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  • Eaters of the Dead

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs - the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness...their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-17

Enjoyable enough to finish, but movie wins

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

The movie (13th Warrior) was the concise version that this should have been. It's a good book, but long for what it was. The movie really is the book, same story, events, drama, but less wordy. Interesting experiment in treating this as an academic analysis of a first hand account from long ago, but it just didn't work for me and often distracted from the pace of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pinocchio

  • By: Carlo Collodi
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 27

Pinocchio, in Carlo Collodi's original version, is an adventure-filled, menacing fairy tale with a moral. Made by the woodcarver Geppetto, the puppet Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real child. But his unrestrained curiosity, dishonesty, and selfishness put him in constant peril.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stolen from LibriVox

  • By OrangeCounty on 08-06-18

Stolen from LibriVox

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This company just downloaded Mark F. Smith's free reading from LibriVox and uploaded it to Audible. This is missing, at least, one chapter and there's even a moment later in the book that they didn't edit out the LibriVox announcement.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956

Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected!

  • By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

Shocking, intriguing, thrilling, and interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

When I first began listening, I thought I may want to try freediving - then he described a competition he attended and the blackouts, noses/mouths gushing blood, and occasional deaths. The book alternates between what freediving is and the science it can support. Some research, whale and dolphin expeditions he joins, for example, can only be done by freedivers without noisy/clunky SCUBA equipment. I learned a lot about ocean life, science, biology, and the culture of freediving from pearl divers to competitions.

  • Rejection Proof

  • How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
  • By: Jia Jiang
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704

Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. Despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed and spiraled into a period of deep self-doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Waste A Rejection!

  • By Gillian on 05-30-16

1st half story, 2nd half useful

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

It's a good book. I found his story of confronting rejection fairly interesting, though a bit long. The real value of the book lies in the last half where he explains what he's learned. You'll find some great insight on interacting with people, taking chances, making sales, negotiating and life in general.

  • The 80/20 Principle

  • The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less
  • By: Richard Koch
  • Narrated by: Richard Koch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Find your "critical 20%" and transform your time - and life - forever! The 80/20 principle - also known as the Pareto principle - is the well-verified observation that in business, economics, and life generally, about 80 percent of all results flow from a mere 20 percent of our efforts. In this thought-provoking and highly informative program, Richard Koch unveils the secrets to how this mysterious but practical principle actually works... how it is affecting your life right now... and how you can start using it to your advantage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simplicity

  • By Isaac on 03-06-15

Start at chapter 4

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

The first 3 chapters just restate the 80/20 principle in dozens of different ways. The rest of the book has plenty of great stuff but it's buried in so much needless discussion. An abridged version would be perfect; this was too drawn out and unnecessarily verbose.

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Comprehensive and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This book provides a superb back ground of genetics history. Anyone involved with the field already knows much of what is covered but the author brings it together in a great chronological fashion with insightful commentary of the future of genetic research.

  • The Miracle Morning

  • The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life - Before 8AM
  • By: Hal Elrod
  • Narrated by: Rob Actis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,375

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any - or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any - or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great program, AWFUL book

  • By Jessica on 05-31-13

Just find a morning routine that works for you

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

What disappointed you about The Miracle Morning?

Little really useful and actionable info and the tone was a bit arrogant. If you've heard Hal interviewed about this book, you've heard all you need. Basically, just try to find a few things you can do in the morning that make you feel productive before you start your day. That's the big take-away: Be productive in the morning and you'll be happier. It's true and this book gives some good ideas on how to do it, but that info could fit on a single page.

Any additional comments?

Listen to Hal Elrod's interview with Pat Flynn on the Smart Passive Income podcast - you'll get all the useful stuff from this book, save time, and enjoy it more.

  • Siddhartha

  • By: Hermann Hesse, Gunther Olesch - translator, Anke Dreher - translator, and others
  • Narrated by: David Cross
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

In Siddhartha, Herman Hesse conveys a very profound message for all those who seek meaning in their lives. Though set in India, the concerns of Siddhartha are universal, expressing Hesse's general interest in the conflict between mind, body, and spirit. It is a story of a Brahmin boy who follows his heart and ventures out into the world to experience life as a pious Brahmin, a Samana, a rich merchant, a lover, and ordinary ferryman to a father - each life bringing a new awakening, bringing him closer to the truth until he is finally one with Buddha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding audiobook (author+narrator)

  • By Ozzie on 05-08-16

Not THAT David Cross

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Not read by the comedian, David Cross, if you're hesitating to buy based on that.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Prince: A Political Strategy of Niccolo Machiavelli
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    35 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Prince: A Political Strategy of Niccolo Machiavelli

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Carson Beck
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

"All states, all powers, that have held and hold rule over men have been and are either republics or principalities. Principalities are either hereditary, in which the family has been long established; or they are new. The new are either entirely new, as was Milan to Francesco Sforza, or they are, as it were, members annexed to the hereditary state of the prince who has acquired them, as was the kingdom of Naples to that of the King of Spain."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance! Fascinating material.

  • By Daman on 06-14-17

Now I see why it's so great

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Concise, still relevant, a great book on leading, strategy, and keeping your job/kingdom. You can see how the priciples translate to the modern day.

Now I see why the kept referencing this back in High School.