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Etna, CA, United States | Member Since 2009


  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Caroline says: "should have listened to Joseph"
    "Not Particularly Interesting...Actually,"

    The audio book bored the hell out of me. Bob Lutz, the genius who will make GM! Funny how this book can totally collapse in the light of the economic change over the past few months.

    The author over stretches his point to incredulity. So, there are companies employing comedians to keep employees happy...still think jokes are the key to survival in this economy?

    I think this one tries to be Freakanomics but ends up far short and pointless.

    And, yup. I'm a creative problem solver.

    54 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    By the author of the modern classic The Black Swan, this collection of aphorisms and meditations expresses his major ideas in ways you least expect. The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects.

    Chris says: "Buy the BOOK"
    "Buy the BOOK"

    While this a good listen and full of little wisdoms, you'll want the hard bound book near your desk as a reference piece. I can see using many of these aphorisms as quotes in presentations. Lots of great stuff hear but better in book form.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

    Darwin8u says: "A near perfect modern novel"
    "One Tough Read Perfectly Delivered"

    First of all, this isn't in the style of Jane Eyre. Modernist writing can be very, very challenging. This book and "To the Lighthouse" are in the same class with James Joyce and William Faulkner. These authors require interaction with the reader.

    If you are willing to 'work' with the author and pay attention to the writing, you will be rewarded with a life-long impact that will make much other writing seem vapid.

    There are two ways to approach this book. One, search online for notes and commentary and prepare yourself for the journey. If you understand where the book is going, you will greatly enjoy the journey. Woolf intentionally rations information which can make the book very hard to follow. But as in life, if you know a person, you can follow their thoughts with fewer words because you understand that person.

    The book is much like a conversation we have in our heads. It's not made of fully complete thoughts and is distracted by other thoughts. And the book takes place in a very narrow slice of time---a single day but with references to times past. Hang on tight!

    Sit quietly and think. Pay attention to how your mind will burst forth with fragments of ideas, odd images and unrelated fragments. This how our brains work and what the modernists were exploring.

    The other approach is to go through the book twice, unprepared. You'll have to go through the book more than once anyway. I listened to the same 30 minutes sometimes 5 or more times. Move ahead. Go back again!

    Now, if you are willing to do this, a treasure awaits you. If not, this book will be a horrible drudge.

    I loved it. Frankly, "To the Lighthouse" was easier.

    Chris Reich

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Fun Listen But..."

    This book entertained me but the story is stunningly shallow. It's a long, long story that doesn't quite go in circles, but doesn't go far---and there is a lot of close repetition so I'd say it goes in spirals.

    Here's where I'd put it. After "A Prayer to Owen Meany," it fell short because Irving raised my standards.

    Put this in the category of "made for TV."

    There is some real silliness in this book that I can't disclose because it would ruin the story but I'll conclude with saying that everything is just too tidy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Perhaps a Bit Dated But Still..."

    This book is "okay". I learned a few things and recognized traits found in many people. Still, the material is a little jumbled and perhaps dated.

    The title is sensationalized, the book is not. I think I wanted a bit more sizzle.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Great story, well read"

    I loved this audio book. The characters are real and vibrant. The story is swift and will hold your every minute. It's one that you miss when it's over because you feel wrapped into the day to day happenings and want to drop by Leopold's to have a drink with old friends.

    You won't regret starting this journey. I bought the book and gave several as gifts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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