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Anthony

Rancho Santa Mar, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    What would it take?That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children, not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children's Zone, a 97-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America.

    Anthony says: "Aboslutely terrific!"
    "Aboslutely terrific!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It chronicles Geoffrey Canada's personal experience growing up in a culture that did not always encourage academic success and his professional journey to combat the lack of educational achievement in Harlem. I love that the author also wove into this story a history of the governmental policies and some of the major writings (i.e. "The Bell Curve") on tackling this same issue. Wow- that sounds boring, but it's really not! If you have ever wondered if anything can be done to help the disadvantaged then this book will inspire you. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3766)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3345)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Not my favorite Gladwell book"
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    I really love Malcolm Gladwell and have enjoyed many of his previous books but I did not enjoy this book. I enjoyed the story about class sizes and Ivy League school but most of the stories were not engaging to me and I found myself looking forward to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (522)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "Entertaining and funny!"
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    My kids are a little too old for much of this advice but I thoroughly enjoyed this book nonetheless. If you are interested in how others live in other parts of the world, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5445)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3414)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "The people ruined this book for me."
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    Hmmm... strange when you find the talking dog more believable than the people! I loved this book at first and found the dog's observations very funny. But the people were just so unbelievable and frankly, stupid and one dimensional. At one point the book took such a ridiculous turn that I could not finish it (I was pretty far into it at that point).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Obamas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jodi Kantor
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife, Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible. Then they moved in. Filled with riveting detail and insight into their partnership, emotions, and personalities, and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even listeners who thought they knew the President and First Lady.

    Anthony says: "Great insight"
    "Great insight"
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    This book is almost like a novel: young, smart idealistic couple from humble beginnings end up in the White House. If there is any criticism that comes through of the Obamas it is their naive view that if they just did good work, it would be enough. But no, every action must be second guessed through the fickle lens of a sensationalistic media and gullible public. This book provides a window into the Obamas as they learn to navigate the political side of the presidency. I thought Michelle Obama was portrayed as her husband's best advisor. I'm surprised that the news reports on this book seemed to suggest otherwise and I don't remember any discussion of how Rahm Emmanuel is portrayed. He definitely comes across poorly and I suspect accurately. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the Obamas own books on their lives in the White House.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Bregman
    • Narrated By Peter Bregman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Based upon his weekly Harvard Business Review column (one of the most popular columns on HBR.com, receiving hundreds of thousands of unique page views a month), 18 Minutes clearly shows how busy people can cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and find a way to focus on those key items that are truly the top priorities in our lives.

    Anthony says: "Really great system"
    "Really great system"
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    I have found Peter Bregman's method very helpful and simple. The whole book could probably be summarized in about an hour but his stories are engaging. I would recommend this book if you find the days going by too fast and you feel like you are not really accomplishing what you would like.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wes Moore, Tavis Smiley (afterword)
    • Narrated By Wes Moore
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

    Jennifer says: "Biography and Autobiography in One"
    "Riveting and thought provoking"
    Overall

    This is not just a fascinating and well-written story, but a story that makes you ponder how any child can ever escape the bleak inner city and why we, in America, even have such places of desperation. And for every mother who ever threatened their child with the prospect of military school, this one's for you! Wes Moore is a great narrator as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Relaxation: Guided Meditations for Achieving Inner Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Latham
    • Narrated By Jane Warren
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (9)

    These easy-to-follow guided meditations involve beautifully crafted stories with music and natural sound effects. Each track will ease you into a deep state of relaxation, where you can tap into the restoring power of meditation.

    Scott says: "Wonderful!"
    "Just what I was looking for...."
    Overall

    I wanted to find a guided imagery relaxation audiobook that would take me away and leave me relaxed. This book does just that. It has three scenarios that are all equally enjoyable. I find the narrator's voice very soothing and the overall effect exactly what I was looking for.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rework

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (640)

    With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

    Paul says: "Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice"
    "Just what I needed to get my app into beta testing"
    Overall

    This is a great book for any midnight engineer trying to 'ship'. Whether it's software, hardware, a novel, or anything else you're creating this book will help you focus on what is important to get it out the door -- to ship. Forget all the rules you thought you knew. These guys have been there, done that, and have rewritten the rules for a game the old-timers can't even play.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "The Particular Sadness of Having Bought this Book!"
    Overall

    The concept was so intriguing, I just went ahead and bought this. Big Mistake. It is tortuous. The author's voice is so irritating and the story so plodding with the "she said, he said, she said" storytelling style. The only thing interesting about this is that it has become a bestseller despite these enormous flaws. Maybe it reads better than it sounds. I wanted to like it, I really did, but a concept does not necessarily make a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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