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  • Dead Run

  • The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
  • By: Dan Schultz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567

On a sunny May morning in 1998 in Cortez, Colorado, three desperados in a stolen truck opened fire on the town cop, shooting him 20 times; then they blasted their way past dozens of police cars and disappeared into 10,000 square miles of the harshest wilderness terrain on the North American continent. Self-trained survivalists, the outlaws eluded the most sophisticated law enforcement technology on the planet and a pursuit force that represented more than 75 local, state, and federal police agencies with dozens of SWAT teams, U.S. Army Special Forces....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like fiction...but it's not! Great Listen!

  • By Karen on 04-04-13

An example of why I love literary non-fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

This writer weaves his well researched facts into a an edge of your seat collision rarely seen outside of a great novel. I was sad it ended.

  • The Romanov Sisters

  • The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution - the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters will surprise people, even aficionados.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made you want to change the ending

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-23-15

too much royal infatuation, not enough reality to grip...

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I was prepared to love this book. instead i found myself constantly annoyed with the seemingly endless obsession with everyone looking and feeling fabulous, and endless descriptions of how people looked, what they wore, and romantic platitudes about their disposition which didn't help me get to know the real people underneath the glorifying facade....it felt gossipy and all this royal watching detail seemed to bury what I imagine is a powerful and tragic story with real people underneath...i may have not gotten far enough into the book to give this a fair shot...but after 5 hrs I had to abandon it....

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  • Going Clear

  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Morton Sellers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scared the Hell Out of Me

  • By Chris Reich on 02-02-13

one of the top audible books I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 12-12-13

this book left me with so many things to think about: the absurd danger of of ego, the evil effectiveness of repeating false(and bizzare) notions until no one questions whether they are true or not. I also found many similarities between the leaders of scientology and dictatorships like North Korea or Mao's China, and the soviet union. These guys seem to have the complete dictatorship package: fear, intimidation, ruthless execution of ideology and the Big Lie repetition.

Perhaps the hardest thing to understand was the clear pattern of pathological lying throughout Hubbard's life, most were easy to verify as false:
-he was a war hero(not)
-science fiction scenarios explaining the founding of the human race going back billions of years. These scenarios were very similar to his science fiction books...(did his followers take note of this before plunging in?)
-bigoted philosophical views on gays and jews which were eliminated later for PR reasons(yet the true feelings still seem to remain)

The most obvious evidence his religion might not be all he proposed was Hubbard himself: -Hubbard was clearly and admittedly very unhealthy, overweight, palsied, stained teeth from constant chain smoking, heavy drinking and was witnessed having violent unexplainable outburst of rage.

These are not the signs of someone who transcended disease and achieved "clear". He did not seem at all an example of what he proposed. He seemed by all accounts, a broken and sick man who never had a very good grasp of reality, and who progressively lost touch with it to the point of paranoia...

the book seemed balanced and well researched and Wright seemed to bend over backwards to show balance by inserting the churches reaction to each assertion(which was always to deny) and cited where he got his research repeatedly...it seemed transparent and I would have not finished it if I felt he had some kind of agenda...I don't like to read those kind of books

...this was a chilling and great read with greater implications than just scientology and its followers..but about how we as humans fill our voids with strange and dangerous notions without checking the source out enough, and paying the price.(virtually every top tier leader has "escaped" or been purged, then trashed by the church).

why do they still get recruits?

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  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,628

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

My first experience with the man vs mythology

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

Jesus has become such an untouchable, unquestioned, lightning rod of a figure that any honest look at his life without the stench of agenda(for or against) seems almost an impossible task. The threat of Blasphemy, or the ax to grind from a bad religious experience, and the effect of our very cynical times all taint an honest look at a man who was different, who was enlightened, who may even be much of what is forced down our(christian) throats to believe. Aslan does a good job following his curiosity vs any pre-determined conclusion(jesus is god or Jesus is a myth) by turning stones and reporting what he finds...what he finds reaches no definitive conclusions and as you might expect, most of what he finds is contradictory and confusing, but it's rarely dull. Through common sense and due diligence to pull the best possible historical portrait of Jesus, Alsan adds missing human dimension that puts this man in his time and in his place in history....a human being struggling as all of us do, to struggle for what he believes in, a person who makes mistakes, who tries to do the right thing, but also does not always succeed.

Reading this book has made Jesus more interesting and real to me now, not a mythical, pasted over, untouchable revised version that seems so fairytale like. I have no doubt he was an inspiring, brave, enlightened figure that faced a brutal Nazi-like roman empire with courage and profound depth right up to his death...and possibly beyond.

Regardless of what image you believe; the mythical guy floating down from a cloud appearing like a roadside oil painting on black velvet or a buddha-like enlightened being with a transcendent message for all of humanity, this book will add dimension and depth to the man(or god)....your choice.

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  • The Lean Startup

  • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • By: Eric Ries
  • Narrated by: Eric Ries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,507

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, mature but not original or essential

  • By Jason Comely on 02-19-13

A good model for creative business thinking

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

This book is valuable even if you are not starting a new company.The principals of developing minimally viable ideas and sending them out in a series of rolling experiments is a fantastic model for trying new things and avoiding analysis paralysis that keeps many of us on the fence dreaming and plotting but never seeing our best ideas happen

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,013

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

gripping freezing penguin eating tale

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

fantastic story...and true. Maybe the best casting of voice and story I've listened after several hundred books..at the top of my list

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  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 25 hours of enjoyment

  • By Mark on 04-26-13

The world unfolds

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

It hard not to have a fresh view of the world and culture around you after taking a 2 dozen hour ride from humanity as nomadic tribes to today's urbanized globalized world. You will know the meaning of "history repeats itself" as you will see the same struggles, fears, movements and behaviours today as you did 2000 years ago...the only difference now is we carry iphones and word travels a bit faster

  • The Great Influenza

  • The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating medical who-dun-it

  • By Annie M. on 07-30-13

amazing piece of history

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

...also gets a bit thick and feels like a history lesson....not that this is a bad thing. It shows an intimate look at how the medical profession becomes a professional high standard movement from what was a community of minimally trained "doctors" who administered bizarre and sometimes dangerous practices. It is more about turn of the century medicine more than the influenza epidemic.

  • The Way We're Working Isn't Working

  • How Intense Focus and Frequent Renewal Fuel Great Performance
  • By: Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes
  • Narrated by: Tony Schwartz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of "more, bigger, faster" exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We're Working Isn't Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so were both more satisfied and more productive, on the job and off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get More Sleep, Get More Done

  • By Kevin on 09-17-12

Manage your energy not your time

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

I like Tony Schwartz's message in this and previous writings. His suggestions are spot on for our overworked, tired, hamster brained American workforce. The average worker works more and more hours and it is becoming the norm for companies to keep people in an almost continuous on-call state. There is little value in renewal, contemplation, space, healthy living and all those things that make humans effective through living a meaningful life. Make the changes in this book and you'll find the quality and impact of what you do triple, and the time you spend with your family and friends and doing things you like re-appear without guilt. You'll also also get over being called a wuss for taking an occasional power nap to keep your energy high late in the day.

  • A Fine Line

  • How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business
  • By: Hartmut Esslinger
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

With Esslinger's unique perspective, rich stories, and global mindset, A Fine Line explores business solutions that are environmentally sustainable and contribute to the future of a thriving and lasting global economy. The blending of design and business intelligence holds the key for shaping a sustainable competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving creative economy. A Fine Line equips business leaders with the necessary tools to thrive in tomorrow's world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Design as Strategy; Argument by Example

  • By Kenneth on 11-13-11

Some good advice under layers of self promotion

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Beyond the multiple self promotions of essinger's firm Frog design, and layers of "only the best" platitudes there is useful advice, Esslinger's firm has been instrumental in many super successful products(like Macintosh). I would have enjoyed it a bit more with the ego tempered a bit and the advice given with a true spirit of helping readers more that flacking for frog...Frog is great, we know that already that is why we bought the book.

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