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Ryan B.

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  • Buddha's Brain

  • The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
  • By: Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius MD
  • Narrated by: Alan Bomar Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neurophysiological Explanation

  • By Roy on 12-01-10

Great brain food.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

I enjoyed hearing about the workings of the brain, how it is shaped by events, and consequently shapes us. Many say We are what we eat. I now feel, just as importantly, our thoughts shape our thoughts. Taking a mindful approach gives us the best opportunity to best use our grey matter. Well, that's what I think anyway.

  • Reinventing You

  • Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
  • By: Dorie Clark
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

A step-by-step guide to reinventing youAre you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. But to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my call to action

  • By Ryan B. on 05-13-15

Not my call to action

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Dorie shares some tremendous insights, and crystallizes many aspects of success into a simple action plan. Each chapter though left me feeling more and more alienated, thinking 'That's a whole lotta work'. For someone wholeheartedly into the title, it might change their life. For someone who enjoyed hearing Dorie on a podcast and curious about what this is all about, like me, it might seem like a uni textbook or workbook. It holds some interest, I got something from it, but I'm feeling I'm fine without following it completely.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,038

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Good fun

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

I've heard this book referred to so often, I had an inkling I must have read it. I liked Adams's imagination and bent background to our civilisation. And it had a fine amount of interesting science fiction nonsense. Though due to the world and aliens he talked about so often & randomly, I found it more jutting with distractions than an enjoyable story.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • complex, surreal and very very long

  • By Phillip on 02-04-12

Wonderful weirdness

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

I enjoyed being enthralled in this quirky, suspenseful story of a bizarre journey between the year 1984 and 1Q84. All the characters are totally unique, and constantly in danger of meeting or in danger of not meeting. It left me wondering what if, and what about... So it was great value all round.

  • Cultural Amnesia

  • Necessary Memories from History and the Arts
  • By: Clive James
  • Narrated by: Clive James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

From Anna Akhmatova to Stefan Zweig, via Charles de Gaulle, Hitler, Thomas Mann and Charlie Chaplin, this varied and unfailingly absorbing book is both story and history, both public memoir and personal record - and provides an essential field-guide to the vast movements of taste, intellect, politics and delusion that helped to prepare the times we live in now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable and well narrated

  • By Larbi on 05-18-08

A great treasure

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

This book is a wonderful, entertaining collection of descriptions of a collection. I didn't know all the people described. Along the way I enjoyed learning a hell of a lot even about the ones I thought I did know. Clive James is the master narrator. He connects stories, intertwines histories and has an amazing insight into the abundance of literary styles and influences.

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