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Jeff Vreeland

Jeff Vreeland

Birmingham, Alabama | Member Since 2008

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  • The God Delusion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4466)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1841)

    Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

    Rick Just says: "Dangerous Religion"
    "Long Books Full of Facts"
    Overall

    If you are looking for facts that are presented by an Atheist to debunk any religious theology then this book is for you.

    Dawkins does what he does best and blast you with fact after fact of historical reference material of why [Fill in Religion] is wrong.

    One thing I could not get past was his immediate dismissal of hope and faith from the human behavior.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (523)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Love it or hate it...."
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    Performance
    Story

    The story telling is good. If you are reading this to get a feel for how it will be thru-hiking the AT then read AWOL instead. Bill Bryson is great at telling a story and through his memory of hiking he did just that. For me though, I am a Bill Bryson hater....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Eric Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (159)

    What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

    Roy says: "Ambitious"
    "Thought Provoking Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are looking to understand the science and history around innovation grounded in facts that span the life of Ford, 3M, and Apple then this is the book for you.

    Steven does a good job beating (read repetitive) into the science behind what makes innovation so special and albeit hard to manufacture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1657)
    Story
    (1652)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "A book for life and business backed up with facts"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book applies a basic principal of asking yourself in every decision you are making in your professional career and personal life 'Why?' The good thing is it does not stop there, it continues on to support you (and its theory) with facts for exactly the reason you should be asking 'Why' in that particular scenario.

    To many business books today provide a topical overview without any depth to support you or a theory. This book provides all of that and also is incredibly easy to listen to.

    A rel treat is that this book sounds more natural reading it on 1.5x speed bump.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (677)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "A Differnet Side of Pres. Bush Revealed"
    Overall

    I finished this week reading (listening) to President George W. Bush???s memoir ???Decision Points.??? This book was one I had been anticipating for quite some time and after finishing it I must say I was not disappointed.

    The book is put together completely different then other memoir as President Bush talks about not his life but the decision???s he had to make that shaped his presidency. Topics ranging from Iraq, Afghanistan, Stem Cell Research, 9/11, Staff Issues, Katrina, and the financial crisis you get an inside look into what went into his decision???s as well as a selfless look at how difficult of a time he had during situations.

    The bigger topics (9/11, Iraq, Katrina) were quite fulfilling and intriguing the chapter he spoke on his work with AIDS victims in Africa was a side to this President I had never seen or read about it. His desire to combat the spread throughout Africa reveals the softer side of this war time President and something the US Media Outlets failed to reveal. President Bush wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post just today (12/1) talking about his ongoing policy to help fight AIDS.

    Most like me will read this book to hear about how/why he dealt with certain situations the way he did (be prepared with a tissue when reading the 9/11 chapter, just warning you) but I hope as I did, others will see a softer side of the President Bush.

    18 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1459)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "Great Idea's!"
    Overall

    I stress the point of idea's because unless you are building company from the ground up as Tim did it will be nearly impossible to shift a large business (or medium size one for that mater) to a business run this way.

    With that I give the book 4 stars as it is brilliant and inspiring. As others stated, the reading is poor which is why I give it 4 instead of 5.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spoken from the Heart

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laura Bush
    • Narrated By Laura Bush
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (77)

    In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady.

    Pris says: "Disappointed in Del Mar"
    "Splended Look From the First Lady"
    Overall

    First off, this is a book not about Politics but about the viewpoint of a very smart and intelligent First Lady.

    I expected more politics but was pleasantly surprised to get a full picture being painted of the life of Laura Bush.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Journey: My Political Life

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tony Blair
    • Narrated By Tony Blair
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    This is Tony Blair’s firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death to the war on terror. He reveals the decisions necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues including Gordon Brown, the negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services in Britain since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage.

    W. J. Young says: "History can only ever be accepted judgments"
    "Great History Book of UK Politics"
    Overall

    I am a big time politco and was eager to read this book based off my love for politics and it lived up to the test, if you love UK politics. For me, I just did not know much of the back stories on the topics Blair covered.

    I give it 4 stars because listening to the former PM is tough to do for 16 hours :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6250)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1854)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Great Book - Odd Ending"
    Overall

    This book was absolutely great and exactly what you would expect from Dan Brown.

    The ending of the book did take somewhat of a Sci-Fi turn to me.

    With that - I have zero desire to see the movie as the book is all I needed and more!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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