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  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,870

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

classic tale performed well

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

The origin os so many pirate tropes. Definitely a fun listen and extra interesting if you have seen black sails

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Drowning Deep

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent book by Mira Grant

  • By SharonNM on 04-13-18

Very entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Some of the characters behaved idiotically but thats standard in every movie or book these days. probably to make the audience angry. angry is an emotion and if a book can stir your emotions it has achieved what many books can't. fun read and makes me want to go explore the Mariana Trench

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Do yourself the favor of experiencing this book

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

I will not add a review that will insert my thoughts into your mind and prime you for your experience. It is your experience alone and that is how it should be.

  • AI Superpowers

  • China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
  • By: Kai-Fu Lee
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

In his provocative new book, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee - one of the world’s most respected experts on artificial intelligence - reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US, the leader in AI, at an astonishingly rapid pace. Building upon his longstanding US-Sino technology career (working at Apple, Microsoft, and Google) and his much-heralded New York Times Op-Ed from June 2017, Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on not just traditional blue-collar industries but will also have a devastating effect on white-collar professions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Compelled to listen at 2x speed

  • By Eugene on 09-26-18

Started as biased propaganda ended better

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This book is insanely bias towards China in the first half. It insinuated that if a U.S. company is leading in some technology then it is technological colonization for others using their technology but if China is leading in some technology they would never be the big bad cololizer like the U.S. They are the saviors of your future. Wouldnt be surprised if this book was spinsored by the Chinese government.

When you make it passed that section you will be met with the author praising Chinese entrepreneurs for stealing American companies Intellectual Property and calling those entrepreneurs gladiators instead of thieves.

After all of the sections listed above there is actually some good that this book has to offer. Just take the opinions with a grain of salt while taking the more objective analysis as your primary take away.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Queen

  • Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Scott on 07-15-12

Read this book and see the world in a new way!!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This book is brimming with fascinating information. Dont just listen to it, think about what it means, the consequences, and how the ideas are reflected in your own nature even if it's not easy to admit.

  • Books that Matter: The Prince

  • By: William Landon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Should leaders be feared or loved? Can dictators give rise to democracy? Should rulers have morals or wear them like a mask? Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince puts forth unsettling questions like these, whose answers redefined centuries of political wisdom. But what does it really mean to be Machiavellian? These 24 lectures are more than just a close reading of one of the great books of Western history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Context

  • By Ben Hutton on 01-09-18

Enlightening

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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: 09-07-17

This lecture was full of information and I beleive myself to have become a much mire informed person after having consumed the knowledge in this course.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Aidan Gillen
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,153

The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books

  • By Angelina PM on 04-14-15

little finger himself reading you the art of war

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

little finger himself reading you the art of war. what more needs to be said?

  • Play at Work

  • How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking
  • By: Adam L. Penenberg
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Do games hold the secret to better productivity? If you’ve ever found yourself engrossed in Angry Birds, Call of Duty, or a plain old crossword puzzle when you should have been doing something more productive, you know how easily games hold our attention. Hardcore gamers have spent the equivalent of 5.93 million years playing World of Warcraft while the world collectively devotes about 5 million hours per day to Angry Birds. A colossal waste of time? Perhaps. But what if and use it for more creative and valuable pursuits?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gamification sales pitch

  • By Rook501 on 07-25-17

Gamification sales pitch

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I was hoping for tangible instructions on gamification systems and implementing such systems in a work environment. Instead, this book is just about how great gamification is and hey look at all these other companies that are doing it. Some shallow examples but no practical use here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,753

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Great insight into a great man

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Juts give it a listen. If you have a sense if wonder about the future of humanity and want to see the world of tomorrow become a better place than the world of today, you will find a kindred spirit in Elon Musk. We can make the world better, we should make the world better, we must make the world better, so lets make this world better starting today.

  • The Unknown Universe

  • A New Exploration of Time, Space and Cosmology
  • By: Stuart Clark PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Information - Poor Reader

  • By Daniel L on 03-17-17

We must live forever

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

We must live forever so we can have enough time to answer the many questions about the universe and about ourselves. The universe is fascinating and full if mysteries that we will solve given enough determination and time.