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Mark T Ryan

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  • AgeProof

  • Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip
  • By: Jean Chatzky, Michael F. Roizen, Ted Spiker, and others
  • Narrated by: Jean Chatzky, Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz - foreword
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

All the money in the world doesn't mean a thing if we can't get out of bed. And the healthiest body in the world won't stay that way if we're frazzled about five figures' worth of debt. Today show financial expert Jean Chatzky and the Cleveland Clinic's chief wellness officer, Dr. Michael Roizen, explain the vital connection between health and wealth - giving listeners all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe the authors should let the pros read

  • By SAS on 03-09-17

Only Written for Americans - Ignore the rest

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

What disappointed you about AgeProof?

The early chapters talk extensively about recording personal stats using an App (Google Play & App Store) but unless you are registered in the US - forget it

Has AgeProof turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Not the narrator that the issue is with

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

sure, many of the strategies and information offered was fine

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,423

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

So Many Misconceptions

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

When thinking of the change agents of the past Genghis and descendants seemingly have left a remarkable legacy.

This secret history reveals so many misconceptions and misdirections that one has to wonder about the veracity of other commonly held beliefs

Critical thinking vs the road so often taken

Mark

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,350

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

When Batman Meets Superman

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

A tour of challenges, questions and thought provoking ideas structured very persuasively.
His futuristic vision while less likely to materialise since he has expressed to the world still presents trends and directions that resonate. Well told

  • 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 20,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,027

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

Châteauneuf du Pape Indeed

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

If only more books were crafted so elegantly.

The gentleman in the title is so wonderfully complete and the themes and story so beautifully sculptured. I felt delight on every page.

Bravo Mr Towles

  • Full Bore

  • By: William McInnes
  • Narrated by: William McInnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

William McInnes, one of Australia's best-loved entertainers and authors, takes a look at the Aussie obsession with sports and pop culture. A chance encounter in an auction house is the jumping-off point for William's inimitable take on our sport-obsessed nation, Australian popular culture and the artefacts and memorabilia that make us both cringe with recognition and laugh with warm affection. His trademark humour and anecdotes litter this collection, making it a true delight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed and cried

  • By Mark T Ryan on 04-18-17

I laughed and cried

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

A surprising shared journey. Great Aussie anecdotes that all ring true.

I have a list of mates that will receive a copy in the coming weeks along with a box of coco pops.

Thanks for the mamories

  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340

In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It really is an optimists guide to scary stuff

  • By Adam Shields on 12-12-16

Half as good as his normal

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Don't get me wrong i liked the content but some of the start was a rehash and the last Minnesota section was about 5 hours too long. should be in a bio?

live the futurist geo political insights

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,378

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

Not My Normal Cup Of Tea

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

But then Mr Lewis knows how to tell a story well.
The personal synergy of these two men was facinating

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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,129

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

excellent advice

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

i would live my sons to read listen to these simple truths well told
thanks

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Code of the Woosters

  • Jeeves to the Rescue
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Wodehouse narrator

  • By Philip on 03-09-05

Classic Bertie and Jeeves

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

What did you love best about The Code of the Woosters?

Timeless banter and terrific humour. A laugh out loud book that conjures carefree and ridiculous scenarios that easily delights.

What did you like best about this story?

The seamless interplay between Bertie and Jeeves builds as the story unfolds like a slow motion train wreck.

My favourite aspect is Wooster's first person commentary. Even when he cannot recall his exact words in the heat of the action, he still paints a beautifully hyperbolic version of the situation and how a Wooster handles such contingencies.

What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

Very satisfying.

If I were to suggest, using a female voice for the female characters could have enhanced some of the characters dialogue

If you could take any character from The Code of the Woosters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dinner with Bertie (and his man in the wings) would be a hoot, however Mr Spode's public v private conflicts could offer a different type of banter

Any additional comments?

Great on a plane or simply when you want to escape the ridiculousness of modern life

  • Tee and Tour

  • Golfing and Driving in the Highlands of Scotland
  • By: Tee, Tour
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Your personal audio guide to better driving and golfing in the highlands of Scotland.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like having someone in the car with you

  • By Griffithguy on 02-10-05

Golf Sound Effects Only

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

What disappointed you about Tee and Tour?

Very US focused. Driving Tour maybe, no useful information about Golf Courses

What was most disappointing about Tee and Tour ’s story?

I guess it maybe suitable for some American tourists, but it struck me as condescending. The content was aimed 8 year olds