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  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,654
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Shantaram: A Novel

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

After a day of work combined with college and homework, I want a pleasant distraction that is relaxing. This book is a story that continues on, holding your interest. Much like the tales in the Arabian Nights my mother used to read to me, I look forward to Shantaram in the evening for half an hour of an interesting adventure. This is a very enjoyable book that is never boring and makes you eager to continue the saga each day.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,525

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distract

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

The title tells you what is in the book. Indeed, there are many distractions in our everyday lives. Sometimes we do not recognize the distractions and we may not fully realize how even the minor distractions pull us away from our best work. For college students, like myself, I am always looking for a better, faster way to study and learn. Time seems to be my enemy robbing me of the time needed to finish projects and study for exams. After reading this book and taking allotted time without distractions I am now able to get more accomplished in less time. Originally I was not sure I could find more time, the time I did not have to begin with, to use the guidelines suggested in the book. Just the opposite happened and found the suggestions gave me more free time and made study more rewarding.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,256

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

The Power of Habit

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Much of what we do is out of habit, but just how much was surprising. On one hand we develop habits and many decisions become automatic, using very little brain power. On the other hand, a life of habits means the brain need not work as we function on automatic pilot. Habits that are beneficial may free the brain to work on tasks that confront us. Found this balance in the book interesting and there were true life examples illustrating habit, changing habit and where habit led those in the examples.

  • Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film

  • The Modern Scholar
  • By: Professor Raphael Shargel
  • Narrated by: Professor Raphael Shargel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Why does the cinema have the power to move the heart, stimulate the mind, and dazzle the imagination? How did the art of film develop from its origins to the present day? This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies. It traces the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's better than everybody else is saying

  • By Savvy on 09-25-14

Understanding Movies

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

Need the book for an online cinema class. Because I needed this class I endured the reader. The person reading had such a terrible lisp that every S and every F and X were exaggerated. The microphone was an inch from his mouth and you get the full horrible sound of hissssss voices and ssssssufffffer through his affectation or speech impediment. This book probably sells because people like my teacher, who is good, uses this book as a requirement for the class. I wonder if the reader ever listened to himself and no student would dare flirt with a bad grade by suggesting he work on his speech problem. This speech affectation was painful to hear. Hard to just rate this book due to the horrible sound and knowing it was needed for my class.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,189

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

Truman

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Truman is another one of those people in school that received about 10 minutes of time. We were told his name, the bomb, and a few other details. Like most of what I learned in school, there was so much more to the man and the time. Good read. Enjoyed the book and we get a look at what was going on at the White House at a very historic time in history.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,501
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,346

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

The Martian

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Liked the story and couldn't put the book down. Liked everything about this book. Seemed like a real life story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crisis of Character

  • A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
  • By: Gary J. Byrne
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,414

Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crisis of Character

  • By Happy on 11-03-16

Crisis of Character

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

This was an interesting book about the Clinton's from firsthand experience. You get a look at what is going on as if you were walking around the White House. If the Clinton's were as the book describes them, then it is no wonder Monica Lewinsky became involved. Monica was as snarky as the rest of them. I think the book went on a little too long because the last part was a story more about the author and my interest faded in the end. If you are curious about the Clinton's, this is not speculation but on site information.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,483

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

Zealot

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

Really liked this one and read it twice and will read it again. Filled with information and it made me want to go find out if some of the things were true, partly true or false. Found it very interesting and thought provoking. Not so sure people with fixed ideas are going to like this book. Have a friend who thought it was blasphemy and refused to read the whole book. This book didn't bruise my faith but did make me look at history during this time. Found out how much I didn't know and was amazed at the things learned with a little research outside this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Tinseltown

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

My ratings may be unfair to a movie buff but I had no idea who they were talking about. A bunch of names would be mentioned with no story about them or anything. No mystery, no plot and people were dead along the way. Reminds me of my uncle naming stars in the sky and all the kids just saw a bunch of lights. I am sure if you know about old time movies and actors it makes sense. Sounded more like pages of facts along a timeline.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

  • By: Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Mickey Rooney began his career almost a century ago as a one-year-old performer in burlesque and stamped his mark in vaudeville, silent and talking films, Broadway, and television. He acted in his final motion picture just weeks before he died at age 93. He was an iconic presence in movies and the poster boy for American youth. Yet, by World War II, Mickey Rooney had become frozen in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening

  • By Jim Walker on 03-31-16

The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Knew little of Mickey Rooney but was told it was interesting. He had a long life and there was a lot of information to cover. Learned about what a talent he was and the huge amount of product he turned out during his life. Was never bored. In the end, he reminded me of the movies he made and when the movie ended he seemed to end. He was there moving through scripts but he was barely here other than moving through the years. He wasn't particularly nice and was a gambler, eventually, an alcoholic and left debris in his path to nowhere.