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honolulu, HI, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 40 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony. With the authority of a renowned historian and the narrative grace of a brilliant novelist, Thomas Keneally offers an insider's perspective into the dramatic saga of the birth of a vibrant society in an unfamiliar land.

    Eric says: "Very detailed. Paints a vivid picture."
    "entertaining listen"

    I "read" this prior to a recent trip to a Australia and I found it helpful. My Aussie friends kept saying how boring their history is, but I beg to differ..Australia's history is fascinating.

    I was hoping for more background on the Aborigines, knowing full well that this book's main concern was on the colonists history. It did a great job in the telling of the colonist/convict struggle to survive.

    Australia rocked by the way...can't wait to go back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"

    Interesting, as all his writing has been.
    But I still can't tell if it is B.S or not.
    Almost too simple and "like, duh, malcolm".
    But very interesting to listen to while working or driving or running.
    Also good kindling for conversations or just when youre sitting alone thinking about stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By John Farrell

    New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

    Stephen says: "Anecdotes presented as data"
    "super interesting"

    I enjoyed listening to this very much.

    Full of elucidating anecdotes that support the author's theory that talent (i.e. the talent code) is due to 3 facets of learning: deep practice, ignition/motivation, and master coaching. And a heavy handed dose of talk about myelin, the stuff that wraps around neural pathways.

    I recommend this for anyone working with children or anyone interested in improving/honing skills.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Narrated By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Douglas Rushkoff, in tracing the roots of corporatism from the Renaissance to today, reveals the way it supplanted social interaction and local commerce and came to be regarded as a preexisting condition of our world, from the history of public relations to the relentless gentrification of America's urban neighborhoods. And he shows us how to fight back: how to de-corporatize ourselves, disengage from branded expectations, think locally, and return to the real world of human activity.

    A. Yerkes says: "Accessible Indictment of the Lost American Dream"
    "I very much appreciated this book"

    This is such a great book.

    I appreciate the author's passionate point of view that corporatism has come to dominate our modern lives. It is slightly depressing...okay...VERY depressing. But the book is wonderfully written, thought provoking, and inspires change (even if just in my own little life).

    I like that the author was the narrator, he adds a lot of zest in the telling of the saga of corporatism.

    I highly recommend this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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