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La Vista, NE, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 13 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter

    Today, nine out of 10 Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims? Will our upbringing, our gender, our personality - anything we've ever learned, thought, or dreamed of - ultimately matter?

    Sara says: "fascinating"
    "Very interesting book about human reactions"
    What did you love best about The Unthinkable?

    I loved how the author showed you through several ministories about real people and what I did correctly... at least in that particular incident and what was going on in their brain. The author effectively debunks some myths and has enough detail from anaytomy to psychology to satifsy a reader. FYI the stories are personal and interesting and not overall "touchy feely" which is great for me. She gets you to sympathy with the people in the story without going on and on as many books do.

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

    She is very clear to understand and uses enough verbal skill to make it actually seem like a dialog and interpersonal chat.

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

    Honestly too many parts were so good, but I would say how a person survived both Twin Tower attacks; it was utterly fascinating.

    Any additional comments?

    I do not think this book would be good for simply reading so you know what to do. Not saying most people buy it for this, but it is interesting and greatly helps you understand society and individuals when disaster strikes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great book for both introverts and extroverts."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Quiet to be better than the print version?

    I cannot comment I do not have the print version, albeit I would be glad to get the digital copy to my Kindle if your offering ;)

    What other book might you compare Quiet to and why?

    Her writing style is similar to Amanda Ripley. The book itself is like any well written book on physiology/sociology.

    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Easy to read and accurate inflections.

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

    Well laugh at parts, though this book is not what I would consider classically comical.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth the money.
    This book talked about races and how it compared in by the introversion (Asian) and extroversion (European/ Americans) but fails to mention the race we all came from... African. The idea she uses to state why Asians are introversion and Europeans are extroverted should mean Africans are exceeding introverted, but they are not as much as Asian so her idea on this one idea to me is flawed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Starts out rough, but ends up well worth the read."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes on the basis that they can handle a slow starting book and a rather poor performance especially at the beginning part of the books (see notes on performance). The book itself is fairly interesting but seemed to drag out some details that were too minor to make into the book, or extended well beyond what they should have been.
    The book has numerous parts that I thought I should fact check as well and all of the ones I highlighted were fine given some lenience. After about 90 minutes the book picks up and becomes quiet enjoyable with a segments which slow it down intermediately.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a find ending, which they followed the two main stories more. The man "psychopath" and the part about the book seemed to end abruptly.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the book was interesting and there was good "voice" as in you can get the personality of the author. However, the first hour or so of the book is louder than the rest and the author tends to have a lisp and sounds effeminate. This sounds rude, but like some homosexuals sound (albeit he mentions he is married with children). If you can get past the first hour or slow of a heavy lisp and effeminate sounding voice it does get better and both issues are considerably less noticeable. The sample is later in the book and if you listen closely you can hear it though it is one of the sections that has it the least.

    Could you see The Psychopath Test being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A documentary, and the author himself.

    Any additional comments?

    Good book, I would buy if it goes on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "One of the best "reads" about finance"
    What did you love best about The Ascent of Money?

    I loved how the author was able to explain not just the types of finance and how they evolved but also in history the triumphs and pit-falls of each type. In great detail he is able to explain why certain events happen the way they did and the impact they had on the world. Especially interesting is how new financial engines are able to make profit, and why the go bust (like the housing bubble of 2007).

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

    No, but I am very ADD and hardly anything will every want me inspire me to sit down especially if its a 10+ hour book. I would listen to this book on my way to and from work each day in roughly 30 minutes blocks and I can tell you that the time flew by.

    Any additional comments?

    You have to be okay with at times some dry parts as this is a book on finance, however 85-90% of this book is very interesting. Also you have to be okay with British "odd" pronunciation of words such as hoo-mans for humans, homo-sap-eons for homosapions, and other small vernacular differences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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