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George

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  • Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    There is a paradox. As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? Organizations across the globe are competing in a world that is changing faster than ever. They say they need people who can think creatively, who are flexible and quick to adapt.

    vasilios says: "Disappointing"
    "doesn't live up to it's title."
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    What would have made Out of Our Minds better?

    This book deals more with how education trains students to fear creativity rather than how to actually be creative. I think most readers understand that traditional education teaches more conformity than creativity and this book tends to just reinforce this topic over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I was more impressed with "Beyond the Obvious" and how they actually explored real ways to challenge and change your normal process of thinking and creativity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12451)
    Performance
    (11272)
    Story
    (11369)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Struggled to finish"
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    What disappointed you about Insurgent?

    I'm not sure why the author tried so hard to make Tris so wishy washy and create exaggerated drama. I bought this book in order to see where she would go with the story and I found out it was a teenage angst melodrama.

    Much of the book seems to be a stream of conscious which is confusing to know when Tris is speaking versus carrying a conversation in her own head.

    I'll finish the book but avoid the third installment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Doubtful. the writing leaves me lacking for more.


    What three words best describe Emma Galvin’s performance?

    Struggled for depth


    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23148)
    Performance
    (14488)
    Story
    (14635)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Why didn't I read this sooner???"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    Stefan and Harlan do a great job with the narration of the book. You feel like you are there every step of the way with Ender but don't know what will happen next. I finished the book in three days, I couldn't put my phone down to stop listening.


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

    Yes, I tried to, but this thing called my job got in the way. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I saw many of my friends in middle school read the book, but was not really into sci-fi at that time so I never paid much attention to it. I missed out. I'm sending a copy to my 13 year old nephew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11947)
    Performance
    (10347)
    Story
    (10325)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Love him or Hate him, he was brilliant"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Steve Jobs was much more than just Apple and Walter Isaacson does an incredible job telling his story and holds no punches on the good versus bad. If you love biographies this is a must listen. You get great insight into how a brilliant marketer and leader worked and how it affected his daily life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    Learning about Steve's quirky diet habits made for a few interesting stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Many times during the book, I thought that I seriously would hate working for Steve Jobs, but I would always be pulled back to the fact that he was a brilliant although difficult leader that got results.

    It is true that he didn't create it all, but he had the vision to know how it should be done to be the best for the customer.

    Definitely worth the listen/read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11557)
    Performance
    (10777)
    Story
    (10785)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Sit back and listen to your childhood!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    Wil Wheaton is enjoyable from start to finish. Listening to all of the descriptions of the games and scenes puts you back in to your childhood playing every coin-op, Atari or Nintendo game you could get your hand on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The 80's!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13505)
    Performance
    (11856)
    Story
    (11907)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Mostly disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I'll read the final 2 books of Game of Thrones when GRR Martin releases them. After 5 books you definitely want to see how it all ends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    Kind of a spoiler question so I'll not answer


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I loved Roy Dotrice's work on the first books, but the voices and pronunciations change so drastically that it is off putting for most of the book. Roy is a great narrator outside of the character voices in this one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I am also watching the GOT series on HBO.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems like Martin writes himself into corners and then has to back track and create characters to make the story line work. There is a pretty big change in style from books 1-3. I wonder how well the story line will wrap up, if Martin has to rush in writing the final books to stay ahead of the TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (251)

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    Colin says: "More than funny"
    "I'm sorry I waited so long to read this"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Roy McMillan does an amazing job of bringing Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to life with a very entertaining narrative.

    This is a classic that should be in everyone's Audible library.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don Quixote?

    Take your pick. Every adventure of Don Quixote will make you smile. Sancho Panza is a great compliment, with his witty banter and misadventures, to the story. The interaction between the two is enjoyable from start to finish.


    What does Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices.
    Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are the perfect expressions of their characters. Roy keeps the readers engaged and entertained throughout the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5682)
    Performance
    (3620)
    Story
    (3648)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Infuriatingly remarkable"
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    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Unsure, It is a long undertaking. (60 hrs) but Scott Brick does an amazing job with the narration.
    I would say that it is a must for a first time read/listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (384)

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

    Sunny says: "Excellent"
    "wholly unremarkable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, it just seemed like the really interesting point to this book is that the title is a Purple cow, after that, not too much that stands out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10174)
    Performance
    (9354)
    Story
    (9407)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Great story - the change in voices killed me"
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    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Why change great?
    The writing style takes a change in this book, it could be due to the 5 years between when a Storm of Swords (2000) came out to when this was published but the flow of the story just feels unnatural.
    Still a great series with amazing characters and story line, but you can tell that GRR Martin has evolved as a writer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Martin gives great power to his characters and sucks you in to where you are rooting for some and despising others. I even care about the swords!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Listened to his recordings of books 1-3. Pronunciations and character voices changes and it is like getting kicked in the stomach every time you hear them speak.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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