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  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

    Jay says: "An overly long Nudge in the right direction"
    "Libertarianism - interesting!"
    Overall

    An interesting read/listen. Listeners should be aware that this is essentially a political manifesto, laying out the philosophy of libertarianism along with many real examples of the application of this way of thinking. This book is not so much about how an individual can make better decisions but how a government (or a marketer) can "architect" or present the choices so as to influence the "best" choice. The "best" choice could be with respect to the individual, to society as a whole or who ever is trying to sell you something. This book is eye-opening as a warning against sales tactics that might be employed upon you and also a refreshing alternative to traditional politics.

    28 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (530)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "Well Worth Sticking with it"
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    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    Although I fell asleep many times while listening to the first half of the book and in fact had abandoned listening altogether, I did give it a second try and was very glad I did. I will listen again if for no other reason to pay closer attention to the character development.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    The action in Paris during the revolution was all very compelling -sad but very memorable/


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say without giving up part of the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5394)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3413)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "A disturbing, important book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the narration in the audio book was very good with unique and believable voicing for the many varied characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    There are memorable moments but it would be unfair to future readers of the book to give any hint of how the story unfolds.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this is a book I could not take in one sitting - too depressing and disturbing the story. Many times I was tempted to abandon the book but I am glad that, chapter by chapter, I did finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    "One Second After" reminded me of a Stephen King horror novel but without a supernatural element to place the story, comfortingly just beyond the reader's reality. "One Second After" is based on a real technological possibility and a spectrum of very believable human behaviors - that's what makes it so scary!
    This is an important book. It will make readers think - and many, many people need to think about the premise of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tony Beshara
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    At some point, most people have been caught off guard by tough interview questions. This book helps readers take charge of the situation! In Acing the Interview, the employment expert Dr. Phil called "the best of the best" gives job seekers candid advice for answering even the most unexpected questions.

    Jason says: "Good Content Overshadowed by Poor Narration"
    "More than just the Interview"
    Overall

    Given the title I was expecting this book to focus on just the interview process. However the first half is devoted more generally to the job search process (this is okay if you're looking for an overall guide, not so welcome if you just want to get down to interview preparation). I found it a little annoying to have been referred to the author's other book (which is a more general job search book) to get additional information on an interview topic.
    Also a bit annoying was the editing/production on this audio book. There are about half a dozen occasions where the narrator stops and repeats a sentence that should have been edited out.
    Overall a useful reference if you know what you are getting.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (592)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    CARL V PHILLIPS says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Great Book; Superb Narration"
    Overall

    A great book! I've just completed my second listen (after having first read it 30 years ago). I get more and more impressed with every time through it. What I love about this book is it makes me think - it is so rich in ideas, things to contemplate.
    Also very noteworthy is the narrator - I have a difficult time believing he is not the author himself, so natural is his delivery.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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