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Roman

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  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (177)

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    G Barth says: "Very worthwhile listen!"
    "An Excellent Read !!!"
    Overall

    Surowiecki has created a very insightful book that explores group mentality in sociological, psychological and economic areas. The anecdotal examples are interpreted in a thought-provoking, eye- opening manner that was a definite pleasure. Maybe not a "crowd pleaser" but one of the few books I'd listen to again. The narration was also very good and did not bore, even with some of the heavier subject matter. All in all - an excellent read.

    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Family

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger, cast
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross created her classic seminal work, On Death and Dying, to offer us a new perspective on the terminally ill. It is not a psychoanalytic study, nor is it a "how-to" manual for managing death. Rather, it refocuses on the patient as a human being and a teacher, in the hope that we will learn from him or her about the final stages of life.

    Roman says: "Death and Dying"
    "Death and Dying"
    Overall

    Although this is recap of a study done in the sixties I would hope that today these attitudes are the norm. Some of the insights were especially touching but, unfortunately we'll all have to experience death and its effects at some time or another. This book would be best utilized by those whose occupation would expose them to the terminally ill.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (533)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "MADE FOR TV"
    Overall

    Controversial topic but poor execution - unanswered questions , incomplete premises - seems to be finished in a hurry . Maybe to fulfill media contract- Narration seemed uninspired also.

    65 of 105 people found this review helpful
  • Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tony Hendra
    • Narrated By Tony Hendra
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    This runaway New York Times best seller is a book to savor and treasure. Author Tony Hendra, a National Lampoon and Spy magazine veteran and one of the world's greatest satirists, delivers a beautifully written, humorous, and profoundly moving memoir reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie.

    Alco says: "Rivetting Read"
    "MUST READ"
    Overall

    An outstanding reflection of an interesting life that certainly would have been diifferent if not for the presence of the stabilizing spiritual influence of an earthly saint. A must read for anyone that has had a crisis of faith or existence. Beautifully done - narration and all. Thank you Tony Hendra.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Tony Goldwyn
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Two men embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the 20th century: Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; and Henry H. Holmes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.

    SST010 says: "Enthralling Story...best part - its true!"
    "HISTORICAL WHODUNIT"
    Overall

    Engrossing account of turn of the century Chicago. Rich with details of the Exposition and the bonus investigation of a psycopathic serial killer.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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