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Gavriel

Austin, TX | Member Since 2005

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  • American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Lynne Pierson
    • Narrated By Tee Quillen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (33)
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    (20)
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    Ever since the first colonists landed in 'The New World', Americans have forged ahead in their quest to make good on the promises of capitalism and independence. This book vividly illustrates the history of business in the United States from the point of view of the enterprising men and women who made it happen.

    Michael F. Dickey says: "In depth, evaluative, and fascinating"
    "Strictly a History of Some Entreprenuers"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Heck no


    Any additional comments?

    As all my reviews go, I do the 2 things I disliked the most and the 2 things I liked the best about. Overall, I say the book was a good but long read that covered the history of the individual successful business people that make America great and ended on a low note by turning political. This is for people who want a chronological lesson in history using prominent business people as bookmarks. Here you go;

    2 least likable things;
    - The format was similar to a college professor lecturing so it was kind of a slow moving book to get thru. It seemed to be needlessly long

    - The end turned political and really gave the book a sour taste in my mouth. The authors turned political, giving their own spin at the end, including reshaping of financial events into political debate of Republicans vs Democrats. Ending with "what-ifs" about what may have happened if this political party had done this or that. There is a place for that but I do not like it under the mask of history.

    2 good things;

    - It is very long and therefor very thorough. It would make great writing or reading for a history paper!

    - I enjoyed the overall feeling of the book describing the America system and how individuals have shaped the current environment we have today.

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  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barry Schwartz
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (232)

    By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

    Darwin8u says: "The Tyranny of Pop Economics"
    "Glad I listened, but keep an open mind"
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    Gav's Notes Review (like Cliff Notes...read below for a full review)

    In keeping with my usual form, I present my grade of 3 stars (read below for what that means to me.)

    The two things I did not like the most about the book.

    a) The cramming down my throat about how horrible the author feels about how many options we have...like all the different college classes available or the number of jeans available.

    b) The fabricating of facts to justify the above feelings...i.e. using Havard and Princeton as examples for how many options college students have in picking a degree and how there is no foundation of education classes in college anymore. I would say about 95% of schools require their student to fulfill a core curriculum and its hardly proof to the contrary when a couple ivy league school choose a different route.

    The two things I like/took away from the book

    a) choices do not equal freedom, therefore having more choices does not make us more free...he goes on about how many people think this to be true and I think he has a good point. He then goes south and hypotheses that our palathra of choices leads to things like clinical depression and others psychological problems that have increased with more choices. He doesn't prove this to be causation or even present evidence that this is more than correlation, just states it as his opinion...what?!?!

    b) I like some of the examples he makes and points he brings up. I found the most value in the more subtle points he mentions like how more options wastes time if we try to research most or all of them and how we generally find a characteristic, i.e. a brand, to limit our choices and once we make a choice we generally do not re-evaluate the choices once new options are presented.

    Overall it is an interesting read, provided you can tune out the "preaching" of the author. The narrator seems a bit off for this book and grates on the ears, in my opinion, or maybe I was already bothered by the words he was saying so he seemed to bother me too.

    Either way the book is worth a read but I would get it on sale or from the library. its not helped by being 10 years old so the authors doom and gloom hypothesis seems foolish now.

    1 Star = I could not finish it
    2 Stars = I finished it but would not recommend it to a friend.
    3 Stars = I read it and would recommend it but do not plan on reading it again.
    4 Stars = I read it, recommend it and would read it again
    5 Stars = I read it, recommend it and will add it to my annual reading collection

    Usually when an author has a point to make they realize its best to present the evidence and let the listener draw their own conclusions. That is the point of critical thinking.
    However, this author presents all evidence like it is the downfall of society, from the number of classes the average college student can pick form now, vs what he did in college...to the number of TV shows one can pick when including the "Tivo" options of today, when one can record any TV show. He worried that "two people hanging around the water cooler will have no shows in common because of all the choices." The fallacy is obvious 10 years later, with Netflix and other services allowing even more options there are still hit TV shows that everyone watches.
    And this shows the true value of this book. Not so much in the points the author tries to shove down your throat but in the subtler points he makes about topics like time waisted with more options and his best point, choices do not equal freedom, therefore more choices do not equal greater freedom.

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  • Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
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    (90)
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    (90)

    It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of 68 soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D - "Dog Company" - who made that difference, time and again. America had many heroes in World War II; however, few can say that, but for them, the course of the war would have been very different. The right men, the right place, the right time - Dog Company.

    Erik says: "A solid work on a specific topic"
    "On par with the best; Band of Brothers, etc"
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    A quick introduction to my ratings...everyone has their own views so you should know what mine are so my review may be of help
    ***** - 5 Stars, an all time great that I would want to read every year
    **** - 4 Stars, a good book that I would be willing to read again
    *** - 3 Stars, an average book, glad I read but would not read again
    ** - 2 Stars, I finished but was sorry I did and would not recommend it
    * - 1 Star, i could not even finish it

    I list my recommendation if you were my friend, my overall thoughts and then list the 2 things I liked best and the 2 things I liked least about the book. This is not conclusion, rather a 1 min review.

    Recommendation - If you like military history, i.e. books like With the Old Breed, Band of Brothers, etc, I highly recommend this book.
    Overall,this book is another tribute to the brutality of war and the hearts of the WWII generation. They speak of many battles as the summary describes. It is not sugar coated, the author pulls no punches in romanticizing war.

    Best
    1. The description of life in battle pulled no punches. The author also expanded on the quotes, attributing them to the interview or source, so the reader knows they were not the author's narrative, they were from interviews, 1st hand accounts. I appreciate that as many authors like to add to it.

    2. I enjoyed the ending when the author spoke of what came of the members of Dog Company, it is good to hear how their lives ended up!

    Least
    1. There is little to say here. I would have enjoyed more background to what was going on big picture, not just the 1st hand accounts, but that would have made for a much longer story.

    2. There really was nothing major I did not like about this book. It will come down to personal preference.

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  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James D. Watson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

    A. Lai says: "Fabulous book!"
    "Boring without a strong science background."
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    A quick introduction to my ratings...everyone has their own views so you should know what mine are so my review may be of help
    ***** - 5 Stars, an all time great that I would want to read every year
    **** - 4 Stars, a good book that I would be willing to read again
    *** - 3 Stars, an average book, glad I read but would not read again
    ** - 2 Stars, I finished but was sorry I did and would not recommend it
    * - 1 Star, i could not even finish it

    I list my recommendation if you were my friend, then list the 2 things I liked best and the 2 things I liked least about the book and a conclusion.

    Recommendation - Read only if you are interested in an abridged version of the science behind DNA and the missteps they took to reach the final conclusion.

    Best
    1. Although very limited, the author tells a few stories explaining the dynamic among the group (yes the story was so limited that this was one of the highlights.

    2. The author tells the story of how he got started early in his career by taking jobs he did not want and making the best of things. It was cool to hear how one of the biggest discoveries happened because of a few scientists refusal to quit.

    Least
    1. This book is HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY on science. It was not written for the laymen but for those who understand complex science ideas. If you understand these things, I am sure it is very interesting, if not then it sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher until the author returns to the story about his interaction with his colleagues.
    2. This book was billed as explaining the experience the author had yet it was 75% science as he explained his missteps on the science and little on actual experience he had doing it. There were funny parts he explains the awkward scientists talking in bars and such but it is a line or two here and there. He talks about people not getting along but nothing is explored in depth so it sounds like he marched forward towards the goal and the interactions were a blur.

    Overall, I was interested in how amazingly smart people make discoveries. How they interact with other smart people on this common goal. What I got was an in-depth explanation about the missteps of science along the way, sprinkled with the occasional story of interaction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (995)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "His best book (Yet, when read in order)"
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    This is Clancy's greatest novel yet. No spoilers here.

    In my reviews I highlight the best and the worst of a novel, short and sweet.

    2 Best parts of the book

    1. The way he explores Jack Ryan as a flawed man who could only be thrust into the Presidency and would never have become president in a "typical way."
    2. The obstacles present in being president with little or no support system. Clancy shows the flaws in the career politician mentality that has become Washington. It is easy to forget how the founding fathers came to be President as working men and after they were President they returned to their jobs or did other government jobs.

    2 Worst parts of the book

    1. Unlike some of Clancy's novels this could have been longer! He could have expanded some parts of the story line, instead they just fizzled out.
    2. I am not really sure, I could not put this book down.

    The action of this book, the detail and the conflicting situation makes this book hard to put down. The story is BEST read in order (book order not published order). There are a lot of subtle story-lines that are connected to previous books and make this book more enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6720)
    Performance
    (6267)
    Story
    (6292)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "What if the average guy had the powers"
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    Steelheart is a book about an "event" that give certain humans super human like powers. However, these characters use their power to dominate in a "absolute power corrupts absolutely" type way. This is designed for young adults as almost all "comic books" with superheros are designed for young adults. I almost let that turn me away, don't let it turn you away, it would be a mistake.
    This book is a different take on the superhero because the guys with the powers are the villains, and the average guy has to be the hero.


    That being said, I will do my usual 2 good things 2 bad things and final summary.


    The two negatives, this is actually hard because it is a well written, not your average good guy vs bad guy book.

    - More details…I wish he had gone into more details at different parts of the book. I wish he had developed out some of his points so they were not justified by the fact that he said something just was. For his more original points he had let us in on the back story more. (Some people criticize his story line as too far out there, come on, its super heroes and scifi. I just preferred if he would have given some of the more scifi things a back story.)

    - It is a series and it makes you want to pick up the next one to answer the question, "What do they do now???"


    The positives

    - The action keeps the reader involved. There are twists and turns as expected in an action adventure with comic book superheroes in it.

    - The twists that keep you guessing. You think the ending is predictable until you get to the end. I won't turn this into a spoiler but you will be surprised with the ending. It is not what you will expect. There are a few reviews out there that state that the ending is predictable, I doubt the authenticity of the reviewers, I think they may be overstating their intuition about the ending.

    Overall, if you like comic book type action heroes, this book will provide hours of entertaining reading. It also provides for some deeper questions about power, about the right to rule over others (i.e. slavery), about the rights of those who rule over others (does a king have an obligation to provide and provide what for his subjects, etc). Maybe I am too nerdy and the author does not intend these things to included but I thought about them as the book progressed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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