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Eric Schurr

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  • A Thousand Lives

  • The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
  • By: Julia Scheeres
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Experiencing a New Emotion at the End of a Book

  • By Russell on 12-15-11

Wow. Wow. Wow.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

As a kid, I remember hearing about the Jonestown Massacre. Most of everything i heard was wrong! This book explains the entire story and does it VERY well. The writing is clear, the narrator is great, and the story is gripping! If you love books about stranger-than-fiction real life events as i do, this book is for you! I was bummer to see it end.

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,721

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

Great book EVEN IF you're not a runner

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

I'm not a runner, but I LOVED this book. If you like a great story (actually, many great stories) about the human spirit, athletic determination, interesting and unusual people you'll love the book. It's very well-written and voiced.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,491

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Touching and worth a listen; no great revelations

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

This book is very touching and moving. It's a super-sad, gut-wrenching story. It's well-written, although a bit dramatic and flowery at times.

I enjoyed listening to it -- in fact, the epilogue by his wife was the best part IMHO -- and I thought it might contain some deep "life revelations," but i didn't find any. I'm not criticizing the author, i'm just making it clear that if you listen to this with the expectation that you're going to learn something that will help you deal with the complexities of life and death, i'm not sure you'll find it.

Having said that, the story is a very interesting and touching one, and I did enjoy listening to it

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,679
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,631

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Entertaining, FUNNY, shocking about Scientology

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I loved this book. I'd never heard of Remini before -- sorry, Leah...guess you're not THAT famous :) -- but i wish i had. She does a GREAT job of reading this book with all the flair and emphasis that I love hearing from an author. And her NY accent is funny. Of course, the book is essentially about Scientology, and it will shock you. Scientology sounds more like a cult than a church. I can't believe what they put people thru, what they put her thru, and how she survived it all. Listen, enjoy, and learn.

  • The Kindness of Strangers

  • Penniless Across America
  • By: Mike McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life - and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he'd ever thought possible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but dated

  • By P. Bergh on 02-23-15

Enjoyable, but no incredible revelations

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

The story behind this story is pretty intriguing: can someone traverse the country without a single penny, relying on the generosity of strangers? It's cool to see that there are a lot of helpful people in the world. However, let's also remember the guy essentially "begged" his way across America. OK, he didn't have a sign that said "need money," and he didn't take any money, but the only way he ate, slept, or traveled in a vehicle was for someone else to give it to him. At times that sort of bugged me. But all in all, the book was enjoyable and it was an interesting journey

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,946

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Very interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-15

This is a great book. Musk is quite a person...if you like reading about people who are brilliant, driven, and a bit quirky, this is your book.

  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,392

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy

  • By David on 01-25-07

Lots of theory and research but no recommendations

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

I was disappointed by this book. It sounded great -- I got the impression I was going to learn various approaches to increase happiness from many ancient cultures. Cool! Rather, there was just a lot of theory and research and a few interesting thoughts, but nothing to really grab onto and make use of. Please note I wasn't looking for a "silver bullet;" i'm a very happy person and I just like reading about how to maintain and improve that happiness. But this book offered almost nothing of any real value. Taking the time to listen to it decreased my happiness! :)

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Place to Hide

  • Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
  • By: Glenn Greenwald
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Best Read in Print Format

  • By Alfredo Ramirez on 11-22-14

Starts great but turns into a sermon on privacy

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

This book is purportedly about the Edward Snowden story, and it starts out telling that story but it becomes something much different. The Snowden story is really interesting and feels like a real-life thriller. But 1/3 of the way through the book it devolves into the author's pontifications on privacy, government surveillance, and so forth. I got really tired of hearing him talk about it all. I stopped listening.

One other thing to be aware of: this is a hard book to listen to (as vs. read). The narrator does an excellent job, but a good part of the book is composed of excerpts of the documents Snowden stole, and it's painful to hear the narrator read all the little details, including all the arcane government acronyms and terms ("No Forn...Target, Five Is...Subject: DISA counter actions for XYZ). It will drive you batty.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

One of the best books I've ever listened to!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

This book is meaningful, moving, informative, funny, exciting, and so much more. I've listened to almost 50 audible books and this is without question one of the best (it may be THE best). I'd give it a 10 if the ratings went that high. It's very well-written and the narrator's voice is just perfect. I can't say enough about how great this book is. It's especially great if you like animals; there's a lot in here about how animals (elephants) live and love. I've been to Africa on a safari and have seen these incredible creatures up close. This book captures their intrigue and majesty. Listen to it -- you'll love it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,616

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Sorry, but it's just too boring

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

i was excited to listen to this book because Einstein was such a genius. I tried very hard to listen to it all but just couldn't. the level of detail about mundane parts of his life was just too much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful