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Mark van Dongen

International Business focussed head of HR with science as a passion.

Member Since 2007

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  • The Tristan Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power. France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany. Stephen Metcalfe is a well-known man about town in occupied Paris. He's also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe. Through a wild twist of fate, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for what remains of the free world.

    Charlotte Cox says: "The Tristan Betrayal"
    "breathtaking historical novel"
    Overall

    great details, including all the scenes and sights are accurate to those who have been there, the novel keeps you in suspense untill the lasted pages listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (529)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "waste of time and misleading 'facts'"
    Overall

    This book has an unclear story underlying massive criticism on the scientists that believe in global warming and greenhouse effect. At the end the outcome of the stiry is still unclear, what now happens with the organisation faced, what was the argument behind, etc. Personally I liked Michael Chrichtons books, but this book obviously has a different agenda then creating good and scientifically based entertainment. It is intended to radiate the message that some conservative US politicians state, that caring for the environment is nonsense. He defences not signing the kyoto protocol, and quotes constantly reserach that denounces the global warming theory. I agree when we states we need to be critical towards what we believe and what we assume is provenor not. Unfortunately mr Chrichton forgets that 97% of the Global climat scientisis have consensus (Source: Nobel price winning institute of environmental research). He however cites from the 3%. Indeed there is a group of criticism on this topic, also in Europe there is an organisation that voices the critics, which is important for a healthy democracy. Potentially they should then next time not take a historian, but a climatic scientist as their chairman and only public member. And at the end, irrespective all arguments, no argument of unclear consequences can be an argument not to be carfull with our environment, No argument should move attention away from a continuous need for carefull contemplation on the consequences of human behaviour on the environment. Using arguments to move away from that is criminal to our future on earth. I agree with the final discussion that we do not need to discuss if earth will survive. Earth will, just humans will not (see also 'rare earth theory', earth will rebouce, it take a million oyears or such, which for a planet is not a huge issue, just we won't be around to tell). In my view, this book makes me realise people actually believe what crichton states, and that is scary..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "long expected; but below expectations"
    Overall

    The book starts off interesting, very catching and with increasing speed. One can't escape the feeling this has been written before. much in the style of the da vinci code a symbol mystery is wound up and unwound. This still allows for so,e hours of pleasent listening, but nothing too new, only then to be left with 1,5 hours of elongated talks on bibles, divinity of men and the scientific proof of the force of mind and the scince of noetics. I have read all of Dan Brown, but think this is his weakest book thusfar. too bad, as he is a great writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Roots of Resentment: America, Great Britain, and the Arab World

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    The United States inspires deep and conflicting emotions in other parts of the world. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, America has been forced to pay closer attention. In this documentary, explore The Roots of Resentment against America in the Arab world, and the complex emotions the U.S. provokes even in our closest ally, Great Britain.

    Mark van Dongen says: "nice program with clear truths"
    "nice program with clear truths"
    Overall

    It is brought clearly what the reason is that parts of the Arab world resent what the US and Great Britain stand for.Let us hope some policy makers listen to it too and are not led by their own fanatic religious thoughts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Managing in the Next Society

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Peter Drucker is back with fresh thoughts, insights, and knowledge about the ever-changing business society around us and the ever-expanding management roles required of us all - chiefs, executives, managers, and knowledge workers alike.

    Andy says: "dissapointing drucker"
    "mind buzzing book"
    Overall

    This is one of those books that switches your brain into high gear. It is fascinating to hear Peter DruckerĀ“s ideas, some so simple and logic, some so far from what you might have thought yourself, but always able to spin your mind into deep thoughts. Nothing to be taken lightly, this is no book for a relaxed moment, but it is a tour through the words written by a great mind that can express himself in an unforgettable way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership Success: Inspiration from Top Success Coaches

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Chris Widener
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Chris Widener
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    With the Leadership Success series, you'll have unlimited access to the world's top leadership coaches any time you want. From communications and meetings to memory enhancement, the Leadership Success Suite offers hours of inspiration and practical steps to power-up your influence in all areas of your career.

    Mark van Dongen says: "A bit for everybody"
    "A bit for everybody"
    Overall

    As the book contains many different input sources, it has a bit for everybody. There are speeches which I find less and ones I find more interesting. Through the amount of it however there is always something a reader will find that he or she can benefit from. Nice to listen through without being too deep. It is not a brain provoking set of speeches, but a nice mumble that regularly lights a small fire of recognition or of a moment or thought you like to remember. It were pleasant hours I spend listening.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Power Talk: Using Language to Build Authority and Influence

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sarah Myers McGinty
    • Narrated By Sarah Myers McGinty
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Power Talk uses the reality of today's business world to show how each of us becomes captive to the way we talk, and why everybody needs a little linguistic cross training.

    Mark van Dongen says: "Ok, but very few new facts"
    "Ok, but very few new facts"
    Overall

    The book listens easy, but one who has spend some time, either in the university or in business schools or conferences on training or communication will find there is hardly any new input to get from this book. Too bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "devastating truth"
    Overall

    It is a tough book to get through, as Tim Weiner has a huge amount of sources and data to share with the reader. It is however fascinating to see an agency that devours billions of dollars per year can get away with decades of malpractice, lying an cheating. If even a third would be true (where I am afraid it is all true, base don the level and details of the sources), it is an utter disgrace that the agency has not been closed decades ago. In the businessworld this would have been done long ago. A very interesting an revealing book, very worthwhile for anyone interested in secret services and their doings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    You can live happily every day, best-selling author Joel Osteen suggests, but you must discover the potential within yourself and learn how to use it to live better and to help others better themselves as well. God didn't create you to be average. You were created to excel! You have everything you need to fulfill your God-given destiny, and there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you discover how to be a better you!

    Frank says: "Try Joel's advice for 30 days"
    "useless book"
    Overall

    This book is not a book on self development, but a personal idea of the writer with as its main target to improve your relationship with God. Should you have bought the book to become personally more effective etc. you will buy a useless book. I personally have no need to improve my relationship with a higher being, be it God, Allah, Jehova Budha or whoever. I feel that religion has no place in business or in business books. In the case of such books it should have been mentioned that this is a book on religion as I would have never bought this book.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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