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  • Search Inside Yourself

  • The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
  • By: Chade-Meng Tan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world... and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The narration is intolerable

  • By Michael Davis on 09-29-13

Almost missed getting this book

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

I highly recommend this book. I have a lot of books on meditation skills so I thought my library was full. But this book has a lot of interesting drills that can be done solo or with a friend. The goal of the author is to create world peace in his spare time. Which is pretty much all the time we can spare! See the author's talk at YouTube Google Talks and see what you think.

  • A Complaint Free World

  • By: Will Bowen
  • Narrated by: Will Bowen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

In your hands, you hold the secret to transforming your life. Big words? Yes, but this is a plan that has already proven itself with millions of people around the world. In a Sunday-morning sermon, Will told his congregation he wanted to make the world a complaint-free zone and, to prove he was serious, he passed out purple bracelets to each church member and offered them a challenge. "If you catch yourself complaining, take the bracelet and move it to the other wrist."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No complaints

  • By William on 11-28-13

Great simple inspiration

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-16

I am excited to try this project! It is cheap and promises very much joy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hopalong Cassidy: Death Comes Invited

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: William Boyd
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

An elderly sheriff and his young assistant are a study of contrasts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor recording

  • By Benedict on 07-15-15

Poor recording

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

The sound quality is not that good on this show, but I didn't mind paying a small price to hear a radio story of the Grand Old Days of radio.

  • Emma

  • A Modern Retelling
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 635

Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Uncharacteristic Miss

  • By MadMadeleine on 08-11-15

Great!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

The first half-hour to hour of this modern update of Jane Austen's great work may be amongst (if I may use that word) the very best writing and reading there is on audible.com. Be prepared for the author's huge charm offensive!

Otherwise, this book's main thrust is for us to better consider our dealings with others and urges us to press forward our lives with kindness born of seeing the other person's point of view, and refraining from judging the *apparent* meaning in the conduct of others. (I suppose this could well be done in our respective countries' world relations.)

Emma's last day of school leaving her friends for the last time bursting into tears and her silver Mercedes...

Emma's friend lives in Darnwell Abbey...

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,416

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story delightfully narrated

  • By jeanne on 09-22-14

Edgy

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

I was surprised at first how this could be a "children's book" but have acquiesced. I came to admire Ms Winslett's acting/ narrative skills!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very easy on the ears.

  • By Rachael on 02-27-08

So wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

I had always loved Jane Austen but for some reason had not gotten round to listening to Sense and Sensibility. I was nervous at first about it becoming a mere trivial commentary on women's affections and affectations but came to love this book. I became emotionally involved and even tearful at times.

A most pleasant surprise was finding the narrator, Juliet Stevenson. I had not heard of her before but find her one of the great readers at Audible. I was amazed at how she could create the characters, both men and women, with such clarity and charm that was so equal to the greatness of the book.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Influence

  • Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701

Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the listener of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will change the way you see the world.

  • By Dubito Ergo Sum on 02-18-15

What about influence in politics

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

This is an interesting book, and reading it could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of heartache. So read it just for that alone.

My other thought is there was very little mention of "influence" in politics: how we are "trained" to concur and to obey to a greater or lesser degree.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  • The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady
  • By: Anita Loos, Jenny McPhee (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Patrice O’Neill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

If any American fictional character of the 20th century seems likely to be immortal, it is Lorelei Lee of Little Rock, Arkansas, the not-so-dumb blonde who knew that diamonds are a girl's best friend. Outrageous, charming, and unforgettable, she's been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe, and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger, with an insatiable appetite for orchids, champagne, and precious stones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Girl Like I Loves This Book, Which Is An Audio Book

  • By Anne on 10-23-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

This was an exciting discovery for me. Anita Loos, the author, has put into words something about men that remains true and funny to this day, over 80 years after first being published.

It tells stories on men and is also a great little history of the 1920's.

It is very funny and highly recommended.

The narrator is absolutely perfect for this book and I hope she does a lot more work for us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forever Girl

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 92

Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James. But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • By Love Obsessed

  • By Scott on 05-11-14

So, so remarkable!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

How on earth does A M McCall do it?

He starts the book on the Cayman Islands and goes on from there. I suppose he visited the Islands for a vacation for three or four weeks and from that was able to weave another fabulous story of insights into human nature. He picked up the flavor of the Islands and the humanity that lives there.

The bonus is that the book is longer than Mr. Smith's other books so there is that much pleasure in listening to it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Civil Disobedience

  • By: Henry David Thoreau
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be recognized as the philosophic textbook for nonviolent revolution. "I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward," Thoreau wrote. "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Taking as his major premise the idea that "...government is best which governs least," Thoreau asserts that one's first loyalty is to one's own nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What we have forgotten!

  • By Benedict on 02-13-14

What we have forgotten!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

I remember reading this brief pamphlet in college and having to go for a drive in my car several times before I could finish it.

I shall not try to improve on Thoreau by recounting the text, but highly recommend this book for "How to be an actual American."

The price is right, the time to listen to it is right!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful