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Walnut Creek, California | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 353 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gary Hamel
    • Narrated By Gary Hamel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What Matters Now is Gary Hamel's impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?"

    Drew says: "Pure bombast"
    "Pure bombast"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better content.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Hamel again?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Matters Now?

    Any additional comments?

    Imagine my shock to hear that bankers are greedy, people should have some sort of moral code, and innovation is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Shear

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By M. P. Cooley
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin

    As a cop on the night shift in Hopewell Falls, New York, June Lyons drives drunks home and picks up the donuts. A former FBI agent, she ditched the bureau when her husband died, and now she and her young daughter are back in upstate New York, living with her father, the town's retired chief of police. When June discovers a young woman's body impaled on an ice shear in the frozen Mohawk River, news of the murder spreads fast; the dead girl was the daughter of a powerful local congresswoman, and her troubled youth kept the gossips busy.

    Drew says: "Interesting characters, strong plot, good writing"
    "Interesting characters, strong plot, good writing"
    Where does Ice Shear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A totally absorbing story; I listened compulsively. After my long commute, I sat in the driveway listening...and then broke out the headphones to listen more indoors.

    There is a wide range of interesting, layered characters. The main character, June, is especially compelling: she's a former FBI agent turned small-town cop, a mom and a grieving widow, with good insight and a wry wit. The plot was complex and interesting--it kept me guessing not only about 'who dunnit' but also about how June would overcome the obstacles in her way . I also appreciated the many witty/humorous lines and well-turned phrases throughout the book.

    What other book might you compare Ice Shear to and why?

    It reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: both books have lots of interesting characters, and a complex plot that made me want to keep reading the next chapter.

    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    The narrator does an impressive job with the wide range of characters in the book; each character was distinctive. I thought her voicing of the suspect Marty was especially good.

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


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    K. Cunningham says: "Why Good People Are Divided - Good for whom?"
    "Great content, but every sentence decrescendos"
    Where does The Righteous Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books of the year.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Each sentence starts at normal volume, and then trails away, getting quieter and quieter. What's worse, the last word is often dropped altogether. If you think this gets annoying, then you're ___. See what I mean? It's really ___. Especially hard to hear in the car.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
    • Narrated By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

    Holiday gatherings can be stressful times for families, and occasionally the conversation around the holiday table can get heated. Difficult Conversations shows you a way out of this dilemma; it teaches you how to handle even the toughest conversations more effectively and with less anxiety.

    Jean-Pierre says: "A must-hear audiobook !"
    "Excellent, thought provoking"

    Full of solid content, fresh ideas, and new approaches to thorny problems. The authors have a good handle on the complexity and the challenges involved in difficult converations, and give many, many good strategies for the reader. I thought their examples were very realistic. The book didn't do much with how differing levels of power can affect these conversations, and that was a drawback. My only really negative criticism is that one of the narrators was much too soft spoken (the three authors share narration duties). Otherwise, a great audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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