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  • Unstoppable

  • Harnessing Science to Change the World
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056

Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future. In Unstoppable, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The End is Nye

  • By Mark on 09-06-17

Years Later and Bill Nye the Science Guy is still taking me to school

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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: 09-10-18

Bill Nye the Science Guy was a massive part of my childhood. I found his show entertaining and educational and sparked my interest in science. Now as an adult, he’s teaching me about real world problems and offering potential solutions. I can only hope some of his advice is taken.

Fascinating ideas are everywhere in this book and of course Bill Nye himself reading the book is a lot of fun! I’d recommend it highly!

  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Star Wars, The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character Development For Phasma!

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-03-17

Could be better, but could be a lot worse!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

If you’re looking for an introspective novel that really delves deep into Phasma’s psyche in much the same way Plagueis’s self titled novel did, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, you do learn about Phasma a great deal. But it feels like she’s the same character going in and out. There’s not a lot of evolution for her. You mostly learn about her through the prospective of other characters. It makes sense why they did it this way, Phasma is not one for self reflection, but I don’t feel like I know Phasma too much deeper than I started.

There are gems sprinkled in the book! I liked the story, learning the way the first order conditions their stormtroopers and it’s inner politics, and the characters are all well written.

But a book promising to be about Phasma is oddly scant on details about Phasmas inner workings.

  • The Disaster Artist

  • My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • By: Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
  • Narrated by: Greg Sestero
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,416

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" ( Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Have to Listen to This Book!

  • By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

You’ll have more questions than answers, but you’d be disappointed otherwise

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Any fan of Tommy Wiseau’s masterpiece of the Room needs to read/listen to this book! It’s full of interesting behind the scenes information about the making of The Room, ranging from comical to downright baffling. It’s also gives you a new appreciation for The Room not just as the citizen Kane of bad movies but also for the original intention that Tommy Wiseau made it for. I immensely enjoyed myself listening to this and others will too!

  • A History of Strategy

  • From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind
  • By: Martin van Creveld
  • Narrated by: Jon Mollison
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Featuring a foreword by Dr. Jerrry Pournelle, A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind begins with the Chinese military literature, then reviews the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works before proceeding to the Middle Ages. From Machiavelli and Montecuccoli to Guibert and Frederick the Great, van Creveld chronicles the gradual transition from medieval to Napoleonic warfare and onward into the nuclear age and the rise of ISIS.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful look at strategies greatest authors!

  • By Chris Campbell on 10-18-17

Insightful look at strategies greatest authors!

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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: 10-18-17

From Sun Tzu to William Lind is not lying! In this book you get to learn about the evolution of strategy from ancient china to current warfare! But it's not just the a retread on the 'household names' of strategic figures! You learn so much about not just what warfare evolved into but why it did. It's very well researched, written and deserves a listen from anyone curious about it!

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  • 4th Generation Warfare Handbook

  • By: William S. Lind, Gregory A. Thiele
  • Narrated by: Bob Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Written by the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often "civilian."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Tides

  • By Mr. Conrad on 05-26-17

Sun Tzu would applaud this book

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Being a long time enthusiast on military tactics, this book was fascinating to me. Easily digestible by even neophytes on war, comprehensive and best of all highly applicable to the current day and age.

Sun Tzu is one of my favorite military minds and I can easily see him showering praise on the premise of light infantry and the training methods proposed in this book.

There's even information in here that can be applied to most leadership positions. So if you're in the military looking for new tactics or a leader looking for new perspective, or if you're just plain interested give this book a try!

  • Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution

  • By: Bernie Sanders
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

In the Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, Independent congressman, presidential candidate, and activist Bernie Sanders continues his fight against the imbalances in the nation's status quo and shows you how to make a difference to effect the changes America and the world need to create a better tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always about the issues

  • By JA Gx on 09-14-17

Interesting for sure, but...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I thought there were many good ideas in this, and Bernie's moral principles are beyond assault. He truly does love this nation and the people within it and I respect him very much for it.

Unfortunately I fear many of his humanitarian ideals would be mercilessly thrashed by the 1% before they even get off the ground. If all of society was as generous and noble as him, I'd praise his ideas at the top of my lungs. But it isn't. There needs to be more incentive beyond humanitarianism to make the 1% help contribute some of the growing threats in our nation.

An idealist? Yes. But no less a reputable, intelligent man I'd happily call a president.

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,340

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

  • By Angelina PM on 04-14-15

Beyond Perfect!

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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: 10-02-17

It's like audible went like, "hey we got this guy who loves the Art of War. How can we get him to like it even more?"

"I know! Let's get one of his favorite Game of Thrones characters to read it!"

There is not a thing I didn't love about this! I'd very very highly recommend this audiobook!

  • Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

  • By: Eamonn Gearon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Gearon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

The Middle East is a critically important area of our world. And, with its current prominence in international affairs, media images of the Middle East reach us on a daily basis. Much media coverage, however, is incomplete at best, failing to take account of either the complexities or the historical background of this pivotal region. For most of us, the real story of the Middle East remains untold. What made this crucial geopolitical area what it is today?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an Israeli, I knew so little about my region.

  • By Daniel M. on 09-15-17

A fascinating look at the Middle East

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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: 09-29-17

If ever you think there's nothing to the Middle East but terrorism, this will quickly correct that. This showcases it's rich, interesting history and culture and give you a better appreciation for the region! It'd highly recommend it!

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,631

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Should be required listening

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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: 09-02-17

This book promises a rudimentary understanding of astrophysics and it delivers perfectly. Admittedly I didn't know a whole lot about astrophysics to begin but now I'd say I have a basic understanding. If you're looking to become a rocket scientist overnight, that probably won't happen with this but you'll certainly get a good foundation. I'd highly recommend it!

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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,426

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

The Best Star Wars EU novel ever.

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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: 08-31-17

This is very easily the best novel of Star Wars lore I've ever read, and that's not a short list. It's so well researched in the lore, making numerous mentions to events in other stories without a single continuity error.

Plagueis is a fascinating character as is the story of his training of Sidious and the role both played in the events leading up to the rise of the empire. I'm convinced if James Luceno wrote Episode I, it would've been amazing. Trust me when I say, reading this book and watching it again makes the movie a thousand times more bearable!

I cannot oversell this book to any Star Wars fan!

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