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Dave Booth

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  • Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (285)

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    Kennet says: "I expected better from these two"
    "I wanted to like it"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed Clarke's thoughtful commentaries on life and perception as told through his fiction, but this book just book just didn't deliver. The characters were flat and the juxtaposition of historical threads just didn't sound believable.

    I'd give it a listen if you want to catch the entire series, but this will be the end of the series for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Contrary to conventional wisdom, our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission that determines much of what we do, from life plans to everyday decisions. With an accessible tone and a healthy disregard for political correctness, this lively and eminently readable book popularizes the latest research in a cutting-edge field of study: one that turns much of what we thought we knew about human nature upside-down.

    Ana Mohammed says: "Not bad but didn't live up to the reviews"
    "Interesting worldview"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters again? Why?

    Yes. I was intrigued by the theories of evolutionary psychology to which I had never previously been exposed. I would probably listen again at 2X speed (thanks Audible player) for a refresher. Although I felt the authors went out of their way to avoid placing any moral or value-based judgement on the outcomes and motivations of the decisions we make in our human behavior, I did feel a critical dimension was missing from the book:How do we account for those individuals ho overcome evolutionary tendencies to make decisions that showmahigher human nature?


    What about Stephen Hoye???s performance did you like?

    Well articulated and kept the listener engaged.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (2316)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1570)

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "Great passion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good to Great to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Jim Collin's passion and investment in his research comes through loudly and adds credibility to the work. A first I was slightly put off my his conversational style, but in the end it made the book great,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good to Great?

    Selling the mills!


    What does Jim Collins bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His own passion.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First 90 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Watkins
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Norris
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    You've just been promoted to a new leadership position. You're not yet sure of the challenges ahead or how you will meet them. All you know is that you have three months to get on top of the job and move forward, or fail.

    Eric Levos says: "A Must Read & Re-Read"
    "Better in another format"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although the content was well structured for comprehension and implementation, the audiobook format is difficult to follow. The narration did not help.

    I bought a tablet e-book version instead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5001)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2404)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Powerful and moving"
    Overall

    Superb character developement and the author's ability to transport me to a world I never knew existed and yet was at the same time familiar, make this a delicious read. From the pain of secrets kept hidden, to the joy of forgiveness and personal redemption, this story has changed me.

    Authentic narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1375)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Part 1 of 2"
    Overall

    Great listen! Nobody does timetravel like Connie Willis. Authentic characters and a window into a pivotable point in history. The narration draws you in.

    Be sure to reserve a credit for part 2 "All Clear". This first book would be incomplete without part 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1134)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    In spite of being difficult to follow the storyline at times due to the tangle of time travel threads, I loved the character development and view into a fascinating period of recent history. I listened nearly nonstop.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (107)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "Interesting but..."
    Overall

    The story line was quite interesting, and I enjoyed the interplay of past and present. At the end I felt questions were unresolved. But I felt the character development was shallow--leaving merely caricatures. I could never quite buy in to the dialog of the mysterious visitors.

    Once I got into the story, it was worth the listen, but this is not the story I anticipated.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamhunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Knox
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Set in 1906, Dreamhunter describes a world very similar to ours, except for a special place, known simply as "The Place", where only a select group of people can go. These people are called Dreamhunters, and they harvest dreams that are then transmitted to the general public for entertainment, therapy - or terror and political coercion. Inside The Place, 15-year-old Laura finds out what happened to her missing father and uncovers a government secret.

    A. Sandoval says: "Simply Excellent, a new idea..."
    "Stunning"
    Overall

    Plunge into an alternate world with echos of that which is familiar. The delicious imagery and word selection led me deeper and deeper into a reality both believable and alien. The characters are wholely genuine and well developed.

    I had to rewind several times to savor the crisp narration that richly colors the story, leaving a lingering, haunting feeling, that left me wanting for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alphabet of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Susan Fletcher
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mitra and her little brother, Babak, are beggars in the city of Rhagae, scratching out a living as best as they can with what they can beg for, or steal. But Mitra burns with hope and ambition, for she and Babak are not what they seem. They are of royal blood, but their father's ill-fated plot against the evil tyrant, King Phraates, has resulted in their father's death and their exile.

    Dave Booth says: "Engaging"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    This has been one of my favorite books in years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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