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R. Jaeger

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  • The Lower River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A titan of American letters, Paul Theroux wowed audiences and critics with his modern classic The Mosquito Coast. Its captivating thematic cousin, The Lower River, stars Ellis Hock, a man whose dreams of world travel and humanitarianism in the Peace Corps were dashed when he returned home to assume control of his family's business. Now with his wife having left and his life stagnant, Ellis makes the fateful decision to travel back to the small African village he once called home. Yet the happiness and fulfillment he seeks remain elusive.

    R. Jaeger says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    What would have made The Lower River better?

    It should have ended right in the middle. The halfway point had a more compelling ending and the second half of the book dragged.


    What was most disappointing about Paul Theroux’s story?

    I began to loath the protagonist. The story needed an unhappy ending.


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

    It compares very well. He is a great storyteller.


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

    The premise was interesting. The first half was compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I had high expectations before reading the book. It might have been better with lower expectations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nicholas Wade
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right.

    Douglas says: "This is NOT Racism!..."
    "I'm not sure that I learned anything"
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    In our hypersensitive, always offended culture, the premise of this book should be controversial. Has evolution altered genes across "races" and has the evolution contributed to the advancement of some races over others? Science, as understood today, should say that evolution would affect genes over time and with limited commingling, races would evolve differently. This book provides little more than pop science in that regard.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1666)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Compelling evidence to get off your @ss and move"
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    Story

    I liked everything except the ending. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention but the ending seemed inconclusive. The author provides a compelling case for exercise citing empirical studies and anecdotal evidence. While presenting some neuroscience and chemistry, he keeps the discussion basic and non-coma inducing. The evidence, as provided, makes a compelling case for almost any exercise while not being judgmental or preachy. My only point of contention is the author's near insistence that you need to join a group to be successful at exercise. I would have liked an alternative for us misanthropic curmudgeons.

    The recording is well read with appropriate pace and tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Duff McDonald
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    A behind-the-scenes, revelatory history of McKinsey & Company, America's most influential and controversial business consulting firm, told by one of the nation's leading financial journalists. In The Firm, Duff McDonald uncovers how these high-powered, high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts. With unrivaled access to company documents and current and former employees, McDonald reveals the inner workings of what just might be the most influential private organization in America.

    R. Dillon says: "Good story, but difficult performance"
    "Warning: Non consultants should avoid"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd only recommend to other consultants or people interested in consulting. It is a 4 - 5 star book for people in the industry.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not applicable


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

    I have. His performance is appropriate with proper inflections and tone.


    Do you think The Firm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it's a comprehensive history with an opened ended conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this book if you are not interested in McKinsey or consulting. It will bore you to tears within a few pages. Otherwise, this is a detailed, well structured analysis of the "gold standard" in consulting firms. The author provides a history from the beginning of the firm through today. He is non-judgmental and focuses on the major directors of the firm. As a consultant, I enjoyed the book and its insight into McKinsey. I can see where it would bore anyone outside of the industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dakota Meyer, Bing West
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out 100 men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, 21 year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.

    Joseph says: "War! What is it good for?"
    "Story of Extraordinary Man"
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    What did you love best about Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War?

    The ability of Dakota Meyer and the other Marines to overcome their fear and accomplish their mission is incredible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War?

    It is impossible to pull away from listening to the battle from start to finish.


    Which character – as performed by Zach McLarty – was your favorite?

    He isn't a character but Dakota Meyer is very interesting.


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

    The bureaucracy surrounding the command and control structure there was infuriating. It was like the IRS and DMV were leading the war.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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