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  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,294
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,321

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Uplifting

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Reviewed: 08-27-18

Great man, great lessons in life a must do for the younger generations who need work, goals and values to change the world

  • Astoria

  • John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
  • By: Peter Stark
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daring, greedy men take on nature and natives

  • By Pamela on 06-20-14

Wonderful forgotten history of our country

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Reviewed: 08-15-18

This account is superbly done with great historical detail and first hand accounts. What great visions, ambitions, and plans merged together with strong personalities, indigenous peoples and mother nature’s furies

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Great Survival Story, But tragic indeed

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Reviewed: 08-13-18

Conditions in North. Korea are brutal and violent. This account is raw, emotional and powerful. What a sad story of what s family incurred. We can only hope that the evil in that country will end someday soon. The people need to be free.

  • Sons of Wichita

  • How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty
  • By: Daniel Schulman
  • Narrated by: Allen O'Reilly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now. Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. "You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money," Fred Koch cautioned. "It may either be a blessing or a curse."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting family

  • By Jean on 05-28-14

A Great story of an American dynasty

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Reviewed: 08-12-18

Detailed and factual account of the turbulent and remarkable times of a family who created s storied business empire, contributed to the public good with generous donations and who remain controversial with their political views. All different, smart and very interesting people indeed. This book is a must read. (Listen)

  • The Spider Network

  • The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History
  • By: David Enrich
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world's largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor - the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide - was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Expose on a Scam and its Naive Ringleader

  • By Andres Pedraza on 03-22-17

Great story of life in finance industry

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Reviewed: 08-10-18

Corrupt courts, corrupt system, corrupt industry..,sad story on many levels but quite a well documented tale of reality. Good author and lots of work behind this book. A good listen indeed,

  • We Band of Angels

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan
  • By: Elizabeth M. Norman
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 221

We Band of Angelsis the story of women searching for adventure, caught up in the drama and danger of war. On the same day the Japanese Imperial Navy launched its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, it also struck American bases in the Far East, chief among them the Philippines. That raid led to the first major land battle for America in World War II and, in the end, to the largest defeat and surrender of American forces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very moving tribute!

  • By mark nelsen on 05-17-17

Great History Sacrifice and Coursge

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Reviewed: 07-29-18

WWII nurses were amazing- dedicated. Courageous and giving. Wonderful account and story of their sacrifice for this country, America’s Greatest Generation indeed..

  • The Radium Girls

  • The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A simple way to improve the robotic narration

  • By B. C. French on 06-07-17

Great historic account

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Reviewed: 07-27-18

Remarkable history of Radium., women in the work place and the lack of concern of business for basic safety in the workplace. Great accounting of the courageous women and their layers who fought for years to get justice.

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: David Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,667

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but severely lacking.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-13

Great Read

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Reviewed: 06-26-18

Informative, good story, a noble quest. Hiking that distance is amazing. Many stories and lots with honest depiction of the many challenges the AMT presents to hikers.