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Auburn, MA, United States
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  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,442

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Inspiring, Informative and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-01-11

What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

I think the author captures the essence of Steve Jobs very well. It seemed to me the author did justice to the story of Jobs. Managed to keep it real and authentic but still narrated the charisma of Steve and Apple very well

What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

I loved his performance

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

iThink Different

1 of 1 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 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,600

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

Simple yet profound idea. Very well presented.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-10

Once again, Atul Gawande has put forth a very impressive narrative. Yes, people associated with medicine would like this book but, the premise of this book reaches far beyond that. Dr. Gawande has put his argument in the book in a lucid and convincing manner. If you have ever asked :How can I do my tasks a little better? Checklist Manifesto is your answer! The book has made a profound change in how I think about my day to day tasks.

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,529

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Transports you to a different world

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-09

Wonderfully written saga, takes the audience to a whole new world. Having read other books by the same author, it seems like this novel is in part a biography.Verghese has been able to weave a very interesting background for his characters. I think the story dragged to start with but soon enough it got very enjoyable. Good Narration as well.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,692

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Very Engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-09

Some listeners found the book too simplistic. But, that was precisely why i liked it. I felt that his simple, engaging narrative makes the rather complex ideas very easy to understand, absorb and remember.I went back and listened to his previous two books and I liked those too. But, I enjoyed this one the most. Besides, the author narrating the book makes it even more enjoyable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eat, Pray, Love

  • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,603

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inner Journey within an External One

  • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

Excellent book , Very well Narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-08

It is very rare that one gets to an audiobook which gives the listener an experience which is equal or better than reading the book itself. This book is very much like that. Very well constructed narration which gives us glimpses into the authors life without getting preachy or full of self pity. It left me feeling positive about myself and human nature in general. I would highly recommend this book . Its a great book to gift as well.

  • Better

  • A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999

Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Well Read

  • By L. M. Roberts on 05-23-10

Well written , Keeps you engaged througout

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-07

A very well written book, as good if not better than the first book. Great narration as well. I think this book would interest anyone in health care profession obviously. But, I am sure it would interest non health care professional reades as much.

A liked how he ended the book with some great but simple suggestions for his readers to be become what he call a positive deviant : Ask, Do not complain, Count, Write and Change.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Two Lives

  • By: Vikram Seth
  • Narrated by: Vikram Seth
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Two Lives is both a history of a violent century seen through the eyes of two survivors and an intimate portrait of their friendship, marriage, and abiding yet complex love. Part biography, part memoir, part meditation on our times, this is the true tale of two remarkable lives, a masterful telling from one of our greatest living writers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow start but keeps getting better

  • By Vivek on 11-09-05

A slow start but keeps getting better

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-05

I bought this book on an impluse. I had read his "Suitable Boy" and jumped at a chance to read his latest book. I think he is a fine author. I must say I did not enjoy this book as much as I had liked "Suitable Boy" but then I think a comparison between those two books is unfair. This book is more personal and therefore more 'real'. The narration by Vikram Seth is very engaging. I think this book would be enjoyed by all those who have read Vikram Seth before. This book gives you an insight into the author himself. Its almost like having a chance to meet the author in person and getting to know him.
If you like fiction, if you have read Vikram Seth before, I am sure you will enjoy this book.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Reefer Madness

  • Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Eric Schlosser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays - pot, porn, and illegal immigrants.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not What It Could Have Been

  • By Qbook on 11-23-04

Not half as good as Fast Food Nation

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-05

I bought this book with hig expectations. I was very impressed with the previous book by this author "Fast Food Nation" . I found this book a little too tedious and lengthy. I think an abriged version of this book might be a better "read". But, the biggest letdown was the narration. The narator of Fast Food Nation was very good, he kept the listner engaged with his enthusiatic style. Eric the author himself narrates this book and I found him very monotonous and boring.