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Hector

DORAL, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Taylor Gatto
    • Narrated By Michael Puttonen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. With over 100,000 copies in print since its original publication in 2002, this book is collection of essays and speeches and includes a describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching". John Gatto was a teacher in New York City's public schools for over 30 years and was a New York State Teacher of the Year.

    Niall says: "Required reading to see why kids hate school"
    "Seemingly good ideas-lacks solutions"
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    This is a critique on the current mostly attended school system in the United States, but some of it applies to any country. Some situations and comments by the author are easily recognizable as facts, yet he seldom speaks of real overall solutions. It is not easy to extrapolate from his individual experience to an overall view of education in the U.S. His claims should be backed up with more data, taking into account how important education is for everyone. Overall, it makes you think and consider possibilities, which I think was the author's goal.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Emperor: The Annals of Drakis: Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (12)
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    In this thrilling conclusion to The Annals of Drakis, it appears that the ancient prophecy of Drakis — the human warrior who will lead all the races conquered and enslaved by the elves of the Rhonas Empire to freedom — is about to be fulfilled. The elves have ruled their vast Empire for centuries, thanks to both their well-trained Legions and their complete control of the Aether — the mystical substance that fuels their magic. But there is now a growing rebel army threatening to overrun their territory. It is an army able to draw on magic of its own, an army allied with dragons, an army marching under the banner of a human named Drakis.

    Hector says: "Best of the Series"
    "Best of the Series"
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    A very good ending to the series. It lacks antagonist characters development, but the end is such a good one that it makes up for this. The audio performance is one of the best I have experienced from audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ha-Joon Chang
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (403)

    If you've wondered how we did not see the economic collapse coming, Ha-Joon Chang knows the answer: We didn't ask what they didn't tell us about capitalism. This is a lighthearted book with a serious purpose: to question the assumptions behind the dogma and sheer hype that the dominant school of neoliberal economists-the apostles of the freemarket-have spun since the Age of Reagan.

    Sean says: "A shallow and destructive book"
    "Enlightening"
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    From one idea to the next, Chang presented facts and reasoning that clarifies the mind from ideological propaganda. This is a MUST read for all interested in politics and economy.

    2 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of the Hourglass Mage: The Lost Chronicles, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Raistlin Majere has become a Black Robe wizard and travels to Neraka, the lord city of the Dark Queen, ostensibly to work for her, though in reality he means to further his own quest for power. But Takhisis finds out that the dragon orb has entered her city and sends her draconians to find and destroy the wizard who has it in his possession. Before her agents can strike, though, Raistlin finds out that Takhisis means to take control of all wizardly magic.

    zachary says: "dragonlance is awesome"
    "Superb Performance"
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    Excellent ending to once again a wonderful trilogy from this authors. Sandra Burr did a wonderful job bringing this characteres to life. Hopefully more Dragonlance Books will come to this format.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths: The Lost Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains.

    Momo11 says: "I just love these characters!"
    "Delightful - Dragonlance Rules!"
    Overall

    I was delighted to return to this world and find these heroes from my younger youth back in a wonderful adventure. Now this time with voices!!! Excellent narrative!! Super FUN!!! Sandra: Keep up the excellent work. Please provide all Dragonlance Novels in Audible format!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1190)
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    (1199)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "This is a must read!"
    Overall

    Wonderful, highly recommended, right to the important facts and information you need to get better on anything in life. I am one of those guys that play the piano, the guitar, compose music, draw, architecture, some 3d modeling, apart from studying, working, and playing soccer......this book changed my mind about talent and goals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (668)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Phsyco-Emo"
    Overall

    This book started and ended very nice. Good approach to catch up the listener at the beginning. The middle was full of emotional and psychological intrigue, which reminds me that we are drifting more and more to an "emo" world with all this info about emotional intelligence...etc. The end also finished well, highlighting, very briefly, what I was expecting to understand from the book all along. My recommendation, do not believe what this books says on how companies work. There are behaviors, not emotions, which are not proper to executives in a company. If you follow good education and behavioral principles, the only next thing left to do is to get results and be creative. The rest is just for emos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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