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  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

Powerfully Engaging

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you listen to The Power of One again? Why?

Yes. I have listened to this book a number of times because of the great story and incredible narration by Humphrey Bower.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is compelling because of its historical context and the incredible way it details the hero's journey.

Any additional comments?

Get this book!! You will enjoy and learn from it.

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

  • By D on 12-27-04

Good insight into what made Steve Jobs tick

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

I listened to this book after hearing about it in the Steve Jobs biography. The book contains some interesting concepts and certainly provides insight into what made Steve Jobs tick. The narration and story are a bit tedious, but worth the listen.

  • Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals

  • By: Heidi Grant Halvorson PhD
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Most of us have no idea why we fail to reach our goals. Now eminent social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson shows us how we can finally win by revealing how goals really work—and by showing us how to avoid what typically goes wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Effective and intelligent information

  • By CKC on 01-15-11

Must read (Even my 18 year old enjoyed it)

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

This is a very good book, which can help you adjust your approach to your goals and life. Just about each concept is supported by the author's research. It is an easy read and has good practical suggestions you can tailor to your own life.

I even had my 18 year old daughter read it. While she initially grumbled about having to do so, after she had finished the book, she told me that she was glad that I had "forced her" to read it. She told me that reading the book helped her realize that in many ways she was defeating herself and holding herself back in certain aspects of her goal setting. Since listening to this book, I've purchased two copies for family members. If you take the time to listen to this book, you will be glad you did.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,243

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-12

Mr. Isaacson does a wonderful job telling a story which is compelling and captivating about a brilliant, yet flawed man. I enjoyed it so much I listened to the books he wrote about Einstein & Ben Franklin. While those were good as well, this books does top them both.

  • Mindsight

  • The New Science of Personal Transformation
  • By: Daniel J. Siegel
  • Narrated by: Daniel J. Siegel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!

  • By Annie M. on 02-24-10

Fantastic!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-11

This is a well written and insightful book which is full of practical information. Mr. Siegel does a wonderful job narrating, as well. I'm very glad that I listened to it. You should too!!!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

  • By: Deepak Chopra
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Born into the factious world of war-torn Arabia, Muhammad's life is a gripping and inspiring story of one man's tireless fight for unity and peace. In a world where greed and injustice ruled, Muhammad created change by affecting hearts and minds. Just as the story of Jesus embodies the message of Christianity, Muhammad's life reveals the core of Islam. Deepak Chopra shares the life of Muhammad as never before, putting his teachings in a new light.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, poor naration

  • By Victor on 12-30-10

Poorly written and poorly narrated

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-10

I was a bit surprised about how poorly written and narrated this book was. Dr. Chopra is capable of much better writing. He certainly should have let a professional narrator do the reading.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Happiness

  • A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
  • By: Matthieu Ricard
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By Nicki on 01-19-10

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-10

This is a fantastic book. The content and message are direct and easy to digest. Humphrey Bower should narrate every book. It really is true that, with audio books, the narrator makes or breaks the experience. I highly recommend this audio book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Miss This

  • By Jamie on 06-19-06

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-10

This book is beautifully written and narrated. Can't praise it enough.