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  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4311)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3701)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "must read for all of us introverts"
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    I identified amazingly with the findings in this book, especially with the insights of how introverts and extroverts interact with each other in the workplace. I think the author might have gone into a bit more depth in how companies could improve "diversity" in the workforce by seeking better balance between these two characteristics in addition to the traditional parameters of sex, race, ethnicity, etc. The large corporations I've worked for have always prefered style over substance for higher level leadership, so I thought that paralleling personalities with these two characteristics was very good. I sent a copy to my daughter, who is an introverted high school principal, for reference in dealing with her quiet, artistic, and intellectual types.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (754)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "Sort of an English Name of the Rose"
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    I particularly liked the historical narrative about the days of Cromwell, and I liked the uniqueness of the Shardlake character, but I kept getting distracted by the similarities the book had to Eco's classic. I hope the later volumes will make me concentrate on Shardlake's exploits instead.

    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
    (13169)
    Performance
    (10772)
    Story
    (10895)

    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!"
    "The beginning of a fascinating journey"
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    I was completely fascinated by the world and the people Rothfuss has created. If you like an exciting story, elevated by keen insights into social interactions and beliefs, you will love this one. I've not seen an author with the ability to portray the way the world really works this well since Heinlein. You will be kept engaged with the main character from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10984)
    Performance
    (9239)
    Story
    (9323)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Great continuance of the Name of the Wind"
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    After listening to The Name of the Wind, I could not wait for this one and was not disappointed, except when it ended. Rothfuss' characters draw you in and make you see their world, while the author sets his traps to keep you engaged and coming back for more. Can't wait for the third installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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