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Dave Hedley

San Mateo, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (245)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "Love the facts in this book"
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    I really appreciate all the author had to say about why the New Deal worked. I wasn't convinced by his tax plan, but I do appreciate the effort. There have been a number of books in this area from the likes of Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz -- how can you not talk about the biggest financial crisis in the US (if not the world) since the Great Depression. Having the author read the book had for me the sense of Dr Reich talking to me and explaining what's happening in the economy. It's a quick listen so very worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.: The Ultimate Collection

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Luther King
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Listen "live" to one of the most iconic orators of all times in this packed-full collection of Martin Luther King Jr. speeches. King's rich and passionate style of delivery will transport you back to the era of the civil-rights movement, when King advocated non-violent resistance in the pursuit of equality and dignity not only for blacks but for all mankind. Seldom has any leader since inspired and captivated an audience worldwide and motivated a nation to action.

    MILTON JONES says: "Very inspirational!"
    "A Terrible Collection Overall -- Poorly Done"
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    1. Speeches are repeated, probably more than once. Certainly there are repetitive refrains and phrases from one speech to another, but to replay the same speech?
    2. The speeches are seeming in a random order, some from late in his life and work are early and others from much earlier appear much later.
    3. Quality control is poor, I believe this was digitized from something like a CD as there are parts when it sounds like a CD skipping.
    4. Nothing to introduce the speech, and to set the time, or give any context.

    What's good:
    1. For many of the speeches, the audio quality is quite good.
    2. There are few speakers as engaging as MLK Jr.
    3. The repetition is at least some of the more memorable speeches. I know them better.

    Do feel like this was thrown together with little care for quality or understanding. Feels like profiting from the name of MLK, and not a real tribute to the man.

    I'll try another collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    For the first time, listeners to James Bond's adventures will see Agent 007 as he appears through the eyes of a beautiful woman...a woman who, in the midst of brutality and terror, recognizes Bond for what he is: a handsome and appealing killer. But only a killer can help her now!

    She says: "Not the best in series"
    "Well that was fun"
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    This is a different sort of Bond book, written from the perspective of a woman. There are little spots where Fleming misses the mark, and has some descriptions which I suspect a woman wouldn't make such as describe a sound to be like "grape shot." Still, I was interested and engaged throughout the story and didn't want to put the book down. I don't think I found any deeper insights in to humanity, but I had a good time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power to the People: The Black Panthers Speak

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Fred Hampton
    • Narrated By Fred Hampton
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In 1966, Huey Newton, and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation - a party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines.

    Dave Hedley says: "Interesting primary source material"
    "Interesting primary source material"
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    Interesting primary source. The audio edition can be hard to understand as the speeches sound as if they were recorded separately from whatever sound system they were using so is full of crowd noise, and echo from the speakers. They also don't set context for the speeches so I can only tell the shift in time and location from the content of the speech. It would have helpful to add something explain the date, and location, let alone any other context for the story around that speech. It was still interesting to experience the emotional content, and to hear from the Panthers. I had some background in the Panthers from a University course so, so long ago, which helped. If you're not familiar with the Black Panther Party, nor versed in the history of the struggle for Civil Rights, this isn't a good place to start, as it's just speeches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Diane Ravitch
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    In this best-selling expose of national policy gone wrong, America's foremost historian of education, Diane Ravitch, renounces her support for reform policies implemented over the past decade that she says are wrecking America's cherished tradition of public education.

    Mark says: "Finally, a reality check on teaching and learning"
    "Powerful indictment of the current reform movement"
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    There is a lot here. A lot seemed repetitive. I appreciated the additions in the Revised Edition. I've seen complaints elsewhere that we're talking to folks about "reforming" schools who are neither education professionals nor scholars in the field of Education. What special knowledge or experience does Bill Gates have that qualifies him to be treated as an expert. The old Ravitch still show through was some very traditional notions of what should be taught. I agree that her essential position hasn't changed. This book is an indictment about how we've gone about the very laudable goal of providing a good education to all Americans. Having worked in the system, I agree with most of what she presents. The system of high stakes testing isn't the right focus. We don't need kids good at taking fill in the bubble tests, we need kids who know how to learn, can write clearly, are mathematically literate, and have a desire for learning. It's a bit long, but worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace Positive Emotions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barbara Fredrickson
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." With Positivity, you'll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.

    Chuck says: "Excellent!"
    "A lot to think about, and to act on."
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    Gave me a lot to think about and do. Really appreciate the overall approach. I can see cultivating a number of habits to help my life flourish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "Still an important read."
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    Well worth reading. I better appreciate the decisions made at the time. This book gives you a lot to think about. I thought the author did a great job making a gripping narrative. I am curious about all the detail on confidential meetings, is all of that even legal to disclose?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Parker J. Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is."

    Julia Davis Coffey says: "Deep Wisdom in these pages"
    "Great take on a purposeful life"
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    His Quaker beliefs infuse this book, so may be a barrier to the committed atheist. However, an interesting approach to purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (123)

    Continuing where Thus Spoke Zarathustra left off, Nietzsche's controversial work Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most influential philosophical texts of the 19th century and one of the most controversial works of ideology ever written. Attacking the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, Nietzsche criticises past philosophers for their unquestioning acceptance of moral precepts. Nietzsche tried to formulate what he called "the philosophy of the future".

    Diverse says: "Great Book, great Audio Narration"
    "Disappointing"
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    The most modern part of me is very surprised at the deference paid to Nietzsche. Perhaps I'm not understanding him. Perhaps he is less clever than he believes himself to be. There are many grand assertions that are not at all proven. His dependence on a particular view of what the basic nature of "man" is, is a distinct weakness. Nietzsche would likely scoff at my call to science to disprove his truth, yet, there it is. What we know, now, of how the human brain works tends to disprove the thesis of the basic nature of man being that of power and dominance. We are more of a cooperative species than Nietzsche might allow. I would have liked him to engage more directly Mills, et al., rather than be so rude and dismissive. It gives little weight to an argument, when you simply dismiss those you disagree with rather than a clear refutation of their arguments. Not sorry I read it, have not found this particularly enlightening. I was glad to see the he was not the anti-Semite of which he has been accused by his critics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sarah A. Chrisman
    • Narrated By Kristin Kalbli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    On Sarah A. Chrisman's 29th birthday, her husband, Gabriel, presented her with a corset. The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful, but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views. Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life, she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset - ever. She'd heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented, and she wanted none of it.

    darlingkit says: "A real disappointment"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    A very delightful and unusual book. I learned a lot of subtleties of Victorian dress. The author has a lovely command of the English language. The grace she cultivates in her manner and dress comes through in her language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert A. Glover
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

    Gerard says: "Good info but no exercises."
    "This should be on most guys reading lists"
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    I've been doing most of this for years. I was, very much, Mr. Nice Guy and a complete jerk. I do appreciate the way he has created a systematic way for addressing the issues!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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