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Michael

Norristown, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Purple Cane Road

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Dave Robicheaux has never known what happened to his mother. He is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered thirty years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job. Dave's search for his mother's killer leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son.

    Michael says: "Abridged"
    "Abridged"
    Overall

    Abridged - it just doesn't seem like James Lee Burke. I must not have paid attention when buying this abridged version. It's too jumpy, I lost interest in it. I couldn't keep all the characters straight at points which never happened with other James Lee Burke books. I'm sure the unabridged version flows much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1106)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Boooring"
    Overall

    I thought this might be a good follow up read to the Happiness Advantage. This ended up being dry and textbook like. Read The Happiness Advantage and skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (954)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "Buy this"
    Overall

    This is a book that will put you in a good mood. It has information, some of which you could read in a dry text book on positive psychology but this is interesting and practical. A must winter read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2688)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (248)

    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.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Organized"
    Overall

    If you are organized, don't waste your money. On the other hand, I am not and this book helped me a great deal.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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