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  • Digital Minimalism

  • Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Cal Newport
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the best-selling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 years too late

  • By Daniel on 02-14-19

great book, could have been a little shorter

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I have read all of Dr. Newport's books and they are always excellent and interesting. He makes a compelling argument and makes it very thoroughly.

There were a few parts, like when he was describing the particulars of CrossFit, that I felt made the book bloated. Do readers really need to be given example Workouts of the Day (WOD) to understand that CrossFit is good for social relationships?

Overall, great premise and great book, but you might want to keep the skip button handy for a few parts.

  • Talk on the Wild Side

  • Why Language Can't Be Tamed
  • By: Lane Greene
  • Narrated by: Lane Greene
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Talk on the Wild Side is both a guide to the great debates and controversies of usage, and a love letter to language itself. Holding it together is Greene's infectious enthusiasm for his subject. While you can walk away with the finer points of who says "whom" and the strange history of "buxom" schoolboys, most of all, it inspires awe in language itself: for its elegance, resourcefulness, and power. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, awful narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-19

Great book, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

The content of the book is wonderful. I loved his other book "you are what you speak," so I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this book too.

However, this audiobook is another example of why authors shouldn't narrate their own books. Every time he speaks, it begins with the wet, lip-smacking sound. If you can tune that out, this audiobook is for you. If not, purchase the physical book instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,648
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,565

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

fantastic story, annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This is an excellent and inspiring story. My only complaint is about the narrator: when interviewing the author, the narrator spends a lot of time offering his own life advice.

I'm here to get advice from a Navy SEAL-- not some random writer whose life I know nothing about.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,077

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

More of these please!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Great program! So many twists and turns that kept me listening!

Only minor complaint is the narrator doesn't have the voice for performance, but obviously he's the one investigating so it has to be him.

Please more investigative programs like these!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,463
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,997

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

good performance with one major flaw

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

The racist narrator makes white characters sound stupid with exaggerated Valley Girl accents.

Very good performance otherwise.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Making Standards Work

  • How to Implement Standards-Based Assessments in the Classroom, School, and District
  • By: Douglas B. Reeves Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Douglas B. Reeves Ph.D., Jesse Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Standards are the foundation of our educational systems today. Fairness, rigor, and high achievement for all students are the focus of standards-based schools. Yet the standards movement means nothing if it does not improve student achievement in the classroom. In this revised edition, Dr. Reeves provides step-by-step guidance on how to design and implement standards-based performance assessment to make improved teaching and learning a reality in the classroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-18

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

A very good book If you're trying to understand the justification for standards-based grading.

The narrator is very robotic and speaks in that fake news anchor voice, but it's not too bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsiders

  • By: S.E. Hinton
  • Narrated by: Jim Fyfe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512

Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsiders

  • By Carol H. on 01-25-06

Great story, mediocre performance.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I had to listen to the story at a faster speed because the narrator's speaking was so slow in an exaggerated attempt to mimic a Southern accent. I don't live far from Tulsa and I can tell you that we don't all sound like we've been kicked in the head by a horse.

The story of the classic, of course.

  • No Excuses!

  • The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882

Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy this book if you have his GOALS! book

  • By L. Venable on 12-27-13

nothing new

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-11

This book has a lot of good information, but if you have already read most of the popular self-help books, then you'll find that this book is just a collection of the advice from other books. I could definitely tell that Napoleon Hill was a big influence on this author.

I really wish that the author himself wouldn't have read the story because his voice is extremely monotonous and made it difficult to listen to.

If you haven't listened to much self-help, then this book will definitely help you out though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful