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RANDALL JAFFE

Arcadia Califonia | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 518 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Roger Fisher, William Ury
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (398)

    Getting to Yes is a straightorward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken - and without getting angry. It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict - whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

    John says: "Maybe I Could Go to Four and One-Half Stars"
    "Useful life information."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Getting to Yes again? Why?

    We are negotiating all the times. This helps me see how others can manipulate me and hopefully make my negotiating better.


    Would you recommend Getting to Yes to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Planning to give it to my daughter graduating from Law school.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kitty Ferguson
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Stephen Hawking is one of the most remarkable figures of our time, a Cambridge genius who has earned international celebrity as a brilliant theoretical physicist and become an inspiration and revelation to those who have witnessed his courageous triumph over disability. This is Hawking's life story by Kitty Ferguson, who has had special help from Hawking himself and his close associates and who has a gift for translating the language of theoretical physics for non-scientists.

    Prairie says: "Not What it Appears"
    "Biography 20 % Physics 80%"
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    Performance
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    What did you like best about Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work? What did you like least?

    How a person with a brilliant mind but severely disabled body not only copes with life, but actually excels others in his field equally as brilliant but not as accomplished as Hawking.BUT, although I am totally impressed by her grasp of difficult theoretical physics and attempt to bring this would to us, I really wanted more biography and much less physics. I do like science but this was way more than i had anticipated. I had to wade through the physics to get back to the biography.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kitty Ferguson again?

    Maybe


    What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

    She made me feel like she was the author having these interviews with Stephen Hawking.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it had less physics and more story.


    Any additional comments?

    I did learn a lot about cosmology and physics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Best Biography I have heard, Reads like a novel."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book demonstrates that a persons life is a combination of his family upbringing, his environment, his drive to succeed, AND that incalculable factor of LUCK, things happening at a time that will benefit or hurt one's life journey.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author examines not only the person, but his parents AND their parents. He brings out the flavor of the poor hill country of Texas and the people who tried to survive in a hostile environment.


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

    Very easy to listen to his expressive mellow voice


    If you could give The Path to Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Incredibly detailed story of the making of a remarkable leader.


    Any additional comments?

    I cant wait for someone to make a movie of this book.Absolutely riviting tale of a man coming from nowhere, with a childhood that seemed to lead to a life of physical toil to a man who is acnolodged to be a great president of the U.S.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (598)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Really Works, You can spy the lie"
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    Would you listen to Spy the Lie again? Why?

    To learn and utilize the basic skills of catching people in a lie. Once you hear someone respond just like the book says they will when they lie, it becomes very noticeable. I lied about something and after thinking about what I learned in the book, I realized I did exactly what the book said i would do if I was lying.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spy the Lie?

    Reviewing the testimonies or interviews with reporters or police officers of famous liers, Bill Clinton, Jerry Sandusky, OJ Simpson, and actually hear them lying.


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

    It is like being in a class taught by the author.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Spy the Lie?

    I will definitely be more aware of the common ploys liars use, eg. "why are you asking me that question?" instead of just answering the question.


    Any additional comments?

    Useful at home, work, with kids, and when watching famous or infamous people talk to the press, or give testimony in court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2399)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1417)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "The Other Genius behind Apple"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to iWoz again? Why?

    The life of Steve Wozniak was told to me in a very personal way. There were a lot of


    What was one of the most memorable moments of iWoz?

    How accidentally attending a meeting of early computer changed his life.


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

    I felt like the real Steve Wozniak was talking to me. The excitement in his voice when he created something and it actually worked was really real.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Byzantium

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (212)

    Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present the beautiful and costly hand-illuminated Book of Kells to the emperor of all Christendom.

    Christine says: "Unforgettable!"
    "Good History- Great Story -Awesome Reader-"
    Overall

    I have been listering to "Books on Tape" for over 20 years. This has been one of my favorite listens. I just wanted just to learn more about Byzantium but I was drawn into a fabulous story with memorable characters.I can actually hear the Viking King bellowing his commands to his crew. Stuart Langton brings the story to life. I will just look for other books he has narrated.
    I will also explore other books written by Stephen Lawhead. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (782)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "BORING"
    Overall

    I loved Clan of Cave Bears most and some of the sequels. But this book was boring or "flat" as one reviewer said. It did review much of the past but Ayla has definately lost her gift of invention. I kept waiting for her to either invent the wheel, or meet with her "mixed blood" son of a "Clan" mate. Reread the original for the true Ayla.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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