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Alan

Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.

Marion, IA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Toyota Way

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Liker
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability.

    Staci says: "Skips to Many Parts of the Book"
    "Dated but still very insightful and useful."
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    The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker is an easy listen that skips along quickly with the always-pleasant narration by Grover Gardner. After listening, I am now seeking a hard copy of the book so I can highlight certain areas and re-read a little more slowly. Although this book is quite old for a business book, it is still relevant and useful today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (770)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "McCullough and Herrmann ... and boring? huh?"
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    What disappointed you about The Greater Journey?

    gosh. I would normally recommend that everyone read everything by David McCullough and listen to nearly everything read by Edward Herrmann. So how could this go wrong? But after several weeks trying, I just couldn't maintain any interest in this book and gave up on it. dang.


    Has The Greater Journey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I always enjoy the narration of David McCullough. Clearly one of the greatest ever.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment. Couldn't maintain any interest in the various biographies of prominent Americans who spent time in Paris in the 19th century.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I didn't have to give a low rating to a book by David McCullough. I heartily recommend everything else he has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (86)

    In his sixth fable, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of a miserable job. Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of business life that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable.

    John says: "Insightful, simple look at all employee's needs"
    "Author should do some research"
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    I was assigned this book at work or else I would have abandoned it in the first few minutes. No research, no evidence, just a few ideas that happy employees may be more productive. Well, duh. The author doesn't seem to have much experience in the business world. But it does inspire me to think I too could pound out a business book in a weekend. I recommend that you just read one-page book summaries of this rather than spend nearly 5 hours to learn the 3 points.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2715)
    Story
    (2717)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "A Rambo Harlequin Romance"
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    Best selling author, high ratings, many books, OK, I thought I'd give this author a chance. Unrealistic, incomplete, unbelievable. I was anxious to get through it to find out how silly the ending would be. When the book ended and then offered some 'bonus' material, I thought "Oh, crap, do I have to listen to more of this?" I'd recommend this for people who like Rambo and Jean-Claude Van Damme movies and similar nonsense.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gateway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (515)

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

    Ryan says: "A human-focused SF classic"
    "Abridged version could cut out the psychobabble"
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    I agree with another reviewer that the psychobabble stuff just bogs this down. Half of the book is spent agonizing with an electronic shrink over what turns out to be a simple question of responsibility. I spent most of the book wondering if any of it was necessary to the story and decided that it could be abridged to about 1 minute and make for a much better story.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Brown
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (224)

    The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

    Rickapolis says: "Informative and fun"
    "oh, that this could be abridged"
    Overall

    450 minutes of book that could have been 45 minutes and not lost a thing.
    If there's an abridged version, I'd suggest you go with that instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century...more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.

    Alan says: "The Big Bam"
    "The Big Bam"
    Overall

    I nearly gave up on this book. Over 40 minutes into it before the author stopped speculating and inventing heresay. Reminded me of the awful Babe Ruth movie "The Babe" with John Goodman. Lots of information, but overall disappointing for a baseball nut who understands that Baseball is a game re-invented because of Babe Ruth and that no other figure in its history has been as significant.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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