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  • Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Cow Poke McGhee on 10-11-12

Reads like a timeline

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Cool history yet somewhat depressing. The writing is at times uninteresting. The things you want to know more about get left out

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,396
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,917
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,860

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Epic read

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

One of the most inspirational stories of our time, with a great narrator to tell you all about it.

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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,697

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

Great Listen for business owners

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

This book tells it like it is. The are usually not very many easy answers in business, it's often a case of pick the lesser of two evils, yet Ben finds a way to share and inspire individuals going through this process.

  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,521

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Insightful Until You Think A Little Deeper

  • By Mark Brandon on 10-31-14

Best start-up read

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Simple explanation of issues at hand that must be done right, if you want to start your own venture. By no means does it explain the details of the start-up world but it does do a great job outlining the guiding principals.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,724

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

Please never write hymns again

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

Reviewed: 06-03-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Good book, but falls short of developing the story of Oryx and Crake further.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting: synoptic view of the catastrophe. Least interesting: the gardener hymns

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

Lively, pleasant, engaging

Do you think The Year of the Flood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, but I wished there were more to the ending of this story, sorta leaves you at the same place you ended with Oryx and Crake

Any additional comments?

Please do not include poorly written and performed original music in this audiobook. Had to skip the hymns to keep from giving up on the book.

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