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  • Riding the Roller Coaster

  • A History of the Chrysler Corporation: Great Lakes Books Series
  • By: Charles K. Hyde
  • Narrated by: Dave K. Lawson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The book covers Walter P. Chrysler's life and automotive career before 1925, when he founded the Chrysler Corporation, to 1998, when it merged with Daimler-Benz. Chrysler made a late entrance into the industry in 1925, when it emerged from Chalmers and Maxwell, and further grew when it absorbed Dodge Brothers and American Motors Corporation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 02-20-15

Narrator doesn’t know how to pronounce names

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Great book on Chrysler history. Accurate and full of details. Even good for the student of business. Excellent details on WP Chrysler early years. Lots of details in Chrysler history for the past 25 years as well. Worthwhile reading if you’re are Mopar fan or auto buff interested in knowing auto history.

  • Grand Central

  • How a Train Station Transformed America
  • By: Sam Roberts, Pete Hamill (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Sam Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A rich, illustrated - and entertaining - history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grand Central Terminal; Then and now;

  • By chris on 05-10-17

Grand Central Terminal; Then and now;

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

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

I found this book to be both accurate and informative as it presents facts that other books on GCT haven't published which tells me the author did their homework. Presents the original intent of GCT as well as the roller coaster this piece of real estate has been through in the NYC market. Well done. Add a star of you like NY landmarks, add another if you are a railroad enthusiast, add another if you are a mechanical engineer.

What did you like best about this story?

The coverage of past to now

What about Sam Roberts’s performance did you like?

Flow of the reading

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Grand Central; America's Rail Station

Any additional comments?

Go see it in person

  • The Hoarder in You

  • How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life
  • By: Dr. Robin Zasio
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

The Hoarder in You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples - no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Listened While I Bagged Clothes

  • By Sparkly on 12-07-16

good information in an overview why folks hoard.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

this book covers the psychological aspects of hoarding. very informative. little bit of what they teach is in all of us. a must-read for anyone that no someone they want to help with this issue.

  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

  • The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 805

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is awful

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-15-14

Oh well...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Would you try another book from Robert M. Sapolsky and/or Peter Berkrot?

Outdated concept. I should have known from the title that this would be a study of our reptilian brains...

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert M. Sapolsky again?

For at least 5 minutes

What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

Lacked life

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Intent was good

Any additional comments?

Don't expect much

  • Disasters

  • Natural and Man-Made Catastrophes Through the Centuries
  • By: Brenda Guiberson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Natural and man-made disasters have the power to destroy thousands of lives very quickly. Both as they unfold and in the aftermath, these forces of nature astonish the rest of the world with their incredible devastation and magnitude. In this collection of 10 well-known catastrophes such as the great Chicago fire, the sinking of the Titanic, and hurricane Katrina, Brenda Guiberson explores the causes and effects, as well as the local and global reverberations of these calamitous events.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome to the 4th grade History class

  • By chris on 01-14-15

Welcome to the 4th grade History class

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It's one thing to skim a topic but having in depth knowledge of more than one of the incidents cited in this book it left me questioning the validity of the rest. Loosely connected trivia doesn't do well to accentuate the disasters but they are included for someone's sake.
It read like my elementary school social studies book with text and descriptions that suits that age group. I was hoping for much more as an avid reader of 20th century history.

What was most disappointing about Brenda Guiberson’s story?

The descriptions

Would you be willing to try another one of Nelson Runger’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

One of the disasters was accurately described in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Recommended for anyone looking to learn enough about a disaster to discuss it briefly at a cocktail party.

  • The Angola Horror

  • The 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads
  • By: Charity Vogel
  • Narrated by: J.M. Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

On December 18, 1867, the Buffalo and Erie Railroad's eastbound New York Express derailed as it approached the high truss bridge over Big Sister Creek, just east of the small settlement of Angola, New York, on the shores of Lake Erie. The last two cars of the express train were pitched completely off the tracks and plummeted into the creek bed below. When they struck bottom, one of the wrecked cars was immediately engulfed in flames as the heating stoves in the coach spilled out coals and ignited its wooden timbers

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story, insufferable narration

  • By Johnny on 05-18-15

Must read for American Rail historians

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

Would you listen to The Angola Horror again? Why?

The humanity of the event in each incident that lead to this Victorian calamity

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Angola Horror?

The crash itself

What does J.M. Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emphasis on humanness

Any additional comments?

Unfortunate story of an occurrence overlooked in American history.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Soul of a Chef

  • The Journey Toward Perfection
  • By: Michael Ruhlman
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and the renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating audiobook will satisfy any listener's hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!

  • By Peter Y. Chapman on 10-27-14

For the passion of creating good food...

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

What did you love best about The Soul of a Chef?

Insight to the passion that some have for creating food, the detail at which they do it, and the never ending drive one needs to work in this profession.

What other book might you compare The Soul of a Chef to and why?

Ruhlman's others

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

Some additional tonal emphasis

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

The description of the Master Chef testing

Any additional comments?

Insightful glimpse into being an American chef...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016

Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Great Narration, But...

  • By Henny Button on 09-18-10

Like sitting through chemistry class all over agai

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

Reviewed: 05-07-14

What would have made The Disappearing Spoon better?

If it had a storyline or interesting facts for someone other than a Chemistry major

Would you ever listen to anything by Sam Kean again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He read well

What character would you cut from The Disappearing Spoon?

Helium

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Switch

  • How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
  • By: Dan Heath, Chip Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730

In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better Than Made to Stick

  • By Jeremy on 02-24-10

Disappointing; Too many references to other books!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

Would you try another book from Dan Heath and Chip Heath and/or Charles Kahlenberg?

definitely not by the narrator as I found his voice sluggish. I hope the other book I bought Made to Stick is better. Switch references too many other books that I have already read so I wonder if it has any original thought presented.

What could Dan Heath and Chip Heath have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Present material that seems original

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charles Kahlenberg?

Hermann

Any additional comments?

Don't bother

  • The First Tycoon

  • The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • By: T.J. Stiles
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 28 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great! If you can get through it...

  • By john on 08-08-10

Epic account of an American business legend

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

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

Yes. It is historically accurate and presents both personal and business views of the character which allows the listener to fully develop an understanding of the persona of the first Vanderbilt. Like his type or not, remember he did business in a different time and the results often created wealth and livelihood for many. Besides the account of his life, this book describes well the times in which he lived.

What did you like best about this story?

Story did not drift from the chronological events that made up the life of the character. It is just the facts. ma'am.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

Characterizations

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

Vanderbilt's favoritism of one child over others

Any additional comments?

Long but worth the listen especially for business historians

0 of 1 people found this review helpful