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  • The Real Purpose of Parenting

  • The Book You Wish Your Parents Read
  • By: Dr. Phillip B Dembo
  • Narrated by: Dr. Phillip B Dembo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

The Real Purpose of Parenting is a series of stories and life lessons from the world of a therapist, known as The Parent Coach. Very well-intentioned, well meaning parents are at the point of crisis with their kids because their own best parenting efforts are NOT producing the children they want them to be. And there, according to Dr. Phil Dembo, lies the problem. Dr. Dembo shows simple family “turn around” strategies that reframe the real purpose of parenting and gives each family, and child, their own salvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book changed my life and relationships!!

  • By elena on 01-07-13

Good advice.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Very good, solid advice from an experienced therapist. As a narrator, though, Dr. Dembo is a pretty good therapist.

  • Mr. Mann

  • The Afterlife and Times of the Devil's Acquisitor Ad Infinitum
  • By: John Byron
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

My name is Marten Mann. I work for the devil, or the prince of lies, as you people are so fond of calling him. Yes. You read that last line correctly. I am employed by the powers of evil as acquisitor ad infinitum. I did not seek out this job: I was chosen for the position. To put it in simpler terms, I am a broker of sorts - you know, the guy who finds out what it is that you want the most. I make it readily available to you for a price. I think we all know just how costly that one thing that you think you need so much can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Angle on an Age Old Story

  • By Aaron Isakson on 06-10-15

Not worth the time...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

This a poorly written, poorly edited, meandering mess of a book. The choice of a first-person narrator was a mistake, as the main character is shallow and uninteresting. We gain nothing from having access to his inner world. The other characters are poorly developed stick figures. The performance is great, but not enough to salvage this disaster. If you're looking for a good story about the Devil getting tired of The Game, just read Neil Gaiman's Season of Mists. Much better use of your time.

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  • Conspiracy of Fools

  • A True Story
  • By: Kurt Eichenwald
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 30 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In Depth

  • By Thomas on 01-20-06

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

I have listened to The Smartest Guys in the Room, and I can tell you that this book provides a much more subtle telling of the Enron tale than its more famous cousin. The major players are more human and, therefore, more believable in this narrative. I recommend it without reservation.

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

This is a wonderful book about a forgotten time in American history. The description of the hell that was the Dust Bowl is powerful, poignant, and heart breaking. The death of baby Ruth from dust pneumonia brought tears to my eyes, but the perseverance of her mother face this unbearable suffering made my spirit soar. Ultimately, this book is a cautionary tale, very much current in a time when many seem to have forgotten that bleeding the Earth in the name of capitalism can have dire consequences. The performance was perfect, emotional but not melodramatic.

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  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,112

First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best.

  • By SGL on 03-20-14

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Space adventure of the highest caliber, one of Heinlein's best. The performance was great. I highly recommend to fans of classic sci-fi.

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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,091

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Classic!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

Great book, especially when you consider it was published in the 30s. Decades ahead of its time. The performance was great.

  • Lords of Finance

  • The Bankers Who Broke the World
  • By: Liaquat Ahamed
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Interesting Book

  • By IRP on 02-20-10

Great financial story of the early 20th century!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-13

This a great book. It tells the tale of the four major financial powers in the beginning of the 20th century: America, Germany, France, and Great Britain. It starts in the pre World War I years and carries through to the end of World War II, covering one of the most dramatic periods in financial history, the Great Depression. The book's premise is that the Great Depression was the result of the mismanagement of the world economy by the central bankers of the four powers, which seemed plausible in my layman's perspective. The performance is very good and compliments the story nicely. I highly recommend it.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,398

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Classic!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-13

This is the classic account of Nazi Germany written by an eyewitness to historical events. This book is thoroughly researched and brimming with painstaking references to the captured secret documents of the National Socialist regime and to the Nuremberg trial archives. A truly magnificent history book by a non-historian. Mr. Shirer was a journalist, one of Edward R. Murrow's "boys," which means this book is written in an engaging and dynamic fashion. I personally love how he repeatedly refers to Hitler as "the tramp from Vienna" or "the former corporal." This is a "big history" book, concerned with big men and big events. I would suggest listening to it along with Richard J.Evans' trilogy on the Third Reich, which gives a "man on the street" account of Nazi Germany, and you will have as good an understanding of this subject as can be expected from a lay person. The performance by Mr. Gardner is spot on.

  • No One Would Listen

  • A True Financial Thriller
  • By: Harry Markopolos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850

No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the story, but not the author

  • By Brock on 05-08-13

Garbage

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

This book is awful. I got it thinking I was buying a book about the Madoff scandal, but this is an autobiography of Harry Markopolos. Unfortunately, Markopolos is a poor subject for a biography, auto or otherwise. Most of the book is about the author's greatness, and the stupidity of everyone else. Although he possesses intellectual and mathematical powers far surpassing those of the average man, Markopolos fails to do anything substantial about Madoff other than repeatedly submitting his suspicions to the SEC and the WSJ, even though they repeatedly ignore him. By his own admission, he never thinks about the thousands of individuals whose lives Madoff will eventually destroy, his only worry is for how the scandal will affect the financial industry. I could forgive Markopolos personal flaws, no one is perfect and it was never his job to police the financial markets, but it is grating how he takes credit for things he did not do. This is particularly apparent during the congressional hearings after the scandal broke, when Markopolos describes his joy and I-told-you-so attitude at the downfall of the SEC. It is the pettiest moment of the whole ordeal.
And make no mistake, this book is an ordeal. It's boring through and through. The only thrilling episodes in this "thriller" happen inside the author's head. Although no one ever threatens his life, Markopolos describes various "measures" he took to protect himself from Madoff, including keeping his children waiting in the car while he checks under the carriage for bombs. When the scandal breaks, his first thought is that the SEC will raid his house to destroy his documents, so he loads a shotgun and later sends his wife to "secretly" give a digital copy of the documents to a friend. I kept waiting for Markopolos to describe the six months he spent in his basement with a tinfoil hat on his head because Madoff was reading his mind.
The performance was serviceable but melodramatic. I wonder if that was a purposeful decision by the narrator, given the melodramatic implausibility of the source material. Overall, I do not recommend this book. If you want a good book about Madoff, you should get The Wizard of Lies, also available through Audible.

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  • Wanderlust

  • Dragonlance: Meetings Sextet, Book 2
  • By: Mary Kirchoff, Steve Winter
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Stop, Thief! One spring day Tasslehoff Burrfoot comes to Solace, accidentally pockets a copper bracelet, and (forcibly) makes the acquaintance of Tanis Half-Elven and Flint Fireforge. A simple tale. Except that the fate of the entire race of Dargonesti sea elves hangs in the balance. How does this piece of kender-coveted jewelry lead the companions and a sea elf princess to ally with the phaethons, creatures with wings of flame? The answer lies with a mysterious mage, a broker of souls, who knows the bracelet's secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Ryan & Frost on 10-23-18

Long live Tas!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

Loved this book. Tas has always been one of my favorite Dragonlance characters, and this book examines his first adventures with Flint and Tanis. The chapters about his experiences as a bird, a fly, and a mouse, the result of a magic potion, are particularly good. I really enjoyed the early development of his relationship with Flint, another of my favorite characters in the series. The narrator's performance is pretty good. I highly recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful