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Susan

Susan

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  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Laura Vanderkam has combined her three popular mini auidobooks into one comprehensive guide, with a new introduction. It will help listeners build habits that lead to happier, more productive lives, despite the pressures of their busy schedules. Through interviews and anecdotes, she reveals...What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast - to jump-start the day productively. What the Most Successful People Do On the Weekend - to recharge and prepare for a great week. What the Most Successful People Do at Work - to accomplish more in less time.

    Cynthia says: "Annoying, but worth the listen"
    "Excruciating Slow and Halting Narration"
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    I'm only on the third chapter but not sure I'll make it through this book due to the narration. It's so awful, I stopped listening to write this review to save others from the same agony. When will authors learn it's worth whatever it costs to hire a professional narrator to read their books?! Whatever dollars they save in doing it themselves, they must surely loose in customers returning their books to Audible or never making it all the way through their book, thus never sharing the book with friends.
    The narration is extremely slow with halting pauses where there should be none. It's so distracting I can hardly focus on the content. I've sped the reading up 2x the normal speed (something I've never done with any other book I've purchased on Audible. It helped with the draaaaggggging slowness but nothing can fix the gaping pauses and general tone of the narration. Authors, PLEASE hire a professional and increase the cost of your book by .50 cents or whatever is needed to cover the cost!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3969)
    Performance
    (3415)
    Story
    (3392)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Disappointing In So Many Ways"
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    I was really looking forward to this book but was disappointed and had to stop listening as I found myself becoming angrier the longer I listened. The author, who considers herself an introvert, makes it very clear throughout the book that she equates an introverted personality with high intelligence. Sooo arrogant!
    The book also gets very political. If you are a liberal, you'll love this book...otherwise steer clear. Too bad the author couldn't discuss this topic without veering off into politics and liberal topics.
    Most of the book is written based on conjecture and the author's own observations, very little factual or verifiable info. to be found. Author makes huge leaps, generalizing and stating conclusions with little or no evidence/facts to back them up.
    She devotes one good chunk of text/time to expounding on the virtues of her husband and how lucky she is to have him. This may be true, but it's not why I purchased this book.
    The whole book felt so unprofessional at times...definitely not the unbiased, neutral, factual information I had hope to find about the Introverted vs Extroverted personality.
    Also, the recording is poorly done, another case where the author should have paid for a professional to read the book. You can tell where she starts and stops because suddenly her voice will be a lot louder or have a completely different tone.
    Disappointing book in so many ways. I'm returning this book, so glad Audible offers this option.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marianne Williamson
    • Narrated By Marianne Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (236)

    In The Law of Divine Compensation, Marianne Williamson reveals the spiritual principles that help us overcome financial stress and unleash the divine power of abundance. Williamson's words ring with power and truth as she assures us that, with faith in God's promise of prosperity for all, we need never fear the future.

    Shannon says: "Wonderful Addition to Library"
    "Rambling and Political"
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    Very disappointed! The author rambles and repeats the same ideas and thoughts repeatedly. This book could have been condensed down to a paragraph. I hung in there trying to make the best of it but I turned it off and deleted it from my library when the author started pushing her political views. Didn't realize I was buying a book filled with political dogma. Not at all what I had hoped for when I purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1524)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Wishing there had been more about heaven..."
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    I enjoyed the book and don't regret purchasing it, but I really wished the author had spent more time telling the things he learned while in heaven and what heaven was like. The book seemed more like a super detailed description of what the author was told happened to him by relatives and doctors while he was sick and in a comma, how it effected his family and what was medically happening in his body. The books seemed like a detailed diary of a person's harrowing experience with a life threatening illness, not the insight into heaven and the afterlife I had hopped for. There's very little descriptive narrative about heaven or what you see and learn when there.
    I was hoping to hear more about what he learned while in heaven and was hoping for more reassurance that we will see our past loved ones and pets. Unfortunately, the author never saw anyone he knew while there. The author expresses dismay over this but toward the very end of the book says one person he met in heaven was a sister he had never met in life. This revelation is pretty anti-climatic by the time the author shares it in the last few minutes of the book.
    The author recommends prayer and meditation as a way to transcend and hopefully experience what he experienced and learned, but he never says if he has been able to reach that level again via prayer and meditation.
    I do like that the book was read by the author. I think that's very important for giving the story validity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2055)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Too Disturbing...But Not Why You Think"
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    I could handle the details of decomposition in humans and even the detailed descriptions of the embalming process. But I turned off the book and deleted it from my Audible Manager after the lengthy and repeated detailed descriptions of cruel decapitations and other horrible tests done to animals. It's one thing to hear about the way a cadaver (who when alive willed their body to science) is used to test the effects of a car crash, but way too upsetting to hear about innocent animals being decapitated and having other animals heads sewn on and kept alive to see how their brains worked. Way too disturbing. Wish I had not downloaded this one and wish I could press a button and erase it from my memory. Where are the "men in black" when you need them? Wish there was a way to click and read all the 1 star reviews before buying a book...the way you can on Amazon. Maybe there is and I'm just missing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3063)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Great Narrator...Great Book"
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    Ray Porter was the perfect choice as the narrator of this book. He doesn't just read the book, he "acts" the book and it's a great performance. Ghost in the Wires is a great ride...sorry to see it end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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