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  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,878
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,704

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

If you could sum up The Alchemist in three words, what would they be?

Journey, Excitement, Courage

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemist?

When Santiago meets the crystal salesman

Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

All of them were spot on!

If you could rename The Alchemist, what would you call it?

I wouldn't. The name is perfect.

  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview

  • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

Great overview of energy

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Science of Energy to be better than the print version?

In combination, they would be perfect. The audio version is nice because sometimes reading science for long periods of time can be dull, so it's nice to have someone reading to you.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Energy?

When the professor talks about oil/petroleum and how energy dense it is compared to the other forms of energy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be very hard to listen to all in one sitting.

  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,538

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the honesty!

  • By Paul on 01-29-14

Amazon for the Win

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

What made the experience of listening to The Everything Store the most enjoyable?

Awhile ago, while watching some business interviews on Youtube, I came across one Jeff Bezos. After hearing Jeff tell stories about Amazon's early days, its cliff-hanger moments, and Amazon's exponential acceleration, I needed to know more about this interesting individual and his vision.

What other book might you compare The Everything Store to and why?

It reminds me of Arnold's book: my unbelievably true life story. I can't deny that I enjoy a good rocket-to-success story. While Jeff and Arnold pursued different goals, the highly competitive, do what it takes, long-term thinking, don't let setbacks stop you attitude is present in both of the people, and, thus, both of their books.

What about Pete Larkin’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration. Very good pronunciation and voice tone.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's in my top three favorite biographies. I'll listen to it many more times.

Any additional comments?

Be careful when listening to biographies; it's easy to get sucked into the mentality that what worked for them will work for you. For example, excessive expansion/growth at any cost in anything you do.

  • The Laws of Thermodynamics

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Peter Atkins
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal - everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Accessible, but needs the figures

  • By Diane Walter on 08-09-11

Awesome intro to thermodynamics.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

I have only taken physics 12, and so could not grasp all of the later material on gibbs energy and the like. However, I plan on listening to it several more times because of my interest in the subject. But if youre not familiar with physics, you can still get the basic concepts given throughout

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,184

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

This is a great book. However, as with all biographies of great people, every decision, right or wrong, valid or invalid, justifiable or not, is made out to be great regardless. Einstein should have given up field theory after failing numerous times and moved forward with the quantum world. At first he is a jetsetter and then becomes washed up. The book does imply this which I believe is the right thing to do

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