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R. Russell

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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A world controlled by cognitive dissonance

  • By Philomath on 09-05-18

A must read or hear for any human being!

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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: 09-24-18

This is a realistic and scientific assessment of our current challenges as human beings.

It ends with practical advice to learn to know yourself more clearly (mental and emotional states) and to view that clarity with equanimity to be a better human being. To grow and flourish with well being and to reduce the suffering to other human beings.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,931

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

One of my favorites of all time!

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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: 02-04-18

Amazing story, beautiful world, poignant writing, great narration. Good character depth. And lots of questions. Highly recommended.

  • Joy on Demand

  • The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
  • By: Chade-Meng Tan
  • Narrated by: Telly Leung
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don't need to meditate for hours, days, months, or years to achieve lasting joy - you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as 15 seconds. Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle and, once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Distilled actionable mindfulness

  • By R. Russell on 09-26-16

Distilled actionable mindfulness

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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: 09-26-16

I've been a Zen Buddhist for 15 years and Chade is able to really distilled down a lot of really core pieces of my personal (also experiential) spiritual paths. Most of those are rooted in my years of wrangling with Buddhist philisophy.

Many people ask me for good ways to start, and this book has catapulted to the top of my recommended books. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,057
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,585

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

Whispering sweet geekyness to me

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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: 08-12-15

Where does You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in my top 10 books overall. Patrick Rothfuss, Earnest Cline, Jack Campbell, Steven Brust and now her. It's not the traditional sci-fi or fantasy that I usually read, but it's witty, charming and funny book that has me identifying with her in so many ways.

#Neverwierd

What other book might you compare You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) to and why?

None. I don't ever really go for memoirs.

What does Felicia Day and Joss Whedon - foreword bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I get to hear the author read her own book. She's got a very endearing way of delivering her "voice" that really adds a lot to the experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Still in the midst of it, but I like how I can identify with her in a very real and tangible way.

Any additional comments?

Liked her in Dr Horrible's, Loved her in The Guild, and now she's written this. Didn't know if she'd be a good author/writer, but she's done a great job and I'd highly recommend it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Rithmatist

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,251

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the chalk!

  • By Brandon on 05-17-13

Really enthralling

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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: 01-08-15

Where does The Rithmatist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's midway. It will be interesting to hear if there are any new books in this world.

  • Great by Choice

  • By: Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Insight!!

  • By Kurt on 11-03-11

A stand out management book

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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: 06-04-12

What made the experience of listening to Great by Choice the most enjoyable?

It was read by one of the authors and you can hear the conviction in his voice. It keeps me engaged and interested.

What about Jim Collins’s performance did you like?

He spoke with conviction and really believes what he's written. It translates very well to his spoken word.