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Grant

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NANTUCKET, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 108 reviews
  • 178 ratings
  • 468 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014
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  • The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson
    • Narrated By Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (379)

    The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.

    MATTHEW says: "College professor lecture"
    "Essential reading for parents and teachers"
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    Ken Robinson has done the education world a huge favor by writing this book. He deftly outlines the reasons and ways that education has to change. The sooner we do it, the better. Reading the Element made me glad both of my children attend untraditional, progressive schools that live by the basic tenets of Robinson's philosophy. Great teachers everywhere will agree.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (192)

    With the countless distractions that come from every corner of a modern life, it's amazing that we're ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary - freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better

    Dany says: "I enjoyed it very much"
    "A series of blog posts does not a book make."
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    Listy, redundant and padded with common-sense that is more common than sensible, this book falls flat. Sure, there are some good ideas here, and some solid advice. But the good is overshadowed by the bad editing and lack of any kind of narrative. Mr. Babuta would have done better to cite some other experts on the subject while delivering some real-world examples and success stories. Instead, what we get is a lot of his own opinions base on his own experiences, many of which contradict one another. Perhaps most aggravating of all is the fact that the author spends only a little time supporting the title's premise and then goes off on tangents of dieting advice and decluttering one's desk.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Bryce
    • Narrated By Stephen Menasche
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In this provocative and optimistic rebuke to the catastrophists, Robert Bryce shows how innovation and the inexorable human desire to make things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper is providing consumers with Cheaper and more abundant energy, Faster computing, Lighter vehicles, and myriad other goods. That same desire is fostering unprecedented prosperity, greater liberty, and yes, better environmental protection.

    Dell says: "Best Energy Path to the Future"
    "I thought I was getting a book on the future."
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    Instead I got a chronicle of smaller, faster, lighter, cheaper things, the vast majority of which I had already known about. A complete waste of my time and money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Pitch: The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Steel
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A professional "pitching coach" for one of the world's largest marketing conglomerates, Jon Steel shares his secrets and explains how you can create presentations and pitches that win hearts, minds, and new business. He identifies the dos and don'ts and uses real-world examples to prove his points. If you make pitches for new business, this is the perfect book for you.

    Michal says: "Really amazing stories about pitching"
    "Jon Steel is a good storyteller."
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    There are a number of great anecdotes and interesting stories in this book. On top of that, as an ad person, I found plenty of good advice here. I would have paid hundreds of dollars for these pearls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (427)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "Jon Acuff is Worth Listening To"
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    I find Mr. Acuff's stories and examples rather compelling. This is all good advice, laid out in an easy-to-digest format. (I also liked the fact that he did not shove his Christianity down the reader's throat like his boss Dave Ramsey does.) I liked it so much I listened to it twice in a row.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
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    (3036)
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    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "The meddling kids with the dog solve it."
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    King's storytelling is so approachable and infectious that one easily can overlook the minor play kinks. I wish there had a little more spine chilling ghost action, but overall, I really enjoyed this piece.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 Lbs on Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Drew Manning
    • Narrated By Drew Manning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Drew Manning, a natural fitness junkie and devoted personal trainer, had never been overweight in his life. He never craved junk food or missed an opportunity to work out. Yet despite his obsession with fitness, he failed to help his clients reach their goals. Something had to give. Manning needed to understand what it was like to be on the other side; he had to spend a few months in his clients' shoes - or rather, size. For six months, Manning radically let himself go. He stopped exercising and ate the typical American diet.

    Joan says: "Insightful and Sensitive"
    "It's not as easy as it looks, eh?"
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    The first-person perspective of this book is priceless, and the tips for powering through weight loss without losing your mind (like all battles, weight loss is partly mental) are also quite valuable. Thanks for being the human Guinea pig, Drew.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (562)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Douglas Adams Twin?"
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    The subject matter, style and no-holds-barred whimsey of this book reminds me so much of Adams, I have a hard time thinking that the two were not drinking buddies or something. Hodgman's performance is stellar.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9773)
    Performance
    (8776)
    Story
    (8937)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "One Tolkien over the line"
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    I had never read Tolkien as a kid. I thought it was time, after being bombarded with Hobbit references, to rectify that fact. The Hobbit is a quick scan and a fun, imaginative story, well told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon in the Freezer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    colleen says: "Interesting and eye opening"
    "Where can I get a blue space suit?"
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    Okay, now I'm more paranoid than ever that humanity will be ravaged by a super virus. This book is gripping. Not just because the story is true, but because it is extremely well told.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (6065)
    Performance
    (5514)
    Story
    (5531)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "I've taken the oath."
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    I loved everything about this book. The characters were interesting and likable/hatable. The story was well told, with plenty of unexpected twists and fresh ideas. I really like the alternative history meets science fiction/fantasy convention. I was sad that it ended, but glad to know there was another book in the series. I will gobble that one up very soon.

    I personally pledge allegiance to the Grimnoir.

    Also, I want to say something about Bronson Pinchot. The guy is an amazing, amazing narrator. Sure, he was fun to watch on TV and in the movies. But reading books like this one, as well as others (Matterhorn springs to mind) seems, to me at least, to be the ideal expression of his particular performer's genius. He is working his butt off here and as a listener, I can't thank him enough. He can create a dozen characters, male and female, and each one stands on their own sonic merits. I work in the audio medium from time to time and I know how difficult such a thing is to accomplish, and I just have to say, bravo, Mr. Pinchot. You make it look/sound easy.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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