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Hardin

Boston, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Sterling Biographies: Frederick Douglass

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frances E. Ruffin
    • Narrated By Cornelius Jones
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    From slave to freedom fighter: that was the long and hard journey taken by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was America's first great civil rights leader, and he threw off the physical, mental, and legal chains of slavery to become one of Americaï¿¿ï¿¿s greatest champions for human rights. It was said that his life was proof that once black people could read and write about their injustices, they would have the power to end slavery.

    Marsha says: "Great if you're 9 years old"
    "Age Relevance"
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    I found this book to be a nice summary of his life, but it was clearly aimed at a middle or elementary school level. Is there a book about Douglas for the adult reader?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Stole the American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hedrick Smith
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

    jane says: "He ties it all together"
    "A clarion call"
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    For the average progressive looking for a clear pathway for climbing out of the current economic and social dilemma's, Smith's book is an excellent start. His description of how corporate America has taken over the political process since 1971 provides examples for how to undo this problem. Best, his provides several examples of how we need to change our tax codes to provide sustainable support for those at risk. In particular, the tactics I intend to support are means testing for social benefits and eliminating the cap on payroll taxes that go towards social security, Futhermore, he reminds me how much I want the Democratic party to actively engage in the value of progressive actions at the level of house races. It is time to recapture the South as a bastion of progressive actions (as they were from 1920 to 1970). Let's recreate the Great Compression of the 50's and 60's!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3994)
    Performance
    (2552)
    Story
    (2574)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A surprise"
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    This was a whole new area of history for me and it was a great introduction. Genghis Khan is an under-rated genius and had a more transformative effect on the world that is trully unparralled. Napolean step down

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1252)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Why work hard and smart?"
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    This book provides information that is instantly transferable to practice as a person, as a unit head, and a parent. Debunking the myth of talent is always helpful. It is the concept and examples of disciplined practice that were extremely useful. In simple terms, it points out that great performance comes from taking on the difficult tasks with purpose and focus. Much harder to do than one imagines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (413)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "When Professionals Manage"
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    I trained as an academic and have evolved into a management role. Not a linear path. Like many of us in this position I seek ideas that will help me manage my unit in a way that in is line with our mission and capability. This books was very helpful in thinking about ways to improve communication and accountability among my direct reports as well as remind me how to structure a task that will lead to productive outcomes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Lear

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This is the ninth recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, and is directed by John Tydeman. It was released to mark the 80th birthday of Paul Scofield in January 2002.

    Dr. Kevin Lancer says: "Good but volume kept changing"
    "An Adult Opportunity"
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    Great to hear as a middle adult with aging parents and young adult children. What is the legacy of care that we want to leave? I am working on reading and listening to literature that we read as adolescents and young adults which were really meant for a later stage of emotional and intellectual development. This was a good one. Les Miserable, unabridged, was another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: Further Updated and Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    With the "flattening" of the globe, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner? Now in a third edition with a new preface, Friedman's account of the flattening of the earth is a modern classic.

    Paul W. Johnson says: "worth the listen"
    "Interesting Conceit"
    Overall

    Friedman does a great job of showing how digital communications is changing how we work and how it can level access to influence. His analysis is weakened by his comittment to a free market economy. There is a moral and social dimension to the reduction of national boundaries that will come as a result of these changes which Friedman does not address. Russia should be as much a case for analysis as is India. Their differences speak to the importance of a social democracy in guiding economic change to serve the greater good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Conversations: Daily Communication That Gets Results

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jefferey Ford, Laurie Ford
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Talk is powerful. And it isn't just `difficult' conversations that matter--the everyday dialogue we have with one another is critical to both personal and organizational success. Packed with sample dialogues and dozens of personal stories, and backed by solid research and the authors' firsthand observations, The Four Conversations describes how to get maximum results from conversations that every one of us must use to get things done.

    Hardin says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Really help me see my weak and strong points as a communicator and gave practical solutions which have been easy to implement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gandhi & Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Herman
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (209)

    In this fast-paced epic, best-selling historian and master storyteller Arthur Herman spotlights two giants of the 20th century. Gandhi & Churchill shows how their 40-year rivalry revolutionized India and the British Empire, paving the way for a new era. Gandhi championed India's independence, Churchill the British Empire.

    David says: "A motif that works well"
    "Relearnig History"
    Overall

    I had read about Ghandi 40 years ago so it was great to learn the story again in the context of the Raj represented by Churchill. As India rises as an economic force, this is a good introduction to early failed relationships with the West

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Roger Nierenberg
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Roger Nierenberg, a veteran conductor, is the creator of The Music Paradigm, a unique program that invites people to sit INSIDE a professional symphony orchestra as the musicians and conductor solve problems together.He captures that experience in Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening, a parable about a rising executive tough challenges.

    R.W. Grover says: "The Meastro certainly can Conduct!!"
    "Great Concept"
    Overall

    What I really liked about this book was the focus on using a diversity of talent and perspective to create a great and effective organization by getting people to really listen to each other and incorporate the other's perspectives into their thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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