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  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

Not something I have read about before

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Any additional comments?

I listen/read to a lot of books and this one covered a subject I have not seen before. And did it in a captivating way. There were times when I could not stop listening. I am hoping that I never have to use the information that I learned, but I will be prepared if I do :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil

  • The Secret to Freedom and Success
  • By: Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller, Phil Gigante
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,612
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,598

In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the most powerful information of your life

  • By Chelsea on 10-13-11

Had to listen in short bursts

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Any additional comments?

I was determined to finish this book because of the reviews I read about how transforming the information was (it was pretty good), but I had to listen to it just a little bit at a time because the narration was choppy.

  • Make It Stick

  • The Science of Successful Learning
  • By: Peter C. Brown
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063

To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head and will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN

  • By ANDRÉ on 11-22-14

Put the concepts to use with my kids right away

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Any additional comments?

I taught my middle school son the concepts as he studied for his social studies test - he made a 100. I am anticipating his grades will continue to improve as he now knows how to more actively listens in class and the importance of reviewing the material before and after class.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raise the Bar

  • An Action-Based Method for Maximum Customer Reactions
  • By: Jon Taffer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

If there’s anyone who can prevent a bar or restaurant from going belly-up, it’s Jon Taffer. Widely considered the greatest authority in the food and beverage, hotel, and hospitality industries, he runs the biggest trade show in the business and has turned around nearly 1,000 bars and at least that many restaurants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish Jon was the narrator!!

  • By Bonnie on 03-04-15

Entertaining and informative

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Any additional comments?

I am in no way involved in the bar business (I am a physician) but I found great nuggets of information that I can use in my practice. It was interesting to hear about different restaurants/bars and the changes he made to make them successful. Great narration.

  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,697

What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic.

  • By Gare&Sophia on 12-05-12

Highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

Would you listen to The Charisma Myth again? Why?

Yes. The book had so many pearls I took 7 pages of notes (typed, single space)

What about Lisa Cordileione’s performance did you like?

Her voice was easy to listen to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It had a lot of information that I had to think about, as well as some exercises to do so it is better to fully understand one section before moving on the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Tomorrow

  • By: Peter Bognanni
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way in town. Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking 16-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The House of Tomorrow

  • By L. Persyn on 08-29-10

The House of Tomorrow

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-10

The House of Tomorrow is about a sheltered boy cared for by his grandmother who is raising him to save the world, through the teachings of Buckminster Fuller. Through a series of events, he is befriended by a punk rock kid. The interactions between these two young boys are hilarious. Sebastian is naive and practical, and has a hard time following the sarcastic remarks made by Jared, who has been through more than the typical teenager.

The audio version is very well done. The narrator captures the innocence of Sebastian and the sarcastic tone of Jared perfectly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eat, Pray, Love

  • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,757

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inner Journey within an External One

  • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-10

Eat, Pray, Love is about a recently divorced writer who journeys to Italy, India and Indonesia to heal and find herself again. I thought this was an entertaining memoir and enjoyed reading about the places she visited.

I think she did an excellent job narrating the book and I don't think anyone could have done it better. There were many characters in the book and she did the various accents very well.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,341

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Will make you laugh and cry

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-10

Whether you are a dog lover or not, you will love this book.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a philosophical, television-watching dog named Enzo, who dreams of the day he becomes a man. He gives us his wise (and comedic) observations of the world as he helps his owner, a race car driver who faces a series of heart-wrenching experiences.

This is a book you almost have to listen to. There is a part of the book that involves a voice synthesizer that had me laughing out loud. I don't know if the written word would have had the same effect.

  • On Folly Beach

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Lyssa Browne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and they are why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't want to get out of your car

  • By L. Persyn on 08-08-10

You won't want to get out of your car

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-10

Karen White's intriguing novel perfectly blends mystery and history. The mystery begins with notes written in the margins of books. The notes take a young widow on a journey to the 1940s as she discovers the secrets of a South Carolina family. Once you start listening you won't want to stop...I found myself sitting in the car, wondering what was going to happen next.

This book is also about book lovers, which always helps me identify with the characters. On Folly Beach encouraged me to do more research about Folly Beach, WWII and life in the 1940s.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Social Media 101

  • Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online
  • By: Chris Brogan
  • Narrated by: Chris Brogan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

With Social Media 101, you can quickly bring your business up to speed on the most effective social media marketing strategies. In this one-stop guide based on years of research, longtime blogger and best-selling author Chris Brogan compiles all the tactics and tools you need to get up and running with social media while avoiding the pitfalls.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Start

  • By Eran Gal on 05-23-10

Please hire a professional

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-10

Note to authors: Please hire a professional to read your books!! Chris Brogan takes a deep breath between each sentence and it just doesn't flow. Sometimes I will take pages of notes from a book. I only wrote three sentences from this one. The questions at the end of each section started to annoy me.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful