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  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3488)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1984)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "You cut heads off! You cut heads off!!"
    Overall

    Funniest non-fiction I've ever read! This is a fantastic read. To those who criticized the "unnecessary" gruesomeness... it's about dead people!! Come on!! The author does a fine job respectfully making light of something people are way to squeamish about. I highly recommend this book. It was a fun read, and educational at the same time - just the sort for which I was looking.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1661)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Expert narration awkward story"
    Overall

    First off, I enjoyed Atlas Shrugged immensely. The plot and prose of this were not of that same caliber. The philosophy's application here seems to disprove the philosophy. It doesn't really fit. It's hard to swallow that one would work to fight every effort of the one she loves as the heroine does in this book. I guess it is a statement of "what if we didn't care to make babies with the best we could get" philosophy, but truly the reality of human mating instinct is the gaping wound in this one. Rand dances all over it by applying it to a romantic case such as this. Objectivism worked well in Atlas; in this book, not so much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Leadership Challenge, 4th Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    • Narrated By James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    The Leadership Challenge, the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. Building on the knowledge base of the previous books, this fourth edition is grounded in research and presents extensive interviews with a diverse group of leaders at all levels in a wide variety of organizations from around the world. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad.

    Marty says: "Great Book for Leadership Peer Groups"
    "Some good best practices"
    Overall

    The authors did a mostly good job. I was disappointed though with their citing correlational studies as evidence of cause. Similarly, they use self-report, opinion studies to justify claims of a particular business practice's efficacy. Also distracting is the abundance of platitude.

    All of this said, as a business manager myself, I highly recommend the book. In fact, I am encouraging my peers to also give the book a read. I say this because Kouzes and Pozner offer several pragmatic ideas and ways of conceptualizing the leadership role.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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