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  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,048

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

great read

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I enjoyed it far more than i thought I would. alkyl the stories were enlightening.

  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,880

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • After a slow start there's some good stuff

  • By Al on 05-29-13

great book. very informative and focused.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-16

the book focuses on the key areas of business in simple to understand terms and explanations. anyone can learn about the basics of business with this book.

  • Country Driving

  • A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory
  • By: Peter Hessler
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In defense of the narrator

  • By Timothy on 06-22-10

Better and more interesting than I thought

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-10

I had read reviews about the reader and was anticipating some badly pronounced Chinese and weird accents. I have studied Chinese so I didn't know how I would like this. While it was true that the author didn't seem to even have the least bit of preparation in pinyin, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Also, while all the Chinese characters have accents, some of the accents are not so noticeable. For the most part, while the reader is speaking English, he is very entertaining and great charisma.

As far as the content, I think that this is a great introduction about China and I've learned a lot about things that I probably wouldn't have been able to learn anywhere else. For example, I've learned weird details about geography, about rural village life, laws, and a lot about the transportation system and the auto industry. I don't feel as much of a pull to listen as for a novel, but that is how nonfiction tends to be. After finishing this book, I think that I'd like to listen to his other books about China as well.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar: The People's Dynasty

  • Culture and Society in Modern China
  • By: Robert J. Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Shepherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

The state-directed opening of the Chinese economy in 1979 led to a number of radical transformations within Chinese society, but Western understanding of these changes is often limited by erroneous assumptions. Offering a clear picture of the vast economic and social forces of modern-day China, Professor Robert J. Shepherd addresses U.S. investment in China, China's startling economic growth, state vs. society issues in the vast republic, and the effect of social and cultural change on the Chinese people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overall Information

  • By Katie on 10-10-10

Good Overall Information

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-10

This is trully a lecture. The reader isn't a professional speaker, he sounds like a teacher. That said, once you realize that this is a lecture, it's pretty interesting.

Compared to most of the popular books on China that focus merely on it becoming a world power, or focus merely on it's economic or political interest, this one focuses on getting to know China from many different angles. I think that the professor really tries to present the information in a unbiased way. Also, after many of the depressing books that I have read about China, this one is for sure more uplifting because it's not focused on the bad but an overall view so you understand China in many different aspects.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful