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Michael

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  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (549)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "Very Good Book"
    Overall

    When I found out this book was written by Algore's, I mean Al Gore's, sorry, speech writer, I was apprehensive about listening to it and believing anything he said could be true..(global whaat?) but I'm glad I gave it a try. It made so much sense and I really enjoyed the whole thing so much that I also bought his other book, "Drive". The only problem I have with the premise is that we have over 350 million people in the U.S. and we all can't be artsy fartsy, there just isn't enough of those types of jobs. If we keep outsourcing all our "L" thinking jobs, the people left without jobs will not be able to buy the services of the people who were able to make the transition to "R" thinking jobs. The abundance he speaks of will go away because you need cash to be choosy about who designed you toilet bowl brush, if you are worried about what you're going to eat because all the jobs went to India, you'll make do or do without.

    That is what I am worried about, I would love to move over to a "R" thinking job because i feel out of place in my current "L" thinking job but I'm worried about the future of the country if all the traditional jobs that made the wealth the to begin with goes away. I see it everyday in my work in telecom, I hardly ever work with Americans anymore and the level of service has really gone down....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9899)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4857)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Pass this one by"
    Overall

    Stephen King was one of my favorite authors over the years but that has recently changed. I get tired of the political agenda as of late, and his use of stereotypes of conservatives. I am also tired of his lazy, clownish caricatures of Christians and I'm not even a Christian. I do know some and only about 5% of them act anything like King portrays, while 99% of them are fine upstanding people.

    I also find his view of the military as being full of a bunch of mindless twats to be very disrespectful, and yes I am a veteran. His characters' conversations seem to be littered with phrases and weird sayings that no one ever uses. That seems to get in the way of the story for me. I keep saying to myself, "They wouldn't say that!" or "That makes no sense, no one talks like that!"

    In particular, I didn't like the narrator for this book. He made all the women sound like gay men and all of the men sound strange and girlish for the most part. He made the town bad guy and the crazed preacher have southern accents, which I found strange since this was in Maine but that is par for the course since it seems that "Hollywood" likes to portray us southerners as whacked out Christian, racist, backwards, buffoons 99% of the time.

    I made it four hours into this book and finally had to cut it off once the "Southern" (Yankee!!) preacher started flogging himself - yelling in a southern accent, just too much for this southern gentleman to handle. The story just wasn't that good. "Gerald Game" "Thinner" "The Long Walk" and the rest of his classics are great, get them and pass this one by.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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