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  • Winners Take All

  • The Elite Charade of Changing the World
  • By: Anand Giridharadas
  • Narrated by: Anand Giridharadas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really eye-opening.

  • By Minna on 09-19-18

So much to think about...

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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: 09-18-18

This book needed to be written. It's filled with ideas that have been bubbling under the surface of our society...well, forever. Well worth the listen. I'm going to get the paperback and read it again.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,851

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary

  • By Stephen Gilkenson on 09-19-18

This book is boring

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

It's true, there is nothing new here. But I really thought it would be better written. I found it tedious and boring.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,582

This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good info just not suited for audio

  • By Colin on 03-17-15

Empty

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-16

This book is a lot of silly business-speak. And it is disingenuous. Don't waste your time.

  • 6 Months to 6 Figures

  • By: Peter J. Voogd
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Voogd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022

Peter Voogd, who has been labeled the leading authority for Gen Y leadership, reveals the exact strategies he's used to go from dead broke to over six figures within six months. Peter has trained over 4,000 entrepreneurs, and built an eight-million-dollar sales organization by age 27. If you're one of the select few who are serious about success, this book will change the game for you, regardless of what industry you're in.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not much different from others like it...

  • By Martin on 05-04-15

Nothing New Under The Sun

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

There is no new news in this book. Get up in the morning. Dedicate yourself to your business. Work hard. Be successful--or what Peter Voogd considers successful. Frankly, after he reviews his upcoming schedule, trying to impress readers with his jet-set lifestyle, I found it all a little sad, empty and exhausting. Clearly, I'm not his audience. But even if I were, there is no revelation or life-altering information to be found in this book.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,131

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Good read

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Not the most amazing book I ever read. I enjoyed it though. I liked the structure. I liked the writing. The characters became less interesting as the book went on. This is a beach read.

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 761

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

Lord, Someone Help These People

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

If ever there was an argument to solve income inequality, this is it. I felt downright sorry for folks living on the Upper East Side. We need to help them. If that’s what money does to people—people who it turns out really do have feelings—I want no part of it. Hard to believe you can be an educated adult person with the world placed at your doorstep, and your interests revolve around handbags and being thinner than. So much stress and fear of their own making.
Also frightening, once in this world, the author longs to be part of the in-crowd. Could that happen to me? Could I ever spend time researching, groveling with a salesperson for and then finally justify paying $10,000 for a purse?
I suspect, if studied, we all are guilty of the posturing and petty acts the mommy’s of the Upper East Side display. Thankfully, our limited financial situations keep us in check, empathetic, and connected to each other, so we don’t have to wait for a crisis to jolt us into remembering our humanity.
Fascinating look into a horrible world. Definitely a fun read.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemistry Between Us

  • Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction
  • By: Larry Young, Brian Alexander
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors surrounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make, are unconsciously driven by a few molecules in our brains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing

  • By Carlos M. Saraiva on 11-27-15

Super Interesting

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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: 06-02-15

A little more technical than I thought it would be and sometimes repetitive, but overall I loved it. Gave me so much to think about as far as love, sex, and the fluidity of sexuality.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • God's Bankers

  • A History of Money and Power at the Vatican
  • By: Gerald Posner
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook is about the church's accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title does not do this book justice!

  • By Megatron on 11-01-16

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-15

This book explained so much. The author works hard not to simply vilify the Vatican but to show the thought patterns that led to the making such horrific, selfish, godless decisions. No excuses though. Insulated men making unbelievably poor decisions. The book is also well written, so a good read. I highly recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Missing Out

  • In Praise of the Unlived Life
  • By: Adam Phillips
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

We all have two lives - the life we live and the life of our fantasies. But it is the life unlived - the person we have failed to be - that can trouble and even haunt us. In Missing Out acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips delves into the gap between who we are and who we are not, to discover whether not getting what we want may be the unlikely key to the fully lived life. Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and the author of several previous books, all widely acclaimed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit boring

  • By Elizabeth on 05-23-15

A bit boring

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-15

While the subject was interesting, the writing is stiff. The author needed to use more examples from life or literature to bring his "getting it" and "not getting it" to life. Perhaps it would have been easier to follow in print. I don't know. I got confused. And then bored.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • America's Bitter Pill

  • Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
  • By: Steven Brill
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

America's Bitter Pill is Steven Brill's much-anticipated, sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing - and failing to change - the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. Brill probed the depths of our nation's healthcare crisis in his trailblazing Time magazine Special Report, which won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good facts but sometimes one sided conclusions

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-15

Everyone should read this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-15

I don't even want to talk with you about healthcare reform in American unless you have read this book.