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Howard Gutowitz

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  • Spy the Lie

  • Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception
  • By: Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807

Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, with one disappointment

  • By Kim on 08-07-12

way too much filler

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

I was hoping for some how-to. It may be there but hard to find among all the filler (useless stories).

  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Suggest back to back read with "Hamilton"

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

I loved "Hamilton" so much I went immediately to this, and was not disappointed. Really interesting to see the revolutionary scene in stereo so to speak. Of course some overlap in the stories, but that's a feature. Turns out there are only 3 "founding fathers" we should actually praise Hamilton, Washington, and Franklin. Waiting for Chernow to do Franklin, too.
Washington turns out to be both less great, more great, and much more complex than I ever imagined. You feel also the thrill of the historian finding new documents to discuss, insights into the subject from the mundane and ephemera, such as shopping lists. In short compelling not only for the subject, but also the craft. I'm sorry it's over, want more like this.

  • Our Oriental Heritage

  • The Story of Civilization, Volume 1
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 50 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Michael on 11-30-13

An out-of-date history

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

It's a classic, they say, which is why I bought it. But it is seriously out of date, even or especially when talking about pre-history. We've learned a lot since then. For instance, Durant talks about Piltdown man and its significance. But Piltdown man was exposed as a hoax 20 years latter. So how can you trust any of this? It's sort of charming in its archaic language but probably better to read a novel for that. For learning about history, better to look elsewhere.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • To Sell Is Human

  • The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, perhaps better in print

  • By Cari Rich on 07-26-15

90% inert filler. Author can do better

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

This is a smart guy, and somewhere in here is useful information. But _so_ much filler, so much is useless and repeated constantly. What would have been a brilliant essay is puffed up to a "business book". Try starting at Chapter 7 where the "useful" concentration goes a bit higher.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,110

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

If you're at all interested in Hitchens

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

If you're at all interested in Hitchens, listen to the stuff he narrates himself, including this. I don't get those who complain about his narration: his personal delivery is an important part of the experience, and thrilling in itself, in my view. This comment especially to those such as me who think in an American accent.

It is surprising to me that Audible does not let you search specifically for work narrated by the author. I've suggested it it to them, and it would be incredibly easy to implement. There must be others who would appreciate such a function. Audible will have observed that in-person readings by the author can be well attended. If you agree, please write to Audible as well.


  • The Art of Being Unreasonable

  • Lessons in Unconventional Thinking
  • By: Eli Broad
  • Narrated by: Eli Broad, Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Unorthodox success principles from a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Eli Broad's embrace of "unreasonable thinking" has helped him build two Fortune 500 companies, amass personal billions, and use his wealth to create a new approach to philanthropy. He has helped to fund scientific research institutes, K-12 education reform, and some of the world's greatest contemporary art museums. By contrast, "reasonable" people come up with all the reasons something new and different can't be done, because, after all, no one else has done it that way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Divided

  • By S. Scott McCracken on 03-27-15

repetition of platitudes

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

Based on other reviews here, I imagined something along the lines of Richard Branson's autobigraphy which I loved. Nothing like it. This, is ghost written, highly repetitious and boring. There is revealed nothing that one could considered "unreasonable" in any sense of the word. Indeed, no actual content as far as I could tell. It's a shame since this man's life should have been an interesting story. It remains for someone else to write it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Half Empty

  • By: David Rakoff
  • Narrated by: David Rakoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better heard than read

  • By Maeghan on 12-15-10

Listen if you're into Rackoff/but not the first

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Would you try another book from David Rakoff and/or David Rakoff?

Read/listen to Fraud and Don't get too comfortable first.There is some very funny/interesting stuff here. But do not recommend it as first experience of Rackoff. Once you're hooked, get this.

What about David Rakoff’s performance did you like?

I wouldn't have anybody but Rackoff himself read his work. An essential part of the experience.

Could you see Half Empty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure. American Splendor-ish.