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Jonathon Myers

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,509

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

An insightful look into an underrepresented class.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I constantly listen to biographies, books on self improvement techniques through small habit forming changes, and all around historical accounts of our nation and I can honestly say that this is one of the most informative and inspiring books to date. Maybe it's due to the fact that I was raised similarly (hillbilly family transplanted from Pikeville KY) or that my Mammaw is the reason I overcame two abusive father figures, and a massive drug addiction to eventually go to one of the best engineering schools in the country for Geology and Chemistry but this is without a doubt the most inspirational thing I have read (listened to) in years. Thank you JD for articulating this story. Due to its extreme similarity to my life I will suggest all of my closest friends from different socio-economic classes read this to have a better insight into my eccentricities, especially the extreme fight or flight response (not so oddly almost always fight). I did also find it interesting that all of us hillbillies seem to have some lineage to either the Hatfield's or the McCoy's (descendent of William Anderson Hatfield). Thank you again for taking the time to put what had to be difficult memories in to words that might help others in our predicament down the line.

  • 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 41,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,386

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

Well researched, well organized, and well read.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Even though this book was well researched, organized, and read, the question is whether or not it was up to the exacting standards by the subject of this book.
If you have ever had an idea that others said was crazy and you truly believe it was great, then this is an inspiring tale of triumph and perseverance all odds. Elon Musk shows what an imagination coupled with an extreme work ethic can accomplish (an incredibly high IQ doesn't hurt either).
There really isn't much to say, honestly. If you know of Elon Musk then chances are you're going to listen to this no matter what the reviews say. If you aren't aware of Elon Musk I would suggest you make sure that the nurse properly removes the IV's, leads, and catheter because you must have been in a coma for the past two decades. Seriously though, this is a must read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,785
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,464

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Spectacular!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

Bryan Cranston is the epitome of what a hard working person is and should be. No matter how big the achievement he remembers that every decision he has made to up to that point got him there. Remembering the people that helped along the way is a form of humility too which we should all aspire.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,405

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

Spectacular book!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Great content and lots of free content to help you with your miracle morning. I respect any author that believes in his message enough to suggest giving your copy to another person whom you wish to help. Takes out of his profit but he doesn't care as long as he helps.

  • A Passion for Nature

  • The Life of John Muir
  • By: Donald Worster
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing". In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good biography for historical perspective

  • By Harold W. Wood Jr. on 05-15-14

A great insight into the life of John Muir.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

I prefer to listen to biographies and autobiographies simply because I find them difficult to read. That being said this ranks among the best. John Muir lived an interesting life that, when read or heard in this case, is surprisingly motivating.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You have to know what you get with The Prince

  • By Cody Brown on 02-10-15

It's The Prince. What else needs to be said.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Thanks to the narrator I now know how to pronounce all of these names and places.

I will most likely listen to this recording three to four times a year.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)

  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

This new audio set is a very special abridgement of two of Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, read by Dr. Covey himself. We've condensed the content of two entire books into just six hours of audio, but you'll still enjoy Dr. Covey's lessons on powerful personal change and how to incorporate his ideas into your life to fulfill your ultimate potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By R. Whitten on 12-07-05

Great information.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

The info was good and I am intrigued to see how well it helps. It did seems strangely preachy though.

  • Emergency

  • This Book Will Save Your Life
  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

A tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. It's one man's story of a dangerous world - and how to stay alive in it. Before the next disaster strikes, you're going to want to read this book. And you'll want to do everything it suggests. Because tomorrow doesn't come with a guarantee....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational Page Turner for your Ears

  • By Risa on 03-30-15

An excellent source of survival information.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Now I have to listen again and take notes. Neil Strauss did it again! I love the idea of transformational journalism.