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L. Freed

Hockessin, Delaware USA
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  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

Fantastic Story

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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: 12-17-17

this was a thought-provoking novel about opportunities lost and life choices. set in the pre-war England it depicts a way of life that is on its way put both for the landed gentry and the servants who make that life possible.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,434

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Lyrical science Fiction

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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: 12-06-17

Kazuo Ishiguro has created a beautifully written dystopia. I Loved it so much and was sad to have it end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Thought

  • Changquing's Seeing Form, Seeing Sound
  • By: John Daido Loori Roshi
  • Narrated by: John Daido Loori Roshi
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

All societies have laws to prevent physical and verbal violence, but what about the violence we create with our thoughts? Daido Roshi states that our minds are incredibly powerful, and they create a force that shapes the reality around us. We can only bring peace and healing to ourselves and others if we first have peace in our minds. But we can't quiet the mind until we see how much time we spend talking to ourselves, and until we let go of our almost constant inner chatter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Marty on 12-27-07

Good talk

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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: 05-31-17

I very much enjoyed listening to this Sharma talk given by the Roshi at the Zen Mountain Center. An inspirational talk on the mind.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,399

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware non-techies

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-16

fascinating review of current algorithms

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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: 05-20-17

the author Jas a deep knowledge of mathematics and statistics. He gives good real world examples of how algorithms are used in modern society.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,550

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

excellent book on how habits effect us.

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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: 04-18-17

this us a thought provoking book that touches on how habits effect human behavior. the author uses interesting examples to drive the theories home.

  • The Tao of Dating

  • The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible
  • By: Ali Binazir MD
  • Narrated by: Ali Binazir MD
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

Can you have it all? I believe that smart, successful women can have both a great career and a rich, warm, fulfilling love life. See - smart women like yourself were having unfulfilling love lives on an epidemic scale when I was an advisor at Harvard. They either couldn't find the right guy, were with the wrong guy, had relationships that didn't last, or had given up on dating entirely. So I wrote this book to remedy the situation. This is not your grandma's dating guide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Spectacular Book! Just what I needed!

  • By Tara on 10-22-14

Very useful and thoughtful book on dating

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

This book provides very helpful ideas for improving your love life. He references the Chinese poet and philosopher Loa Tzu throughout the book.

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  • An Anthropologist on Mars

  • Seven Paradoxical Tales
  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

To these seven narratives of neurological disorder Dr. Sacks brings the same humanity, poetic observation, and infectious sense of wonder that are apparent in his bestsellers Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. These men, women, and one extraordinary child emerge as brilliantly adaptive personalities, whose conditions have not so much debilitated them as ushered them into another reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SACKS IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY !!

  • By Jeff on 09-22-13

Adore anything Oliver Sacks writes.

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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: 06-10-16

Oliver Sacks is a genius. He brings great depth of insight and detail to the workings of the mind. This book covers visual impairment and autism.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,633

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Very Gripping and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and the plot is excellent. This is the best book I have listened to on Audible so far. The narrator does a great job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

  • Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she'd speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. "What do we do when life doesn't go the way we hoped?" begins Pema. "We say 'I'm a failure.'" But what if failing wasn't just "okay"... but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect listen at the perfect time!

  • By BARBARA J NELSON on 01-22-16

Very nice opportunity to hear more from Pema

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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: 01-03-16

Although it is short it is full interesting ideas and it is inspiring. I really enjoy learning from Pema Chodron.

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,846

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

Very inventive alndgripping , disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

I listened with awe to this imaginative book. The occasional switch to Spanish made it all the more authentic. I liked it so much that I was disappointed when it ended.