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  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but Brittle

  • By AR on 02-17-17

This is how the Danes do it.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

When the couple moves from the UK to Denmark for her husband's new job at Lego, the author works as a freelance writer and on the side, writes about why Denmark is the happiest country in the world. Typical of her journalistic nature, the author delves into wide ranging topics contributing to the Danes' happiness, such as free education, social healthcare, gender equality, work/life balance, subsidized child care, renowned pastries, Danish design, and much more. On the flip side, there are a lot of rules and regulations to ensure order and equality. For example, the couple was surprised when the neighbors presented them with a list of rules on flying their flags in the yard or while bicycling, they were told by a stranger that the bicycles didn't have the right lights attached. Their questions on these requirements are usually met with 'This is how the Danes do it.' This book wouldn't be enjoyable for those who find the Danish lifestyle to be too rigid with their rules and acceptance of status quo because it's tradition.

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,512

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

Long, Sometimes Sad Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It's a long, sometimes sad tale. At the end, it elicits thought, not happiness. The first part is about Henry Whittaker. He's a clever poor English boy. Instead of going to the gallows when he is caught stealing, his cleverness leads him to ever more wealthy business endeavors. Eventually, he settles in Philadelphia with a mansion built on the highest hill and surrounded by acres of land. The second part is about his daughter Alma, who follows in her father's footsteps as a brilliant botanist. From then on, the book reads like her memoir with rich details of botany and growing up in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The 'Signature of All Things' is the idea that God has left an imprint in all the things he created (like the walnut shaped like a brain and it being good for the brain). This idea encapsulates Alma's pursuit of science and facts, not spiritual beliefs.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! You’ll love it!

  • By Ginger on 06-21-18

Fiction/Romance Book

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Stella Lane has Asperger's Syndrome and finds it challenging to navigate the complexity of dating and sex. As an econometrician (person who uses statistics and mathematics to model economic principles), she decides the solution is to practice with a professional (i.e., male escort). It's part fiction, part romance book. This book is like the female version of 'The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion.

  • Serial Winner

  • 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success
  • By: Larry Weidel
  • Narrated by: Larry Weidel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

We all know people who seem to move from success to success, with barely a pause or dip in between. They're always excited about the next big project or goal. When trouble comes, they land on their feet. They are role models and opinion makers who lead rewarding lives. In a world full of people who almost win, these are the few who do it repeatedly and consistently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Samuel Nash on 12-15-16

Take actions and be good at what you do

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

There is a chapter for each action:
1. Don't Hesitate, Decide
2. Don't Just Do It, Overdo It
3. Don't Quit, Adjust
4. Don't Just Start, Finish
5. Don't Settle, Keep Improving

Then within each chapter are more actions and some inspirational quotations and stories. All the actions are basic. Essentially, you need to constantly move forward towards a goal, be good at what you do, deliver quality results, adjust if needed, and start the cycle again.

  • Great at Work

  • How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More
  • By: Morten Hansen
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his "Seven Work Smarter Practices" that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. Each of Hansen's seven practices is highlighted by inspiring stories from individuals in his comprehensive study.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good book. The ideas are not really new though

  • By Belinda on 03-01-18

Do less but obsess

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

The book is logically structured around the 7 practices to be great at work:

Mastering Your Work
* Put a lot of effort into a few important priorities.
* Create value not just reach goals (for example, the report was done on time but does anyone read it).
* Develop useful skills (don't become complacent in routine tasks).
* Seek roles that match your purpose (what are you contributing to the world) and your passion (how much you enjoy what you're doing).

Mastering Work With Others
* Gain support from others to accomplish objectives.
* Cut back on wasteful meetings and have vigorous debates in meetings.
* Carefully pick cross-functional projects.

There are chapters for each practice filled with examples and guidance. The main point is to do less but obsess. Be great at doing a few important things. That is more valuable than doing a lot of things but at a mediocre level.

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  • Body of Work

  • Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together
  • By: Pamela Slim
  • Narrated by: Pamela Slim
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

These days it's increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of career-and explain it? Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Motivational and Immediately Actionable

  • By Bryanda on 10-23-17

Examples are good

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I give this book 3.5 stars. The stories are good as examples of how other people found meaningful work and built their body of work through different means, such as employment, side gig, volunteerism, and personal relationships. However, the guidance wasn't inspiring. The author used the analog of ingredients and recipes. Skills, strengths, experience, and jobs are the ingredients. The recipes are how you produce your body of work, such results at work, planning an event, organizing your family activities, helping a charity, and writing a book. The analog just didn't work.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,863

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Good listening to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

It was a free Audible book, so that wasn't bad. Good for listening to pass the time. Bob is chatting with comedian friends like Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Conan O'Brien, and Sarah Silverman. Sometimes it's humorous, sometimes it's just a conversation on certain topics (like how they got their start and what they did when there was a heckler in the audience).

  • Naked Statistics

  • Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,858

From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Basic, but very well explained

  • By Philo on 05-17-13

You have to enjoy statistics

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

The book provides some good examples to explain statistical concepts, like correlation, probability, standard deviation, and regression analysis. But don't expect to fully understand statistics after finishing this book. There are also mentions of numbers and calculations, which doesn't work well in an audio book. The stories about how statistics can be applied is interesting. For example, how to test whether more education means healthier lives and whether attending a prestigious university will result in higher earnings.

  • Sourdough

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious!

  • By Lylo on 11-13-17

Far-fetched Ending

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

It's an entertaining, light read. Lois Clary is a millennial whose life revolves around her software engineering job. When she's given a sourdough starter (which requires a little more care than her cactus), she slowly starts to have a life beyond her job. There are amusing characters and situations, like Lois joining a Lois Club where the only thing in common among the members is their name. It is unfortunate that the ending diverted from the "feel" of the rest of the book. The ending was a little far-fetched as if the author wanted to finish it with a bang and a twist.

  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933

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).