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Petach Tiqva, Israel
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  • Into the Storm

  • Book One of The Malcontents
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536

A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all. The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • After 150 titles, first review of a fantasy story.

  • By Niv on 12-16-14

After 150 titles, first review of a fantasy story.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

What made the experience of listening to Into the Storm the most enjoyable?

So far, since I signed up to Audible I have listened to ~150 titles.I usually listen to "self help" books and wrote a few reviews for the best of them.
In between I listen to real good fantasy stories like: "The name of the wind", "Ender's game", "old mans war" and "the way of kings" all of which I found fascinating.

Still, it is my first time to come across a great story like this one:
The book is so short, yet, the plot so complicated with many unexpected turns.
I loved the characters and their evolution.
and I must admit I shed a few tears in the end.

Overall it is certainly one of the best books I ever read (if not the best).

Warmly recommended.
Niv.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,741

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

Warning - no story.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

What would have made The Slow Regard of Silent Things better?

I suffered through the whole length of the audiobook only because of my respect to Patrick and the 2 amazing books that start the series.
If someone warned me in advance that all I'm going to learn about the world is that Auri has very complicated emotions I'd never have started to listen.
And so I'm warning you:
There is no Epic, no magic, no evolution of character, just a lengthy philological analysis of a lonely paranoid person.
I fell a sleep several times during it and didn't bother to rewind and see what I missed.

Patrick, if you are reading this please know I'm not mad about this waste of my time.
I think you are a genius writer and I'm really happy I could financially support your creation.
I'm looking forward for the 3rd book and hope it will get out soon.

If you need a direction for your next book note that I'd really enjoy to read the story of Elodin.
And that it would be really cool if you could finish that story with an overlap to the Kvothe's story but from the perspective of Elodin
(like Orson scott card wrote the story of ender's game from the perspective of Bean)

Sorry for the hard words in the beginning,
Keep writing and I'll certainly keep reading,
Niv.

25 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Anatomy of Peace

  • Resolving the Heart of Conflict
  • By: Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Should Read This Book

  • By Colleen on 11-24-09

Nice approach for teaching.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-14

If you could sum up The Anatomy of Peace in three words, what would they be?

The book is written as a story and via the story intends to teach a method for being at peace with yourself.
Half way through the book I felt I learned nothing and intended to jump to my next learning.
BUT,
Because the book is written as a story I was tempted to keep listening.
And then the story made me cry, twice!
So I completed the book.
I feel I have learned a new concept which I started considering on my day to day interaction.
I can also understand why the concept is more teachable via a story.
And overall I'm happy to have read the book.
However I don't know if I would recommend this to others as I'm not sure many would like this story approach for teaching.

  • Multipliers

  • How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
  • By: Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the ones around them and always need to be the smartest ones in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Asipiration

  • By Elizabeth Hamrick on 07-24-17

Hard to come by a good management book

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Multipliers the most enjoyable?

I've listened to several books about leadership and management, till now I wasn't able to recommend a really good one. (maybe with the exception the books of Jim Collins but they are applicable only for highly ranked organizational leaders)
It is even harder to find books that are based on empirical research and able to backup the text with actual data and numbers.
And so, I felt the book is very practical and it made me ask myself very hard questions:
Is it possible to be a multiplier as a manager and diminisher as a team member?
I'm now more aware to many of my "diminisher " behaviors and trying to avoid them as much as possible.
I've also recommended the books to several colleagues and good really good feedbacks.
really inspiring, highly recommended.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How It Works and How to Use It

  • By: Harry W. Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Matt Stone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Your subconscious mind is powerful and will work for you without effort. It also works against you based on programs and concepts learned in childhood. Learn how to reprogram your mind to override these immature programs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast, Clean, Effective explanation and techniques

  • By Diana on 02-08-14

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

What made the experience of listening to The Genie Within: Your Subconscious Mind - How It Works and How to Use It the most enjoyable?

I only write review for life changing-inspiring audiobooks.
Lately I have great interest about the subconscious mind and I listened to many lectures about it.The book concentrates and summarizes many sources of information into one place.It includes every important fact I ever learned and much more.

Additionally, this book is brilliantly and practical:Includes 5 meditation sessions for various goals.
Another thing I liked are the amount of non-trivial examples, so clearly demonstrating the great power of subconscious mind that it is impossible to refute.

