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Daniel

Watertown, NY, United States | Listener Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 53 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Eric Singer
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (176)

    What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

    Roy says: "Ambitious"
    "Tapers off"
    Overall

    This book was fascinating at first but that tapers off and eventually gets really boring. The reading was great though!

    Good book all around.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (549)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Bleh"
    Overall

    The voice really turned me off, especially when the narrator tried doing "accents," which were all a generic foreign accent. And it was just a butt-kissing session for the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Cloud, Greg Jaffe
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    They were four exceptional soldiers, a new generation asked to save an army that had been hollowed out after Vietnam. They survived the military's brutal winnowing to reach its top echelon. They became the Army's most influential generals in the crucible of Iraq. Collectively, their lives tell the story of the Army over the last four decades and illuminate the path it must travel to protect the nation over the next century.

    Joshua Kim says: "Learning from the Military"
    "Learned a lot"
    Overall

    This was some great in-depth reporting, mixing fact with anecdote and detail. The reading was great and it hooked me well. I wish this guy would read all the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eiger Dreams

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, Krakauer explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has himself battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, Eiger.

    Steve Anderson says: "Great book. Where Krakauer got his start..."
    "Probably not for me."
    Overall

    I got bored pretty quickly, so I don't think this book was for me. I should have picked something else.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Wessel
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    "Whatever it takes.". That was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's vow as the worst financial panic in more than 50 years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the Great Depression. Brilliant but temperamentally cautious, Bernanke researched and wrote about the causes of the Depression during his career as an academic. Then when thrust into a role as one of the most important people in the world, he was compelled to boldness by circumstances he never anticipated.

    Daniel says: "A must-read for Fed watchers"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    This book had tons of facts and anecdotes I knew nothing about, such as the time the fed chairman slept on his couch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (406)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Too much Junger in this"
    Overall

    Great book. Learned tons with the narrative and the facts-- just how I like my books. But I do think he inserted himself too much in it, such as the time he wrote about why soldiers fought (for their buddies or something to that effect).

    He could have shown us more about that instead of telling. As a former soldier, I hate it when writers try to discover the "way of the soldier."

    Aside from that, it was entertaining and I learned a lot during my roadtrip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mirror Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Drew Pinsky, S. Mark Young
    • Narrated By Drew Pinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Reality TV. Celebutantes. YouTube. Sex Tapes. Gossip Blogs. Drunk Driving. Tabloids. Drug Overdoses. Is this entertainment? Why do we keep watching? What does it mean for our kids? In the last decade, the face of entertainment has changed radically - and dangerously, as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and business and entertainment expert Dr. S. Mark Young argue in this eye-opening new book.

    Johnald2 says: "Excellent book-if only people will listen..."
    "Another great one by Dr. Drew."
    Overall

    Dr. Drew is that celebrity that I would grab lunch with if I could. The book is fittingly, about just that-- our relationship with celebrity and what it says about us.

    I didn't think his study could fill an entire book, but I learned a ton from it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (305)

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "Great mix of narrative and facts"
    Overall

    I had a tough time starting this listen, because I felt to be clunky with detail, so initially had quit it after the first hour.

    But I had to do a roadtrip and I'm glad I gave it a second chance. The detail throughout the book made the characters more vivid and I felt as if I knew what they would say later on.

    The reporting was great and I think he knows more of the subject than what he was able to put into the book, which gave it authority.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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