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Wael

Curious, love philosophy, reading, polictics, social and Islam. فضولي ، أحب الفلسفة ، القراءة ، السياسة ، علوم الاجتماع ، والاسلام ex-Microsoft, ex-KFUPM (SWE).

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  • 26 ratings
  • 53 titles in library
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  • Aleph

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny. his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion.

    Kathy says: "Strangely compelling read"
    "The story was great, but bad performance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the author or someone really good, narrate this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline is amazing the journey in Aleph.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was making voices to change characters and he tried to make some accents too. This was very bad attempt from him.

    Plus, there wasn't any energy. the performance of the Alchemist was way better and that person might be appropriate for this book too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Google Works

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Jonathan Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (572)

    Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary - and frequently contrarian - principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.

    Dave says: "An excellent and thought provoking book."
    "Beautiful yet a lot of bragging and inflated ego"
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    The book is wow. It has so many tips and useful ideas. Also, it will explain Google's philosophy about things people don't really understand and MIS interpret such as all the free coffee, food and snacks. Also, one can understand different team sizes setup and what worked with them. Plus, organizing 1:1s and coaching CEOs. If you are opening your own business, this book is an inspirational.

    Few things are annoying in the book:
    *) toooo long and can easily be shortened.
    *) a lot of bragging about values they claim to have such as "be no evil" and other idealistic values they don't fulfill. We know they work with NSA, so please spear the irony. Also, they make you feel that the company has no goals to collect money and increase wealth and hide it behind things like changing the world.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (724)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Amazon's Best Customer says: "Love this book"
    "The best book on relationships ever."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I highly recommend this book to everyone who want to be or who is in a relationship. It is scientific, straight to the point. You can see changes in your life from the first day you listen to the book.

    If you were like me, i've read many relationship and self-help books, they speak of generic stuff like "be there her!", "support your lovers", "being available", "listen carefully to your other" or "provide security". I've never been able to put actions out of the advices in these books.

    However, this book is different. This book is scientific, straight to the point, based on biological and psychological facts. It is easy to understand and I got the whole idea quickly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love?

    Many of the examples as if they were copied from my life directly.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very helpful and made the dry content of the book enjoyable.


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (133)

    In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

    Jim says: "Mindless Reading"
    "Understand why we eat the way we eat!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindless Eating to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it is very light content and the information was more like storytelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way how can we engineer our environment so that we can eat less. The book describes every chapter couple of engineering techniques that helps to re-shape the surrounding environment to eat better.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Cashman – was your favorite?

    The voice of the book was about the author talking to the readers about his findings and how did he researched this topic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the findings of how much people are oblivious about their eating habits. like the when the bones was cleaned regularly, people would eat more and expect they eat the same. Also, sharing food with people will affect how much people will eat.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book and I wish if the author can continue publishing books in the same area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (1247)
    Story
    (1244)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "enjoyed the book and it opened new door for research"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Dog Saw to be better than the print version?

    The beauty about this audio book is that it is narrated by Malcolm Gladwell himself. So he gives the chance to tell what he wanted in his own way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The articles are nice and they answer difficult questions like what the dog saw, what interviews can tell us (the new boy network) and rewarding talents and companies with star systems (the talent myth).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In summary, I've enjoyed the book and it opened new door for me to research. Also, it is noted that the questions that Malcolm is asking are very similar to those questions in the Freakonomics to which Malcolm refer to many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. However, it doesn't have a property of single book because it is a series of articles. Its not worth buying the hardcopy. I've listened to the Audio book in audible and and it was worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey Into Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (369)

    The theme of this four-day retreat: "It's Always Now" The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level. It is the prerequisite of Being. As you listen to the words on this tape, you participate in the retreat. To "retreat" means to step back - not only from the outer world, but also from the world in your head, the thinking mind. Allow the sound of the words to take you beyond words and beyond sound to the stillness within.

    Stephanie says: "The best Audible credit I've spent yet"
    "Amazing Journey deep inside"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Journey Into Yourself to be better than the print version?

    I love every single part of this journey. Specially the silence between words (you will appreciate them too after you listen to this audio). Lots of laughs and many things (or one thing actually) you learn about yourself like drama, body pain, living in the vertical dimension.If you are looking and discovering enlightenment or i think it is important if you are deeply into this and you like to understand the core concepts beyond techniques, this will be something that you will enjoy.The questions add lots of value and to listen to this couple times and try to be listen to it in the "Now", you will be amazed how each time you will get fulfillment from it.


    What does Eckhart Tolle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although, you might think that when he talks very slow and low steady tone, that this will be really boring! However, you will find him really funny and his way of narrating this is very useful and it is aligned with the topic. Because Echart talks about silence and stillness, he resembles all aspects of stillness.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be still and know I am God.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect (excerpt)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (922)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    DJ Hellion says: "Bloatware"
    "Nothing more than a story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story of how facebook is impacting people's lives specially the part of One Million Voices Against FARC.


    Has The Facebook Effect (excerpt) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nothing is this book was of a real value. You cannot learn anything from this not from the business side nor from the social side.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One Minute Entrepreneur: The Secret to Creating and Sustaining a Successful Business

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ken Blanchard, Don Hutson, Ethan Willis
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    In The One Minute Entrepreneur, Ken Blanchard (coauthor of the number-one best selling business classic The One Minute Manager); Don Hutson, CEO of U.S. Learning; and Ethan Willis, CEO of Prosper Learning, tell the inspiring story of one man's challenges in creating his own business.

    Wael says: "Boring at the beginning but truly amazing towards"
    "Boring at the beginning but truly amazing towards"
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    What did you love best about The One Minute Entrepreneur?

    Lots of good advices, specially the golden rules of entrepreneur success which is revenue exceed expenses, collect your bills, take care of your customers and your people. I love the advice on the how to set up a good performance system and the employee performance strategy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The first four chapters.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Freed – was your favorite?

    Terrie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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