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  • Endurance

  • A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
  • By: Scott Kelly
  • Narrated by: Scott Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,832

A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station - a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well told, in depth account of life on the ISS

  • By Lili on 11-16-17

Fantastic view of life as an astronaut

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Read by Scott Kelly you get the true picture of his life and the ups and downs of being an astronaut. Fantastic book. It is one I didn't want to end. You feel what it is like to fly a jet, land in the dark on an aircraft carrier, rocket into space and to live on the ISS. Scott tells it like it is and shows his errors and faults along with his successes and achievments. Idream of spending a few months on the ISS and frequently go outside at night to watch them fly over, so I may be slightly biased. Even if you y want to go up in an airplane I think you will still love this book.

  • Deadly Outbreaks

  • How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites
  • By: Alexandra Levitt
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics, the mainstays of modern medicine, have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Terrorism aside, one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a massive outbreak of drug-resistant microbes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the top of the class...

  • By Carolyn on 08-14-14

Exciting tales of mystery diseases

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

The book is great. As a microbiologist I already knew most of the diseases, but the investigations to find the causes and how the EIS, health departments, other organizations and lab personnel worked with medical personnel and patients were covered in an insightful and interesting manner. The reader needs to learn how to pronounce scientific words and acronyms. USAMRIID is pronounced you-SAM-rid, not spelled out. ELISA is pronounced with a long I, not as eleesa. Her frequent mispronunciations drove me crazy, but the book was great enough to ignore them. Each chapter is a biological mystery. If you are at all interested in biology, epidemiology or even good mysteries you will enjoy this book.

  • North

  • By: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
  • Narrated by: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321

 Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of ultrarunning's elite events over the course of his career. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt an urgent need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a wholly unique challenge, one that would force him to grow as a person and as an athlete: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey diminished by off putting profiles

  • By Carl on 06-03-18

Realistic view of running the Appalachian Trail

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This keeps you interested with the challenge, all the characters and the ultimate quest. I am not a runner, but was absorbed by this book. Hard to put down.

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  • Be Our Guest

  • Perfecting the Art of Customer Service
  • By: The Disney Institute, Theodore Kinni
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Exceeding expectations rather than simply satisfying them is the cornerstone of the Disney approach to customer service. Now, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the original Be Our Guest, the Disney Institute, which specializes in helping professionals see new possibilities through concepts not found in the typical workplace, is revealing even more of the business behind the magic of quality service.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too long and repetitive

  • By M. Decker on 03-11-16

A Magical Overview of Customer Service

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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: 10-25-18

This provides an in-depth look at how Disney provides magical moments for their guests. Also gives examples from other companies that utilized similar a process. Many parts are easily applied to other business or service situations.

  • The History of Ancient Egypt

  • By: Bob Brier, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Bob Brier
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,392

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensibly complete

  • By Nassir on 07-09-13

Fantastic overview of Egyptian history

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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: 10-17-18

The instructor is an egyptologist and knows the subject matter. He holds your interest throughout the lectures. Highly recommend.

  • You Need a Budget

  • The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want
  • By: Jesse Mecham
  • Narrated by: Jesse Mecham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

For most people, budgeting conjures up the same feelings as, say, prison and dieting. But your initial instinct couldn't be further from the truth. You just haven't budgeted the right way. You Need a Budget will teach you four simple rules to completely revolutionize the way you think about managing your money. With a budget, you'll break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, get out of debt, and save more money. A liberating, enabling, empowering budget will actually make you feel more free, not more restricted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beginning Budgeter

  • By Brant on 12-29-17

usable advice

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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: 09-27-18

I have not checked out his software or we site yet, but they are not required to use this. Contains practical advice on budgeting.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,176

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

A good book on a great horse

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

As a racing fan I watched it happen, but it was great to hear it again. I would have liked to hear more of the winning calls and more about the horse's gentle personality. The book shows the good and the bad of the people involved in racing. American Pharoah is a horse of a lifetime and the book gets that across.

  • The History of Science: 1700-1900

  • By: Frederick Gregory, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Frederick Gregory
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

The scientific theories that were first discovered and made public in the years 1700-1900 are some of the most pivotal in history. Landmark theories of planetary motion, the workings of nature, and the speed of light were all ideas that took the world by storm. Now you can share in that story of discovery in a series of 36 lectures designed to give you a rock-solid understanding of the great discoveries of Newton, Darwin, Franklin, Pasteur, and so many others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My dream school would use these

  • By Juha on 06-22-14

great overview

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This covers a large amount of time and broad topics in science. The listener gets to see science from the perspective of people at the time, not just as we see it today. He did a fantastic job with an enormous amount of information.

  • Sully

  • My Search for What Really Matters
  • By: Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture from director/producer Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, and Aaron Eckhart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring biography--but incomplete

  • By Kathi on 09-24-16

Exciting read

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I usually don't like it when an author skips around in time, but this was well done and flowed nicely. The reader sees the love Sully has for flying from childhood and gets to know him as a person, not just a bigger than life pilot. He is very factual, yet tells the human side as well. Great story. I don't watch many movies - I would rather read the book - but I may watch the movie based on this book. I highly recommend this book.

  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoes what you've learned from the headlines

  • By Tristan on 10-14-16

Intriguing look at our microbiome<br />

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Great look at the microbiome and it's effects on people, plants and animals. It covers symbionts and how they can aid the host, what changing in the microbiome can do, etc. As a microbiologist I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to buy a written copy.