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  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: William Hootkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

"Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!

  • By Jessica on 02-18-09

On William Hootkins and the White Whale

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

In case you didn't know, William Hootkins is Red Six "Porkins" from the scene in Star Wars when the X-Wing fighters attack the Death Star. He gets blown up because he doesn't pull up. He is also in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Batman and most importantly he one of the best narrators of all time. I have not listened to any of his other narrations, but I call him one of the best based on this one reading of Moby Dick. I love it. I don't think there are many equal performances - maybe Jeremy Irons for Lolita, or Stephen Fry for Sherlock Holmes. I also like William Hurt in The Sun Also Rises and John Rowe in Remembrance of Things Past. Rosamund Pike is good in Pride and Predjudice. Moby Dick the book is mysterious and gets under your skin. Its kind of like some other classics: at first you think, what's all the big fuss, but then you go hmmm, why can't I stop thinking about this, and then it becomes your favorite. I highly recommend this book.

  • Coming Alive

  • 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul's Potential
  • By: Barry Michels, Phil Stutz
  • Narrated by: Phil Stutz, Barry Michels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The transformative new book by the authors of the New York Times best-seller The Tools (and the resident shrinks on Goop) reveals how to deepen your emotional and spiritual experience and realize your full potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stunning Work of Generosity

  • By JTN from Seattle on 10-05-17

Definitely worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I think it would be easy to dismiss some of the ideas in the book as new age strangeness. I’m allergic to magical thinking, or at least I have been traditionally. However I believe what the authors are trying to point to are ways to create meaning from a universe that is intellectually without meaning. I think the tools motivate a part of the mind that doesn’t have words at its disposal. This framework for thinking and feeling is worth a try if you’ve tried other things that don’t work.

  • Why Buddhism Is True

  • The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,605

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. In Why Buddhism Is True, Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than a beginner's guide...

  • By Rugger Burke on 09-12-17

Clear Explanation of How the Mind Works

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Most books on Buddhism teach you how to drive; this book is like having Click and Clack lift the hood of the car and explain very clearly why the engine works. I think it may be one of the most helpful books I've ever read. The clarity with which emotions are explained is amazing. The author convinced me of the effectiveness of mindfulness. He is always careful to say where the science is uncertain or where the Buddhism is not grounded in science. I think I can now read other Buddhism texts, like the Suttas, with a framework for understanding that I did not have before. The author has a conversational, self-depreciating, and personal style of writing that I like. Narration is good.

71 of 77 people found this review helpful

  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

  • Walking the Path of the Buddha
  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunarantana
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In the same engaging style that has endeared him to listeners of Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great straightforward listen!!

  • By Michael on 06-03-16

Difficult to integrate into my western life

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I think I'm going to return this. This is not a bad book or recording. But I just listened to the author say that what we are striving for is a lack of attachment to anything, which included (and he said this) houses, families, schools, medical insurance, hospitals, good roads. And he says one who wants to remain attached to these things does not have the state of mind it takes to attain permanent bliss. This person who wants these things has not understood the Buddha's first or second truth. (He says this an hour and two minutes into the book).

I am a westerner. So wanting these things is not an option for me. I want them. I am not living in a monastery. There are books out there that take this into account, mostly along the lines of secular Buddhism, so I will listen to those.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,649

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

The best purchase in all of audible.

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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: 06-04-17

This is the best overall purchase you can make on audible, considering the quality of the work, the quality of the narration, and the length, there's no better all-around audiobook.

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,654

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with narration

  • By Mary Jo Ignoffo on 04-17-15

One Of My Favorite Audiobooks Ever

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I listen to this all the time - when I can't listen to anything else, I can listen to this. William Hurt reads this in a nuanced way that gets the humor, the drunks, the resignation, the driven nature of these characters.

  • Awaken the Giant Within

  • By: Anthony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Anthony Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,044

Anthony Robbins has already unlocked the personal power inside millions of people worldwide. Now, in this revolutionary new audio production based on his enormously popular Date with Destiny seminars, Robbins unleashes the sleeping giant that lies within all of us, teaching us to harness our untapped abilities, talents and skills.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged was way too abridged

  • By Leslie Nino Piro on 05-19-15

Not All But Enough To Create Change

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

I have gone through the audio book and the book, and the audio book seems to go through book material in chapters 1-6 and then chapter 12. So he only reads very sparse highlights from about 180 pages out of a 500 page (26 chapter book). Again he doesn't read 1-6 and 12, he reads highlights from those chapters. Off the top of my head, he covers "decisions", "pain/pleasure", "beliefs", "creating new patterns", and "goals". The reviews that say that he leaves out a lot are very correct, but I have noticed that the audio book is concentrated with some of the more helpful sentences. Tony is Tony, which is to say, very motivating, and I am pleased with my purchase of the audio book. The book itself is definitely worth getting and taking notes on.

  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life

  • The Kaizen Way to Success
  • By: Dr. Robert Maurer
  • Narrated by: Robert Maurer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Discover the potent force of kaizen... and use it to easily, effortlessly achieve any goal or make any change you want to!We've been programmed to believe that change is a "battle" - something hard fought and hard won, something that demands struggle and sacrifice. But as anyone who uses the technique known as kaizen can tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. With kaizen, it's effortless, simple, and inevitable to change your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen for anyone seriros about self-master

  • By Chris on 09-03-16

Very Helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I found the technique of kaizen to be very helpful. I found many of the concepts and studies new to me. Especially the concept that opportunities can also cause fight or flight and the concept of not waking up your amygdala by keeping tasks small. There is repetition because the audio intersperses portions of live presentations along with the reading of the book, but this did not bother me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Compound Effect

  • Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
  • By: Darren Hardy
  • Narrated by: Darren Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,805

Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of Success magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small actions repeated add up huge

  • By Jeff Currey on 06-19-15

Unintentionally Funny

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

This book is so bad that I often found myself laughing at the guy. I kept listening because it was interesting how little of a clue this guy had. It really sounded like the people from Saturday Night Live decided to make a motivational recording. It has a good rating, so I don't know if the ratings are fake or whether other people really liked it. I guess my main gripe is that the author does not seem to grasp that most people can't just make the decision to do what they want to do. It requires some psychology. He comes off as an ultra conservative who has little self awareness. I'm not trying to be political either. I don't care about political views. He's a "just get out there and do it" person, and a "if you can't do it, it's your own fault" person. Granted he does give six strategies of change that everyone has heard already, like keeping track of what you're doing. I like self help books too. So even though its cheap, it's not worth it. Better Than Before is a much better book about personal change, although it has its own problems, and it is not business oriented.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Better Than Before

  • Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

The author of the blockbuster New York Times best sellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Amy on 03-28-15

At first I didn't like it.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

The author is a good reader and writer and is self deprecating in an endearing way. However she invents these 4 constructs/categories of people called obligers, upholders, rebels, and questioners. These are a theme throughout the book, but I want to yell at her she can't just make up categories based on anecdotal information and without a lot of data. She is smart enough to know this, but apparently she doesn't care. The book is great despite this. It is great because you get a window into the way an organized mind works. I sort of think it is unintentionally great (my apologies to the author). For example anybody that would make up these categories and start putting people into them has a certain way of thinking that may be a hint to staying organized (compartmentalizing a lot of things, if it works for you go with it). The content itself is also very good. She has great insights into how important it is to not let others dictate ones own likes and dislikes. She has great insight into adulthood, which I get the feeling might be her next book. It can be annoying to listen to one with an obviously high level of executive functioning tell people with likely less levels of executive functioning what to do, but you'll get over it, because the book is very helpful, and very well written and read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful