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  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art Eats Itself

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-04-16

Brilliant!

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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: 05-05-19

Super insightful, and covers way more than I expected from the title. Everything: past, present, and future of music AND the music business. Highly recommended.

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,268

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Lest we forget how fragile we are..."

  • By ESK on 02-23-13

Fantastic writing about a difficult topic

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Easier to enjoy at 1.5x speed. Glad I finally found this book. Illuminating for any reader!

  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael, Robert Greene
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,694

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of listeners, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tempo is key! (1.25X)

  • By James Hawkins on 11-12-18

You must? Really?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-18

The way I listen to this insightful book is to stop after 5 “You musts.” Sometimes it takes a full 5 minutes. Usually less. Talk about annoying and condescending! And yet. Insightful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Whole New Mind (Live)

  • By: Daniel Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel Pink
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Just as we were getting used to the Information Age, Daniel Pink tells us that it is ending. With it goes our focus on charts, statistics, and linear thinking. Traditional "left-brain" activities, like logic, analysis, and repetitive production, are being turned over to robots, computers, and offshore labor. The valued skills of the 21st Century will be those of the right brain: empathy, design, synthesis, and contextual thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good reminder of the book

  • By Joao Coelho on 12-01-11

Ride the Pink Train

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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: 09-14-18

Dan Pink is an entertainer in the best send of the word. He keeps our interest. Great review of a Whole New Mind, and in a way preview of some of his books that back then were not written yet. Sometimes repetitive, but repetition is the mother of skill. Listen!

  • 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 3,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723

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

Sadly Hillarious

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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: 03-19-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Really great for baby boomers who want a glimpse into the New Economy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No need for that.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended. Better than a novel.

  • Strength in Stillness

  • The Power of Transcendental Meditation
  • By: Bob Roth
  • Narrated by: Bob Roth
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

Every day, we face a growing epidemic of stress, one that is damaging our physical and emotional health at younger and younger ages. Billionaire CEOs, moms managing households, college students, people of every race, age, and income all make the same confession: "I am so stressed." It is literally killing us. While there is no one single cure, there is a simple practice that dramatically changes how we respond to stress and life's challenges: the Transcendental Meditation technique.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing but a big advertisement

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-18

Does What The Title Says

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Would you listen to Strength in Stillness again? Why?

I might, when needing a refresher. The main point is that this book does what it says it does. As someone who took a TM class 2 years ago, he filled in a couple of gaps that opened up since my first classes. Those who write that this book doesn't exactly teach TM miss the point: TM is taught in person, by a certified teacher.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author.

What does Bob Roth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

True voice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That TM is a different type of meditation--he explained really well how TM differs from focused meditation, from mindfulness meditation, and others. Also the whole "restful wakeful" feeling.

Any additional comments?

This book may be best for those who have already taken the TM course. Some think it's all a sales pitch for the course, but come on, if you're interested, do take the course.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Get to Be Happy: Stories and Secrets to Loving the Sh*t Out Of Life

  • By: Ted Larkins
  • Narrated by: Ted Larkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The secret to my happiness started during my high school days (yes, drugs were involved) and continued through hitchhiking across the country, through the suicide of my girlfriend, through bartending in many cities around the country, and then a move to Japan. I lived there for nine years, helping start a $500 million business, including a LARKINS (my last name) line of product, and all the life lessons that come with the following statement: I get to do this!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating memoir with helpful "Get to" advice

  • By Andrew S Obermeier on 03-15-18

Best Companion the the Written Version

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Recommend to anyone who wants to be happier, wants to listen to some great stories, learn from a self-proclaimed "non-guru." Ted's authentic voice shines through and lights up LIFE.

What did you like best about this story?

Dramatic interpretation, better than so many narrated stories.

What about Ted Larkins’s performance did you like?

Authenticity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All the stories, and then how he gives practical tips, exercises. I really like the fact that despite (or because of) so many adventures, including difficulties, the "Get To" principle seems that much more real and applicable.

Any additional comments?

Buy the book and enjoy the listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stealing Fire

  • How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
  • By: Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028

The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing. Not what it promises to be.

  • By R8r on 03-18-17

Required Reading, Enjoyable Listening

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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: 03-11-17

Superb pefrormance and beyond thought-provoking, "Stealing Fire" opens up the terrain "beyond the pale." "Highly" recommended.

  • Pre-Suasion

  • Channeling Attention for Change
  • By: Robert Cialdini Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006

The author of the legendary best seller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini, shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn't lie in the message itself but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and Useful

  • By David on 01-02-17

He's done it again!

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Perhaps there's no need to read the original, classic, "Influence" now that we have an updated and hopefully even more "influential" work from the master in this field. James Altucher conducted an excellent intervie with Cialdini which prompted me to buy the book. Whatever th opposite of "disappointed" is, this book is it. I listened on 1.25x speed which was perfect for me.

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • What I Know for Sure

  • By: Oprah Winfrey
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,854

After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know for Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life", Oprah has penned one column a month over the last 14 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live in the Now!

  • By Jerrinae on 10-02-14

Oprah Shares What's Worked and Working for Her

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

She was a new anchor (demoted), actress and talkshiw host. One of the most "successful" businesspeople of our times. That alone makes it worth a listen, and she read it as a star actor would. Lots to learn from O. Nothing "new" here except the personal anecdotes, but this is fuel for anyone's life. Encourages me to take the challenge of answering the question myself. What Indo know for sure is that it was an enjoyable listen.