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Daniel

Marietta, GA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Start with the Answer: And Other Wisdom for Aspiring Leaders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bob Seelert
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Today, we rarely see the words "business" and "wisdom" in the same sentence. For Bob Seelert, chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, the two go hand-in-hand. At a time when our economic systems desperately need to energize people and produce leaders at all levels, Seelert brings us Start with the Answer.

    Daniel says: "Woody Hayes Sayings"
    "Woody Hayes Sayings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Start with the Answer? What did you like least?

    It had some useful tips about getting things accomplished.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The author's rise to his position was interesting. But once there I didn't get the same sense of accomplishment.


    What does Dennis Holland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Easy to listen to.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Start with the Answer?

    Reasonable business read. Another perspective on career organization.


    Any additional comments?

    Thought the author should have credited Woody Hayes as a co-author. The author didn't seem to have many of his own pithy statements .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Justin Pollard, Howard Reid
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    Founded by Alexander the Great and built by self-styled Greek pharaohs, the city of Alexandria at its height dwarfed both Athens and Rome. It was the marvel of its age, legendary for its vast palaces, safe harbors, and magnificent lighthouse. But it was most famous for the astonishing intellectual efflorescence it fostered and the library it produced. If the European Renaissance was the "rebirth" of Western culture, then Alexandria, Egypt, was its birthplace.

    Jeffrey says: "A good listen"
    "Excellent"
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    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of Alexandria?

    A very comprehensive history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ptolemy. Didn't realize how much of an influence he was.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Engaging voice, Makes the story flow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The decline of the city


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen. This audiobook made the history very entertaining. I had a hard time not listening to the whole thing at once!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Professional Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa B. Marshall
    • Narrated By Lisa B. Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Have you ever been put on the spot and kicked yourself later for not having a substantial, confident response? Have you ever lost out on a promotion because you didn't get along with your colleagues or boss? Have you ever blanked when delivering a speech or a presentation? Saying the right thing isn’t just about feeling comfortable. It's also essential for building successful relationships, getting ahead at work, and increasing your income. To get what you want, you have to know how to ask for it, how to negotiate, how to react. That's where Lisa Marshall's audiobook comes in.

    Daniel says: "Would listen again"
    "Would listen again"
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    What did you love best about Smart Talk?

    Very useful information.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author is very engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure.


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

    This would not make a good film.


    Any additional comments?

    A little longer than needed. But definitely a good read for people working in the business world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Heffernan
    • Narrated By Margaret Heffernan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    Margaret Heffernan argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don't see - not because they're secret or invisible, but because we're willfully blind. A distinguished businesswoman and writer, she examines the phenomenon and traces its imprint in our private and working lives, and within governments and organizations, and asks: What makes us prefer ignorance? What are we so afraid of? Why do some people see more than others? And how can we change?

    Lynn says: "Why We Ignore What Is About Us"
    "There's a kernel of a good book in here"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It did have some valuable insight into contemporary failures at a grand level. Like Enron and the mortgage crisis.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters in here really.


    What didn’t you like about Margaret Heffernan’s performance?

    Unfortunately, her reading sounded just as smug as some of the passages in the book. The book probably would have been better with someone who was objective.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It should have been called "If they had only asked me."

    Unfortunately, the author presents a rather confusing story of failures and their causes. She wallows in the usual stereotypes of evil corporate directors and their helpless victims while glossing over root cause analysis of these issues. It is easy and gratifying to impugn the characters no one loves while sanctifying the "victims" but life is much more complicated than that. What about all the "Cassandras" (as she calls them) who were wrong? I'm sure there were many more who were wrong than right. But in the author's world, the cure for blindness is 20/20 hindsight. Not very helpful.

    She describes all kinds of issues with biases. And then presumes to believe that she has none. And that the obvious disasters she describes are proof of her theories, despite knowing that the same general processes she faults have also resulted in major advances.

    The answer is, of course, that we need a more compelling mix of oversight (hierarchy) while at the same time encouraging local (non-hierarchical) control. Not sure how she reconciles these two incompatible modes in her world. The listener won't learn here either.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Excellent Marketing Primer"
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    If you could sum up All Marketers Are Liars in three words, what would they be?

    Sound, fundamental marketing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the author recognizes that "stories" are important. And that you need to genuinely live your "lie".


    What does Seth Godin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's a bit like a friend walking you through the process.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely listen to this one again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (907)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "True Hero"
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    What did you like best about Fearless? What did you like least?

    I liked the personal background of Adam Brown. He clearly struggled much in life but was a better man for it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Brown.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Performance was Ok. I did not like the voices he used for the other characters. That didn't add much.


    Was Fearless worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the story of his final mission in Afghanistan should have had more substance to it. He clearly did an heroic thing but the description seemed to short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gordon B. Hinckley
    • Narrated By George Grizzard
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    No nation can be greater than the strength of its individual homes or the virtue of its people. Sadly, many today would say ours is a nation in crisis. Families are splintering around us, our children are becoming alienated from their great cultural heritage, and our leaders seem increasingly out of touch. Yet, according to Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one cannot lose hope.

    Ginger says: "A timeless book for an ailing world"
    "Good listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Standing for Something the most enjoyable?

    The author has a lifetime of experience. It is refreshing to hear someone reminiscing in such a positive way.


    What other book might you compare Standing for Something to and why?

    Not sure.


    What about George Grizzard’s performance did you like?

    Authentic voice.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Standing for Something?

    Being honest and decent is still as relevant today as it has ever been.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a little longer than I expected. But it is an enjoyable and worthwhile listen to reinvigorate your sense of purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

    Chi-Hung says: "Balanced"
    "More comprehensive than I thought"
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    If you could sum up The History of the Medieval World in three words, what would they be?

    Very worthwhile listen!


    What other book might you compare The History of the Medieval World to and why?

    Not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was fascinated by the stories of how leaders were changed....death, murder, conquest, etc. All were interesting glimpses into how power has been determined through history.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent and thorough treatment of the history of the world during the time when history was not much talked about. I was surprised and delighted with the inclusion of essentially the entire world and not just Europe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (358)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    Chrissie says: "Pay attention!"
    "Tuchman......well done"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Guns of August?

    Great history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thorough treatment of the subject.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well-recognized for its thorough treatment of history. Despite the incredible detail, it is an easy and riveting listen. I highly recommend the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (719)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Well worth a listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Swerve to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very interesting view of history that I was unaware of.


    What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s voice?

    Voice is somewhat slow but I listen at double speed. I think I used triple speed for this one!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed the thorough treatment of the history.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not expect the book to cover what it did. The history was well written and highlights how much of human history is the product of chance and the dedicated works of single individuals at the right place and the right time. This is well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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