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Ocean

Love to read. Love to write.

Portsmouth, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    (506)
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    The first new collection of essays by Christopher Hitchens since 2004, Arguably offers an indispensable key to understanding the passionate and skeptical spirit of one of our most dazzling writers, widely admired for the clarity of his style, a result of his disciplined and candid thinking. Topics range from ruminations on why Charles Dickens was among the best of writers and the worst of men to the enduring legacies of Thomas Jefferson and George Orwell.

    David says: "Grab it"
    "Stirred and Shaken"
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    I listened to the 28 hours 26 minutes, which covered 107 essays, most which had been published in The Atlantic, Slate, Vanity Fair or the NYTimes during the 2000’s. I had never heard of Christopher Hitchens prior to this and for whatever reason it was that the book caught my attention and on impulse, I purchased it, I will forever be grateful for the unknown motivation that propelled me to do so. I cannot remember the last time that I felt such amazement at someone’s ability to speak so interestingly and well about such a wide variety of topics. Repeatedly I found myself thinking, “How could one person be so brilliant?” Even if I didn’t always agree with the content of what he was discussing or even understand what he was talking about, I found myself amazed at his command of the English language, vocabulary, use of metaphors, wit and sarcasm, sense of humor, and on and on… I kept thinking, “Who talks/writes/thinks like this anymore?” In a world filled with “thx, u2, c u l8r’s, wat u doin?” etc., it was refreshing to hear his words and thoughts, some which made me laugh out loud, some which made me wince but always, they stimulated my mind.

    To read a great review of the book by the NYTimes.

    Some reviewers on Audible.com felt that Simon Prebble’s narration speed was too fast. I thought his pace was perfect and his reading flawless, however, I'd recommend listening to the sample to make sure you are comfortable with the reading. (I loved it)

    Mr. Hitchens passed away in Dec. 2011. I regret not having discovered him decades ago so I could have enjoyed him while he was still alive but I am thankful that I stumbled upon his work and will certainly seek out more of his writing.

    Like most people with busy lives that try to balance work, family, health, and as a writer, editing and writing, I don’t take spending 28 ½ hours on anything lightly, but I’d gladly spend 2600 hours listening to his work if it meant I’d be blessed with 1% of his mental ability.

    I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys having their intellect not only stirred but also possibly shaken.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John M. Gottman, Nan Silver
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    Dr. John Gottman, the country's preeminent researcher on marriage, is famous for his Love Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle where he deciphers the mysteries of human relationships through scientific research. His 35 years of exploration have earned him numerous awards, including from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Now, Dr. Gottman offers surprising findings and advice on the characteristic that is at the heart of all relationships: Trust.

    Ken says: "Really Good."
    "Worthwhile"
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    Offers some great suggestions about how to keep your relationship healthy. I felt it was totall worth the time and money and would recommend it to anyone struggling with relationship issues or wanting to make a good relationship better. Even the best relationships can use advice about what to do to keep them that way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Overall
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    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

    Martin says: "Gary delivers!"
    "Go For It!"
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    Very “no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is” but informative and motivating and Gary makes his point – be yourself, follow your passion and get yourself out there. Your drive will make it happen. A great “you can do it!” motivating book for anyone with a dream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "Quite Interesting!"
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    The science behind our motivations and behavior, a lot of it based up Darwin’s theories which basically boils down to most of what we do being driven by our genetic pre-disposition for survival and propagation. A lot of it makes a lot of sense – interesting material. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
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    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Fascinating"
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    Talks about the scientific research that explains what motivates us and why. It also talks about why certain motivational tactics might work, used to work, and may no longer work, depending upon the job needing to be done and the individuals psychological make-up. Very interesting and offers great insights into what to do or not do to motivate people. I found it quite fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
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    Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.

    Lois says: "Get Stein on Writing"
    "Pure Joy"
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    I was thrilled to have stumbled upon this. To actually hear Ayn Rand's words as she expresses her thoughts about the art of writing. I'm not saying that I agree completely with everything that she says or that what used to work for a writer decades ago still applies today but definitely still amazingly powerful and valuable to be able to hear her thoughts and opinions. Loved every minute of it and will undoubtedly listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Wow"
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    I loved this book and since listening to it a couple of months ago, have changed my eating habits and rarely eat processed food anymore - not that I used to eat much of it before, but this motivated me to decide that I pretty much can live quite happily without it. I feel the information is presented in a logical way that not only educates but motivates. Loved Scott Brick's narration. Would, and have, recommended this to many people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Successful Novelist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

    Jason says: "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
    "Love, love, loved it"
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    I've read too many books to count on the subject of writing so wasn't expecting anything earth-moving when I purchased this other than perhaps "something to remind me to do things that I'd otherwise forgotten about". Boy was I wrong. This was a wonderful book - I enjoyed every moment of. Not only informative - it's always great to hear from someone who has "been there and done that" tell how the real deal is - but it's also full of lots of great tips and motivations AND a fair amount of doses of reality - not always pleasant but heck, that's the real world, right? I loved this book and thank you David Morrell for writing it and for sharing such a wealth of information.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Susan Allport
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
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    A nutritional whodunit that takes readers from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the fatty acids know as omega-3s.

    Eric says: "Eye Opener about fats, weight and health!"
    "Fascinating"
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    I thought this was a wonderful "read". Although (I thought) I was fairly knowledgeable about diet, nutrition etc., this really opened my eyes to the importance of the Omega 3's & 6's - I was otherwise fairly clueless. I'm truly glad I purchased this book. It's changed the way I'm eating for the good. If, like me, you are confused about the "good fat/bad fat" concept, listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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