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Kevin

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • The Now Habit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Neil Fiore
    • Narrated By Neil Fiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

    Ron says: "A keeper"
    "Best procrastination book I have ever read"
    Overall

    I picked up this audio book after hearing "The Now Habit" recommended on several productivity blogs whose authors I respect. This is the best book on productivity I have ever read. Fiore describes the psychological root causes for procrastination, and provides several very sensible and doable strategies for attacking the causes.

    Some reviewers have complained about the quality of the narration. Personally I think the criticisms are exaggerated. The book is narrated by the author, Neil Fiore, and he has a nice reading voice. Yes, at the beginning of the book his reading is a slow and a bit tentative, and this was mildly distracting. However, by about 1/5 into it, Fiore hits his stride and after that it was a pleasure to listen to.

    Fantastic. I will definately also be picking up the printed book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (475)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Well worth the listen"
    Overall

    26+ hours that went by like *that*. I loved this audiobook.

    The narration was very good, but as pointed out by others there are many edits where it's clear they've inserted a patched portion of audio. In some points there is a near constant stream of these patched sections and I found it distracting. There is also a fairly boring stretch (for me, at least) that lasts for perhaps 3 hours just prior to Los Alamos, but overall this is well worth the read.

    The focus of the book is the anti-communist witch-hunt (and personal vendetta) carried out against Oppenheimer. There is very little technical information about the building of the atomic bomb, but this did not detract from the fascinating story of his life. By the end of the book, when they get to his security hearing for the Automatic Energy Commission (his "trial" for communist connections), I was transfixed and could not shut this thing off. The testimony given in support of Oppenheimer during the trial was in some cases very moving.

    It is a balanced and fair portrait, I feel. I knew nothing about Oppenheimer before reading this account, and I now I feel I know him very well indeed both the good and the bad. First rate biography.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2805)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (558)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Surprisingly good"
    Overall

    This book is utterly fantastic. Yes there are some web addresses and references that are easier to read on the page - but I still think the audio version is great.

    Maybe this is a love-it-or-hate-it title. I do get the feeling that at least some of the "hate-its" just didn't read it. If you stopped after the first chapter or two, that is a shame because I believe the perspective that this book can give you - whether you adopt any of the specific advice regarding internet businesses - is life-changing.

    The book espouses the philosophy of what Ferriss calls the "New Rich" - people who prefer quality of life and pursuing their passions to the mindless accumulation of stuff and a 40-year slog to retirement. It is the effective annunciation of this philosophy throughout the book that is my favorite part. It includes some very specific advice about starting an internet-based business that "runs itself" while you're off doing your thing. There are also many tips for travelling overseas and living very well while spending relatively little money.

    The book is laugh-out-loud funny in some places, and in my opinion is wise beyond the author's years. As to complaints about the moral outlook of this book, I feel they are mostly lifted out of context or exagerrated.

    I have already started listening to it again. Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Making It All Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    From the author of the million-copy best seller Getting Things Done, comes a new title that will change your life.

    Kevin says: "An inspiring and essential look at GTD"
    "An inspiring and essential look at GTD"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic and inspiring book.

    First I'll get the quibbles out of the way. While this version is "unabridged", it does not include the start-of-chapter quotes from the hardcover version. There aren't many of them, and their absense doesn't affect the material in any way, but I loved the quotes and wished they had been included in the audio version. Also, if you find the first chapter or two slow-going or tedious, keep listening it does get much better.

    If you are new to David Allen's work and have not yet read (or listened to) "Getting Things Done", then you really should begin with that book and come back to this one later, after you've been working with his methods for a while.

    However, if you're already using the GTD system then this book is an incredible follow-up to the first one and an absolute must-read to take your use of GTD to a new level. It explains and clarifies many of the concepts that I found most difficult to understand in the first book (horizons of focus, for example), and it delves into how the GTD system can be used to help you get perspective on your life and tie your deepest values and life vision to your everyday tasks.

    It is narrated by David himself and he does a great job - there's just nothing like hearing an author's words in the author's own voice, especially when he's a good speaker.

    What can I say people, if you're a GTD-er there is no better use of a credit than this.

    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (943)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Scary story, fantastic reading by King"
    Overall

    I found this to be a very good audio book. Stephen King, the man himself, reads you one of his personal favorites. The production is excellent, and King does a great job on the reading. He gives the characters different voices and accents, and they are all well done. The mood music was effective and definately added to the suspense and scary feel.

    The story itself is chillingly scary in some parts. My favorite portion of the book was the first three quarters. King's pace is quite slow to begin with, but instead of dragging I found it let me get into the characters and the small-town setting. Plus, there were enough scary "beats" to keep things interesting.

    After the slow build-up, the story seemed to rush to a conclusion and I hated the ending. Still, overall a good listen, especially for King's performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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