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Christopher J. Mcfarland

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San Diego, CA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (300)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "Consider me a True Checklist Believer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Checklist Manifesto to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a (This is a non-fiction book about checklists)


    Have you listened to any of John Bedford Lloyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a (Never listened to other performances by John Bedford Lloyd)


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4902)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2901)

    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"
    "Ayn Rand needed a better editor!"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but not because it's a good story. The book is worth reading for the warning story of the Bum's Speech alone, and Hank Reardon's testimony is also worthwhile, but one must have the full context to understand why those two speeches are worth listening to.


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

    When Hank Reardon gave his testimony before the tribunal stating that he had no plea to enter because he hadn't violated any law. The entire book was worth it for that moment alone.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    No, while one was able to get used to the performance after a while, the monotone, down-beat delivery of the performance left me wishing for a better narrator.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand's use of this book to convey her Objectivist philosophy suffers in two major areas:
    First, she writes what is essentially a Self-Insert story where it's clear she's intending the Dagny Taggart character to be her proxy in-story, second is the obvious use of a Mary-sue level character in the form of John Galt. Self-insert stories need to be delicately handled, and Mary-sue characters never make good characters at all.
    Second, Ayn Rand suffers from the core problem that most atheists suffer; allowing someone else to define God for them. There is no spiritual aspect to this book beyond the physical needs of the moment, resulting in no real driving goals being obvious to anyone, requiring the reader to intuit that there is supposed to be some great spiritual strength to John Galt's "Workers of the Mind" strike. A single charismatic opposition leader who understood the spiritual needs, as well as the temporal needs, of any human would have destroyed the "strike" without even knowing it was taking place.
    This is ignoring entirely that Ayn Rand's so-called "perfect man" in John Galt is fairly two-dimensional and is fairly uninteresting.

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