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Andy

Midlothian, VA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 75 titles in library
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  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clay Shirky
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Today, technology has finally caught up with human potential. In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last.

    Roy says: "Many Helpful Insights"
    "Stop Watching TV!"
    Overall

    This book brings home he value we waste watching TV. Through social media we are reconnecting and producing value for society. Finally, a reason for Facebook and Twitter! I believe such a book is important as one of the first to point out a new trend that could be of paramount importance to our species. "Find the time" to do what is important to you. It is easy, stop watching TV and engage through social media.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: 10 Hard-Charging Strategies for Leading in Politically Correct Times

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dave Anderson
    • Narrated By Dave Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    You'll find the following in If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown: four politically incorrect traits you must weave into your leadership style; how to eliminate entitlements and send the moochers in your organization packing; how to give four types of effective feedback to employees to improve performance; 25 sample performance and behavioral expectations that enhance accountability; a step-by-step plan to restart your momentum when you lose it; and much, much more!

    Dave says: "The truth"
    "Total Rubbish"
    Overall

    Wow! Mr. Anderson seems to think that by being opinionated will make him (and you) right. This neo-conservative diatribe is the absolute worst advice I can imagine. His nostalgic longing for the past that never existed is gag provoking. If you have a soft spot in your heart for Dick Cheney you will love this book. I hope all my competitors read this book. There may be good points in here, but the author's paternalistic scolding gets in the way.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Buy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paco Underhill
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Is there a method to our madness when it comes to shopping? Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a Sherlock Holmes for retailers," author and research company CEO Paco Underhill answers with a definitive "yes" in this witty, eye-opening report on our ever-evolving consumer culture.

    Jon says: "Very valuable information for very little money"
    "Feels a lot like manipulation"
    Overall

    I did not like this book because of the truth about this kind of selling. It is manipulative. Perhaps that is why we buy. I hope there is a more authentic way to sell than this. It was a data based result without enough integrity.

    If "The Science of Shopping" is placing candy in the checkout line then I'll keep looking. In all fairness, the author did exclaim that this practice could backfire. I think it just did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (159)

    In The Voice of Knowledge, don Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies, mainly about ourselves.

    Lea says: "lovely but abridged"
    "Overcome the lies of being human"
    Overall

    Learn or rather relearn to be authentic. This book is a lie but the emotions it brought out while I listened were authentic. I love this book. I will keep it close for the rest of my life and look forward to listening to more of Miguel Ruiz's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10379)
    Performance
    (4819)
    Story
    (4836)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Meritocracy: The Great American Myth?"
    Overall

    Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" attempts to shatter the American Dream, portraying it as a convenient myth that anybody in America, through hard work and brains, can enjoy a successful career and perhaps a life well outside the normal bell-curve. It is opportunity of circumstance that first sets the stage so hard work can really pay off: Without it, your swimming upstream or in the wrong river altogether.

    I tend to believe the premise of "Outliers", but was somewhat disappointed in the depth of the book. The book's premise is so provocative, it requires more proof than what Gladwell has given us. The book gives detailed accounts of traditional American icons like Gates & Rockefeller to show us how to see where their fates were forged rather than self-created.

    If you love to have your assumptions shaken like I do, this book will deliver. At the same time the book may either depress you that you have missed opportunities in the past, but should open your eyes to the serendipity of the future.

    Still 5 stars.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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