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AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 90 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • Poke the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We send our kids to school and obsess about their test scores, their behavior and theirability to fit in. We post a help wanted ad and look for experience, famous colleges and a history of avoiding failure. We invest in companies based on how they did last quarter, not on what they’re going to do tomorrow. So why are we surprised when it all falls apart? Our economy is not static, but we act as if it is. Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause. In a worldfilled with change, that’s what matters - your ability to create and learn from change.

    robert says: "Highly Motivational"
    "Good points, terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from Seth Godin and/or Seth Godin?

    Probably not. His books come highly recommended, but I don't want to listen to him narrate another book. I'd rather read it myself.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Seth Godin again?

    Not if he narrated it. He doesn't know how to narrate well.

    What didn’t you like about Seth Godin’s performance?

    His narration is terrible- he places emphasis on the wrong words and in the wrong parts of sentences and/or paragraphs.

    What did you take away from Poke the Box that you can apply to your work?

    Think outside the box; try stuff- you never know unless you try/ask.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield
    • Narrated By Eric Conger

    Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters.

    Ahmed says: "Not the book for everyone"
    "I want to be an Influencer!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely- I already have! This book hits home with my passions and makes so much sense to me. It does a great job of describing why root behaviors are important and how they might be targeted to ignite positive change. It describes how that positive change can be used on the very things you've been dying to change for years- everything from losing weight and keeping it off, to changing the world in a profound way by eradicating disease or crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Novella Carpenter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Novella Carpenter loves cities - the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways.

    Sarah says: "Not an instruction book but a fun read"
    "Funny, educational, relatable"
    What did you love best about Farm City?

    I loved how real it was. The author seemed like a regular person, making her very relatable. I appreciated her honesty with her interests, struggles, triumphs, and learnings. She didn't filter unnecessarily- she described things as they were, with a healthy balance of humor, reality, and gratitude.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Farm City?

    How the author related to us her realizations of a greater connectedness and cycle with living things, communities, and herself. You could tell she had a healthy respect for what she was doing and how it impacted the world around her.

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

    I have not; this was an excellent first.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Izzo
    • Narrated By John Izzo

    John Izzo interviewed over 200 people, ages 60 to 106, each of whom was identified by friends and acquaintances as "the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning".

    Christine says: "Discover the secrets before you live another day"
    "Excellent, necessary read"
    Would you listen to The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die again? Why?

    Absolutely- I actually plan to do so. This book was excellent- it had compelling points to make; those points were made clearly and concisely; and the author gave excellent examples to associate with his arguments. I've also experienced enough in life to appreciate the simplicity and truth to the author's arguments. If much more of the population would read and heed the tenets in this book, we would be a much healthier, kinder, and happy people.

    What about John Izzo’s performance did you like?

    He had a natural cadence about his narration and read his book to me as if I were in the room with him, listening to a reading. I looked forward to each opportunity to continue listening to this story.

    What did you learn from The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned which of the Five Secrets upon which I need to improve, and I implemented the Awareness Card.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Interesting information, but too technical"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it only to those that can handle a good amount of technical jargon and presentation. The book had interesting points, but I often got lost and had to rewind due to my brain tuning out the technical speak. Additionally, even though this book was raved about in a trusted book club, I don't understand what all the commotion was about. Maybe most of the information just wasn't new to me.

    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    The concepts were mostly easy to follow, but only because I have a background in neurobiology and psychology. The concepts were too technical for the general population, and for those that are not detail oriented.

    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


    Do you think The Happiness Hypothesis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I don't know what else the author would tell us, and whatever he did try to say would likely be too technical. I.e. information is often less compelling if it's not delivered well. I doubt that the author would deliver well additional information in a follow-up book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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