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  • Revolution

  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

You have been lied to, told there's no alternative, no choice, and that you don’t deserve any better. Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists, and BBC stalwarts. This audiobook makes revolution not only possible but inevitable and fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fabulous

  • By Dan on 01-05-15

I EVOL this book

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Russell Brand is an intriguing person who has written a book that's both entertaining and thought provoking.

This book is a joy to listen to while at the same time makes you think and wonder about the way the world works. More importantly he proposes some very powerful ideas and concepts for a better and fairer society. It's easy to disagree on certain points but a lot of this really makes sense.

There is some repetition that can get a bit annoying but he does get his point across. It may not be enough to actually start a world wide revolution but is is quite revolutionary to me personally.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Finders Keepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,046

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King

  • By PlantCrone on 06-21-16

I expected more but wasn't disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

After the great Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers isn't as good as it's predecessor. However, it's an entertaining and exciting listen. I definitely enjoyed it although it didn't completely live up to my expectations. Fortunately we can probably expect a third part featuring the wonderful Hodges, Holy and Jerome.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,047
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,062

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

It's Silicon Valley in "1984"

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

Reviewed: 05-27-14

The Circle is a dystopian novel that really makes you wonder how the use of (social) media affects our lives. Although the plot isn't very surprising, it is an intriguing story that unfolds beautifully. The fact that it almost sounds like non fiction is quite disturbing. Dave Eggers is ahead of his time and I think there are some valuable lessons to be learned here.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red

  • My Uncensored Life in Rock
  • By: Sammy Hagar
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo. This is the life of Sammy Hagar. For almost 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Right Now", and "Why Can't This Be Love".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RED ROCKER SCORES ANOTHER #1 HIT

  • By Bruce on 12-10-13

Unexpected lessons on life, music and business.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Sammy Hagar is an interesting character. Here's a guy who has experienced a life that sounds like a moviescript: Born and raised under difficult circumstances with a father who drinks and fights most of the time, Sammy beats the odds to become a very successful rock star and serial entrepreneur.

I must say that I admire Sammy's upbeat, straigh forward and at times almost naive view on life. He may be in his sixties but he has the joy and energy of an eight year old. The fact that his childlike enthousisasm has lead him to major success both in music and business is quite impressive.

Throughout the book Sammy appears to be as honest about himself as the other people he talks abouts. Nobody get's spared, himself included but it never comes across as mean. The story of his life is full of extremes, contradictions and even some valuable lessons on life, music and business.

  • Give and Take

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Success
  • By: Adam M. Grant Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Brian Keith Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • recycled material

  • By Matt Dallas on 11-26-15

Good guys don't alway finish last

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

Reviewed: 01-30-14

What did you love best about Give and Take?

Listening to this book was refreshing, exciting and rewarding. Why? Because it shows that success doesn't need to come at the expense of others but by helping others.

Personally, I always questioned wether my urge to help others was affecting my success business in a negative way. Maybe I just needed to become a more tough and less compassionate entrepreneur? Now I know that being kind and giving to others can lead to bigger success than being unkind and taking from others.

Being a (very) successful giver is possible, that's great news!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rework

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice

  • By Paul on 06-18-10

Great for old fashioned entrepreneurs, not for me.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-14

What did you like best about Rework? What did you like least?

I guess the authors of this book would be pleased if I call them arrogant. They talk about themselves with an certain superiority that made me want stop listening. But I did finish Rework and I wasn't too impressed. Most of this book wasn't new to me or would be to any modern entrepreneur. However, if you're a bit more conservative this could really be an eye opener. The authors do know what they are talking about and I didn't feel it was a waste of my time. It gave me a few good ideas and made me freshen up my memory.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson again?

I'm a bit hesitant but never say never.

What did you take away from Rework that you can apply to your work?

- Don't wait for things to be perfect, when you have created something get it out there and improve things along the way.
- Create enough time to work uninterrupted during each working day, it makes you more
productive.

Any additional comments?

This book isn't bad, it's just not for me.

  • How to Be Sick

  • A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
  • By: Toni Bernhard
  • Narrated by: Deon Vozov
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST book for chronic suffers

  • By Brooke on 08-26-15

A gentle gesture for the chronically ill

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There are several powerful concepts in Buddhism that do actually offer relief for someone like me, who is chronically ill. The authors personal story is remarkable and her advice is quite valuable. Some parts were more interesting than others but overall it was a listen that I wouldn't want to have missed.

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in Buddhism and have a chronic disease this is a great book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful