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Jason

ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2397)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1141)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "'FREE' is worth your time"
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    Visionary Chris Anderson consistently delivers the goods, this time for 'FREE'. His ideas are interesting and organized, and I dig the "sound bar" feature he has in the audiobook.

    I consider this book a timeless classic. Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

    William says: "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"
    "Started strong, then burned out"
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    I was a big fan of Doctor K growing up. Man, he was inspiring on the mound. He had NASTY stuff. During his prime, I don't think there was a more feared pitcher in baseball history. Gooden suddenly appeared on the scene and was tearing up the MLB...

    and then he faded away. I don't know how else to explain it.

    The (audio)book is the same. It starts strong and kept me listening for a few hours, but his experiences in the major league and the excitement he stirred up wasn't captured in the book. By the way Gooden tells it, you'd never know he dominated baseball as he did.

    Maybe Gooden is too humble, but it came off as flat. Them were the days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (93)

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "Worthwhile"
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    Informative and enjoyable, but not enthralling by any stretch. There were a lot of solid takeaways that made Wicked Plants entirely worthwhile to listen to, so I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Kendall
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but his story is not nearly so ubiquitous. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Ben Franklin. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified - and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

    Jason says: "A bit of a slog"
    "A bit of a slog"
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    While this particular rendition of Webster's life seemed well researched, it wasn't fun - at all. It was dry and too hung up on minutia that didn't drive the narrative. I listened to the first 5 chapters then skipped to the last one for some closure.

    If you are a diehard historian and are keen to learn more on the early days of America, you'll probably love this book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble Obsession: The Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the 19th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Charles Slack
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Like crude oil, cotton, and plutonium, rubber is on the short list of raw materials that suddenly yielded transformative commercial benefits. The turning point was the 1839 discovery of vulcanization, whereby the heated addition of sulfur permits rubber to retain its shape regardless of temperature. Without sulfur, rubber melts or cracks when exposed to heat or cold. Charles Goodyear was the implacable, obsessed true believer who made possible "the great shock absorber of the industrial age".

    William says: "A good, but not great, invention story"
    "Best audiobook of the year"
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    Listening to this audiobook became a "noble obsession". Slack's writing style and Gardner's narration was a perfect match for the era that this epic real-life story took place in.

    I borrowed the hardcover version from the public library to re-read certain passages. Noble Obsession is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (168)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Molly Helm says: "Paring Down..."
    "Call me an "Essentialist""
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    The message of 'less is better' isn't new to me, but there are fresh insights here. Greg McKeown also does a fantastic job narrating his own book.

    If life feels cluttered and stressed, Essentialism is the (audio)book to get.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel Lapin
    • Narrated By A. C. Feliner
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (244)

    A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds. The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture.

    Jeremy says: "Great book, changes the way you think of money"
    "Superficial"
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    Lots of filler here. Some interesting tidbits, but also a few flat-out wrong statements that discouraged me away from finishing the audiobook.

    Most worrying of all is that I don't think I learned a single thing that could help me in business. Is all the good stuff at the end?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "Entertaining but Dumb"
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    AJ's Jacobs "Year of Living Biblically" walks the razor-thin line between polite respect and mockery. Although he dresses and plays the part of a religious person, he refuses to 'let go and let God' (as the Christian saying goes).

    Despite how shallow the book is, there were some interesting nuggets here and there and I did hang on to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1182)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Stunned..."
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    I should mention I'm a devout Latter-Day Saint. I've read the King James Bible cover to cover and study it daily. Jesus Christ is my Saviour.

    I found listening to Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth to be an exhilarating experience. I had the audiobook playing as I worked and I ended working extra hours to listen to more.

    Reza narrates with energy and conviction in his voice. His storytelling is fantastic. I felt a chill down my spine through most of the listening. There were lots of insights and surprises.

    I don't agree with everything Reza said, but that's not the point. I was looking for fresh glimpses at who Jesus was and now I have a whole new perspective.

    With Zealot, if you're looking for reasons to believe in Christ, you'll find them here. If you're looking for reasons not to believe in Christ, you'll find them here too.

    Personally, my love and reverence for Jesus of Nazareth has only increased since listening to this book. I'm grateful to Reza for that.







    55 of 67 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Daniel Burrus, John David Mann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Today we all face more impossible challenges than ever before. But flash foresight lets you transform the impossible into the possible, revealing hidden opportunities and allowing you to solve your biggest problems before they happen.

    Roy says: "Time Sensitive"
    "Got my money's worth"
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    I took a chance on Flash Foresight - the author and title were unknown to me and most unknown books earn their obscurity - but I gleaned some interesting insights from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (370)

    In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

    G. House Sr. says: "Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on"
    "Didn't Stick"
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    Decisive is a light breezy listen (it seemed to go fast), but didn't find it memorable or overly insightful - except for the tripwire part.

    If you haven't heard/read a Heath brothers book yet, get "Made to Stick" first. It's better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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