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George

MARY ESTHER, FLORIDA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • My Share of the Task: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By General Stanley McChrystal
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (108)

    In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

    Jfadams says: "Incomplete ending"
    "Impressive Pronunciation"
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    As an Afghan war veteran, stationed in RC East when missions like Barge Matal was executed, in addition to the loss of COP Keating, I greatly appreciated the reader's obvious study of the correct pronunciation of all the locations. I found that Gen McChrystal's account filled in the gaps and explained in detail all of the missing details. I have great appreciation for one of our nation's heroes. I highly recommend this book for any future leader or historian wanting an accurate account of both the Iraq and Afghan wars with the perspective that only the commander could offer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5452)
    Performance
    (5186)
    Story
    (5194)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "A must read!"
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    I have recommended this book to EVERYONE I know, and I usually keep my recommendations to just my closest friends that also read or listen to audiobooks. The narration made this book even better! Don't pass this one up. Be careful that long reviews could give away peices of the story (I like to be completely surprised and it's worth it on this on!!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (705)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Excellent Book; Excellent Reader"
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    Great book! I really enjoyed the vast spread of material covered in this book. I listen on my drive into work, and I wanted to keep listening after my arrival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9411)
    Performance
    (3963)
    Story
    (3972)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Full of interesting research on Outliers"
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    This book was great. The author presented some extensive research into the backgrounds of those in society that are generally recognized as prodigies or outliers. The author presents some very interesting premises that left me thinking about the concepts all day long. I believe this author's work has been referenced in a recent television series Modern Family where one of the characters said, "I read somewhere that it take 10,000 hours to become an professional."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2836)
    Performance
    (2031)
    Story
    (2037)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Have you googled it?"
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    Very interesting book. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in knowing more about Google, how the company came about, and what they have been up to lately. This book was very interesting. I didn't want to stop listening when I arrived at work. Well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John M.; Nan Gottman; Silver
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making marriage work. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples to focus on one another and pay attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

    Jason says: "DON'T BUY THIS AUDIO BOOK WITHOUT PRINT TOO"
    "Great for someone too busy to read... but"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work the most enjoyable?

    I absolutely loved this book and all the concepts the author presented. I first heard about this professor in the book "Brain Rules," where Dr. Gottman was referenced for his extensive marital research and ability to predict divorce with astounding accuracy. I enjoyed this book very much. I have one comment to add about the audiobook version-- the book is more like a workbook, and the lists in the book can get boring hearing them read to you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
    • Narrated By Steve Hindy, Tom Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (89)

    Is this a book for beer aficionados or business enthusiasts? Both, and it's as refreshing as a cold brew. In Beer School, authors and entrepreneurs Steve Hindy and Tom Potter share the improbable saga of Brooklyn Brewery, the company they grew from a home-brew hobby into a multimillion-dollar business - all in the most competitive beer market in the United States.

    Chris - Audible says: "Good story, bad narrator"
    "Entrepreneurs' Success Story"
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    Growing up with parents that own a small company, I found the Steve and Tom's book to be a strangely familiar story of their journey to create a successful business. They tell the story of their start up beer brewing company from start to finish. At the beginning of the book they tell you that you may want to start you own business after reading this book. I was much more unsure about starting a business after reading about their adventure of ups and downs. I recommend any person interested in the beer business or business in general to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul R. Lawrence, Nitin Nohria
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Two Harvard Business School professors synthesize 200 years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a new theory, a unified synthesis of human nature. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior - the workplace - and from their work they produce a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior.

    George says: "Like reading a research paper"
    "Like reading a research paper"
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    I recommend the first half of the book as a great read/listen. The second half of the book is written in an almost formal research paper style. The authors try to apply the concepts broadly to business. The business ideas are much to vague to have the meaningful impact that the first portion gives. The book presents a hypothesis that four drive are genetically present in most of the human population. I thought it was very overall an interesting read. If you like "brain books," I suggest "Brain Rules" as another good read in this category.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (829)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Would buy any book written by this author!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brain Rules the most enjoyable?

    Clearly, Dr. Medina has spent many years teaching the material in this book. He succinctly transfers a massive amount of information about the human brain. The Brain Rules are guidance based on factual research to improve your life. I never fully understood the effects of missed sleep until I read his book. I’m completely inspired to read more about the brain. I followed up with Brain Rules for Baby, expecting it to have a lot of repeat content. This book shocked me in that it is completely different and just as enlightening. I recommend the book for all parents, not just those whose children are very young.


    What about John J. Medina’s performance did you like?

    Dr. Medinas voice seemed to transport me directly into his classroom. I found that I would pause the book when I lost focus and frequently rewinding to fully digest his rich message.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Competitive Strategy: What Is Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Porter
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    This audiobook was created based on Michael Porter's landmark book Competitive Strategy. This was Mr. Porter's synopsis of his book for the Harvard Business Review.

    Richard says: "Tough to listen to this one"
    "Thrilled it's on audible, good for price"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Porter and/or Deaver Brown?

    I couldn't get over the pronunciation of Ikea. The recording sounded like it was done with an old-school tape recorder. Other than that, for $2 its good to hear a classic.


    What didn’t you like about Deaver Brown’s performance?

    I did not care for his performance on this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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