DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain | Member Since 2012
The reason I prefer nonfiction to fiction is that I can learn something as I listen. In A Thousand Lives, the author did a fantastic job of telling the story in a way that made it super engaging. At times it was hard for me to turn it off and return to work.
In the same way I loved Helter Skelter, I just couldn't get over the way a guy could garner that much power and obedience from all his followers. I actually purchased this book because I knew I could use elements of it as I talk with my own kids about peer pressure, and standing up for what's right no matter what the crowd is doing. It worked too, my kids were amazed peer pressure could go that far.
When I finished this book I felt like I was now an expert on Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. I enjoyed every minute of the book, and am now smarter for having "read" it.
Listening to this book was an awesome experience. More than just hearing his Bill McDermott's story, this book inspired me as a leader. I had to constantly pause the book to write notes I really want to remember. In stark contrast to books about Jeff Bezos and the Google guys that constantly talked about the way they've build their companies by hiring people with off the charts IQ's, Bill McDermott's life has demonstrated the power of being interested in people, and inspiring them dream big dreams. By doing this he has accomplished amazing things as a leader.
I have been telling every business person I've talked to in the past couple days they've got to listen to, or read this book. There is so much wisdom that can be gleaned from the way McDermott has led, and what I loved most was his boldness to believe he could make the impossible happen (the story of taking the Xerox post in Puerto Rico).
To complete the perfect listening experience McDermott read the book himself, and did a great job. To me there's nothing better than hearing a memoir like this in their own voice, where you can hear his passion and emotions throughout the book.
A definite 5-star book all the way around!
Scott Adams' story is a great one, and the majority of his advice is very solid. I loved his advice on diet and exercise, and laughed out loud many times throughout the book. This book is far more interesting and enjoyable than most self-help books. The only reason I gave it four stars was that some of his ideas were a little too far out there in my opinion, especially about the power of affirmations to actually change the future, even where it wasn't related to his actions. Although, in his defense he admits it seems strange, he just tells how this concept played out in his life.
I think most people, like me, don't read self-help books with the intent of completely emulating everything the author says, but rather to find a few nuggets that can be implemented in our own lives. If you are looking for an entertaining book that can also give you ideas to improve your own life, I highly recommend listening to this book.
This story took place in my home county, and I'd even met the anti-hero of this book, Nick Hackney, many years before this all took place, but I had no idea how twisted and shocking all the details of this case really were. Since finishing this book last week I can't stop thinking about it, and have had amazing discussions with people who knew Nick very well.
The story of the murder and arson following it are very interesting, but even better is what happened in the five years between the murder and Nick's eventual arrest. He used the sympathy-factor of his wife's "tragic death" in a fire to cajole what seemed like every woman he was close to into a sexual relationship. If it would have been a fictional story it would have seemed too ridiculous to believe, but the fact it is a true story made this a story I couldn't stop listening to.
If you enjoy listening to true-crime stories this book is a must-listen. Like all true-crime books, you can't say it's "awesome", because real lives were destroyed, but this story is a fascinating look into the persuasive power a diabolical liar can posses over his unsuspecting victims.
My goal is always to learn something from the books I listen to, but sometimes it's endurance work to finish a science, biology, or even history related book. In the midst of many educational books I keep promising myself I'll indulge on a fun novel next, and take a break from the learning. This was not the case at all with The Big Thirst. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and because I enjoyed it so much, I probably learned more (and will retain more) than with any other educational book I've listened to.
My family is probably getting tired of hearing stories and facts about water at dinner each night. To me this book was awesome. I learned a ton about our world's most precious resource, and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Fishman writes with wit and humor, and knows how to keep things interesting as well as informative. The major stories he covers in the book are all very interesting.
As I re-read through many of the reviews on this book I was amazed to see some people say it is a "doomsday" type book about our world's water problems. I didn't get that at all. It is true today that more and more people are recognizing the importance of water availability for our futures, but he doesn't hype up this fear. I think the goal of The Big Thirst is just to make people stop and consider water, something we live most of our lives completely taking for granted.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE. No matter what type of books you enjoy listening to, I promise you will connect with the subject matter in this book, and enjoy learning as you listen to it.
I've never been a fan of the Yankees, but always been impressed with the classy way Rivera handles himself. When I saw his book was coming out I was very eager to listen to it, and was not disappointed. His transition from life as a relatively poor kid in Panama to the New York Yankees is an astounding story. Disney couldn't come up with a more amazing life transformation. For example, he showed up for his one-day audition with the Yankees in tattered clothes with a big hole in his shoe where his toe stuck out, and no glove. He had to borrow a glove from another player to take his turn pitching.
Even after making it big Rivera remained humble his entire career. He never held out for more money, and never had big battles with his coaches or teammates. Throughout the book he continually points to his faith in Jesus as his source of strength and joy. I thought it was really refreshing to see a person who doesn't just talk the talk, and then live a life that doesn't back it up. He is a class guy through and through.
I loved listening to this book and will recommend it to everyone I know. I only wish it would have been a few hours longer, especially focusing on his pre-Yankee days.
After reading Charles' review I immediately bought this book, and I wasn't disappointed. It hooked me from the beginning and held my attention for the duration. I liked the fact the main character wasn't a macho guy no one could kill (my beef with so many action thrillers). It still had it's moments where I thought, there's no way that could happen, but very entertaining nonetheless.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun story to entertain them for many hours.
Sean Barrett did his job perfectly; he made the story come alive, and didn't get in the way of it.
I saw this book had received a landslide of amazing reviews, and was eager to listen to it. I also enjoy learning about World War II, so I knew I'd enjoy it. It didn't diappoint me, but it also didn't thrill me like I thought it might. It was no Unbroken, which after reading all the reviews I thought it could be. There are a couple key chapters in the book, and I often found myself wanting to speed it along to these pivotal moments. The book closes with such an amazing wrap up to the story that it leaves a great final impression, and makes you glad you listened to it.
I really enjoy true crime novels, but this one was more a story about two friends, and the lies one told the other, than it was about the crime. I actually liked Kirn's writing, his descriptions, humor and wit (which is why it gets 3 stars); but somewhere in the book I was hoping the crime story would take center stage. It never really did though, this book majored in the minor details of Kirn's relationship with Clark Rockefeller. Once I realized the book wasn't ever going to hook me, it became hard to finish.
Although this book was a disappointment to me, I liked Kirn's writing style enough that I will look for other books by him. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this story.
The late 60's and early 70's is such a fascinating period to me. I was born in the midst of that time, but don't have much recollection of it. Maybe it's because I don't understand that era, but it seems absolutely inconceivable that a little (5'2"), crazy guy who just got out of prison could "recruit" so many nice-looking young women to do ANYTHING he wanted them to. After the book ended I have spent a lot of time pondering how this could have happened. It is a truly amazing story.
If you like learning about history, and crime stories you've got to listen to this book. Since finishing it I've spent a lot more time Googling the different characters in an effort to learn more about them, and what made them act the way they did.
I highly recommend this book. It's a big plus that the story is written by the prosecuting attorney in the case. He has lots of inside information he shares throughout the book that helps you feel like you are getting the whole story.
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