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Evans, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 6 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "Very helpful and informative."

    This book provided me with a useful roadmap of how to elminate my "fixed mindset" tendencies. The author provides helpful examples of growth vs. fixed mindset scenaries and demonstrates how damaging the traditional beliefs of "IQ" and "The Natural" can be to young and old people. Highly recommend!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

    Graham says: "Making the Sausage"
    "Excellent book"
    What did you love best about The Price of Politics?

    Very informative. I wish I had more time for books like this. Excellent work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"

    This was an excellent book which helped me understand how I can greatly improve my personal and professional life. I read "Flow" many years ago and this is the perfect compliment to that book. "Drive" is narriated by the author who does an excellent job of delivering a clear and understandable message of what makes people succeed (or fail). I highly recommend "Drive".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"

    I highly recommend this book. Michael Lewis does a supurb job of telling the story of the financial meltdown and the relevant causes (CDO's and Credit Default Swaps). I read "Liars Poker" 20 years ago and this book is just as informative and entertaining. He is truly a great author and story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Politics Lost: How American Democracy Was Trivialized by People Who Think You're Stupid

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joe Klein
    • Narrated By Terence McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People on the right are furious. People on the left are livid. And the center isn't holding. There is only one thing on which almost everyone agrees: there is something very wrong in Washington. The country is being run by pollsters. Few politicians are able to win the voters' trust. Blame abounds and personal responsibility is nowhere to be found. There is a cynicism in Washington that appalls those in every state, red or blue.

    Gary says: "Excellent work"
    "Excellent work"

    Mr. Klien presents an entertaining and educational work with "Politics Lost". I found his perspective much more impressive since he clearly attempted to show problems with the "Left" and the "Right" side of the political spectrum. This is in stark contrast with "Just How Stupid Are We" which only focuses on right wing shenanigans. By his own admission, Mr. Klien is certainly left of center but he is cleary brilliant as well. As a Republican I found his book very informative and I highly recommend it to everyone interested in politics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just How Stupid Are We?: Facing the Truth About the American Voter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rick Shenkman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Americans of all political stripes are heading into the 2008 election with the sense that something has gone terribly wrong with American politics. But what exactly? The only thing everyone seems to agree on, in fact, is that the American people are entirely blameless. InJust How Stupid Are We?, best-selling historian and renowned myth-buster Rick Shenkman takes aim at our great national piety: the wisdom of the American people.

    John says: "Cynical but accurate"
    ""Left Bias" but good book"

    I enjoyed the book. The auther made excellent points about the real fault of current political problems .... the American voter (or non-voter). However, I would estimate that 90% of his examples focused on right-wing abuses. There is no doubt that such abuses exist but I feel he could have spent just as much time on left-wing political shenanigins. It was as if Jay Leno only told "Republican Jokes" and never focused on the humorous (and sad) stories related to Blue State Leaders. That said, this is a good book and I recommend it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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