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Mr Conway

Non-Fiction, Science, History and Business Reader

Miramar Beach Florida | Member Since 2007

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  • The Modern Scholar: That's Not What I Meant: The Sociolinguistics of Everyday Conversation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Deborah Tannen
    • Narrated By Deborah Tannen
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The following series of lectures draws on linguistics, or the scientific study of language, to show the many ways in which language has a profound effect upon human relationships. These lectures address the various aspects and implications of what Professor Tannen calls "conversational style". It also looks at the dynamics of specific situations such as the workplace and classroom where the role of conversational style is of particular importance.

    Mr Conway says: "Helpful Perceptions, not Scienctic Study"
    "Helpful Perceptions, not Scienctic Study"
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    This is not a book about science, rather it's a book about perceptions. Where this book is presented as Scholarly lecture series it implies that it should be treated as having a basis in factual reality, but this is not what you are receiving. While the work begins with descriptive terms and possible scientific approaches to Sociolinguistics, the lectures work much better as self-help.

    The author goes through a variety of elements of conversation which may allow the listener to improve their personal relationships with those around them through adjustments in the speech or by recognizing those issues of others.Those seeking scientific scholarship will be disappointed, those seeking an introduction to Social Linguistics in a non-scientific vocabulary will really enjoy.


    The Modern Scholar: He Said/She Said: Women, Men and Language, also by Deborah Tannen, is VERY similar to this series. I would not recommend purchasing both.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

    Greg says: "It's as if this book was written for me!"
    "If you are on this page, you will this book!!!"
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    If you have an interest in the Comic Book industry or Marvel in particular then this is a book I highly recommend. This book is well written and unbelievably well paced for a business/creative history. It is a consistently good read for the full 18 hours.

    Worth Noting:

    • The book evenly presents the history of marvel, so if you are strictly, only really interested in one or two particular periods then you may find yourself skipping chapters, but even so, it's still a solid pick up

    • This book is not about the purchase by Disney, although you do get a solid understanding of previous ownership changes

    • There is little or no Celebrity Gossip from the sets of the films

    • If the book has a theme, it's the question of creative ownership and how it has been dealt with by countless people from Jack and Stan to Steve Gerber and Rob Liefeld.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Guy P. Harrison
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? Longtime skeptic Guy P. Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims.

    Mr Conway says: "Skepticism, so Dull & Condescending"
    "Skepticism, so Dull & Condescending"
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    Neither a book for the fun-poking skeptic, nor the agnostic, or even the believer. The author fills his pages with a shockingly dull approach, given the book's fun subject matter. If this dry narrative wasn't bad enough, the author indulges in endless Condescension, NOT Smugness with all the fun that word implies, but the Condescension one expects from a long tenured grade-school teacher. This was so bad that I became so convinced that the publishers forced the writer to include a "How to enlighten people, without talking down" section at the end of each chapter which some times, some how, manages to be worse then the proceeding discussion.

    (For the record, I'm a huge fan of Dawkins and Hitchen's books on Atheism. I love books on Skepticism.)

    Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, this book will leave you questioning your own decision making ability, but not for the reasons the author hopes.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."

    Charlotte says: "A period that directly affected our world today"
    "Missing the Forest, Bogged Down in the Trees"
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    I am a great admirer of Barbara Tuchman, having previously read most of her books on Audible, so I was very much looking forward to this Pulitzer Prize winning work, but I found only disappointment.

    Unlike her other works, I felt that Ms. Tuchman lost perspective on the greater narrative by getting caught up in smaller matters of concern. Too often we find ourselves repeating the same problems again and again with "Peanut" or other issues. We bypass opportunities to effectively communicate the key relationships, choosing instead to illustrate our subject's frustrations with repetition.

    I think the source of the problem is the author's access to General's Diary. She clearly greatly enjoyed reading it, and too often falls into the trap of merely re-writing it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Sachs
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hilgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    This landmark exploration of prosperity and poverty distills the life work of an economist Time calls one of the world's 100 most influential people. Sachs's aim is nothing less than to deliver a big picture of how societies emerge from poverty. To do so he takes listeners in his footsteps, explaining his work in Bolivia, Russia, India, China, and Africa.

    Andy says: "great book"
    "A Call for Africa"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    An acceptable book that often moves back and forth from Economics to a call to pressure those in power to increase funding for the third world, but don't be fooled, the latter is very much the point of the book.

    If you are a fan of Noam Chomsky you'll love this book, if you are a fan of Economics, but have a socially conscious perspective then read Muhammad Yunus instead.

    The foreword is by Bono, so while you may be in the deep end, you certainly know which pool you are jumping into.


    What didn’t you like about Malcolm Hilgartner’s performance?

    There are some editing mistakes which is why I gave such a low score for performance, but otherwise the book is fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (190)

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Henderson says: "Best Summary of Political History I've Read"
    "The best political history I've ever read"
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    I have only good things to say about this book and it's narration. Fukuyama sets out to write a history of Political order and the developments of the core parts of the state and achieves this goal definitively.

    I thought the pace was excellent, as was the narrative progression. It moved freely yet logically between the micro and the macro perspectives. It even manages aptly walk the line between too much and too little background information for the various topics, institutions and regions, which could not have been easy given the subject's breadth.

    For me, this was one of the books that subtly adjust my understanding of not just the subject matter on the page, but also of a range of other areas and disciplines as well.

    I HIghly recommend this book to anyone interested in Politics, History, or virtually any other area of Non-Fiction.

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wapshott
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    As the stock market crash of 1929 plunged the world into turmoil, two men emerged with competing claims on how to restore the balance to economies gone awry. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. He met his opposite in a little-known Austrian economics professor, Friedrich Hayek, who considered attempts to intervene both pointless and potentially dangerous.

    Anandasubramanian says: "An unbiased evaluation of both the major economist"
    "Sometimes Dry or Mild, but always Interesting"
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    An interesting read, but perhaps CLASH was the wrong word.

    The story of two giants of their time, but the book is far more a history then a compelling story. Not high marks, yet if this subject matter is in your realm of interests I would recommend it, if you are new to economics then wishlist for later.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "A Mediocre story without an Ending"
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    This book can be taken as a character study of good people thrown into an unusual situation, or as a book for Grid Iron 101 or perhaps even an introduction into the world of Collage Football politics in the US. But it doesn't really accomplish any of these goals well, and instead feels like a collection or articles and essays strung together by a less then compelling narrative.

    Read Moneyball by Michael Lewis instead, which is similar in style and approach, but altogether MUCH stronger in execution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10532)
    Performance
    (9085)
    Story
    (9047)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "For fans of Apple, not Pixar or Business History"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would recommend an abridged version.

    It's an interesting look into a great man and an important period in human history, but it's not a book about business history. By coincidence I had also read iWoz, Disney War and The Pixar Touch, so I as able to put much of the story into a broader context and the book does navigate much of the story very well. My largest complaint was that it often focused on the elements of Jobs that Isaacson found personally interesting, but, I think, with time may be seen as less important as a subject, rather then as a friend.

    Still a solid pick up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Isaacson again?

    Yes, Isaacson's Einstein Biography is wonderful


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I look forward to listening to more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Hugh Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

    J. Johnston says: "Great Book, Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "The Solid Hybrid Sowell"
    Overall

    I can not recommend Mr. Sowell's work highly enough, he is a rational treasure who has rare ability to expand the mind of any reader, regardless of political views. I've bought and enjoyed 7 of his books, but this book has a political creep. I love Mr. Sowell's more political books like Visions and Intellectuals, but this book has a Hybrid feel to it where at times he moves between is views and his other Work a little too easily for my taste. I don't mean to say this is a bad book or you shouldn't read it, in fact I did still very much enjoy it, but you should know what you are getting.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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