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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,282

More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adds a bit to the Movie

  • By Brad on 12-22-15

Lots of imagery with very little back story

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was looking for back story. More history, genealogy, technical details. Instead this was just a visual representation of the movie with no value added.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,595

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

A Platform from which to Launch Yourself

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

What did you love best about Elon Musk?

I learned that a man with far fewer resources than Gates, Brin, Page, or Jobs was willing to go broke several times over for his passions. I also reacquired interest in nearly all subjects in the book, from Mars to Electric Cars. It even piqued my interest in Paypal again (even though I have read half a dozen books about it already). After reading this book, I downloaded "Mars Direct", "The Martian" and "The X-15 Rocket Plane". I also spent an entire day watching Youtube videos on SpaceX and Tesla, and drifted into the whole world of Apollo all over again.

What other book might you compare Elon Musk to and why?

Actually, I expected this book to be like Steve Jobs and its comeback story. I also expected it to be like Game Change, with all the dysfunction. It wasn't like either. Much less of the Ex-wife stuff and modern day resurrection of the Messiah, and much more of Tesla, SpaceX, Zip2, X, Paypal, Solar City and others.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't sure what to read next. But after listening to this book, I was buying credits in bulk.

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,374

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

Give me something I can USE!!!

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-07

I agree with many of the 2-4 star reviews, in particularly:
Reviewer: gacsaly, from Walnut Creek, CA, USA Date: December 31, 2006

Reviewer: Mike, from Houston, TX, USA Date: February 07, 2007

These two say it well, so here is something new.

I need to know why so many people believe in such an unnatural concept. Generally, if you leave things alone, they will grow organically. Let them be and they will reach their potential. The market, school choice, ANY choice for that matter will find its natural state if left alone.

So why then have we naturally evolved into a country where a majority believes in something so UNnatural? Why won't we think for ourselves? What are we afraid of?

This is the question I need answered in the next edition. Please help me understand what, in human nature, compels us to believe and trust with our lives that which can't be proven.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Millionaire Next Door

  • The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich
  • By: Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D., William D. Danko Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,818

Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
The Millionaire Mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its OK to drive a Taurus!!

  • By Stephen Dix on 03-30-05

Its OK to drive a Taurus!!

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-05

I have always tried to become rich so I could drive a great car. This book makes it simple. The extra $10k I might spend on a luxury import will translate into $100k less I'll have 15 years from now. Yeah, I get it now.

I thought that because I ran out of money at the end of the month that I must be saving as much as I could afford at the beginning of the month. Truth is, I am spending whatever is left. Simply put more away and I will be in the same position at the end of the month, penniless but with a higher net worth.

Finally, I learned that the govt taxes earnings and not necessarily net worth. Once I calculated that I was really paying 40% of my net worth in income taxes, it became painfully obvious that simply increasing my net worth contributions will automatically reduce my income taxes and therefore burn down this 40% ratio from both ends.

I guess I always knew all this, but apparently I needed this great book to tell me knowing but not doing is just as bad as not knowing at all. So if you say to yourself,'I already know most of this stuff', then look around and ask yourself 'Am I the Millionaire Next Door?'.

165 of 170 people found this review helpful