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  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

Short Stories of Robots Gone Bad

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This book held up pretty well considering it was written in 1950. It's a collection of short stories of robots gone bad as they struggles with obeying the three laws of Robotics. The movie isn't based on any of the stories. It inspired by the book and includes the characters Dr. Susan Calvin and Dr. Alfred Lanning (who are more likable in the movie than in the book).

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,923

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfyingly Hilarious

  • By FernT on 09-27-11

Sarcastic, Irreverent Tale of Good and Evil

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

It's a sarcastic, irreverent tale of Good and Evil getting ready to battle when the world is predicted to come to an end... on a Saturday just before dinner. The most interesting characters are the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, who occasionally hang out together. Crowley really isn't all that bad for a demon. And Aziraphale sometimes could be persuaded to look the other way by Crowley. It takes a while to get into the story. Groups of characters go in and out and there's no connection to the other groups. Eventually they all come together for the apocalypse and then all that back story has relevance.

  • Girl Logic

  • The Genius and the Absurdity
  • By: Iliza Shlesinger
  • Narrated by: Mayim Bialik, Iliza Shlesinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976

From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships. "Girl Logic" is Iliza's term for the way women obsess over details and situations that men don't necessarily even notice. She describes it as a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Haha917 on 03-28-18

For Iliza Shlesinger's Fans

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

People are specific about what they find funny and this book is no exception, which probably appeals mainly to Iliza Shlesinger's fans and young single women. The book is a mix of topics: obstacles that women face, ranting about how women have it hard, how women think - both good and bad (Girl Logic), bit of a memoir, some inspirational stories, and meanderings into fashion, dating, partying, sex, girl friends, and trying to fit in.

  • Eligible

  • A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137

This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where are my beloved characters? Not in here

  • By Canadian eReader on 04-22-16

Not the same Elizabeth Bennet as the original

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

In this retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the characters are in modern times with a few tweaks in their personalities. A disappointment is that Elizabeth Bennet exhibited some poor judgment of character and pettiness, which made her unlikable at time. That is far different from the heroine of Pride and Prejudice.

  • The 10 Laws of Trust

  • Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great
  • By: Joel Peterson, David A. Kaplan, Stephen M. R. Covey - foreword
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Trust is the glue that holds an organization together. It turns secrecy into transparency, micromanagement into empowerment, and conflict into creativity. With it, a tiny company like John Deere grew into a worldwide leader. Without it, a giant corporation like Enron toppled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joel’s lessons are unbelievably valuable

  • By Peter Henry on 11-07-17

Good Guide But A Little Dull

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This book does a good job of breaking down the elements of trust and different types of trusting relationships. Trust depends on all three of these conditions to be present in order to develop:
- Character: Those we trust will value our interest as their own.
- Competence: Those we trust have the requisite intelligence, ability, and training to achieve our best interest.
- Authority: Those we trust are empowered to deliver on promises.

It would have been a good guide on building trust but the writing style was a little dull.

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

If Sherlock Holmes was a woman

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

It was a little confusing in the beginning when a few chapters switched to a different time. It took a while to figure out what was happening and who were the new characters. Also, it didn't make sense that Charlotte Holmes would use the name Sherlock Holmes if she wanted to keep her identity secret. Other than that, the book was enjoyable. The characters were well developed. Charlotte is intelligent and logical (as expected for a female version of Sherlock Holmes) and she is also very caring of her sisters, which gives her warmth and pleasantness that Sherlock Holmes didn't possess.

  • The Little Paris Bookshop

  • A Novel
  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Emma Bering, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,496

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Ivanka on 08-02-15

Journey to Heal Himself

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

The book dragged in the beginning as the background of the characters was revealed, including Monsieur Perdu's pining for his lost love for 21 years. After getting past that tragic and depressing situation, it started to pick up after Chapter 6. I thought the premise would be about Perdu as a literary apothecary - prescribing books to people to heal broken hearts and lost souls. Instead, it was more about Perdu's journey to heal himself and return to the world that he had withdrawn from for over 20 years.

  • Culinary Reactions

  • The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking
  • By: Simon Quellen Field
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When you're cooking, you're a chemist! Every time you follow or modify a recipe you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams. In your kitchen you denature proteins, crystallize compounds, react enzymes with substrates, and nurture desired microbial life while suppressing harmful microbes. And unlike in a laboratory, you can eat your experiments to verify your hypotheses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Science

  • By A. Yoshida on 08-21-18

Kitchen Science

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

The book contains a lot of kitchen science (atoms, electrons, protons, particles, and ions) but it provides the basics to understand cooking reactions and components of food (such as the difference between bread flour, cake flour, and all-purpose flour). It's technical and goes deep into each topic. Some chapters are more interesting than others. For example, the author should have left out the chapter on making cheese (really, how many people are going to make cheese at home).

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  • Legacies of Great Economists

  • By: Timothy Taylor, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Timothy Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

When it comes to economics and economic theory, a few thinkers dominate the landscape. Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, and a handful of others have shaped the world of economics and influenced our lives. These 10 lectures acquaint you with the thoughts, theories, and lives of these great economists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine basic survey: a home run for Prof. Taylor

  • By Philo on 03-19-14

History of Economics

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The lectures are conversational and the content engaging (for those interested in the history of economics). It's fascinating how some the famous economists have crossed paths and refined their theories through letters and lively debate.

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

More of a memoir than guide

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

It's a story about the author's long journey to quit her many addictions - drug, alcohol, food, and spending. Black-outs and mounting credit card debts weren't enough to get her to change her ways. She has gone through cycles of hitting bottom, quitting, and relapsing. This book is more of a memoir about overcoming addictions than a guide on spending less.