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  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (420)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "A good lesson for any company"
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    I had read Howard Schultz first book and was already a fan of Starbucks but this book made me even more of a fan. Starbucks is one of those rair companies who manages to stay true to ther roots and their small store beliefs even after they turn public and have thousands of stores. But this is the story or a turn around, of seeing the problems even before they affect the bottom line, of making hard decisions, of treating their people, and customers right. I learned a lot from this book and if your at all interested in Starbucks as a company, or if you have a company that's having trubble, then I recommend this to you. The only drawback, and it's a small one is the reading style is a little slow. I wished at times that Bowlby would speed things up a bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Sutter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
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    (121)
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    747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

    Jean says: "What a beautiful plane"
    "A good book for an aviation buff"
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    I remember, as a kid in high school and entranced by airplanes, standing on the end of the runway at Ontario airport in southern California and seeing my first 747 land, man was that a big plain. If you have an interest in airplanes and aviation then 747 will be an interesting book. You learn incites into the process of the creation of a new aircraft and learn how the 747 has changed aviation. At first I though Boehmer's narration was going to be a bit dull but as it went along I found it was perfect for the book and Sutter's writing and personality. Over all, a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
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    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "A surprisingly good listen"
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    Like another reviewer, I came across this book kind of on accident, I was looking for a new book to listen to with no real idea what I was looking for. I had seen Dan's book before, but didn't take time to look at it closely, thinking it was just another self help book, and lord knows, I have listened and read enough of these already. But this book was different. More then just a self help book it is a journey with Dan through his on air melt down and his discovery of meditation. It has me thinking about meditation and mindfulness, learning more about it, though not ready for that ten day retreat that he describes in the book.

    At first I thought that Dan's (I talk about him like hes a good friend or something) narration was going to be somewhat grating, but I found it fun and energetic, I enjoyed it all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: A Jack Rhodes Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Carpenter
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (257)
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    (257)

    Jack is an author who was on his way to literary success when his life was blown apart by the horrific suicide of his fiancee. Devastated, Jack went on a fifteen-month alcoholic spiral into near oblivion before eventually working past his demons and becoming best-selling crime novelist. Just as Jack is finishing his fourth book, the LAPD interrupts his routine with news of what appears to be a copycat murder from his first book. There's just one problem - the murder took place before Jack's book was published.

    Russell says: "I'd kill to get the next Jack Rhodes book now"
    "A good book that was fun to listen to ."
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    I saw this book on a Audible special, the story sounded unique and kind of an "oh wow" kind of idea so I bought it. My wife and I listened to it on a recent road trip. It was a fun listen. Noah Michael Levine was a good narrator and read the book with enough spirit to keep the story moving along as it was written. It did slow down toward the end, but over all it was good and has me looking for other books by Stephen Carpenter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
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    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (1914)
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    (1925)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "A fun listen, but not so much about the "killing""
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    This was the second book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and it was as enjoyable to read as Killing Kennedy, but like Killing Kennedy, it was not about the Killing of Patton, but was a history of world WWII, little snips of history, and some of it has little to do with Patton, so if you are going into this thinking this will be a detailed look into Patton's death, it was not. But that being said, it was interesting and I like O'Reilly's narration. He reads as if he is just talking to you personally, and while it is not perfect narration, there is some hesitation at times, I think it makes it easy to listen to. All in all a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • October Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peter A. Huchthausen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
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    (11)

    It was the most spectacular display of brinkmanship in the Cold War era. In October 1962, President Kennedy risked inciting a nuclear war to prevent the Soviet Union from establishing missile bases in Cuba. The risk, however, was far greater than Kennedy realized.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not quite what I expected"
    "Not quite what I expected"
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    This book turned out to be more about the Russian submarines and the US navy trailing them during the crisis then about the Crisis itself.. Lots of detail about life aboard those subs and you quickly find that those Russians were not in an enviable position. Terrible conditions with very little information from their Government about what was going on. But, these subs carried nuclear missiles and they could fire them with out an OK from Moscow if conditions were right. Grover Gardner was good for this book, he does his usual good narration. It was a good book, just not what I expected.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 56: Joe Dimaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kostya Kennedy
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (11)

    Seventy baseball seasons ago, on a May afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio lined a hard single to left field. It was the quiet beginning to the most resonant baseball achievement of all time. Alongside the story of DiMaggio's dramatic quest, Kennedy deftly examines the peculiar nature of hitting streaks and with an incisive, modern-day perspective gets inside the number itself, as its sheer improbability heightens both the math and the magic of 56 games in a row.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fascinating look at both DiMaggio and the streak"
    "A fascinating look at both DiMaggio and the streak"
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    Even though I am a baseball fan and knew quite a bit about the history of the game, I knew little beyond the fact that Joe DiMaggio held the consecutive game hitting record of 56 games. When I saw the book, I thought it was a good time to read it, what it being baseball season and all.

