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Marc L. Mintz

Albuquerque, NM
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  • A Course in Miracles Made Easy

  • Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love
  • By: Alan Cohen
  • Narrated by: Alan Cohen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) - the self-study spiritual-thought system that teaches the way to love and forgiveness - has captivated the minds and captured the hearts of millions of people. Delivering inner peace where fear and pain once prevailed, its universal message is unsurpassed in its power to heal. Yet many students report that they have difficulty grasping the principles or keeping up with the lessons. So even while they yearn for the spiritual freedom the course offers, they put the book aside, hoping to get to it one day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen

  • By Kimberly on 10-07-17

7 hour ad for the course

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I think if I were six years old this would have felt less condescending and wasteful of my time. Bought by mistake instead of the whole course.

  • The Woman Who Walked In Sunshine

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, so slow in fact that for the first time in her estimable career Precious Ramotswe has reluctantly agreed to take a holiday. The promise of a week of uninterrupted peace is short-lived, however, when she meets a young boy named Samuel, a troublemaker who is himself in some trouble. Once she learns more about Samuel's sad story, Mma Ramotswe feels compelled to step in and help him find his way out of a bad situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The busiest vacation ever

  • By Pamela J on 01-15-16

Lovely book in this series

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Touching and satisfying. Love the care with which each character is presented. The reading is excellent.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,610
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,445

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

More tech detail than film

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Enjoyed the problem solving and humor. The Hollywood version did a good job of moving things along and adding interest to the supporting characters. The book takes more concentration to understand. Overall, worth the effort.

  • My Name Is Lucy Barton

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,889

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Because we all love imperfectly.

  • By Bonny on 01-15-16

Thoughtful memoir type novel

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

The likeable narrator voice of this novel makes it a very good listening experience. It is a quiet deeply thoughtful story of a woman recalling her life, with most of the focus on what she thought and felt as she lay for 9 weeks in a hospital bed, lonely and fearing she might die.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,937

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Entertaining thriller

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Engrossing ominous story centered on a less than perfect woman. Best for for a long unexciting drive. Not a bedtime story:)

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,443

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Touching

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This is the true memoir of a dying physician. Who also was a very talented and empathetic writer. It makes you feel for him and regret that we have lost such a gifted doctor with so much to offer still.

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

  • By Laura on 08-23-10

Informative

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Although Hitchens had an exciting life
I found myself tuning out mentally. deep ponderous enunciation just did not keep me involved.

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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,481

This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good info just not suited for audio

  • By Colin on 03-17-15

Business 101 as Taught by a Snake-Oil Salesman

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-10

Timothy Ferriss makes some startling claims in the book, not only about how to game your work life, but about his own accomplishments as well. He lays claim a couple times to being a champion martial artist. However, as I understand the researchable facts, there is no public record of him being a champion, or anything else. He claims to lecture at Princeton University. The reality is that he does a guest lecture for one class once a semester, and is not listed at Princeton as a lecturer. He also claims to have become wealthy by starting and running his own company that marketed a health drink that purports to improve brain function. Of course there is no scientific research to back up the claim, no FDA approval, nor any evidence that the product is anything but one of thousands of such “promise everything, do nothing” snake-oils that have made many unethical marketeers wealthy over the centuries.

With this as a backdrop, should I or you want to take business advice from this man? Surprisingly, the answer may be “yes”.

The reason is that Timothy is, if nothing else, a master gamer. He studies the rules of the game, finds its weaknesses, and like the very smart rat in a maze, he crawls over or tunnels under the barriers to get to the prize before anyone else. If one can utilize this strategy without a breach of ethics, I count that as working smarter, not harder!

This is my view of the heart of his work. Can you get away with only working 4 hours a week at your job? Not unless you are a master snake-oil salesperson. Can you get far more accomplished in far less time? Absolutely, and I’m convinced anyone reading this book will find at least a few treasures they can take back to the job to make themselves and the organization better, smarter, and more effective.

Marc Mintz, ACHDS, ACSP, ACTC
CIO and Senior IT Consultant
The MacXperts

68 of 99 people found this review helpful

  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • By: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,757

In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do one thing exceptionally

  • By Ben on 09-07-10

Delivering Spin

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-10

Delivering Happiness is part brief autobiography, part “here are my brilliant ideas for how to conceive, start, and run a business”. He is more strongly oriented towards creating a corporate culture than any other business guru, and presents interesting ideas for how to create that culture. However, I’ve got a problem with Tony and the book - proof (or at least viable evidence) and replication. Tony was at the right place at the right time once and pretty much by accident made millions in the process. Out of boredom he joined what was to become Zappos. 10 years later he has made Zappos the largest online store specializing in footwear, with sales over $1B per year. But Zappos has always been on the verge of failure and is completely dependent on an ongoing 100 million dollar line of credit with their banks. This tells me that they have less than $1M (less than 10%) in profit. This would not be considered a successful situation for any business. For all of the hype about how brilliant Tony is, he hasn’t proved that culture is the key to business success. I wish he had–I’m a huge believer in developing corporate culture, one based on integrity, contribution, and “doing what is right”. He as not demonstrated that if you build the right culture the profits will follow. He has not demonstrated anything except that he was successful at making money by accident one time in his life, and his Zappos isn’t it. More disappointing is he discusses the dozens, possibly over a hundred other companies he helped start, most of which failed, none of which had more than marginal success. So like most of the other business gurus, he provides no proof or evidence of his ideas, and has not been able to replicate his one (apparently accidental) success. Not someone I would consider a viable role model, leader, or even teacher.

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