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kelvin

like a great biography.

Echuca, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (407)

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    E. A. says: "A Master of Biography"
    "Long hard listen with average narration. Good."
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    What did you love best about Benjamin Franklin: An American Life?

    The story itself is great. A life well lived. An Inspirational man.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have chose a more inspired and narrator. Hard to concentrate when the book is so long and the story telling is slow and monotone. I recommend speeding it up if listening through the app.


    What three words best describe Nelson Runger’s performance?

    Slow, monotone (ish) mouth noises.


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

    No single moment really.


    Any additional comments?

    Great information to know about this historical figure. Wouldn't listen to it again...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1777)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (715)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Great info"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team the most enjoyable?

    The fact that its a fable makes it easier to engage.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (677)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Melody says: "I am a Nerd at heart"
    "Entertaining!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nerdist Way to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    His energy


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

    Once again, personality and his energy.


    Any additional comments?

    Great if your a nerd stuck in a rut. That's not me but I found it entertaining.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Business Stripped Bare

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Richard Branson
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    From its creation as a mail-order record company to the literal launch of Virgin Galactic, today Virgin is one of the premier 'way-of-life' brands in the world, trusted and enjoyed by many millions of people. In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant, and audacious deals.

    Matthew says: "Profound insight and unique perspective revealed."
    "Pretty good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Could have been read with a bit more enthusiasm.


    Any additional comments?

    Go for one of his other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3391)
    Performance
    (3011)
    Story
    (3020)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Amazing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost in the Wires the most enjoyable?

    If I were in a seat, I'd have been on the edge of it the whole way. Great story.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    The best narration I've ever experienced. Ray became Kevin. Kevin Mitnick himself could not have told the story better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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