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  • Miles Gone By

  • A Literary Autobiography
  • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
  • Narrated by: William F. Buckley Jr.
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In this autobiography, woven from personal pieces composed over the course of a celebrated writing life of more than 50 years, you'll meet William Buckley the boy, growing up in a family of 10 children; Buckley the daring young political enfant terrible, whose debut book, God and Man at Yale, was a shocking New York Times best seller; Buckley the editor of National Review, widely hailed as the founder of the modern conservative movement; and Buckley the husband and father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insight into Mr. Buckley

  • By Biff on 09-17-08

A+ Delightfully Apolitical Fly-On-The-Wall With 20th Century Greats

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Buckley takes you along with him on journeys over land and sea wonderfully described, coming across dozens of the greats of the 1900’s, from Capote to Reagan.

You get to be that fly-on-the-wall to enjoy the company of the rich and famous in their often opulent surroundings, and he sizes up many of them, mostly graciously.

Buckley’s command of the English language along with his quick witted humor make this one a truly easy and enjoyable romp through that great era in our country.

Made me wistfully miss many of our country’s leaders who’ve passed, and wonder what they would make of today’s world.

  • 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 3,823
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356

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. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Philosophy as Spiritual Downer

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This intellectual has some great insights but his ferocious bashing of all things spiritual are just too many bones to spit out, unless you’re looking for a cheerleader for your atheism. An example of the potential for philosophy to degrade into cynical banality. My rule of thumb: if the practitioner is not a doctor, beware of the medicine being offered.

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  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

50+ Years of Service Deserves a Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Mr. Clapper’s years of service to America- over half a century, and to administrations of both parties - call for listening to what he has to say. In this pivotal time in our country’s history, where we no longer have the luxury of blind faith that democracy itself will stand against ever growing insidious attacks from both within and without, this public servant’s story, and his clarion call, is very timely. His story is an inspiration for gratitude, and for vigilance.

  • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

  • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 20 times longer than necessary

  • By Marc on 02-14-17

Excellent Tips for Happy and Healthy Life

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-28-18

Kept my interest throughout with many intriguing and sometimes counterintuitive tips on getting the brain and entire mind (conscious and subconscious) oriented toward the good stuff which can, as we know, sometimes pose a challenge. I like the PDF and kept my own cheat-sheet of tips to refer to, to maintain and improve my thinking and actions toward living a happier and healthier life. Turns out, it’s on each of us to make that happen.

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

A true gem, essential, foundational - required reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This little gem perfectly models it’s subject: writing with style, which makes its short journey one of pure delight.

I wouldn’t consider myself or any other properly prepared to wield the pen, or the keyboard, without first being baptized in the wisdom found here. The narrator, Frank McCourt, with his Irish brogue, is superb throughout, and artful in his emphasis of particular points.

Please - do yourself, and the rest of us, a huge favor: devour and model this book.

  • Redefining Reality

  • The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science
  • By: Steven Gimbel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Gimbel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479

No subject is bigger than reality itself, and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality is undergoing continual revision and has been for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory is both philosophical and scientific, a metaphysical search for ultimate reality that goes back to the ancient Greeks. For the last 400 years, this search has been increasingly guided by scientists, who create theories and test them in order to define and redefine reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mind = blown

  • By Bailey on 09-13-15

A Delightful Romp Through Science

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Well narrated and highly intellectual without being the least bit stuffy, this delightful romp through science - from black holes to Second Life - is wholeheartedly recommended. Kept my interest throughout, challenged and broadened my concepts, and mixed in a gentle dose of humor with an understated touch. Easy to digest in both small chunks and longer listening sessions. This is one science book I actually look forward to rereading again in the future.

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  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428

In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It really is an optimists guide to scary stuff

  • By Adam Shields on 12-12-16

Minnesota Wisdom for Today’s World

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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: 01-02-18

This is a refreshingly non-political review of the state of the world and the myriad issues and trends we as the global human community face today. As a born and bred Minnesotan growing up in Rochester in the 60’s and 70’s, whose mom was involved in the League of Women Voters and the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and who ran for City Council (she lost, was a bit ahead of her time), I can relate to the down-home yet sophisticated ethos of respect and care for each other in societal groups at every level....the antithesis, sadly, of today’s American political climate.

America, and the world, needs this dose of both “Minnesota smart” and “Minnesota-nice”. Highly recommended.

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,815

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idea-meritocracy/Principles Reference

  • By Patrick Eberle on 06-30-18

The Management/CEO’s Handbook

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Having fewer reports (zero), than the author, this book - while very interesting, insightful and practical - comes across as directed towards folks way above my pay grade. CEOs and VPs in particular. Still, as a small cog in a very big wheel, I recommend it for both perspective on what good management looks like, and for straight-up honorable principles to live by.

74 of 84 people found this review helpful

  • Sneezing Jesus

  • How God Redeems Our Humanity
  • By: Brian Hardin
  • Narrated by: Brian Hardin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
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    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Human. God. Two words that jar against each other and yet describe Jesus perfectly. Jesus was fully human and fully divine, which is extraordinary. But he was also ordinary in the most counterintuitive way: His life shows us what normal humanity is supposed to look like. Jesus came to earth to redeem humanity itself, and through him that redeemed humanity is available to us all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Brian.

  • By Carlos A on 07-19-17

Let the Love of God Infect the Whole World

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This author speaks the truth of God’s Word in a way that is so accessible to me and I’m sure to many others. Reading the Bible day after day with Daily Audio Bible podcast has instilled a wisdom and reservoir from which the author serves us, both in his books and his Bible reading and commentary. Highly recommended.

  • Stop Saying You're Fine

  • Discover a More Powerful You
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

Right now, over 100 million Americans secretly feel frustrated and bored with their lives. If you've come to regard yourself as your own worst enemy; if you constantly daydream and wonder, "Is this all there is?"; if you have a tendency, when asked how you're doing, to just say "Fine," you may be one of them. If this sounds familiar, there's clearly something missing from your life. This book will help you discover what it is, and how to win it back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • STOP and buy The Five Second Rule instead.

  • By Ryan Healey on 07-19-17

This one is not so fine

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I love to get a great pep talk or inspiration to encourage me to up my game in life. This is one is just couldn’t countenance completing. Maybe I’m just as a place where this advice doesn’t much apply, but this one seemed to me somewhat sophomoric in 2017. I’ve read some fine self help books; this isn’t one of them.