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  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,864

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

The narration was only so-so. Not so bad as to make the book unlistenable, but mispronouncing basic words like "Saskatchewan" plus an awkward imitation of Musk's accent were irritating. The biography itself is interesting, but the author puts himself into the narrative a bit too much and without any real need. It's very rah-rah Silicon Valley so is as much a "Musk will change the world" story as it is a "California startups will change the world" story.

  • The Disaster Artist

  • My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • By: Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
  • Narrated by: Greg Sestero
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,422

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" ( Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Have to Listen to This Book!

  • By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

Hilarious story, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

I made it through the whole thing because the story is entertaining but the narration just isn't as good as most other audiobooks. I knocked off one star from the story because I couldn't shake the feeling that the author is also making a name for himself largely by describing the actions of another (real life) person.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 'Murder at the Vicarage' & 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Joan Hickson, Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Enjoy the first novels that brought the world two of Agatha Christies’ most enduring detectives: Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Murder at the Vicarage is the first Miss Marple mystery, one which tests all her powers of observation and deduction. In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Captain Arthur Hastings, invalided in the Great War, is recuperating as a guest of John Cavendish at Styles Court, the "country-place" of John's autocratic old aunt, Emily Inglethorpe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beginnings of Marple and Poirot!

  • By E. Jensen on 07-14-14

Strange choice for a narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-28-12

Any additional comments?

I am notsure why they chose to have a female reader for this Marple mystery. The narrator in the story is a man, and he is the primary investigator in the mystery. It was very confusing to keep hearing the narrator say "I" and then realize she was referring to a man. Normally that kind of gender swap doesn't bother me when the narrator is good, but in this particular case I would strongly recommend getting a different version of the audiobook.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • shopaholic fun fun fun

  • By M. on 08-26-03

Hated this book.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-10

It's not poorly written, so that's what garners the two stars. I HATED the main character, who comes across as a dumb twit who is in as much trouble as she deserves. The plot was generic chick lit, except it took so long for anything to actually happen that that the book is both superficial and drawn out. The vast majority of the book consists of an annoying girl's shopping list. I loved Devil Wears Prada and thought this would be similar, but it lacks the smarts.

  • First into Nagasaki

  • By: George Weller
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

On September 6, 1945, less than a month after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, George Weller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, became the first free Westerner to enter the devastated city. Going into the hospitals and consulting the doctors of the bomb's victims, Weller was the first to document its unprecedented long-range medical effects. He also became the first to enter the nearby Allied POW camps, which rivaled those of the Nazis for cruelty and bested them for death count.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Into Nagasaki

  • By Harold on 02-15-07

Not right for an audiobook

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

This is probably an excellent book in hard copy, but it does not work at all as an audiobook. There are entire chapters of quotes from soldiers, all read by the narrator in various poor accents. The majority of the book has a scrapbook feel to it that just doesn't translate into audio well at all.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

  • By: Katherine Howe
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 849

Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By Darinda on 06-20-09

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-09

The book started off okay, but then it went off the rails. It starts off as a historical fiction, but it moves squarely into the realm of fantasy about half way through the book. The romance isn't terribly compelling, yet we are supposed to believe that the main character's love for the boy is the driving force behind everything else. Likewise, the villain character makes no sense whatsoever, and his motivation requires more suspension of disbelief than the witchcraft.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tycoons

  • The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co.
  • By: William D. Cohan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 32 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Discretion, secrecy, and subtle strategy were the weapons of choice at Wall Street investment bank Lazard Frères & Co. For more than a century, the mystique and reputation of the "Great Men" who worked there allowed the firm to garner unimaginable profits, social cachet, and outsized influence in the halls of power. But in the mid-1980s, their titanic egos started getting in the way, and the Great Men of Lazard jeopardized all they had built.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, but without a point

  • By Krystyn on 07-03-09

Well written, but without a point

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-09

If you already know and care about Lazard, the book will be interesting. It's well-written and carefully researched, but after 32+ hours of listening, there is no real point to the story. There's no scandal, no lessons in business strategy, no connection to wider trends. The Publisher's Summary makes the story sound much more dramatic than it actually was, so if you are looking for entertainment, look elsewhere. If you really want to know the history of the company, the book is great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Education of an Accidental CEO

  • By: David Novak, John Boswell
  • Narrated by: Howard Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

David Novak, one of today's most engaging, unconventional, and successful business leaders, lived in 32 trailer parks in 23 states by the time he reached the seventh grade. He sold encyclopedias door to door, worked as a hotel night clerk, and took a job as a $7,200-a-year advertising copywriter with the hopes of maybe one day becoming a creative director. Instead, he became head of the world's largest restaurant company at the ripe old age of 47.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This CEO is the Real Deal

  • By Karen on 11-30-11

pretty interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-08

it's a pretty interesting story and well-narrated, but i had to take off one star because i've eaten the food that his company makes :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bringing Out the Best in People

  • How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement
  • By: Aubrey C. Daniels
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

The classic best seller on performance management is updated to reflect changes in today's working environment. When an employer needs to know how to gain maximum performance from employees, renowned behavioral psychologist Aubrey Daniels is the man to consult. What has made Daniels the man with the answers? His ability to apply scientifically based behavioral stimuli to the workplace while making it fun at the same time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelivably great

  • By Tomasz on 02-08-07

fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

this is a great book - it's a different way from looking at management from many other business books, which tend to emphasis who you are more than what you do. it gives ideas that you can implement immediately. easy to understand. highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,923

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved my Life

  • By Christine on 09-17-08

fantastic!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-07

I really enjoyed this book. One or two of the examples about sales are a bit cliched and it is clearly promoting the consultants' interest - that's all that keeps it from being a 5-star book. What got me first was the absolutely bang-on description of what a start-up company is like and how owners treat their first staff members. What kept me hooked were the concrete suggestions for improving. Some books point out problems. Some describe new solutions. Few combine the two as effectively as this one. With a few exceptions, it is also refreshingly free of business jargon. If you're a manager in a large company, it might not be that helpful. If you've started your own company or organization this should be on your must-read list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful