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Dr Deb

College teacher & non-profit communicator. Audio books turn mundane tasks like driving and gardening into productive learning sessions!

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "A MUST READ if you like to understand things"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outliers the most enjoyable?

    Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite writers; in my opinion, he's one of the most innovative thinkers of our time. I loved The Tipping Point and Blink, so was thrilled to happen across this book. It's been out since 2008, so why did it take me so long to find it? This is a "it's never too late" book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Malcolm deconstructs the success of recognizable and obscure personalities and cultures to understand why they were able to achieve incredible success. His research found that success stories are complex, having to do not only with talent, but timing, philosophical influences, cultural history and other factors. It's too simplistic, says Gladwell, that pulling yourself up by your bootstraps (a well known American saying) is enough to achieve great things. Life is much more complex.If you like to understand how the world works while why some people change the world while others never seem to make a mark, you MUST READ this book! I think it's one of the best books I've ever read.


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gladwell is an awesome reader. I tend to like books that are read by the author--if they're good! Some books lend themselves to audio better than others; this is a wonderful fit!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in the car while on vacation and loved it. Was kind of sad to get to my destination before finishing it, but had something to look forward to for the trip home!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (272)
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    Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

    Andrew says: "Seth Should Have Quit"
    "I Quit!"
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    Where does The Dip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” So said American football legend Vince Lombardi in what has become conventional wisdom.

    But sometimes, conventional wisdom isn’t very wise. In his little book, the dip, Seth Godin claims that winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time.

    In order to go forward, we often have to QUIT something.

    Seth Godin says that initiatives, jobs, hobbies and companies start out exciting and fun. After an exciting start, we experience “the dip,” a time when we get discouraged and feel like giving up.

    The dip can be a temporary setback and will get better if you push through it. But it also might be a cul-de-sac (dead end) or a cliff that will be your certain demise.

    A key is knowing how to read the dips and respond appropriately. Should you push through that job you hate, or abandon the dead end or cliff? Perhaps quitting is exactly what you need to do in order to go forward.


    What other book might you compare The Dip to and why?

    The dip is one of two books on quitting I’ve read recently. The other is Quitter by Jon Acuff.

    Both authors claim that quitting is not always wrong; in fact, strategic quitting can be fantastic!

    Though the style is very different, both books examine the subject, though from different angles.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dip and Quitter inspired me to write an article on my blog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Fascinating & fun journey through history"
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    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World in 6 Glasses the most enjoyable?

    What a fascinating book! Standage uses 6 major beverages as a hook to explain much of human history. Not only does he describe the history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea & Coke, but he goes into how each of these sparked & fueled movements that changed the world. This is a refreshing alternative to boring history books that focus on names and dates. The book is extremely well written; I loved the audio version read by an excellent narrator. If you like any or all of these beverages & would like to understand their role in human history, read this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell: Surveying Mankind from China to Peru

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Adam Gopnik, Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Daniel Sullivan, Henry Timms
    Overall
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    (37)
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    New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik and sociologist Malcolm Gladwell revisit their debates about healthcare, education, media, and a variety of other subjects. The event, introduced by Daniel Sullivan, general consul of Canada, and Simon Center director Henry Timms is followed by an extensive Q&A.

    Dr Deb says: "Delightful Conversation"
    "Delightful Conversation"
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    Where does Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Delightful conversation between two friends. I appreciate some of these shorter Audible offerings besides full-length books. Gladwell and Gopnik are both great thinkers, have a wonderful sense of humor, and articulate ideas well. They also ask questions, the sign of great thinkers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (439)
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    "Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do? I have. At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, 'I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.'"

    Mike says: "It passed the time, but lacked what I was seeking"
    "Timely Book for People Still Looking for Dream Job"
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    What made the experience of listening to Quitter the most enjoyable?

    I like books that are read by the author themselves, as this one was. Acuff is a passionate person and writer; this comes out in the audio version. I highly recommend it.

    Jon Acuff searched for his dream job for a long time, learned many principles along the way, and had the wisdom to wait for the right time. He warns against quitting your day job too soon, the challenge of "falling in like" with a job you hate, and taking practical steps toward the eventual break to the job you really love.

    I found it to be timely, entertaining, and packed with solid advice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conversation with Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder, Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
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    Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell are both best-selling authors who write about issues from the business world – one in fiction and the other in nonfiction. Listen to this insightful conversation between these authors as they discuss topics that range from the best qualities of CEOs and sales people, to the nature of genius, to how they do their research and the mechanics of writing, to the intricacies of interpreting facial micro-expressions.

    Ray says: "Fasinating Discussion"
    "Great short listen with ideas"
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    If you could sum up A Conversation with Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell in three words, what would they be?

    Fun and insightful conversation between two friends. Is like being a fly on the wall.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big Malcolm Gladwell fan, so I enjoyed sitting in on a conversation between him & a friend (Joseph Finder). It was sometimes hard to tell who was talking, but in the end, it didn't matter. Both guys are great thinkers, can articulate concepts, and have a great sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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