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Michael

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  • The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor J. Rufus Fears
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    History is made and defined by landmark events-moments that irrevocably changed the course of human civilization. They have given us: spiritual and political ideas; catastrophic battles and wars; scientific and technological advances; world leaders both influential and monstrous; and cultural works of unparalleled beauty.

    Quaker says: "Fun course but Professor Fears is not for everyone"
    "J. Rufus Fears = Great teacher, Great story teller"
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    Where does The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved the topic, but I'll listen to anything J. Rufus Fears teachers.


    What about Professor J. Rufus Fears’s performance did you like?

    Best story teller I've ever listened to. I love his approach to history and his ability to make history feel timely.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Mars: Long Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request....

    W. Seligman says: "A disappointment"
    "Book 3, not as good as Book 1 or Book 2"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. The story was all over the place and didn't feel well connected to the previous books. It was not what I was hoping for in Book 3.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as previous ones.


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Great performance by Michael Fenton Stevens!


    Any additional comments?

    A weak follow up to Book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (573)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

    morton says: "This great audio was originally called The Knack!"
    "Great for anyone with a weak accounting background"
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    If you could sum up Street Smarts in three words, what would they be?

    More than common-sense


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Street Smarts?

    I am a tech-guy, this book reenforced the need to know the numbers and understand basic accounting.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    I would definitely listen to more books narrated by Sean Pratt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Randall Stross
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.

    Tyler says: "Great background on what it takes on startups"
    "Great info, I learned a lot"
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    What did you like best about The Launch Pad? What did you like least?

    I loved learning more about YC

    I did not like the narrator


    What didn’t you like about Rene Ruiz’s performance?

    He has some odd pronunciations which become annoying to listen to


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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