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Henry

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  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    Joao Coelho says: "Very eye opening"
    "Nice overview of the things that make a champion."
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    Where does Bounce rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is an interesting audiobook that I think is one of the most informative books on success and sports performance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Matthew Syed? Why or why not?

    Possibly. Depends on the subject matter.


    What three words best describe James Clamp’s voice?

    Pleasant. Well paced.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sweat equity makes success.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knowledge and Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (38)

    This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

    Doug says: "Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work"
    "A worthy thesis on knowledge and decision-making."
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    Would you recommend Knowledge and Decisions to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. This book discusses knowledge and decisions in a fair amount of depth. It definitely requires multiple listenings to fully appreciate and understand the concepts being presented. Overall, I think it is a well argued book very much for an academic crowd or those who want to understand more about decision-making processes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of The Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Florida
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    The national best seller that defines a new economic class and shows how it is key to the future of our cities. The Rise of the Creative Class gives us a provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today - and where we might be headed. Weaving storytelling with masses of new and updated research, Richard Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in our economy.

    Roy says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Insights into the creative and knowledge economy."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a nice analysis of the why and how of the creative class and their role in the modern economy. For anyone working in the knowledge economy, I'd highly recommend this book for understanding their own role in society, and how it can or should be valued.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
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    Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another ground-breaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

    Henry says: "Well researched and a timely book for today."
    "Well researched and a timely book for today."
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    What did you love best about Great by Choice?

    Jim Collin's work is well researched and nicely argued. He has tried well to make sense of what makes companies successful and not so successful.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. Being read by Jim Collin's himself, I think helped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1076)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "Good summary of principles for success."
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    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Think and Grow Rich?

    I think newbies to business and management books should definitely come to this book first. It's a classic. However, if you've been reading business and management books a while, there's nothing new here, and possibly some of the principles may be outdated or not in vogue.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (324)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Good for listening to Shatner's voice."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As a Stark Trek fan, and having only read about his voice style, I wanted to personally listen to his voice in an audiobook. The content wasn't all that interesting, except for some short stories, but Shatner's reading of the book was the main drawcard for me.


    What was most disappointing about William Shatner and Chris Regan ’s story?

    Some parts sounded repetitive and similar to others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

    Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

    Claire says: "No PDF??"
    "Very entertaining book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm only selectively read biographies, and Tina Fey's book was a very entertaining story from start to finish. Her reading of the book was a big bonus for me, and really made her stories all the more memorable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fey of course! :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Francis Fukuyama
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (213)

    Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

    Henderson says: "Best Summary of Political History I've Read"
    "A thoroughly engaging work on political history."
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    Would you listen to The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution again? Why?

    Yes. I definitely need to re-listen to this book. This audiobook has lots of information in it and I feel requires re-listening to properly appreciate the ideas and timelines of global political history. As a person not trained in the social sciences, I found this book really engaging and the flow easy to follow. Fukuyama has done a great job trying to distill the history of politics into a fairly manageable size!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run:: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

    Reece Taylor says: "Amazing!"
    "Revive your motivation to run and get fit."
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    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The various characters were very interesting. You got to know each one in this book well and the story for each character was told really well. The intertwining of some science was cleverly done.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Humans were meant to move! And humans were meant to move bare foot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (59)

    Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology challenging the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of the world's most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound impact on many fields - including business, medicine, and politics - but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research in one book.

    Andrew says: "An excellent and thorough review of the subject"
    "Behaviors and choices explained."
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    Was Thinking, Fast and Slow worth the listening time?

    Yes. It was a good introduction to various concepts in behavior, psychology, economics and decision-making.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (456)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "An essential read for today's knowledge worker."
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    Would you listen to The Information again? Why?

    Yes. I found the content and the narration very good. Given the massive scope and content in this book, I was hooked and the narration was something I felt made it easy to listen to for long periods of time. Listening to the book again is needed to get the timeline of key events and people into order. I think IT workers and any knowledge workers would find this book interesting in understanding the history of information and where information management is going.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical characters are brought to life in this book. Even though learning about 'information' may sound boring, this book made it really interesting with all its human stories and conflicts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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