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  • The Art of Procrastination

  • A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off
  • By: John Perry
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 622

John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Procrastinate on listening to this

  • By Reasonable Reader on 09-19-16

enjoyable, lol funny and true

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

tongue in cheek, but true. i enjoyed this book. if you are one of those super organized, a-types then you will find this book irritating. ADD types and other assorted procrastinators will enjoy.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,797
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,159
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,177

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

Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

Unlike Brave New World and 1984, this feels obviously closer and more relevant to our society. Chillingly close to reality.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Triple Package

  • Why Groups Rise and Fall in America
  • By: Amy Chua, Jed Rubenfeld
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

It may be taboo to say, but some groups in America do better than others. Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. Nigerians earn doctorates at stunningly high rates. Indian and Chinese Americans have much higher incomes than other Americans; Jews may have the highest of all. Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Triple Thumbs Up!!

  • By CBlox on 02-07-14

interesting, but not life changing

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

interesting and entertaining theory. much of it makes sense in a macro view, I can see why some people might get worked up over some of the ideas in the book. Form your own decisions.

  • The Company

  • A Novel of the CIA
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,830

"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says ( Publishers Weekly).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang on to your Hat

  • By Cynthia on 01-17-03

Excellent listen. Didn't wan't the book to end

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

one of the best books of the genre. Littel does a masterful job waving real events and milestones into the characters, in a way that makes them central. really enjoyable and highly recommended.

  • One Summer

  • America, 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why 1927?

  • By Mark on 10-18-13

Bryson never fails to entertain!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

I am amazed at how Bryson manages to pull together all this detailed research and presents it in the wonderful flowing narrative.

Not my favorite Bryson book, but still an entertaining read. was able to listen to it in sporadic periods over a few weeks, and given the nature of the book, you don't need to be incredibly immersed to pick up where you left off without losing the essence.

The book is entertaining and an interesting angle to come at when trying share a plethora of trivia. I always come away learning new things from Bryson's books and this one was no different in that regard.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prime Ministers

  • An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
  • By: Yehuda Avner
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 300

The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings listeners into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great and fascinating book, wrong narrator.

  • By Eli on 10-06-13

Great and fascinating book, wrong narrator.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-13

I started reading the dead tree version of the book and was completely hooked. I thought I knew the history well, but the author provides some fascinating insights and background color to some of the most monumental and historical events in the modern State of israel.

I don't know who decided to choose the narrator (who is actually a fine narrator - heard his other books) but he just can't do the hebrew and yiddish phrases peppered throughout the book. (After all this is a book about Israeli prime ministers, who were all natives of Eastern Europe -except one, Rabin). Even as a trilingual speaker, I had a hard time understanding his rendition or pronunciation of common hebrew and yiddish phrases, let alone the rich inflection necessary to convey the necessary nuance.

So overall, this is a fascinating and well written book that I would highly recommend. If the mispronunciation of the hebrew or yiddish will bother you, then think about the print version)

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,841

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will isten again and again

  • By Ann Marie on 12-27-04

Fundamental book that belongs in every library

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

I first tried reading this when I was 19, I couldn't make it past the second chapter before losing interest. 10 years later, a little wiser and humbler, this book impacted me tremendously.

Deep perception and insight into the human condition woven together with Frankl's story of survival in the Nazi death camps make this book one of the most compelling tomes you will ever read. Time and time again Frankl's nuggets of wisdom have helped me through difficult moments.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

  • 30 True Things You Need to Know Now
  • By: Gordon Livingston
  • Narrated by: James Jenner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Full of things we may know but have not articulated to ourselves, Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart is a gentle and generous alternative to the trial-and-error learning that makes wisdom such an expensive commodity. For everyone who feels a sense of urgency that the clock ticks and still we aren't the person we'd like to be, it offers solace, guidance, and hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the

  • By T. Combs on 06-07-07

A book I would recommend to my children

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

Many simple and common sense truths well presented and distilled. One of the few books I have listened to more than once and highly recommend.

IMHO, this is also Livingston's best book. (I also purchased the paper version after listening to the audio)

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Audiobook so far

  • By Herve Bronnimann on 03-25-04

Loved it. Very different take on time travel.

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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: 09-02-12

The author takes a cliched subject and manages to spin a tale that is suspenseful and engrossing, with an unexpected ending. I found myself not minding the traffic since that would give me more listening time.

  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962

Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, but not for squeamish

  • By David on 11-30-06

One of Bryson's best yet

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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: 08-03-12

This book was laugh out loud material. Most authors don't their book justice by narrating it themselves. Bryson's wonderfully cynical humor comes alive and almost makes me wish to have grown up in the 1950's Des Moine. Out of the several hundred audio books I own, this is in my all time favorite list.