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Marsha W. Maxwell

Miss Marsha

Draper, UT United States | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 228 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines, and from the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peace, the United States has been dramatically involved in the Middle East. For well over two centuries, American statesmen, merchants, and missionaries, both men and women, have had a profound impact on the shaping of this crucial region.

    Karl says: "Thoughtful and balanced"
    "Very enlightening"

    Like many Americans, I have wondered a lot over the past few years about the United States' relationships with the nations and other entities of the Middle East. This book shed some important light for me on America's attitudes and actions toward the Middle East, showing that many of the issues we are dealing with today are related to events in our nation's earliest history. Oren doesn't do much to explain Middle Eastern points of view, but that is not the purpose of this book. He does a nice job with the themes of "power, faith, and fantasy," which are unifying without being overbearing. I enjoyed the narration of this book, and even though it is long I plan to listen to it again--it's that informative.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Twinkie, Deconstructed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Ettlinger
    • Narrated By Mark Lund

    In this fascinating exploration into the curious world of packaged foods, Twinkie, Deconstructed takes us from the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to oil fields in China, to demystify some of America's most common processed food ingredients: where they come from, how they are made, how they are used, and why.

    Katherine says: "Interesting, but not hyped"
    "Now you know . . ."

    This interesting, well-written book provides answers to questions such as "Where does chlorine come from?", "What, exactly, is baking powder made of?", and "Why is it that the cakes I bake at home don't taste like Twinkies?" It has a clever structure--one short chapter for each ingredient listed on the Twinkie wrapper. I thought this book was fascinating, though at times overly detailed. It's true that the author does not seem to question, in fact at times he seems to support, the processed food industry. But at bottom, the book just explains what's in Twinkies without offering judgement one way or the other. It's not an overtly political book like "Fast Food Nation." If you eat convenience or packaged foods at all, even foods that are labeled "organic," you are probably eating many of the ingredients that are in Twinkies, and it is illuminating to find out exactly what they are and where they come from.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Tymber Dalton says: "Excellent listen!"
    "Extremely useful for me"

    The main idea in this book is that you have to prioritize the tasks in your life and focus on those that are really important. Tracy presents strategies for creating priorities and following through. This was excellent for me, as I tend to see many of my daily tasks as equally important and have a hard time carrying them out in a systematic way.

    Unlike some other writers of similar books, Tracy presents his information concisely with a minimum of digression. Although I disagreed with some of Tracy's ideas (in particular, he seems to misunderstand Daniel Goleman's work on optimism), I have benefitted a great deal from listening to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Liked it better the second time"

    The first time I listened to this book I didn't like it much, but it was interesting enough to keep listening. Honestly, I didn't think the author was as funny as he seems to think he is. However, the ideas contained in the book about how people think and plan were intriguing enough to me that I listened to the book a second time. I found the author's insights on human psychology both fascinating and useful. Give this book a listen, and if like me you are not that charmed by the author's cute stories, you may still be very interested in his ideas. If you like this book, you should also check out Freakanomics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil Getting Real: Lessons in Life, Marriage, and Family

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw

    In his trademark "tell-it-like-it-is" style, Dr. Phil McGraw presents an enlightening and entertaining workshop on how to "get real" in relationships and in life. He explains how to live by design, as opposed to living reactively, and urges you to "step out of the comfort zone" by evaluating everything in your life based on whether it's working or not.

    Jeannie says: "Dr. Phill Getting Real"
    "Not the Dr. Phil I thought I knew"

    I like Dr. Phil--or at least I used to. In this audio of one of his live seminars he comes across as a boorish jerk. He urges his listeners to "stop being so damned judgmental" but then proceeds to trash just about everyone in his life, including the entire town he was brought up in! I didn't get much out of this audio seminar. It was depressing to me, and there weren't many practical or helpful suggestions there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Roman Republic, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    The story of the Roman Republic is the greatest epic in human history. Seen in the long perspective of time, it seems too fantastic to be real. From its modest beginnings as a convenient fording place on the Tiber to its eventual destiny as the mistress of the Mediterranean, Rome offers a strange tale of fate, sacrifice, and indomitable willpower. The stern realities of war shaped its policies from the very beginning.

    Robert says: "A splendid read!"
    "Don't waste your time"

    I grew to dislike this book very much by the end. Even though I am highly interested in the subject matter, I was put off by the narrator's pompously annoying style and the author's antiquated notions of race. What really got to me was the authors repeated insistence that the Roman "stock" was "polluted" by intermarriage with their slaves. There is evidence of impressively detailed historical research, and I understand that the book was written many years ago, but the attitudes displayed in the writing became unbearable after hours of listening.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful

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