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hspskm

Woodbridge, VA | Member Since 2004

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  • DNA: The Secret of Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James D. Watson, Andrew Berry
    • Narrated By Bill Meisle, with an introduction by James D.Watso
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Fifty years ago, James D. Watson, then just 24, helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution - from Mendel's garden to the double helix, to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.

    Sean says: "Comprehensive, but a little scattered"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Fascinating to hear Watson's take on the discovery of the structure of DNA and what has happened from then until now. Worth the time to read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (354)

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Bryson's best

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter than the Few

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    Hamad says: "great discourse on group dynamics...."
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Great read

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (551)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Bryson's Best"
    Overall

    These three books are the best of Bryson

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (84)

    Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.

    Tom says: "Something for Everyone"
    "Another good book"
    Overall

    McCollough has done it again

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Principle-Centered Leadership

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    How do we as individuals and organizations survive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results, despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent? How do we unleash creativity, talent, and energy in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that balance among personal, family, and professional life is possible? Stephen R. Covey demonstrates that the answer to these and other dilemmas is Principle-Centered Leadership, a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations.

    Rory says: "Quantum Paradigm Twaddle"
    "Enough Already"
    Overall

    7 Habits was great. This book seems to be Covey trying to keep selling books by rehashing the same old material.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (90)

    Daniel Goleman's international best seller Emotional Intelligence forever changed our concept of "being smart," showing how emotional intelligence (EI) - how we handle ourselves and our relationships - can determine life success more than IQ. Now Goleman and company apply that knowledge to leadership in a must-hear presentation.

    Lee says: "Buy this one..."
    "Okay"
    Overall

    Fairly typical management book without any earth shattering insights.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twain's Humor: A Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Thomas Becker
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    A collection of 23 of Twain's funniest stories and essays, ranging from tongue in cheek to the fantastic.

    Ronald says: "Twain's Humor"
    "Not Twain's Best"
    Overall

    I like Twain, but these really aren't the best examples of his wit and humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape in the Corner Office: Understanding the Workplace Beast in All of Us

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Conniff
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Ape in the Corner Office connects with the day-to-day of the workplace because it helps explain what people are really concerned about: How come he got the wing chair with the gold trim? How can I survive as that big ape's subordinate without becoming a spineless yes-man? Why does being a lone wolf mean being a loser? And, yes, why is it that jerks seem to prosper, at least in the short run?

    A User says: "Poor Choice"
    "A new way to look at people"
    Overall

    Entertaining book. A new way of looking at interpersonal interactions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    The action in this Booker Prize-winning story unfolds after the funeral of Molly Lane, when Molly's former lovers, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday and composer Clive Linley make a fateful pact, and another ex, prime-minister hopeful Julian Garmony, finds himself struggling for his political life.

    Everett Leiter says: "Great fun to read, but flawed novel"
    "So So"
    Overall

    A bit convoluted and disturbing. Not nearly as good as some of his other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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