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  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 941

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming story with great narration

  • By June J on 09-29-17

Feel good book

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Nice opening that weaves several human dramas into a larger tapestry. I felt the strange intro of the Therease ghost was odd and unnecessary. Overall a very decent read.

  • Atlantic

  • Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Simon

  • By Paul on 01-01-11

Beautiful, poetic storytelling

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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: 10-22-18

Simon Winchester turns every accounting of history, science or social observation into well-crafted and captivating stories. No less happens in this book about the Atlantic ocean: its geologic and historic collisions with mankind are a fascinating read.

  • Deviate

  • The Science of Seeing Differently
  • By: Beau Lotto
  • Narrated by: Beau Lotto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 541

Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, Beau Lotto shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: It is a new way of seeing. In his first major book, Lotto draws on over two decades of pioneering research to explain that our brain didn't evolve to see the world accurately. It can't!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Randy on 12-05-17

A Manual for a Life Worth Living

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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: 02-24-18

This is not light reading, nor should it be. But it is powerful. Very intriguing.

  • Flight

  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Adam Beach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Mr. Alexie

  • By Christine Walker on 09-12-15

Alexie is a master story teller

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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: 01-12-18

A Native American, time traveling version of A Catcher in the Rye. The narrator captures a young boy's voice and rough innocence as he tries to make sense of a senselessly violent world. Beautiful.

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,748

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on sleep bar none

  • By Innate on 12-10-17

Game Changer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Read. This. Book. Now. As someone who has a life long sleep aversion (i.e. "I'll sleep when I'm dead) I started this book with -at best- lack of enthusiasm. But as a former medical researcher, the data and careful explanations were inescapable. This should be required reading for all body owners. I am rethinking lifelong beliefs and practices. Such simple, SIMPLE techniques have already had a major and measureable impact on my (improved) health. The info contained in this book, if applied, will without any doubt increase your health, and most likely, your happiness.

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  • Shop Class as Soulcraft

  • An Inquiry into the Value of Work
  • By: Matthew B. Crawford
  • Narrated by: Max Bloomquist
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite common but now seems to be receding from society - the experience of making and fixing things with our hands. For those who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life worth choosing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mercedes Have No Dipstick

  • By Ray on 06-16-11

Wordy, not worldly.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

There are some excellent, thoughtful passages, so I felt challenged initially with some interesting ideas. I also understand and accept that a male will have a different way of viewing and placing ideas in metaphorical context. It was soon clear that the author's audience was assumed to be male; perhaps a subtitle of "a man-to-man chat on manly pursuits" would have helped. How is it that a writer thinks that the use of stereotype clichés about women ('acting like a clique of high school girls', etc.) to describe behaviours found in both sexes is not demeaning? Passages like that made my shoulders sag.

  • The Productivity Project

  • Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
  • By: Chris Bailey
  • Narrated by: Chris Bailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream - to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world's foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book on Personal Productivity

  • By Bob W.. on 02-26-16

Practical, solid advice

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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: 09-18-17

Great narration from the writer who gives solid, doable steps. Well worth the time spent listening.

  • A Brief History of Misogyny: the World's Oldest Prejudice

  • Brief Histories
  • By: Jack Holland
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665

In this compelling, powerful book, highly respected writer and commentator Jack Holland sets out to answer a daunting question: How do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history? The result takes the listener on an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents, and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes to women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Unique Take on History

  • By Adaya Adler on 08-06-16

This Book Should Be Mandatory for All Humans

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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: 08-27-17

Brilliant writing. Good info. Well read. Requires some serious pondering and rethinking of one's long held assumptions. This book, while primarily about misogyny, has a lot to relay about human nature in general.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What the Nose Knows

  • The Science of Scent in Everyday Life
  • By: Avery Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Everything about the sense of smell fascinates us, from its power to evoke memories to its ability to change our moods and influence our behavior. From brain-imaging laboratories to the high-stakes world of scent marketing, What the Nose Knows takes us on a tour of the strange and surprising realm of smell.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First half is good, second half is terrible.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-23-14

This book smells...good. A fascinating read.

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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: 06-05-17

Articulate performance of scientific material presented in as entertaining read for science or lay person.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Practical neuroscience and life

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Initially, I found the lecturer to be annoyingly over-talking and loud. But eventually, by focusing on the material, I became fascinated in the engrossing subject. The lecturer clearly knows and loves his field so I softened to his voice by the end.