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Jeff

Canmore, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2000

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  • The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregg Easterbrook
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century; and yet today, most men and women feel less happy than in previous generations. Why this is so and what we should do about it is the subject of this book.

    Eric says: "Don't let the extremists stop you."
    "Pretty Good . . . but."
    Overall

    I rather enjoyed this book. However, as someone that is pretty happy, grateful for the things I have and more concerned with environmental issues then the average person . . . I would have to say that I'm in the minority. Having just spent a year traveling around the 'western world' and now returned to my small home town in Canada; I would have to say that what the author has to say relates to most of the people that I met during my travels . . . it's certainly worth listening to (regardless which side of the coin your on.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Doug Fine
    • Narrated By Doug Fine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Vowing to grow all his own food, harness the sun's power for his electrical needs, and consume as little fossil fuel as necessary, Doug Fine faces surprising obstacles at every turn as he discovers that going green is easier said than done.

    Jeff says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Funny, interesting & important book about a regular guy that struggles to get off the grid, off oil and eat locally.

    You should hop on youtube and search 'farewell my subaru' to watch the 'trailer' for his book.

    My own efforts have been to drive a VW that runs on bio-diesel and switch to wind power.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Articulate Executive: Learn to Look, Act, and Sound Like a Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Granville N. Toogood
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Granville N. Toogood is a top executive communications expert, as well as an established speaker, trainer, and writer. Before starting his own company in 1982, Mr. Toogood was a television reporter and network news producer for NBC and ABC. Today he works with a long list of blue-chip clients and has served as a consultant to 38 of the Fortune 50 CEOs, as well as thousands of senior-level executives, elected officials, and diplomats throughout the world.

    Jeff says: "Good Content; Poor delivery."
    "Good Content; Poor delivery."
    Overall

    There is some very useful information here. Unfortunately, the delivery is a little on the dull side. The author really should have delivered it himself. I'm sure he would have done a better job considering that he is a professional speech coach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Windows, Broken Business: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael Levine
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    In Broken Windows, Broken Business, Levine guides readers through his premise that all big dilemmas in business stem from lack of attention to small details. Using dozens of corporate broken window case studies, including McDonald's, K-Mart, Google, JetBlue, and more, he argues that by integrating the solutions to small problems into a much larger plan, the resulting combined solution can stimulate overall business growth, and keep customers coming back for more.

    Jeff says: "Broken Windows or Cracked Foundations?"
    "Broken Windows or Cracked Foundations?"
    Overall

    The author does a pretty decent job of laying out the 'Broken Windows' theory and its implications for business. But, as the old saying goes . . . when you've got a hammer in your hand everything looks like a nail . . . and to stick with the broken windows metaphor the author often confuses broken windows with cracked foundations, shoddy architecture and outdated methods of building.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Discover David Allen's powerful productivity principles and vastly increase your ability to work better, not harder - every day. He asks listeners what's holding them back and shows how all of us can be "ready for anything" - with a clear mind, a clear deck, and clear intentions. This is the perfect audiobook for anyone wanting to work and live at his or her very best.

    Jeff says: "Good follow-up to"
    "Good follow-up to"
    Overall

    David expands on the basics that he laid out in his first book "Getting Things Done." So, if you enjoyed his first book and found his methods useful, you'll also get a lot out of "Ready for Anything." However, since this book build on the previous one. I would highly recommend listening to "Getting Things Done" first.

    76 of 78 people found this review helpful

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