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  • Wooden

  • A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court
  • By: John Wooden, Steve Jamison
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, Bill Walton, John Wooden, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 251

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gold

  • By A. Sanders on 07-30-18

Coach Wooden was a great teacher and inspiration

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Upon listening to this book, I learned that Coach Wooden was a demanding and highly principled man who loved to teach and coach, but, more importantly, he knew what was most important in life. He learned it from his parents, and spent the rest of his life trying to live to his highest potential. The book was inspirational and though the Pyramid of Success was not a complex process, it was highly valuable tool to learn and benefit from.

  • Musashi

  • By: Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 53 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 519

The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and by whom he has been touched. Inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narrator

  • By Garrett J. A. Flowers on 11-10-18

The way of a warrior

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I listened to this book twice. The second time, I was able to capture the many instances during which the paths of Musashi and Otsu criss-crossed without them realizing how close they really were. I chose this book because, as a past student of martial arts, the story of a martial arts legend intrigued me. During feudal times in Japan many warriors and soldiers were driven to survive on their own when their warlords lost or were killed in battle. Some gave up and gave in to commiting crimes against their own people, but others did not and through sheer will and strength of character overcame incredible odds to lead a noble life. That is what Musashi stood for, a seeker of truth and enlightenment. However, I don't want to brush aside the fact that during a long period he seeked fights for glory which was opposite of someone seeking enlightenment. There were various characters that brought richness to the story and the narrator's voice was clear and ably covered the various characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it also provided nuggets of wisdom that I will carry with me.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,612

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Well written and narrated book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

The story line evokes strong emotions in the cruelty by those in power to the powerless.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,758

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Incisive points to consider and act upon.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

The book provided actionable ideas, and true stories to reinforce the profound effects habits have.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,669

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Amazing historical figure!<br />

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

I loved the fascinating story surrounding the life of Genghis Khan. The learning of history always seems to teach me a little more about how people learn to overcome their harsh environment, and those who don't or can't also provide guidance as much.

  • The Education of a Value Investor

  • My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Enlightenment
  • By: Guy Spier
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116

What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Malk Williams does a superb job.

  • By Guy Spier on 11-30-14

Gaining knowledge through experience

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I gained enlightening perspectives through Guy's storytelling of his life's experiences. Well written and performed.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

Great story and excellent performance to listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

The story invites your imagination and senses to feel the emotions being invoked by the storyteller.

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,532

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first begin to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story brilliantly read

  • By Steve Margitan on 06-23-15

Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This book kept me company and provided an escape during parts of the day when I wanted to take a break from work. James Clavell is an incredible story-teller.

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,131

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, albeit a bit dry

  • By Aria on 11-14-17

Amazing history, rich detail and clear narrative!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

The main takeaway for me has been that history just seems to repeat itself. What happened in Rome has, in many ways, striking similarities to current events.

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  • The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

  • By: Andrew Tobias
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

For nearly 40 years, The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need has been a favorite finance guide, earning the allegiance of more than a million investors across America. This completely updated edition will show you how to use your money to your best advantage in today's financial marketplace, no matter what your means. Using concise, witty, and truly understandable tips and explanations, Andrew Tobias delivers sensible advice and useful information on savings, investments, preparing for retirement, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wealth of information!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-13-17

A wealth of information!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

I am glad I also purchased the book so that I can read it more slowly. Mr. Tobias covers a lot ground and unless you are taking notes, there's much that can be missed just by listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful