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  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art Eats Itself

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-04-16

What a Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

If you like music, any genre, you will probably like this book. it is very intelligently written and extremely entertaining. I love all the insights, factoids, and behind the scenes looks into music. This book has it all. There is even quite a bit of history mixed in. The style is almost conversational.

This book is not to be missed.

  • Other Minds

  • The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
  • By: Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Although mammals and birds are widely regarded as the smartest creatures on earth, it has lately become clear that a very distant branch of the tree of life has also sprouted higher intelligence: the cephalopods, consisting of the squid, the cuttlefish, and above all the octopus. In captivity, octopuses have been known to identify individual human keepers, raid neighboring tanks for food, turn off lightbulbs by spouting jets of water, plug drains, and make daring escapes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathy for an Octopus?

  • By Chris Geschwantner on 05-31-17

Conflicted About This Book

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The book is enjoyable and does deliver some very interesting ideas. I have to remind myself that this is a book written by a philosopher and not a scientist. That's not to demean the book, merely to set it on its proper shelf. I love science and fact so I wish there was more science in the book.

On the other hand, the philosophical ideas are pretty rich. I have never considered the octopus as having a brain which evolved on a totally different track from the mammalian brain. Having a distributed brain is an interesting bit of physiology to ponder too.

While I didn't love this book, I did like it enough to recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

  • Chernobyl

  • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  • By: Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great information on Chernobyl and the USSR

  • By APUser on 06-22-18

Well Worth the Time

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This book held my interest from the first minute. It is a very interesting look at a huge event. What I found particularly unique is that the book is told from a Soviet perspective without the propaganda. I felt genuinely sorry for the people who were on scene.

I expected to learn about the disaster but was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about the event, people, landscape, and system around the plant.

I highly recommend this book if you like this kind of book.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,855

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Abridged? Leftovers?

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This seems like a collection of leftovers from other projects. We're talking about the weather and then we get a mini-biography of an astronaut. While it's all interesting, it's also disjointed. Feels like a sampler. Certainly worth the price.

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  • Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected!

  • By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

Fascinating Topic Very Well Presented

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I had no prior knowledge of free diving and this book was a wonderful surprise. This is an eye-opener and very engaging read. It made me want to know more. That says a lot.

This book is highly recommended.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,279

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

I Did Not Expect to Like This Book

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I wasn't expecting such excellent storytelling. The author takes only controlled liberties with the subject matter. This is probably how Homer would fill in the blanks if writing today.

I enjoyed the book, the audio presentation, and the subject. All good fun.

  • American Pastoral

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,653

Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Masterpiece

  • By Sara on 03-10-14

Excellent Book with a Slightly Imperfect Ending

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

This book is truly spell-binding. The story is a fascinating runup of tension. I found the ending a bit of a letdown but highly recommend the book as one of my all-time favorites.

  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • uhm where is the ending?

  • By Steve on 03-29-17

Good But Very Irritating

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I have to say that what this kid got away with really irritated me. Fortunately, times have changed a lot, and no college junior would be so stupid as the "girls" he duped into his European tour. Luckily for all, as far as we know, this pathological liar never hurt anyone.

As a former loyal Pan Am flyer, it pained me to hear about all the money he scammed from Pan Am. Well, it is a different time, and this book made me glad for improved security.

Despite my animus for the author, it is an exciting tale. I would have liked more on his time in jail, and there should have been restitution---

Don't you find profiting from crime a bit repugnant?

  • How to Get People to Do Stuff

  • Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation
  • By: Susan M. Weinschenk
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

We all want people to do stuff. Whether you want your customers to buy from you, vendors to give you a good deal, your employees to take more initiative, or your spouse to make dinner-a large amount of every day is about getting the people around you to do stuff. Instead of using your usual tactics that sometimes work and sometimes don't, what if you could harness the power of psychology and brain science to motivate people to do the stuff you want them to do - even getting people to want to do the stuff you want them to do?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rehash of Old Stuff

  • By Chris Reich on 04-15-18

Rehash of Old Stuff

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

The title makes a promise that is too good to be true. I should have known that but I took the bait. Like most of this type of books that promise some amazing result, there is practical advice but little about making a specific application.

Tell stories. Yes, we respond to stories. But customers or clients won't eat from your hand because you enticed them with a story. Have you never heard that stories are an effective tool of persuasion?

The narration is not to my liking. In all, the book has some useful tips if you are new to the persuasion game. Otherwise, I think it's best to focus on your offer, be honest, offer a guarantee that covers fear and be real with people. In other words, if you want to get people to do what you want by a technique you find in a book, it won't happen.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,846

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Terrific, Just Terrific

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Here's a secret. I didn't want to like this. Book after book about murder and killing, it's awful. Seems the only mystery these days is who did the killing. I avoid that stuff.

But this is presented as a sort of documentary, investigative report so I thought I'd give it a go. It's very, very good. In fact, it's one of the rare listens that held me so tight there were times that I couldn't stop listening. I wish there were more of these types of listens. Maybe that's an opportunity for genuine reporters today?

It's going to be very interesting to see how this plays out. I thank Audible for this production. It's a gift. The only downside is the constant repetition of the credits.