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Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 315 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Shut up and listen already"
    "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 Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Astronaut Procedural that's like an Autobiography"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Absolutely. At about the midpoint it was so riveting I was tossing up listening again immediately after I'd finished, with no break. Sense prevailed and I will hold off on that listening pleasure for a while.

    What did you like best about this story?

    For a space-nut like me who would love to see mankind start to settle there, it was the level of detail and reality that was captivating.

    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it like the astronaut would have lived it. He 'lives' the voice. Fantastic.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked the breaks if only to extend the enjoyment.

    Any additional comments?

    One of the top 5 audio books I've listened to.

    0 of 0 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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