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  • The Art of Thinking Clearly

  • By: Rolf Dobelli
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

A novelist, thinker, and entrepreneur, Rolf Dobelli deftly shows that in order to lead happier, more prosperous lives, we don't need extra cunning, new ideas, shiny gadgets, or more frantic hyperactivity - all we need is less irrationality. Simple, clear, and always surprising, this indispensable audiobook will change the way you think and transform your decision making - at work, at home, every day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clearly thought it was a good read

  • By Sam Motes on 06-18-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

If you are moderately intelligent, there is nothing really new for you here. Most of what is said here is fairly common knowledge.

I was expecting looking for a book that dealt more with logic, and this seemed to be just a little too shallow for that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Structuring Your Novel

  • Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
  • By: K. M. Weiland
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Why do some stories work and others don't? The answer is structure. In this IPPY and NIEA Award-winning guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story's major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel's pacing and progression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Resource for Writers

  • By Richard Phillips on 02-01-15

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

This audiobook is just what I was looking for. I liked the clear explanation of story, scene, sequel (not what you might think), and sentence structure so much that I am on my third time listening. I also ended up buying the Kindle book, plus the workbook, as well as both the Kindle and Workbook on Outlining.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Phoenix Rising

  • A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,183

Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Steampunk - worth a listen

  • By Suzanna on 05-11-12

What a terrific intro to steampunk this was for me

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

For some time now, I've been hesitant about trying "steampunk" literature, even though I like steampunk costumes, and as for literature I'm big on science-fiction, and fantasy.

Wow! Am I ever glad I bought this!

I found the story was essentially riveting from the beginning, and then all the way through to the end. I do a lot of driving because of my work, but even with all the driving time, I found myself wanting to sit in the driveway and listen when I got home. I couldn't really wait until the next time I got in the car.

And, by the way, I hate all the driving I have to do. Or may now I should say, I "hated" all the driving. Now I look forward to it. I've already purchased book two in this series, and can't wait to have to get back in the car later today.

As for story details, I'm not giving any of it away. Suffice it to say that I found the appropriate amount of exposition, dialogue, and action. Unsurprisingly to me (and it was the thing that had made me hesitant about steampunk in the first place), there does not seem to be much in the way of explanation of any of the "science" behind the gadgets. In that sense – and, again, I expected this – it simply reminded me of a less sophisticated "Go-Go Gadget" show. But as it turned out, the gadgets aren't much of a distraction; or the story was good enough that I didn't think about the gadgets much.

I enjoyed that the writing took into account not just things like the visuals, but also included even references to smells, the feel of heat, and other sensations. It definitely is some good and thoughtful writing.

Okay. That's it for now. I need to find an excuse to go for a drive.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Ray Bradbury
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Listen before you buy...

  • By Nancy on 01-31-12

Difficult to Understand

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-08

I'd never read this book and always thought that I should. After joining Audible, I figured, "now's my chance."

Perhaps I'm a bit jaded. When this story first came out, it may have been more interesting. Today, it's a little "run of the mill." Parts of it appeared to have been written as an exercise in stream of consciousness writing.

The biggest problem, by far, however, is the narration.

On the one hand, having the author read the work himself probably means that you get a better understanding of the story as he intended it. Who better to make the correct inflections, add excitement in the proper spots and create suspense by pausing just where he intended pauses?

However, Mr. Bradbury apparently had a stroke in 1999. My guess is that the audiobook was recorded after that. I intend no slight towards Mr. Bradbury, but he probably should have had someone else read the book for him. At times, I couldn't understand what he was saying.

Overall, though, I stuck with it. (It gets easier to understand him as you're exposed to his voice more.) I'm glad I did because, although at times the story seemed a bit tedious, by and large I did enjoy it. The rewriting of the history of firemen, in particular, was an interesting idea.

As has been said in other reviews I've read: Listen to the sample and decide for yourself if you think you can handle Mr. Bradbury's voice for the length of the book. Initially, I almost gave the book only 2 stars because of the narration.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The End of America

  • Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
  • By: Naomi Wolf
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Wolf outlines in this citizen call to action - which is reminiscent of Thomas Paine's revered Common Sense - the real threats to our civil liberties that exist and explains how by working together we can stop the growing threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish everyone in Congress would read this

  • By Rick Horowitz on 03-17-08

I wish everyone in Congress would read this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-08

This is a well-thought-out, well-written book. After listening to it, I bought the print version.

The examples and analogies are well-chosen and not overwrought. Before reading the book, I'd often had discussions where I'd tried to make similar arguments. The problem is that most people seem to automatically cringe at any attempt to draw comparisons between prior fascistic governments and what's currently happening in the United States.

The reductio ad Hitlerum argument (term coined by Leo Strauss in 1950) is a "tactic...often used to derail arguments, [and] as such a comparison tends to distract and to result in angry and less reasoned responses." But, as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies (or Godwin's Law), which is sometimes confused with reductio ad Hitlerum, suggests, sometimes such comparisons are appropriate. Or, as George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

REMEMBERING, though, is not enough. There must be a RECOGNITION that what one remembers has application to the present. Otherwise, you won't know when the mistakes are being, or are about to be, repeated.

This book walks through the 10 steps -- and proposes that the model is predictive -- that democracies take on the path to becoming fascist states. This provides the tools for recognition. The arguments are both thought-provoking and compelling.

The narrator's voice is nice; almost TOO nice. She sounds almost seductive. Although I enjoyed listening to her, there were a couple of times I found her approach too relaxing: not conducive to attentive driving.

I wish I could afford to buy copies of this book to send to every United States Congressperson -- for STARTERS. I seriously considered purchasing a large number of copies to give away to some of my friends who take a laissez-faire approach the current U.S. government.

Maybe this book will help revive America before it's truly too late.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Jumper

  • Griffin's Story
  • By: Steven Gould
  • Narrated by: Ted Barker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been. He knows that the men who killed his parents were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin has only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely NOT for kids

  • By TH on 04-15-08

Jump On This One!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-08

I've downloaded numerous books since joining audible.com, but I don't think I've enjoyed another book as well as I've enjoyed this one. I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks in my car (as a criminal defense attorney practicing in multiple counties, I spend a lot of time on the road). I was repeatedly tempted to take this one into the house or office with me. I found myself looking for ways to get stuck in traffic; if a traffic signal looked like it MIGHT turn yellow, I slowed down.

On rare occasions, I did find myself thinking, "Okay...on with it, already" where I felt the story occasionally bogged down. This was rare.

One disappointment is that I really wanted to have more of my "why" and "how" questions answered.

For those who have seen the movie, it is my understanding that the movie and book are different. I haven't seen the movie, but asked someone how it handled his childhood (because it was my understanding the movie has him as an adult). I was told the movie dispensed with his youth in the first 15 minutes or so. The book, on the other hand, ends when he's around 16 years old, as I recall.

And I will say the ending left me somewhat dissatisfied, but I won't say why, so as not to spoil the story for anyone. I still give the book 5 stars and probably will listen to it again sometime soon.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful