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Jason Comely

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  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cal Newport
    • Narrated By Dave Mallow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

    Taliho says: "Outstanding!"
    "A bit like Chinese Takeout"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book title is a little misleading. It should have been called "Triangulate" or "You're not there yet".


    What was most disappointing about Cal Newport’s story?

    The book isn't really about becoming really good at something. It's about finding work in life that is satisfying and remarkable, and that is done by working at things that interest you until you land that dream job. Cal claims he debunks the idea to 'follow your passion', but in my mind he fails to because all of the people mentioned in the book followed their interests and passions and tried various things to get to their life's work or calling in life.


    What about Dave Mallow’s performance did you like?

    The perfect voice for this book and his reading was flawless.


    Was So Good They Can't Ignore You worth the listening time?

    Not for me. After listening to it I felt I didn't learn a single thing. But then again, I'm 42 and likely not his target audience.


    Any additional comments?

    The advice to 'follow your passion' has not been debunked by Cal's book, rather, he just injected more realism and substance to it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
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    Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem truly to understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question.

    Amazon Customer says: "Weak on theory, strong on research"
    "Thorough, balanced and full of information"
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    If you have even a passing interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, definitely get this. Highly educational, and you can't go wrong with Sean Pratt as narrator. A classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    David says: "Evocation of landscape"
    "Riveting yet shockingly disturbing"
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    This one completely ambushed me. I picked it on a whim, and yet from the very first sentence this story of the Comanche Indians had me in its sure and steady grip. Yet, the graphic details of torture and ultra-violence also repelled me.

    While I consider Empire of the Summer Moon one of the best historical books I've ever encountered, it's also the most horrific. If you are sensitive to cruelty and violence, STRONGLY consider taking a pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ask

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laura Fredricks
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
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    Overall
    (12)
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    This thoroughly revised and updated edition of the best-selling book The Ask is filled with suggestions, guidelines, and down-to-earth advice that will give you the confidence to ask anyone for any size gift, for any purpose.

    Jason Comely says: "This book is why I hate the publishing industry"
    "This book is why I hate the publishing industry"
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    There is good information here - I'm sure of it - but you have to slog through the worst kind of filler to get to it.

    It starts in the introduction. Instead of just saying "this book is for everyone" and leaving it at that, it painstakingly lists every profession, situation and human being that might ever have a use for the book.

    This happened repeatedly in the first two chapters of the book, list after long list when it could have been summed up in a sentence or two.

    This is filler of the worst kind because it's so blatant and lazy. It's an attempt for the publisher to increase the page count without increasing value. It only serves to aggravate and kill valuable time.

    The Ask is an opportunity ruined. I'll be The Asking for a refund.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chade-Meng Tan
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
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    Early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world... and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.

    Michael Davis says: "The narration is intolerable"
    "The book (and narration) is excellent"
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    I didn't know what to expect after reading a few of the reviews, but I thought Nick Sullivan's voice was an excellent proxy for Chade-Meng Tan and his bubbly personality.

    Search Inside Yourself has some great advice for everyone. Get's a little slow near the end, but I recommend 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
    (139)
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    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
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    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
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    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 Comely 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
    (49)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (846)
    Performance
    (697)
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    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.

    Jason Comely says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "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.

    7 of 7 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
    (422)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (331)

    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.

    Doug says: "One of the Best Books I've Yet Read"
    "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

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