LISTENER

Amazon Customer

  • 20
  • reviews
  • 8
  • helpful votes
  • 61
  • ratings
  • Whatever the Cost

  • Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully
  • By: David Benham, Jason Benham
  • Narrated by: David Benham, Jason Benham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

This book follows the story of highly motivated and entrepreneurial twin brothers David and Jason Benham, from their formative years and ventures into professional baseball to their rise as owners of a multimillion-dollar business empire and securing an HGTV reality series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I read this year.

  • By Karisa R. Guerra on 12-03-15

This one is worth your time

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is easily the top book I have enjoyed the year. Funny. Real. Deep. Challenging. Highly recommended!

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,179

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

a scattering of stories and applications of the big data with regard particularly weather patterns.

  • In the Hall of the Dragon King

  • Dragon King Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

A kingdom hangs in the balance as Quentin begins his quest. Carrying a sealed message from the Dragon King, Quentin and his outlaw companion, Theido, plunge headlong into a fantastic odyssey that leads them throughout Mensandor. Danger lurks at every turn: from the brutal terrain to deadly encounters with both humans and creatures of unknown origins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful epic!

  • By James on 10-14-14

a very generic story if decently told

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

The story kept my interest but nothing was particularly surprising or original. There were a few special moments when Quinton encounters the one true God. But overall I did not find myself much caring for the characters. The enemies felt very generic and one dimensional. Everything resolves very tidely quickly at the end. Overall, just ok. Probably good for junior readers.

  • Superintelligence

  • Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • By: Nick Bostrom
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,388

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful - possibly beyond our control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project is coming

  • By Gary on 09-12-14

You owe it to yourself to read it

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I see why so many have recommended this book. It's an important contribution to the field. My impression is that the first 3/4 were stronger than the last quarter but maybe that's because in groping for possible ways forward the differences between my (Christian) worldview and the author's were felt more acutely.

IA is a topic that has fascinated me for several years, and this book brought a number of points to the table I have not given thought to previously.

  • The Pilgrim's Progress

  • By: John Bunyan
  • Narrated by: Max McLean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Few books besides the Bible have been translated, printed, and read as often as The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan's classic allegory of Christian, the Pilgrim, on his perilous journey to the Celestial City has touched hearts and minds for more than 300 years, and still the demand continues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well read update of the classic

  • By William on 12-23-08

Better with Every ReRead!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Such an amazingly well done work. No wonder some, like Surgeon, read it every year.

  • How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

  • Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority
  • By: Clay Scroggins
  • Narrated by: Clay Scroggins, Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 848

Every leader, young or old, resonates with the dead-end feeling of not being in charge. Too often the lack of authority paralyzes leaders, leaving them believing they must wait to be in charge until they can lead. One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority to lead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Voice Worth Hearing

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 08-22-17

Helpful

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Though a Christan myself, I found I'm not really into the author's hip Christian style. But I did find the message of the book thoughtful. Definitely will mark my thinking of how to leverage my current influence to lead others well whatever my official position.

  • Case for Christ, Revised & Updated

  • A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
  • By: Lee Strobel
  • Narrated by: Lee Strobel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,358

Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Jeff Wedding on 09-07-17

a nice easy-to-follow summary Christian apologetic

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

While the author addresses this concern at the end of the book interview, I still felt like his case would have been stronger if he had interviewed critics other than himself. Overall though, I think it was very well done and helpful.

  • Romeo and Juliet (Dramatized)

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Calista Flockhart, Matthew Wolf, Julie White, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespeare by way of mush mouth

  • By Darrel on 02-14-13

Shakespeare

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

A sad story of hasty decisions based on much misinformation. Who am I to knock Shakespeare? But still, the story is pure tragedy. People feeling pressured by social conventions into lies, deceits, forbid love interests, murder, suicide... One would wish that the clergy man would have produced more biblical counsel. The story serves as a powerful reminder that we don't have every side to the story. And we blunder badly on hasty actions stemming from incomplete information and assumptions.

  • God Loves Broken People

  • And Those Who Pretend They're Not
  • By: Sheila Walsh
  • Narrated by: Sheila Walsh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The other side of brokenness...God loves broken people. And when weary, wounded men and women find a way to open their bruised hearts and somehow welcome Him into their personal darkness, they will find a love beyond anything they have ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartfelt & Sincere

  • By Vickie on 12-05-12

Embracing the Sacred Hurt

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

a helpful reminder of how God uses pain to grow and prepare his servants to know him and minister that knowledge to other hurting individuals. God wastes none of his people's sorrows.

  • What to Do When Machines Do Everything

  • How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data
  • By: Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, Ben Pring
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

What to Do When Machines Do Everything is a guidebook to succeeding in the next generation of the digital economy. When systems running on artificial intelligence can drive our cars, diagnose medical patients, and manage our finances more effectively than humans, it raises profound questions on the future of work and how companies compete.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Assumes that machine learning will grow very slow

  • By Nathan Burnham on 05-06-17

A Great Primer on What's on the Cusp of Technology

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Very thought provoking. The authors are much more optimistic than I tend to be though even they admit "there will be blood." They give some very actionable suggestions on how individuals and companies might prepare for the disruptive changes that are coming.