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  • Building a StoryBrand

  • Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
  • By: Donald Miller
  • Narrated by: Donald Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,580

Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts to Feel Like One Big Ad for Authors Product

  • By ManBearPig on 12-06-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

1) to the point 2) very well explained 3) great empathy. The result, the reference intro in modern marketing!

  • Significant Figures

  • The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians
  • By: Ian Stewart
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twenty-five great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Derek on 11-23-17

Mostly entertaining while touching some deeper mathematical concepts

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Good narrative, most chapters move at a good pace. Nicely gently touches some deeper math. Audio version just not fully convincing: did the narrator fully understand everything?

  • The Friendly Orange Glow

  • The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture
  • By: Brian Dear
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

At a time when Steve Jobs was only a teenager and Mark Zuckerberg wasn't even born, a group of visionary engineers and designers - some of them only high school students - in the late 1960s and 1970s created a computer system called PLATO, which was not only years but light-years ahead in experimenting with how people would learn, engage, communicate, and play through connected computers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memory lane for the cyberist.

  • By Robert C. Hickcox on 08-08-18

A very detailed computer assisted education history!

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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: 05-12-19

A marvelously well written account of a very early computer assisted education system. Incredibly detailed anecdotes keeps the story fresh and multiple successes and failures make it all still very relevant. A very unique book because of the depth of details from hundreds of individuals!

  • Several Short Sentences About Writing

  • By: Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Narrated by: Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It's the harmful debris of your education - a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and think. There is no gospel, no orthodoxy, no dogma in this book. What you'll find here isn't the way to write. Instead, you'll find a way to clear your mind of illusions about writing and discover how you write.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple facts of mastering writing

  • By James Litsios on 03-23-19

Simple facts of mastering writing

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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: 03-23-19

Write and learn, at some point you may become good at it. This book makes that path believable.

  • Small Fry

  • By: Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

A frank, smart, and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs' poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the '70s and '80s, Small Fry is an enthralling audiobook by an insightful new literary voice. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good writing won’t save you from boredom

  • By J. Colborn on 01-18-19

Experience someone’s dysfunctional relations

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Read the book to experience the other more dysfunctional side of the story. And I would recommend this book for that purpose: see it as home studies in psychology. But don’t read this book for the narrative, the writing, or the story.
While the book sounds like so many other’s dysfunctional family relationships, the fact that Steve Jobs is in it makes it readable. There is value in hearing of other’s hardships, and that is the value of this book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Testimony

  • By: Robbie Robertson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

On the 40th anniversary of The Band's legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best autobiographies I've ever read!

  • By DMHVetSurveyor on 11-21-16

Slightly too smooth narrative, but still fun

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

It’s a great story, with lots of almost fantastic anecdotes, and yet it is told in an ever too polished manner, which resonates slightly off. Yet this need to please is probably in part why Robbie Robertson succeeded, and therefore also part of the story.

  • Narrative Structures and the Language of the Self

  • Theory Interpretation Narrative
  • By: Matthew Clark
  • Narrated by: Doug Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Narrative Structures and the Language of the Self by Matthew Clark offers a new way of thinking about the interrelation of character and plot. Clark investigates the characters brought together in a narrative, considering them not as random collections but as structured sets that correspond to various manifestations of the self. The shape and structure of these sets can be thought of as narrative geometry, and various geometries imply various theories of the self.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Topic, Unsuccessfully Addressed

  • By A. Yerkes on 05-17-15

Study of self and their interactions in narratives

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Highly recommended book that presents a theory of self through its use in narratives.
The author uses narrative excerpts, probably well over a hundred of them, often taken from very well know authors, to explore and structure a model of self. He builds upon philosophy, psychology, and simply "good story telling", to achieve a remarkable and valuable cohesion. The result is very insightful.

Sadly the (small) narrative extracts in French and German in the audible version are spoken phonetically, and are laughable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Man with the Golden Typewriter

  • By: Ian Fleming, Fergus Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

On 16 August 1952, Ian Fleming wrote to his wife, Ann, 'My love, This is only a tiny letter to try out my new typewriter and to see if it will write golden words since it is made of gold'. And he did write golden words: 14 best-selling James Bond books, and an equally energetic flow of letters to his wife, publisher, editors, fans, friends and critics, charting 007's progress....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming revealed through his letters

  • By James Litsios on 05-10-18

Ian Fleming revealed through his letters

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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: 05-10-18

Because these are the original letters of Ian Fleming, this is also the original voice of Ian Fleming. And to hear it is to marvel as we learn more of his inner self, his humor, and his pains.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,376

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Good ideas, but too thin. Poor ending.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

Simply put 90% of the book builds the story, which the author does well. Yet that 10% at the end, where the author deconstructs what has been built to reveal its secrets and remove its ambiguities does not work well: it is unbalanced, and it did not work for me. I struggle to read to the end, having lost all interest in the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Night Without Stars: A Novel of the Commonwealth

  • Chronicle of the Fallers Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

The planet is isolated from the rest of the universe, unable to seek help as it's targeted by hostile aliens. Bienvenido's ruling authorities have slowly responded to this gradual infiltration, but they have no idea that a highly organized invasion is now under way, designed to wipe out all human life on the planet. All factions must work together to survive. Unfortunately, due to prejudice against enhanced Eliter humans and crippling technophobia, the parochial government won't collaborate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Space Opera

  • By Gr on 11-08-16

Sad

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

This story fails to work. The story starts with a few directions, and then adds a few more, to then just fall apart, as theme by theme, the author chops away at the story, to end up with very little. I stopped halfway in the last chapter.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful