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  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,337

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Want to write Phil Knight

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

As a die hard fan of the Oregon State Beavers, and really never being all that thrilled about Nike's, they're fine and all, was not expecting too much of this book. Knight who is THE reason the Oregon Ducks are a major player in college athletics, is kind of in a lot of ways, well not that likable.

But after finishing this book, I wanted to write him and tell him, A. How much I enjoyed it. and B, What a profound effect it had on me. As an entrepreneur, I gleaned a lot. And while he does mention he hopes maybe a young entrepreneur might find some interest and pointers from his book, I am a 54 year old entrepreneur!

But this book is not just for entrepreneurs I really wouldn't even classify it as a business book. But a life book that happens to be about business. It is not preachy, moralistic, advice filled, but it just is. Kind of like Nike, it just is, and this book is a glorious read. (listen)

Thank you Phil. And go Beavs!

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,490

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

You can't help but love Bruce

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

A tale so well told it is hard to believe there is no ghost writer. I know Bruce's lyrics are magic in the night, but writing a book and a 3 minute song are two different things right? Not to Bruce the artist that just keeps on giving.

If you love Bruce this is an absolute, you will love it. If you just like Bruce, this is an absolute, you will love it. If you like good books, this is a must, you will love it. Angst, heartache, success, failure, hope, it is all there like life itself. Like a Springsteen song. Well done Bruce. Well done.

I still remember shaking your hand in Gothenburg Sweden! You're the man!

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,328

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Hard not to like this book

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Exceedingly fascinating. Brilliant research. Great character development. And who doesn't like stories about communist Russia.

  • Take Me With You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,226

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!

  • By Jeffrey on 07-25-14

Maybe for 12 year olds

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Probably the worst dialogue ever published. I think this must be young adults book but even taking that into consideration it is bad. And so is the narrator. Just bad all the way around

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

Maybe for an eighth graders

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

AN interesting start that wears thin quickly. Very repetitive, simple characters that are not realistic, uninspired prose all the way through. Would have returned but evidently you have to return it before ordering a new one.

  • Arcadia

  • By: Lauren Groff
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 250

Lauren Groff’s acclaimed debut novel The Monsters of Templeton was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, Arcadia opens in the late 1960s with a group of young idealists forming a commune in western New York State. Into this group is born Bit, who grows into a quiet, distant man. Over the course of 50 years, Bit witnesses the utopia crumble and the world change in unimaginable ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Luscious prose, intimate and realistic

  • By Kathleen on 03-22-12

Can't wait for the end

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Lauren Groff does not short change you, you are not left wondering what happens to the characters in her books, she will give you every last detail, even when you have long ago stopped csring. She does not think one's later years are anything but sad and petty. That people have no relevance once they have passed a certain stage in life.

While I did find that effective in Fates and Furies, this effort leaves me wishing her outlook on life would widen and she could perhaps produce characters with more depth. Nevertheless I enjoyed the hippie commune.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way West

  • By: A. B. Guthrie Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

An enormously entertaining classic, The Way West brings to life the adventure of the western passage and the pioneer spirit. The sequel to The Big Sky, this celebrated novel charts a frontiersman's return to the untamed West in 1846. Dick Summers, as pilot of a wagon train, guides a group of settlers on the difficult journey from Missouri to Oregon. In sensitive but unsentimental prose, Guthrie illuminates the harsh trials and resounding triumphs of pioneer life. With The Way West, he pays homage to the grandeur of the western wilderness, its stark and beautiful scenery, and its extraordinary people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A.B. Guthrie is the best

  • By Xavier on 06-17-16

A.B. Guthrie is the best

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

Great characters, great story, unique voice, under appreciated. If you like a compelling story about the old west than don't overlook this one. Amazing considering when it was written, he was clearly ahead of his time. Deep characters, quick pacing, vivid description.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,211

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Listen on .75 speed

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Most authors shouldn't even contemplate reading their own book, if there wasn't a speed adjustment on my iPhone app I would never have finished. She is manic. I skipped chapter 12, but the rest made me laugh several times. My girl friend didn't like it for what that is worth and more often than not we agree. She had tried to read Ms. Lawson's earlier book and did not finish that either.

It is mostly humorous takes and modern life with some mental,illness thrown in as spice.

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,714
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,629

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

Worst audible book ever

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Amazon rated this the second best book of 2015. This was the second worst audible book I have ever listened to. Whine, whine, whine you are black, blacks were once slaves your life isn't fair. Nope dude life isn't fair and the sooner you get used to that simple fact the better your life will be. Like it isn't fair I lost a credit on your book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Purity

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent novel from Franzen

  • By j phillips on 01-02-18

Horrible and I like Franzen

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

Give me at least one character I like, please. I learned way too much about every character in this book, in excruciatingly plodding detail of endless back stories, and they all were crappy humans. Self indulgent characters by a self indulgent author. Hire an editor already.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful