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Gilbert

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  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Gosling
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (53)

    For the last 10 years, psychologist Sam Gosling has been studying how people project (and protect) their inner selves. By exploring our private worlds (desks, bedrooms, even our clothes and our cars), he shows not only how we showcase our personalities in unexpected - and unplanned - ways, but also how we create personality in the first place, communicate it to others, and interpret the world around us.

    GrantLH says: "Buy the hard copy"
    "Snoop"
    Overall

    Great book to learn the true meaning of the way we live.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert I. Sutton
    • Narrated By Robert Sutton
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    In a landmark article published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton addressed a taboo topic that affects every workplace: employees who are insensitive to their colleagues, corporate bullies, bosses who just don't get it, the kind of people who make you exclaim in exasperation, "What an asshole!" Now, in a definitive book that addresses this growing problem, Sutton shows you how you can work with unsavory people without becoming one of them yourself.

    David says: "okay, I get it"
    "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplac"
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    What did you love best about The No Asshole Rule?

    That someone is actually thinking about how to convey the idea of having a work place governed by ideas of common decency!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The No Asshole Rule?

    I will be more cognizant of how i react to fellow work mates.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (286)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Ea"
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    If you could sum up Consider the Fork in three words, what would they be?

    Little known facts


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the information


    Did Alison Larkin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Her accent was 'cute' but not what I would have expected from a book that delved into the history of the subject matter.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was slightly annoyed by having to try to figure out the different meanings that are different between british and american. Words have different meanings and connotations, and sometimes I was taken aback by being unfamiliar with the differences...


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the info, but just slightly less due to the way it was presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Cutler
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Adopted by the U.S. Navy for issue to all new sailors, A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy brings to life the events that have shaped and inspired the navy of today while highlighting the roles of all sailors—from seaman to admiral. Rather than focus entirely upon such naval icons as Stephen Decatur and Chester Nimitz, as most histories do, author Thomas J. Cutler, a retired lieutenant commander and former petty officer second class, brings to the forefront the contributions of enlisted people.

    Gilbert says: "A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy"
    "A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Sailor’s History of the U.S. Navy the most enjoyable?

    Learning the history of what it was to follow in the footsteps of previous sailors...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At first I perceived it as a feel good book about the service, but after listening for a while, i came to appreciate the trials and learning curve that we (as a country) had to go through to get to the point we are at now. This book seems to get there in a round about manner, with colorful tails of accomplishment, and loss. After listening to it long enough, I was moved by the school of hard knocks that we had to go through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Arab Peoples

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Albert Hourani
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization - until now.

    Tim says: "Daunting quantity of information!"
    "A History of the Arab Peoples"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was hoping to get a better understanding of the subject matter but was thwarted by stuttering audio, loss of sync, and otherwise corrupted file decompression.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Albert Hourani again?

    Not if the file is at the same level of corruption...


    What didn’t you like about Nadia May’s performance?

    Couldn't finish any chapters due to file loss, even after repeated downloads...


    Any additional comments?

    I'm thinking that i should request a refund for the book as I haven't been able to reload a good copy even after a few months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Sword: The Lost Stars, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (586)

    President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon have successfully liberated the Midway Star System - but the former rulers of the Syndicate Worlds won’t surrender the region without a fight. The dictatorial regime has ordered the ex–Syndicate CEOs terminated with extreme prejudice and the system’s citizens punished for their defiance.Outnumbered and led by junior officers hastily promoted in the wake of the uprising, Midway’s warships are no match for the fleet massing and preparing to strike.

    Jean says: "Engrossing Space Battles"
    "Imperfect Sword: The Lost Stars, Book 3"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Imperfect Sword to be better than the print version?

    didn't compare


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imperfect Sword?

    action, fighting and mind play


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He held your attention with how he spoke.


    Any additional comments?

    During different downloads (there were a few) the file seemed to be corrupted, resulting in another request to download.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

    D. Littman says: "very interesting, very peculiar popular science"
    "Worms!"
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    What did you love best about Earth Moved?

    The information on how the earthworms help us, as well as the problems that they can cause.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    I hungered for more, but was satisfied with what i got.


    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion that can be conveyed from another person's understanding of what is written.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It seems to me to have a lot of hero worship for Darwin, even though there is a startling lack of research for this field, in comparison of other fields of study...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

    KHarrang says: "Fascinating book about early human development..."
    "Food for thought..."
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    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening, insightful, thoughtful...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

    the dawn of the separative job assignments....


    What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?

    Nice rhythm and tone


    If you could give Catching Fire a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Why we cook???


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tortilla Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author T. Coraghessan Boyle weaves together the stories of two families in Southern California: one affluent, the other destitute. As Boyle creates a counterpoint of personal needs, civic responsibility, and social custom, each family's quest for the American Dream fuels deep fear and anger that ultimately lead to a perilous confrontation.

    Donald says: "The Tortilla Curtain"
    "Emotionally disturbing"
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    Would you try another book from T. Coraghessan Boyle and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    Not if the writing style is the same as this book. The details are vivid and colorful, but the premise is disturbing and short sighted.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll go back to informational as well as history based books.


    Do you think The Tortilla Curtain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't see how they could interface the characters to show how they have improved and grown into the new world. without using the religion that they had in the old world to guide them, or the common sense that abounds in all of us after traumatic events, the story could not flow or connect to the point of being believable after this book...


    Any additional comments?

    Although the events are very believable, the 'dumbing down' of the main mexican characters was offensive as well as unfair. after the trauma at the border the first time, they would have learned to be wary of personal encounters as well as using the systems available to them through the church or local outreach programs. to set them so low in the social intelligence ranking is insulting as well as unbelievable. It is asking us to release too much of what we are to connect to the main protagonists. It's like watching a movie made by someone who has no idea how to cast actors...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imager's Challenge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (431)

    Still recovering from injuries received in foiling the plots of the Ferran envoy, Rhenn is preparing to take up his new duties as imager liaison to the Civic Patrol of L'Excelsis. No sooner has he assumed his new position than he discovers two things. First, the commander of the Civic Patrol doesn't want a liaison from the infamous Collegium and soon has Rhenn patrolling the streets of the worst district in the city.

    Lydia says: "interesting concepts"
    "Nice followup to the previous book..."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Imager's Challenge to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the text version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imager's Challenge?

    The return of the bombardment from the river


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there were quite a few, mostly when ren's fustration level started to grow


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just kept me wanting to keep listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (351)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "Very easy to understand!"
    Overall

    The author makes the subject matter easy to understand as well as intresting. It keeps your attention as well as keeping you wanting more. I found myself hanging on the questions, waiting for the author to answer them. I found it a very enjoyable read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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