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Sumit

We live in the information age, yet the biggest challenge facing humanity is communication. - Self.

Moorabbin, Australia

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  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24514)
    Performance
    (18615)
    Story
    (18774)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Conflicting Emotions"
    Overall

    Ah... I think after the strong ending in "catching fire" that mockingjay might become more action oriented.

    What I didn't bargain on was the book becoming so dark and for so long. I guess Hunger Games and Catching Fire had element of colourful naive adventure in them. Mockingjay is not colourless but dark, confronting and causes a ruckus of emotion in the listener.

    I can understand people not liking the book - because it isn't what they had signed up for. They had signed up for light YA games. This is the mature adult reality of life. Suzanne Collins causes the readers to grow up to these issues quite quickly. They need to realise that the book is still beautifully written and narrated. There is still a story and a message.

    I think the ending gives closure but not the warm pleasant feeling of a happy ending. Everyone must wish that certain bloody events didn't occur.

    Definite worth listening but be warned - don't expect everyone to come unscathed and DO keep tissues handy.

    73 of 81 people found this review helpful
  • Go Do!: For People Who Have Always Wanted to Start a Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeremy Harbour
    • Narrated By Kris Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    If you've ever dreamed of starting your own business, this refreshingly simple, easy-to-read guide will give you the information, inspiration, and reassurance you need to get started. It encourages budding entrepreneurs to take the leap into the dark, while shining a bright light on the first six months of a successful start-up. It breaks down what appears to be an Everest-sized challenge into a series of small hills for you to conquer.

    Sumit says: "EXCELLENT! MUST READ!! (IN CAPS COZ IT'S SO GOOD)!"
    "EXCELLENT! MUST READ!! (IN CAPS COZ IT'S SO GOOD)!"
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    What did you love best about Go Do!?

    Everything. It's clear, well written, narrated and invaluable.


    What other book might you compare Go Do! to and why?

    Surely you're joking Mr Feynman! and The Thunderbolt kid come to my mind. Even though both of these are memoirs, they surprised me. Well, this book surprised me, was challenging and a real eye opener.


    Which character – as performed by Kris Dyer – was your favorite?

    There's only one! Jeremy Harbour!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Go Do! Coz there's nothing better!


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it. It will change your life for the better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing....

    Melanie says: "2D Chalk Monsters - not remotely scary!"
    "Good book!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Brandon Sanderson comes to young adult fiction finally.

    Firstly, the magic. To an extent the magic in this one is similar to some of the Japnese manga cartoons where people battle using "playing cards".

    Characters are interesting and very reminiscent of the mistborn series with particular characteristics defining people. Michael Kramer's narration also gives you the same feeling - but do note the sameness is in style not in the background or storyline. So, overall it's good.

    Story is interesting, and covers an alternate dystopian world. But, it's interesting nonetheless. Some of the world weaving felt a bit strained and hence I've rated it as 4 stars rather than 5. I think the background could have been built up more particularly, the underlying politics and government structure/beliefs.

    Overeall, it's a good book and I recommend it with the hope that the background storyline becomes more fleshed out in a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shade's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In a futuristic urban wasteland, evil Overlords have decreed that no human shall live a day past their 14th birthday. On that Sad Birthday, the children of the Dorms are taken to the Meat Factory, where they will be made into creatures whose sole purpose is to kill. The mysterious Shade - once a man but now more like the machines he fights - recruits the few teenagers who escape into a secret resistance force. With luck, cunning, and skill, four of Shade’s children come closer than the others to discovering the source of the Overlords’ power - and the key to their downfall.

    Tango says: "Disappointing"
    "Sci Fi, Young Adults, Dystopia, AI, the lot"
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    Excellent pot boiler! Taut writing by Garth Nix and colourful characters mean that this book is a hit.

    In a futuristic dystopian world, a reality altering event means all the adults are gone and kids brains are being farmed by the "Overlords" in a sick game. Our heroes go about trying to fight the overlords with the help of AI.

    Overall, I was totally hooked and enjoyed it. My only minor problem was with the storyline vaguely being similar to movies from the 60s, but you hardly notice it. The characters get you hooked as you move from scene to scene. The scenes are interrupted by "audio" excerpts from the characters in different scenes - just to provide an interlude. It makes for a great effect as it is not so commonly used, even though its a well known method.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Written by the authors of the New York Times best-selling Reverse Innovation: Create Far from Home, Win Everywhere, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, the story resonates in organizations of all types - public sector, private sector, and social sector, from mammoth corporations to small organizations employing just a few dozen people.

    Avery says: "Hilarious! and insightful too."
    "Laudable effort, story was a bit lame though"
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    Story

    This is a laudable effort to use a story to convey messages about business. There were some good business insights in there about business.

    The problem I found though was that there were too few insights compared to the length of the book, and the story was so cliche - that the business authorship showed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (511)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Nice, different viewpoint, but slightly dull"
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    Eric Greitens yaks on. He's got a good story but an average editor. Great insights into war torn country as he tours them as an aid worker. Some drawn out insights from boxing in his college days. Great travel story about China. Fascinating interactions with war torn refugees.

    But, Eric's voice grated a bit. He really should have gone for a narrator other than himself.

    He also showed some insight into the bigger issues. To an extent though, it lacked the profoundness that the title suggested. Yes, there are reasons to go to war and Eric's got some - but these were written more plainly than I would have liked. I guess watching Zero Dark 30 gives you some convuluted notion of a high level perspective - and it reduced the impact of Eric's service period.

    However, Eric does have a good cause post service, and it is worth applauding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Woodford
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Shortly after Michael Woodford was made President and CEO of Olympus, his dream job turned into a nightmare. After discovering a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion, he turned to his fellow executives and within weeks he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked the international business world. Woodford went straight to the press - becoming the first CEO of a multinational to blow the whistle on his own company.

    Sumit says: "Intriguing insight into corporate Japan with gaps."
    "Intriguing insight into corporate Japan with gaps."
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    This is a an above average book, with fascinating insights into Japan's corporate culture. Worth having a listen - as it talks about Olympus's scandal or ie Japan's Enron as dubbed by the author.

    But as reviewers externally have questioned - there were some questions that weren't clearly explored, if not answered (possibly due to legal issues), e.g. why Kikukawa et al, did a few things, and more insight into why Michael Woodford (MW) was scared about a threat to his life, but later on went back to Japan.

    However, leaving those questions aside, its a unique insight into corporate Japan, particularly in the 2nd half of the book when the wheels start moving.

    I guess, I'll have to be satisfied with the unsaid things that NW didn't say due to confidentiality, particularly around his aborted board challenge. In the end, it is the only known case and book about a real life whistleblower who was also the CEO/President of his company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1589)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Powerplay and a lot of garbage"
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    Let me say this first. The story is interesting and cool. The narrative is engaging.

    But I didn't like it and I couldn't finish the novel. Sometimes, a novel can be good, without you liking it, and this is one of them for me. I guess, this is a fantasy novel - so some things are going to be unrealistic - hey, there's gods and kids with strange supernatural powers. But, for me, there is something basically inhuman in this entire narrative.

    See, human beings are motivated by a number of motives - love, hate, anger, desire to succeed, desire for fame, power, etc. They all meld together to form us as human beings. These novels are focussed purely and purely on power and control. You know this is going to be a sole focus, when getting eating extra breakfast to be fit becomes a discussion about who has power. It's an interesting perspective to look at from a distance. Love and approval only came up in one scene where parents were involved. The characters otherwise were just focussed on power otherwise.

    But somehow, it grated, and eventually it got too much and I gave up. But hey, if you think of books like pop corn and don't want to think about what they are saying, go ahead. But I warn, this book acts very pretentious and logical - but when you get right down to it, it's inhuman and disgusting in an indescribable way.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5777)
    Performance
    (5274)
    Story
    (5308)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "Emotional story about cancer affected kids :'("
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    This is an excellent, smart, at times funny but extremely emotional book. You will need tissue box, I am afraid. Don’t let that dissuade you though. It’s worth it.

    There is humor, intellectual stimulation, emotional over stimulation – it’s got it all. The author does tell you that the book is completely fictional, but it’s hard to believe that he could write it so realistically. Overall, a not to be missed book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (593)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Amazing! Brilliant! Don't miss it!!!"
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    This is a great book and I highly recommend buying it. There’s some great knowledge to be had here.

    David McRaney is a journalist with a psychology major and carefully dissects our mental quirks and explains how they lay us low. The book is extremely insightful in explaining these mental quirks, the why’s and the how’s. And, David is bloody good on providing a convincing argument.

    I think some people might find the title “you are not so smart” confronting. However, the book does make you eat humble pie. The bad thing and the good thing are the same though – the author doesn’t offer detailed solutions for each of the quirks (he does offer some). He does leave it up to people to come up with more detailed strategies. I would have preferred a longer book with more aspects covered on how to deal with these specific issues. Still, this is a great introductory book and a must get. It is smart and has some dry humor. I enjoyed it so much, that I emailed all my friends with to get this book.

    Don Hagen does an excellent narration of the book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1317)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Dr Davis - the anti wheat movement (ie low carbs)"
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    Dr Davis outlines a number of USA specific diet issues. He opens with aplomb, directness and gets right on to the issue. Wheat is plain bad, and not just “can be in circumstances” – he calls it to be bad, and explains why so. The book comes with a pdf with recipes on food alternatives to wheat – which I thought was great to have.

    As a fit person, who maintains weight and nutrition – I am comfortable with eating wheat. However, for an average layman who doesn’t want to go the whole hog, or pay for quality education and monitoring, this is a good book. Clearly, the book is meant for people who eat processed wheat (I don’t eat processed wheat, at all, e.g. breads, etc.). Wheat is quite pervasive and the list that Dr Davis provides proves so.

    The book has also motivates (albeit by fear) to get rid of wheat. However, in some minor criticism, Dr Davis at times labours on the same point over and over again. As other reviewers have stated, in the end, Dr Davis comes round to the key point – the big issue is carbs. You need to replace carbs with lean proteins while avoiding grease. I eat a fairly controlled amount of carbs and so should all people – as all processed foods, fast foods these days have enough carbs to give an elephant indigestion. If you are thinking, “Hey, I’ll replace bread with rice.” – well you’ve got another thing coming. Dr Davis advises in the end against rice based, potato based or tapioca based starches as well – i.e. all high carb alternatives.

    Losing weight is more than a fad and needs careful dietary and exercise management. This book might help you with the first step but people need more help and support to get further.

    As a book, it has its moments, which are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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