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Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

    Joseph Ivy says: "Good content, great presentation"
    "Disappointing: A Lack of Authenticity"
    Would you try another book from The Arbinger Institute and/or Peter Berkrot?

    I wasn't impressed. The story format was intriguing and I was looking forward to some valuable insights delivered with authenticity, What I heard was forced inanity. I found little that was sincere or realistic and I felt ripped off, so I quit listening after the 2nd or 3rd chapter/story.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'd like to read Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed, but it doesn't seem to be available on audio.

    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Sounded like a Used Car Salesman at times. Felt it was 'acted' rather than delivered with feeling.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

    Amy W says: "World and not Character Building"
    "Sloppy Writing, Poorly Conceived."

    I was expecting a much more credible, detailed and well-considered approach. The parallel earth concept is always an intriguing one and I look forward to authors exploring the possibilities. But when a contemporary 21st century society is the setting for such a story, I expect fantastic elements to be realistic within the confines of a real world, pragmatic view. To have one set of characters embark on a journey, with young children, through 100,000 uninhabited parallel worlds in a couple of hundred days with just their backpacks (and no other ready supply of food, medicine, toilet paper(!)??? or consideration for the long-term impact to the characters of each vomit-inducing ???step move??? between worlds...), is highly unrealistic. Let alone the NEED for going so far. And that, once they arrived, unscathed, there would be a 'shop' there, with tourist T-shirts and other goods that had also *somehow* gotten there??? It beggars belief that the authors could expect readers to take anything else seriously. While other reviewers have commented that the novel considers impacts to society as a result of this scenario, I found the realisation very na??ve. To think that wholesale migrations would either occur (there would clearly be large swathes of the public who wouldn???t consider it, or might go once and never return), or if it did occur in the way portrayed, that there wouldn???t have a much greater impact than was pictured, smacks of lazy thinking, let alone writing. It???s as if they had the germ of an idea and just didn???t take the time to consider the practical details. I got a third the way through and could not finish it. One highlight: the narrator was darn good with his accents ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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