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Jose

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  • The Book of Investing Wisdom

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Warren E. Buffett, Jim Rogers, Peter Lynch, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Listen to writings by Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, George Soros, and other leading figures of finance. In their own words, these legends of Wall Street share their best investment ideas and advice. The Book of Investing Wisdom offers unique insights into how these professionals and others achieved financial success through intelligent investing.

    Janine says: "Excellent book"
    "Different perspectives"
    Overall

    Very interesting overview of different investment perspectives ranging from the pure horse sense approach to the almost esoteric analysis explained by the practitioners themselves. Excellent narration captures each individual style.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (333)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "A bit convoluted and the ending format spoils it"
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    A good cast of characters and an interesting story although a lot is left untold until the end when the main character - a thief - summons all others - including a couple of police inspectors - to a Poirot-style grandiose finale where all is revealed.
    While this type of ending worked beautifully for Agatha Christie's beginning of the XX century master detective stories, here it completely destroys the necessary suspension of disbelief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Benefits

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    A careful, methodical young data analyst for a California insurance company, John Walker knows when people will marry, at what age they will most likely have children, and when they will die. All signs point to a long successful career---until Max Stillman, a gruff security consultant, appears without warning at the office. It seems a colleague with whom Walker once had an affair has disappeared after paying a very large death benefit to an impostor.

    Julie says: "My favorite book from one of my favorite authors."
    "On Butcher's Boy class"
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    A great, solid build-up thriller sprinkled with humor and with a fine cast of characters. If you like the Butcher's Boy series, Strip or Metzger's Dog you'll surely like this one.
    Michael Kramer is the perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Write a Book That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell: The Ultimate, No B.S. Guide to Writing a Kick-Ass Non-Fiction Book

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Rogan
    • Narrated By Gregory Zarcone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Learning how to write a book is easy. Learning how to write a book that doesn't suck and can actually make you money - and set you up for a full-time writing career is harder.

    But it's nowhere near impossible. And it's far more doable than you can imagine. The trouble is, most books offering tips on how to write a book fail to address two key considersations: 1) Most self-published nonfiction books suck. 2) It's almost impossible to make a living from one self-published nonfiction book.

    Bernie Cullen says: "A Game Changer"
    "Good, specific advise that one can use immediately"
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    This is not the usual compilation of generalities feel-good-you-can-really-do-it-believe-in-yourself blah-blah-blah but actually an usable plan of action with very good information.

    The narration is very professional and conveys and reinforces the spirit of the work.

    Very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing with the Master: How One of the World’s Bestselling Authors Fixed My Book and Changed My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tony Vanderwarker
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    With seven unpublished novels wasting away on his hard drive, Tony Vanderwarker is astonished when John Grisham offers to take him under his wing and teach him the secrets of thriller writing. The beginning and the end are easy,” Grisham tells him. It’s the three hundred pages in the middle that’s the hard part.” To ensure his plot doesn’t run out of gas, Grisham puts Tony though his outline process. Tony does one, and then Grisham asks for another and another and another.

    D. M. says: "The title implies that this is something it's not"
    "I searched for other books from the author.."
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    ... on Amazon and besides the one he talks about ad nauseam in this one there is none. I am not surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fitness Confidential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vinnie Tortorich
    • Narrated By Vinnie Tortorich
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.

    Robert says: "The best fitness book I've ever read"
    "7 hours too long"
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    I liked the author's style and what he had to say. That took about 16 minutes in this 7 hours and 16 minutes recording. The rest is a filler. I guess nobody is going to spend a credit on a 16 minutes audio book so the author felt the need to go on (and on) to a more comercially acceptable length. A pervasive problem in "how-to" books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Steven Pressfield
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (320)

    Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

    Luke J. Morris says: "Good Information"
    "The title says it all..."
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    and in fact the author has nothing else to add to it. The substance of the core message is okay if it is left at that but it isn't. C. Northcote Parkinson postulated that work expands to fill the available time. This author has obviously too much free time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (161)

    From the best-selling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.

    Jean says: "A different viewpoint"
    "This is an outstanding book"
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    This is an historical narrative that reads like a thriller and makes one feel we are living the events but at the same time allows us to understand them from a broader and deeper perspective. I wish all history books were like this! Great narration to boot!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1007)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "It takes some grinding..."
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    ... but after a slow, narrow and sometimes even dull plotless narrative it does get much better and is well worth the listening time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Steven Watts
    • Narrated By Mark Peckham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    An illuminating biography of the man who taught Americans "how to win friends and influence people."

    Before Stephen Covey, Oprah Winfrey, and Malcolm Gladwell there was Dale Carnegie. His book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, became a best seller worldwide, and Lifemagazine named him one of the "most important Americans of the twentieth century." This is the first full-scale biography of this influential figure.

    Jose says: "Walking the talk"
    "Walking the talk"
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    Very informative and compelling bio from a founding father of personal development and the author of the best human relations book ever. Nice to know he walked his talk and never let his guru status go over his head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (306)

    Widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst takes listeners back to the early days of World War II for a dramatic novel of intrigue and suspense.

    Theresa says: "Chilling..Fantastic"
    "I'm going to take a long break now..."
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    I have just stopped listening to this after more than four painful hours (spread over several days).As I stand now I can only say this one is a front runner for the biggest bore I've ever listened to. But maybe I'm at fault here so I don't rule out picking this up again in a distant, very far away, insomniac future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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