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G. Fisher

South Africa | Member Since 2008

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  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (228)
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    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

    Brent says: "Most inpirational!"
    "Excellent historical account and great story"
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    Where does The Perfect Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10 of all audio books


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rich descriptions of the characters and the clear details of their training, their lives and their motivations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1253)
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    (1264)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Brilliant!!!"
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    Where does The Boys in the Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best audio book I have listened to thus far (along with Born to Run).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    The description of the relationships between the crew members and how they depend on each other and learn to trust each other. The description of "swing" in the eight oared boat.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Very east listening. Good pace and expression.


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

    Yes. I would spend more time running so I could listen more (I listen while running).


    Any additional comments?

    A must must must listen!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (388)
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    (383)

    In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

    G. House Sr. says: "Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on"
    "Practical wisdom backed by sound research"
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    Where does Decisive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare Decisive to and why?

    Contagious by Jonathan Berger
    Give and Take by Adam Grant
    Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful framework to ensure that you don't get trapped in making decisions.
    Practical and empirically sound advice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (204)
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    (204)

    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
    "Great research conveyed through compelling stories"
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    If you could sum up Give and Take in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling interesting research


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam Grant as the author and primary researcher behind the thesis of this book.


    What did you learn from Give and Take that you would use in your daily life?

    Good guys don't need to come second.
    Ones reciprocity style has broad and meaningful implications.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stories that convey empirically sound research.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (303)

    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
    "Insight and foresight"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Chris Andersen has been accurate in the past with uncovering important phenomena associated with technology advancement, consumer demand and general business economics i.e. the long tail. I think he is very right again with the potential impact of custom fabrication and DIY design and manufacturing. He brings his ideas to light with many relevant examples.


    What other book might you compare Makers to and why?

    It does for manufacturing and design what "The Long Tail" did for retail.
    Also has similarities to "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscot.


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

    Not much. Pretty standard narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It just made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for entrepreneurs thinking about finding an opportunity in an emerging wave of change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bradley Wiggins
    • Narrated By Tom Watt
    Overall
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    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant, 'Wiggo' became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation's most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion.

    G. Fisher says: "Feels like you sitting right next to Wiggo"
    "Feels like you sitting right next to Wiggo"
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    Would you listen to My Time again? Why?

    Yes. The details of his 2012 racing season including his TdF win and Olympic TT gold are vivid and rich. It feels like you sitting in his living room and he is telling you stories of his epic year. Includes detail about training, preparation, his family, the team and all his highs and lows.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bradley Wiggins for obvious reasons. Its all about his road career in cycling.


    What about Tom Watt’s performance did you like?

    His British accent is awesome for sharing Brad Wiggins' story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The deep insight into how he and his coaches went against tradition in their preparation for the 2012 racing season.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book that cycling fans will particularly enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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