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Mike M. Javanmard

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  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

  • By: Nir Eyal
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864

Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't believe I paid for this audio book

  • By Renan Cakirerk on 06-05-14

might have been

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

This might have been good if not for the pace of the narrator. I will buy the physical book later

  • Day Watch

  • Watch, Book 2
  • By: Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

The second installment of the phenomenal Russian quartet The Night Watch vampire novels set in a richly realized post-Soviet Moscow. The second book in the internationally bestselling fantasy series, The Day Watch begins where The Night Watch left off, set in a modern-day Moscow where the 1,000-year-old treaty between Light and Dark maintains its uneasy balance through careful vigilance from the Others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Continuation from Night Watch

  • By Scott Fabel on 09-22-12

was good but

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

I did not enjoy this one as much as the first book. I knew what was coming up next.

  • A Drink Before the War

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to thriller series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-23-11

The narrator kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

I am not sure if the book was good or the narration? Usually I fall sleep but this kept me interested and awake.

  • Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

  • By: Leo Damrosch
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Jonathan Swift is best remembered today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric fantasy that quickly became a classic and has remained in print for nearly three centuries. Yet Swift also wrote many other influential works, was a major political and religious figure in his time, and became a national hero, beloved for his fierce protest against English exploitation of his native Ireland. What is really known today about the enigmatic man behind these accomplishments? Can the facts of his life be separated from the fictions?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JOHNATHAN SWIFT AND POWER OF THE PEN

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 09-30-14

Too Snooty

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

I stopped listening as it was too snooty for my taste. I am glad I don't live in the 18th century.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Storey Mountain

  • By: Thomas Merton
  • Narrated by: Sidney Lanier
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

The Seven Storey Mountain is the extraordinary spiritual testament of Thomas Merton (1915-1968), a man who experienced life to its fullest in the world before entering a Trappist monastery. By the end of his life, he had become one of the 20th century's best-known and beloved Christian voices. This autobiography deals...not with what happens to a man, but what happens inside his soul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Letter to Audible

  • By Victoria A. McCargar on 08-06-17

Good but the reading not so

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

Overall a good story but the reading kept putting me to sleep. Also the audio quality had some kind of hissing in the back ground.
I would read this rather than listen to it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Sirens of Titan

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,930

The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Outstanding

  • By Robert on 01-07-12

Great as usual

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Another great story by Kurt Vo
The reading was well done too. Eleven more words? I loved this story very much.

  • Bending Adversity

  • Japan and the Art of Survival
  • By: David Pilling
  • Narrated by: Tim Andes Pabon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

In Bending Adversity, Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling presents a fresh vision of Japan, drawing on his own deep experience, as well as observations from a cross section of Japanese citizenry, including novelist Haruki Murakami, former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, teenagers and octogenarians. Through their voices, Pilling captures the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Japan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but the narrator was distracting

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-31-16

The Reader

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

Good writing and matched my experiences of Japan. However, I did not care for the reader. If I was not stuck on a plane I would not have finished listening to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Corrections

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,648

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic novel by Franzen

  • By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Kept Listening

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

I kept listening and it threw off my sleepiing pattern. I could not fall asleep to the book as I kept wondering what would happen next.I do not know if it was te story or the narrator that gripped my attention. I highly enjoyed it despite losing sleep.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

  • By: Kenzaburo Oe, Paul St. John Mackintosh (translator), Maki Sugiyama (translator)
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids recounts the exploits of 15 teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The boys are treated as delinquent outcasts - feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, their hosts abandon them and flee, blockading them inside the empty village.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully read, wonderful translation.

  • By Marcos on 02-09-18

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

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

an excellent story but depressing

Who was your favorite character and why?

the child who took care of the dog

Which scene was your favorite?

when the main character refused to sell out.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the killing of the dog

Any additional comments?

this book depressed me and made me lose faith in my fellow human beings.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,490

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

very touching

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

Reviewed: 12-24-13

If you could sum up The Things They Carried in three words, what would they be?

thought provoking, well done,honest.

What other book might you compare The Things They Carried to and why?

I cannot think of one

What does Bryan Cranston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the steady emotion of the writing.

If you could take any character from The Things They Carried out to dinner, who would it be and why?

the old man at the Canadian border.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this audio book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful