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Aaron Danielson

Lawrence, KS
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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,622
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,512

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

How can a simple headline do this justice?

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Tara's story is so raw and brutal, and because of that, I don't know if I've heard a more beautiful story. Five stars, plus my genuine gratitude to you personally for telling the whole unadulterated truth about the pains and losses on the journey of choosing the right over the easy. Replace Dad's junkyard with a logging company, and my story is yours. It was beautiful, and sincerely, thank you for telling it.

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some parts good, but be careful

  • By Brian A. Shenk on 12-05-16

85% good science.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Any additional comments?

Shawn is a really great narrarator, and he approaches sleep from almost any angle imaginable. The book is loaded with tons of research from (mostly) reputable sources, but I could've done without some of the more hokey naturopathic anecdotes. Take the good stuff from this book, just know you'll have to contend with a bit of crack science along the way. Overall, quite good.

  • Cool

  • How the Brain's Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World
  • By: Steven Quartz, Anette Asp
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In Cool, the neuroscientist and philosopher Steven Quartz and the political scientist Anette Asp bring together the latest findings in brain science, economics, and evolutionary biology to form a provocative theory of consumerism, revealing how the brain's "social calculator" and an instinct to rebel are the crucial missing links in understanding the motivations behind our spending habits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some Useful Ideas

  • By Carson on 07-20-17

Any darn fool can make something complex...

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

it takes genius to make something simple. By that standard, this book was absolutely not written with genius. The book was narrated well, but the contents smelled like some Master's thesis and not a book meant for actual reading. I kept waiting for the good part, but it never came. Save your time and money, get a different book. Despite the title, this book is a total square.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

  • By: Robert A. Glover
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Keefe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214

Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painful, life changing, Read It TWICE

  • By Silicon Valley Geek on 05-03-15

A master work.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

This book was written by a career psychotherapist after 20 something years in practice. It's excellent. He describes the process of softening of men from a wholesome and clinical perspective, and how to stop settling for the scraps and crumbs, not just with women, but in life in general. He addresses issues related to shame and feeling small and unworthy. I'll share this book with my sons when they're a little older. Some of the material is mature and fairly sexual, so it's probably more appropriate for the PG13 audience. 2 huge thumbs up from me. The narrator has a smooth style, and represented the book extremely well. The whole package, from content to delivery, was excellent.

  • The End of Jobs

  • Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
  • By: Taylor Pearson
  • Narrated by: Taylor Pearson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

The rapid development of technology and globalization has changed the leverage points in accumulating wealth: money, meaning and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious food for thought, but more so for action

  • By Lorina on 12-28-15

Loved it so much, I want to hire a narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

Great content, but awfully monotonous narration by the author. Even the questions ended in a downward inflection. It was read like a ho-hum middle school essay, but the content was absolutely awesome. So I dealt with the narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 168 Hours

  • You Have More Time Than You Think
  • By: Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth London
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ironically, this book takes too much time

  • By Marc on 08-04-10

Excellent! Every moment counts.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

Seriously, though, this book was really, really good. I loved it. I had some hesitation about buying it because of the handful of negative reviews, but I'm glad I ignored them. These voices are the small voices that we can all expect on the way up, the complainers. Don't listen to them, do yourself a favor, and listen to this book. It's excellent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

  • By: MJ DeMarco
  • Narrated by: MJ DeMarco
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034

Since you were old enough to hold a job, you've been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by blindly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. I call this soul-sucking, dream-stealing dogma "The Slowlane" - an impotent financial gamble that dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair. For those who don't want a lifetime subscription to "settle-for-less", there is an alternative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best I have read in a long time

  • By Preston on 07-15-16

excellent.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Great story, one of the few books read by the author in which the author has a good enough voice to listen to for hours. Listened to it twice.

19 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Energy Bus

  • 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,594

In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple but Profound

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-17

Corny, cheesy, a sappy bowl of lollipops & goo.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

Author is a nice guy, but this book was just syrupy sweet and elementary. Yuck.