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Daniel

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Wait: The Art and Science of Delay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    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"
    "Test Your Patience with this Book!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it wasn't too robotic sounding, it may have been more enjoyable. It's mainly the story's fault though.


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

    Reminded me of how I filled pages in school.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Every hour or so (and I had it on 2x speed) there would be an almost interesting point that would make you think.


    Any additional comments?

    Without a doubt the most boring book I've ever experienced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Stupid Things Couples Do To Mess Up Their Relationships

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    • Narrated By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In Ten Stupid Things Couples Do to Mess Up Their Relationships, Dr. Laura Schlessinger calls for a return to traditional courtship. Courtship allows couples and their families to get acquainted with each other over a longer period of time, and provides structure and guidelines for that important process.

    steve says: "A big disappointment"
    "Forgot to Rate this after reading, Need to now"
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    What did you love best about 10 Stupid Things Couples Do To Mess Up Their Relationships?

    Extremely entertaining, never got boring- showed other people this book.


    What about Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s performance did you like?

    Sass.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I read this a while ago, I can't remember specifically- I just know it changed my relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Read with a skeptical mind. She makes a strong case for the conservatives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Daniel says: ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
    ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Byrne writes like a Malcom Gladwell in the music world. To me, that was interesting enough to keep me hooked because I didn't realize David Byrne was so smart and normal. I would recommend this book if you are trying to "figure out" music. Not that he claims to understand music completely. He tries to keep a balanced view and show the realm of possibilities of "how music works." Sometimes he goes on long tangents, talking about his projects after Talking Heads (which was sometimes interesting).

    It was a great book to have in the car on the way to and from work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How Music Works?

    His section on music writing collaboration. For me, as someone in a band, I really took away some great communication techniques.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was OK. I felt he seemed to miss Byrne's connotation sometimes. He also doesn't know how to pronounce "timbre." I feel like Byrne definitely didn't listen to this audiobook and OK everything.


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

    Nothing too extreme. There were parts that were very exciting, like when he related to exactly what my band is going through right now.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say that if you are still enchanted with The Talking Heads sound, don't read this book. I haven't listened to them since reading it, but I suspect some of the magic may be gone when I do. This is ok for me, because one day I hope to reach levels that David Byrne reached. Or if you are a music fan, and want to see behind the scenes, it will be a fun read. You may want to skip through some parts, but overall it's worth it.

    It's very unfortunate that the only other review on here was from some conservative person. Yes, Byrne goes on a few little rants in favor of liberalism, but i wouldn't say that's his main objective.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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