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  • The Actor's Life

  • A Survival Guide
  • By: Jenna Fischer
  • Narrated by: Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. She was determined, confident, and ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, rejection, and doubt. If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way. Jenna wants to be that person for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best actor’s survival book!!!!!

  • By Gaillard Alizée on 02-26-18

One of the Best Acting Advice Books I've Read!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Jenna Fischer's book is EXTREMELY helpful! A great how-to guide on how to get into the acting business. Her journey covers what's needed to make it as an actor/actress. Lots of specific details on headshots, working on film sets, auditioning, day jobs, etc.

  • Toni Tennille

  • A Memoir
  • By: Toni Tennille, Caroline Tennille St. Clair
  • Narrated by: Toni Tennille
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

Since bursting onto the scene in the mid '70s, the pop duo Captain and Tennille have long defined the sparkling, optimistic idea of everlasting love, both in their music and through their image as a happy and, seemingly, unbreakable couple. They were an irresistible pair to millions of fans all over the world, further underscored by the rousing "yes, we can!" gospel of their biggest hit, "Love Will Keep Us Together". But underneath the image was an entirely different story that the fans never saw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it for several reasons

  • By Jennifer on 05-28-16

Kept Me Engaged

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

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I found Toni Tennille's story to be very interesting, relatable, open and moving. But, it was also sad to see how a person can stay in an unhappy or abusive marriage for so long. Like so many people. Even someone with so much talent, charisma, intelligence, and seemingly having so much going for them. It reminds me that life is short, and goes by quickly. Even though it wasn't until Toni Tennille's 70s, I'm glad that she finally moved on and got a divorce from Daryl. It sounds like it was best for both of them. Sounds like an unhealthy co-dependant marriage. I was surprised to learn that Daryl is still living, seeing as she aired a lot of dirty laundry about his quirky habits and lifestyle. It's good that they're still on amicable terms. Just two notes: Did she really witness the curvature of the earth while traveling on the Concord jet? Normally, the earth is only shown that way via computer graphics. And, I was surprised to learned later in that book, that Daryl normally ate yogurt, being macrobiotic. I didn't think that dairy was part of a macrobiotic diet.

  • The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders

  • By: John M. Longo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John M. Longo
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

The Art of Investing: Lessons from History's Greatest Traders profiles over 30 men and women at the pinnacle of the investing field, including Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, John Bogle, Peter Lynch, George Soros, T. Rowe Price, Jr., Linda Bradford Raschke, David Dreman, Michael Burry, and others involved in such ventures as value stocks, growth stocks, mutual funds, index funds, hedge funds, commodity futures, private equity, sovereign wealth, distressed assets, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should be titled:. Bios of hedge fund managers

  • By Najel on 08-25-17

Great Information Condensed

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

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I like how this book gets to the meat of all the traders, their philosophies, history, etc. A lot of good investing advice to glean from the book. And, it's interesting! Some of these "Great Courses" bore me, and I find dry. This kept my interest the whole time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete TurtleTrader

  • How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires
  • By: Michael W. Covel
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

This is the true story behind Wall Street legend Richard Dennis, his disciples, the Turtles, and the trading techniques that made them millionaires. What happens when ordinary people are taught a system to make extraordinary money? Richard Dennis made a fortune on Wall Street by investing according to a few simple rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining & helped me make real money.

  • By Brad Mills on 09-16-16

Too Much Fluff... Get to Point!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

I think this could have been much, much shorter. I got too frustrated to continue listening. Seemed to talk forever to tell story. Summarize please.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Pursuit of Happiness

  • 21 Spiritual Rules to Success
  • By: Jennifer O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Zehra Fazal
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Praise for The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules To Success:

  • One of the best inspirational books I have read in a long time. -- Aulani
  • These tools help shift your thinking, commit to your dreams and show you anything is possible -- Linda H.
  • If I find myself in a slump or needing motivation, it's a great resource to get me back on track. It really gave me a sense of peace and clarity

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Positive Motivator

  • By Deb on 03-24-17

A Positive Motivator

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

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Got me thinking positive, and to be more active in finding happiness and fulfillment. All about continuing to make choices that make you happy. Being willing to continue to make choices! And, to keep trying, exploring, listening to your dreams/wants to pursue happiness. Setting goals. Ignoring negative talk/road blocks.

  • Second Nature

  • A Gardener's Education
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

In his articles and in best-selling books such as The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan has established himself as one of our most important and beloved writers on modern man's place in the natural world. A new literary classic, Second Nature has become a manifesto not just for gardeners but for environmentalists everywhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Pollan, don't love this (but you might)

  • By Mary on 02-05-12

Interesting and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

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Kept my interest through most of the book. Pollan is a GREAT storyteller. And intertwines gardening information, his experiences, into it. I liked his childhood stories the most, about his family, and semi-juvenile delinquent buddy. Lots of interesting characters in Pollan's childhood.

  • Gaining Ground

  • A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
  • By: Forrest Pritchard
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! I wanted it to go on further

  • By Sweetbay on 01-12-14

I Preferred "The Dirty Life" by Kristin Kimball

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

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I read this book, after 'The Dirty Life' by Kristin Kimball. Her personal story was more interesting to me, and she went into a lot more detail about farming. This book didn't keep my attention. I found some bits to be funny, like about one worker on the farm. The part of the farmer's markets was interesting. But, the rest of the story was a bit same-old to me. City/farm boy wants to become a farmer, like Grandpa, and go back to the family farm instead of getting a "real job".

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winthrop Woman

  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 27 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends, the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction that Aged Very Well

  • By Lulu on 11-26-14

Great True Story and Piece of Colonial History

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Any additional comments?

Elizabeth Winthrop Feake was my 9th generation great grandmother, through Hannah Feake Bowne and John Bowne. My mother often told me about our family history, including, bownehouse.org, where the Bowne house is now a historical site in Flushing, Queens, NY. Also, a Quaker meeting house is there, and a variety old trees in the area. You can learn a lot of rich history that often is left out in school.

I found this book especially interesting. I tried to read the hard copy book a few years ago, but, I'm not much of a reader. The audiobook kept me interested and engaged the whole time. It's important to also hear about women in history. Also, to get more of the raw and not always pretty truths of America, like the political struggles, power struggles, land grabs, injustices, etc.

I saw Hamilton on Broadway, but, this book told me a lot more about early American history.

  • Stealing America

  • What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Dinesh D'Souza, Andrew Klavan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,305

In the fall of 2014, outspoken pundit, author, and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza found himself hauled into federal court for improperly donating money to a friend who was running for the Senate. D'Souza pleaded guilty, apologized for his offense, and was sentenced to eight months in a state-run confinement center near his home in San Diego. In the facility, he lived among hardened criminals - drug dealers, thieves, gangbangers, rapists, and murderers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is it already too late?

  • By Jenny on 04-30-16

Didn't Buy His Opinion

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be well narrated, and the story kept me engaged. Although, I got annoyed by the author's analysis of certain things. Like basically, brushing off the damage done to native Americans by settlers, saying Native Americans would never be able to sustain their old lifestyle and traditions anyway. And, that African Americans had the chance to go back to Africa, but, they didn't take. He seemed to Imply that they knew they had a pretty, darn good setup in the USA. Also, he seemed to act like a victim by his sentence. However, he did break the law with his excess campaign contributions. I found out watching 'Young Turks', that he funneled his additional $20K campaign contributions through his wife and mistress, unbeknownst to them. His analogy of gangs and politics seemed a bit over simplified to me. So although, he's an engaging storyteller, some of his opinions, and attitude annoyed me. So, I stopped reading the book. To be fair, I only read part of the book.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Clintons' War on Women

  • By: Roger Stone, Robert Morrow
  • Narrated by: Ken Patterson, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Hillary Clinton is running for president as an "advocate of women and girls", but there is another shocking side to her story that has been carefully covered up - until now. This stunning exposé reveals for the first time how Bill and Hillary Clinton systematically abused women and others - sexually, physically, and psychologically - in their scramble for power and wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and seems well researched

  • By Ed Waltman on 04-23-16

Shocking Corruption in American Politics

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Any additional comments?

It's disturbing that the Clintons sound more like ruthless, mafia members, or career criminals, than public servants of a supposed democracy. Shady deals for personal gain, lies, coverups, drugs, sex-capades, rape, murder... It's like a bad car accident, not wanting to look. But, knowing I should look. Because their damage is too great. As they say, truth is greater than fiction. But, unfortunately, is avoided or glossed over in the corporate media conglomerate. There is also a lot of this on YouTube, etc. Lookup "Clinton corruption", "Hillary defends child rapist tape", "Clinton, Marc Rich", etc. Dirty politics is a huge cash cow. Makes sense that they're so tied into Hollywood. They deserve Academy Awards. I couldn't stop listening to it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful