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  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,583

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

The story is outstanding. It is a story of rebuilding a life after a tragedy. The narrator was rough at first. He read Pat as kind of a mentally slow person, but Pat had a mental breakdown. He was delusional, but not intellectually challenging.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,050

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Changed my negotiation style

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

As a professional woman, wife, mother and step mother, I am in the world of negotiating often. This book has really helped me up my game, and even at home, I am learning to not say much after I start the process of negotiating. This stuff works, even on 4 year olds.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,241

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Surprisingly wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I just got this book because it was free. That said, it was an outstanding read. It increased my interest in horse racing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • Superforecasting

  • The Art and Science of Prediction
  • By: Philip Tetlock, Dan Gardner
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,624

Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week's meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. As Wharton professor Philip Tetlock showed in a landmark 2005 study, even experts' predictions are only slightly better than chance. However, an important and underreported conclusion of that study was that some experts do have real foresight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Experts

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Just okay

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I was hoping for more details. Skip to the appendix. That is all you really need to read to understand this book.
In other words, it could have been 87% shorter

  • Modern Mindfulness

  • How to Be More Relaxed, Focused, and Kind While Living in a Fast, Digital, Always-On World
  • By: Rohan Gunatillake
  • Narrated by: Rohan Gunatillake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In Modern Mindfulness, Rohan Gunatillake argues that to lead more mindful, calm, and happy lives, switching off is the last thing we need to do. Instead he gives listeners ideas, principles, and techniques to bring awareness, composure, and kindness to whatever they are doing. Filled with over 60 practical exercises, the author's mobile mindfulness approach gives the benefits of meditation to even the busiest of lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For newbies

  • By Brittney on 08-02-17

Unexpectedly outstanding

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I was a little surprised by how good this book is. The author teaches the reader how to use mindfulness/meditation in everyday life. This includes practice in everyday settings. I have used several of these suggestions to bring my mind back to the present and to slow my brain to the speed of life. I highly recommend this book to anyone needing to be more present.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Ayana Hirsi Ali has written her story so beautifully. She clearly weaves her story with a strong call to improve the lives of Muslim women. She embodies everything a fearless feminist should be.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69,926
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63,321
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 63,069

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

Cheers and Tears

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I am so disappointed to be done with this series. I can late to the Harry Potter party, but this series is truly the best of what literature can offer, regardless of genre. Jim Dale is a can't miss narrator. We will enjoy rereading this series for years to come.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,614

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but the volume was all over the place

  • By Charles Johnson on 12-17-16

Great story, poor audio quality

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

The story is wonderful. The narrator read it flawlessly. Audio recording quality is not great.