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greg

SCHILLER PARK, ILLINOIS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Poland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Victoria Varga
    • Narrated By Peter Hackes
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    The breakdown of Europe's Eastern Bloc proves that the map of Europe cannot be redrawn merely to serve political ends. Perhaps no country illustrates this more clearly than Poland, whose borders often have been a negotiating tool of the Big Powers. These presentations enlighten our understanding of the current drama in Eastern Europe.

    greg says: "Taste of Poland ? not entirely !!"
    "Taste of Poland ? not entirely !!"
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    The book covers 900 years of History within the first 90 minutes of the audio book , and then the last 100 years is the second half of the book ,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (763)
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    (751)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Awesome, " read me , read me " !!!"
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    On till now I thought that God Delusion was best work of Richard Dawkins , The Selfish Gene annoyed me a little bit that is way I was very skeptical about this one , was I WRONG !!!
    When you read this book you will know general knowledge about Universe, Earth, etc.., how things work ,why Rainbow is full of color, I thing that every human in 21st century regarding of background, religion and education level should read this book , and then perhaps we would have same platform on one we could build our future . !! Read it you won’t be disappointed .

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (4306)
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "READ IT ! im tealing you !!!"
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    I love the way that Gladwell is executing this book he is not going around circles with the same idea and same topic, instead his research is well founded, simple and eye opening ,you will learn something with every chapter of this book in a way that is simple to recall and remember
    P.S don't try to beat our Asian fends in any work !! why ???? read the book you will know why : )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
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    (226)
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    (233)

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "Nice, simple way to do Business !!"
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    i gave this book 4 stars because i like the rich dad advise but i kind a don't like how he is downgrading a poor dad in this book, i think he is trying to contrast two dads a little bit too much ! good book to read money well spend ! if you didn't read ' The Richest Man In Babylon " do it next but get the longer recording not the quick one !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1316)
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    (728)
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    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "Wise Man Churchill"
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    Looking back to 1930 we might think that it was such a long time ago and something like that would never happen , that we would never allow Hitler to" arm him self up to his teeth" and let him start imperial politics, , people have a funny way of self explaining obvious things ! this book will show you the prelude to WW II from a Sir Winston Churchill point of view !
    good book if you like WW II History a must read after this one would be " Blood Lands " by Snyder

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Runs the Vistula: The Warsaw Uprising of 1944

    • NONE (52 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    In August 1944, five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw, armed with just a few guns and gasoline bombs, rose up against the German occupation of their city. The uprising was meant to last just 48 hours. Instead, it went on for two months. A quarter of a million people were killed and the Polish capital was razed to the ground. It was one of the great tragedies of World War II, and yet it is rarely talked about outside Poland.

    greg says: "God Bless them all !!!"
    "God Bless them all !!!"
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    I was born in Poland and for me this is especially vulnerable topic , Knowing from History that Poland always fights for her freedom even a "loosing battles" That is only one thing to say ---

    "Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honor."
    " Bog Honor Ojczyzna " the motto of Poles !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (2436)
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    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
    "could it really happen one day ??"
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    You never know , i know that growing up and living in "eastern block "we wore one step away from this utopia , don't ever let this happen in good U. S. of A . book is a true classic worth to read and must to know !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
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    (1209)
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    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    ""Engaging, good book ""
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    i don't know who was first Gladwell in Outliers or Colvin in his book in this study but they are both good . Colvin in this book does show few new examples on the theory of "talent " i love the first chapters of this book because of all the examples that he brings to the table and you can verify them on your own, the second part of this book is more on a corporate level but still engaging over all its a nice gem in your library if you have one
    worth the effort !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1962)
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    (845)
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    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Big vocabluary,Taleb is full of it !!"
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    If you want to listen to some big vocabulary , and find out that you can't predict anything and that there is no sense in planning something than listen to this book if not, save yourself some time and listen to “Outliers “ by Maxwell

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (331)
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    (329)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Illuminating and humble , facts not speculations"
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    i love it ! nice modern approach to evolution .
    P.S. my son had " lanugo " when he was born ; )

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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