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  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Kelley, David Kelley
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (111)

    Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential.

    G says: "A dull pointless book"
    "A dull pointless book"
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    What would have made Creative Confidence better?

    The book was just plain repetitive. Beyond make a rapid prototype, research your end user and test the work quickly they have very little to offer.


    What could Tom Kelley and David Kelley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was hoping for concrete examples, even anecdotes of their thinking in action. These are few and far between.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Woren?

    I would have cast someone with a more lively delivery. Dan Woren was monotonous and dull.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (576)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Tad Davis says: "Riveting!"
    "Wonderful book and listening experience!"
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    The title might make this seem boring- how interesting can a book about lists be? But it's great! Gawande provides varied anecdotes and portraits of the success of checklists from a plethora of fields: flight, medicine, construction and even fine dining. Finding out why Van Halen insisted that the brown M&M's be removed was very insightful.

    A great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert Kanigel
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G. H. Hardy, begging that preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Hardy, realizing the letter was the work of a genius, arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most remarkable collaborations ever chronicled.

    Roger says: "Thorough and Enjoyable"
    "Great book, Awful narrator"
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    The Good: This is a terrific book. Kanigel's biography of both Ramanujan and his friend and patron GH Hardy is filled with wonderful detail. He does an admirable job of conveying a sense of the complex mathematics Ramanujan worked on. He seems to do a pretty good job in conveying the complex life and death of this amazing mathematician.

    The bad: The narration is awful. Humphrey Bower is Australian(!!!!!) This means he mispronounces all the Indian names and words *and* the British names as well. This was a staggeringly poor choice and it makes this great book difficult to listen to. An Indian reader would have been way better- or even a British one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery—astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical—swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution.

    Ethan M. says: "Voyages of discovery and ages of wonder"
    "Fantastic Book! Great science history"
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    I loved learning about all the amazing scientific figures especially William Herschel and Humphry Davy. Also the section on the advent of balloon flight. The book features mini-biographies that are woven together seamlessly. It's sprinkled with fun anecdotes and details throughout.

    The one suggestion would be to get through the first section on Joseph Banks. It's more about geographic exploration and less about science- it's the least interesting part of the book- which gets much better afterwards.

    The narration by Gildart Jackson is sublime. He handles all the French, German, Latin, scientific terms and even gives distinct accents to all spoken characters. He gives Davy what I assume is a Cornish accent. His American accent is charming if not perfectly accurate. He's a terrific reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Debbie Millman
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Take a peek inside the heads of some of the world's greatest living graphic designers. How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have? In honest and revealing interviews, 19 designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman. The internet radio talk host of Design Matters, Millman persuades the greatest graphic designers of our time to speak frankly and openly about their work.

    Tony Escarzaga says: "Inside the Mind of Genius"
    "Decent interviews on design, horrible reading"
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    Where does How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle- these are fairly superficial interviews


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader constantly mispronounces words- she butchers genre, milieu and segue. She mispronounces almost all pronouns- James Victore comes in for a beating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Brief interviews with Designers


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (594)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Fantastic Listen!"
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    Would you listen to Language A to Z again? Why?

    Yes, it was an informative and fun listen.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The sections are compact and you know which letter is coming next!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1224)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "A great book, wonderfully read"
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    Where does The Demon Under The Microscope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks very highly. It's a gripping tale of scientific discovery, public health and lots of little historical vignettes. Loved it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author does a great job of making complicated processes compelling and easy to understand.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I've listened to Stephen Hoye but it won't be the last. An outstanding reader!


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

    Sure!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Madhur Jaffrey
    • Narrated By Sumeet Bharati
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Madhur (meaning sweet as honey) Jaffrey grew up in a large family compound by the Yamuna River in Delhi where her grandfather often presided over dinners with forty or more members of his extended family savoring together the wonderfully flavorful dishes that were forever imprinted on Madhur's palate.

    Tobey says: "Great story - Poor Sound Recording!"
    "An insubstantial book, poorly narrated"
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    Would you try another book from Madhur Jaffrey and/or Sumeet Bharati?

    After this book, I'd think long and hard about reading another book by Madhur Jaffery. I will definitely avoid books read by Sumeet Bharati.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Madhur Jaffrey again?

    Possibly.


    What didn’t you like about Sumeet Bharati’s performance?

    The narrator routinely mispronounces both Indian and English words. Hearing her pronounce "agape" with three syllables was particularly jarring. She uses the same approximation of an Indian accent for all the spoken characters. Her delivery is robotic and inexpressive.


    Do you think Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think this book was written with a sequel in mind. It only covers her childhood. The problem is that there just isn't enough worthy material in this book. She should have written a memoir covering her whole life (to date) rather than trying to stretch it out over several books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1705)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "A surprising, fantastic listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drunkard's Walk to be better than the print version?

    About equal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is non-fiction. There are no 'characters'. Blaise Pascal was pretty cool.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    He's not the best. He struggled with pronunciations.


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

    No, it's a book to be savored.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a really great listen! The mathematical stories are compelling and the examples and scenarios the author uses are easy to picture. An excellent book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Herbert Donald
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

    Michael says: "Dry and Technical but Excellent"
    "Thin Biography Poorly Read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is an average biography of Lincoln. David Donald doesn't really bring him to life, and there are surprisingly few references to original sources.

    The book was not helped by the awful reader- Dick Estell. His voice is completely monotonous and he seems not to understand what he's reading. He mispronounces several words including sycophant, zouave, and Vallandigham. It's a poor performance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Herbert Donald? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Estell?

    Grover Gardner


    Do you think Lincoln needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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