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Karen

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11657)
    Performance
    (10093)
    Story
    (10069)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Loved the book & story (not the narration)"
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    The book is great. (Check out some of the other comments and reviews.)

    I agree with many of the reviewers who said that the narration is annoying. I listened at 2X speed which helped a little. Dylan couldn't figure out what words to emphasize so he emphasized and articulated every one. The tone was wrong everywhere ... I couldn't wait to finish the audiobook and return to something more pleasant for my ears. And now I am done! and can't wait to listen to some of my favorite podcasts (e.g. NYTimes Bits Tech Talk and Babbage from the Economist... now they do audio in a pleasing way).

    For a book that says user experience at least 100 times, it is ironic that more care was not taken in choosing the narrator. This is a long book to have that kind of user experience.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    never (sorry Dylan)


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

    not possible


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  • A Guide to Coping with Difficult People at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Good Guide Publishing
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Do you hate the people you work with? The simple fact of the matter is that when a number of people are gathered together for any length of time, there are going to be problems. It's just not easy for everyone to get along. But, short of quitting your job, what can you do?

    Karen says: "Doesn't work as an audiobook"
    "Doesn't work as an audiobook"
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    What did you like best about A Guide to Coping with Difficult People at Work? What did you like least?

    I think the author meant for you to find your situation and read that particular one. When you listen to many situations (mean people, tricky people, depressed people, loud people, etc.), 90% of the words sounds exactly the same. It seemed like there were only 2-3 sentences that were different between the various scenarios.

    There didn't seem to be many stories. I have the book Coping with Difficult People (different author) and that one is filled with stories and interesting descriptions of your co-workers (snipers, sherman tanks, exploders, etc.)

    There are 3 chapters in this audiobook. I have only listened to the first chapter and can do no more...


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add some stories. The first chapter is just generalizations. and general advise about being respectful and careful in your communications. (examples would be helpful and make it less boring.)


    Do you think A Guide to Coping with Difficult People at Work needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (1995)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Love the content but delivered too slooooow ..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking, Fast and Slow to be better than the print version?

    No. I listend at 2x on my iPod; 4x speed probably would suit me best. Honestly, what do they tell the narrators before they begin? We can handle a faster reading pace. And those that can't, can slow it down to 1/2 pace on their iPods.


    What did you like best about this story?

    there are many interesting studies.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could read faster.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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