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Robert

Lisle, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Power of Servant Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert K. Greenleaf
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    During the last decade, we have witnessed an unparalleled explosion of interest in the practice of "servant-leadership," as today's business leaders search for a new leadership model for the 21st century. Based on the seminal work of Robert K. Greenleaf, a former AT&T executive who coined the term almost 30 years ago, servant-leadership emphasizes an emerging approach to leadership--one which puts serving others, including employees, customers, and community, first.

    Marty says: "Not Just the Power of Servant Leadership"
    "A different leadership style"
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    I've been reading leadership books for many years, and really couldn't find one that matched my personal style: leading from behind, mentoring employees, and working towards the good of the organization, without worrying about personal rewards.

    This is a series of essays based around the concept of the leader as a servant. The leader serves the employees that work for him/her, the institution, and the community at large. This is a departure from the usual leadership books, which are usually based on the "alpha male" leadership style.

    It must be said that this consists of a series of essays that were written for different target groups over a number of years. The specific topics cover corporations, seminaries, colleges, and other non-profits. The material can get a little repetitive, but in a way that helps reinforce the key concepts, as well as to give insight into the needs of these different institutions.

    This is a good, though provoking book for those who want to be successful, but at the same time make sure that everyone around you is successful as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10177)
    Performance
    (7955)
    Story
    (8052)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Good story - but a lot of detail"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is a great story, telling a very compelling tale. At 27 hours it is a very long listen, and only gets part of the way through the story.

    The only fault I can give it involves the amount of detail - there are times where it feels like the book is being told in "real time", and you'll get long descriptions on what the main character, Kvothe, had for breakfast every day. While the story and narration is good, there are a few times when it gets a bit tedious and you want the author to move it along.

    "Day 2" is 43 hours. I've actually held off getting it because of the length of the volume. Much as I want to continue the story, the length of the book is off-putting.

    Day 3 is still being written, FYI, and according to Wikipedia will be the final book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (678)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Interesting story, but not quit enough"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is an end-of-world story along the lines of Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl", where bio-engineering is both the way to feed the masses and control them.

    The story describes the end of humanity from the viewpoint of a man who, as the best friend of Crake, sees it happen.

    I have to say that the story was interesting, but by the end I really didn't care much about the main character. The performance was good, but there was just not the depth that was needed to fill out the person in a way that made care.

    Granted, this is the first of a trilogy ("The Year of the Flood", and "MaddAddam" are the sequels) and there may be more background to flesh out the protagonist.

    I would recommend Windup Girl before reading this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1941)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Not required for the next book, but it helps"
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    This is a short story set between "Tricked" (Book 4) and "Trapped" (Book 5). Its an easy listen without a lot of storyline development. There is a brief mention of the events in this story in the next book.
    If you're a fan of the Iron Druid Series, by all means get it. I did while waiting anxiously for the next installment. It was a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2795)
    Performance
    (1652)
    Story
    (1666)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Long long long long, but good"
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    This series is a TOTAL of 77 hours. War and Peace is 61 hours.

    Its a credit to the author and narrator that the book can hold your interest that long. The characters are good, and is a good listen. The book has a multiple viewpoints over the course of the book, some more interesting than others. Overall the threads come together in this book to a satisfying conclusion.

    For all the length, the characters are just a little 2D. Good, but they need a little more depth and history. Ozzie seems to be the most interesting character, and I wish that they put more story time into his thread.

    The listen is not too intense, so that you can do other things while listening and still keep up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1777)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1611)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Not a new concept, but well told"
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    Its an old concept where somebody wakes up and has to figure out who they are (think Bourne Identity), but you also mix in some funky powers (think x-men). It is a good story and the performance is fine. The writing is the remarkable aspect, with a good story and some funny lines.

    Overall an excellent listen. It has some room to be a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3809)
    Performance
    (2158)
    Story
    (2192)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Good story but really long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At 37 hours this is a really long book, and only the first of the series. The action only starts in the last hour or two, with the rest being character introductions and plot development. Considering the scope of the book, there are a lot of characters to keep track of. The narrator is good enough to allow you to tell them apart.

    The writing is good, as well as the performance, making it worth the listen. But it makes me wonder if this was a "pay by the word" assignment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6473)
    Performance
    (4881)
    Story
    (4959)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Not campy - more of an alternate history novel"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    The death of Abe's children - real events that were retold from letters, really heartbreaking.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Holst’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I expected this to be a campy novel (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer), but it was really more of an alternate history. The civil war was started by vampires to preserve their food supply - slaves.
    There was enough true historical facts to make it interesting, and pegging it to actual events makes the alternate history more entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (379)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Not really sci-fi"
    Overall

    I know this shared a Hugo Award, but I am not sure why this is considered science fiction. It is a decent detective story, taking place in the present day with no real mention of technology other than some "artifacts" that are never talked about in detail.

    OK as a detective read, but as science fiction I was dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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