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Eden Prairie, MN, US | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 66 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Mueller
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

    dr says: "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    "A Superb Book and Performance"
    Where does Extra Virginity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not fiction

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

    Characters to voices of various people interviewed for the book.

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

    It introduces me to Extra Virgin oil, which is awesome

    Any additional comments?

    A very good book, both content and voice wise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kozol
    • Narrated By Keythe Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood. For nearly 50 years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage inequalities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation.

    LAM X LUU says: "A hauting but beautiful book"
    "A hauting but beautiful book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories are hauntingly beautiful. They, at once, remind me of my blessing and of my country's still very shaky social and economic challenges. They should be listened/read by all Americans at least a few times.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count, but when one of the young men returned from prison educated rather than hardened, it truly gave me hope.

    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's voice was beautiful. It warms and grounds the stories, giving even the most unhappy story a soft, resilient glow. That said, his mimicking of most people all sounds like Southern women. Kinda funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Jason Comely says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "A consultant-style book: useless with bad examples"
    What would have made Essentialism better?

    Frankly, something original and new. Also better anecdotes. This is a terrible book that exemplifies why consultants are terrible for our economies.

    Has Essentialism turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Frankly, the best aspect of this book is the list of citations, all of which are excellent writers and books.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extremely disappointed. This book reminds me of an episode in "How I Met Your Mother," where one character described how to make a "winning" video resume: look like you are innovator and action-oriented (eg. riding horse and motorbike, says) and spill out big-sounding words, but don't actually do anything, because actually doing things gets you fired.

    This book is exactly that. It spills big sounding words at you, like "essentialism" and "protect your assets" and "play" etc., but it actually does not say anything new. In fact, for a book about Essentialism with a writer who proclaims that he lives what he teaches, it is not very essentialist. An "essentialist" starts out as someone who deliberately chooses to focus on something. Sounds good? Then, that definition starts to grow hair and tentacles: an "essentialist" acquires properties like acknowledging trade-off, sleeping a lot, having boundaries, playing, planning ahead, etc. Meanwhile, essential issues are not addressed: how do you know what to focus on? how to see all trade-off? etc.

    Any additional comments?

    This book contains many very disturbing anecdotes, but they are told in such a casual tone that I can't decide between disgust, anger, or just pity.

    For example, to demonstrate his "deliberation," the author recounted how he decided his life direction; one would expects (remember, deliberation) hours or days of analysis over pros and cons, or months of consideration and trying things out; instead, the story is about 5 minutes of writing out what he happened to want (at that point, of course). He then quit his school, uprooted from his country, and remade his life, based on a 5-minute decision. Frankly, this story should have been told this way: a guy made an impulsive decision, got lucky, and stuck with it. Deliberation? I think not.

    Similarly, in an age when internal drive is highly value, the author cheerfully recounted how he decreased his kids' screen time by paying for them. Oh, and he encouraged the readers to do the same. Really?

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    A passionate polemic in favor of pausing to think, not blink. What do these scenarios have in common: a professional tennis player returning a serve, a woman evaluating a first date across the table, a naval officer assessing a threat to his ship, and a comedian about to reveal a punch line? In this counterintuitive and insightful work, author Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision making that runs contrary to our brutally fast-paced world.

    Ray says: "Interesting"
    "A good, but unfocused book"
    What did you like best about Wait? What did you like least?

    The content of the book is excellent. It also poses extremely good questions to ponder on.

    However, it sounds really unfocused, with each chapter seems to go around and around different, sometimes seemingly unrelated matters. Most disturbingly, the last few chapters seem to break away totally from the first few.

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

    His slow reading and frequent pauses are very interesting, especially in a book entitled Wait. It also help me slow down to appreciate the book a bout slowing down.

    Did Wait inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, lots. Slowing down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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