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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,439
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,119

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midlife crisis in the white house

  • By Kingsley on 11-02-18

Refreshingly uplifting

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Short, positive, creative and funny. Listening to this non-formula story brought a smile to my face

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

  • By: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Narrated by: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,692
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,660

"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly what you would expect from Ellen

  • By R. Strauss on 12-19-11

Relief

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Even though Ellen wrote this in 2011 I selected it now in 2018 because I needed something to pull me out of the negative depressing scary reality that’s part of our current condition in the United States.

For the time I spent listening to Ellen I was happy and my spirits were lifted.

  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear - a struggle that continues even now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He takes the long view, displays pattern,Hopeful

  • By zachary on 07-04-18

Read and think

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

That’s one of the key messages I came away with. Knowledge and analysis is another way of paraphrasing the message. However Jon says there is one needed third step: do something.....get involved in our democracy.

This book should be required reading for every student and for every America.


  • Influence

  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,173

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dated but relevant

  • By Rosanne on 12-10-17

Dated but relevant

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Although this was written 20 or 30 years ago the underlying information is relevant more so now than ever. I thought the book was a bit too long and the points being made could have been done more concisely; however it was still a valuable use of my time to listen to the entire book.

The only slightly annoying aspect of listening to the reader was hearing his inhalation of breath before speaking. He has a very good voice and his narration was pleasant; but I found his frequent intakes of breath a bit annoying.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was not so persuaded

  • By Ryan R. Wixom on 02-13-18

Informative and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

He provided great insights about the power of persuasion and emotional decision making. However I found it lacking and disappointing that he never mentioned character or ethics or morality. He claimed that his reason for supporting the guy was because of financial benefit for himself and a feeling of revenge toward those who attacked him. He never talked about altruism or higher motivation beyond money and power and revenge. Sad

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

Unbelievably excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Katy did an unbelievably outstanding job recounting the disaster that happened to our country in donny’s election

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

  • Tales from the Pentagon
  • By: Rosa Brooks
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Rosa Brooks - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Once, war was a temporary state of affairs - a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today America's wars are everywhere and forever: Our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today military personnel don't just "kill people and break stuff". Instead they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, build Ebola isolation wards, eavesdrop on electronic communications, develop soap operas, and patrol for pirates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Read for Military and other Govt Leaders

  • By bettsgjb on 10-06-16

Tenor of the reader’s voice

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I was distracted and then aggravated by the way the reader read the story. Her voice and the way she used inflection would have fit a romance novel or mystery far better than a book about military issues. Her voice often trailed off at the end of phrases to a whisper and it was hard to understand what she was saying. Another thing that I found very distracting was the spittle in her mouth. It sounded like she had to swallow or spit as I could almost hear the bubbling coming from her lips

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,668

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

A must read

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Even though I was a Hillary supporter, I found myself questioning various things. Now I understand how my skepticism emerged. I learned so much about what REALLY happened.
This is a must read regardless of whether or not one is a Hillary fan

7 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

Best book I've read in years

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

I can't stop thinking about some of the information in this outstanding book. I wish it were required reading for everyone but in particular for our senior elected officials.

I bought the paper copy of the book so I could go back over some of the information and highlight some of the key lessons of our history of violence as well as what can be done to further decrease it.

  • Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight. This special 10th anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Listeners will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again...or for the very first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the altered storyline

  • By Holly H. on 10-13-15

Enjoyed it almost as much the second time

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

The male version in the first part, wasn't as enjoyable, perhaps because I was used to the female character, Bella. But I liked the different ending for Bo. I did like the newly added details in the retelling of the original story for Bella.