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  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

This book is invaluable to the person trying to become a professional

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Took some time to digest the book upon finishing it. Its lessons extend way beyond explanations of simple triggers and what to do about them. I'm a big fan of the author now, and love his advice. If at first the book seems mediocre bear through. The second half is meaty and after you finish the book you'll realize that somehow the first half was meatier than you thought. It's like the first half leaves you prepared to accept and then digest the second half. Getting the book in paperback now for round two.

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

If you happen to find a map in a dead buccaneer's sea trunk, you can't very well ignore it, not if you are Jim Hawkins and his friends Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett, and Squire Trelawney! But even with a map, buried treasures are not easy things to come by.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This edition is ABRIDGED

  • By A on 07-31-15

So fun

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Hard to "put this down," or stop listening. Loved this tale. It's recommended! Nice narration, too.

  • Leonardo's Brain

  • Understanding da Vinci's Creative Genius
  • By: Leonard Shlain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

Bestselling author Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy (yes), and then employing state of the art left-right brain scientific research to explain his universal genius. Shlain shows that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as Da Vinci and he peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Varied Approach with Surprising Results

  • By Nick Ingrassellino on 06-02-15

Quackery?

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

Reviewed: 07-19-15

I don't know just how little of the information in here is worth anything, as the author seems to believe some rather odd things. One odd belief is that remote viewing is an established and widely accepted scientific fact and that Leonardo could thus possibly look through space-time. The author often state's that there's no other explanation for things like Leonardo's descriptions of sand dunes, or the number of houses on Crete. Really? Leonardo couldn't have heard or read accounts of these things? Beyond that the work is rather rambling. Captivating at some points, yes, but is the information presented to be taken seriously? As always Grover Gardner's voice is like butter, so you have that to look forward to, at least.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Practicing Mind

  • Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,721
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

  • By azmom on 04-04-15

Will serve as either a great introduction or refresher

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Mindfulness, Sterner is practicing it. Sterner's words will either get you interested, or re-enthused. This is a short, flowing book, well written, and though performed by the writer, well performed. That last bit was a nice surprise, I haven't had much luck with well-narrated works when the author has filled in as narrator. Read this! "The Practicing Mind" will be benefit you.

  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

  • By: C. Nathan DeWall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: C. Nathan DeWall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 997

Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't skimp on this one

  • By DaemonZeiro on 07-11-13

Poor narrative ability

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

This isn't a book, obviously, so it's not going to have as flowing a narration as might well written prose. Still, this professor is a poor lecturer, and too good a rambler. Was he trying to stretch the little material covered within so as to fill up the requisite number of 30 minute lectures, or instead, was he unable to formulate lectures with brevity so that a more satisfying amount of information could be covered? Who's to say?

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

Terrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

If you can slug through one of the worst narrations on the website, especially considering the delicate subject matter, the material is sound. If you were to start somewhere this would be a great place, if the narration wasn't so bad. Luckily you have other options, such as Pinker's "The Sense of Style," highly recommended for its content, quality, and narration.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Outline of History

  • Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 44 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Having coined the phrase "the war that will end war," H. G. Wells was disillusioned by the World War I peace settlement. Convinced that humanity needed to awaken to the instability of the world order and remember lessons from the past, the author of science-fiction classics set out to write about history. Wells hoped to remind mankind of its common past, provide it with a basis for international patriotism, and guide it to renounce war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Adam on 03-07-12

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Took me back to Gibbon's "Decline and Fall," but was much broader, and made up of only one 40+ hour volume instead of three. Though this work is clearly a product of its time Wells is able to move beyond, in parts, to be truly timeless. Thus, the commentary in "Outline" is much more modern and relevant than Gibbon's. I always thought I liked Wells. I've enjoyed some of his fiction, and now through this great work of nonfiction I know I have a deep love for Wells' mind, and its ideas.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lessons of History

  • By: Will, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must for every Educated Person

  • By BradleyBurr on 10-29-07

More than just an audiobook, unfortunately

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Grover Gardner is great, the book's contents are nice, too. However the professional narrative is interspersed with interviews had with the author at an exceedingly advanced age. The interviewer asks poor questions and the author is hardly understandable. At times the author speaks contrary not only to his own responses but also to the material from the actual work.

  • Sociology

  • A Down-to-Earth Approach, 10/e
  • By: James M. Henslin
  • Narrated by: Mina Sands
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

James Henslin shares the excitement of sociology, with his acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, he shares with readers his passion for sociology.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A nightmare to try and manage

  • By Eric on 08-21-13

A nightmare to try and manage

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This audiobook downloaded in a disconnected bunch of 1(ish) hour segments. Some segments began at the start of chapters, others did not. Further, Audible didn't automatically parse them together as per usual. Each segment was treated as its own audiobook. Finally, I couldn't find a beginning segment. I've used Audible a lot, and in this presentation, Audible seriously let me down.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason

  • By: James Hall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Everyone has to think in order to function in the world, but what is the best way to reason effectively in your pursuit of reliable beliefs and useful knowledge? What is the best way to prove a case, create a rule, solve a problem, justify an idea, invent a hypothesis, or evaluate an argument? In short, what is the best way to think? Professor Hall helps you cut through deception and faulty reasoning in these 24 humorous, clear, and interesting lectures, offering a friendly but intellectually rigorous approach to the problem of thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Douglas on 08-18-13

It's great, but not for audio-only

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

Reviewed: 07-28-13

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor James Hall?

I have tried some of "The Great Courses," even before they appeared on audible. One each on Math, Art, Public Speaking, Meditation, and now his Logic course. "The Great Courses" could be more aptly named "The Hit or Miss Courses" simply because the quality of the Professors, their presentations, and their actual relation to the subject matter varies intensely. Of the courses I have tried, three (math, art, and public speaking) weren't worthwhile for various reasons. The public speaking course was so poor in every way that the professor wasn't even associated with his university's communications program, and was one of the worst presenters I've ever encountered. On the other hand the meditation course was honestly fantastic, and this course, too, would be fantastic. Yet, logic, even a basic and abridged introduction (or recap, depending on your life experiences so far) is complex. You're not going to retain (or even be able to imagine) everything Dr. Hall is discussing, and that's a problem. Apparently it is possible to go to "The Great Courses" website to purchase a hard copy of the workbook/ guide (yet, not the electronic version) without repurchasing the course. Audible should be providing the electronic version of the supplemental material, or it should be available, and heavily discountable, through Amazon with a clearly associated link. Until such an option is available I'd save your money or your credit for use on what you subscribed to this service for, an audio book. There are so many good reads waiting for you!

What did you like best about this story?

Dr. James Hall is clearly an "expert," that word being used as a compliment with the intended meaning being that the professor defines in the course (someone who has spent a long, long time thinking over a set of problems and thus really knows their stuff)!

What does Professor James Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

There isn't a book to read, and that's a problem, unless you have an obscenely perfect memory... Which may be its own sort of problem?

What character would you cut from Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason?

There aren't any characters

Any additional comments?

From here on out I'm sticking to audio books.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful