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Frank Bergdoll

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Calgary, Alberta Canada | Listener Since 2003

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 220 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Tough
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (349)

    The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

    Gregory says: "Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data"
    "Survey of US-based, inner-city education reform"
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    What did you like best about How Children Succeed? What did you like least?

    The book is very anecdotal about various programs and initiatives that have been used to assist marginalized or impoverished students rise towards success by helping build character traits that allow them to succeed in education.

    To that end, it's motivating for educators or those that are wondering where success in educational reform has occurred.

    Where the book let me down a bit was the lack of practical and specific actions to take in helping children succeed. The word "How" in the title might better be "Why" and the title itself might be more appropriately "A survey of programs instilling character traits in children for success"

    The book goes into great, specific detail on different children that have over-come obstacles in order to succeed. In some case, possibly too much detail that is not really relevant to the central theme of the book - "How".


    What other book might you compare How Children Succeed to and why?

    None.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    The book was read clearly and understandably - with one very annoying exception: accents. The use of "character" voices was distracting. Ethnic accents did not add to the listening value of the text and was, in some cases, almost isolating to the stories being told.


    Was How Children Succeed worth the listening time?

    Yes. I did enjoy listening to it while commuting and it was worth the time (at double-speed)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 1: Columbus, Magellan, and the Early Explorations

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (60)

    In the space of 400 years, Western man methodically set out to explore and map the entire earth. During some of the most dangerous expeditions ever mounted, an extraordinary group of determined men forced passages through vast oceans, dark jungles, and withering deserts. Never has their like been seen since. What drove these soldiers, sailors, and civilians to leave the comforts of civilized life and face the horrors of shipwreck, starvation, cannibals, and disease?

    Howard says: "Discover this Book"
    "The subtitle says it all"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think that I should have paid more attention to the subtitle. This book is great and was a very worthwhile listen. The scope was, as advertised, from the late 1400's to the early 1500's. So the "Age" is really a bit narrow in focus.

    That said, I fully intend to seek out other books by this author and narrator - it was great in every sense. Exciting, intriguing - a wonderful book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Roman Republic, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (21)

    By the middle of the second century B.C., the Roman Republic has been changed completely from the sober and virtuous character of the previous generations of self-sacrificing soldier-farmers. Rome has become a wealthy, diverse metropolis of many conflicting interests.

    Frank Bergdoll says: "The deep beginnings of the Republic begin here"
    "The deep beginnings of the Republic begin here"
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    What did you love best about A History of the Roman Republic, Volume 2?

    As part of my catching-up on history, I decided to listen to books on ... well.. history.

    I have long been wanting to read/listen to the classic Decline and Fall books, but thought I better start with something closer to the beginning - which I am glad that I did.

    This book is a great introduction to the formation of the Roman Republic and proved a very interesting listen. At some points it required a rewind - as the names of people and places can become slightly overwhelming in an audio format, but that was hardly a problem.

    Worth the listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    History


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All - it is a historical recount


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1407)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Great book - not for listening though"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was really good - I bought both the Kindle and Paperback version. It does not really work as an audiobook though. It's well-read, has a great story, etc. The challenge is the density of information. You just want to keep stopping and take notes.

    So I ended-up abandoning this listening and moved to the paper/kindle delivery


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2333)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1924)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "I'm making a point of reviewing books"
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    Where does The Willpower Instinct rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a solid book and fits into my "worthwhile listens" section


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Um....the author? It's non-fiction, so no real characters.


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

    Convenience of listening while I commute


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Good willpower hunting


    Any additional comments?

    This is another good "brain" book that provides insight into why we do the things we do. It's nice to think of having understanding that can help you improve

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5215)
    Performance
    (4415)
    Story
    (4386)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Knowledge is power - this provides great insight"
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    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    I might listen again in a few months or a year - to refresh my knowledge.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Habit?

    The use of neuroscience to explain habits.


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

    Well...I just listen to books when commuting to work - and I also read a paper copy of the book at home. So...convenience?


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Habit?

    The act of thinking about why I do something before I do it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that is well-read and useful. Some of the stories get a little too much attention, but I'm more interested in the techniques and science personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book.

    Charles says: "Great book, lousy abridgment"
    "Enjoyed this and wanted more"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to be better than the print version?

    It's like having a friend tell you an awesome story while commenting to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great story and a great listen. I'm a comic book fan - so it was in my area of interest, but I think it would appeal to anyone. While the business takes place in a comic creator world, it's really about the human drama. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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