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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55,386
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,072

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Didn't know what I was getting into

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

I highly recommend the audio format as it is read by the author.

I spent most of their eight years in office rebelling against anything the Obama's sought to accomplish. Sadly, I let the political pundits and partisan politics have too much influence on my thinking.

I was excited that we had our first African-American president, but I couldn't fully embrace all of the policies, and therefore was unwilling to embrace this presidency.

My last several years I have invested time and effort to connect with others. The greater the perceived difference, the better the conversation. I always learn more, appreciate others in new ways, and my life is richer as a result.

For those who are fans of the Obama's, this will be an enjoyable read to encounter the experience from Michelle's perspective.

It is more important for those like me to read. I am amazed at how the political machine works to divide and demonize people. It is difficult to witness and does nothing to build up our country.

I see how I have been complicit due to my silence or unwillingness to question what is being broadcast across the various media platforms.

Politics and religion should be talked about at the dinner table, because that is where we meet the humanity of others, and it's harder to hate those up close.

1,343 of 1,577 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton-Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,058

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Long (and Boring) Earth

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-15-13

Learned about stepping to the West

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Reviewed: 02-03-18

Thouroghly enjoyed this introduction to the long-earth. I understand why Terry Pratchett has such a following. Fiction is a gift to the imagination; we are able to go into the long-earth and return to the datum a bit changed for the better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Play Bigger

  • How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets
  • By: Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead, and others
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Winning today isn't about beating the competition at the old game. It's about inventing a whole new game - defining a new market category, developing it, and dominating it over time. You can't build a legendary company without building a legendary category. If you think that having the best product is all it takes to win, you're going to lose. In this farsighted, pioneering guide, the founders of Silicon Valley advisory firm Play Bigger rely on data analysis and interviews to understand the inner workings of "category kings".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most impactful new thinking of the year

  • By Chris Guest on 12-21-16

The making of a category king

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Reviewed: 01-23-17

This book was recommended reading as I begin a new project. The authors provide excellent examples of what makes a category king and what does not. Applicable to business and career.

You are the king/queen of what category?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What to Remember When Waking

  • The Disciplines of Everyday Life
  • By: David Whyte
  • Narrated by: David Whyte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

A poet like David Whyte turns words into transcendent vehicles for spirit. With What to Remember When Waking, this celebrated writer and teacher reveals how our reality is created through conversation with the universe-and how we can create an identity robust enough to meet life's gifts and demands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook experience I've had so far

  • By Sabrina on 01-18-16

Much to dwell upon.

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Reviewed: 10-20-16

David provides great narration causing this to feel like a deep discussion in a pub over a pint. There is much to consider. I will relisten with a pencil and paper.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The View from the Cheap Seats

  • Selected Nonfiction
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his fiction. Now The View from the Cheap Seats brings together, for the first time ever, more than 60 works of his outstanding nonfiction on topics and people close to his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The very best View is from the Cheap Seats

  • By Jessica on 06-20-16

Worth the time to enjoy!

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Reviewed: 10-10-16

I am new to Neil Gaiman and been away from fiction for the last 25+ years. This collection, narrated by Neil, is very good at giving insight to the man, a sliver of his biography, and an understanding of his industry and the titans that made it.

I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to diving into many of the authors and books he honors.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,830
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,159

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Well Done

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Reviewed: 09-14-15

Loved the book and Mr. Gaiman's narration was fantastic.

Well done Mr. Gaiman! I look forward to reading more of your work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful