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Greg

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  • In Depth: Ray Kurzweil

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    A conversation with writer, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil, the founder, chairman and CEO of Kurzweil Technologies. Topics include: expanding human intelligence with machines; human pattern recognition; inventing machines to help people with sensory disabilities; and artificial intelligence.

    Greg says: "He is brilliant but be prepared"
    "He is brilliant but be prepared"
    Overall

    Kurzweil is obviously ahead of his time. This is a pretty good conversation between him and a number of callers (at least one who calls him a “crackpot”) with Ray explaining his theories from human longevity to nanotechnology. You don’t get deeper than his two latest books but it is an excellent primer for anyone who is not already familiar with his work

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (292)

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "Interesting Story - Can't feel sorry for them"
    Overall

    Not sure the author wants you to feel sorry for those in the book but there is an attempt to portray those affected by meth as victims. I am a compassionate person but ultimately human beings make choices and there are consequinces for those choices. The real vicitims are those trying to make an honest liviing amonst the meth problem and suffer as their small towns die in support of the drug buisness.
    I was particularly interested in the part where govenement regulation actually promoted the meth industry. This book is well written and the narration is pretty good. I recommend it as a good overview to the entire meth problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3624)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (561)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Listening is just as good as the read"
    Overall

    I have this book at home but really missed Jon Stewart while I was overseas. So I downloaded this book and was very glad I did. He and the rest of the Daily Show case narrarate it. Even though you cannot see all the funny pics and charts the book contains, Stewarts familiar vocal manerisms more than make up for it. I imagine this audiobook will be good by iteself, but you get another experience with the hardback. Buy them both.

    Jon Stewart for President!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Paul Kagame grew up as a wretched refugee. He and a group of comrades, determined to force their way back home after a generation of exile, designed one of the most audacious covert operations in the history of clandestine war. Then, after taking power, they amazed the world by stabilizing and reviving their devastated country.

    Greg says: "Best Most Comprehensive Work on Rwanda"
    "Best Most Comprehensive Work on Rwanda"
    Overall

    I prepared for a trip to Rwanda for the govt by reading anything I could get my hands on. This book did the best job I in describing the history and current situation in Rwanda. It does an adequate job describing the 1994 genocide and about one-fifth is on this topic. If this is your interest look at other books.

    The author interviewed current President Kagame and seems to be slanted in support of the man. Yet, as I sit in Kigali in preparations for the 2010 election, it is clear Kagame has had a dramitic impact on Rwanda since the 1980s. It is not clear whether the man is more Hitler or Mandela but he seems to be the best shot of a successful leader in Africa. The author is honest about some of the critisism leveled against Kagame for heavy-handedness and gives him a pass due to the tensions still remaining in the country. I was impressed when the author described a "genocide advantage" in how Kagame and the PDR party shoud be allow latitude because of the need to rid the country of the Tutsi/Hutu division.

    I could not recommend this book more. It is well written and well narrorated.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (826)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Clearly the honest look at this tragedy to date"
    Overall

    It you think you know what happened that day in Colorado because you saw it on TV or read about it in TIME, you need to prepare youself for a much different story here. Cullen does an excellent job profiling the two shooters, one a half-crazed psychopath, the other his lost self-hating follower. Most of the stories that came out immediately after the shooting are proven wrong. Cullen also spends time on the aftermath detailing the conflicts with law enforcment, the NRA, and surviving families. It is just a fantastic book that honestly tells this very difficult story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4599)
    Performance
    (2365)
    Story
    (2400)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Very Entertaining, Informative, Engrossing"
    Overall

    This book really made me want to go run. There is just enough clevery dialogue to keep the story alive and relevant but also a good deal of science to validate some interesting ideas as to why man evolved the way he did.

    If you enjoy running even a little bit, this is really a great book. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism for Beginners

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jack Kornfield
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (274)

    Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

    Anna says: "Might be difficult for true beginners..."
    "Just never got into it"
    Overall

    Great stories and passion but I could not get past the sleepiness of his presentation. He never captured my attention. Listen to the sample before you download. If you can tolerate 8 hours of that - be my guest. Perhaps I should try harder and this is my fault but I am going to look for another book to try again.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Coping with Difficult People in Business and in Life

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert M. Bramson
    • Narrated By Robert M. Bramson
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You've worked with them, negotiated with them, endured their harangues, insults, and flame mail. But in the end you have to come to terms with those few colleagues who seem to have learned their manners in prison. Coping with Difficult People is a valuable listen because it teaches you how to control your emotions and the take high ground as a working professional.

    Morgan says: "Effective Communications is the Key"
    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    Overall

    This program is exactly what I have been looking for!

    I have always preferred to avoid difficult people and often find myself being made miserable because of their behavior and my inability to deal with them. While I have no illusion that this single audio program will completely solve my problem it does provide valuable techniques for dealing with these people. The real blessing is in how the program teaches you to deal with aggressive types. It is not easy and will require practice, but these skills will help you hold your own during difficult confrontations if you prepare in advance. The program goes through 7 types of difficult people, most you will recognize immediately, some you rarely see. I have already recommended this program to my wife and many co-workers. It would make a valuable professional development program for our organization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (2642)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (865)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Not as impressed as others"
    Overall

    Perhaps it was the thick accent but I really did not enjoy listening to this book. It has been a week since I finished it and cannot recal one really significant point he made. I will admit that I may have lost focus earlier and that slanted my view of the entire book. However, he had nothing to tell me to capture my attention. I may give it a second chance this summer when I have time but I get a lot more out of other authors.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (523)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Glad I listened- but still don't understand"
    Overall

    I ride motocycles and this book certainly made me long for the open road. Anyone who has read it knows the book is much more than a road trip on a bike. It examines the development of Western thought and the duality of conflict between what people beleive to be "quality" in a (insert noun here). I have to admit that the discussion on Plato, Aristotle and such left me in the dust. Having taken no philosphy in school I have little foundational knowlege to go on. But it spurred my curiosity in "rhetoric" and how present day people share ideas. Going online helped me clear up some of the issues I had in lack of familiarity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter M. Senge
    • Narrated By Peter M. Senge
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (111)

    Peter Senge's groundbreaking ideas on building organizations have made him a household name among corporate managers. His theories help businesses to clarify their goals, to defy the odds, to more clearly understand threats, and to recognize new opportunities. He introduces managers to a new source of competitive advantage, and offers a marvelously empowering approach to work.

    Greg says: "Abridged books are inadequate"
    "Abridged books are inadequate"
    Overall

    I know better than to buy an abridged book but yet I did it again. You are not going to get the details you need to understand Learing Organizations. If you purchase this you will find your self on-line trying to find the details needed to make this learning complete.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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