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  • The Magic of Thinking Big

  • By: David Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,369

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives through the timeless advice David Schwartz offers in The Magic of Thinking Big. In this best-selling audiobook, Schwartz proves you don't need innate talent to become successful, but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously probably the most impactful book I have ever read!

  • By Peter on 02-20-16

Okay - I couldn't get past how old it was

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Very general information, most useful stuff was the questions to ask yourself. The biggest issue for me was getting over the way out of date references. This book was clearly made decades ago with a mindset from decades ago. If you're a women, be prepared for sexist examples throughout. If this has been updated to be more modern than I wouldn't have been distracted so much by the examples. The only saving grace was how really general they are.

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  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,115

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Billy G. Gruff on 05-14-16

Strong start but weak finish

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

The book was okay. It had promise when I started it but I did not learn a lot of new stuff past the first chapter. The examples seemed to degrade in quality as well and I found myself disappointed by the end. It was still useful if you know nothing on the subject but I think I was expecting something with more information to learn from.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,708

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Great performance, very basic story

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

I really enjoyed the voice performance, that was the best part of this audio book. The story isn't horrible, it just isn't good either. If you're a male computer nerd you may enjoy it more than others. Even though I consider myself one, I didn't enjoy it more. The light hearted behavior of all the characters made getting invested with anything in the story very difficult. There are no big reveals, surprises, or moments that make you think. This book is just a light hearted story without explanation or great detail of anything. I don't feel it is a necessary read.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,485

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Six stars

  • By mark harris on 12-24-16

One of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

I love science and history and this book includes both. It was extremely well written, flowing through all subjects, diverting, returning, and taking you from the start to the end in such a smooth way. For the very broad subject matter it does an amazing job giving you enough of each subject to grow your curiosity while teaching you something. Read this book. It is worth it.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,958

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Entertaining, but nothing new for Sci-FI fans

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

I'm trying to be honest with myself on how I felt about this book. I enjoyed it, and listened through practically the whole thing in one sitting, but throughout the entire story I kept thinking how it just seemed to be a repeat of every science fiction plot that has taken place before. The funny thing is, the plot does this on purpose in a way, to sort of become a meta look upon itself and the genre, but there isn't a payout that elevates things to a new level in the end. Instead it just ends rather anti-climatically with one of the biggest science fiction stereotypes there is. Which I found a predictable disappointment. Only because it was the most obvious way to finish. Really what this book relies big on (similar to ready player one) is nostalgia. Nostalgia is good enough to keep me reading, but in the end when I reflect, it isn't enough to make me think it was a great read. Will Wheaton nailed it with the narration tho. Kudos to him.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,278

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Buy this audio book NOW. Simply awesome.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I mean a LOT (lately it is 1 or so a day). This has been my favorite so far this year. It has everything that makes an amazing story and the performance by the narrator does a great job as well. I cannot think of anything to detract from the rating, it was that good. Give this a listen you will not regret it.

  • Future Crimes

  • Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you - and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book for all of us to help protect us

  • By Sandeep on 10-12-15

If you love tech and security then this is the book for you

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

A great listen with the perfect narrator that brings out the serious and worrying tone from the pages to your mind. Only downer for me was that I wished some topics were talked about in even more depth, but that would nearly double this already lengthy book.

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  • How to Speak Money

  • What the Money People Say - and What It Really Means
  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 216

How to Speak Money reveals how the language of money is often a tool to conceal and mislead; he explains hundreds of common economic terms, from GDP to the IMF, amortization to securitization to collateralized debt obligation; and he argues that we all need to speak money lest those who do write the financial rules for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broker! I hardly hedged her.

  • By James on 03-02-15

Decent educational listen, but...

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

The book is driven towards European audiences. Although many of the terms defined are not country specific, many of the examples given are European focused. More then likely the type of people reading this book are going to be aware of European events, but for some they may find references to not really help. Enjoyable listen none the less.

  • Agent Storm

  • By: Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, Tim Lister
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762

Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, named his son Osama, and became close friends with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born terrorist cleric. But after a decade of Jihadi life, he not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely interesting and revealing

  • By Michalis Petrou on 11-14-14

Great listen even if you're not into spy stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

This was very fun to listen to while also being educational. I learned a lot I didn't know about how the these different terrorism organizations worked and the intelligence service work done to fight against them. I tried to listen and take the info with a grain of salt, although most of it is likely true, these sort of stories can easily include embellishments with no real way of knowing. One nagging thing for me was how quickly Storm went from believer to spy. I wasn't sold that simply a crisis of identity alone would cause that sort of change, but who knows...

  • The Time Machine

  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

The time traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700. He finds Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground. As the conflict between them surfaces, the time traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Bruce on 12-14-10

Quick listen and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

I don't know why I never read The Time Machine until now, it may have been due to that horrific movie version released years back, it put me off from thinking the story was any good, but I found an instantly enjoyment of this book. The scientific theorizing that occurs in the opening conversation drew my interest right in and before I knew it I was over halfway complete. It was a quick listen overall and a good piece of classic scifi literature and the tale as if from a scientific observer was unique compared to other modern scifi reads