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  • Brain Maker

  • The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise - from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells 10 to one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science & suggestions for diet changes

  • By AudioAddict on 07-03-15

scientific

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

surprisingly scientific, and introduces the reader to the workings and wonderings of physicians in the realm of cutting edge microbiome treatment and support therapies. even if you know this topic well, and are already informed on the microbiome topic, this book has something new for you. i listened to it twice, because there was it was so densely packed with helpful data and research.

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,666

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Set massive goals and take massive actions

  • By A. Yoshida on 04-06-16

enthusiastic

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

a very enthusiastically read and easy to understand book, however, after about a third of the way in, you feel like you've pretty well captured the theme, and there's not much more to entice you the rest of the way. nevertheless, a motivational listen.

  • The Virgin Way

  • Everything I Know about Leadership
  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

While building the Virgin Group over 40 years, Richard Branson has never shied away from seemingly outlandish challenges that others (including his own colleagues on several occasions) considered sheer lunacy. He has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost. Now Branson gives an inside look at his strikingly different swashbuckling style of leadership.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiration, and nuggets of wisdom for anyone

  • By John R. on 05-08-15

impressed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

i actually didn't realize this was written solely by richard branson, and was happily surprised to find the narrative completely from his own personal perspective. it's quite warmly written, as he introduces you to his family, home life, and extended company family. you do feel as if you've gotten to know him, after listening to this, and it is filled with genuine anecdotes and wisdom that should help anyone in business and in life.

  • Tell Me Three Things

  • By: Julie Buxbaum
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least that's what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she's thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By irishred507 on 03-27-17

youth approved

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

my daughter enjoyed this story, it touches somewhat more adult themes. it did capture my daughter's interest to the very end. not a read with deep substance, but fulfills a typical theme with a fairy tale like ending

  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,578

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange: Best part of story happens "off-screen"

  • By Tristan on 09-02-16

thin

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

not much substance, and written from too much distance, missing the soul of jack ma, it reads much more from the perspective of a distant acquaintance.

  • Shiloh

  • By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Narrated by: Peter MacNicol
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

From Phyllis Reynolds Naylor comes this unabridged recording of her Newbery Award-winning tale of adventure, courage and love, the timeless and moving story of a dog in trouble and the young boy who would save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic! ( An eleven yr olds review)

  • By Cyndi on 02-20-12

a boy's devotion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-13

It's a rare find - a book with a story that touches the human element in all of us. Told from the 'boy's point of view, and true to his language and idioms of the South, there is a Mark Twainesqueness about its storyline. If your child appreciates reality based books, and character development, this has it. A good listen, even for adults.

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  • Mortality

  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death IS the DARK backing

  • By Darwin8u on 09-05-12

a raw view of illness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-13

This is written in the first person. It explores through an intimate narrative, a writers struggle with the gradual loss of dignity, as he battles degradation and humiliation by cancer. It is candid, and eloquent, but not for the faint of heart.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Skeleton Key

  • An Alex Rider Adventure
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Alex Rider of Point Blank is back in another hair raising adventure. Although the 14-year-old has escaped great dangers and has twice saved the world, he now faces his most perilous foe. A Russian man with a huge grudge against the free world has a nuclear weapon and is threatening to use it. It’s up to Alex to stop him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD

  • By Marcie Ashford on 01-08-17

Good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-13

If you could sum up Skeleton Key in three words, what would they be?

Good story

What other book might you compare Skeleton Key to and why?

Point blank because that was the previous book

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes this one compares well

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

Yes I could not wait to hear what happened next

  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,300

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the honesty!

  • By Paul on 01-29-14

an insiders view of the evolution of amazon

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-13

Would you try another book from Brad Stone and/or Pete Larkin?

certainly i would, it was well researched

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

perhaps it is because Mr. Bezos prefers to remain an enigma, but it would have been a more enjoyable book if we learned more about Mr. Bezos.

What three words best describe Pete Larkin’s voice?

very well paced

Do you think The Everything Store needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

it needs a follow up book, based on Jeff Bezos, and not so much the company itself.

Any additional comments?

The early television ads set forth by Amazon.com, came at a time when many of us could not grasp what this company would become, and come to offer us. Mr. Bezos' ideas were a decade ahead of what anyone else could envision, and after reading this book, you'll come to understand how a visionary thinks and how their accomplishments can bring the rest of us up to their speed. Truly an interesting read, just to see how the company faced it struggles, and persevered with true grit to become king of the hill. It takes you through more of an understanding of the organizational behavioral strategies it faced and how it continued to reinvent itself. A very good read for someone interested in this uniquely positioned tech/ consumer goods company.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep

  • A Medical Mystery
  • By: D.T. Max
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great scientific mystery

  • By David on 11-04-06

a fatal insomnia

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-13

Where does The Family That Couldn't Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

among the top books i have listened to on audible

What other book might you compare The Family That Couldn't Sleep to and why?

epigenetics

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

well researched, up to date, and narratives that bring you to understand the lives affected by those afflicted with prion disease.

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

a fatal insomnia

Any additional comments?

a unique historical perspective on a rare inherited genetic disorder that strikes its victims with symptoms of a lethal insomnia in their most productive years. Also, tied into this narrative of the familial disease, is its link to the prion disease of mad cow, or CJD. The research documented by D.T. Max, brings to light cases of individuals affected by CJD that has occurred in the U.S. and the U.K. which can only be explained prions from contaminated beef. That the threat still exists, and human cases are being suppressed by the USDA, should make anyone concerned about the potential impact of circulating prions in our beef supply.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful