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Robert W.


Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
  • 103 ratings
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  • 93 purchased in 2015

  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Et Tu Macbeth?"

    A briliiant novel, brilliantly performed, Macbeth: A Novel, owes as much to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar as it does to his Scottish Play. Macbeth is presented as a Scottish Brutus, determined to preserve the Scottish oligarchy by which the Scottish king is chosen by the acclimation of the nobles, rather than by heredity.

    Far from seizing the crown for himself, Macbeth is presented as an idealist and a patriot with an over active conscience leading him to excess, paranoia and insanity. Lady Macbeth is shown as a pragmatist with a heart that turns sour.

    Combining the Shakespearian influences in this way something new and true is created. All involved deserve praise and recognition both for this masterwork and for what it might potentially due to further establish the credibility of the audiobook genre.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Why Leadership Sucks tm: Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miles Anthony Smith
    • Narrated By Miles Anthony Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Jim Collins coined the term "Level 5 Leadership" in his book Good to Great, little did he know he would inspire a generation to become servant leaders. Do you wish you were in leadership? Are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone. Why does leadership suck? It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here.

    Robert W. says: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown..."
    "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown..."

    Stan Lee is often credited with the statement, “With great power comes great responsibility.” “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” said Shakespeare in Henry IV Part II. Either statement is perhaps an apt synopsis of the book, “Why Leadership Sucks: The Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership.” The book does an excellent job of detailing the price, the frustrations, the rewards, and the responsibilities that go with leadership.

    Far from an aggressive battle cry, the author creates a thoughtful portrait of what it truly takes to be a leader and why the big corner office may in fact be the last place you want to be. He also paints an honest picture of the rewards of leadership as he interweaves the key suggestions of numerous other popular-press management books and adds insights based upon Christian theology. To his credit, the author takes pains to carefully cite his source material, and near the end of the book he even lists his sources and suggests additional readings.

    Some might be tempted to criticize this eclecticism of influences as derivative. However, here the combination works. Plus, in only a little over four and a half hours, you can gain the key insights of more than 30 hours of books. I know. I’ve listened to or read the majority of his source material previously.

    Appropriate to the tone of the material, the author/narrator does not employ a forceful motivational speaker tone. This is not to say he will put you to sleep, but this is not the audiobook to keep you pumped up for a long drive.

    All in all, this audiobook is a good choice for the aspiring executive, or the proven one, looking for an efficient way to gain the key insights of much of the current popular-press management literature. It’s worth the time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Anarchy of Science: Free Radicals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By Matt Addis

    This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Fraud, suppressing evidence, and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention. Inspiration can come from the most unorthodox of places, and Brooks introduces us to Nobel laureates who get their ideas through drugs, dreams, and hallucinations. .

    Jacqui says: "Scientific Insights"
    "What's Going on Behind the Curtain!"

    Okay, this book is all about the airs that science has put on since WWII. True, these airs have serve to put science on a pedestal and potentially highten its credibility, but it has been at the expense of its applicability.

    Divulging and presenting the irregularities and controversies of science serves to both humanize the field and reveal that far from a preserve of esoteric knowledge. Science, regardless of its presence in academia or industry, is just as competitive as any other field of endeavor.

    The stories are compelling, the performance is strong, and the message is clear. Science can no longer play it safe. Its future, and the future for all of us, depends on taking chances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter J. Feibelman
    • Narrated By Peter J. Feibelman

    Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. This exceptional volume explains what stands between you and fulfilling long-term research career. Bringing the key survival skills into focus, A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! proposes a rational approach to establishing yourself as a scientist.

    AnthonyStevens says: "THIS BOOK IS NOT ENOUGH!!!"
    "If you're thinking of a doctorate, LISTEN TO THIS!"
    Would you listen to A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! again? Why?

    YES, the details pertaining to career planning and presentation issues are worth it. True, not everything espoused here applies to all disciplines equally, but most of it does.

    If you are thinking or pursuing a doctorate, it's worth listening.

    If you are currently going through a doctorate program, it's worth listening.

    If you are science or engineering doctor and trying to decide whether to stay in academia or jump into industry, it's worth listening, but keep in mind the advice given here is not necessarily universally applicable.

    That said, two out of three ain't bad.

    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is great as far as a guide for pursuing a doctorate in the sciences or engineering. It is also great as far as planning your career after you have reached this goal. As a person pursuing a PhD in marketing a great deal of this advice is confirmed by others sources and my advisors.

    What does Peter J. Feibelman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Okay, the author is not on the level of a Simon Jones or Edward Hermann, but his delivery actually adds to the credibility of the piece. You know you are hearing the truth straight from the source. Plus, by the author reading it, you really gain insight into what is important to him, through his use of tonal emphasis and pauses.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is not a one-sitting book. If it was that short then it really would not even come close to covering the subject. However, even if it were that short, the material actually lends itself to stopping and really contemplating what has been said. This is important stuff. You need to think about it as you go and re-listen to sections occasionally. It's that good.

    Any additional comments?

    There are some points of difference between the various disciplines, such as when or if to ever go outside of academia, but that also varies based upon the goals of the individual involved.

    However, the stuff said pertaining to presentation and storytelling is universally true. For that alone this book is worth buying, recommending, and listening to three or four times at least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: Q-Squared (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter David
    • Narrated By John de Lancie

    Captain Picard has never encountered an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum who is dangerous, obnoxious, mysterious and seemingly all-powerful. But now, Trelane has tapped into an awesome power source that makes him more powerful than the entire continuum. Q warns that Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous - this time the stakes are all of creation. Read by John de Lancie!

    Amazon Customer says: "Big Problems"
    "There's abridged and then there's slaughtered!!!"

    I purchased this download thinking it was a download-version of the two-cassette abridged version released years ago. Too bad, this download consists of only the material from the second cassette.

    Abridged is one thing, but only providing the second half of an already abridged story is quite another. The real tragedy of it is this work by Peter David is conceptually superior to most of the Star Trek:TNG Movies and all but the most exceptional Stark Trek: TNG episodes. Plus, John de Lancie's performance is brilliant!!

    Audible and Simon & Schuster had the opportunity to provide a truly delicious story that's already in audio formant. Instead what's provided is the equivalent of a waiter bringing you someone else's half-eaten entree in the hope you will not notice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott Belsky
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community.

    Amy says: "Great book. Great plan. Needs more Belsky."
    "A good book well delivered."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it offer actionable advice, even if it the message is not always welcomed. Idea people often don't want to hear the their ideas aren;t important unless executable.

    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    Okay, some of the other reviews are giving Don Hagan a bad wrap. He did a great job delivering the information with a fatherly tone. There are always multiple way to go with delivery. Don Hagan's director obviously wanted fatherly. Yes, it could have been delivered like a motivational speech, but it wasn't, however the delivery is great none the less.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long, plus it's a good commute book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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