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  • Nikola Tesla

  • Prophet of the Modern Technological Age
  • By: Michael W. Simmons
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Nikola Tesla: inventor or magician? Tesla was one of the most famous inventors who ever lived, but after his death, he was nearly forgotten. He was a celebrity during the height of America's Gilded Age. In this book, you will hear about his friendship with Mark Twain, his furious competition with his former employer Thomas Edison, his uneasy relationship with billionaire J.P. Morgan, and his rivalry with Albert Einstein.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story bad narration

  • By michael on 11-19-16

good story bad narration

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

The narrator sounds like he had a bit too much to drink. Avoid Alan Nunro.

  • The Meditation Summit: Volume 2

  • Deepen and Expand Your Meditation Practice with the World's Leading Teachers
  • By: Tara Brach Ph.D., Richard Miller PhD, Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, and others
  • Narrated by: Tara Brach Ph.D., Richard Miller PhD, Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In The Meditation Summit: Volume II, Sounds True publisher and founder Tami Simon speaks with 10 leading meditation teachers about their personal understanding of this practice - each with a complete guided meditation. Practitioners of all levels will benefit from the abundance of insight and guidance provided by these diverse voices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful bites and opportunity to try different meditations

  • By Joan P. on 01-31-17

dud

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

I selected this book because I'm a fan of Joseph Goldstein. Tara was somewhat tolerable, Each successive speaker after that got progressively worse. Thich Nhat Hanh was terrible. I had to stop. Returning the book.

4 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,477

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy makes sense

  • By Alexandra on 02-11-14

proselytizing

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

Let me save you some time.

"Cut up all your credit cards, save money, and pay tithe to the church twice a month."

All the suffering, torture, genocide, children being shot in schools, etc., God could care less about these things, but he cares deeply about your bank account.

Another televangelist wannabe.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Day After the Dollar Crashes

  • A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order
  • By: Damon Vickers
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67

We are at a crossroads of immense proportions. Nationally, internationally, and globally, we areliving in a manner that is absolutely, unconditionally, irrevocably unsustainable. Our global economic stability is in jeopardy, our planet’s ecosystems are under attack, and our health is deteriorating. Huge changes are coming whether or not we want them, whether or not we are ready for them. How can we lead the charge to introduce innovations and solutions to meet the inevitable challenges of new kinds of economic forces?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not What It Seems

  • By TX Home Cook on 08-04-11

garbage

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

If you point out specific flaws in a book, audible will delete your review. But it's ok if you just say a book is "garbage."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unfair Advantage

  • The Power of Financial Education
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

Why do the rich get richer even in a financial crisis? In his new book, the best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad confirms his message and challenges listeners to change their context and act in a new way. Robert Kiyosaki here takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repetition

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-25-15

blatant partisan political endorsement

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

The most important tips in this book were about what it takes to find investment property and continuing one's financial education. The rest was a blatant republican party endorsement from an ultra arrogant assclown. What was particularly laughable was that I'm supposed to believe that Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump want me to be rich. The author keeps referencing the other book he wrote with "The Donald." Donald Trump needs to have a coherent thought, STFU with the ignorant comments, and continue milking his current scams until he goes bust and files for bankruptcy again. How many times has he filed for bankruptcy? I could be a billionare too if I didn't have to payback the money that I lost. If these guys really cared about balancing the national budget, they would be endorsing Libertarian candidates like Gary Johnson who embody what the Republican party used to be. The new Republican party represents the worst of corruption, and the lunatic fringe. I lost almost all respect for Robert K. after this book.

5 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Aftershock

  • Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown
  • By: David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert.

  • By David M. Weprin on 10-01-11

scary - use common sense

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

Reviewed: 03-24-13

While the concepts in this book are interesting, and thought provoking, the authors don't go very deeply into the technical details. Yet in spite of this lack of detail and explanation, the authors recommend that you sell everything of value that you own (except your car as you will need that to get to work to make more money, to give to their investment firm) and turn the money over to their investment company. That is what is scary. Be wary of anyone who tells you to sell everything you own, give the money to them because paradise awaits you in the afterlife, or "aftershock" in this case. How many times will people continue to fall for that one. At best, these people are well meaning, but misguided and arrogant. At worst, the next Bernie Madoff. "A fool and his money are soon parted." There's a reason that's a cliché. If these people could accurately predict the market which is driven by many more complex factors then anyone can calculate at this time, they wouldn't need to sell their financial services and books. Think about it. They're not your friends. They don't know you and could care less about you. They care about making money and feeding their egos. While I think the book brings up many important things to consider and has opened my eyes, I wouldn't give a penny of my money to their investment firm as I think these guys are the next Bernie Madoff. I have a 50/50 chance of being right. If I am, then I can write one of these "I told you so books." You heard it here first.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Social Animal

  • The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 912

This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Pamela Harvey on 03-13-11

Warning - proselytizer

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

Reviewed: 06-07-11

Another lunatic trying to push a hidden agenda. I got 6 minutes and 45 seconds into the book and had to discontinue after two "belief in God" promotions. Lesson learned. Research the author more carefully before purchasing a book even if it has high rating.

20 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Girl, 15, Charming but Insane

  • By: Sue Limb
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Life was tragic enough before this spring started. With a distinct lack of boobage and an arse so big that birds of prey could nest within its shadows, Jess Jordan is saddled with the Goddess Flora for a best friend, a Britney Spears look-alike so gorgeous that one grain of her divine dandruff could make the blind see again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bust a gut

  • By Amy on 01-21-05

Hilarious!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

I only got this book because Katherine Kellgren was the narrator and there wasn't anything else that seemed interesting at the time. I was putting off listening to it because I didn't think the topic would be of interest. I was wrong. Very very funny. The target audience is young adults. I recommend it for anyone. Best book so far this year.

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
  • By: Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Narrated by: Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent insights, but a little too long

  • By Anand on 11-11-12

the truth will set you free

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-11

Debunks the repressed memory witch hunts. Very good introduction to cognitive dissonance theory. Guaranteed to offend those living in fantasy land (christians).

5 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound

  • Bloody Jack #4
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Loved them all.

  • By Michele on 02-25-10

Katherine Kellgren deserves an academy award

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-11

Her readings add so much depth to these books. You can tell she enjoys reading these stories. Definitely my favorite series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful