with much more tension and drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stanley Crouch
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
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    (12)
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    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: A revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.

    Dave says: "A Multifaceted Gem"
    "A Multifaceted Gem"
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    This book is excellent on so many levels: an erudite but very accessible history of pre-war America; a feels-like-you-are-there view of jazz bands battling for supremacy at the Savoy; a phenomenal account of what its like to hop a train in Kansas City and ride to New York City (and how that train ride is a metaphorical change...not just a geographical one)...and so much more.

    This is volume 1 of what will be a 2 volume biography of jazz great Charlie Parker. Author Stanley Crouch does an amazing job of describing the social, political and musical context that influenced Parker. He makes the reader (or, as the case may be, listener) feel like they are there. The only other author I encountered who has done as good a job of providing absolutely fascinating context to help drive a biography is Robert Caro, author of the multi-volume biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

    The performance by Kevin Kenerly is superb and he is up to the task of performing a wide variety of material--whether it be describing the love story between Charlie Parker and his first wife Rebecca, the evolution of jazz, the sociopolitical condition of African Americans in the 20s and 30s, or dialog between a drug addict and an hobo.

    This is much more than a niche book for jazz fans; it's highly recommended for all Audible members who enjoy engaging biographies supported by outstanding narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Succesful Investing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Burton Malkiel
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (302)
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    (147)
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    More than a million copies of this indispensible investment classic have been sold since its first publication. This fresh version is completely revised by author Burton G. Malkiel to reflect modern financial concerns and trends.

    ike9898 says: "enlightening, but parts are hard to listen to"
    "Must reading for any investor"
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    Well document and highly accessible, this book is must reading for any investor, regardless or experience and the amount available to save. It provides a sound framework for thinking about investments.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (661)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "One of my Favorites"
    "Audio book magic; Highly Recommended"
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    Adrian McKinty is a terrific writer and the Troubles Trilogy (about a pot-smoking Catholic police officer working for the British forces occupying Northern Ireland) is a really good story.

    But the most important thing to say in a review of this book is that the pairing of author McKinty with Narrator Doyle is pure audio book magic. It is transformative, adding depth and nuance to the story.

    I'm sorry that this series ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patrick J. Buchanan
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    (17)
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    (17)

    After suffering stinging defeats in the 1960 presidential election against John F. Kennedy, and in the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's career was declared dead by Washington press and politicians alike. Yet on January 20, 1969, just six years after he had said his political life was over, Nixon would stand taking the oath of office as 37th President of the United States. How did Richard Nixon resurrect a ruined career and reunite a shattered and fractured Republican Party to capture the White House?

    Mike says: "Great history of Nixon in the wildernest"
    "Interesting Political History"
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    This insider's view of Nixon's political comeback gives us a glimpse of an era when successful politicians (both Democratic and Republicans) tried to build coalitions around the center rather than appeal to the extremes of their respective parties.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6605)
    Performance
    (5817)
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    (5818)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "S....L....O....W"
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    While the underlying themes of domestic violence and bullying are crucially important, this book dilutes them with hours and hours of meaningless gossip and the "problems" of this group of highly privileged preschool parents.

    The first four hours were the most tedious I've ever encountered in my audio book journey, with one exception. I slogged on through it because of all the good reviews, but in retrospect I wouldn't do it again. Eventually I went to 1.25x speed then 1.5x and ultimately 2x speed to get through this bloated work.

    This would have been a super-compelling book if it had been edited down to an 8 hour unabridged edition. At 16 hours, it is torture.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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