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  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,157

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

Listen to a sample

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

There aren’t many books that I cannot listen too, but this narrator’s style is too soft and slurred- so much so that I couldn’t finish this book. I can’t rate the content, because I didn’t make it that far. I highly recommend sampling the audio before committing to the download.

  • Rogue World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 7
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,968
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,648

The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I kept thinking about his Toes

  • By Don Gilbert on 07-08-17

Best in the series yet!

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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: 09-21-17

A real home run! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 163,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,346

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

A must read!

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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: 04-16-14

What did you love best about The Martian?

I have recommended this book to EVERYONE I know, and I usually keep my recommendations to just my closest friends that also read or listen to audiobooks. The narration made this book even better! Don't pass this one up. Be careful that long reviews could give away peices of the story (I like to be completely surprised and it's worth it on this on!!)

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense

  • The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471

Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first

  • By Stephen on 06-10-09

Excellent Book; Excellent Reader

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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: 11-21-13

Any additional comments?

Great book! I really enjoyed the vast spread of material covered in this book. I listen on my drive into work, and I wanted to keep listening after my arrival.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,132

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Full of interesting research on Outliers

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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: 08-20-13

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This book was great. The author presented some extensive research into the backgrounds of those in society that are generally recognized as prodigies or outliers. The author presents some very interesting premises that left me thinking about the concepts all day long. I believe this author's work has been referenced in a recent television series Modern Family where one of the characters said, "I read somewhere that it take 10,000 hours to become an professional."

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Plex

  • How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
  • By: Steven Levy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok for me

  • By Everyday Mom on 04-23-11

Have you googled it?

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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: 08-20-13

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Very interesting book. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in knowing more about Google, how the company came about, and what they have been up to lately. This book was very interesting. I didn't want to stop listening when I arrived at work. Well written and well read.

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

  • A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert
  • By: John M.; Nan Gottman; Silver
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making marriage work. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples to focus on one another and pay attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for someone too busy to read... but

  • By A. S. on 08-20-13

Great for someone too busy to read... but

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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: 08-20-13

What made the experience of listening to The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work the most enjoyable?

I absolutely loved this book and all the concepts the author presented. I first heard about this professor in the book "Brain Rules," where Dr. Gottman was referenced for his extensive marital research and ability to predict divorce with astounding accuracy. I enjoyed this book very much. I have one comment to add about the audiobook version-- the book is more like a workbook, and the lists in the book can get boring hearing them read to you.

43 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Beer School

  • Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery
  • By: Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
  • Narrated by: Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Is this a book for beer aficionados or business enthusiasts? Both, and it's as refreshing as a cold brew. In Beer School, authors and entrepreneurs Steve Hindy and Tom Potter share the improbable saga of Brooklyn Brewery, the company they grew from a home-brew hobby into a multimillion-dollar business - all in the most competitive beer market in the United States.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narrator

  • By Chris - Audible on 10-14-11

Entrepreneurs' Success Story

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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: 04-26-13

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Growing up with parents that own a small company, I found the Steve and Tom's book to be a strangely familiar story of their journey to create a successful business. They tell the story of their start up beer brewing company from start to finish. At the beginning of the book they tell you that you may want to start you own business after reading this book. I was much more unsure about starting a business after reading about their adventure of ups and downs. I recommend any person interested in the beer business or business in general to read.

  • Driven

  • How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices
  • By: Paul R. Lawrence, Nitin Nohria
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

Two Harvard Business School professors synthesize 200 years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a new theory, a unified synthesis of human nature. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior - the workplace - and from their work they produce a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like reading a research paper

  • By A. S. on 04-26-13

Like reading a research paper

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

Any additional comments?

I recommend the first half of the book as a great read/listen. The second half of the book is written in an almost formal research paper style. The authors try to apply the concepts broadly to business. The business ideas are much to vague to have the meaningful impact that the first portion gives. The book presents a hypothesis that four drive are genetically present in most of the human population. I thought it was very overall an interesting read. If you like "brain books," I suggest "Brain Rules" as another good read in this category.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Share of the Task

  • A Memoir
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal
  • Narrated by: Kevin Collins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete ending

  • By Jfadams on 04-23-13

Impressive Pronunciation

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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: 03-07-13

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As an Afghan war veteran, stationed in RC East when missions like Barge Matal was executed, in addition to the loss of COP Keating, I greatly appreciated the reader's obvious study of the correct pronunciation of all the locations. I found that Gen McChrystal's account filled in the gaps and explained in detail all of the missing details. I have great appreciation for one of our nation's heroes. I highly recommend this book for any future leader or historian wanting an accurate account of both the Iraq and Afghan wars with the perspective that only the commander could offer.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful