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  • Power: Why Some People Have It - and Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Pfeffer
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    Brimming with counterintuitive advice, numerous examples from various countries, and surprising findings, this groundbreaking guide reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers. Power is a force that can be used and harnessed not only for individual gain but also for the benefit of organizations and society. Power, however, is not something that can be learned from those in charge....

    Douglas C. Bates says: "Excellent Advice"
    "Distracted by Mr. Pfeffer's political leanings"
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    Would you try another book from Jeffrey Pfeffer and/or David Drummond?

    I would not try another book from Jeffrey Pfeffer. For an academic with credentials like his he has to know he skates on thin ice with his examples and that half of the US public will react negatively to contemporary examples. Since he chose to use those examples anyway, instead of others from less emotional milieus that could have illustrated his points just as well, I have to conclude that he had at least one ulterior motive to this book. I don't care to support that kind of writing. I don't watch movies done by actors who overshadow the story with political statements, or listen to journalists who sell their political views by deceit and don't read authors who try to slip politics into books, either. The way that he chose to highlight his favorite political party with sycophantic valentines to them and damn his enemies with faint praise was very annoying and detracted from his major points. It was the equivalent of saying things like "the wife-beater got away with it in court because of his projection of confidence" on his enemies, then turning around and lauding one person who was disbarred from his home state's legal association, another who had recklessly killed someone and lied about it, and so more. Very irritating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The way Mr. Pfeffer illustrated the health aspects of understanding power hit home. I listened to those points and forced myself to continue the book when it bogged down in tributes to his friends.


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

    The performance was fine, which I know means it was probably extremely skillful because business books do not lend themselves to interesting narration.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Power?

    I think many people could benefit from the Clif's Notes and not have to put up with the irrelevancies.


    Any additional comments?

    Cialdini's book on Influence is the standard for this genre. The author should note Cialdini's neutral political examples and adjust accordingly. Obviously power is a political issue so one would have to use political examples, but why not 11th century Japan, ancient Rome or anything else that is not so emotionally charged as current politics?

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (984)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "SciFi detective drama"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to any frequent reader of Sci Fi. I would also recommend that people read this if they are thinking about reading Reynold's Revelation Space series. I think it creates the setting better so that Revelation Space and the others would be easier to follow. I loved those books, too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reynolds creates a different solar system in the distant future and then uncovers a riveting murder mystery in it. His uses of the environments he created was amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many interesting scenes so I have a hard time picking one. The Prefect's interactions with the Spider (augmented human) were all interesting. His interrogations of beta and alpha artificial intelligences were cool. His characters called Ultras are cool. The whiphound was a great invention. Each habitat in the Glitter Band was creative. I liked those so much I toyed with the idea of trying to write my own sci fi so that I could create other Glitter Band habitats. That isn't my gig, though, so I hope some other, real authors pick up that thread.


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

    I listened to this book in 2 hour chunks. John Lee's voice becomes so comfortable in my head that I start needing a fix every now and then.


    Any additional comments?

    Great science fiction overall. Alastair Reynolds should team up with some Japanese artists and write a series of Manga with hyperpigs as the protagonists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1518)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "Best mix of science and faith I have ever heard"
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    Where does Calculating God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This might be the second most important book one will ever hear. It isn't the best story - it is a great story, but not "the best ever"; it's value is in making important points about the scarcity of life. I was immediately captivated by it and went out and bought the hardcopy to give to my kids.


    What other book might you compare Calculating God to and why?

    This would be like updating, then blending, Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with C.S. Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet. Sawyer uses very lighthearted tones to illustrate deep ideas.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s performance did you like?

    Jonathan Davis nailed the attitude of Hollus.


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

    I did more yardwork because I kept listening to this. I also intend to listen to it again in a few months.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some laugh-out-loud scenes early in this book. That is all I can say about them. My physicist and computer-engineering friends will probably love it, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damocles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (185)

    When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

    Brian says: "What did I tell you about that pie!?"
    "Entertaining SciFi"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Damocles to be better than the print version?

    Angela Dawe did a great job. Most of the books I have heard were narrated by men and she was a really good change of pace. She changed voices very well and captured the spirit of the characters and story.


    What other book might you compare Damocles to and why?

    A comparison might be The Mote In God's Eye by Niven. That isn't a great comparison because of obvious differences but I can't think of another. I chose it because the challenge of First Contact could go any number of ways and those stories are two plausible scenarios.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard Angela Dawe before.


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

    The very first interaction between Loul, the Didet, and Meg, the Earther, was very engaging. The story was already interesting and that was the point where I became emotionally engaged with the characters. Also the author built the perfect amount of suspense in the confrontation.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Redling did a great job of being thought provoking without trying to do too much with the story. It was a fun listen and one that many people should pick for a long drive or flight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5482)
    Performance
    (5048)
    Story
    (5042)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "A very fun story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who likes sci-fi / fantasy should try this one. That is the genre I listen to the most and this was a great purchase. If you listen to books while exercising or doing yardwork, this will make the time go by. The author tells a good story without being predictable, and the reader brings the characters to life.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind is analogous; Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card has some similarities; Eye of the World readers would like it; and Game of Thrones fans would most likely enjoy it. This is a more light-hearted book than most of those and in that vein, levity is hard to find. It is not a comedy, just a tale that does not take itself too seriously.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entrance to the hidden prison. It was not for the drama, it was because of the images created. That scene was so well described it stood out as innovative and memorable. I do not want to say more because part of the fun is the discovery for future readers.


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

    Theft of Swords is a great name but I am not coming up with a tag line at the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9649)
    Performance
    (5682)
    Story
    (5729)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Great value"
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    What did you love best about The Eye of the World?

    I loved the alternate universe where the story takes place almost as much as the story itself. I appreciate how hard it is to create a world with different physical laws than ours and keep those principles alive throughout the book. The story was very exciting. It is the kind of audio book to have for long hours in the gym or a big cleaning project at home. I think a family could listen to it together on a long drive if the kids are old enough to watch Lord of the Rings types of movies.


    What other book might you compare The Eye of the World to and why?

    Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings - Robert Jordan references imagining how TLOTR would be different as one of his creative inspirations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a specific scene as a favorite. I found the encounters with Darkfriends very well done as the main characters moved through the landscape.


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

    I would listen to this book beyond the time I had budgeted on any given day.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10637)
    Performance
    (9503)
    Story
    (9478)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Original and fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it to family and friends. I played parts of it for my family at dinner. For one thing it is so different from the rest of the books I have read recently. Then there is no heavy message or metaphorical hand-wringing, just a pure focus on the story. It is counter to my religious beliefs but done so light-heartedly and skillfully that I could not take any offense. I would recommend this to any religious person who does not take themselves too seriously, which is the vast majority of the ones I know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    The opening action sequence was very memorable. I won't say why, just that there were some surprising "elements" in it and some clever conversational changes between different kinds of characters.


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

    He was the most awesome dog I have ever heard. I always looked forward to the interchanges between Atticus and Oberon because Luke nailed the dog part. I am a dog owner and could easily imagine my pet friends talking that way. Without a doubt, his canine voice is one of the reasons to listen to this book instead of simply reading it.


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

    It made me laugh because Oberon was very funny. Otherwise it was very fast paced.


    Any additional comments?

    Please send my thanks to both Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels. Very well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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