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D. Pelletier

Niagara Ontario
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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,028

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

interesting and an unexpected end

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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: 10-03-18

Worth listening to if you're a business owner or farmer or are interested in big data applications and weather. if it wasn't free I wouldn't have listed to it at all but it was interesting.

  • Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Dugald Bruce Lockhart, Bernard Cornwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

On the 18th June, 1815, the armies of France, Britain, and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre Bras and the Prussians at Ligny. The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best book on waterloo on audible

  • By D. Pelletier on 09-10-18

Probably the best book on waterloo on audible

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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: 09-10-18

I've played napoleon total war and listed to other stories as well as watched Sean bean on Waterloo and sharpe's Waterloo. I've watched Waterloo uncovered (archeology videos on YouTube) so I wasn't expecting to learn anything new but I heard new stories and more details about the days proceeding the battle and after the battle that expanded my understanding of those days. I can't wait to see the battlefield myself.

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 958

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

Insightful and thought provoking

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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: 03-11-18

I have been interested in Tiny Houses and RV's for years. I've watched Bob Wells Youtube Channel Cheap RV living along with a number of other Nomad Channels. I've also listened to a number of Audible books like Humans Need not apply, The Great Acceleration, Currency wars and Rise of the robots giving me a less than optimistic view of the future. I don't exactly want to be a Nomad but I don't want a sticks and bricks so the happy middle ground would be a Tiny House Village or RV park.

  • Power Foods for the Brain

  • An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory
  • By: Neal Barnard
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Could that glass of milk affect your memory? Is that aluminum can increasing your risk for Alzheimer's disease? Can a banana be a brain booster? Everyone knows that good nutrition supports your heart and overall health, but did you know that certain foods can protect your brain and optimize its function? In Power Foods for the Brain, Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the suprising mealtime choices that can make a major difference in preserving and enhancing memory and brain health.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Book Needs a PDF cookbook attachment

  • By Debra on 04-11-13

Great information

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Before this I listened to Healthy Eating Healthy world by J.Morris Hicks I was still skeptical about cutting meat and dairy so I downloaded this book and it re affirms the idea of cutting meat and dairy. On YouTube you may want to look up learn organic gardening. I would have liked a few more recipes or some more help overcoming bad habits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What to Do When Machines Do Everything

  • How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data
  • By: Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, Ben Pring
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

What to Do When Machines Do Everything is a guidebook to succeeding in the next generation of the digital economy. When systems running on artificial intelligence can drive our cars, diagnose medical patients, and manage our finances more effectively than humans, it raises profound questions on the future of work and how companies compete.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Assumes that machine learning will grow very slow

  • By Nathan Burnham on 05-06-17

Lots of opinion but not much advice

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-17

After reading the reviews and the description I decided to give this book a shot but I'm rather disappointed. If you're an entrepreneur or manager looking to navigate the next few years while people still have jobs but the author seems to think mass unemployment won't happen because under educated people that are not good at reasoning or critical thinking or math will move up to "higher value" tasks. The author fails to understand all of the trends involved (Exponential growth, changes and disruption to a number of industries and the economic climate as well as peoples ability to learn or adapt) that will lead to a perfect storm.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 104,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,815

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

Some hard truths

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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: 03-26-17

An absolute must listen for anyone and everyone under the age of 56. It has some hard truths and some colorful language with some real honest truths. Find your own path define what success is to YOU and decide what's relevant in your life instead of chasing superficial highs.

  • Mycophilia

  • Revelations From the Weird World of Mushrooms
  • By: Eugenia Bone
  • Narrated by: Aimee Jolson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

In Mycophilia, accomplished food writer and cookbook author Eugenia Bone examines the role of fungi as exotic delicacy, curative, poison, and hallucinogen, and ultimately discovers that a greater understanding of fungi is key to facing many challenges of the 21st century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of interesting stories

  • By D. Pelletier on 01-21-17

Lots of interesting stories

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Plenty of interesting stories and information but it doesn't go into many details on particular subjects like growing or identification.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Life's Engines

  • How Microbes Made Earth Habitable
  • By: Paul G. Falkowski
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Paul Falkowski looks "under the hood" of microbes to find the engines of life, the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for every living organism on Earth. With insight and humor, he explains how these miniature engines are built - and how they have been appropriated by and assembled like Lego sets within every creature that walks, swims, or flies. Falkowski shows how evolution works to maintain this core machinery of life, and how we and other animals are veritable conglomerations of microbes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Science Book Ever Written. Period.

  • By serine on 07-28-15

An interesting informative look into microbes

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This book simplified and explained a great deal of information on microbes evolution and a history of our understanding although it had no practical information on how to harness soil bacteria microbes.

  • The Soil Will Save Us

  • How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming
  • By: Kristin Ohlson
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb science, storytelling, and narration voice

  • By Michael Dowd on 09-20-14

Interesting and insightful but not as much detail

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I was again hoping for a book with compost tea recipes or how to harvest imo's etc but this book was full of interesting information and added to my understanding of soils.

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  • Haunted Fort Niagara

  • By: R. G. Hilson
  • Narrated by: Paul Strikwerda
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

If you were to combine some compelling evidence of physical orbs with psychic activity, would you have proof of ghosts? Even for those who believe in ghosts, the answer is probably no. But what if a family of psychics created a situation in which the ghosts behaved in ways which proved that they were products of their environment and the time in which they had lived? Now that would at least raise a few hairs on the back of your neck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good book

  • By D. Pelletier on 09-29-16

Pretty good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Not as much history or as many stories as I'd have liked. I hope this helps