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Olya

Malaysia
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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,597
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,433

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Impressive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-15

Hoghly recommended. Especially if you like sci-fi. I do not. But this book is an exception. Great narration, fascinating story about biggest desire of humans is to live and to help each other live. There were many technical moments that I didnt understand but it doesnt matter. Amazing book!

  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the Basics, East and West

  • By Troy on 07-13-15

Must listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-15

I learnt so much new things. I was wrong about many ideas of some religions and traditions and didnt know many thinngs before. The lectures are interesting, consise and include everything you want to know without going into much depths of any particular tradition but covering enough of inportant details. You want to know what is the practice of Sufism, how is Dalai Lama choseb and what are five pillars of Islam- listen to great course then!!!

  • Tomorrowland

  • Our Journey From Science Fiction to Science Fact
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

New York Times, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Discover bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact...and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide listeners on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not what I expected

  • By Olya on 05-24-15

Interesting but not what I expected

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-15

This book is quite interesting to losten. But my expectations were much higher. I thought it will spark a huge interest in me to speculate and discuss our future development with friends. Like gadgets installed in our hands, no more screens etc. it covers these issues just a little bit. I think this book could have been focused on one or two subjects and cover them in greater detail. Instead of dispersing an attention all over the place.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • By: Mignon Fogarty
  • Narrated by: Mignon Fogarty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar - but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. More than seven million episodes have now been downloaded, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Olya on 05-19-15

Highly recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-19-15

As a non native English speaker I really enjoyed listening to the book. There were a lot of rules that I already knew but it is always good to refresh. Many things were new and interesting. After reading this book I think twice before I write something. Especially in this review😂

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 05-17-15

Such an interesting book explaining many things about death we are never dare to discuss. I was sad it ended so soon! Recommended!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

Good book

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-16-15

There are a lot of similar studies confirming that food has a direct influence on our quality of life and health. But overall it is a great read

  • Wheat Belly

  • Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
  • By: William Davis MD
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,575
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,035

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The program works, but the listen is technical

  • By Stacey Crummie on 11-30-11

Can be three times shorter

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I find the ending and the beginning interestong. However everything in between is very repetitive. The narrator is too emotional.

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,802

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Andrew Covington on 11-02-07

Highly recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-13

What did you love best about The Kite Runner?

The naration is amazing done by the author of the book. He describes everything so vividly that I even imagined Kabul before it became a destroyed city full of dust and ruins.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the honesty and the way main character accept his cowardness. It has a lot of unpredictable turns and you never know what to expect.

Who was the most memorable character of The Kite Runner and why?

Amir is a teared man who is trying to ease his soul and doing good deeds. Any brave actions are hard for him and he slips of his way many times. You can expect really cruel moments of the Taliban's invading the city, fights and murders that sometimes he describes in details. It teared my eyes. But I loved this book to pieces. I listened to it non stop for two days and highly recommend it to everyone.