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  • My Squirrel Days

  • By: Ellie Kemper
  • Narrated by: Ellie Kemper
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

 

There comes a time in every sitcom actress’ life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When Ellie Kemper’s number was up, she was ready. Contagiously cheerful, predictably wholesome, and mostly inspiring except for one essay about her husband’s feet, My Squirrel Days is a funny, freewheeling tour of Ellie’s life - from growing up in suburban St. Louis with a vivid imagination and a crush on David Letterman to moving to Los Angeles and accidentally falling on Doris Kearns Goodwin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry...

  • By Max C Taintor on 11-06-18

Really funny and good listen

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

not sure it is a book as much as a handful of mono-logs. but really good listen

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

20% real good, 40% good, 40% too long

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

this is one of those books, at sine points, incredibly interesting, and other parts was so disinterested tempted to put it down

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59,545
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,067

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
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Great story - from a 54 yo white republican man

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I was not a fan of President Obama's policies and views, but I did think he and Michelle we really good people.

I just like good stories with good people; Michelle's life is very different from mine, and I appreciate her experiences and contributions to make us a better, more elevated society.

I only cringed a couple times when she got political and implied only the Republican party dig in their heals and are partisan. but it was infrequently enough for me to still consider this a great book.

For you democrats, since I read this, and since Michelle and W became good friends, 41 - A Portrait of My Father By: George W. Bush. I think you will be equally surprised - regardless of your political view,

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Leigh on 05-24-18

Excellent book, easy listen

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I am a big Robin Williams fan, but I think I would have liked this book even if I wasn’t. The reader was excellent; they he book called for an occasional imitation and they were spot on.

While the subject is a famous person, the writer brought out the very human aspects.

For the record, I think CBS was wrong for canceling the Crazy Ones 😉. I think it was hitting its stride

  • Dare to Lead

  • Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,710
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,159

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? This audiobook answers this question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Similar, but insightful nonetheless

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-18

Not bad, but couldn’t take the 70% humble brag

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Not a bad book, some good points but soooo much longer than needs be due to the amount of humble bragging. Countless times she goes in a tangent “...so I was in the middle of running 6 companies and decided to start anther as welll as run a marathon and become certified trainer.... I am nothing if courageous and brave....” and the personal stories (fold over ham and missing daughters last school event) were hypocritical and inconsistent- if they meant that much to you (where u broke down crying in the airport) don’t put yourself in that situation- seems disingenuous

I have a pet peeve with people who humble brag - drives me crazy. But if you’re not opposed to it, decent book

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Healing the Broken Brain

  • Leading Experts Answer 100 Questions About Stroke Recovery
  • By: Dr. Mike Dow, David Dow
  • Narrated by: Dr. Mike Dow, David Dow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

If you're interested in listening to this audiobook, it likely means you or someone you love has had a stroke. Dealing with the onslaught of information about stroke can be confusing and overwhelming. And if you happen to be a stroke survivor with newly impaired language skills, it can be especially hard to comprehend everything your doctors, nurses, and specialists are telling you. This audiobook consists of the top 100 questions that survivors and their families ask, with answers from the top physicians and therapists in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully written and narrated, rich source of important information for stroke survivors and their families

  • By deanna on 07-14-17

Excellent book - great structure and effective format and pace

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I bought and listened to this book while recovering from brain surgery to remove a tumor. While I technically didn’t have a stroke, I was experiencing similar issues. I found this book informative, engaging, and motivational.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,571

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Some illogical assumptions but decent

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Definitely seemed like the author went out of his way to bring in anti-establishment comments. Some were completely void of logic (different than wrong)

But 90% good

  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,560

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but many of the techniques are overused

  • By Todd on 05-21-18

Self serving and promoting his blog and training

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I found it annoying and insulting that 80% of it was either “look how great I am” or “find out more by going to www.buymorestuff.com”

And the other 20% was quite pedestrian

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Walk to Beautiful

  • The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way
  • By: Jimmy Wayne, Ken Abraham (contributor)
  • Narrated by: Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 420

That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn’t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system. Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Herein are we all...

  • By PLCC on 11-22-16

Great Story - Beautifully Told

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I am a big fan of books that talk about the human spirit and how some people rise above their circumstances. This is a wonderful story of how someone simply refusing to allow feel sorry or angry with life or the people around themselves. Great story and great performance.

  • A Fighting Chance

  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book. Great Narration.

  • By Amy on 06-03-14

2 halves; 1 good, 1 bad

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

The first part of the book that tells HER STORY was very good.

The second part of the book that tells HER POLITICS was awful.

To be fair, I am pretty much on the other side of the spectrum she is. But I bough the book because I like her tough on business and some of her views, and if (at the time) she ran for office, I was considering supporting her.

...but her story is a good one!