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Bill

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  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Eric Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (155)

    What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

    Roy says: "Ambitious"
    "Another Steven Johnson feast"
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    Would you listen to Where Good Ideas Come From again? Why?

    I might listen again but more importantly I take away ideas that change my habits and get me excited.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Locke - He really is but I haven't finished. The book is a review of aspects of creativity not a story. I listen in short bursts and it is a good thing since every two minutes, I hear another idea that keeps me occupied for a day.


    What about Eric Singer’s performance did you like?

    I can't decide if I like his using different accents for historical figures or not. He is very good at it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too rich, too powerful


    Any additional comments?

    Johnson's The Invention of Air is another gold mine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2906)
    Performance
    (2586)
    Story
    (2588)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Five stars is too low for this work"
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    Story
    Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As good as any, better than most. Charming, intelligent, gentle, wide cast of a plot, superior language, psychology of characterization throughout


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The whole thing is memorable. I'll point to Rex saying to Maureen," Did you think I didn't notice something was wrong?"


    What does Jim Broadbent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life, timing, emphasis here, less there, voices of the gentle and the crude, the mature and the green


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and listen attentively.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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