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  • Winnie the Pooh on Management

  • By: Roger E. Allen
  • Narrated by: Bob Davis, Shirley Venard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In this clever business primer, author Roger E. Allen uses the characters in A. A. Milne's classic children's story to illustrate such fundamental principles of good management as leadership, communication, organization, motivation, delegation of authority, and the importance of setting clear objectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quick business course from a VIB

  • By Gene Bowker on 09-17-14

A quick business course from a VIB

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

I had read this book years ago and recently ran across it on audible.

The book is a quick refresher course on what management is and how to be a good manager delivered by the cast of Winnie the Pooh.

The length makes it perfect to listen to on a short flight or even sitting around the airport.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where Nobody Knows Your Name

  • Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball
  • By: John Feinstein
  • Narrated by: John Feinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

John Feinstein is one of the most influential sportswriters of the last three decades. In his masterful new audiobook, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Feinstein delivers a fascinating account of the mysterious proving ground of America’s national pastime, pulling back the veil on the minor leagues of baseball.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Living on the Cusp of a Dream

  • By W Perry Hall on 04-09-14

Life in the minor leagues

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

What did you love best about Where Nobody Knows Your Name?

The variety of players covered from stars to people most folks have never heard of

What did you like best about this story?

The author obviously loves the minor leagues and was able to convey that through the stories of the players, managers, and umpires he covered

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was amazed at how few umpires that make it to AAA ever make the big leagues. I also never realized that if they don't get promoted in a few years they are basically fired by MLB.

Makes me appreciate what they go through to become big-league umps, just like the players.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Food of a Younger Land

  • The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Mark Kurlansky's new book takes us back to the food of a younger America. Before the national highway system brought the country closer together, before chain restaurants brought uniformity, and before the Frigidaire meant that frozen food could be stored for longer, the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional. It helped to form the distinct character, attitudes, and customs of those who ate it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps better in print.

  • By Sparkly on 09-11-09

Great for history buffs and foodies

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Would you listen to The Food of a Younger Land again? Why?

Yes, I'd listen to it again as I'm sure there are parts that would sink in better on a second listen.

What other book might you compare The Food of a Younger Land to and why?

Any of the WPA writers guides to the states.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to. Good pronunciation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes. I found the history of the project fascinating and a great way to learn about food history in the US. I'm surprised how many foods which were common in the late 1930s are unknown today and how much food in the US has become homogenized over the last 70 years.

  • Hemingway's Boat

  • Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961
  • By: Paul Hendrickson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hemingway biography for the 21st Century

  • By George on 09-16-14

Great story focused on his boat

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

Reviewed: 09-17-14

Where does Hemingway's Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm a big Hemingway fan so this sounded like a good choice to listen to on some road trips for work.

Its not really a Hemingway Bio, but it uses his famous fishing boat (now exiled in Cuba) to tell the stories of some of the people who came into his life and also offer insight into his life.

The narrator has an easy to listen to voice and I found this book a quick listen even at its length.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Railway Bazaar

  • By: Paul Theroux
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just about as good as it gets...

  • By david d. on 03-27-11

must listen for any Theroux fan

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The GRB is one of the classics in travel books. If you are a railroad buff like me, it is almost "required" listening

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Railway Bazaar?

Theroux has a way to making the people he meets on the trains into unforgettable characters

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

He has an easy to listen to voice. In my mind he is the voice of Theroux now, even though I don't know what he really sounds like =)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Umm.. a little too long for that =) Great for a road-trip

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • River Town

  • Two Years on the Yangtze
  • By: Peter Hessler
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Berkrot Again?

  • By Abstraction on 07-10-11

Life in rural china through a westerner's eyes

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Would you listen to River Town again? Why?

Yes, I found it fascinating. The characters are engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

How you experience the change in the author's attitude towards the Chinese and living there during his time as a teacher.

What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Easy to listen to voice for narration

  • 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 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

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

discover China through the eyes of an insider

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Country Driving the most enjoyable?

The tidbits of daily life in a completely different culture. Learning more about what has happened to the author since his first book

What other book might you compare Country Driving to and why?

Any of Hessler's other books on his China experience

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it gave me a new appreciation for what life in China must be like.

  • On Photography

  • By: Susan Sontag
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews

  • By Deb on 10-18-13

one of the classics on photography

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is an easy listen and is one of the most important books on Photography

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hmm.. it is a selection of essays. The author (not a photographer) was able to write about how photography has influenced the world and been influenced

What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

She has an easy voice to listen to

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Photography's influence on the world

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Train

  • Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World - from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief
  • By: Tom Zoellner
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new audiobook he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the railway technology that changed the world, and could very well change it again. From the frigid Trans-Siberian Railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic maglev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The world history of trains up to the present

  • By matthew on 03-06-14

Travel the world in your car

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What did you love best about Train?

The descriptions about train travel around the world

What did you like best about this story?

The author describes the good and bad of different travel experiences.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

He has an easy to listen to voice

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself enjoying the descriptions of the different folks he met on trains. You always find characters

Any additional comments?

It's basically a travelogue of the authors train rides. If you have wanted to ride the trains of the world, here is what to expect along with some history of famous events mixed in.

  • Railroads and the American People

  • Railroads Past and Present
  • By: H. Roger Grant
  • Narrated by: Todd Barsness
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics - trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great history of railroad life in America

  • By Gene Bowker on 07-08-14

great history of railroad life in America

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

If you could sum up Railroads and the American People in three words, what would they be?

History, Railroads, Culture

What was one of the most memorable moments of Railroads and the American People?

I enjoyed the history of depots and the agents who lived there

Which character – as performed by Todd Barsness – was your favorite?

Not really in characters in this one

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How railroads created America

Any additional comments?

Great history of railroads and life in America.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful