The combination of words and wonderful narration of this book made me feel as if I was there. While this was a heartbreaking story, it was a real reminder of the brutality of war.
It was fun to hear, in his own words and voice, a little about how Stephen King approaches the craft of writing, and how his life experiences are reflected in his books. While far too short to be considered exhaustive, the book does provide a helpful glimpse into the importance of authenticity in long-term success.
In his wonderfully mellow, yet engaging performance, Mr. Pollan takes us through the details of a handful of cooking journeys, from barbeque to breadmaking to cheese, kimchi and more. A terrific listen. All that was missing, understandably, was the ability to actually taste what he was telling us about.
Interesting riff on the creative path. Pressfield does a good job of opening the kimono on what it takes to start, to continue, to deal with rejection and to learn how to enjoy the journey.
Nice survey of what great things are possible, along with the potential nightmare scenarios. Much of this book discusses how the digital age will create new public policy issues, both domestic and international.
Interesting recap of events, both actual when known, and informed speculation, when the facts were unknown. The part based upon speculation builds toward a potentially terrifying outcome, which, fortunately never happened.
This is a well-written, exhaustively-reported book that takes you in-depth to all parts of global organized crime. I found the section on the Balkans and Russia to be particularly enlightening, not just about the mafia but also in how Glenny explains the overall history of these regions through the lens of lawlessness. I feel like I finally understand what a Russian oligarch actually is.
If anything, the book gets a bit dull towards the end due to the repetiveness of each national history. The same story seems to unfold everywhere, but I only really got bored in the book's final sections.
You can't help but love listening to a super performance about a certain biological function and some related weird behavior connected to same. At about four points in the book, I just had to take out the ear buds and not listen to the rest of the "tidbit." Glad I listened to it all, and happy to move on to a more boring next selection.
Never occurred to me so clearly how much the sanitation department does, 365 days a year. From taking away the garbage, to keeping the streets clean, to plowing the snow. We should applaud these folks everyday for performing an essential service that most of us wouldn't go near. Lots of great stories and tidbits about what it is like to collect the garbage, clean the streets and make the snow disappear. Similar in arc to Kitchen Confidential, but without the sex.
Full disclosure: I'm a guy.
Wow, if women in corporate America have been walking around with these insecurities for the past too many years, there is a lot of repairing to do. Sandberg lays out a wide range of sensible solutions to pick from; all designed to allow women (or men) to perform at their highest level. If enough folks read this book and are able to bring its solutions to the workplace, we could probably add another percentage point or two to GDP growth! Narration is great.
The story of how the hostage crises occurred and how the Canadians and CIA came to the rescue. Exciting to see such innovative problem solving when lives are at stake.
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