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Jeff S.

Long distance commuter who loves audio books. After an hour drive, I sometimes struggle to leave the car because the book is THAT GOOD!

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  • The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Trevor Corson
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

    David says: "I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network"
    "The Science and Spectacle That Is Sushi"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Story of Sushi the most enjoyable?

    A great blend of knowledge and entertainment. I enjoyed learning the origin and history of sushi. It is too easy to take raw fish and rice at face value. I was amazed at its deep impact on the food culture beyond the local trendy sushi bar. I equally enjoyed the characters in the book. The students of the Sushi Academy and their instructors add color and life to an informative book. Each listen had me wondering what's next?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While Kate is the central character, whom you can't help rooting for, Sushi instructor, Zoran, is the one that kept me reading and wanting more. He is a sushi chef that assists in the training of the students attending the Sushi Academy. He is colorful, insightful and surprisingly caring. He trains with concern for his art form and delights in challenging his students with gross tasks like gutting fish and cleaning octopi. The book is filled with many colorful characters that become the heart and soul of the book. While the history and technique of making sushi serves as the brains of the work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene in the book is when Kate is finally given the opportunity to serve the public. Struggling to perfect the art of making sushi, she has many confrontations with her instructors. She often finds herself at the bottom of the class, but when given the opportunity to work the sushi bar she shines by using her personality. She fully captures the culture of sushi by creating an experience for her customers. It was a great, "You go girl!" part of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is quite exceptional for me to complete a book in one sitting. I found that the interest level is there for those desiring completion, but the book is also crafted to easily be revisited in several sittings. I did find myself always looking forward to hitting play and seeing what new challenge Zoran had for Kate and his other students.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a foodie or love sushi this book is a must. I would even recommend this book to chemistry or biology majors. Much of the book deals with the science of sushi. Don't worry if science isn't your thing. There is plenty of entertainment. While the characters in the book are "real people" they are often in comical or tense situations. After completing The Story of Sushi, I looked forward to my first sushi visit after the book knowing that I would be more educated about the delicious meal I was about to eat. I was even able to impress my guests with my newly acquired knowledge of the sushi world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (363)

    True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership....

    Stephanie says: "Relevant and Applicable"
    "Practical Thinking Towards Leadership"
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    What did you love best about The 5 Levels of Leadership?

    I love that The 5 Levels of Leadership is constructed in a way that seems obtainable. Often leadership development books sound great but leave me scratching my head at where to begin, or worse, leave me questioning my leadership ability. Maxwell's 5 levels of leadership makes it easy for me to analyze my leadership without devaluing it. It is a very practical and approachable guide to improving leadership.


    What did you like best about this story?

    During the section dealing with level 2 leadership, relationship building, Maxwell poses 4 great questions about those that work for us. The design of the questions probe the thought of do we really know those that work for us? Do we know what motivates them? Do we care? I shared these 4 questions with those that lead in my organization and asked them to answer the questions about those that they lead. We were all astonished at the results. Our employees were so impressed that we took time to get to know them and to understand their motivations and aspirations. I look forward to reaping the benefits of stronger relationships in my organization.


    What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love audio books! In this particular case, you feel like you are at a seminar or hosting a visit to your business by Maxwell. The delivery of the message by its author drives the points home and personalizes the message especially when Maxwell opens up about his own leadership highs and lows. It was a great call narrating his own work.


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

    I felt an overwhelming sense of hope and inspiration after listening to this book. Often in leadership, a leader's well of experience and knowledge can seem to run dry. Listening to The 5 Levels of Leadership gave my leadership a jolt of vitality and motivated me to incorporate Maxwell's thinking into my own leadership and more importantly the leaders I serve.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for anyone who is leading others or aspires to be a leader. Maxwell has packaged leadership in a way that allows for systematic growth towards the goal of better influencing others. This audio book motivated me to consider more books from Maxwell for my professional library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

    David says: "The Most Entertaining Book of the Year"
    "The Scandal Of It All"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Want My MTV the most enjoyable?

