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  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,577
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,573

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Excellent story with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I really enjoyed this book. The story was fantastic and the narrator did an excellent job of adding a sense of emotion to the work.

  • The Long Gray Line

  • The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966
  • By: Rick Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Weitz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Young men who dream of becoming heroes look to West Point - to a career dedicated to serving their country. The Class of 1966 was no exception, but in the course of their military training and careers, these cadets faced a far greater challenge then ever before imagined. President Kennedy had called for a new kind of officer, prepared to fight a new kind of war, and during their years of rigorous academic and military training, the men of '66 heard the thunder of Vietnam growing ever more loudly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+++

  • By Wowe and Son on 08-24-17

Great story but narration was difficult.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

I really enjoyed this book. The story was fantastic. However it was very difficult to understand the narration at times.

  • The Magic of Reality

  • How We Know What's Really True
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio version is superb for us grown-ups

  • By Michael Dowd on 10-10-11

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Typical Richard Dawkins .... Hard core logic, entertaining, and very informative. I just wish I had half of his intellect. He is an amazing scientist and author. 5 Stars.

  • The Price of Politics

  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making the Sausage

  • By Graham on 10-18-12

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 11-26-12

What did you love best about The Price of Politics?

Very informative. I wish I had more time for books like this. Excellent work.

  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,199

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good but repetitive content, awful narration

  • By Steve on 04-03-10

Very helpful and informative.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-10

This book provided me with a useful roadmap of how to elminate my "fixed mindset" tendencies. The author provides helpful examples of growth vs. fixed mindset scenaries and demonstrates how damaging the traditional beliefs of "IQ" and "The Natural" can be to young and old people. Highly recommend!

21 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Drive

  • The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147

From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as A Whole New Mind

  • By Michael on 04-30-10

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-10

This was an excellent book which helped me understand how I can greatly improve my personal and professional life. I read "Flow" many years ago and this is the perfect compliment to that book. "Drive" is narriated by the author who does an excellent job of delivering a clear and understandable message of what makes people succeed (or fail). I highly recommend "Drive".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,533

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Analysis

  • By Michael on 11-21-13

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-10

I highly recommend this book. Michael Lewis does a supurb job of telling the story of the financial meltdown and the relevant causes (CDO's and Credit Default Swaps). I read "Liars Poker" 20 years ago and this book is just as informative and entertaining. He is truly a great author and story teller.

  • Politics Lost

  • How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid
  • By: Joe Klein
  • Narrated by: Terence McGovern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn't holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country is being run by pollsters. Few politicians are able to win the voters' trust. Blame abounds and personal responsibility is nowhere to be found. There is a cynicism in Washington that appalls those in every state, red or blue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent work

  • By Gary on 04-18-10

Excellent work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-10

Mr. Klien presents an entertaining and educational work with "Politics Lost". I found his perspective much more impressive since he clearly attempted to show problems with the "Left" and the "Right" side of the political spectrum. This is in stark contrast with "Just How Stupid Are We" which only focuses on right wing shenanigans. By his own admission, Mr. Klien is certainly left of center but he is cleary brilliant as well. As a Republican I found his book very informative and I highly recommend it to everyone interested in politics.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just How Stupid Are We?

  • Facing the Truth About the American Voter
  • By: Rick Shenkman
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Americans of all political stripes are heading into the 2008 election with the sense that something has gone terribly wrong with American politics. But what exactly? The only thing everyone seems to agree on, in fact, is that the American people are entirely blameless. InJust How Stupid Are We?, best-selling historian and renowned myth-buster Rick Shenkman takes aim at our great national piety: the wisdom of the American people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cynical but accurate

  • By John on 11-14-08

"Left Bias" but good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-10

I enjoyed the book. The auther made excellent points about the real fault of current political problems .... the American voter (or non-voter). However, I would estimate that 90% of his examples focused on right-wing abuses. There is no doubt that such abuses exist but I feel he could have spent just as much time on left-wing political shenanigins. It was as if Jay Leno only told "Republican Jokes" and never focused on the humorous (and sad) stories related to Blue State Leaders. That said, this is a good book and I recommend it.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful