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  • 33 Strategies of War

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Donald Coren
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. It's the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and is abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, movie moguls to samurai swordsmen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • terrifyingly good

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-26-17

A fascinating insight ...

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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: 02-04-19

...into the human psyche . Everyone should read this .
Except Trump - who doesn't read anything that's not about himself .

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 476

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Marvelous Michelle on 11-14-18

Fascinating insights...

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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: 01-03-19

... Into 20th /21st Century American life ... including some of the seedier elements like sexism , overt racism and bigotry
My my , how the USA has fallen from grace . The contrast couldn't be more glaring .
Ah well , there's only one direction to go when you are at rock bottom . And that's not Kanye West .

  • A Natural Woman

  • By: Carole King
  • Narrated by: Carole King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Includes exclusive bonus material: - a specially composed piano track - original instrumental pieces - a capella performances throughout A memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the 20th Century's greatest songwriters .

  • By Dean on 12-21-18

One of the 20th Century's greatest songwriters .

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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: 12-21-18

I was born in the year Tapestry was released . It is one of my all time favourite albums . A natural wonder .

  • America: The Farewell Tour

  • By: Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best non-fiction book I have unearthed.

  • By Gerard McHugh on 09-28-18

Harrowing , overly bombastic in places

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

A harrowing look at what is wrong with American society on a personal , ground floor level.
Unfortunately for Hedges , he fails to provide any real palpable sense of objectivity and optimism to balance the dirge .
The chapter on BDSM goes on too long , and gets too grimy . It would have had the desired impact with around half of the fetidity .
Read Stephen Pinker afterwards, for some balance .

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  • Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography

  • By: Chris Salewicz
  • Narrated by: Tom McGairl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the '70s and has been loved by the legions ever since.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad - not great ...

  • By Dean on 08-13-18

Not bad - not great ...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Well , considering the dearth of decent literature about the man , it wasn't a bad effort .

It reeks a little of geeky fan - boy 'greatest in the world' syndrome that Britain is notorious for , and you can't help but be left with the impression that the commercial success of these guys inevitablty turned them into a bunch of jumped up little shits ( perhaps with the notable exception of JPJ ) .

But nonetheless , a fair listen .

  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea

  • Evolution and the Meanings of Life
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet", focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive, illuminating, life-changing.

  • By Richard on 03-19-14

Just lost its way in the last 1/3

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This is an exhaustive work for its day - a shame it couldn't have been updated to include the last 20 -25 years .
The book meanders into the somewhat squeamish world of philosophy and becomes a bit bogged down in the last 1/3 to 1/4 .
All that stuff about naked mole rats and Nietzsche could have been spared the listener - or just politely acknowledged at best .
The chapter about the library of babble I thought was the best of the entire book .

  • Reckless

  • By: Chrissie Hynde
  • Narrated by: Rosanna Arquette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect '50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock 'n' roll, motorbikes and the ‘get down boys' seen at gigs in and around Cleveland - Mitch Ryder, the Jeff Beck Group, the Velvet Underground and David Bowie among the many.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great yarn , somewhat concise , TERRIBLE narrator

  • By Dean on 06-29-18

Great yarn , somewhat concise , TERRIBLE narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This is an interesting memoir from one of my teen idols . I would have liked to hear much much more about her music , and less about her lifestyle , but it has some great humour interspersed with the mundane. Im willing to bet Chrissy didn't pick the narrator , who was utterly atrocious .

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,903

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

There's a movie here - a slapstick comedy .

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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: 06-08-18

To quote Sean Spicer , " You can't make this ( *&%$ ) up " .

  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 976

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, but a difficult listen.

  • By David Roseberry on 12-11-11

Outstanding .

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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: 06-08-18

Every literate human being should read this , and those of us who aren't should have it read to them . Monumental , superb stuff .

  • The Barefoot Investor

  • The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need
  • By: Scott Pape
  • Narrated by: Scott Pape
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

This is the only money guide you'll ever need. That's a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves. So what makes this one different? You'll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sure It's An Aussie Book But--

  • By Gillian on 03-27-18

Avoid.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This was recommended by a friend . Some friend...
I find the entire thing utterly distasteful , in every conceivable regard .

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