    At the onset of I Want My MTV I knew I was in for a great ride. It was like a time warp back to my early teens. All the cast was set, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Divo and Motley Crue. There were great scandals such as MTV originally being perceived as a white and rock only channel. The corporate battles over rotation and budgets and of course the question of who really started this thing? It was very entertaining to also hear the behind the scenes story on many of my favorite VJ's. What a cast of characters. It was a great plan to create a microcosm of the typical American youth stereotypes. There's the jock, the beauty, the brain and the rebel. It was like a real life version of a John Hughes movie that lost control and became Animal House.


    What other book might you compare I Want My MTV to and why?

    As entertaining as the book is, it is also a great insight into the nature of a start up business. If you enjoy books about company origins or the history behind a company, this is a book to consider even if you are not a fan of MTV. There are many business lessons to learn from this story. From protecting intellectual rights and corporate battles, to partnering with other industries and raising capital, this story provides a great example of the risks required to get a great idea "off the ground".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene in the story is when MTV solicits its fans to attack the phone lines and mail boxes of cable operators requesting MTV in their area. The cable companies soon asked for mercy as they were held captive to fanatics demanding, I WANT MY MTV. Even as I write it, what a great marketing scheme, MY MTV. Getting your customers to identify so passionately with your product that not only do they demand it, but they possess it and call it their own. What a great lesson on connecting with your customer and supplying a product to a market that has gone overlooked. In this case, America's youth.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Love him or hate him, you have to pity Billy Squire. A very successful music artist who made it as a recording artist. Who was then asked to reveal himself to the world through a video performance set to music. Unfortunately for Billy Squire, his introduction through music video was both an embarrassment and a career breaker. Note to self, if you are ever asked to do a music video, avoid a bedroom shot where you dance around the room like a fool. Billy Squire's story identifies a pivotal point in music history. A point when image became equally, if not more, important than musical talent. A point that some have argued ruined the music industry. Yet more scandal for your listening pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    A captivating story beginning to end. I found I Want My MTV to be an uplifting story about making an idea work. In its infancy, MTV sounded like a destined failure or at most a soon to pass fad. Decades later MTV still continues to exist as it redefines itself as generation after generation pass along. In addition to the great story, the narrator does a fabulous job. The approach to the narration is reminiscent to a Behind the Music episode. Very well executed book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack McCallum
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona.

    James T. OBrien says: "Great insight into the great basketball team ever."
    "Reliving the Dream!"
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    If you could sum up Dream Team in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, enlightening and nostalgic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Michael Jordan. I've been a fan for years. Dream Team gives a great insight into Jordan's dynamics with the other team members. I loved the rivalry between Jordan and Drexler.


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

    Dick Hill does a great job of sharing his enthusiasm for the team and the story. His emotion makes you feel like you were an invited attendee to the "secret scrimmage".


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

    The Dream Team created a great sense of nostalgia for me. Having grown up loving and playing basketball during the golden age of the NBA, I felt a connection to the players immediately. I often found myself saying out loud, "I remember that!", or "Oh, I totally forgot about that". The story itself kept me captivated. Because the narrator easily conveys his enthusiasm for the team, I made an instant connection with him as well. A favorite moment in the story is when Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan set out to humiliate Toni Kukoc, a member of the Croatian team and newly signed and highly paid Bull. Their stifling defense shuts down the Croatian star and is a clinic on great defensive play. It also illustrates a great life lesson, don't steal money from a man's pocket, even if it is only potential money.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dream Team does a superb job of setting the goal to help the reader/listener identify with each player. Even the often less interesting David Robinson has a great section of the story that left me routing for him both on the court and in life. I finished the book feeling like I had a better understanding of each players motivations and a renewed appreciation for Chuck Daly's leadership. This begs the point that the Dream Team transcends being just an entertaining history of the best team ever assembled by being a great book on leading a group of superstars and high achievers in any field.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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