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Robert

Invermere, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (205)

    A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

    Randall says: "This should become required reading"
    "see the future"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. it will shape the future of the planet. Business, family relationships and our success as a species. This book will change the way you interact with your colleages and kids


    What did you learn from Drive that you would use in your daily life?

    How to get my kids to do chores.


    Any additional comments?

    Very clear voice and expression that draws you in. One of the most pleasant voices. Extremetly well researched and presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

    DIANE says: "Fascinating account"
    "the title say it. useful lessons from space."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great read for all of those who never made it to space and people working in intense situations. useful lessons from "the man" on why he became so successful. resonated with me a lot. book makes you wish you could be stuck beside chris on a plane stuck on tarmac or intense situation. you'll want to listen to this over and over.


    What about Chris Hadfield’s performance did you like?

    great read. really good voice.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    always be prepared. luck favours the prepared.
    enjoy the journey and even if you don't achieve a goal, you had a helluva time getting to where u are.


    Any additional comments?

    give this book to your kid. very inspiring read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Karen Blumenthal
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of 20, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius - his exacting insistence on perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries.

    Peter says: "Like Cliff's Notes to the Issacson book"
    "Unbiased Easy listening"
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different?

    Great Narrator. Doesn't tell you what to think, just presents the facts. Apple Loves may not like this book as it paints a darker picture of your beloved demigod.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woz


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

    Easy on the ear. 9/10 for narration


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

    Somewhat comprehensive overview of Jobs life. I never listened to the famous book by sir whatever, but this book is definately a mind opening view into Steve jobs and Apple and important events in technology that shape our current ecoverse. What a rich whinny tosser Steve jobs was. (Woz) A fortunate set of circumstances and meetings and his drive to get whatever he needed, allowed him to force some of the brightest people on the planet to create a computer so smart, even dumb people can use it.


    Any additional comments?

    Long live the mighty Droid.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Frank Moss
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    If you've ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you've experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the Media Lab over the past 25 years. But that’s old hat for today’s researchers, who are creating technologies that will have a much deeper impact on the quality of people’s lives over the next quarter century.

    Michael says: "Like a promotional press release..."
    "Makes you love science again"
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    If you could sum up The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices in three words, what would they be?

    Makes science fun


    Any additional comments?

    if you like technology, education and multidisciplinary studies and how things may shape up in the future, this book is bought to you by the man on the inside - the Media Lab director. Makes you dream about the future and the greater good for humanity.

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

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

    Mary says: "Takes a little getting used to"
    "Terrible sound quality"
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    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or the narrator?

    The dramatisation kills this. SO much background noise you can't hear or understand the person talking. Very poorly done by the BBC. I expected much much more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    The dramatisation was terrible. The main problem was the mixing of the background sounds with the foreground speaker. The foreground is a blur. IF you concentrate in a quiet place you might be able to follow it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    I would have hired a competant sound mixer


    Any additional comments?

    We only got a hour in and couldn't bare to finish it,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

    Gurmukh says: "Funny and Interesting Book"
    "The Geeks shall Inherit the Earth"
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    What did you love best about How to Survive a Robot Uprising?

    This book cleverly weaves real scientfic truth about Robots with common causes for Alarm bred into us by movies such as the Terminator and shows you how in very practical terms how to survive malicious robots, who want to harm you. The book is very comprehensive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a practical way to engage with your technology loving older children if listening to this book together. I particularly loved the clever suggestions such as how to stall a malicious robot by asking it what the largest prime number is.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    The narrators voice is brilliant. Super deep, non emotive and fitting to the story at hand, while never changing tone even during potentially lethal descriptions of killer robots.


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

    My son and I laughed for hours to during night drives.


    Any additional comments?

    There is some heavy technical content in the book whcih I had to explain to my 12 year old, with many references to historical robot related movies and robot stereo types.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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