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Jason Comely

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  • Solaris

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,092

At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani ( Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on negative reviews

  • By Burns on 09-20-11

Memorable story, memorable performance

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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: 03-07-17

Solaris is an unforgettable story that has no equal in science fiction literature, and Alessandro gives a flawless reading of it. I'm surprised the ratings aren't better for this audiobook.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • On Being a Therapist

  • By: Jeffrey A. Kottler
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

An updated revision of Jeffrey Kottler's classic book On Being a Therapist reveals the new realities and inner experiences of therapeutic practice today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read for Those in the Helping Profession

  • By Amanda on 08-20-12

Revealing, but toxic

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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: 03-07-17

Deep, interesting and blunt, if not a bit hyperbolic. There's also a decidedly negative tone throughout the book. Understandable, considering the line of work Kottler is in.

Recommended, especially if you are interested in becoming a psychotherapist.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inkblots

  • Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing
  • By: Damion Searls
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In 1917, working alone in a remote Swiss asylum, psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach devised an experiment to probe the human mind: a set of 10 carefully designed inkblots. For years he had grappled with the theories of Freud and Jung while also absorbing the aesthetic movements of the day, from futurism to dadaism. A visual artist himself, Rorschach had come to believe that who we are is less a matter of what we say, as Freud thought, than what we see.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable

  • By Jason Comely on 03-04-17

Memorable

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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: 03-04-17

Psychoanalysis has been a long time fascination of mine, so I listened to the entire audiobook in only a couple of days. Damion Searls gives a thorough, well-written account of Hermann Rorschach and his influential ink blot test.

Special mention goes to Paul Boehmer, who is clearly one of the best narrators in the business. His oration made this great book even better.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,254

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

Nothing new

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

I must not be the audience. There is nothing new here. Isolate yourself, eschew social media... the same stuff I've read on numerous listicles. Narration was stellar however, and it sustained me through 70 percent of the book.

  • Legends of the Bible: The Life and Legacy of the Prophet Jeremiah

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The belief in prophets is as old as religion itself, and the tradition of prophets is especially prevalent in Judaism and Christianity, with prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah being among the most famous historical figures in the Bible. God had prophets like Jeremiah perform symbolic acts that foretold future events, particularly hardships that the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Babylonians and Egyptians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much needed clarity on Jeremiah

  • By Jason Comely on 05-22-16

Much needed clarity on Jeremiah

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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: 05-22-16

An excellent listen. I gained a lot of clarity and context from this. I look forward to listening to other recordings in this series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • $2.00 a Day

  • Living on Almost Nothing in America
  • By: Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 453

There are, in the United States, a significant and growing number of families who live on less than $2.00 per person, per day. That figure, the World Bank measure of poverty, is hard to imagine in this country - most of us spend more than that before we get to work or school in the morning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Stays with You

  • By Jason Comely on 09-24-15

It Stays with You

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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: 09-24-15

$2.00 a Day is an eye-opening book but heartbreaking. It describes the daily grind and many unseen hardships of people with practically no income.

Allyson Johnson did a wonderful job narrating the book.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

Too much sizzle, not enough steak

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

There are just way too many stories here, and not enough practical, actionable advice. Gawande is a strong writer though, reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell.

  • The Bitcoin Big Bang

  • How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World
  • By: Brian Kelly
  • Narrated by: Eric Pollins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Get a handle on the digital currency revolution, and learn how to get onboard. The Bitcoin Big Bang is a guide to navigating the uncharted territory of digital currency. Written by CNBC contributor Brian Kelly, this book goes beyond Bitcoin 101 to explain how this transformative technology is about to change the world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not technically accurate, but a fair amateur view

  • By B. Goss on 03-27-15

Enjoyable

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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: 05-19-15

This was definitely worth a credit, and I've already listened to several audiobooks on Bitcoin. Brian Kelly has a fresh approach to Bitcoin, and his way of explaining the complexities of the protocol is memorable.

Kelly also started his own cryptocurrency (and talks about it in his book), so he's definitely an insider with something to say.

  • Play Money

  • Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot
  • By: Julian Dibbell
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Play Money explores a remarkable new phenomenon that's just beginning to enter public consciousness: MMPORGs, or Massively MultiPlayer Online Role-Playing Games, in which hundreds of thousands of players operate fantasy characters in virtual environments the size of continents. With city-sized populations of nearly full-time players, these games generate their own cultures, governments, and social systems and, inevitably, their own economies, which spill over into the real world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Premise, falls short, out of date

  • By RedDaBEAR on 12-21-13

Addictive listening

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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: 04-22-15

Of the hundreds of audiobooks I've listened to over the years, this was one of the most addictive and enjoyable. The writing sparkled, the narration was excellent, and the topic was deeply interesting to me. Excellent all around.

  • The Age of Cryptocurrency

  • How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
  • By: Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882

Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem truly to understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice intro, imaginative stuff, but boosterish

  • By Philo on 09-25-15

Thorough, balanced and full of information

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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: 03-17-15

If you have even a passing interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, definitely get this. Highly educational, and you can't go wrong with Sean Pratt as narrator. A classic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful