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Farien

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  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (582)

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
    "So many great inspiring ideas"
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    What made the experience of listening to Abundance the most enjoyable?

    Very uplifting. A great read for a new college student.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has made me think of so many possible future accomplishments. It inspires hope and brings to mind many fresh takes on what the future can hold.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22969)
    Performance
    (14318)
    Story
    (14466)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "The reason I started Audible"
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    If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

    Youth Future Important


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it leads to so many other great stories. Orson Scott Card is an amazing weaver of tales.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw the movie first, that inspired me to read the book. I am happy I did it this way. The movie was great, and of course the book was better. If I saw the movie after reading I know I would be let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2392)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Read it and see how true it is"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sit at the table. This statement allows me to know I am just as welcome to any meeting as anyone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I had second thoughts about reading this book. I read it at a time in my life when I should have. While motherhood is a role in life, I can still push forward with my career. My career is not who I am or am not, but how I am contributing to the world and to myself in what I learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (467)

    There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

    Anthony K says: "Like the Muhammad Ali of Seth Godin Books"
    "So inspiring"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Linchpin to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I attempted to read the book but found myself stopping and taking action dairying about events the book reminded me of. Not a bad thing, but I did not finish the book before it had to be returned to the library. As an audiobook I placed so many book marks. I listened once through and now am excited to read it again stopping to journal at the marks I have already made.


    If you’ve listened to books by Seth Godin before, how does this one compare?

    Another amazing notion from Mr. Godin.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times I felt beaten down at work based on his comments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2353)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "On the Best Seller List for a Reason"
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    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    A mystery told in snippets of a life torn down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    Having a virtual assistant and then finding out this assistant was not as helpful as you thought.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book surprised me. Most movies and especially sit coms are predictable; I enjoy being surprised.


    Any additional comments?

    This book got me hooked on TED talks, which I had never heard of and not see and hear everywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (234)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Respect your Waiter, they have a Life Too"
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    Would you recommend Waiter Rant to your friends? Why or why not?

    We all eat at restaurants, while this takes on a dairy like story of the narrator and not the gross things we expect to hear when you send a meal back to the kitchen, it shows that our servers have to put up with a lot of things to do their job. When they do it well, tip them - with money.


    What aspect of Dan John Miller’s performance would you have changed?

    A couple of times it is referenced a tip above 20% is required for exceptional service, this seems to be aside from the social norm.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Buy, Updated and Revised Edition: The Science of Shopping

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paco Underhill
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Revolutionary retail guru Paco Underhill is back with a completely revised edition of his classic, witty, best-selling book on our ever-evolving consumer culture—full of fresh observations and important lessons from the cutting edge of retail, which is taking place in the world’s emerging markets.

    Nidhi says: "Author has knowledge but poor writing skills"
    "Should have read this in college"
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    If you could sum up Why We Buy, Updated and Revised Edition in three words, what would they be?

    Here's My Money


    Any additional comments?

    Reviewing these topics that I learned in college was a nice refresher. For anyone who has not been trained in retail, this is a great listen as to why money is flying from our pockets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jen Lancaster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Reagan Bishop is a pusher. A licensed psychologist who stars on the Wendy Winsberg cable breakout show I Need a Push, Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results. Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family's respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite.

    Lori Almeida says: "Not the best from Jen"
    "Unexpected twists"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy Jen Lancaster and hearing her read her own words brings new meaning to them. I can tell in her voice the words and phrases she is most proud of; the ones I can picture her yelling down to her husband Fletch in a sense of joy and passion in her craft.


    Which character – as performed by Jen Lancaster – was your favorite?

    Of course the main character.


    Was Twisted Sisters worth the listening time?

    Yes, it make me think of people in my life I should respect more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18434)
    Performance
    (16670)
    Story
    (16803)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Want to dive into the 2nd book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a recommendation from a friend to me and I appreciate her for it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning that all the factions have truth in today's world and everyday life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Learning new things about someone you know well, shows that you can never know someone absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (399)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Fun, but fast."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More details and explanations of the philosophical terms. This is a great book for those who are studying philosophy because it shows how you can apply it to your life.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More personal stories instead of ideas of what to and not to do.


    Was PhiLOLZophy worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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