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Linda

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 92 titles in library
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  • The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ori Brafman, Rod Beckstrom
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    If you cut off a spider's leg, it's crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. The Starfish and the Spider argues that organizations fall into two categories: "spiders", which have a rigid hierarchy, and "starfish", which rely on the power of peer relationships.

    Chan Meng says: "Centralized and decentralized models"
    "Wonderful insight into modern organizations"
    Overall

    The Starfish and the Spider offers a new look at how organizations run and what can make them successful (or not). Also the outlook on different leadership styles is telling. The real life examples from contemporary history and the present day are fascinating. It's a great book for people who are interested in organizational behaviors and attitudes, how to motivate people, and lovers of history. This is a well written and well read audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (988)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "Statistics made interesting"
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    Through different disciplines, the author explores how statistics can inform. It's not told in "geek speak", rather in everyday, intelligent stories. And, as happens in academia, it cautions about listening to the noise of information instead of seeing what's truly informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3892)
    Performance
    (3351)
    Story
    (3327)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Quietly Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beautifully researched, written, and read. The author explores what introverts and sensitivity have to offer to innovation, business, education, and society. Great whether you're quiet or loud.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (995)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "A memorable listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd love to have friends read this. I picked it up because I thought it would give me memory tools. It did give me insight into memorizing, but it was much more engaging that just some ways to remember things. It was a personal story as well as interesting background and tips on the art of the memory.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is a great character. He's a reporter who cares enough about a story to step inside it. He's funny, intelligent, and someone I'd love to meet.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    He read with perfect inflection. It wasn't dull - although some of the material was somewhat straightforward and factual. It also wasn't overly dramatic. It was like hearing a friend tell the story as well as some interesting information.


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

    My favorite moment was the final World Championship. The tension buildup was perfect, but I won't give away the ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11501)
    Performance
    (7483)
    Story
    (7517)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "For lovers of history, biography, and drama"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, captivating, breathtaking


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    I'd compare it to Nelson Mandela's memoir, Long Walk to Freedom. Both of these men overcame adverse circumstances and mistreatment in captivity to become inspiring leaders.


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

    Edward Hermmann is a fabulous professional. If he read an audible version of the phone book, I'd want to hear it. His reading has a very natural and unforced quality and yet it's completely captivating. This isn't the first book I've listened to him read and it is the same consistent high quality with everything I've heard or seen from him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A life lived with enthusiasm and honor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Books: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (10)

    Larry McMurtry is known to be reclusive and extremely private, rarely giving interviews or making public appearances. Audiences are therefore sure to be eager to hear this intimate and surprisingly personal memoir of the brilliant writer's love affair with books.

    Toni says: "Buyer beware."
    "Booklovers delight!"
    Overall

    I don't know enough about McMurtry to be a fan and I absolutely loved this book. If you love knowing about the history of books and how good booksellers find, evaluate, and place good books, listen to this. Even without know all the characters and all the places, this was engaging and fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Piece of Cake

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Cupcake Brown
    • Narrated By Cupcake Brown
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

    Linda says: "Unrelenting Tale of Adversity Overcome"
    "Unrelenting Tale of Adversity Overcome"
    Overall

    Cupcake Brown had a terrifying childhood and young adulthood. She is orphaned, then sexually, emotionally, and physically abused in the foster system. She resorts to prostitution, lives homeless, and struggles with addiction. Her triumph over terrible circumstances is worth waiting for, but not for those who are easily offended. Her description of her hardships is explicit and uses language -- including frequent profanity -- fitting to the atrocities described. Author might not be ready for an acting career, but reads her own story with feeling and realism. A great pick for those who have a constitution strong enough to hear a disturbing story with much to teach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (135)

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "The Future is Here"
    Overall

    Perhaps one of the most fascinating thing about this book is that it was written prior to the current economic meltdown. And, by the way, it's exactly on target.

    Rather than demonizing the US and what it does wrong, the book points out that for decades, we've been encouraging the rest of the world to follow our lead in building their economies and political systems. Low and behold, it's happening! There are certainly some admonitions for changes we should make at home, but this book is more about what the future holds and our place in it.

    The author engagingly reads the book with an intelligence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7425)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2182)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "You Don't Want to Miss Blink!"
    Overall

    Malcolm Gladwell gives us yet another insight into the human condition. Blink explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of first impressions. It explains when we can trust our snap decisions and when we need to delve further. The author does a wonderful job of reading this wonderful book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9737)
    Performance
    (4263)
    Story
    (4269)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Outliers? Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Here is another fabulous analysis by Malcolm Gladwell. His insight into what goes into making an outstanding person who and what they are is engaging and thought provoking. Excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Suck

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Denis Leary
    • Narrated By Dr. Denis Leary
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. "Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains.

    C. Byrnes says: "Laughed Out Loud Bunches"
    "Too much of a Leary thing?"
    Overall

    If you love Denis Leary, you’ll love this audio book. It’s five hours of Leary’s acerbic ranting about everyone from The Pope to Al Gore to Rush Limbaugh. He does love his family and Oprah. The profanity is not for the faint of heart. If, like me, you can take a little of Denis Leary in small doses and like to change the channel when you’ve had enough of him, this is too much Leary. To paraphrase the author, “Open ***. Insert head. What the **** was I thinking?”

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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