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Grace Azul

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Jacksonville, FL | Member Since 2002

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  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7773)
    Performance
    (2484)
    Story
    (2479)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "Another great Malcolm Gladwell book!"
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    I enjoy all of Malcolm Gladwell's books and this one did not disappoint. Once in a while I like a good fictional read, but I prefer nonfiction. I learn so much from his books and am amazed at the wealth of information he is able to gather. In each chapter, he relates another incident to illustrate his message of the power of what a person can notice and act on in the blink of an eye. Then he weaves the stories together as he goes along to further elucidate his point. I was particularly intrigued by his stories of police officers and what they must react to in the blink of an eye in order to safeguard life. I admire their work and the difficult decisions they must make even more because of Malcolm Gladwell's description of how the senses perceive depending on one's heart rate. Fascinating! I would read/listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Brandt
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    "I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.

    Grace Azul says: "Don't give up!"
    "Don't give up!"
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    I almost quit this book after the first chapter. It was tedious, trying to figure out who all the various individuals are that are mentioned. I am so glad I continued. Although some middle parts drag on, from Chapter 28 on it is an emotional ride and well worth waiting for. I learned so much about the mafia from this book, their lingo and their strategizing. It is hard to listen to the cold, calcuated way that individuals are disposed of in order to clear the path for another individual's rise to power. But to hear the life of a mafioso in his own words and the ultimate toll it eventually exacts on his conscience is riveting. Don't give up on this book if you initially get tangled up in all the characters described. It is well worth your time. This is the first review of an audiobook I have ever written, but felt the need to express its worth. I am still haunted by this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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