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Dan

Doral, FL, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (366)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Good abridgement"
    Overall

    I rarely listen to abridged books, but took a chance on this one. Our book club was reading it and I didn't have time to listen to the whole book. I found that I enjoyed it more than many who had read the whole book and complained of its length. I am sure that die hard Atlas Shrugged fans would cringe at the thought of cutting out any of the long commentaries, but I found this version to be a very accessible way to hear the Ayn Rand philosophy.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (592)

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

    Martin says: "Gary delivers!"
    "Don't read this one, Let Gary tell you the story!"
    Overall

    This is a book to listen to rather than read. As Gary admits in the book, he is not a writer. He "wrote" this book by recording it and having a ghost writer write it out. His character and passion come out beautifully in the audio version. Additionally, he has numerous riffs where he expands or updates what he wrote.

    I am not looking to Crush It, but I do want to increase my impact in this world. Gary has motivated me to work harder and to push the envelope more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Inkdeath

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (226)

    The Adderhead has ordered his henchmen to plunder the villages. The peasants' only defense is a band of outlaws led by the Bluejay - Mo's fictitious double, whose identity he has reluctantly adopted. But the Book of Immortality is unraveling, and the Adderhead again fears the White Women of Death. To bring the renegade Bluejay back to repair the book, the Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, dooming them to slavery in his silver mines unless Mo surrenders.

    Derek B. says: "My most liked fiction book series ever!"
    "Great Narration, but a slow start"
    Overall

    I read the first two books in the series (no, you can't skip them) and was nervous about listening to the third based on the bad reviews for the other narrator for Book Two. However, Allan Corduner does a great job. The book starts off slow and really picks up after the first few hours.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us - Free Version

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    Bonnie says: "Sell to Tribes not Crowds"
    "One of Seth's Best Books"
    Overall

    I have been a fan of Seth's since I stumbled upon his great little book "How to give really bad PowerPoint presentations." I would put Tribes right up there with "All Marketers are Liars" and "Purple Cow." The book is about leadership, but it is not written for leaders. The book is written for people like me that want to take on new leadership challenges, both within outside of work, but have hesitated on breaking free. I would strongly urge anyone who wants to make their life or their world a better place to listen to this book. Seth has a fun voice which makes the audio version even more special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Peter F. Drucker
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Peter Drucker, "the father of modern management", records his insights here on the management of non-profit human-service institutions. Speaking from knowledge gained over the last 35 years through working with such clients as the American Red Cross and the Girl Scouts, Drucker illustrates how the "third sector", made up of not-for-profit organizations, is not only larger and more important than most people realize, but is also the fastest growing part of American society.

    Ed says: "Managing the Non-Profit Organization"
    "great advice, bad audio"
    Overall

    Yes, the audio quality is terrible. Peter Drucker is perhaps the best authority on leadership, especially for non-profits. This books is not an abridgement of his classic work on non-profits, but a series of interviews that he gave on topics covered in his book. The interviews are facinating and full of wonderful information. It is a shame the audio quality is so poor.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
    • Narrated By Marshall Goldsmith
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

    Dan says: "Excellent, simple insights into change"
    "Excellent, simple insights into change"
    Overall

    Marshall Goldsmith is an engaging, facinating speaker and his personality shows through nicely in this audiobook. His technique of picking one bad habit to change and following up month after month is very effective. I am using his techniques in my life and in my office and am very happy with the results.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Plan of Attack

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Plan of Attack is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

    Michael says: "Rorschach Test"
    "abridged, but better than nothing"
    Overall

    I don't know how much is lost in abridging the book, but it sure does jump around a lot. As others have said, this book will back up your preconceived notions of Bush. Either he is a decisive leader who pushes the country forward or a goof-ball who never saw a fact that he couldn't ignore. Either way you will find this book to be quite educationational. I just wish we could hear the whole book.

    Dan

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Song of the Wanderer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce Coville
    • Narrated By Bruce Coville, Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Luster, the world where the unicorns fled to escape the Hunters who have sworn to wipe them out, has dangers of its own - as Cara discovers when she attempts to cross that world in a desperate effort to rescue her grandmother. Each stage of Cara's journey brings new peril, wondrous new characters, and new clues to the mystery of her grandmother's past. And through it all threads the haunting melody of the "Song of the Wanderer."

    Dan says: "fun story, but second in series"
    "fun story, but second in series"
    Overall

    I am a bit confused as to why this book is available as an audio book, but not the first in the series. If you have read the first, you will enjoy this one. However, I would not suggest buying it if you have not already read the first one.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Crusade: The Untold Story of the Gulf War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    During the 1991 Gulf War, the allied governments and the Pentagon combined to impose unprecedented restrictions on the media's access to the battlefield. As a result, the true story of that brief, brutal conflict has remained untold. Now, after two years of intensive research, Rick Atkinson has written what will surely come to be recognized as the definitive chronicle of the war.

    Dan says: "Great first half of the printed book"
    "Great first half of the printed book"
    Overall

    This is a very balanced and complete account of the first half of the Gulf War (Gulf War I?) and definitely worth hearing. My only complaint is that the audio book only covers the first half of the printed book. Contrary to what is stated in the summary, this volume only includes the air campaign. The rest of the war is covered in Volume 2. I don't know why the audio book was split in half. I would have given the book five stars if it had been complete. Instead, I rounded 2 1/2 stars up to 3.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (887)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "An incredible book, beautifully performed"
    Overall

    Into Thin Air is the dramatic retelling of the Mount Everest disaster as told by an Outside Magazine writer that was on the expedition. I am normally not fond of author's reading their own books--this seems to be a job better left to professional readers. In this case, having the author read the book adds extra weight to the tragidy of the story. I've been an Audible subscriber for two years and this has been my favorite book so far.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful

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