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  • Tao Te Ching

  • A New English Version
  • By: Lao Tzu, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966

In 81 brief chapters, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, as well as a serene and generous spirit. It teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao: the basic principle of the universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please remove the ridiculous ad at the end

  • By Michael on 02-20-15

Good content, but naration is too "breathy"

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

I felt the narrator was trying to hard to sound spiritual where I would have preferred just a simple reading.

  • The Moral Animal

  • Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Greg Thornton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculously Insightful

  • By Liron on 10-25-10

starts strong

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

the first 3/4 of the book is great. the last 1/4 felt weak. the author makes large assumptions about certain key concepts like "brotherly love" and various religious beliefs that are poorly researched.

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,693

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

Everyone should listen to this course!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

I wish this had been a required course when I was in college. Learning how to think is so important.

  • The Path

  • What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life
  • By: Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
  • Narrated by: Michael Puett, Christine Gross-Loh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

The lessons taught by ancient Chinese philosophers surprisingly still apply, and they challenge our fundamental assumptions about how to lead a fulfilled, happy, and successful life. Self-discovery, it turns out, comes through looking outward, not inward. Power comes from holding back. Good relationships come from small gestures. Spontaneity comes from practice. And excellence comes from what you choose to do, not your "natural" abilities.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration too difficult

  • By Unsatisfied on 06-27-16

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

The author makes the claim that the concepts from eastern philosophy have the power to change your life. I agree. The Path is very well written and I do feel like I learned a lot.

My one issue is that I listen on my commute and the reader's voice is soft and low enough that it sometimes got lost in the road noise even when I had the volume up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,474

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Excellent but...

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very near the top. The story is very complex and builds off of the previous books well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

Everything with Tyrion

Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He seemed to forget the voices he had chosen so consistently throughout the first 4 books. It made it a little hard to get into the characters in the same way I had before.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,925

At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very atmospheric and creepy

  • By Kirsten M. Crippen on 10-30-11

Very entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

Where does Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely top 10.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories?

There were several great moments, but I think the most memorable would be the description of r'lyeh when the sailors discover it. I have always liked descriptive language and Lovecraft's command of English is really demonstrated throughout the work.

What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is without a doubt, the perfect narrator for these types of stories. His reading made the stories really come alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I now understand the popularity of Lovecraft and the reverence that people have for his work. Great stuff.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'

  • Barsoom Series, Book 1
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!

  • By Robert L. Hicks on 03-26-12

One of my top three books of all time

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

What made the experience of listening to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' the most enjoyable?

The narrator is superb and really sells the characters well. The story itself is the quintessential hero story and demonstrates the characteristics of a classic true hero, not the popular modern anti-hero that has become so prevalent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely the main character: John Carter. Unlike the "hero" in so many modern stories, John Carter represents traits that are ideals. He is painted as the hero that people should want to aspire to be and I find that very refreshing and inspiring.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

again, John Carter. Scott just sells the confidence and self-awareness that seems so central to the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

many many. The fact that the ending had me yelling "Noooo!" in my car really speaks to the writing ability of Burroughs. I simply HAD to get the next book in the series immediately and learn what happened next.

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,441

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Definitely on the "Re-listen" list

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

Would you listen to How to Win Friends & Influence People again? Why?

I plan to. I think the book will prove invaluable in helping me become better at relating to and dealing with people. Listening to it again will help concrete the principles in my memory.

What did you like best about this story?

How to Win Friends... really helps explain a lot about human behavior and helped me understand better why some people do and say what they do. It also helped me learn how to better approach those with whom I am having difficulty to at the very least smooth things over and at best win them to my point of view.

Which character – as performed by Andrew MacMillan – was your favorite?

no characters in the book really unless you count the example stories

What did you learn from How to Win Friends & Influence People that you would use in your daily life?

Vital communication skills. I can not emphasize enough how valuable I think this book will be. The principles even helped me better understand my own motivations and behaviors. I would almost say this is a mandatory read.

  • Prince of Thorns

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,948

Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It sticks in your head.

  • By Door on 09-07-13

Excellent Book and Performance

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

If you could sum up Prince of Thorns in three words, what would they be?

intense, thrilling, fantastic

Who was your favorite character and why?

main character: Jorg Ancrath

Have you listened to any of James Clamp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to "King of Thorns" also performed by Clamp. It was also very good. His ability to make the different characters discernible from one another really helps the story.

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent book. I would highly recommend it to other listeners who like complex stories and aren't afraid of a very visceral experience. There is a lot of violence, but it fits with the character development and adds to the experience of the story.

Fantastic narrator performance.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful