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  • The Addictive Brain

  • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059

The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and in depth

  • By Matthew Bukovicky on 04-27-15

succinct. simple. clear.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Addiction for Dummies. Well explained without inundating one with jargon nor sounding condescending. Do not read it expecting a cure.

  • Alibaba

  • The House That Jack Ma Built
  • By: Duncan Clark
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803

In just a decade and a half, Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded Alibaba and built it into one of the world's largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China's booming private sector.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange: Best part of story happens "off-screen"

  • By Tristan on 09-02-16

A brief history of Internet in China

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

This is an uninteresting book if you are looking for insights into business, art and science of making startups work, tips on being successful in China or getting insights into how Jack Ma thinks. This is a narration of the history of the internet in China with Alibaba and Jack Ma at the centre. Jack is not the protagonist but there is a bit of information on his childhood which can be read of multiple websites and also heard here.I heard the full book. I did not have much idea of how the e-commerce world in China works. But I downloaded it to get insights into Alibaba. There were none!

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,916
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,893

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Touches the heart. Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This book was a surprise. It touched quite a few chords and got me thinking. While I do not have much idea about the US justice system, this book made me question my biases and underlying assumptions which I used to make out if reading news. Amazingly well read by the author. I would recommend anyone from any part of the world to use a credit on this book.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By Anonymous User on 10-29-17

3 stars for the plot - But still a thriller!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Go for this book without building the Da Vinci Code expectations.

It follows the classical Dan Bown style, the character (Dr Robert Langdon) is same, but please age him in your mind a bit as you may be seeing a young Tom Hanks. There is nothing novek Dr L does except think in symbols and images and numbers and phrases and codes....a little less than in other books as this time he has a mega supercomputer to assist him.

Dan Brown has the royalty of Spain entangled in this plot and awesome sounding Spanish locales are used for the plot to unravel.

Was I shocked with the end and what was revealed, no! But there was intrigue and suspense.

Go for it. Your credit will not be a wasted.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

A compelling thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Agnar on 12-12-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

For Micheal Connelly fans this is a no- brainer. Just use your credit for it. This book is as good as any in the Harry Bouch series.

This is gripping thriller though it can get classified as a police procedural. It has all the twist and turns which keep surprising you. The sub plots ensure that there is not one single minute when you are not gripped by the narrative. Wow. it was an awesome ride!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Outfoxed

  • An Andy Carpenter Mystery
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as much time as he can working on his true passion - the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs. Lately Andy has been especially involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a five-year term for fraud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andy Carpenter definitely a fun read...

  • By Kitty on 07-27-16

Not one of the good ones.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Andy Carpenters humor and wise cracking is not at its best. Terra is not so participating....and Andy noises out on the visit to the sports bar for a bantering session with his friends. nope. David you will have to do better in Humor and Plot next time. this was a hastily written book for pocket money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,592

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Marginally overrated

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

For veterans of mystery-thriller this will be a tad bit of disappointment. What is missing is uniqueness to all aspects.From characters to the plot...it keeps you half involved. Narration is good. If you are a lovers and veteran of thrillers lower your expectation by a star and download.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,734

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

And to be honest...

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

This is a well written book and since we know who Robert Galbraith is we cannot imagine otherwise. But & And to be honest....the book does not have the pace which I want in a crime thriller with a romantic side dish. So it is very good movie, well made with amazing cast but the camera keeps panning irrelevant landscape too much while the who-did-it keeps you intrigued and involved. The narration also keeps the book alive. The voice fits the main protagonist. Yes, so you will have to use a credit for this but lower your expectation by one star.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lessons from Tara

  • Life Advice from the World's Most Brilliant Dog
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Steitzer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

David Rosenfelt's loyal followers of the Andy Carpenter series are familiar with Tara, the Golden Retriever sidekick. Many also got to know Tara from Dogtripping, David's tales about becoming a slightly nutty dog rescuer and the dog that started it all. Here, finally, is a book all about the inspirational canine who taught David everything he knows. Well, he did know how to tie his shoes before he met and came to love Tara, but that's about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is a Rosenfelt!

  • By Rajesh on 10-02-15

It is a Rosenfelt!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

Well if you like this author than nothing in the world can deter you from downloading this book.
But, for someone who is visiting the world of Rosenfelt..I invite you to download this book which will keep you smiling and loving the dogs. Really not much in terms of lessons from Tara..there are no lessons you can put to use on your pets or in your life. This is not a self improvement, pet improvement, behavior loving, PETA selling book...this is just a dog loving guy with an insane sense of humor....writing and rambling in a way that keeps the smile on your face and loving all dogs on this planet!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • How Google Works

  • By: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Jonathan Rosenberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769

Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary - and frequently contrarian - principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There are useful ideas in this book

  • By Rajesh on 10-02-15

There are useful ideas in this book

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

I would say 20% of the book can be put to use in any business. 30% of the rest of the book can be considered useful and explored to be put to use in any business. Rest is about interesting stuff at Google. Well 50% useful is a terrific for a book like this. There are some examples on hiring and unleashing creativity which are awesome.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful