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John

marengo, OH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (106)

    Daniel Goleman's international best seller Emotional Intelligence forever changed our concept of "being smart," showing how emotional intelligence (EI) - how we handle ourselves and our relationships - can determine life success more than IQ. Now Goleman and company apply that knowledge to leadership in a must-hear presentation.

    Lee says: "Buy this one..."
    "Get to the point already!"
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    What disappointed you about Primal Leadership?

    I couldn't even finish this book because the it is extremely repetitive and never got to the point. If it ever did get to the point, I had lost interest long before that. It's like one of those infomercials that keeps telling you WHY you need this product, but never actually tells you anything about the product itself! Very frustrating.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (347)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "Worth a Listen"
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    This is a bit more of "the history of Islam" than I had hoped, but still worth reading. I was hoping for more of a perspective on the current problems with terrorism and how modern Muslims view it. There was a little of that, but I was hoping for more.

    This is still worth reading and does put things in a different perspective than I was used to viewing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

    Scott says: "A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis"
    "It's the Republicans fault"
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    Would you try another book from Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein and/or William Hughes?

    Never


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein again?

    Never


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I'll save you the trouble of reading this book in just four words: "It's the Republicans fault". This book could not be any more one sided if it were written by the DNC itself. The authors slam the GOP for tactics used during the debt ceiling crisis..completely ignoring that the Democrats used the same tactics to the extreme during the passage of Obamacare. Unless you're a diehard liberal, this book will infuriate you. This will be my first ever "return" of an audible book. Just ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn't, and What's Next

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cecily Sommers
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Think Like a Futurist shows how to track changes, explore questions, and engage in new thinking that connects today’s pressures with tomorrow’s realities. Cecily Sommers shows how to apply long-term focus and strategies to needs as diverse as industry forecasts, innovation challenges, leadership development, or future-proofing a brand. By understanding intersecting potentials that one day may impact your organization, you can readily spot emerging trends and market shifts.

    John says: "Horrible"
    "Horrible"
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    Would you try another book from Cecily Sommers and/or Matilda Novak?

    I suppose this book may have eventually had a point, but if it did, I was way too annoyed to stick with it long enough to hear it. The book rambles without ever making any points. It's like a self help book, that keeps telling you over and over, how much you need the information in the book, but never actually tells you how to help yourself!


    What didn’t you like about Matilda Novak’s performance?

    OMG! Absolutely hands down the worst reader I've ever encountered. I would never listen to her again. It's like listening to a book read by a TV mattress commercial announcer. I wanted to rip my ears off the sides of my head. Even though I found the text pointless, I may have stuck with it to the end had the reader made not made it unbearable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, none that I found, although I didn't finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13614)
    Performance
    (11955)
    Story
    (12006)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Yawn"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If Mr. Martin ever actually brings this story together it will be a miracle. It pointlessly roams from subplot to subplot with no overall theme. The only reason I finished it is because I'd invested so much time in the previous books, it would be a shame not to see it through.


    Would you recommend A Dance with Dragons to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they had already read the previous books.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Roy Dotrice is GOD! Best reader ever, hands down.


    Do you think A Dance with Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    DUH. And the follow up better not be like this was!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lee Strobel
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    This unabridged audio download edition of the eagerly anticipated sequel to Lee Strobel’s best-selling he Case for Christ finds the author investigating the nettlesome issues and doubts of the heart that threaten faith. In The Case for Faith, winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award, eight major topics are addressed including doubt, the problem of pain, and the existence of evil.

    Denise says: "The best of Lee Strobel"
    "Hmmmmm...."
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    What did you love best about The Case for Faith?

    I read this book because I've had doubts about things I've believed in all my life. The author attempts to address many of the issues I question. In general I wasn't too satisfied with most of his "answers", but when I was done, I had the urge to listen again to let things sink in a bit more.


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

    The reader is extremely expressive, which adds to the experience, but actually goes overboard in some places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10665)
    Performance
    (9644)
    Story
    (9731)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Less history, more story, please!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While this book is good enough to recommend to a friend, it wouldn't be at the top of the list.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Typical Dan Brown story, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Solving puzzles in a historical scavenger hunt. Interesting and engaging.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    This performer is very good, as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    While the story is good, there is WAY too much history in this novel. So much so that it interrupts the flow of the story. "They ran past the XYZ cathedral, the gunman only 20 yards behind! The XYZ cathedral was constructed in 1267 , blah, blah, blah.....". Four paragraphs later..."the guman continued to gain on them". By that time I'm like, "What gunman?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4221)
    Performance
    (3151)
    Story
    (3178)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Pretty good"
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    Would you listen to Old Man's War again? Why?

    I would not listen to it again as I typically only re-read educational books, not novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise was very interesting. The story is engagingly written. Kept my interest and was easy to follow.


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

    I have not listened to this reader before but he was very good.


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

    No extreme reaction, but it does get you thinking about life and growing old.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I liked it but was a bit disappointed in the ending as I found it abrupt and inconclusive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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