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K. Donath

LaFayette, NY USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (937)
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    (781)
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    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Real Insight!!"
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    How many times have you heard popular business authors say 'break all the rules', 'innovate or die', 'act now!' and 'be bold!'? All this sounds good, but is it true? Mr. Collins book brings a realistic, pragmatic and actionable view of what makes a business successful - amid all the hype. His book focuses on three success factors: fanatic discipline, empirical creativity and practical paranoia. Each of these factors grounded in significant research. For example, with the passing of Steve Jobs, there's lots of talk about the importance of innovation. Mr. Collins work puts innovation in proper perspective by showing that companies need a certain level of innovation in their companies to survive, but companies that innovated a lot, tended to get into trouble. This is where the book cuts through the hype and puts innovation into a realistic context.

    Who is this book for? Here's the amazing thing about this book: you can apply these principles to a major corporation, non-profit, church, or even to yourself! If you're a leader of any size organization, you'll walk away from this book with stuff you can start doing on Monday. This book continues Mr. Collins outstanding series of books: Built to Last, Good to Great - everyone of them a home run.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (2279)
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    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Ugh"
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    I couldn't get past the first chapter. Really lacks maturity. Just really bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2487)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1763)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Cheese"
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    Too cheesy for my taste - too much fake tough guy talk. This is one of those cases where the movie is better than the book.

    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
    (821)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (417)

    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"
    "Great inight!"
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    What an amazing book! At first, when the book was recommended to me, I thought, 'a book on check lists??' But Mr. Gawande show fantastic insight into the power of the check list and why it's more than a check list, but what it says about us and how we interact with other people. His stories are both riveting and insightful. In this age of super specialization, it's the simple stuff that can bring down a project - and our ego's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5587)
    Performance
    (3076)
    Story
    (3086)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Cheesy"
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    I don't know, just sounded too cheesy for me. After listening to No Easy Day and Inside Delta Force - both great books - this one sounded like the author didn't really understand modern day special forces. George Guidall did a good job reading it, but I'm not sure he's the right guy for this book. I liked the Ben Coes books better, like Power Down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Jim Dale doing Christmas Carol? Yeah, I'm there"
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    Listen, don't mess with A Christmas Carol - just read it and Dickens will do all the rest. No retelling, no special gimmick - just give it do me in an English accent. I loved Dale in the Harry Potter series, and he does a great job here. There are times when I hear Dobby the house elf, but that's okay, he does a great job with the spirits and Scrooge. So enjoy Christmas and have a go with this edition, you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4861)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2636)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "I want to go run now..."
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    At first the book sounds like one of those 'barefoot cult' books: run in bare feet because when we were monkeys we did it and now it will cure all your leg problems. And 'looks at us, we found a tribe of people who run ultra marathon's every day, they drink a special corn beer and have no currency'. Yeah, okay. But the book quickly gets past that and tells a very engaging story about how the Tarahumara (said corn beer drinkers) come to run an ultra marathon in the USA, the people that abuse them, the folks who want to learn from them, how a group goes to Mexico to run with them, etc. - the author grabs you with impossible situations (climbing out of a Mexican canyon at night with drug thugs around), how the Tarahumara ditch their shoe sponsor shoes during a race, or American ultra marathoner running out of water on a 100 degree day and lost in a canyon. You just can't put the book down! Interjected in the story are interviews that explain how running shoes have impacted our feet and amazing descriptions of our anatomy that uniquely equip us to run and run far. While I'm going to keep my shoes on, it does give me a lot to think about. If your a runner, this is a must read. If you're not, you love the stories, and maybe, just maybe you'll think about taking a jog!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: An Accurate Retelling of Charles Dickens' Timeless Classic

    • ABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Gill Tavner
    • Narrated By Graham Bill
    Overall
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    A Christmas Carol is one of a series of retellings of classic literature by publisher Real Reads. True to the original plot, characters and themes, Real Reads also imitate the the original author's style. An intelligent, lively and enjoyable introduction to this classic and much-loved Christmas tale.Miserable old Ebeneezer Scrooge hates Christmas. Can somebody so selfish, so harsh and so horribly lonely ever change his ways? In one terrifying night, poor Scrooge is haunted by four ghosts.

    K. Donath says: "Why Change the Story??"
    "Why Change the Story??"
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    Okay, I should have caught this with the word 'retelling' in the title - why on earth would someone change the story line?? This is "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens for crying out loud! You don't mess with "A Christmas Carol"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (538)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "One of the better books in the Cole/Pike series"
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    Crais is one of my favorite authors and this book does not disappoint! I group the series into three parts: books 1 through 7 (Indigo Slam), 8 through 12 (Chasing Darkness), and 13 (First Rule) to present. The books in the second part tend to be my favorites with Watchman being my overall favorite. This book is the best in the third grouping. Taken is the 15th book in the series and continues to build on previous themes, like John Stone.

    The book moves fast, with time running out for Cole and the two kids he's trying to protect. The book does make an odd jump near the beginning that threw me at first - it jump forward in time after Cole has been taken, then jumps back, so be aware that's coming.

    Luke Daniels is my favorite Cole/Pike narrator and he continues to do an excellent job in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Map: Bright Empires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Lawhead
    • Narrated By Simon Bubb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds.

    K. Donath says: "Fun Book!"
    "Fun Book!"
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    Kit walks down an alley with his great grandfather (who should be dead) and ends up in a fishing village many years in the past. And so it goes. It's fun to watch Kit and his friends try to figure out how to navigate another time in history, such as Kit's girl friend, who ends up in the 1400's and now has to find a job! The story builds on the ley lines of England - linear arrangements of trees, roads, rocks, etc. that have captured the imagination of many over time.

    The pace of the book is just right - it keeps moving and you want to see what's around the next bend. It does jump around, because different groups of characters are being developed in different parts of history, so that can be a little confusing. This the first book in the series and the second book, the Bone House, is just as good!

    Simon Bubb does a good job of reading and is a good match for the story line. As for Lawhead, this is one of the better Lawhead books I've read. I like this better than "Hall of the Dragon King" and better than the Albion series. On par with the King Raven series. I liked the first three books of the Pendragon series better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (159)
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    The very young men who flew the B24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship. Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war.

    jud says: "Terrific book."
    "Keeps Moving / Interesting!"
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    It really hits you: these are kids out of high school, engaged in an international conflict of epic proportions, using the latest technology (unproven), and half of them died. OSHA would not approve! But they did it - they manned up and did the job. This book really puts the reader there, through lots of stories both on the ground and in the air. It's just the kind of WWII book I love: stories from the men and women engaged in the conflict. I told my 12 year old to listen to it and he couldn't put it down! He also wondered what Spam was, so we bought a can! Mr. DeMunn is perfect for reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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