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  • Audacity

  • How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail
  • By: Jonathan Chait
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Over the course of eight years, Barack Obama has amassed an array of outstanding achievements. His administration saved the American economy from collapse, expanded health insurance to millions who previously could not afford it, negotiated an historic nuclear deal with Iran, helped craft a groundbreaking international climate accord, reined in Wall Street, and crafted a new vision of racial progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good and balanced view of the Obama years

  • By Paul on 02-01-17

Insightful & "Unbelievable" ;)

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Great account of how partisan politics and messaging holds back the great American potential and how Barack Obama succeeded in changing the country nonetheless.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insights into the Brain

  • By Tom Johnson on 11-28-12

Hard topic made easy

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Bob's performance and David's choice of words manage to make a "dry" theoretical topic not just easy to follow but practical and thus easy to try for yourself as you follow along.

Insights are packaged in ways that make understanding how they might affect you, as the listener, as simple as coming to the insights yourself... Without the hard research that is required.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Work Rules!

  • Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Multifaceted

  • By jeremiah on 04-07-15

A must-read for HR everywhere

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Brilliant insights to make your workplace better, attract the right people and create an environment where people can do their best work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

  • The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator is awful

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-15-14

Recording below par

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book has interesting content. It is a shame that the listening experience detracts from it.

How could the performance have been better?

while good content - the recording of this book suffers from inconsistent volume & repeated paragraphs which diminish the listening experience;
Consistent volume levels and less frequent paragraph repetitions would be appreciated.

  • The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

  • The Tell-it-Like-it-is Guide to Cleaning Up in Business, Even if You Are at the End of Your Roll
  • By: Mike Michalowicz
  • Narrated by: Mike Michalowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

"Never started a company before? Struggling with little or no cash? Have no experience, no baseline to judge your progress against? Thank God! You've got a shot at making this work." So says Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, a business book that is so uniquely useful, so raw and entertaining, it reads like the brainchild of Steve Jobs and Chris Rock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what this 60 year old needed to renegade.

  • By John on 09-12-16

Read in reverse order

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

This is the first book in Mike's series of books and having listened to them in reverse order, the insights Mike provides in later books with regards to the context in which this book played out help put it into perspective.

A great performance with a good story but I would encourage everyone to read Mike's other books first.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful