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  • Roots of the Messiah

  • Outcasts, Kings, and Carpenters: Kidz Rock Series
  • By: Kidz Rock
  • Narrated by: Kailey Bell, Todd Busteed
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

What do Adam, Abraham, Jacob, Judah, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Boaz, David, Bathsheba, Solomon, Joseph and Mary have in common? Everyone has a family tree, even Jesus! Come back in time with us to learn Jesus' lineage, starting with Adam. Some of Jesus' family my even suprise you!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For Children

  • By Michael on 06-27-16

For Children

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

This is well done, but it is for kids. This age should be from 7 to 12.

  • Killing Jesus

  • A History
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,215

Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Jesus story in context

  • By Kimberly on 10-01-13

Speaks In Absolutes About Everything

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

Maybe

What did you like best about this story?

Good details about Herod.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Argument.

Any additional comments?

Bill tries to add some tension or drama to the story by making strong definitive statements and it rubbed me the wrong way. There is no way that anyone could know the truth about certain things that he says as absolute. You also cannot argue against his bold statements, because you do not know either. Just don't write it under the guise of historical fact.

  • Overcome Procrastination

  • A high quality hypnosis session to overcome procrastination
  • By: Glenn Harrold FBSCH Dip C.H.
  • Narrated by: Glenn Harrold FBSCH Dip C.H.
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

This powerful hypnosis recording by best-selling self-help author Glenn Harrold has been designed to help you overcome procrastination and to become so much more creative, motivated and spontaneous. Overcome Procrastination is a special hypnotherapy recording that will help you connect with your potential and become much more motivated and determined in all areas of your life. This audio book includes a 10-minute daytime bonus track called Feel Alive which you can listen to when you are awake and active.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ideal for the Procrastinator who can't sleep!

  • By PlantCrone on 12-20-13

This is a VERY short listen. They just repeat 3 X.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

Would you try another book from Harrold Glenn and/or Harrold Glenn?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

They make a good attempt, but just don't do it. Find a better option.
They use some British words that pop you out of any serenity that you tried to get yourself into.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

The New Psycho-Cybernetics audiobook cover art
  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics

  • By: Maxwell Maltz edited by Dan S. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Since its publication in 1960, Dr. Maltz's seminal text has inspired more than 30 million readers to enhance their lives and achieve life-changing goals - from losing weight to excelling in sports to dramatically increasing their income. Now revised for a new millennium, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's visionary approach and proven groundbreaking techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth every dollar.

  • By Ryan on 08-27-03

I keep thinking about this book

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

If you could sum up The New Psycho-Cybernetics in three words, what would they be?

Self Image is Powerful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Failure and Success Mechanisms

Any additional comments?

I found myself talking with people about what I had learned several times after listening to this book. It is most powerful in the middle. A plastic surgeon's view on how self image drives our lives. IQ is not the most powerful predictor of success in life, it is self image.
If you are a thinker, this one if for you.

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,940

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will re shape your finance mind

  • By Kevin P. on 08-29-17

Make you want to change what you are doing!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Rich Dad Poor Dad to be better than the print version?

The definition of wealth is "how long you can live without working". That fancy house will be working against you if you don't have a job - that is not the measure of success. The concept of assets vs. liabilities is clear and make you want to get income generation vehicles; not more things. It is a must read for everyone who thinks they are getting ahead. Maybe you are not. This book is well produced and you will enjoy listening to it. It has a nice story baseline.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Assets are all that matter.

  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,393

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic.

  • By Gare&Sophia on 12-05-12

Good ideas, Lags in middle, highly edited voice.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, this is time well spent. I would recommend this book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It starts off good, but really drops off as the concepts that you are learning become really basic in the middle. The foundation is good.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I don't thing that I have listened to a book with more injected words. It is just too many. It is understandable that changes were made and they did not want to re-record the entire book, but the edits really add no value and it is mostly just one or two words each time. It is almost a demonic kind of injection...:)

What did you take away from The Charisma Myth that you can apply to your work?

People must believe that you have the power to effect them and if you are fully present, with warmth, you got charisma.

  • Linchpin

  • Are You Indispensable?
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe you missed the point...

  • By John on 09-01-11

Needs an editor - Bad.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

What would have made Linchpin better?

If it would get to the point and help you to see the path to becoming a Linchpin would help. It talks in general observations about the world and repeats itself.

What was most disappointing about Seth Godin’s story?

He beat around the message and never really gives it to you.

How could the performance have been better?

Get a pro to read it.

What character would you cut from Linchpin?

NA

Any additional comments?

Could be so much better and so much shorter.

  • Wild Mind

  • Living the Writer's Life
  • By: Natalie Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Natalie Goldberg
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Writer, poet, and teacher Natalie Goldberg shows you how to unleash your "wild mind" - the true source of your creative power. In this crisp mix of memoir, teaching guide, nonfiction and poetry, Goldberg strips creativity to the essential mind that is "raw, full of energy, alive, and hungry." Natalie is compassionate, practical, and humorous. "Even if it's just a leg hanging out the window, she says, "write it down." Highlights include: provocative "try this" exercises to compel you into action, advice on how to find time to write, how to discover your personal style, how to make sentences come alive, and how to overcome procrastination and writer's block. She'll also explore the larger vision of the writer's task: knowing when to take risks as a writer and a person, learning self-acceptance in life and art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get to know Natalie Goldberg

  • By Sven Severin on 04-21-15

From a real writer

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

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

Yes. If you need an "I can do it" kick, this is a good read

What did you like best about this story?

Natalie is great to connect with in her story.

What about Natalie Goldberg’s performance did you like?

She has a lot of personality in her reading, because it is about her and her core.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You are great if you will just show others, they will love you and what you do.

Any additional comments?

If you are trying to write a book, I would recommend this one. She is cool and easy to fall in love with as you connect with her story. The theme is just write. Volume is king and being open and raw is the key. Read this book to write yours, but also just read this book for the fun of it. Let a new friend in your car - you will enjoy it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The First Christmas

  • What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth
  • By: Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In The First Christmas, two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the 21st century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas... Something interesting for everyone

  • By Jacobus on 02-02-12

Quality if you are looking for understanding

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

What made the experience of listening to The First Christmas the most enjoyable?

The quality of thought was high. I enjoyed the value these two guys bring to the thinking of the time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is not about characters, but themes Christ brought to the world and the various take each Godspell writer had on them.

Which scene was your favorite?

Justice through peace or Justice through violence.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think. I like to listen to a book that gives me a new thought that I had not had myself. There are a few good nuggets in this book.

Any additional comments?

This is worth it. I generally like this type of book, but most times these type writers will be too high brow or pompous to be worth the time. These guys are just trying to explain.
They also do not seem to have an agenda of converting your or proving that God does not exist. The are reflective with context.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Theodore Bikel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Virtuoso storyteller Umberto Eco conjures up a gloriously rich portrait of 14th century Franciscan Italy with such grace, ease, wit, and love that you will become utterly intoxicated with the place and time. The story is performed by Theodore Bikel who has starred in numerous Broadway hits, including The Sound of Music, Zorba, and Fiddler on the Roof.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged is not as sweet

  • By connie on 11-06-07

Two visit a monastery

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. There are better stories.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Good.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was OK. It was not as much the reader as the writer, but I lost who was who. I listen to books a good deal and this is not usually a problem.

Do you think The Name of the Rose needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It was finished.

Any additional comments?

They made a movie of this book. Start with the movie...