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Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada | Member Since 2015

  • 4 reviews
  • 127 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What does it take to turn ideas into action? What are the elements of a perfect pitch? How do you win the war for talent? How do you establish a brand without bucks? These are some of the issues everyone faces when starting or revitalizing any undertaking, and Guy Kawasaki, former marketing maven of Apple Computer, provides the answers.

    A User says: "Great Content - Punishing Narration"
    "doesn't inspire confidence"

    I still don't understand why I should care who you are or want to be anything like you. I hear you on net@night and you sounded fairly interesting and then I get fooled into listening to this thing? telling me to give away free t-shirts and keep my power point presentations short? What world do you live in where any of this is of any relevance. Most of the advice is "don't rely on your human instints rely instead on a list of my ideals".

    it's telling that the next book I had a urge to listen to was Machiavelli's The Prince. There is a world view I can relate to. the 21st century truly is a terrible place if I need to more like Guy Kawasaki to be successful. I imagine he is a very short man.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Louann Brizendine
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
    Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:

         *is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution. 

         *thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy. 

         *has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.

         *experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.

    The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.

    Praise for The Female Brain:
    "Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men."
    —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

    From the Hardcover edition.

    Daren says: "Facts mixed with interpretation"
    "Extremely prejuiduce against younger men"

    Where are the male artists in her world view? where are the writers, musicians, painters, actors and poets? Who are these men? And how is it the majority create their best works in their prime? How is it endeavourers so reliant on perceptive and predictive emotional reasoning can have male participants at all? just answer me that.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Bad advice, faulty premise"

    He even mentions it, in the film industry actors are referred to as the "talent" he then states that what they are saying is a just a super generalized way of referring to any person working that specific job.

    This is extraordinarily wrong and quite frankly a little insultingly stupid. Actors and other performers are referred to as the talent BECAUSE they are unique and what they do CANNOT be done by any person off the street who simply 'deliberately' practices enough. He basically completely denies that there is any genetic human diversity as it relates to personality or ability in any aspect. Sensitivity is not a practicable human skill to be learned from a text book.

    He rests almost his entire case on a few specific activities that even he acknowledges can also be done by a robot. this book is completely out of touch and seems written more to give false hope to average joes. or to let people blame their parents for their own inability to be great in the activities they wish they were great in.

    Nobody believes that if you are talented in a specific area that your children are bound to also be talented in that same area. He is arguing against a point of view based on old eugenics beliefs held in the 13th century. Human traits can be passed on and dormant for hundreds of generations, he basically denies everything we have learned about the human genome in the last few decades. He states again and again that your genes don't make any difference and all that matters is your ability to torture yourself with countless hours of practice.

    I feel very sorry for the people who take the advice of this book and end up wasting their time because of it.

    16 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Harry Enfield, Billy Boyd, Andrew Sachs, and others

    Dirk Gently has an unshakeable belief in the interconnectedness of all things, but his Holistic Detective Agency mainly succeeds in tracking down missing cats for old ladies. Then Dirk stumbles upon an old friend behaving bizarrely - and he's drawn into a four-billion-year-old mystery that must be solved if the human race is to avoid immediate extinction.

    Bradley says: "Amazingly Absurd"
    "Amazingly Absurd"

    Top notch audio presentation, takes about 5 minutes to get rolling but once it goes it really moves. A three and a half hour presentation that sadly feels like a half hour due to the brisk pacing. Filled with great characters and they are voiced terrifically. The music fades in and out at all the right times and the sound effects overall are of the highest quality.

    The story seems to duck and dodge common sense like a feather weight champion, never letting anything slow it down. If you have read or listened to any of the hitchhiker series you owe yourself this last treat of Douglas Adams delight. The only downside to this is you really start to wonder what other great unique works Douglas Adams could have written and produced if he hadn't left this world all to early.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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