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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,980

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

A full ensemble really makes it better.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

As good as my imagination is, a lone narrator can make it hard to keep track of lots of characters, and this the plot. The full cast helped keep me engaged and understanding. Thank you all!

  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619

The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

  • By Bill Redfield on 02-24-16

I want to rewatch "Quantum of Solace".

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Let's be honest; You're not going to verify everything in this book. The second half (the updated portion, I'm guessing) does a decent job on citing sources and supporting material. I haven't gone through any of it yet.

After listening to this, consider controversial projects undertaken in your local governments. Expensive sports stadiums, businesses that demand huge tax breaks despite profitability, and the like. Are things as bad as the book says? Maybe, maybe not, but it's easy to see how profit and "nothing personal, it's just business" is used to justify horrendous acts.

I'm surprised he didn't mention the overthrow of Hawaii's monarchy as an example of corporate country shaping.

  • Radix

  • The Radix Tetrad
  • By: A. A. Attanasio
  • Narrated by: Sergei Burbank
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

A young man's odyssey of self discovery in a world eerily alien, yet hauntingly familiar. Set 13 centuries in the future, A. A. Attanasio meticulously creates a brilliantly realized Earth, rich in detail and filled with beings brought to life with intense energy. In this strange and beautiful world, Sumner Kagan will change from an adolescent outcast to a warrior with god-like powers and in the process take us on an epic and transcendent journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By john forensky on 01-05-17

A long time favorite, by destiny or choice?

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I've been reading this book since middle-school (as well as Last legends of the planet Earth) back in the 80s. It pulls and tugs on many strings of thought, philosophy, and disciplines. I thought of Howlies and Haoles, how those in my church told me of a destiny, and how my physical traits garnered different responses from bullies and benefactors. Sumner Kagan, the protagonist, shared part of my existence from his start to the book's end.

I'm not saying too much about the book itself, though, am I? Well, reader, or un-reader, just know that there's a dystopian future ahead of you, castes based on genetics, and a touch of metaphysics. Don't dwell on how things work now, they'll work differently then. If you're prone to melancholy, maybe skip this for now. As much as I love this book, it drags me down after consuming it. Every time. It's the only one that does, though. Hit Last Legends of the planet Earth or his excellent "Perilous Order of Camelot" series as well.

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,484

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Need help decoding spiritual elitest jargon?

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Meditation doesn't have to be tied to anything besides you and your brain. Religions may use it, but at it's core it's a form of taking our thoughts. Now go ponder that and grab a coffee after.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Augmented

  • Life in the Smart Lane
  • By: Brett King, Andy Lark, Alex Lightman, and others
  • Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

The Internet and smartphone are just the latest in a 250-year-long cycle of disruption that has continuously changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. The coming Augmented Age, however, promises a level of disruption, behavioral shifts, and changes that are unparalleled. While consumers today are camping outside of an Apple store waiting to be one of the first to score a new Apple Watch or iPhone, the next generation of wearables will be able to predict if we're likely to have a heart attack and recommend a course of action.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Headlines

  • By Stephen D. Brown on 10-18-17

Read by an AI.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I'm starting to like forwarding thinking books like this, Flash Foresight, and Humans Need Not Apply. So while the content was ok, it really did drone on from the uninterested narration.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Actionable Gamification

  • Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards
  • By: Yu-kai Chou
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

The new era of gamification and human-focused design optimizes for motivation and engagement over traditional function-focused design. Within the industry, studies on game mechanics and behavioral psychology have become proliferate. However, few people understand how to merge the two fields into experience designs that reliably increases business metrics and generates a return on investment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just a bunch of rules and no source references

  • By Abel on 09-07-17

I bought this for a friend.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

I finished it and will go back for seconds. I got the Kindle version too.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,619
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,450

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Chapter 9 will pay for the book.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Well, the whole book will pay for itself, but if you want the fast results and a great story, the 9th chapter is where to go. The entire book is great for negotiation and counter-negotiation. I'm looking forward to applying the lessons for work and life. Two teenagers. Hurray!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 10,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,634

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

Goes great with the 4 Hour workweek.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-12

A great book. I just have to get from thinking to doing. The methodology presented for making effective changes, reading through statistics (and other damned lies) and finding out how to find success in unexpected places will be invaluable to anyone. The testing information goes well with Tim Ferriss's 4-hour workweek.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful