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Andrew E. Budson, MD

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  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman

  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined it for me

  • By Julia on 11-09-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

After seeing the Wonder Woman movie I was curious about its creation. The book showed that the history of this character was more interesting than I could have imagined. Other reviews complained about Lepore's narration but I thought it was good. Highly recommend.

  • We the Living

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Mary Woods
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotionally intense, historically authentic

  • By Geoffrey on 08-14-08

Great book

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

This is an extremely well-written and enjoyable book that helps explain Ayn Rand. I recommend it to all that enjoyed the Fountainhead.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,062

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Terrible, uninteresting book

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

The cast was wonderful, but the story was very boring and completely fanciful with no particular point that I could discern.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Free Refills

  • A Doctor Confronts His Addiction
  • By: Peter Grinspoon
  • Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Dr. Peter Grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated MD with a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. When the police finally came calling - after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist - Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't put it down

  • By Andrew E. Budson, MD on 02-20-16

couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

What did you love best about Free Refills?

I read daily, but it has been a long time since I have read a book that I could not put down. I listened to the audio version of Grinspoon’s Free Refills and I found myself listening in my car in the driveway, while I was walking through the house, getting dressed, brushing my teeth, etc. I finished the 9-hour book in under 2.5 days. There are several things that I loved about this book. One is just the story and the wonderful writing. It is just a great read. Another is the honesty…it takes a lot of guts to be so candid about one’s mistakes in life. It is also an important book on the opiate problem that we are currently experiencing in our country. Lastly, as a physician myself, I feel that it is an important book to remind us all that doctors are people too, full of their own strengths and weaknesses, successes and failures.

What other book might you compare Free Refills to and why?

Howard Schultz's "Onward" as another book in which someone is so honest and candid about their mistakes.

What about Kiff VandenHeuvel’s performance did you like?

His performance was just fine.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I like the scene where he finally, finally, really hit rock bottom as he was plunging the toilet and realized that his life had to change.

Any additional comments?

I hope Grinspoon writes more books!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,147

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Truly great book

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

This is the second time I have read this book, first as a audiobook. The recording and quality are outstanding. The story appeals to me in some of the same and some different ways since I last read it 15+ years ago. It gives me hope for the human race.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Islam

  • A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Book, pass on the audible!

  • By J********** on 08-21-06

Good overview but a lot of history

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

I had previously read the Qur'an and I wanted a book to better understand Islam. What I learned was that the history of Islam is really complicated. There were more dates and places than I could keep track of, such that for much of it I felt I was listening to a textbook. Still, it provides a good overview in a relatively short amount of time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I and Thou

  • By: Martin Buber
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Martin Buber’s I and Thou has long been acclaimed as a classic. Many prominent writers have acknowledged its influence on their work; students of intellectual history consider it a landmark; and the generation born after World War II considers Buber one of its prophets. Buber’s main proposition is that we may address existence in two ways: (1) that of the “I” toward an “It,” toward an object that is separate in itself, which we either use or experience; (2) that of the “I” toward “Thou,” in which we move into existence in a relationship without bounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Spiritual, Philosophical Masterpiece

  • By Theo Horesh on 02-28-13

Difficult as an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

This philosophical work is amazing, but I found it too dense to follow as an audiobook. Deserves more time and study with each page. Still, a good way to get through the book quickly. Note that I found the introduction by the translator excellent.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,132

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Better than the show

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

Reviewed: 08-11-12

I bought this book because I saw the first two TV seasons based upon these books and I wanted to know what happened later. I found the book different and for the most part better than the show. The performance is outstanding. I highly recommend it to those who like this genre.

38 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • Ageless Memory

  • Simple Secrets for Keeping Your Brain Young: Foolproof Methods for People Over 50
  • By: Harry Lorayne
  • Narrated by: Harry Lorayne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

With this one audiobook, you will learn to remember anything you see, read, or hear the very first time you see, read, or hear it, and retain it for as long as you like. You'll be able to recall names and faces, even years later; never miss an appointment or misplace keys, glasses, or valuables; give speeches without notes; learn English and foreign words and phrases easily; excel at card and other games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite audible book so far

  • By Terry on 04-01-08

great book to improve your memory

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

Reviewed: 05-07-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend this book.

Any additional comments?

This book covers all of Harry Lorayne's memory tips--it is the one to get.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All-Audio German

  • By: Living Language
  • Narrated by: Living Language
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Learn German Anywhere
If you have trouble finding time to fit in language lessons, All-Audio German is the perfect solution. Developed by the experts at Living Language, this program is designed for people on the move. You can learn German as you drive, work around the house, or exercise at the gym.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Intro to German

  • By Andrew E. Budson, MD on 10-04-07

Great Intro to German

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-07

I had no prior knowledge of German, and found that with this audiobook I was able to learn German. I would recommend buying the companion paper book published by Living Language (Ultimate German: Beginner-Intermediate by Lasting & Singer). Between listenting to each 10-minute chapter twice a day for 4 to 7 days, and reading the chapter once in that time, I was able to learn the lessons! I would highly recommend this to someone who wants to learn German without taking a class.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful