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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,027

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Highly significant, Highly valuable... to all

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Not since M. Scott Peck has a psychologist author made such a valuable contribution to the field of self-help. Dr. Peterson has taken that mantle much further in connecting his field -- human behavior, with ancient archetypes of all cultures.

M. Scott Peck recognized, battled with, human evil, even dedicating an entire book to the subject (People of the Lie) and Dr. Peterson hits that reality squarely on the head as well. There are so many "wish-craft" books in this genre, books that don't take the full range of human experience (evil, pain) into account, thus making a snow-flake like philosophy that melts in the hot sun of reality. This to me is dangerous.

I wish that all could read and study this content. There is a ton in this book that is uplifting and encouraging, with tools to enforce this as well. Highly, highly recommended.

Initially I was wary that the narrator was also the author, however in this case it worked, and even enhanced his message.

  • The Dark Web

  • By: Geoff White, Bernard P. Achampong
  • Narrated by: Geoff White
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

An exposé on the depths of the internet. From sex trafficking and fraud to government secrets and anonymous hacking groups.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST BEGINER GUIDE

  • By APS on 11-05-18

Everyone, online or offline, should listen to this

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Highly, highly recommended listen!

See my reviews on the first and the last in the series.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 1: The Birth of The Dark Web (The Dark Web)

  • By: Geoff White, Bernard P. Achampong
  • Narrated by: Geoff White
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

It's called the Dark Web, Dark Net or Deep Web but what is it? What makes this internet underground — rife with drugs, sex, and crime — possible? How do you even access the Dark Web? Geoff White, Channel 4 News's former Technology Reporter, has been looking into its shady origins and reveals why the U.S. Navy invented it in the first place.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Material, yet a little Cheesy

  • By Catherine on 09-14-18

Wow! Yikes!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This is a somewhat of repeat of a review I posted on the last in the series with a bit of some changes.

Not sure what the "1-star trolls" have in issue with this but maybe they're "dark-webbers" not liking the new light being brought on all the nefarious activities going on through this medium. The series is absorbing, intriguing, it holds your attention, very well done that way.

There is a growing cancer on the internet that needs some serious, very bright minds to find a cure. It would have been quite helpful for the authors, and the series if the FBI, CIA, NSA type organizations had granted interviews, however there's a wealth of information here just the same.

How to stop this? I just read an article that North Korean hackers stole 68+ million out of an Indian bank, along with multiple other similar horrors. However this could be stopped, and that's not fully worked out yet; creating a series like this to heighten public awareness is an important step. So thank you to the authors!

  • Ep. 10: Anonymity On Trial (The Dark Web)

  • By: Geoff White, Bernard P. Achampong
  • Narrated by: Geoff White
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Is the problem with the Dark Web or is it us? If we think we can get away with something, it's only human to be tempted — isn't it? So is our online behaviour that surprising, when our identities are hidden? The issue of an internet where everyone is anonymous is discussed by Geoff White, Channel 4 News's former Technology Reporter. He's joined by a former spy, a sex blogger, a cyber security chief and a psychologist. He also speaks with a hacker who says it's us, the victims, who are responsible when things go wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Caution

  • By James Nichols on 01-29-19

Absolutely fascinating, and scary

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Not sure what the "1-star trolls" have in issue with this but maybe they're "dark-webbers" not liking the new light being brought on all the nefarious activities going on through this medium.

It would have been quite helpful for the authors, and the series if the FBI, CIA, NSA type organizations had granted interviews, however there's a wealth of information here just the same.

How to stop this? I just read an article that North Korean hackers stole 68+ million out of an Indian bank, along with multiple other horrors. However it is stopped, and that's not fully worked out yet, creating a series like this to heighten public awareness is an important step. So thank you to the authors!

  • Silence and Beauty

  • Hidden Faith Born of Suffering
  • By: Makoto Fujimura, Philip Yancey - foreword
  • Narrated by: Ova Saopeng
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Shusaku Endo's novel Silence took visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain, and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived amid trauma and glimpses of how the Gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique book of history and reflections

  • By M. Burlingame on 02-26-18

Beautiful and Thoughtfull

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I loved this book - and the narration was perfect for communicating it's essence.

Being a Christian, and having been to Japan (Tokyo) on a business trip, I've always wondered what makes up this incredible, fascinating culture. Fujimura, with his deep analysis, artistic insight, really helps us "aliens" (the classification for non-Japanese in the airport when you visit), gain an inside view of the Japanese mind, and in light of the gospel.

This book will make you think deeply of not only the particular topic at hand (Christianity's history in Japan) but on life itself.

Highly recommended.

  • 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 44,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,657

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

Fascinating, excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This man will truly be seen as a history maker. Although the book is now a few years old, and Musk & his companies have achieved significant milestones since this was published, the story is just as prescient.

Many people realized what a loss it was when Steve Jobs passed, they should realize that his equivalent – in multiple industries yet, is alive and kicking. I don't believe Steve Jobs could have done what this man has done, maybe that's not fair as Job's life was tragically cut short in his prime.

The narration was quite good excepting when he mimics the person speaking; especially if they have a South African accent, it's really bad. He should drop that immediately. But, even with that I give the performance 4 stars.

Complicated man, brilliant innovator, brilliant motivator. I now want the Tesla Model 3 for my next car, and Solar City to do our house – although I think I'll opt to stay on earth (vs Mars) haha!

  • The Fabulous Showman

  • A Biography of P. T. Barnum
  • By: Irving Wallace
  • Narrated by: Tyson Underwood
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

This is a fast-paced, carefully documented, and rich biography of Barnum, the greatest showman of all time, the American from Bethel, Connecticut, whose eccentricities and oblique, cynical approach to humanity transformed entertainment into a big, incredibly profitable business. As bachelor, husband (twice), father, and grandfather, Barnum comes to life in Mr. Wallace's crowded audiobook, an exceedingly interesting and human man. Here, too, are New York City in all its 19th century color, the London of Queen Victoria, and the Paris of Napoleon III.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy this before the movie!

  • By Dora Garcia on 08-06-18

Good story marred by sound processing

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This was an interesting story, I wanted to listen to it after watching the Greatest Showman movie. Barnum was a fascinating man indeed and this fills in a lot of the gaps from the movie as well as telling things that the movie didn't cover.

The narration however has been passed through sound processing to remove pauses so the natural cadence of the storyteller/narrator (who has an agreeable voice and style) was ruined.

I wish someone could tell me why this is done, it's so completely unnecessary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • East of Eden

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,459

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why have I avoided this Beautiful Book???

  • By Kelly on 03-25-17

Listened to it twice!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

What a rich book! Full of bigger meaning and yet down-to-earth with truly lovable characters. Richard Poe was a very good pic for narration, he brought the characters to life, was never over the top nor brought attention to himself. Before I choose this book I read reviews and remember one saying that they didn't want the story to end. I also felt the same.

Engrossing for me and was also a delightful experience in word painting of early California.

Highly recommend this book.

  • Blood and Thunder

  • An Epic of the American West
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

In the fall of 1846, the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true, if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Many Don't Know

  • By Tom on 03-21-07

Fascinating history, well told.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

This audio book qualifies as an all-around must-have: good narration, fascinating history and edifying. The edification is in knowing a sort of glossed-over area of this country's history. The fact that it centers around Kit Carson, who was a legend in his own right, makes it even better.
Highly recommend it.

  • What Hath God Wrought

  • The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
  • By: Daniel Walker Howe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content, faulty narration

  • By Ary Shalizi on 04-12-11

Rich material ruined by sound processing

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

This book could have been so good: a good narrator, fascinating subject, good writing, ruined by an obvious sound processing algorithm that reduced pauses, and spacing in the original narration.

It often sounds like constant run-on sentences, running from one topic to another to another, where natural inflections or pauses for effect, or for a topic to sink in, have been removed.

I would ask Audible for a reimbursement but I'm going to "gut" it out for the above virtues.

Up to you to judge.