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  • How to Identify, Prevent, and Report Sexual Harassment

  • By: Trevor Clinger
  • Narrated by: Sarah Yurkovich
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

This short audiobook reviews the basic forms of sexual harassment and explains how one should go about preventing sexual harassment in a professional manner. This book also goes deep into detail on how to report sexual harassment, which is the step that is mostly forgotten in the business world. Sexual harassment is not something to deal with lightly, and this book will explain why.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worse than I could imagine.

  • By Bookworm on 04-04-18

Worse than I could imagine.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I have finally found the worst book on Audible.

The reader sounds like she dictated it through a potato. She mispronounces key words “quit pro quo,” she rushes through the read, her words are garbled, the sound is tinny, and it sounds like she’s reading a high school paper on the topic.

Setting aside the performance, the book is legally wrong on so many levels. They just got information off the internet and tried to make it sound like it was an analysis. I’m an attorney who is giving a seminar on the topic so I decided to listen to this to give me ideas that I might have missed. I was cringing within 2 minutes.

At least I didn’t pay more than $3.

Seriously. Do not waste your money on this.

  • Relentless Spirit

  • The Unconventional Raising of a Champion
  • By: Missy Franklin, D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin, and others
  • Narrated by: D.A. Franklin, Dick Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In Relentless Spirit, Missy and her parents, D.A. and Dick Franklin, share the story of how Missy became the athlete she is today, a six-time Olympic medalist, five of them gold. Since her Olympic debut in London's 2012 games - when Missy was just 17 - people who have met the Franklins or seen them on TV have wondered what it was like to raise such a champion. What was the training like? How did Missy handle school? How did the family find the right facilities, coaches, and support network?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More accurate title: My Perfect Life

  • By Bookworm on 05-13-17

More accurate title: My Perfect Life

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Parts of the book are really good but parts of it are annoying.

The Good: I enjoyed listening about her dedication to the sport and her back problems which led to a disappointing Olympics games in Rio.

The Bad: She really had a blessed life – parents who love and support her, no issues regarding money and ability to train with the best coaches, natural swimming talent, tons of friends, popular, smart, etc. While that is wonderful for her, it doesn’t make that interesting of a story. It’s hard to relate to someone who had the perfect life and no problems to overcome. Her biggest complaint was that her back injury prevented her from getting a medal in an individual event in the Olympics. Uhhhh …. ok. Not really a struggle by any definition. Towards the end of the book, there was too much God this, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to hear more what the Olympics was like, but London was told from her parents’ perspective. She wrote that she was not going to talk about London because everyone heard about it already. How dumb to leave out the most interesting part of your life in an autobiography. The parents’ biggest complaint was that their FREE seats to watch the Olympics were nosebleeds. But don’t worry, this was resolved when the owner of a sport team upgraded them to front rows. This family must live in the most pristine world ever where there are absolutely no real problems. Another part that was contrived is at the very end where she says her favorite thing to do is to visit cancer patients in the hospital. Yet, she makes no mention of doing anything like that in the first 99% of the book. I wasn’t a fan of the side whispers, “by now you know I love puns” and dropping the article “the” in sentences. So instead of “The best part of swimming…” it read as “Best part of swimming…”

The book is ok, but not great.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Extra Mile

  • One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness
  • By: Pam Reed
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152

One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance running history when she braved the hottest weather in years - 135 degrees - to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States' tallest point?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, entertaining, and inspiring

  • By Mark on 03-25-15

Amazing athlete

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I liked reading about her running career but in general the book was very shallow. Example - she talked about her anorexia, how she went to a "retreat" and was cured immediately because she didn't want to be as bad as the other people with disorders. Ok - that was fast. I didn't realize that curing an eating disorder was so easy. (Sarcasm)

In the beginning of the book, she boasts about being "crazy" for running so much and then in the end, she says she wants people to know that runners are just runners. So why perpetuate the myth that only crazy people run long distances?

I know she has mom guilt but I didn't think it was necessary to be in this book.

The book would have been better if she had provided more details about her races and mentally, how she accomplished her goals. I definitely wanted to know more about this legend who should be known all over the world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fight

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

In 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, two African American boxers were paid five million dollars apiece to fight each other. One was Muhammad Ali, the aging but irrepressible "professor of boxing." The other was George Foreman, who was as taciturn as Ali was voluble. Observing them was Norman Mailer, a commentator of unparalleled energy, acumen, and audacity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator refers to himself in 3rd person.

  • By Katie on 08-01-18

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

I couldn't even finish this book because the author comes across as such an arrogant jackass.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Burma Spring

  • Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation
  • By: Rena Pederson
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release from 15 years of house arrest, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The Burma Spring also reveals the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, as well as how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting modern history of Burma

  • By Bookworm on 09-04-15

Interesting modern history of Burma

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-15

This book discusses the modern history of Burma - from the British occupation, the deal made with the Japanese in WWII, Aung San's father's rise to power, his death and how Aung San became the voice of the Burmese people. The good stuff is in the middle when it discusses the history. The beginning of the book makes Aung San into a saint and sounds like pure propaganda. She didn't have any inner conflict about this role? The book basically makes it sound like her shit doesn't stink. I didn't like the person reading the book. She spoke in a robotic staccato voice, with a fake soft British accent for Aung San. I put the book on 1.5 speed just to get the reader to move more quickly.

I learned a lot from this book and it is especially relevant to current times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism

  • By: Malcolm David Eckel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Malcolm David Eckel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, But So Glad There Is No Final Exam!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-18-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

The author is exactly what every college professor should aim to be - passionate about his subject, knowledge, funny, and interesting to listen to. He goes through the basic tenets of Buddhism and discussed the different types. He even have great reading suggestions. I very much enjoyed learning about a subject that is not well understood in western culture.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 50/50

  • Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days - and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!
  • By: Dean Karnazes, Matt Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Dean Karnazes
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

In the Fall of 2006, Dean Karnazes, known as "the Lance Armstrong of the running world", took on the ultimate challenge: running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. Dean set off in a caravan packed with fellow runners, with nothing more than a roadmap and a determination that defied all physical limitations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to run to.

  • By Amos on 07-02-12

Another great book

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

I will read anything by Dean Karnazes because he is such a humble amazing athlete. This book briefly describes each of the 50 marathons that he did in 50 days in 50 states. It was fascinating to hear how the races evolved and what lessons he learned from each race. I can't even imagine being this talented of an athlete.

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

  • By D on 12-27-04

Not feeling it

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

This book gets such consistently high reviews from critics and people but I just didn't get it. It was painful to get to the next chapter because everything was so slow, disjointed, and lacked organization. I just wanted him to get to the point. I think it helps if you buy into the whole yogi magic thing from the beginning because it is hard for a skeptic to believe these things really happened - people turning invisible and appearing out of nowhere, people never eating, etc. I found myself frustrated with the feeling that the yogis were just wasting their life sitting in a room meditating. Great if it makes them one with god or whatever, but so what? I would be much more impressed if they put their efforts into helping others and being of service to those who need it.

I have no doubt that people who are way into the book, the teachings, and this yogi will get all defensive and go on the attack and say I didn't understand it, that I didn't read the book, and the other criticisms when they don't like the reviews. (I read some of the critical comments on the negative reviews - boy are these people defensive.) Book reviews are personal - either we like the book or we don't. The fact that that I didn't like this book has no effect on you - you can continue to like it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting

  • By: Ed Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Ed Asner, Carl Lumbly, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

On a spring day in 1947, Mr. Rickey, the powerful General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, summons heavyweight champion Joe Louis, tap star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and actor Paul Robeson to his hotel room in Manhattan. Rickey wants their support when he taps Jackie Robinson to be the Major League's first black ballplayer. But a power struggle ensues when the eloquent Robeson raises questions about Rickey's motivations to integrate white baseball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Vernon on 02-07-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Great story, really good acting, touching ending. I never thought about how integration would hurt the Negro leagues. Paul was annoying but he had some good points to consider.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,649

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Almost unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

The story of a trip to the South Pole that ended in disaster. The struggles the people had to go through just to survive are amazing. The book was so fascinating, I bought the hardcover for my dad.