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sonofjohn

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  • 50 Success Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowden
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Discover the books that have already enriched millions. This unabridged guide to the literature of prosperity and motivation surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works.

    jbgirl says: "Best Valued Audiobook I've Bought"
    "Another Great Book in the 50 [something] classics"
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    I've listened to all of the 50 [something] Classics and while this one was good, it was the one that took me the longest to get through. But it's still great and provides a great summary of a number of significant works in the Success field. i hope the author plans to release some more books like this.
    i didn't have any issues with the narration either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3504)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1050)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Excellent, Excellent Book"
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    If you have enjoyed books like Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" and other psychology-related works i think you'll like "Predictably Irrational" as well. I really enjoy books exploring psychology and behavior related issues and did not find this one to be too similar to any of the previous works i've read or listened too. In fact, i felt the author did an excellent job of presenting studies and information showing how the classical view of human economics in which humans act rationally is based on a clearly false premise. One of the reasons the author does such a great job of presenting new and interesting information is because he's conducted many of the research studies himself. He not only provides a great deal of his own research and studies, but also a great deal of research from his peers as well as anecdotes from the author's own life and all in a manner which i felt was factual and scientific. (In other words, the author does not come across as being condescending, arrogant, or otherwise annoying).
    If you're in marketing or market research or if you've ever bought or sold anything before i think you'll also find this book to be fascinating.
    i listen to most books on my ipod at a higher speed, and listened to most of this book at 1.5x but i did not find the narration to be annoying in any way at any of the speeds i listened to.
    Bottom line: i really, really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kathryn Schulz
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    To err is human. Yet most of us go through life assuming (and sometimes insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken, and why do we react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness, and shame?

    Mike says: "A good read"
    "Very Thought Provoking"
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    i had absolutely no complaints about the narration, it doesn't detract from the book or message at all.
    The rest of the book, the actual content, was pretty insightful as well. A decent mix of anecdotal evidence, common sense, and research. i found the author to be occasionally a little wordy, but maybe she would have been repetitive if she hadn't been wordy (or maybe i'm just stupid and don't like new words). The organization and progression of the book was pretty good although there were a few times i found myself tuning out what seemed like random tangents. There were also a few sections that really struck me powerfully - stories that i could relate to very personally. i thought the author provided a great deal of interesting information and also implied encouragement to accept and recognize how often and easily we can be wrong. This could be me, but there were just a couple of places where it seemed like the author was taking a condescending attitude toward religion. i was puzzled by this, but it could've just been me reading that into it. All in all it didn't really detract from the many other excellent points that were addressed. Overall a pretty good book, i'd recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    What would happen if the noisiest, most talkative class of 5th graders in history dared each other not to talk for 48 hours? This is the premise Andrew Clements explores in one of his most compelling stories yet.

    nevina says: "Loved it!"
    "Daughter loved it"
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    I got this for my eight year old daughter, and while I didn't listen to it she absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1616)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    I didn't mind this book. The narration was okay and the content kept me interested until the the end. I would consider this book falling suit with some of Crichton's works and James Rollins' non-series books (although not as good - to me - as their works). I admit he took a VERY long time to actually build up to the action. And then, in the end, just when it's getting interesting, he concludes the book with some confusing "news clippings". He should've condensed the beginning and really developed, in story form, the ending instead of using news clippings. He left it wide open for a sequel but after reviewing his works I didn't see one anywhere. It was a decent book but the ending left me disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1025)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Absolutely loved it!"
    Overall

    Loved this book. The author synthesizes a lot of psychology and history and philosophy into a book that addresses, "so what, what does this actually mean for me and where I can or could find happiness". Don't get me wrong, this isn't some 'feel good' book. It's more in the spirit of "Blink" but he builds up to some really interesting conclusions in the end. I really enjoyed this book, I found it very fascinating and would highly recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed other books addressing psychology related topics. On a positive side note, it was also one of the few books lately where I didn't mind the narration at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Good People Do Bad Things

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Debbie Ford
    • Narrated By Debbie Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    Why Good People Do Bad Things exposes the pervasive and often hidden impulses that influence our everyday decisions. The headlines are full of stories of good people gone astray. They show up on the evening news and are splashed across the weekly tabloids.

    Christine says: "Understanding shadows"
    "Super annoying narration, okay book"
    Overall

    Here's the secret if you're listening to this book on an iPod, adjust the speed. Your iPod should let you adjust the narration and this book's narration was only barely tolerable after I increased it to 2x. Soooooooo annoying. And she just goes on and on narrating these ridiculously repetitive lists. Ugh. Anyway, aside from the narration, the content of the book is... okay. But i'm more of a factual, research-based person, and nothing the author had to say was research-based or seemed factual, just her perspective (although not necessarily presented as such) on the topic/s.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17067)
    Performance
    (12969)
    Story
    (12907)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "LOVED IT!!"
    Overall

    Tina Fey is hilarious - i absolutely loved this book! And i love that she narrates this book too, her inflections and tone make it that much better. And she makes a number of surprisingly good points too, but i think she does so subtley and with humor. One note, if you're easily offended by occasional poor language you may not like it. I'm not a fan of poor language but i still thoguht the book was awesome!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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