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David Danzig

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You Need to Know to Get a Job in the New Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Poundstone
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America's best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more.

    Michael says: "Fun, but not in Audio..."
    "Challenging as an audiobook"
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    I agree with the reviewer who pointed out that, because it is largely a puzzle-book, it is significantly more challenging as an audiobook than it would be in written form. But I would also point out that if you can't handle this book as an audiobook, then you're probably not smart enough to work at Google. If you are considering this book because you really are contemplating a job interview, you will receive these or similar puzzles orally, not in written form. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself by doing something that's a little more difficult. The book is perfectly comprehensible, even without ever actually referring to the PDF at all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (79)

    When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil and the epic journey they undertake together.

    S. Connors says: "Excellent writing and reading, but..."
    "Even Better Than Life of Pi"
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    I loved Life of Pi. I'm sure you did too, and that that's why you're thinking about getting Beatrice and Virgil. I thought this book was even better. If you're reading these reviews, then you know by now that the ending of this book is shocking and sad, and that such endings are not for everybody. Perhaps I, having read those other reviews in advance, was inoculated from the shock of that ending, even as I spent the entire book in suspense, knowing that something awful was going to happen before it was over. Perhaps as a result of this forewarning (or perhaps not), I found the ending as brilliant and satisfying as it was disturbing and horrifying.

    Prior to that ending, as even the harshest critics of the book here seem to agree, Yann Martel writes throughout with the same beautiful, flowing prose that made Life of Pi such an achievement. It is the audio-equivalent of a page-turner, every bit as much as that earlier book was.

    Finally, I also want to praise the pitch-perfect performance delivered by Mark Bramhall. I normally feel that the best that a narrator of an audiobook can aspire to accomplish is simply to stay out of the author's way. But Bramhall narrates with such perfect emotional resonance, endowing each character with so much life and personality, that I believe that anyone who reads only the text version of this book will have missed out on the full experience of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (430)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "Gripping, touching, and informative"
    Overall

    The publisher's description of this book as "the story of how success happens . . . told through the lives of one composite American couple" turns out to be just a peculiar way of saying, "this is a novel." And it is a gripping, captivating, deeply touching novel. And instead of being a typical fictional story where characters do inexplicable things that they would never do in real life, such as throwing an giant pearl into the ocean or whatever, these characters' thoughts, feelings, and actions are explained through lengthy and fascinating discussions of the latest studies and theories of social science, which are certain to offer you, the reader, great insight into your own life and your relationships with others.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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