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  • How to Change Your Mind

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,692
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,423

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Wow!!

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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: 06-19-18

All I can say is wow!!! The book covers so Many topics including history, philosophy, pharmacology and psychology. It is a wonderful book and I give it my highest rating.

  • Troublemakers

  • Silicon Valley's Coming of Age
  • By: Leslie Berlin
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans say they cannot live without their cell phones, Troublemakers reveals the untold story of how we got here. This is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. Together they worked across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so they changed the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not allow text-to-speech on Audible

  • By Louis-Eric Simard on 11-28-17

Great history of a brief period

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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: 12-01-17

Great history of a brief period of time that led to today's high tech industry. Very enjoyable!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Passport

  • Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite
  • By: Duff McDonald
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

With The Firm, financial journalist Duff McDonald pulled back the curtain on consulting giant McKinsey & Company. In The Golden Passport, he reveals the inner workings of a singular nexus of power, ambition, and influence: Harvard Business School. Harvard University occupies a unique place in the public's imagination, but HBS has arguably eclipsed its parent in terms of its influence on modern society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • why hbs is the worst idea of all time

  • By Andy on 05-20-17

Excellent presentation

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Excellent presentation of the authors thesis. Unfortunately the bookdoes seem to get bogged down in too many specifics regarding hiring and firing and the coming and going's of the faculty and alumni. I still recommend it however I can't give it five stars.

  • 4 3 2 1

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 37 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much detail.

  • By Jax on 03-03-17

A tour de force

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This book requires some serious investment in time and thought but oh what a return on that investment. I was sucked into the four lives of Ferguson. Loved it!

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Very Expensive Poison

  • The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died 22 days later. The cause of death? Polonium - a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I gave it a chance

  • By Nadifmg on 10-17-17

Tries to bite off more than it should

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Fascinating story about Putin's many criminal enterprises including murder. Incredibly well researched but seems to ramble on about the minutia of his investigations. The book could have been about a third shorter. Author should have limited this book to the well documented crimes committed by Putin and his gang. He should have devoted his next book to the geopolitical actions.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fleet at Flood Tide

  • America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

One of America's preeminent military historians, James D. Hornfischer has written his most expansive and ambitious book to date. Drawing on new primary sources and personal accounts of Americans and Japanese alike, here is a thrilling narrative of the climactic end stage of the Pacific War, focusing on the US invasion of the Mariana Islands in June 1944 and the momentous events that it triggered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding history

  • By adam on 11-27-16

Outstanding history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-16

An excellent and comprehensive history of some of the most brutal conflict this country has ever know. A marvelous biography of two well known figures (Spruance and Tibbets) and two lesser known Naval heroes (Kaufman and Turner). I highly recommend.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

Hysterical

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-22-16

Absolutely Hysterical!! Hiaasen at his best. If you have ever spent any time in the keys you will recognize so many characters and situations. Enjoy!

  • Disrupted

  • My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble
  • By: Dan Lyons
  • Narrated by: Dan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466

For 25 years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession - until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't drink the Kool Aid

  • By Margaret on 07-03-16

Funny but worrisome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-16

An entertaining but worrisome account of the startup world and a potential for another internet bubble. Also is an interesting description of the the generational shift in business. The end sounds a little paranoid but all in all a really good listen.

  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.

  • By John J. on 05-21-17

Good story a little too technical

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Story is exciting early on when discussing the start up world. The discussions of Facebook office politics is also interesting. Unfortunately he did lose me when describing the technical aspect of advertising exchanges. Overall a worthwhile listen just to get an understanding about the culture that exists around Silicon Valley.

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,790
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,793

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

What a ride through the Cold War

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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: 07-15-16

Spy Fiction the way it used to be. Plot development and character interactions. Plenty of action, but not all conflict is resolved just by killing (although there is plenty of that). The length does require some time investment. It is well worth it. The only complaint is, there maybe just a little too much sappy dialogue between lovers.
The narration was excellent.
Highly recommended if you have the time.