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  • Creating a New You

  • By: Christine Sherborne
  • Narrated by: Billy Squire
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

In this recording, you will discover how to become the person you want to be. If you want to become more successful, have more ambition or become a more active person, you can start creating the new individual you desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely paced and Positive

  • By Anonymous User on 03-20-18

nice way to relax

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

I enjoy listening to chapter 2 on a regular basis. it helps me relax at night.

  • Once upon a Time in Russia

  • The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

The best-selling author of Bringing Down the House (63 weeks on the New York Times best seller list and the basis for the hit movie 21) and The Accidental Billionaires (the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network) delivers an epic drama of wealth, rivalry, and betrayal among megawealthy Russian oligarchs - and its international repercussions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oligarchs, Operatives, Explosives & Intrigue!

  • By Michael J Canning on 07-26-16

Great Story of the life of a Russian oligarch

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. At times it was hard to stop listening.
I did glean a few important insights of Russia's recent history and how these oligarchs obtained their wealth.
Towards the end of the book I had to cheat and Google what happened to Boris. haha

  • Winter Is Coming

  • Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
  • By: Garry Kasparov
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

The ascension of Vladimir Putin - a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB - to the presidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years - as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him - Putin has grown into not only a dictator but a global threat. With his vast resources and nuclear weapons, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • skip the first chapter (the intro read by Garry)

  • By I am No Expert on 10-19-16

A Must Listen Story by a Famous Russian

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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: 11-05-15

This is a great wake up call to what is happening in Russia today. It is very good perspective to the events of the past 2 decades and contrary to nearly everything you hear or read in our mainstream media.
Kasparov puts everything in perspective having lived in Russia through some very turbulent times.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,129

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes

  • By Jonnie on 11-08-10

Hard to stop listening to this one

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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: 08-11-12

I've always been intrigued by WW II. This book provides an excellent narrative using an inside view but mostly based on the journals and documents of those that were part of Hitler's inner circle. I highly recommend this book to all.

Some parts are very disturbing, but we should never close our eyes to the bad side of human nature. The scary part is to think that it happened only seventy or so years ago.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Apart

  • The State of White America, 1960–2010
  • By: Charles Murray
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better read

  • By cati on 07-18-16

great insights to today's culture wars

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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: 06-30-12

Murray uses statistics from 1960 to 2010 as a basis for his arguments as to how our society has become fragmented into the haves and the have nots. This could be a dry oration on statistics, but it is artfully woven into a captivating story.
I would rank this as one of the best books to read if you want to understand the cultural changes that have occurred over the past 50 years.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,114

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Lest we forget how fragile we are..."

  • By ESK on 02-23-13

interesting case studies

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

Interesting case studies are presented, but I would have preferred to hear a little more in depth input on the theories of what caused these abnormalities and what malfunctioned in the brain. The collection of stories and cases studies seemed to be rather disconnected to one another. It might have been a better read had they focused on only one aspect of brain malfunction and dove deeper into the symptoms and cause.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockwork Universe

  • Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
  • By: Edward Dolnick
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627

The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calculus Ergo Modernity

  • By Nelson Alexander on 07-09-11

great historical science reference

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

This is a great read to give you a new perspective of the history of science and math. I really appreciated the insight into what it was like in the 1600's and how these men came to enlighten all.

  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,895

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy makes sense

  • By Alexandra on 02-11-14

Good info if you're ready to change

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-11

I found it interesting to note that a lot of what he is saying here is the way I've lived my life for 30 years. I concur w/ Ramsey and what he is saying about wealth building. I got the book in hopes that I might know what it is about to encourage others to follow the same path.
Some of his claims are over-rated and rely on averages that just haven't panned out over the past 10 years, but otherwise the principles are sound.

  • Good to Great

  • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,519

Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Requires Revision

  • By Bryden on 01-18-15

Not just for your business

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

Reviewed: 11-05-11

I found this a very interesting book that I could apply the principles to my work as a first line manager and in my personal life. I found that some of the things he was talking about for the comparative companies was how I was operating in my job and in my life. I can already see differences in performance in my department just my implementing a few basic ideas from this book.

The author narrates this book. In that he sort of lectures but clearly interjects and adds commentary beyond the content of the book.

  • Never Fear Cancer Again

  • How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer
  • By: Raymond Francis MSc
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Most cancer research dollars have been wasted asking the wrong questions, looking in the wrong places, and using the same failed approaches while expecting different results. Conventional cancer treatments damage health, cause new cancers, lower the quality of life, and decrease the chances of survival. In fact, most people who die from cancer are not dying from cancer but from their treatments!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • By H.A. MORAN on 01-27-15

ramble ramble and repeat

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-11

I'm rating this w/ 2 stars only due to some good information sprinkled throughout a repetitious ramble. Raymond Francis repeats himself over and over again. I wonder if this book was written by multiple people that never compared notes nor read the final product. I wish I had counted how many times he told me that sugar and processed oil are bad for me.

Did Francis have a quota for the number of pages he had to write? This could easily have been consolidated into about 1/4 the space.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful