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Lynda Lybeck-robinson


Aleutian Islands, AK | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 121 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Good listening"
    If you could sum up The Power of Habit in three words, what would they be?

    Read it Again

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Habit?

    A multimillion dollar company falters, sees red. A surprising choice of CEOs approaches the podium before administrators and investors and gives a speech on "Safety Precautions" which seems completely irrelevant to their issues. Yet, Paul O'Niell completely transformed the way Alcoa was running their business, by considering the safety of every worker, he re-built the company from the roots upward.

    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    In the "Self Help" genre, I quickly become bored. Either the authors are telling readers how to live better with overly ambitious and sweet rhetoric, or else they are so scientific, cerebral and monotone that I am "dried out" before the first chapter.

    I've read review that suggested this narrator's performance was too cheerful in their opinion. Given the subject matter, Mike Chamberlain read with humor, irony, yes, cheerfulness, but kept me listening because I LIKED the person who was "teaching the lessons". Never monotone.

    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Habit?

    Already have used the analogy of Michael Phelps', in a classic example of utilizing visualization habits, experiencing a goggle mishap in Bejing Olympics... and subsequent victory.

    Any additional comments?

    People may feel that the topics wander, but it seemed to me as if he were using illustrations to enhance his point, and, armed with those, returns for a successful lesson. I will listen again because there is much information to be absorbed and this was a perfect book to listen to while I was multitasking.

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  • Mother Earth, Father Sky: Ivory Carver Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sue Harrison
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time before history, in a harsh and beautiful land near the top of the world, womanhood comes cruelly and suddenly to beautiful, young Chagak. Surviving the brutal massacre of her tribe, she sets out across the icy waters off Ameria's northwest coast on an astonishing odyssey that will reveal to Chagak powerful secrets of the earth and sky...and the mysteries of love and loss.

    Lynda Lybeck-robinson says: "Aleutian reader, liked the story"
    "Aleutian reader, liked the story"
    Would you listen to Mother Earth, Father Sky again? Why?

    I will not listen to this book again, however I might purchase the books and recommend them to friends. (Note: Mother Earth Father Sky is book 1 of a trilogy, and my review covers my experience with book 1- but you are not finished with this story until you read all three!)

    What did you like best about this story?

    I live in the Aleutian Islands. I can look out my window at the harsh beauty and imagine the characters' lives and spirits here so easily.

    What three words best describe Holly Fielding’s performance?

    Monotone, pinched, gulping

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

    Harsh world for a woman! I feel really fortunate. The book kept my interest and I enjoyed it. Since it is set in the Aleutians, I would have enjoyed more detailed descriptions of the setting. I have the luxury of looking out and seeing the very islands and seas she writes about, and throughout the "listening" used my eyes to add to the imagery of the plot, where I would have enjoyed reading the author's unique perspective on this place.

    Any additional comments?

    In the busy season, rarely do I make time to sit and read, and audio books are a fantastic way to enjoy literature while pressing forward with tasks. This book is very interesting in that the story line is set in the Aleutian Islands, where I live. However, the recording is distracting- the editors left in the sounds of vehicles and talking people passing the recording studio, (at first I looked around to see if a loud truck or neighbors were passing my house) The narrator's gulping swallows were not edited out, her mispronunciation of "Aleutian" also distracting. Note- I have great respect for anyone who reads this many pages- it's harder than it sounds! The sound engineers could have done a better job helping bring out the best in the narrator. That said--- did I turn the recording off? I'm not to book 3 yet, but I will be downloading it, and it will probably keep me listening until the end!

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  • The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Obmascik
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record.

    Chauncey says: "Ultra Birding - Competive Bird Watching"
    "A Perennial Favorite"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Admittedly, I saw the movie, and my random attention to birds became an impassioned hobby. (75 ID'd species in two months, still counting) I stepped into this audiobook knowing full well it would likely have less "drama" than Hollywood's version, but, conversely, it had it's own color, humor, and informative yet engaging plot that kept me not only listening, but listening again. Because of this audio book, I purchased the printed one as well. I really enjoy Oliver Wyman's reading style, easy on the ears, funny, touching, a good "actor" in his own right. Unlike many outdoor hobbies, this one, birding, changes faces each season. And as you get to know the characters in this book, you've a slightly quirky, but earnest, group of colleagues to 'take along' with you. As for the movie? It states in opening credits, laughingly, "This is a true story, only the facts have been changed". If it inspired thousands to go on to read the book, pick up binoculars and start birding, then it's all good. Besides, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology gave the movie a good review. This audiobook rocks. I hope you enjoy it too.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?


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