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Shabnam Vaziri-Sadri

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103,190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 102,658

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little too repetitive

  • By Valdis on 02-27-19

Fascinating and inspiring

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Reviewed: 01-18-19

This is a very authentic and engaging account of not only the events but most importantly the thought processes and feelings associated with the events. She brilliantly self disclosed with dignity and pride. One cannot help but to admire and respect her more. A must read.

  • The Meaning Revolution

  • The Power of Transcendent Leadership
  • By: Fred Kofman, Reid Hoffman - foreword
  • Narrated by: Fred Kofman, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Fred Kofman's approach to leadership has little to do with the standard practices taught in business school and traditional books. Bringing together economics and business theroy, communications and conflict resolution, family counseling and mindfulness mediation, Kofman argues in The Meaning Revolution that our most deep-seated, unspoken and universal anxiety stems from our fear that our life is being wasted - that the end of life will overtake us when our song is still unsung. Material incentives - salary and benefits - account for perhaps 15% of employees' motivation at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • validating

  • By eric olszewski on 12-25-18

A must read for the leaders of 21st Century

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Reviewed: 11-30-18

The author skillfully builds on the concepts he previously presented in his other great book, Conscious Business. Kofman is an intellectual and a masterful storyteller with real world experience. He provides spiritual and practical guidance on how to get great results, not as a goal but as a by-product of winning hearts and engaging collective efforts for a shared purpose.

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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Thoughtful and thought provoking

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Reviewed: 10-23-18

The book is a must read for anyone who wants to stay relevant in the 21st Century. The title sounds preachy, but the book is not. Perhaps, it would be more appealing if it was called not “lessons”, but Thoughts or choices for here and now.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,862

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First half is fantastic; second half slows down

  • By N. on 02-26-19

Sapiens was one of the best books I’ve ever read

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Reviewed: 10-03-18

A very well written intriguing story of us with intelligent explanations and even more intelligent questions. A MUST read.

  • The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

  • By: Joyce E. Salisbury, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Spain has played a unique and essential role in Western civilization. To understand the unfolding of Spain's epic history is to come to terms with one of the West's great cultures, and to grasp its enduring presence and impact on the world stage. In these 24 accessible lectures, Professor Salisbury presents a broad and enthralling panorama of Spanish history, covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain's 20th century civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As much travelogue as history

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-22-17

Fascinating story

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Reviewed: 05-30-18

A fantastic choice for anyone who is interested to learn everything about the history and culture of Spain. This is a very thorough and well organized history of Spain. Salisbury’s account of events is accompanied by logical explanations that add meaning to the information. A very engaging and enriching series of lectures.