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Hazel Park, MI, USA | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 260 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
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    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    ""My Beloved World" exceeded my expections."

    I knew that the trip from the housing projects of New York to the Supreme Court would be made by an interesting person. Ms. Sotomayor did not disappoint in that regard. What I did not anticipate was how charming and inspiring her family and her story turned out to be. Years of hard work by a smart, grounded and rational person pushed her to the summit of a legal career. What Sonia Sotomayor did was not flashy or even fun. It took focus and a willingness to defer gratification. This is the quintessential American story. Among the things that I take from this book are that we must find a way to engage our best and brightest people and if we do that our best days, as a country, are yet to come.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Worthwhile Read"

    Jim Collins talks about a commitment to discipline and a concept he calls the 20 mile march. Calling for more discipline in business is not a revelation but it well deserves repeating and emphasis. The 20 mile march was the best and most empowering part of the book. Most of us are not, nor do we work for Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or some other visionary business leader. The 20 mile march throws open the doors for the rest of us. It says that most of us can do great things if we work within certain reasonable parameters. Collins attempt to pump up the energy with his spirited narration comes off as a bit over the top on occasion. Don't let that minor flaw dissuade you from benefitting from this fine piece of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
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    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Great from Beginning to End"

    The wonder and magnificence of Clarkes' 2001 Space Odyssey is here in spades with "Rendezvous with Rama". Rama is a bit more down to earth. I found the characters easier to understand and identify with. This book was believable and fun and yet still fantastic with the spectacle of science and exploration. Books like this create science fiction fans for life. I and going to buy a hard copy for my two teenage boys.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
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    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Must Read for those in Business"

    I though this book started off a bit on the slow side. At first I didn't find the pre Zappos history especially interesting. That history became relevant as the narrative unfolded and it was clear how Zappos was shaped by the years that preceded its founding. In the early part of the book, the writer/reader struck me as flighty, immature and even a little annoying. Later in the book, I realized that I had misinterpreted his want for a fun, non-boring workplace as naive and youthful when it was actually focused and visionary. From the chapter on culture through the end of the book the pace picked up. This is an important book on customer and employee relations. It should be required reading for any retailer, internet or otherwise.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
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    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Well Worth the Time and Money"

    This audio book is long (14 plus hours). Even so, it flys by. It's compelling from start to finish. The Facebook Effect has a lot to say about vision, long term planning, passion and energy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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