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P. Malan

UT, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 152 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (458)

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art. Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it.

    Clay says: "Change the way you see work"
    "His best book"
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    Godin books are almost always good, and rarely great. This one is awesome. It's stuffed full of aphorisms, so if you're feeling skeptical you can pick it apart as idealism, but I loved it.

    The only thing to complain about for me is how slowly he reads the book. I'm quite glad the app allows me to adjust the playback speed -- even at 2x speed, listening and comprehension felt natural.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (721)

    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Brianna says: "Many years of enjoyment"
    "Almost unbearable"
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    I should have read more closely. This isn't a dramatized reading of the book, it's a radio play production, featuring a handful of voices (some of whom couldn't be bothered to stand near the mic) that was physically painful to endure.

    I'm clearly stating only my own opinion, but I hated this. I couldn't understand much of what was said, I couldn't follow the story, I couldn't even finish. Probably the worst audiobook I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2912)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2581)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Surprising, but well done"
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    First of all, the narrator really showed up to work when he read this book. Fantastic performance.

    Most of the time, if you love one book by an author, it's a reasonably safe bet that you'll at least enjoy other books by the same. This is a notable exception. This is definitely not a feel-good story, which I think has a lot of Harry Potter fans put off.

    But it is a well-written book with an engaging story. It starts slowly, with a lot of flawed characters to introduce, and picks up intensity, but not necessarily speed, as it heads toward a climax that won't warm your heart.

    If you're wondering whether to spend time listening to this one, the question to ask is whether you enjoy authors like Jeffrey Eugenides, whose novels leave readers feeling uncomfortable and conflicted, and not whether you enjoyed Rowling's other franchise. If you like a well-written, complex, but bleak story, this one is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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