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Gregory A. Tucker

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Roswell, NM | Member Since 2002

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  • Children Are From Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Gray
    • Narrated By John Gray
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    After years of experience leading communication workshops, and honing his own parenting skills, John Gray has created a brilliantly original and effective system that he calls "positive parenting."

    Gregory A. Tucker says: "Good core, very repetitive"
    "Good core, very repetitive"
    Overall

    The core of this book is useful. It discusses ways to bring your children back under your control without resorting to threats or violence. It has already helped me to keep my focus when dealing with my son's temper trantrums.

    At the core of the book is the idea that it is okay to resist, but mommy and daddy are right. During the resistance, whether your child wants to do something that you disallow, or you want him/her to do something, you must never lose your temper yourself. Rather you use the following 5 step process:

    1. Ask politely, using "would you" and "please".
    2. Listen, empathize (i.e. I understand that you are mad at me for making you do this, but...) then ask politely again.
    3. Offer a reward.
    4. Order (i.e. I want you do this this.) Don't get upset, repeat order four or five times.
    5. Give him/her a timeout, equal to one minute for each year of age.

    Do not make the timeout a punishment with threats, remain on the other side of the door, and do not make the child reflect upon it. Simply let the child cry or fuss. Afterwards do not show any hostility towards the child. After the timeout, the child will be back under your control. I have used this process a couple times and it seems to work.

    Like his previous effort, Venus & Mars, this book is highly repetitive. In paper format this is unacceptable, because you can always go back and read the information again. In audible format this isn't such a problem, especially if you listen to this in the car where you are prone to missing a sentence here and there due to distractions.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Adrian J. Slywotzky, Karl Weber
    • Narrated By Dave Courvoisier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    In Demand, Adrian Slywotzky provides a radically new way to think about demand, with a big idea and a host of practical applications - not just for people in business but also for social activists, government leaders, non-profit managers, and other would-be innovators. To succeed in their various missions, all these groups need to master such ground-breaking concepts as the hassle map (and the secrets of fixing it); the curse of the incomplete product (and how to avoid it); why “very good” does not equal “magnetic”....

    Brandon says: "Compilation of stories of successful businesses"
    "Mediocre assemblage of various topics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The book lacks any academic rigor. The case studies are interesting, but they read like marketing material. The author constantly promotes the companies that illustrate the principles that are advocated in the book. In some cases I am aware of the companies and other factors that probably contributed towards their success. Regarding the content, the reader won't find much here that isn't available elsewhere. In at least one case (demand trigger), the concept is so poorly defined that it is hard for the reader to draw anything useful at all.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Adrian J. Slywotzky and Karl Weber ? Why or why not?

    It is hard to say, but I will probably steer clear of future book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dave Courvoisier?

    The narrator sounds like a cross between a DJ and a commercial announcer. Perhaps it was his contribution that made all the case studies sound simplistic and shallow.


    Was Demand worth the listening time?

    No, I stopped listening after the first of two parts in the download.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Kartzinel
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Dr. Jerry Kartzinel and Jenny McCarthy have put together the first book that will give parents all the necessary information about the Defeat Autism Now (DAN) school of treating autism. Beginning with diagnosis, Dr. Kartzinel will show parents how to make simple changes to their child's environment and diet that are safe and easy for parents to try at home and that can result in marked improvements for autistic children.

    Gregory A. Tucker says: "This book is dangerous if you listen"
    "This book is dangerous if you listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jenny McCarthy has been on a crusade to eliminate vaccinations, despite their success reducing or eliminating dozens of nasty infections (some of which still plague the underdeveloped world) and despite the fact that dozens of studies have disproven any connection with autism. I would argue the modern vaccination system is the greatest achievement of modern medicine and has done more to eliminate death and sickness than any other treatment. Why does Jenny want to eliminate it, despite the benefits and the lack of downside risks? Presumably to sell books. She also advocates vitamins which have no demonstrated affect on autism (or anything else for that matter), and encourages heavy metal chelation, despite its limited benefits and heavy risks. This is a therapy that should only be discussed by medical practitioners in severe cases, and never by pop-healers who confuse gullible parents who are struggling with raising their children in a complex world. Avoid this book at all costs.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1649)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1061)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "I wanted more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was as eye-opening as it was shocking. As depressing as it was inspring. I have lived in Asia for 11 years and traveled throughout much of it, including South Korea. I thought I knew a lot. I realize now I knew nothing of North Korea. Good non-fiction is told as fiction, and Demick does an excellent job of weaving facts about North Korea into the lives of several people who lived there through the post-industrial decline and famine of the 90's. I actually didn't want this book to end and when it did I searched for more books on North Korea. Alas there are few. Nothing to Envy makes a huge contribution to understanding that strange and closed place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Bloom
    • Narrated By Jeremy Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Yale psychologist Paul Bloom presents a striking new vision of the pleasures of everyday life. The thought of sex with a virgin is intensely arousing for many men. The average American spends over four hours a day watching television. Abstract art can sell for millions of dollars. Young children enjoy playing with imaginary friends and can be comforted by security blankets. People slow their cars to look at gory accidents, and go to movies that make them cry.

    Robert says: "Easy to understand, well read."
    "Watched Paul Bloom Recently on TED Talks"
    Overall

    I watched Paul Bloom recently on TED Talks and ironically I was in the middle of reading his book, How Pleasure Works. In this TED Talk he touched on many of the same points he covers in the book, with the same penchant for honest scientific assessment and interesting anecdotes.

    Bloom advances the idea that essences drive much of human motivation and pleasure. For those science readers on guard for more pseudo-science (for example anything by Jenny McCarthy), Bloom does not imbue the natural world with actual essences but rather claims that humans do imbue natural and artificial things with essences and discusses the natural reasons these tendencies may form.

    Overall it is an excellent read by an excellent author and well worth an Audile credit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (274)

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Maybe there is a story somewhere in there"
    Overall

    An hour into the book, having encountered a lot of clever prose and mystifying surroundings, I started to wonder whether there is a story somewhere in there. A half hour later I gave up. Maybe the book does finally devolve into a story half way into the book, if the listener can wait that long. I tried this Audiobook (audioprose?) on the basis of Atwood's excellent Orix and Crake. The Blind Assassin, however, doesn't work for me. Reading the other reviews, I see I am not alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gillian Tett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Gillian Tett brings to life in gripping detail how the Morgan team's bold ideas for a whole new kind of financial alchemy helped to ignite a revolution in banking, and how that revolution escalated wildly out of control. The deeply reported and lively narrative takes readers behind the scenes, to the inner sanctums of elite finance and to the secretive reaches of what came to be known as the "shadow banking" world.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding narrative about the financial crisis"
    "Timely Yet Well-Researched"
    Overall

    Relying on inside access to J.P. Morgan, Gillian Tett provides an in-depth portrait of J.P. Morgan and its conservative lending and capital standards that allowed it to weather the recent storm. It documents how the firm pioneered the use of credit derivatives and how Wall Street left JPM behind to take them to a new extreme in the mortgage lending markets.

    The book also looks at the roles of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and AIG in the financial collapse. Overall it is a balanced and deep portrait that is yet very timely and topical.

    I concur that the narration isn't the greatest. I particularly dislike the use of British accents in direct quotations, but you quickly adapt to the idiosyncrasies in order to focus on the content, which is fantastic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (649)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Lacks characters, dialog"
    Overall

    Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that characters are the core of good novels. Good dialog is necessary to develop the characters. While plot elements, such as robots that develop religion or robots that lie, are more important in genre fiction than general fiction, plot alone cannot make the story interesting.

    Unfortunately, I, Robot lacks any of these elements that could make this story interesting. If you have read I, Robot already, try to imagine these shallow, 1-dimensional characters in the setting of Dune, and you will understand what I am talking about. This book, more than any others I have read, left me bored enough to wish the story would just end finally. I did get through the whole book, but only after several periods when I almost gave up. Don't misunderstand me, I read a lot of books, some of them bad. None have I ever abandoned. I, Robot gets a couple stars for some interesting plot elements that have been used extensively in his later books.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8114)
    Performance
    (3262)
    Story
    (3323)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Juvenile Reading"
    Overall

    This was a good book, but not a great one. The is well-targeted toward a juvenile audience under 15 or 16. Any adult should leave the book feeling a little unsatiated. As a fantasy, it covers some familiar territory: magic, witchcraft, fortune-telling, dragons, and sword fighting. Don't expect a lot of innovation in the genre. Character development was good, but not great. Eragon ends up, of course, the victor, and a great hero. But throughout the book we see him time and again passing out (exhaustion, poison, etc.) only to be rescued by someone else on the way, and always surrounded by people more powerful than himself. Not the stuff of a great hero!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tying Down the Wind: Adventures in the Worst Weather on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric Pinder
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Where can you find the worst weather on earth? The surprising answer in Tying Down the Wind is: everywhere. Eric Pinder invites you to experience the excitement of the world's worst weather in the comfort of your own home.

    Gregory A. Tucker says: "Too much poetry"
    "Too much poetry"
    Overall

    Tying Down the Wind suffers from too much poetry, and not enough content. Descriptions are sometimes hard to follow in audible format, such as how tornados, hurricanes, or other weather patterns form. With all the poetic descriptions of his surroundings or the people, I often found my attention drifting to other things; few other non-fiction books have caused me to do this. At the end of the book, I find I didn't learn very much about the weather. Finally the book just never really went anywhere, it didn't build up to anything. For a good example of how a non-fiction book can do this, check out Flu, an excellent, well-researched, well-written book about the Influenza of 1918 and modern day efforts to track it down.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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