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  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

Informative, important, and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This book of future-prediction interested me from the start, but there was a bit too much repetitiveness in the first half. So many nonfiction books have a couple interesting ideas, and stretch them into a full book. I feared that would be this book. I wasn't. Most of the information and solutions to problems of today came in the second half, which was packed with great stuff. I learned so much about what is going in in the world of science and technology, and how it may lead to a very good future for our planet. It was a relief to read a rosy picture of the future for a change. This book, full of science and history, was inspiring.

  • The Cosmic Serpent

  • DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
  • By: Jeremy Narby
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 840

This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences", leads the listener through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge. In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting thoughts on the origins of DNA

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-31-16

Slow book with interesting ideas

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Are hallucinogenics of Amazonian tribes a way to connect with knowledge locked in our DNA? A western anthropologist experiences this and writes about it. This was too slow moving for me. It could have been a fascinating article but was stretched into a full book. I skipped through to get the ideas but was too bored to listen to the whole thing. Interesting ideas, though.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

I loved this novel

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This is an incredibly fun and sweet story. I enjoyed this as much any novel I have read in a long time. This coming-of-age story is about a boy born with an eye condition that makes his eyes red. Sam Hill is tormented as a child. Sam deals with an elementary school bully and a cruel nun who is principal of his Catholic school. Sam gets by with help from Ernie, the African American student, and Mickie, a rebellious and fearless girl. Sam's parents are loving and supportive, especially his very religious mother. This novel goes from grade school to high school, then college and beyond. I cared very much about the characters at all points of their lives. This had a feel similar to John Irving's Prayer for Owen Meany. This book is very big on heart. The talk of religion in the description made me a little nervous.While this novel might be especially powerful for a Christian reader, I was not put off (as a non-religious person). This is very much a secular novel, where religion plays a big role is one short part of this story. This is a great feel-good novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. This was read by the author, and he helped bring this story to life for me.

  • 438 Days

  • An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea
  • By: Jonathan Franklin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724

438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'M ALIVE..

  • By Big jim Picotto on 12-04-15

Memorable tale of sea survival

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This is a true story of Salvador Alvarengo, and his 14 months of drifting in the Pacific Ocean after his fishing boat's motor failed in a bad storm. What he does to survive is remarkable and fascinating. He is a brilliant problem solver, and miraculously stays alive for over a year, surviving on raw fish and birds, and rain water. Not a lot of different things happen in this book, which made this a less gripping read at times, but it was always interesting. The last third of the book did finally become addictive to me. Throughout the book, even the slower moments in the first half, this story stayed with me. I thought about it a lot, and talked a lot about it to friends. This book felt real (it was!) and fascinating. I really enjoyed this inspiring tale of survival.

  • Deadline

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag as usual

  • By ewock on 03-28-16

ok mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The first half of this mystery novel was very slow moving. The author is great with dialogue, which kept me interested. The protagonist is Dawson Scott, a journalist who is covering a murder connected with the disappearance of the son of a murdering anarchist. Dawson falls in love with the wife of the man who disappeared, The second half of this book picks up speed, but the plot becomes a bit ludicrous, and I never quit believed Dawson as a character. This was a flawed but okay novel that was fun at times.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Great memoir

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This memoir is amazingly well written. Bruce Springsteen is almost poetic in the telling of his life's story. The book is personal and a great story of a man and his passion for his art. If you are a fan of Bruce, you will love this book. If you are a big music fan, you will love this. I grew up listening to Bruce but only really know his big hits. I am a casual music fan, but still really liked this book. My one criticism is that the second half (after he has achieved his fame) is a little slower, with a little too much detail about each record he produced. Parts dragged but other parts were great. Bruce is an amazing reader. It felt like he was talking to me, not reading a book. This book deserves all the accolades I read. I feel like I know Bruce Springsteen as both a musician and a person after reading this.

  • Restart

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman harkens back to his No More Dead Dogs days in this stand-alone that takes a tone more serious than you've ever heard from him before. A boy who's been a bully and hanging out with the wrong friends gets a new start after a memory-loss-inducing accident. But can someone really change who he is, or will the old him merely come back over time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story for kids

  • By Bryan Lowe on 08-31-18

So fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I am an adult, and occasionally I read a book for young adults or kids. I am usually disappointed, but not this time. This book grabbed me from the start, and I loved it right to the end. Yes, this would be a great book for a young reader, age 10-14, but I was riveted. It's a very fun, feel-good novel. It's about a bully who loses his memory and seems to become a different person. I found myself caring a lot about the characters, and rooting for the main character, Chase, to turn his life around. I think that almost any kid would love this book, and adults with some kid in them (like me, I guess) would too.

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  • Friction

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely incredible in the true sense of the word

  • By Bill Graham on 09-04-15

Very entertaining police mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This was my first Sandra Brown novel, and I liked it a lot. The characters were great, and the pacing of the story was good. I think that this book would appeal equally to men and women. This is a mystery/romance, and both worked for me. One small criticism - there was a little too much sex in the second half of the book. I'm fine with sex, but it got a tiny bit repetitive. There was one character (a rival police officer) that was just too stupid to believe, but it was fun to hate him. That said, this is very fun "beach-read" fiction that had my interest from start to end. To me, this was a 4.5 star story, with a great narrator that boosted this to a 5 star listen for me. This book focuses a lot on the relationships between characters, and weaves those expertly through a tight mystery plot.

  • Atlas of a Lost World

  • By: Craig Childs
  • Narrated by: Craig Childs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

From the author of Apocalyptic Planet, an unsparing, vivid, revelatory travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the First People in North America 20,000 years ago and the artifacts that enable us to imagine their lives and fates. This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lyrical musings on a lost world

  • By Tracy Rowan on 09-13-18

could not get into this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I listened to the first two hours. The author chronicled his arctic expedition, making connections to the experiences of the early humans in the past. Both had interesting details, but neither captured my interest enough to stay with this book. I actually wanted to know more about the early humans. I can see why others liked this so much, but I didn't.

  • Deal Breaker

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,619

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deal Breaker

  • By Lisa on 07-02-08

funny but dated

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Myron Bolitar is smart, wise-guy sports agent. This is a crazy mystery with sports and murder and pornography at the center. I had read or listened to a couple other Bolitar books in the past. Either that, or the fact that this is an older title, made it feel a bit dated to me. As an older guy, I understood most of the dated comic references, but while I often smiled, the book as a whole felt a little too dated and over-the-top in plot. I enjoyed it enough to finish. The great narration almost boosted this to 4 star rating to me, but not quite. For its genre, this is decent entertainment.