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  • Power Moves

  • Lessons from Davos
  • By: Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Adam Grant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,056

Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media. These former pillars of traditional power have been replaced by networks of informed citizens who collectively wield more power over their personal lives, employers, and worlds than ever before. So how do you navigate this new landscape and come out on top?  Adam Grant, Wharton organizational psychologist, went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the epicenter of power, and sat down with thought leaders from around the world, to find out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disorganized

  • By mike a on 01-16-19

Unethical and racially offensive language

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I would have given this a high rating, until I listened to how comfortable people quoted in this book are, making racist comments like "I hope there is a much smaller percentage of white males in power" (by people quoted in this book I refer to those who Malcolm X warned us about and who perceive themselves as "caring", "progressive", "forward thinking", "morally superior", but ironically and wrongly see themselves as different than the many racists we've seen throughout history who also saw themselves doing good for their favorite groups.). To listen to a book (on Audible of all places) espouse a wish for one particular group of people to "lose power" because of the color of their skin is a problem and one we as a moral society should not take lightly even if that racial group - in this case whites - is not the racial group favored by these authors who seem to perceive themselves as the arbiters or "how society ought to be". I get it: the authors are saying they want to see those other than the current power group to have a piece of the pie. But they mistakenly articulate this by focusing on race and ought to instead state something like "I hope AI enables people to have access to power who are most deserving independent of race..." which is not only a much different comment than "we hope a whole gender of a particular race loses power" but fundamentally the opposite point. Replacing one unacceptable racist way of thinking - wishing for the failure of a singled out racial group - with another racist way of thinking is not progress, it's just fashion.

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  • Churchill

  • Walking with Destiny
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 646

When we seek an example of great leaders with unalloyed courage, the person who comes to mind is Winston Churchill: the iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of the day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material, the true genius of the man, statesman, and leader can finally be fully understood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Biography

  • By Jean on 03-03-19

terrific! thoroughly engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Winston Churchill was a no less than one of the most amazing human beings to ever walk the Earth and this book goes in depth and looking at his life and achievements

  • The Symphonies of Beethoven

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 265

Ludwig van Beethoven is justifiably acclaimed as one of the most revered composers in the history of Western music-a genius once characterized as a "Titan, wrestling with the gods." There is no better way for you to understand the full impact of that description than to not only listen to all nine of his magnificent symphonies, but to do so with a full understanding of what this great composer was saying and the circumstances that drove him up to and beyond what had once been considered the limits of musical expression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truly the course materials MUST be made available.

  • By Christopher James on 09-23-14

Entertaining and informative

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Professor Greenberg does a terrific job of telling the "story" of Beethoven, his music and the historical context when the music was written. Greenberg is funny, smart and appeals to both a beginner and anyone experienced with music. One of the best Audible experiences you can have.

  • Ikigai

  • The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
  • By: Héctor García, Francesc Miralles
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096

Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally best-selling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai - the happiness of always being busy - as revealed by the daily habits of the world's longest-living people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not insightful but inspirational

  • By A. Yoshida on 02-27-18

Ok but a little light weight

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

if you already have red and experience things like Eckhart Tolle's the Power of Now this may seem a little superficial and lightweight.

  • Tao Te Ching

  • A New English Version
  • By: Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peace is ruined at the end

  • By Mary Durand on 03-04-15

great literature

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

this is overall excellent my only complaint is the switching between he and she in the various chapters and examples which although is equinimical, I find it distracting.

  • Wait, What?

  • And Life's Other Essential Questions
  • By: James E. Ryan
  • Narrated by: James E. Ryan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767

In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered remarkable advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their marks on the world. The key to achieving emotional connections and social progress, he told them, can be found in five essential questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough meat of material.

  • By Larissa on 05-18-18

Terrific advice and perspectives

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

The author created a simple yet poignant way at looking at some important life situations through these 5 basic questions... great stuff.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,022

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Practical and Provocative, yet deeply moving

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

What made the experience of listening to 12 Rules for Life the most enjoyable?

The book took on the profound questions of daily life and provided a thorough and deep discussion

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the way Dr. Peterson weaves literature, the Bible, popular culture, etc. into these important topics.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful and deeply moving book with terrific insights.

  • Kindred

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,694

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Octavia is awesome!!

  • By Kirsten on 01-30-08

interesting story...terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Although the book was interesting and thought provoking the narrator's performance seemed as if she were reading a children's book and made this almost unlistenable.

  • Johnny Carson

  • By: Henry Bushkin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be called Johnny and me

  • By Metaphorical 1 on 11-16-13

Balanced portrayal

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

Engrossing and interesting and a must read about an utterly fascinating man .