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  • Bad Childhood, Good Life

  • How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood
  • By: Laura Schlessinger
  • Narrated by: Laura Schlessinger
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

For each of us, there is a connection between our early family dynamics and experiences and our current attitudes and decisions. Many of the people Dr. Laura has helped did not realize how their histories impacted their adult lives, or how their choices in people, repetitive situations, and decisions, even their emotional reactions, were connected to those early negative experiences, playing a major role in their current unhappiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful title from Dr. Laura

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 03-11-06

Ironic: reprimanded like a child re "Bad Childhood

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Not for me. I had enough of this stern reprimands and treatment as a child, I don't want anymore to help me cope with a "bad childhood" - that's why I bought the book to begin with. Maybe this helps others, but telling me to get over things and stop feeling sorry for myself is not what I needed.

  • Raising Trump

  • By: Ivana Trump
  • Narrated by: Ivana Trump, Alison Fraser, Charles Pound, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

In Raising Trump, Ivana Trump reflects on her extraordinary life and the raising of her three children - Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka - and recounts the lessons she taught her children as they were growing up. As her former husband takes his place as the 45th president of the United States, his children have also been thrust into the media spotlight - but it is Ivana who raised them and proudly instilled in them what she believes to be the most important life lessons: loyalty, honesty, integrity, and drive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book!!!

  • By Jacke Mumaw on 11-02-17

Entertaining and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I wa enchanted by Ivana's life and respected the way she told her story. She told the stories in an interesting way full of colorful desciptions. It really held my attention and I looked forward to listening to more. I didn't like the reader too much because it though it kind of sounded like her, it felt less guinine which is important sit such tales. I think this was a big mistake. I am glad I bought it. I feel inspired by her grace and drive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Innovators

  • How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,833

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • With Atlantean Shoulders, Fit to Bear

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-06-15

Who is this for?

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

The research behind this book is impressive and useful for those teaching a history of the industry. But it is dry and dull. It is like listening to the required standard textbooks in Uni. It was nearly impossible to fight my mind from drifting. I hardly made it through 3 chapters, and I wanted to learn the content. Maybe this is easier to learn from in print. But in audio form, it can only compete with the audio version of a Drivers manual.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 977

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Paula may be Brilliant, but this is just Boring

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I'm sorry to say that I just did not enjoy the story. I like Paula a lot as a comedian, a writer, and a person. I bought her previous book which was great. I love listening to her on the radio. However, this book felt like listening to a friend recount her day detail, by very tedious detail. I know that she is dedicated and loving to her children and I respect her for that, but why did I buy this book to hear about the most mundane details like what kind of cereal they like and when and how. I just tried out of loyalty to her, but in the end, I could not finish it.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,873

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Argh.............wait, did I fall asleep again?

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

The writing is very good. I stuck with this book as much as I could treating it as an educational refresher in language and etiquette rarely used these days. But there is only so much you can take without needing an actual story or plot or anything to keep your attention. I just can't make it that far. I don't know what happens at the end, but I totally don't care. Was there even something in the middle? I don't know. Sorry, I really tried.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Funniest, Clever Brits around

  • By Delia on 08-30-13

Meaningless & Unentertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

I think David Mitchell is extremely intelligent, clever and quick. I like him! I love his BBC radio and talk show pieces. But this book was just drudgery. Sometimes we meet a friend for coffee or a drink and we listen to some mildly amusing banter about what happened when they emptied the dishwasher. We listen because we have a relationship to support - that's whatcha gotta do. But why am I paying for this with David Mitchell? After really trying to hold out for some content worth chewing on, I decided I'd rather call my Mom if I have to put this kind of obligation into something.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,827

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

Real Substance

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Look, I knew there would be cringeworthy details and words in the book, but I like Amy and it's worth the wince. If only she could have had less of the words, references and stories that repulse my senses then I would have rated this as truly a masterpiece. She is a great writer. I truly looked forward to every next story. I never was bored. The content was not only interesting, but also oddly satisfying in that it philosophized questions that reward your soul. She is a good person and makes this world better. By the end of the book with her chapter and message about gun violence, I felt inspired to be a better person. I loved this book and am now a bigger fan than ever.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

  • An International Perspective
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm shift on the subject of equality

  • By Steven Schardein on 10-02-15

The most valuable, intelligent and revealing book

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Can' t get enough of the wealth of research and intelligent commentary this book provides . It will be on the shelves of my memory forever.

  • This Changes Everything

  • Capitalism vs. the Climate
  • By: Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didactic and preachy... and I agree with her

  • By plau on 09-25-16

Well documented, written and motivated piece.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Just not for me. I must have bought this out of haste because I did not understand that this was solely on climate change. This book is easy to fade out on when listening. It's very much like a scientific seminar. So it was not enjoyable for me to listen. But I respect the writing and very well researched work that went into this. This is a very strong tool for understanding the present situation and the background to climate change. It's useful for debate on the issue.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • Adventures of an American in Britain
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

In 1995, Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

  • By Richard on 01-25-16

A Lot of Dribbling from Grumpy Rambling Grandpap

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

"ARGH...Kill me! No I must trudge on, it has to get better...," I told myself. How is this "hilarious"? I think I smirked once or twice, but mostly just tried to tune in. I wanted to like this. I liked his Notes from a Small Island. Listening to one chapter that rambled on about "starting at A1 then to A2, round to A 6, B1 divided A11, N6105, divided by M28...ST1 to A24.....E4 is actually a northern zone.......",I thought I was listening to algebra equations. Why is this in here? Why is it so long? Why does he call people idiots to their face when he was at fault? Why does he imagine beating a woman to death with his walking stick because she selfishly let her dog defecate along his walking path? Why is he so annoyed? I appreciate the candor for sure as well as his creative language skills. But this book is work to me and I lived in the UK for 5 years and America, I should have some sense of comradery in humor to the cultural oddities. This was not enjoyable at all for me and a trip I would never want to repeat. I'm done traveling with Bryson.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful