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Kevin

Grant, MI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3937)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3502)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Gladwell does it again!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of David and Goliath?

    Gladwell really puts the inverted U curve into easy-to-understand words that we can easily map to our own lives and turns conventional wisdom about getting into the best college you can on its head; I no longer regret going to a small, unknown school at which I could easily excel instead of getting lost at a more prestigious school.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    His voice is simultaneously passionate and soothing, and he plays it like a master. A Gladwell book without Gladwell's narration just wouldn't be the same.


    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3514)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1059)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Life changing introduction to behavioral economics"
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    Would you listen to Predictably Irrational again? Why?

    I have listened to this book multiple times. It is so full of great information.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Dan Ariely ties his personal experiences with his research to create a fascinating and compelling listen.


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

    Simon Jones has a voice that is easy to listen to, but it is missing Dan Ariely's personality that comes across in his podcast and TED talks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Your Cells: How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    In the tradition of Carl Sagan, Rachel Carson, and Stephen Hawking, a new voice has emerged with the unique gift of translating cutting-edge science into clear, accessible language: Dr. Bruce Lipton. With The Wisdom of Your Cells, this internationally recognized authority on cellular biology takes listeners on an in-depth exploration into the microscopic world, where new discoveries and research are revolutionizing the way we understand life, evolution, and consciousness.

    Alexandre says: "A Masterpiece"
    "I can't believe this has positive reviews."
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    This begins with what sound like some intriguing ideas that fall apart when he tries to support them with pseudo-scientific nonsense and conspiracy theories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17128)
    Performance
    (13023)
    Story
    (12964)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Only complaint: Too short!"
    Overall

    This book is interesting and funny. I'm constantly amused by the way Fey presents herself as just a normal, unattractive girl, and major accomplishments are almost treated as side-notes. I would just have liked it if this book had been fleshed-out more with the details of her rise to prominence in the entertainment industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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