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  • 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 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

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
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

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 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

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

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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

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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 6,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480

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 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,856

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 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181

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 4,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925

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 17,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,264

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

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.

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  • Girl Logic

  • The Genius and the Absurdity
  • By: Iliza Shlesinger
  • Narrated by: Mayim Bialik, Iliza Shlesinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179

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

Overall
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.