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Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 117 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Extraordinary Leadership

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Robin Sharma

    In a constantly changing, hyper-competitive world, leadership is more important than ever. Yet few people have what it takes to inspire, develop, and guide others. In this presentation, Robin Sharma shares the leadership lessons that he gives to clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and NASA.

    Mrs says: "Di's point of view"
    "Not bad at all for free audio book"

    Despite some of the negative reviews I liked this audiobook. Yes, there was a lot of self-promotion but I think that was mostly in the beginning. If you are familiar with a lot of Robin Sharma's work I suspect that this would be too general for you but for me it was new and I got a lot out of it for a free product!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Not worth it"

    Has some semi-interesting stories and examples but I didn't feel like there was a lot of substance here, at least not for someone who is even remotely familiar with behavioral economics or read a book in the area. Instead of making some real points the author seemed to have written this book to let the world know how much smarter he is than everyone else. Real irritating. I'd hate to meet this guy in person.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beginner's Guide into the World of Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By John Radford

    Wine expert and broadcaster, John Radford, shows you the basics of wine. Also discover why there's a large markup on wine, and also sample the delights of Bulgarian wine. Also join John on an amusing journey to find a pink elephant! Entertaining and informative - a must for anyone wanting to know the first thing about wine.

    Sarah says: "Doesn't teach you much about wine"
    "Doesn't teach you much about wine"

    The broadcaster speaks in a really fast british accent so you are forced to pay close attention to catch everything he is saying. The first 10 minutes tell you a little about what's involved with tasting wine the rest isn't so relevant to those wanting to learn about wine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bluffer's Guide® to Philosophy Sample

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jim Hankinson
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff

    Be an instant expert on Philosophy and Bluff Your Way with all those who think about thinking. No effort required, just a sense of humour. From 'the cynics' to 'semantics', and from 'props' to 'propositions' here's everything you need to know to be thought to be in the know.

    Sarah says: "it really is only a sample"
    "it really is only a sample"

    By itself this sample didn't teach me anything. I was hoping to get more out of it I guess.

    Only listen to this if you are considering purchasing the whole audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Good book but information not overly surprising"

    I liked this book because it gave a different view on success that underplayed the role of genetics. It won't tell you the secret to success but a running theme was hard work and practice practice practice is what makes you an expert and thus, successful according to today's standards. There were also some interesting points about parenting and about the American school system which I'll have to keep in mind if I have kids sometime down the road...

    The only negative comments I have is that it was a bit repetitive within each chapter and even from chapter to chapter the message was the same. Also, some of the studies he mentions and assumptions he makes from the studies are a bit questionable but I kept an open mind and I think his conclusions were for the most part acceptable.

    All in all, I recommend this book, perhaps in the abridged format though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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