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  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,755

Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but be careful

  • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

Still Insightful and Intriguing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Haven’t read my hardback version in a while. Audio is a much more accessible format. Some topics feel a bit dated but the process and the results are still fascinating.

  • The Rainmaker

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very dissapointed with recording

  • By Amber on 06-25-11

An Easy Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-13-19

A good story, an easy read, early Grisham, one of his best efforts. Impossible to read now without seeing Danny Divito as the paralawyer.

  • Broadcasting Happiness

  • The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change
  • By: Michelle Gielan
  • Narrated by: Michelle Gielan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

All of us constantly broadcast information to others, even when we don't say a word. Sales professionals broadcast to potential clients in a way that wins new business. Managers broadcast to their teams about projects. Colleagues broadcast to one another about available resources. The messages we choose to broadcast shape others' beliefs in the potential for success and their ability to create positive change.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get to the point. This is unlistenble. Just blahh

  • By G. L my name on 03-07-16

Pretty Good

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-13-19

A lot of good stuff here, despite coming from a journalist (ha ha). I enjoyed listening and applied much of what I learned to my own miserable little life.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,765

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

Excellent, But....

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

A good book with some poignancy, a solid premise with useful information. It's just twice as long as it could be due to some repetition.

  • The Lost World

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,933

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here...

  • By Cage on 05-17-12

A Good Sequel

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Reviewed: 03-13-19

Not quite as lively as Jurassic Park, but a more believable story. Never watch the movies, though, as they truly stink up the place.

  • My Antonia

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957

Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • applause for a classic

  • By Western Canada on 04-19-08

Now That's a Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-13-19

I really enjoy Willa Cather, and I'll put My Antonia up against any of the so-called classics we were forced to read in school.

  • So, Anyway...

  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,503

In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway..., John Cleese takes listeners on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman) to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleese, the early years, in his own voice

  • By G. Beauchamp on 01-15-17

Funny Bits From a Funny Guy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

The paragraph about his childhood Christmas tradition is worth the price of the book. Cleese is a great storyteller, and his life has produced a lot of them. Funny and insightful.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,886

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

I Know, But....

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I know BNW is supposed to be one of the classics with a long history of popularity, but I just couldn't endure it. It was dull, slow, uninspired. Sorry, everybody.

  • Do the Work

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967

Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerhouse of Motivation

  • By Sara on 08-02-14

Pressfield Gets It Done

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

This book is the perfect compliment to the War of Art, which every creative person should read once a month, at least.

  • Made to Stick

  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,335

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Heath and Heath Are Great Together

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Clever boys, those Heath brothers. This was my first introduction to them, and I kept thinking, "wow, that's exactly right," "what a good idea," "of course." If you do anything creative, read this book.