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Dave

Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, and others
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (218)

    A stunning new approach to how individuals can not only change their lives for the better in the workplace, but also their lives away from the office, including (but not limited to) finding ways to improve one's working relationship with others, one's overall health, outlook on life, and so on. For example, why is it that 95% of all diet attempts fail? Why do New Year's Resolutions last no more than a few days? Why can't people with good intentions seem to make consistent and positive strides in the way they want to improve their careers, financial fitness, physical fitness, and so on?

    Amazon Customer says: "Different"
    "The Best Change Book Ever"
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    What does Joseph Grenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His emphasis and enthusiasm was perfect. He has a great voice for audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the book you need if you seriously want to make change. It has an accompanying website that helps you follow through and provides a coach and email notifications. It is free for 90 days after using the code in the book. I am on my second read and am able to skip some parts quite easily. I am now taking notes too, as I found there is too much to recall when making your change plan if you didn't take notes. The website helps a lot there. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I have read hundreds of self-help books, always trying to change something or grow, and this one is among the most practical and, I believe, likely the most effective. It's all based on research that is current and historical. Thanks for this great book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1491)
    Story
    (1504)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Awesome account of the fall of countries"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am only a third of the way through and felt compelled to tell you that this is a great book, at least so far. I can't see it getting worse, just better and better. His sense of humour is perfect and his candour is sometimes cringing when you imagine yourself listening to Michael Lewis' opinion about you. He pulls no punches and I wouldn't put it past countries to ban him or set people out to get him. I follow the news, and the news around the European debacle fairly closely, but you don't get this deep via the news. It is amazing how these countries operated. They seem like kids in a candy store. I am a quarter Icelandic and he sure trashes us. Then the Irish and...look out Greeks! I don't think any country will come out looking good. Even the Germans, who are the supposed saviours of this crisis (Greek vote is tomorrow!), get trashed by him. Nicely, convincingly, but still trashed. Loving it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2467)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1307)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "It's his life, the good and the bad!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent autobiography. It's read perfectly and appropriately by Joe Hurley and Johhny Depp, who aim to sound like Keith might, and a little bit of Keith. He sounds drunk when reading, but I bet he sounds like that sober or not. He shares a lot about his ups and downs and comes across as very honest. It was interesting to hear about song-writing with Mic and about the times when they seemed to be finished together. Keith comes across as larger than I thought he was for the band. He is the John Lennon. Some people have commented to me about the time he spends on guitar playing and riffs, but I found that interesting even though I can't play a note. This book is much, much better than I expected and I hope he writes another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John M. Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Joan DeClaire
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In 1994, Dr. John Gottman and his colleagues at the University of Washington made a startling announcement: Through scientific observation and mathematical analysis, they could predict, with more than 90-percent accuracy, whether a marriage would succeed or fail. The only thing they did not yet know was how to turn a failing marriage into a successful one, so Gottman teamed up with his clinical psychologist wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, to develop intervention methods.

    DGM says: "One of the basics"
    "A Game Changer"
    Overall

    This book changed the way I speak to my wife, particularly when the conversation is argumentative, merely after hearing the first recorded and analyzed conversation in the book. The biggest thing for me was defensiveness and I saw it right away in the dialogue that they present in the book.

    They use recorded transcripts of real couples talking (voiced by the narrator) and then analyze the back-and-forth relatively quickly. You can see yourself, if you're like me, in many of the conversations.

    It truly helped, but it would be best if the authors were with me as I conversed (argued) with my wife, as I worry that I will fall back into old habits as I often do after reading great advice like this. I need her to read it too.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (902)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Got me after a while"
    Overall

    I had trouble with Scott Brick in this novel at first. His New York accent in Wild Fire didn't sit well after hearing his sometimes maudlin narrating in other books. Seems he reads most of what I listen to. Although highly theatrical, his Dean Koontz "Frankenstein" was a little over the top for me,

    But after a few hours of increasing engagement in Wild Fire, I became a renewed Scott Brick fan and a Nelson DeMille fan. Atmosphere-wise, this is pure 1950's style cop thriller brought into the current century. A little stereotypical in his presentation of characters, but quite absorbing. And the storyline is intriguing and likely entirely possible. (Am listening to Scott Brick now read "No One Would Listen by Harry Markopolos" ...about the Bernie Madoff scandal, and he is quite good.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (748)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Fun to listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, even though I am from Canada. Being so ensconced in US media...television, movies, etc., and being the US's largest trading partner, it is very difficult not to pay attention to US politics. Obama mania was big here.

    I found it very interesting to hear about the battles and thoughts of all of the combatants in this most interesting election. They cover them all from Palin to Edwards, spending most time with Hillary, Bill and Obama. John McCain was not what I expected. The writing and entertainment value are first rate in this little snippit of exciting US history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula (Blackstone Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (189)

    In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international and lasting fame.

    Katrina says: "Still Scary Two Centuries Later"
    "Hard to stop listening"
    Overall

    I find listening to non-fiction much easier than to fiction. The opposite is true for reading the printed book. This is one of the first fiction novels that I had trouble stopping listening. I have at least 15 fiction audiobooks in the works and this one kept me on it from start to finish. It doesn't read like I thought given it's age. It reads as if written recently, although with interesting bits of old-english and vernacular. This is the novel that sparked the whole vampire thing. It didn't invent it, but brought it into the contemporary culture. I think these last few years have seen more vampire fiction than at any time before, so I recommend to all of you vampire enthusiasts that you listen to this one. While I loved the movie and saw it many years before listening to the book, the two are quite different at times and I found that I developed my own characters and hardly based them on the movie's. It is not horrific and not very scary. I found the movie much scarier but that is likely due to Gary Oldman's amazing performance...the best Dracula ever. The narrator does an amazing job with the various characters. I did get a couple of the men mixed up over time, but it had little impact on the main story. I couldn't help but have Tom Waits as Renfield as I listened. Funny, as much as I loved Gary Oldman in the movie, he wasn't my Dracula as I listened. Excellent listen. Great work Mr. Whitfield. And Bram too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2632)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1366)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Eye-opening"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and was sad that it was over after so many hours of accompanying me on my walks and cross-country skiing. I had heard some of the arguments before, but to hear them all together and with science and stories to back them, it becomes very engaging. His voice is very easy to listen to and very soothing. He speaks too quickly the odd time, in areas that I am sure he thinks are not as important. Watched him on Charlie Rose just last night and found him to be very honest and forthright. He is known for taking the opposing position on a lot of common topics, but when he explains, you see that he is not doing it for publicity (or purely for), but provides very compelling and evocative counter views. He has cancer of the esophagus and I wish him well. His cancer has changed the way he looks at things, so I look forward to his next book. Everyone, religious or otherwise, should listen to his discussion in this book.

    1 of 1 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
    (2350)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1394)

    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!"
    "Listening again and again"
    Overall

    I had read some negative reviews of this book and had my doubts, but I found it very enjoyable to read, but most importantly, it gave me a whole bunch of new tools and strategies to use in my life. Except for family requirements (kids in school), I am someone who can take full advantage of the way Tim proposes we work. I have to listen again as it is well stocked with good advice. You kind of need to take notes as you listen and I did it almost entirely on my bike. His accompanying website is an awesome addition to the process. This is one of those books that has started to change my outlook and the way I manage my life. Much appreciated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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