Just this morning I used techniques from the book :After night sleep of only 3 hours I've gone through the relaxation, body cleaning, alert and health programs and felt instantaneous improvement, fresh and alert.

Highly recommended.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Big Data

  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • By: Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 965

Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty light stuff on Big Data

  • By Michael on 09-01-13

Exactly what a developer needs

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

What did you love best about Big Data?

I'm a developer for 18 years now,
If I have technical queries I would probably search for online example and find many.
If I need to learn new concepts, I would usually sit with someone for an hour to learn the basics and carry on learning with examples.
I usually listen to audiobooks to strengthen my soft skills like: listening, efficiency, motivation, leadership etc..
I took this book only after an excellent recommendation by a college.
I felt it very inspiring and it made a vivid connection between my day to day life and the outside world.
The examples were non-trivial and I found the book very clear, well organized and slowly constructing nice arguments step by step.
Everyone going to work every day wants to see meaning in his actions and this book definitely helped me clearing up the meaning in my work.
Exactly what I needed.

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,000

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

life changing one of the best I read

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

Reviewed: 04-03-12

What made the experience of listening to The Willpower Instinct the most enjoyable?

It is very rare to find books about this subject and even when I did, I didn't know what to expect.I was in the middle of a will struggle on many areas: some personal and some common to many people like loosing weight.I had some success before reading the book but I felt I exhausted and afraid that I'll break and return to my bad habits.After reading the book I got a boost in all areas I see good results (lost 10 KG) and I stopped feeling bad about the few times I do give in to temptation.I learned many simple techniques for controlling the mind and I also liked the simple and powerful analysis of the way we think and the many paths of the mind leading us to prefer short term satisfaction over our long term goals. (all backed up with many researches and explored in a scientific yet simple approach).This knowledge and techniques made me better understand how I used to think, I am now more immune and by simple change of the way I think I can overcome many temptations.I warmly recommend to everyone.

156 of 165 people found this review helpful

  • Love as a Way of Life

  • Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your Life
  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Each day involves countless interactions with others - not only among family and friends but also with neighbors, co-workers, even telephone solicitors. An attitude of love may not be your top priority in some of these encounters. But what if the ancient maxim "love your neighbor as yourself" applied to everyone, including those you meet in the most ordinary circumstances?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good advice.

  • By Rodney B. on 04-12-16

life changing, Garry please write more.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-12

What did you like about this audiobook?

It is hard to find books on the subject of

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Making Love

  • The Chapman Guide to Making Sex an Act of Love (Marriage Saver)
  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Lets make love. Lets have sex. Is there a difference? You bet there is! While sex is the joining of two bodies, love is the joining of two souls. Sex without love will never be ultimately satisfying, but sex that grows out of love will take a marriage to a whole new level of satisfaction. In his trademark simple, straightforward style, Dr. Gary Chapman explores the Judeo-Christian teachings on love and sex and teaches couples that if they desire greater sexual satisfaction, they must first learn how to love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not much added value from the book.

  • By Niv on 02-14-12

not much added value from the book.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-12

Would you try another book from Gary Chapman and/or the narrator?

I bought the book mainly because of the title and expected a practical discussion about sex in marriage and maybe some advice of how to increase the frequency of it.Instead I felt I'm getting some philosophy, many quotes from the bible but too little practice.Garry is a very good author, I listened to many of his books and I have very high expectations when I start listening to a new book. This book did not meet them and I do not recommend it,

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Everybody Wins

  • The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing
  • By: Dr. Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

This guide provides a simple blueprint for achieving solutions to everyday disagreements without having to have a "winner" and a "loser". By learning how to listen empathetically, respecting each other's ideas and feelings, and understanding why some issues are so important to your spouse, not only will those daily problems be worked out successfully, but both of you will end up feeling appreciated, respected, and loved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not about winning, it's about compromising.

  • By RethaMae on 03-29-12

Really helpful and practiacl

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

Reviewed: 02-14-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I listened to it a while ago and I don't remember the specific techniques I liked.I do however remember that I was fascinated by every word and I felt like I never want the book to end.It talks mainly about listening which is something that I'd like to do more and better in life and in my marriage. It shows many examples of how conflicts that at first look unresolveable are being resolved by having the couple listen to each other.I also liked that the book is not repeating the well known principals of the 5 love languages (tough I think they are mentioned) but it gives new insights from totally new perspective,overall it is a must for everyone who likes to hear more of Garry Chapman.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful