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  • A Message to Garcia

  • And a Collection of Other Writings on Success
  • By: Elbert Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A Message to Garcia is a widely distributed essay written by Elbert Hubbard in 1899, expressing the value of individual initiative and conscientiousness in work. As its primary example, the essay uses a dramatized version of a daring escapade performed by an American soldier, 1st Lt. Andrew S. Rowan, just prior to the Spanish-American War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Wisdom

  • By EP on 11-05-18

Timeless Wisdom

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This was such an interesting book- written more than a hundred years ago- in which the author (Elbert Hubbard) shares advice on a variety of topics like work, religion, health, business, etc.

The book begins with the story of a soldier carrying an important message from President McKinley to “García”, a general located in an unknown part of Cuba. The story compares the soldier’s initiative, resourcefulness and determination to the laziness and stupidity of the typical men-men who are unwilling or unable to complete far less daunting tasks on their own.

My favorite passage in the book:
“The best religion–a religion of just being kind would be a pretty good religion; don’t you think so? But a religion of kindness, and useful effort, is nearly a perfect religion...we are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind, and to be useful.”

I really enjoyed the narrator’s delivery of the material-he had a pleasant voice and read with a nice cadence.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Shall I Pray or Watch TV?

  • By: Vic Zarley
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

 

Should a Christian watch TV? There are many reasons why we should have not allowed TV into our homes. Shall I Pray or Watch TV? examines, from the Christian perspective, the history of television and how it has inhibited our creativity (especially when it comes to finding time or the initiative to pray).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring!

  • By Susan Patterson on 08-10-18

How Do You Spend Your Time?

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Being Catholic, I found the author’s use of platitudes that are used by many Evalengetical Christians today, to be rather simplistic, and at times, tiresome. That having been said, I did appreciate two concepts covered in this audiobook.

The first concept concerns how we spend our time. Because our time is finite, the activities upon which we “spend” that time-whether watching TV, helping others, reading a book, praying, etc- reveal our priorities. The author argues that watching TV is simply NOT a good use of our time (it’s hard to argue otherwise).

The second concept is communicated more subtly than the first, but I believe it’s just as powerful: that what appears on TV-including the news- is a reflection of the priorities and choices of the people who run the TV networks. Therefore, everything on TV is BIASED to some degree. Obviously, if the TV execs do not believe in God or are hostile to Christian values, this will be reflected in their TV programming.

The narrator did a good job reading the material in a pleasant manner.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review

  • First Lady

  • The Truth Shall Set You Free
  • By: Rochelle Pearson
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Realization from the attention, the glamor, and the fame that accompanies being the First Lady comes to a head. Each woman soon realizes that being the First Lady is not all it's cracked up to be. The lies, deceit, the hurt, and the pain that comes with being a First Lady forces them to face reality. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lady, First Draft

  • By EP on 10-21-18

First Lady, First Draft

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

When I first started listening to this audiobook, I thought the narrator was “overacting”. But as I listened further to the characters, I warmed up to them and even began sympathizing with their predicaments!

This is a story of three ladies who became “first ladies” (wives of the pastors) of the church. They all experienced problems of one kind or another with their pastor husbands, which led to varying degrees of disillusionment and disappointment in their roles. In the end, they all seemed to come to terms-in varying degrees- with their respective dilemmas.

Even so, I think the author needed to revise the stories further before recording this audiobook, so the overall story might have been more coherent. One of the stories was rediculously shorter than the others, and some of the stories seemed incomplete or missing important details.

The narration was decent, but as I said, the narrator seemed at times to overact.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.


  • Social Media Marketing

  • The Ultimate Guide to Learn Step-by-Step the Best Social Media Marketing Strategies to Boost Your Business
  • By: Gerry T. Warner
  • Narrated by: Doug Eisengrein
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Learn how to make the Internet work for you today to help you reach your social media marketing goals! In this definitive guide, Social Media Marketing: The Ultimate Guide to Learn Step-by-Step the Best Social Media Strategies to Boost Your Business, you’re about to discover how you can utilize social media platforms to your advantage when it comes to growing your business and potential income.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to harness the power of Social Media

  • By cosmitron on 09-27-18

Excellent Introduction to Using Social Media

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This is a great book for any entrepreneur/businessman who wants to better understand social media, and who wants to effectively use social media to expand their business and increase profits.

The author begins with the history of social media and how it works. He then describes each of the “big” social media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn). With each platform, he shares the “best practices” for how to attract and retain customers using the platform.

The information in the book was easy to understand and put together in an organized and logical way. The strategies shared made a lot of sense to me and were very helpful. Even though I consider myself fairly sophisticated with the use of these social media platforms, I nevertheless learned a lot about them by listening to this audiobook!

The narrator did a good job reading the material and had a nice-sounding voice. My only complaint had to do with the seemingly endless reading of Web addresses on this audiobook; I feel it would have been better to include them as part of a supplemental PDF.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.



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  • Anuta, Second Edition

  • Polynesian Lifeways for the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Richard Feinberg
  • Narrated by: Erin C Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Revised to stimulate and engage an undergraduate student audience, Richard Feinberg's updated account of Anuta opens with a chapter on his varied experiences when he initially undertook fieldwork in this tiny, isolated Polynesian community in the Solomon Islands. He explores dominant cultural features, including language, kinship, marriage, politics, and religion topics that align with subject matter covered in introductory anthropology courses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Discovering a new world - Anuta!

  • By Shahda on 07-25-17

A Utopian Society

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I really enjoyed this audiobook, which was written by an anthropologist who lived with and extensively studied the people of Anuta, starting in the 1970s. The author periodically returned to Anuta in the decades that followed to maintain relationships and to continue his studies of the Anutan culture and way of life.

This audiobook is informative, detailed and interesting. It provides the listener with an extremely clear understanding of the Anutan people and their culture. The Anutans, a Polynesian people who live on a small island in the Pacific, maintain their existence though fishing and small-scale farming, and by adhering to a communal culture governed by "aropa", or love for others. The bonds of "aropa" are typically formed through blood or marriage ties, but can also form when outsiders adhere to Anutan culture and commit to demonstrating "aropa" to a group of Anutans. Any person who adheres to these things-including total strangers-are COMPLETELY accepted into the Anutan clan as FULL family members-with all of the benefits and obligations that are given to anyone else in the clan. Even the nomenclature used with a person who's been absorbed into the clan is identical to that which is used to describe blood relatives who occupy the same role (e.g. brother, daughter, etc.). For Anutans, expressions of "aropa" are similar to the way other cultures express love for others (e.g. kindness, affection, loyalty, etc.), but Anutans also view "aropa" as an economic relationship that, for the most part equates to "what's mine is yours, and what's yours is mine".

Interestingly, Anutans demonstrate Christian principles of love, generosity and kindness better than most Christians, and freely adhere to the socialist principles of collectivism and distribution of wealth better than most Marxists! And they do it freely!

In my opinion, the narrator didn't do a very good job narrating the beginning of the audiobook-but he improved over the course of the book. By the midpoint, he was enjoyable to listen to. My primary complaint was the author's overuse of Anutan terminology in the book. The use of certain Anutan vocabulary did contribute positively to the audiobook, like when the author sought to communicate important Anutan concepts to the reader/listener, especially when those words were repeated often. However, the author also included Anutan vocabulary for things that were NOT vital to the story; this, in my opinion, took away from the audiobook-especially when those words were only used one time.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • The Science of Getting Rich

  • By: Wallace D. Wattles
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Science of Getting Rich is a book written by the New Thought Movement writer Wallace D. Wattles. The book is still in print. The text is "divided into 17 short, straight-to-the-point chapters that explain how to overcome mental barriers, and how creation, rather than competition, is the hidden key to wealth attraction." 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One method among many to get rich.

  • By cosmitron on 06-09-18

The Thinking Stuff from Which All Things Are Made

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!

This is a brilliant piece of work. The concepts shared are unique, easy to understand and affirming. They are presented clearly and in a logical manner. Most importantly, they are believable!

Summary of the book:

"There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

In order to do this, man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind; otherwise he cannot be in harmony with the Formless Intelligence, which is always creative and never competitive in spirit.

Man may come into full harmony with the Formless Substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessings it bestows upon him. Gratitude unifies the mind of man with the intelligence of Substance, so that man' s thoughts are received by the Formless. Man can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the Formless Intelligence through a deep and continuous feeling of gratitude.

Man must form a clear and definite mental image of the things he wishes to have, to do, or to become; and he must hold this mental image in his thoughts, while being deeply grateful to the Supreme that all his desires are granted to him. The man who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his Vision, and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him. Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image, coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude. This is the process by which the impression is given to the Formless, and the creative forces set in motion."

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Earning Without Being Employed

  • 35 Businesses Anyone Can Start and Run
  • By: Jeff Evarts
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

If you want to escape traditional workplace but don't know where to start, then this audiobook is for you. Explore a wide range of self-employment options - 35 of them - and gain practical tips on how to succeed as your own boss. These jobs do not require you to get hired by anyone, and you don't need to invest in a franchise or rent a store. For each one, you will find detailed information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Primer for self-employment.

  • By cosmitron on 04-25-18

Earn No Matter What

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

What a SMART audiobook!

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I first got this audiobook- boy was I pleasantly surprised!

This is a very thorough and detailed audiobook. Even though I wasn't necessarily interested in EVERY job presented in the book, I nevertheless listened to all of them because the information was so interesting and well-presented. The author did a great job detailing the many things someone should consider before embarking on a particular job.

The author describes the skills and training needed for each job, the necessary equipment, the states that require a license, how much you'll earn and the way you'll be paid (cash, check, invoices, etc.), how to find customers/clients, and the down sides to each job.

This book gave me ideas for jobs that I've never considered, such as being a sign language translator/interpreter, a taxidermist, a well-digger, an underwater logger, a limo driver, an aquarium manager, a crime scene cleanup person and a worm harvester, to name a few.

The narrator had a pleasant voice, and he presented the material in a highly engaging manner.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Charlemagne: Father of the Franks, Leader of the Lombards, and Premier Holy Roman Emperor

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: William Kenny
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Charlemagne's name means "Charles the Great", a title he earned after an impressive life filled with military conquests. His life inspired countless tales, including the legends that he was 20 feet tall, that he slept under the guard of 100 armed knights, and that he rose from the dead to aid in the Crusades. While these fantastical tales are false, the truth is equally fantastic: By the end of his life, Charlemagne had been king of the Franks, king of the Lombards, and the first emperor of the newly formed Holy Roman Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A quick dose of knowledge.

  • By cosmitron on 06-14-18

Charlemagne: "Charles the Great"

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Like other audiobooks I've listened to from in60learning, this audiobook doesn't disappoint!

As the title suggests, Charlemagne or Charles the Great, was the King of the Franks, King of the Lombards, and Holy Roman Emperor in 800 A.D. He united much of western and central Europe during the Early Middle Ages. He was the oldest son of Pepin the Short and Bertrada of Laon. He became king in 768 after his father's death. He started off co-ruling with his brother Carloman I, who died a few years later under mysterious circumstances. This left Charlemagne as the sole ruler of the Frankish Kingdom. Charlemagne was a Christian, and he was very loyal to the papacy; he even went so far as to defend the pope militarily against the Lombards in northern Italy. He also led an incursion into Muslim Spain, hoping to convert the Muslims in that area to Christianity. When it became obvious to him that they would never convert, he withdrew from the area. He fought against the Saxons to his east, forcing them to convert to Christianity or be killed. He reached the summit of his power in 800 when he was crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo III. However, Charlemagne neither wanted the tile nor sought to benefit from it.

Charlemagne united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire. His rule led to important achievements in western European culture, including an increase in literacy and unity within the region. Charlemagne gave us modern day France. He married at least four times and had three legitimate sons. Charlemagne died in 814 from a lung disorder.

I thought he narration of this audiobook was OK-not great, and not awful.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Frank Sinatra: He Did It His Way

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Nick Berman
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Frank Sinatra, one of America's most iconic singers, entered the world a child of Italian immigrants living in New Jersey. After his expulsion from high school, Frank taught himself to sing and got his start in nightclubs. Sinatra's humble, rough-and-tumble youth didn't stop him from becoming one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century, however. He conquered the world of music and film both, but he struggled with mental health throughout his life. This biography examines the life of the man who, at the end of his lifelong career, looked back and said, "I did it my way."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ol Blue eyes in 68 minutes.

  • By cosmitron on 06-14-18

Frank Sinatra in 60 Minutes

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This brief audiobook does a great job recounting the life of this American legend, starting with his growing up in the blue collar town of Hoboken, New Jersey. The book shares many details on Sinatra's career as a singer and actor. The book also describes Sinatra the person, including his trials and tribulations, including his affairs and failed marriages, health issues and bouts of depression, I was especially impressed with Sinatra's views on civil rights and racial equality-he was certainly well ahead of his time in that regard-and courageous about it, too. This audiobook gives information on Sinatra's children's lives as well.

The narration of this audiobook was just OK-not great, but not awful, either.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.


  • Jesse James: Infamous Outlaw of the Old West

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Larry G. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jesse James grew up in Clay County, Missouri, a place where north and south conflicted over the issue of slavery. Tensions grew in the lead-up to the Civil War, and James’ Southern loyalties meant he had to make a decision. When war broke out, Jesse and his brother Frank joined the Confederate guerrillas known as “bushwhackers” alongside other notorious characters like “Bloody Bill”. By the age of 17, Jesse had escaped death twice and gained a reputation as a ruthless killer. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting look at the Wild West

  • By cosmitron on 06-14-18

Frustrated Southerner

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

In60Learning did a great job providing listeners with the most important points of Jesse James' biography.

Jesse James and his brother Frank were proud Southerners from Missouri. They joined the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War, where they engaged in violent guerrilla warfare against Union soldiers.

After the war, Jesse and Frank and a variety of outlaws robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains, gaining fame, notoriety and even support, especially in Missouri. The James brothers targeted Northern entities for perceived injustices against Southerners. The James brothers had a major setback in 1876, during an attempted bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota, where several members of the gang were captured or killed. They continued their crime spree for several more years, while being increasingly pursued by members of the law. In 1882, Jesse James was shot and killed by a new member of the gang, Robert Ford, who killed James to collect a reward.

I didn't care much for the narration on this audiobook.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.