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Cynthia

LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11983)
    Performance
    (10379)
    Story
    (10356)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "A walk through significant computer history."
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Reliving the history of the past 40 years in technology.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs, for obvious reasons.


    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I would like to listen to other things he reads based on this.


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

    Yes actually, the ending made me cry, even though you know what's coming.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, appeals to a lot of people. The readers voice was almost similar to Job's which made it feel more like it was really Jobs speaking when he was quoted.

    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
    (10431)
    Performance
    (4864)
    Story
    (4881)

    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"
    "Success Defined"
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    Gladwell does an excellent job of explaining where success comes from. While yes, it comes from hard work, it also has a strong basis in context and in opportunities. It makes you want to help provide more opportunities for succes to those who work hard, in order to make our country and our world even greater.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (592)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "Life Changing Book"
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    Insight into how your own mind and morals really work, not just how we think they should work. Helps you gain insights into not only your own values, but those of the people around. Helps Democrats understand why Republicans do what they do and visa versa. Would recommend this book to all my friends, especially the ministers, the President of the United States, and the whole of the US Congress.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1304)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Can't stop talking about this book"
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    I have been talking to all my friends about this book every since I read it. Fascinating concept and one that really provides a great review of world history as well as some astounding trivia about the beverages you find yourself drinking regularly. Makes for great party conversation!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (321)

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "Revolutionary Read"
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    Where does Twilight of the Elites rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Inspirational, a call to action and answers the question "why are things so messed up right now"?


    What about Christopher Hayes’s performance did you like?

    Emotional, read his own book so knew exactly what to emphasize.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Meritocracy isn't perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I think everyone should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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