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  • Famous Father Girl

  • A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
  • By: Jamie Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Jamie Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in 20th-century America.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely!

  • By Pennypie on 06-18-18

Lovely!

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Reviewed: 06-18-18

Very alive and personal and real and surprising, Jamie adds new perspectives about her father and her also amazing family.

  • Make Trouble

  • Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead - My Life Story
  • By: Cecile Richards
  • Narrated by: Cecile Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 263
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    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 238

From Cecile Richards - the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" (Vogue) - comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN!!!!!

  • By Judith M. McLean on 05-02-18

To the troublemakers ...

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Reviewed: 04-16-18

... who are, should be, used to be or wanna be - do not miss this book. It’s inspiring, provocative, and a glorious reminder that each of us can make change happen. Thanks Cecile!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Enlightening. Fast Paced.

  • By W. Brooks on 01-11-18

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 03-26-18

Much of it a surprise, all based in science, tremendously helpful and useable. Do not miss this.

  • So, Anyway...

  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway..., John Cleese takes listeners on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman) to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleese, the early years, in his own voice

  • By G. Beauchamp on 01-15-17

A great gift

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Reviewed: 03-19-18

Thank you John Cleese (Cheese). Brilliant. Perfect. Only sorry I didn’t hear it sooner. But then this time it wouldn’t have been such a surprise. (Listen and understand.)

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,590

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By W. K. Caldwell on 02-23-18

A “didn’t-want-it-to-end” book

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Reviewed: 03-04-18

Both brilliant and shocking, this is a vividly written memoir. Much more please from Westover.

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  • The Choice

  • Escaping the Past and Embracing the Possible
  • By: Dr. Edith Eva Eger
  • Narrated by: Tovah Feldshuh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86

A powerful, moving memoir - and a practical guide to healing - written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds. The Choice weaves Eger's personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible reading

  • By Juicer on 02-06-18

Please read!

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Reviewed: 11-12-17

Of all the many, many wonderful books I’ve recently read and heard, this is the most compelling, brilliant, lovely, human, and potentially life-changing, life-saving book. Please do not miss it.

  • Beyond the High Blue Air

  • By: Lu Spinney
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When Lu Spinney's 29-year-old son, Miles, flies up on his snowboard, "he knows he is not in control as he is taken by force up the ramp," writes his mother, "skewing sideways as his board clips the edge and then he is hurtling, spinning up, up into the free blue sky ahead.... " He lands hard on the ice and falls into a coma. Thus begins the erratic loss - Miles first in a coma and then trapped in a fluctuating state of minimal consciousness - that unravels over the next five years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond amazing

  • By Pennypie on 10-03-17

Beyond amazing

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Reviewed: 10-03-17

This is one of the most gripping, thoughtful, shocking, all-encompassing books I have experienced in quite a long time. Life- and thought-changing and worth every moment. I don't believe it will ever leave me.

  • Word by Word

  • The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  • By: Kory Stamper
  • Narrated by: Kory Stamper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography - from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kory should narrate more Audible books!

  • By R. Stern on 04-24-17

What a wonderful book!

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Reviewed: 07-22-17

Unexpected, funny, informative, provocative. I can't quite believe that I wanted a book on this topic to be longer, but I most definitely did. Please write more, Kory Stamper.

  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-11-17

Worth every minute

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Reviewed: 07-12-17

This is the BEST book about leadership and management and people/work I have ever read. Sharing it with colleagues. Do not miss this.