and loaned it out immediately. In fact, it is now with the third reader and I have not seen it since. Surowiecki does a great job of developing his thesis, including an excellent discussion of the lack of feedback loops for experts (or, more accurately, that experts are seldom held--or hold themselves--to account for their predictions, prognostications and recommendations. He also artfully and accurately describes the conditions for independence within the crowd and the cost of not having that independence. This is a vey useful book for consultants, managers whose responsibilities include working with groups and for association professionals. I particularly recommend that "Wisdom of Crowds" and Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" be read together as the two books really form a strong basis for decision making.
Interesting but overdone. Johnson devotes too much of each book to the influence of the Native American spirit world on Walt Longmire, the non-Native American Sheriff.
shift focus to the story and away from so much of the warrior spirits.
Guidall is a consummate professional. Sometimes inflections of new characters are not as sharp as one might like, but generally can keep track of who is talking.
Well, not moved, but the Hispanic character he handcuffed in the lodge was perfect comic relief.
Enjoyable stories, very well prerformed.
The guy second-guessing himself and the rather thin rationalization for that.
Not much...just not my kind of story.
Don't know...the narration was okay, but the sNeeded more action, less psychoanalysistory couldn't be saved by it.
Not sure...did not finish the book.
This was one of the most literary mysteries I have encountered, reminding me a lot of Iain Pears writing. Characters were well developed, emotions nicely dealt with and allusions effective. The narration was spot on as well.
The first hypnosis scene, which is when things began to fall into place. From then on, it was a treat to see how all the pieces were brought together to reach the conclusion.
The narration was outstanding!
No, but the treatment of Beauchamp falling in love struck close to home!
Flynn is always entertaining, even if the story lines strain credulity. As pure escapism, his novels are spot on.
The narration was good, but some characters seemed more a caricature which detracted from the overall listen.
Mitch Rapp, of course, followed by Milt Adams.
Nope...just enjoyed the listen.
This is a well-written and effectively narrated suspense novel. The reader keeps you engaged and the characters are accessible -- one can imagine meeting them in their native environment. Worth the listen!
This book is well enough narrated to keep one engaged, but the plot and premise are so out there that I found myself listening for the action, not the story. Kind of like listening to a Lee Child "Jack Reacher" novel, but without the firmly grounded plot that Child does well.
Not sure I'd listen to another Deutermann, unless I yearned for really mindless entertainment.
As a survivor of the subprime meltdown, and various other financial disasters, I found this an interesting book. When discussing the framework of the Madoff scheme, i.e., the failure of regulatory agencies, the failure of other market participants to call out the scheme and the disaster that ensued, the story is gripping. However, Markopolos gets tiresome quickly with his angst and handwringing, which could have bee communicated far more effectively in fewer words. Worth listening to, but tune out Harry's soliloquy's and you'll learn more.
I had not realized how much von Mises focused on the psychological and emotional aspects of economics; had always assumed he was more of a pure rationalist. Found myself saying, "Yes, that is where the classical model fails" and "Yes, empiricism can ony crudely capture that." A very worthwhile book read well!
This is a valuable contribution to understanding the meltdown of the financial sector and the challenges in putting it right again (including getting regulation right...which Congress seems incapable of handling).
HOWEVER, the narrator is unquestionably THE WORST I have ever encountered in over 300 books (and there have been a number of poor narrators). Synnestvedt's narration sounds like he is, in turns pleased, relieved and proud to reach the end of EVERY sentence. The narration becomes so annoying, even painful, to listen to that the underlying content is diminished.
Read this book because several women -- friends, girlfriends, spouse, etc. -- in my life have had issues with sex, and for some, are only now (in their 40's and 50's) really coming to terms with their sexuality. Wish I'd had this book fifteen years ago -- it is a well-researched and effectively reported discourse on the myriad emotions and physical needs that motivate sex... and the avoidance of sex. As the authors cover the subject, they include comments from the women they interviewed, offering a unique insight.
This book, along with Ian Koerner's "She Comes First" and Gail Sheehy's "Sex and the Seasoned Woman" form a great basis for both understanding sexual issues and positively, lovingly resolving those issues.
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