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J. Mirabal

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  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is not unabridged

  • By Valerian on 06-17-11

Incredible story, amazing narrator.

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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: 09-18-18

Loved the attention to detail. So informative, real and such a compelling story.

John Slattery is such a talented narrator. He has become one of my favorites. I’m sorry I’ve never heard his narration skills before.

  • Secretariat

  • By: William Nack
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story of a great athlete

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-31-14

Phenomenal tribute to a magnificent horse.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-17

The author's passion shines trough. What a treat to read. You Elul not be disappointed.

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  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,397

This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy

  • By David on 01-25-07

And academic discussion about happiness.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-15

"The happiness hypothesis" is an interesting collection of information assimilated across the spectrum from science philosophy that explains how humans can achieve happiness.

This former The jump off point for Chip Heath's , "Switch"." The information The authors findings, that the results would prove fruitful particularly in teaching situations.

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276

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 truths prove to be profound

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-29-15

With everyone up in arms these days about the state of education, it would seem that Atul Gawande MD's little book, Checklist Manifesto' would be finding its way into standard teaching regimens, and yet it has not.

I used this book and the advice it offered by way of anecdotal evidence, and my students ate it up. To be certain, they initially resisted, however it did not take long for them to see the utility of using checklists as part of their every day learning regimen.

Sometimes, throwing money at a problem is not the answer. Sometimes, the answer is drilling down to find out what has worked for others. Rather than wasting time reinventing the wheel, we do ourselves a huge favor by seeing what is at hand. Assessing how we can use what we have in lieu of wasting precious time and energy we improve our chances at success by figuring how to make slight adjustments to tweak what we have to our needs.

That is what Dr. Gawande is showing us. This book will benefit anyone who takes the time to read it. Moreover, it costs nothing more than the price of the book and a genuine interest to apply what seems do elegant and yet do simple.

  • Switch

  • How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
  • By: Dan Heath, Chip Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769

In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better Than Made to Stick

  • By Jeremy on 02-24-10

Actionable ideas and the logic behind them for making change

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-27-15

Chip and Dan Heath present some interesting ideas for effecting change and offer some convincing reasons why they work.

I've seen some of these techniques in the past,but never took the time to understand why they were so effective.

This book is definitely one to put into the teaching arsenal,because learning is about change.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 12 Week Year

  • Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
  • By: Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough meat.

  • By Steven on 12-27-15

Pretty awesome book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Everything seems workable.I gave a few suggestions a try and they are helpful. Because of that,I'm diving in tony first twelve weeks.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • These Is My Words

  • The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
  • By: Nancy E. Turner
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon - from child to determined young adult to loving mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Epic Pioneering Woman Story

  • By Andrea on 01-03-15

Outstanding historical novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-19-15

I cannot wait to see the movie production of this book. Unfortunately, movies are never as good as the books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Amazing Grace

  • William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Marvelous Story Gloriously Told

  • By Douglas on 02-24-13

Thorough, entertaining history.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-15

I'd like to meet Eric Metaxas some day. He is a great storyteller and the mini lessons he offers along the way are as enlightening as they are Germaine to the topic of abolition and the man who dedicated his life to bringing it to an end.