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  • The Magic of Thinking Big

  • By: David Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,197

Millions of people around the world have improved their lives through the timeless advice David Schwartz offers in The Magic of Thinking Big. In this best-selling audiobook, Schwartz proves you don't need innate talent to become successful, but you do need to understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously probably the most impactful book I have ever read!

  • By Peter on 02-20-16

Think big!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Love the practical advice in this text; I'm passing it on to my university students!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Over-the-Counter Natural Cures

  • Take Charge of Your Health in 30 Days with 10 Lifesaving Supplements for under $10
  • By: Shane Ellison MS
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

A former chemist for Big Pharma, Shane Ellison quit when he discovered that the drugs he was creating for drug companies were nothing but toxins and that the real cures could be found on every supermarket and superstore shelf - for a fraction of the cost and without a prescription! Over-the-Counter Natural Cures is your insider guide to the inexpensive, easy ways to dramatically boost your health in less than thirty days… and stay fit and lean forever!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read/Listen To This Life Changing Book

  • By BGW on 05-01-15

Adopt some items--leave others be

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

I do wish the book had a pdf for reference. Many items are great in this text--others not so good. However, that's with every book one reads on supplements. I purchased the book because Shane is a chemist and I wanted a chemist's point of view; plus, the author eats his own medicine. I was not disappointed.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fortify Your Life

  • Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More
  • By: Tieraona Low Dog MD
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Readily find your way to better health with this guide to nutritional supplements and holistic health. Health-conscious consumers read nutritional labels, but it's nearly impossible to get the nutrients we need with diet alone. To get the USDA-recommended daily quota of vitamin D, for example, you need to eat 15 eggs or 26 sardines; of iron, 414 almonds or 15 cups of broccoli.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent reference for vitamins and minerals

  • By William Davis on 04-22-16

Buying hardcopies for family members

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

The reader is a stylistic reader--pausing--stopping--after a while, tune it out.

The information in this book is well worth the listen. I love Dr. Low Dog's no nonsense approach to blending nutrition, nutraceuticals, and (if you take them) pharmaceuticals. I'm looking forward, after the first run through, to going through the pdf and book in more detail.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

  • By Sara on 11-26-14

Practical, practical, practical

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

If you're extremely busy and want to achieve goals but are too overwhelmed to make huge strides (like we all want to do), listen to this book. One of the first "how to books" that helps one keep focused on building and succeeding.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Power Foods for the Brain

  • An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory
  • By: Neal Barnard
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Could that glass of milk affect your memory? Is that aluminum can increasing your risk for Alzheimer's disease? Can a banana be a brain booster? Everyone knows that good nutrition supports your heart and overall health, but did you know that certain foods can protect your brain and optimize its function? In Power Foods for the Brain, Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the suprising mealtime choices that can make a major difference in preserving and enhancing memory and brain health.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Book Needs a PDF cookbook attachment

  • By Debra on 04-11-13

Audio Book Needs a PDF cookbook attachment

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

Reviewed: 04-11-13

Excellent information that is applicable for any level of physiological understanding; the author does not dummy down information, but makes it accessible.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Botany of Desire

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Listen - Thoroughly Satisfying

  • By Dominique Hackett on 01-17-09

The book out-shines the video

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

Reviewed: 03-02-12

If you are like me, you've seen the video with the same title. If you have, you're in for a treat if you purchase this audible version. Michael Pollan's humor, knowledge, and ability to spin informative narrative makes science fun again.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,087

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

More terrifying than I thought. . .

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

Reviewed: 03-02-12

This is a must listen! I grew up reading this story, viewing Hollywood's interpretation, and now, taking a chance, purchased the audible copy. Wow! What an amazing production. Honestly, at 2:00 a.m., listening to the narrative, with all the lights out--I felt terror--the shear terror of this timeless story.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Night Train to Memphis

  • The Fifth Vicky Bliss Mystery
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

While on an all-expenses-paid cruise down the Nile, Vicky takes on a new case involving a plot to rob the Egyptian museum. With Sir John Smythe, reformed jewel thief and Vicky's lover, the prime suspect, she prepares for shipboard romance and a dash of intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vicky's Egypt trip is fun for Amelia fans

  • By Judith on 07-28-04

Anything Barbara Rosenblat reads is a WINNER!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-12

What did you love best about Night Train to Memphis?

Elizabeth Peters has a shot-in the funny bone sense of humor--and her one-liners are unique.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationships between the characters, the twists and turns of the plot, and the tiger-like attitude of Vicky Bliss.

What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

Everything! Barbara's ability to establish personalities and people using believable voices is amazing!

Any additional comments?

Start with the 6th book in the series (The Laughter of Dead Kings)--then go to the 1st--through the 5th--ending with the 6th again. ENJOY!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Run

  • One Man's Attempt to Regain his Athletic Career-and His Life-by Running the New York City Marathon
  • By: Matthew Long, Charles Butler
  • Narrated by: Matthew Del Negro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

On the morning of December 22, 2005, New York City firefighter Matt Long was cycling to work when he was struck by and sucked under a 20-ton bus making an illegal turn. The injuries he sustained pushed him within inches of death. Miraculously, after five months in the hospital and more than 40 operations, Matt was able to start his recovery. This book chronicles Matt's road to recovery as he teaches himself to walk again and, a mere three years later, to run in the 2008 New York City Marathon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only 1/2 way through and loving it

  • By Sarah on 10-29-10

You don't have to be a runner to read this. . .

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

Reviewed: 02-26-12

If you could sum up The Long Run in three words, what would they be?

Courage. Endurance. Encouragement.

What other book might you compare The Long Run to and why?

Wow. I don't think anything else comes close.

What about Matthew Del Negro’s performance did you like?

His transparency. His honesty.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed. I cried. I cringed. I sat silent, at times.

Any additional comments?

I tackled some tough stuff in my life after listening to this book.I love Matt's motto. . .No longer will I wish. . .No longer will I want. . .from now on. . .I will.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Gothic Ghost Tale

  • By Mel on 01-25-12

Do not expect it to be like the movie

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

Reviewed: 02-26-12

If you could sum up The Woman in Black in three words, what would they be?

Chilling. British. Dark.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, in that I wanted to know just how far over the edge characters were willing to go before they realized they were playing with fire.

Any additional comments?

Don't expect this to be like the movie. However, listen to this BEFORE you see the movie, as nuances are missing in the current flick that you will gain in the audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful