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David Reid

I'm listening to: Remaking the Way We Make Things: Cradle to Cradle, by W. McDonough & M. Braungart

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 649 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • Guitar Lessons: A Life's Journey Turning Passion into Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bob Taylor
    • Narrated By Anthony Gettig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The inside story of the founding and growth of Taylor Guitars, one of the world's most successful guitar manufacturers. Bob Taylor mixes the details of his experience as a tradesman and cofounder of Taylor Guitars, a world-famous acoustic and electric guitar manufacturer, with philosophical life lessons that have practical application for building a business. From the "a-ha" moment in junior high school that inspired his very first guitar, Taylor has been living the American dream.

    David Reid says: "Great for anyone starting a manufacturing business"
    "Great for anyone starting a manufacturing business"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guitar Lessons to be better than the print version?

    I purchased the Kindle version which was good. There were a number of things I went back to review easily on my Kindle. I also recently started adding notes to the audiobook in the Audible app (Android) because they sync with my Kindle. The new Whispersync for Voice feature, where you switch between reading on Kindle and listening on the Audible app without losing your place, has increased my listening.


    What other book might you compare Guitar Lessons to and why?

    Taylor shares his personal journey in detail, but leaves some of the business aspects to more vague generalizations. As someone who's starting an instrument business I would've appreciated his insight on managing cost, sourcing and importing materials, and managing dealer relationships. On the other hand, as a fan of Taylor Guitars and a life long student of guitar, I was impressed with Bob's commitment and passion to the art of guitar making. He's found a balance between hi-quality mass production and exceptional craftsmanship. I suppose a book from one of the popular celebrity chefs (Bobby Flay, Mario Battali) may be of some comparison.


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

    I liked the pace and tone. Some narrators can be too dramatic and focus on performing more than simple clarity and timing. Anthony did I nice job.


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

    Time permitting, I could have listened in one sitting. I was very eager to hear the details of the business. When that seemed less of a priority in the story my reading slowed.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to see Audible publish more titles related to the music business. I know there are a number of biographies currently available on Kindle that are not on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1486)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Surprisingly entertaining"
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    Would you listen to The Marriage Plot again? Why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story but once was enough. The main characters experiences as a young female english student were enlightening. I could see myself reviewing to grab a few intriguing mentions of books I'd never read. I have no reason to revisit the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marriage Plot?

    The main characters parents created many memorable moments that were strangely familiar and made me laugh aloud in the car while listening a long ride to New Hampshire.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration good but a bit slow for my taste. In fact, the narrator's energy improved in the 3-4 chapter. I don't know if that was intentionally reflecting the mood of the story, or if he connected with the characters later in the story.


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

    Living and learning from the literary elite.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose I'll give Middlesex a lesson now that I've had a taste of Jeffrey Eugenides.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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