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  • A Band Director's Guide to Everything Tuba

  • A Collection of Interviews with the Experts
  • By: Andrew Hitz
  • Narrated by: Andrew Hitz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A Band Director's Guide to Everything Tuba: A Collection of Interviews with the Experts features some of the best tuba teachers in the world discussing everything tuba.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even more than the written version

  • By Randy on 08-17-17

Even more than the written version

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-17

This book just blew by. I was done before I realized I even got there. I love the extra "off script" moments, and he's always clear when those are. This is truly an excellent resource for anyone band/tuba involved.

  • SuperFreakonomics

  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Your Time

  • By Rich on 01-04-10

Sideways thinking

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

Steven and Steven are excellent for looking at things from the direction you'd never expect.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,684

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Thorough

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

This is a very thorough biography of an interesting man, and his ups and downs in becoming one of the most household names in america.

  • A Game Plan For Life: The Power of Mentoring

  • By: John Wooden, Don Yeager, John Maxwelll
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

After eight books, many of them best sellers, A Game Plan for Life is the one closest to John Woodens heart: a moving and inspirational guide to the power of mentorship. The first half focuses on the people who helped foster the values that carried Wooden through an incredibly successful and famously principled career, including his college coach, his wife, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Teresa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Candace on 07-20-15

Incredible!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

I downloaded this at the suggestion of a friend, I wasn't sure about it. I am now. I would suggest this to anyone who is in the position of being a mentor to anyone.

I'm not this kind of guy, but the last chapter made me cry. This is a truly inspirational book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Practice Perfect

  • 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
  • By: Doug Lemov, Katie Yezzi, Erica Woolway
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness - wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen - we’d spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Brian on 04-25-16

listen to this multiple times

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

I've gone through this multiple times, and pick up something new each time. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to get better at something.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • This Is Your Brain on Music

  • The Science of a Human Obsession
  • By: Daniel J. Levitin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain. Levitin draws on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neuroscience for the right brain

  • By Paul Mullen on 09-12-07

Music for the scientist

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

This is a scientific approach to how we process music. I love that it has audio samples of musical concepts that laymen may not understand.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Incognito

  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391

In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Take....

  • By Douglas on 10-30-13

Insightful, helpful, and inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-30-13

This book has blown my mind with the explanations within. There are so many things about the mind I'm always trying to learn more, and this definitely helped.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Now Habit

  • By: Neil Fiore Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Neil Fiore Ph.D.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177

If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommend

  • By Elizabeth on 03-25-10

lost my attention

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

I'm big on self help, and I tried, but this book is excellent for trying to fall asleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Feeling Lucky

  • The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • By: Douglas Edwards
  • Narrated by: Douglas Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a credit

  • By Stephen on 07-20-11

I Loved this book... enough said

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

This story of one of the original googlers moves along, and has several interesting turns.

  • The Language Instinct

  • How the Mind Creates Language
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing and Interesting

  • By J. C. on 10-28-12

Not your typical linguistic book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

What did you love best about The Language Instinct?

This book delves into the history and evolution of language. It's nice to get the "how we got here", which is much more enlightening.