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Austin M. Craig

Salt Lake City, UT

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5186)
    Performance
    (3159)
    Story
    (3171)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Fascinating Defense of Self Interest"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    This would have taken me a very *very* long time to read in print. In audiobook format, I can listen while I commute, making the experience much more practical for my busy life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    There are a couple speeches that stand out as phenomenal defenses of enlightened self interest, and the virtue of capitalism.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Francisco d'Anconia. Quite like him.


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

    This book goes for over 60 hours. It'll take you a while.


    Any additional comments?

    Take Rand with a grain of salt. She defends her stance beautifully, but reduces human character to such stark qualities that she misses the subtlety and nuance inherent to the human experience. Atlas Shrugged is not only a piece of fiction that has never happened, it is a piece of fantasy that could never happen.

    But instructive, all the same.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1388)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Very Helpful — Not for Everyone"
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    If you could sum up The Lean Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant. Precise. Laborious.


    What other book might you compare The Lean Startup to and why?

    The Lean Startup isn't dissimilar to other business books I've read, except that Ries has very specific ideas on how to grow your venture. They are all excellent, but I'd contend that it isn't for every entrepreneur. Read it, learn from it, implement the fundamentals. To fully implement the book would be a very long term commitment, and applies primarily to those who will be running an organization.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Ries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    No, it made me think. It confirmed some things I already believed, and taught me how to implement certain principles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26080)
    Performance
    (20026)
    Story
    (20210)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Downward Spiral of Attrocities"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    The Hunger Games story is well advanced by the time you start reading/listening to Mockingjay. It's a brutal story, with characters you've grown to care about being subjected to horror after horror. And that pretty well continues all the way through, ending with a slight glimmer of redemption. I wanted a little more sunshine, a little less carnage.


    If you’ve listened to books by Suzanne Collins before, how does this one compare?

    This is my least favorite in the series, though as somebody who needs closure, I had to finish the story. It would be very hard to stop after the first or second book.


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

    She does a fine job.


    Did Mockingjay inspire you to do anything?

    Pray the world doesn't fall subject to despotic power mongers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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