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I am a Yankee fan and had wanted to read this book, expecting it to be a first hand account of Joe Torre's tenure as Yankees manager. As many other reviewers have pointed out, this book is not even close to being written by Torre: Tom Verducci wrote it and included quotes from Torre throughout. I thought the input from David Cone was the best. I had always liked Cone and hearing more about how he was in the clubhouse and as a competitor was interesting to me. I thought his comments about the teams during the 90s were very insightful and were probably better than most of the other players comments. I found that Verducci often went on tangents that had little to do with what was supposed to be the overall concept of the book: Torre's years as a manager. There were large chunks of the book that discussed in depth the actions of Theo Epstein, the Red Sox, and the Indians involving Carmona. When he began going into some of these details I kept asking myself, "How does this relate to Torre other than it was about players he managed against?" He could have summarized the Red Sox approach to signing players in a few sentences but instead chose to rant about it for some time. Overall I did enjoy the book but I think it was just because I am a Yankee fan and baseball fan. Those not as interested in the team or the sport might find this to be somewhat boring as the juicy, controversial issues supposedly brought up in this book really aren't there.
I bought this book because of a $4.95 sale and could not have been happier with the result. I've listened to a couple other Preston and Child books and enjoyed them so I figured their series was worth a try. It was exciting, funny, suspenseful, dramatic, and kept me coming back for more! I liked the quick pace of the story and never found myself trying to force my way through a slow or boring part. But what I loved best here was the narration! David Colacci created a believable world and characters that truly brought this story to life.
Seeing as this was the first book in the Pendergast series, I was expecting Pendergast to take the front seat. However I was surprised at how balanced the attention to characters was. The different perspectives of all of the characters gave some nice depth and helped build the suspense.
His narration gave life to the characters. It was easy to forget that it was a single man narrating this story, not a team of narrators.
In a word, yes!
Only paid $4.95, but well worth a credit!
Born in Africa provides an overview of our human ancestors along with those responsible for the discoveries. I thought it was a nice balance between evolutionary science and simply telling the story of the individuals and what they faced. Martin Meredith did not shy away from pointing out the competing groups, as well as some of the politics and even supposed back-stabbing that happened between prominent paleoanthropologists. If you are looking for something that gets in to the down and dirty of human ancestry, look elsewhere. However I think this is must read for any anthropology student or anyone looking for a foundation in the history of human ancestry.
Some of the readings in this book came right from George's stand-up but that is perfectly fine with me! Full of short stories, thoughtful sentences, and vulgar comments, this audiobook is definitely for the George Carlin Fan.
As I expected, I enjoyed some stories and did not care much for others. This is an anthology of work by George R.R. Martin covering a good portion of his career. I really enjoyed that each "section" of the book began with the author providing some background on the works about to be read, telling the personal side of the stories. I thought these were at times more entertaining than the stories themselves.
While some were not thrilling or unpredictable, it does not detract from the quality of writing I find with much of Martin's works. Dreamsongs does not disappoint, especially for fans of George R.R. Martin's style of writing.
Being fascinated by evolution and actively studying it, Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection is simply a must-listen. Remind yourself of the time at which Darwin published this book and it becomes even more astounding. I would not recommend this book for anyone who is curious about evolution and natural selection as this can get very dry, very quickly. I would try an abridged version if you don't want to hear every little detail about the book.
The narrator left a lot to be desired and seemed to have to force his way through the book and did not at least sound like there was an interest on his part in the subject matter.
This book was insightful into the origins of not the creator of Scientology as well as how the organization currently operates. Some of the stories I expected but others were pretty disturbing, especially given the protection given to them by their status as a recognized religion in the US. What I found very interesting is the attempts by Scientology to remain mysterious and have secret information only given to members that reach a high level within the organization. With all the technology and access to information provided by the Internet, it is hard to keep much of anything hidden when people are allowed to come and go from a group, even though this group tends to keep tabs on high members that leave. I think this book as a whole shows an example of how an idea can spark faith and a religion.
This book came highly recommended from a few friends and coworkers as a thought-provoking and almost groundbreaking book about what makes the outliers of society so successful. A big part of the book emphasizes that the rags to riches story is more the result of being given the right opportunity at the right time. When you stop and think about how someone like Bill Gates became so successful, you know that he had to have everything in his life line up. There are thousands of cases of people who are very smart but just don't have the opportunity to succeed and become extremely wealthy. While Gladwell does bring up some good examples to support his main thesis, he often over simplifies things with statements like in order to become a great hockey player you have to be born in January. The reasoning makes sense, but it throws out any other variable that may come into play and it seems like he almost wants to discredit an individual's drive and natural ability.
Overall the book did get me thinking about how I view the outliers in society but it was nothing earth shattering or entirely new. Gladwell does a great job at dramatically portraying examples to make them pop and stand out, although at their core they are very simplified almost to a fault.
It played out like your standard CSI-style television show. There was nothing all that exciting, intriguing, or suspenseful. I would say it was pretty much a cookie-cutter story with the usual rough-edged character as the protagonist. The narrator was good, did not detract from the story and made it easy to listen to. Overall it was ok, worth a listen especially with it being free. I would imagine it gives a little insight into the style of this author and could be a good way to see if you'd like to listen to more. I will pass but maybe others would enjoy it more.
I really enjoyed Total Recall. I thought it gave a good snapshot of who Arnold was and what drove him. From what I could tell it was a honest telling from his perspective and his opinions, including his good moves and bad decisions.
For whatever reason, I will always remember how often he cited his in-laws as a source for inspiration. I think his closeness with them helped him in being more of a bi-partisan leader (the US could use more politicians like that). I had not imagine that they were really as close-knit of an extended family.
Personally I would have enjoyed Arnold narrating the entire thing rather than 2 chapters. I understand that some people would not like to listen to him and his accent for the entire reading so it makes sense that he didn't narrate it entirely. Personally the chapters he did narrate I thought were stronger because you part of Arnold is his accent and it made the stories that much more personal.
These meditations are quick and help build a foundation of good techniques. These have helped me in working through my issues with panic attack disorder as well as anxiety. They are by no means a replacement to treatment for me but have given me a guided means of practicing relaxing my mind and body. Bodhipaksa's narration is smooth and easy and not distracting in any way. For anyone dealing with stress or anxiety or are just looking for a way to relax a little more, give it a try. Each meditation session lasts about 8-10 minutes and you can go for longer if you'd like.
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