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Josh

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving & Thriving with the Self-Absorbed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wendy T. Behary
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (56)

    Disarming the Narcissist is a step-by-step guide to treating and communicating with narcissists with compassion and empathy in a way that still preserves the listener's personal boundaries and sanity.

    A User says: "Extremely helpful"
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Personally, I didn't enjoy the narrators voice. She did a fine job, but for me, it was sometimes hard to listen to (her voice is unusually high pitched and her inflection got on my nerves, but that's just me). The book didn't go into as much detail about the condition of narcissism as I was hoping for. Moreover, the book delt with the personality type that typically gets into trouble with narcissist and what those types of self-subjugating and want-to-please-everyone people can do when


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wendy T. Behary again?

    Probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the narrator has her own voice and style. I happened to not enjoy listening to it. That's personal taste. Some might find her pleasant. I found her annoying. I take full responsibility for this opinion. She did nothing wrong.


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

    No. It's not that kind of book.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ray Kurzweil Commencement Address at WPI (May 21, 2005)

    • ORIGINAL (11 mins)
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Ray Kurzweil, the world-renowned inventor, futurist, and author, addresses the graduating class at Worcester Polytechnic Institute's 137th commencement in Worcester, Mass. Kurzweil talks about what he calls "the three great revolutions:" genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics. His message to the graduates: "Creating knowledge is really what the human species is all about." Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's leading inventors and innovators.

    Dana says: "Worth the download - but lacking some inspiration"
    "Ray Kurzweil is a strange man"
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    Would you try another book from the author and/or the narrator?

    Maybe. Probably.


    What could the author have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    We all know Ray Kurzweil is a strange egg. His speech was well thought out and informative. I'd previously seen a documentary on him on Netflix so I had already heard most of the talking points. What was weird was how he read it. He seemed to be speed reading the speech so as to get it over with as fast as possible. I got the impression that either he was nervous and wanted to get off the stage ASAP, or he had read the same speech 50 times before and wanted to plow through it. It was very awkward to listen to.

    However, I listen to everything at 2x speed since I find most narrator talk like snails run. Perhaps Ray spoke perfectly well normally, and for me at 2x it sounded strange. I may have to re-listen.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?

    Anyone.


    Was Ray Kurzweil Commencement Address at WPI (May 21, 2005) worth the listening time?

    Yes. It's only 11 minutes so I say go for it. Especially if you haven't read or heard anything else by him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11187)
    Performance
    (9676)
    Story
    (9645)

    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.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "What an incredible life story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


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

    Steve as the unkempt, barefoot, stinky hippie. The descriptions of some of his early interactions with business types were hysterical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite section was about the original Mac team and how Steve hand-selected rogue engineers to be part of his pirate Mac brigade. It sounded like a corporate version of the pranks he used to pull when he was in high school. A little weird, but too funny.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the moments when the author described monumental decisions Steve made during his life I reflected on how big a change those choices made on my life (everyone's life) made me tear up in awe of how much Steve Jobs, and Apple, were able to accomplish in such a short time.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book was 25 hours long. The author wrote it so well, and the narrator read it so well, that I never lost interest in the story from start to finish. I may even listen to it again. The whole thing was incredibly well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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