    It took me a little time to get "into" the book. At first I did not like Collin's narration, but as the book went along I began to enjoy it more and more and by the end, I thought it was perfect for the book and the subject.

    The book goes not only the streak and baseball but also into DiMaggio as a person. Quite and reserved, he had a hard time with crowds. he loved being in the spotlight but didn't like what came with it.

    There was a chapter about his first wife and how hard her life with DiMaggio was and that was probably the least interesting part of the book. it did give some incite into his personality, but it is the hitting streak where this book really goes into detail. Not only how hard it was to hit safely in 56 straight games, but how other great hitters, like Ted Williams, one of baseballs greatest hitters and who hit for a 406 batting average in 1941, (the year of the streak) never came close in his carrier.

    The book also puts DiMaggio's accomplishment into modern perspective and has one chapter about Pete Rose, who hit safely in 44 games. The final epilogue talks about how statisticians have tried, over the years, to assess the probability of the streak. It's all fascinating listing for baseball fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (885)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "Makes you think of what you would do"
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    This is a great audio book and a great story. At first, when I listened to the sample I thought the reading was going to be just OK, but the story line was interesting so I gave it a try, but as I listened to William Dufris narration I found it was perfect for the subject, not boring at all. and the characters became people you can identify with, you can put yourself into their place as things happened to them as they went through each rewind. I think we have always wondered what we would do differently with our life if we had the chance to go back and live it again, but what if we had to go back again and again. Great book and a great listen. On of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
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    Overall
    (2214)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1345)

    The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe: The Power to have anything you want. In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life. Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness....

    Darren says: "The Power"
    "The power give your the tools to bring the secret"
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    I have been an avid reader and listener to motivational books for years and many have given me some good ideas. Some have even changed my way of thinking and to that end, my life. But non have given me a way to change, to really bury my old thought process like The Power. Love and gratitude is the answer to help move out those negative thoughts that creep into your mind. Rhonda Byrne's book The Secret sets down the Law of Attractions and delves into some of what The power does, but the power gave you a tool to make the Secret work. it's simple stuff, but we don't need to make this complicated. Great book and I will listen to this over and over again, as I have the Secret.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Before the team headed to Los Angeles in 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the most colorful and beloved teams in baseball. In Bums, best-selling author Peter Golenbock has compiled a fascinating oral history of the Ebbets Field heroes with recollections from former players, writers, front-office executives, and faithful fans.

    Karen says: "A MUST for the true Dodgers or Giants fan!!"
    "Good, not great book on the Dodgers in Brooklyn"
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    I am a die hard Los Angeles Dodger fan, having moved to LA in 1963, so I never experienced the dodgers in Brooklyn, but I knew the basic history of the team during that time. This book gives an in depth look at the players, managers and owners of the team. it was well written and detailed but it lacked a good narrator.

    Raymond Todd did not bring excitement to the story, his voice was monotone. Even in times of great elation, or sadness, which the Brooklyn Dodgers were full of both, you could not tell it from his narration. If I was not a big Dodger fan I don't think I could have finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parkland

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Releasing this fall, the movie - starring Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, and Billy Bob Thornton - follows a group of individuals making split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event: the doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the cameraman who captured what has become the most examined film in history, the FBI agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of the country at a moment's notice.

    Tad Davis says: "Masterful"
    "A very enjoyable listen"
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    This was a very good book, well written and well narrated. I am 58 and have read many books on the Kennedy Assassination over the years, most of them from the conspiracy point of view. This book follows the days events and delves very little into those theories. Even thought I know the story, I was riveted to it. George Newbern did a great job with the narration.

    This book dose assume that Oswald acted alone, and if you are one who believes that he had help, the book may be a little harder to get through then it was for me. For years I had believed in a conspiracy, but over time I have come to believe, hard as it may seam, that Oswald acted alone.

    Yes, the Dallas police messed up, the did not record their interviews with Oswald and they allowed Ruby into the basement. The body was taken from Dallas county to Washington DC, in spite of the fact it was not a federal crime. Oswald lived in Russia, went to the Russian embassy in Mexico City and was a very strange individual. Ruby did have some ties to organized crime. All those things, and what seam like hundreds of other problems, are true. They do leave a lot of room for speculation, but that all is is. Just speculation.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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