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John

Any fool can know something the point is to understand!

Algonquin, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 27 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 158 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • The Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life. Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: What is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge?

    Lazaro says: "Very Good!"
    "A Still Relevant Read\Listen"
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    While I have read this title before I wanted to enjoy it again via audio presentation. I would have enjoyed better character separation during the heavy Socratic questions suggestions still not a bad overall performance of a masterpiece of a favorite topic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By T. E. Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Wilby
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Lawrence of Arabia's seminal work charts his time with British Military Intelligence in the Levantine territories, during the wars with the Turks. The manuscript is candid and action-packed (and was entirely re-written after Lawrence lost the original manuscript whilst changing trains).

    James says: "Excellent"
    "Stop the music"
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    While the story was interesting and the reading wonderful theistic between each chapter was maddening.

    I would suggest the written format for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Joel Fontinos
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    Think and Grow Rich is the seminal work by the well-loved and world-renowned Napoleon Hill, a contemporary of Dale Carnegie. Originally published in 1937, Hill's money making secrets are as powerful today as they were then- and can change your life forever. After interviewing more than 500 of the most affluent men and women of his time, Hill uncovered the secret to great wealth, based on the notion that if we can learn to think like the rich, we can discover wealth and success.

    shell says: "Timeless Methods for a New Subject"
    "Good review but"
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    If you read this in the past it is a great review. If you are new to the philosophy then I would suggest getting the book first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25107)
    Performance
    (20865)
    Story
    (20851)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "WOW"
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    Not Since Madam Bovary have I enjoyed realizing how little we men understand how women's minds work! Great story that keep me up nights listening all the way through. Voice work and separation of characters was first rate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3822)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3416)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Love her voice "
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    Sissy Spacek gave life to the story that made it all the more enjoyable and immersive.

    The story has been reviews so many times all I can say is that it is more important today than ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5270)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2882)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Story as Big As The Coty"
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    Wonderful mixture of history and story telling. With the added contrast of creation against destruction. Vision vs greed and murder. Well read and well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (11794)
    Performance
    (7255)
    Story
    (7348)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "The Science Fiction Classic"
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    Wonderful performance of arguably the greatest work of science fiction.

    This was a pleasure to listen to and the performance made the story come alive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12486)
    Performance
    (11300)
    Story
    (11326)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Oddly captivating"
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    Not what I expected at all and wonderfully surprised at the art of story telling in the book. Used next credit to buy The Idiot

    Reading and presentation was beautifully done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (3219)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1743)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Blue Skies Ahead says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Had to join the web site to get full vaule."
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    I enjoyed the book and enjoyed it so much that I want to review and implement many of the ideas continued within. The only issue is that in this case the audio book did not lend itself to the type of review.

    I have often wished that audio books from this site would be broken down by chapters for easier review but I digress.

    The book is a wonderful starting point to organizing your work and personal life and I would suggest everyone start listening and getting things done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3374)
    Performance
    (2549)
    Story
    (2577)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "If I profane with my unworthiest hand"
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    Wonderfully read and a great story. Is freedom of want and pain really freedom or a trap. ""All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." If you could take a drug induced holiday and forget any worries you had would you? Is freedom the freedom to suffer? Great questions and a good story to review them with an ending befitting better science fiction!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23092)
    Performance
    (17444)
    Story
    (17498)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "A Man Among Men"
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    So many men would have been broken, more would have been bitter, this story should be read to every boy that thinks of joining the service, this and Johnny Got His Gun. However, Unbroken is so much more powerful because it is real.

    Well written, well read, and solid telling of the life of a man that was a man among men in a time of heroes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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