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Robert J. Herman

I am a horrible book reader but audible has changed my life. I now feel like I have access to what the "smart people" know. I also have a new level of confidence based on my new knowledge.

Philadelphia, PA United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 83 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "TED talk is outstanding; book is painful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you haven't seen the TED presentation by Chris McD, this might be a good book.

    What could Christopher McDougall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have more interesting content around running barefoot. In His TED presentation, I was glued to my computer. In the book, he spoke about people who I never really connected with. I almost felt like I was being forced to care.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I kept listening because I thought he was going to get to more of the interesting running unknowns. However, this book never reveals anything more than what was in his TED presentation.

    What character would you cut from Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    Caballo blanco, Jen, bone head. A chapter dedicated to Jen background never became interesting and I never felt connected. He did a good job of making the white horse mysterious but I lost interest in him and when more humanizing aspects of him were revealed, I didn't care and didn't connect.

    Any additional comments?

    I hated to give your book a 1 star. Your TED presentation was so great that I told everyone I knew about it. I wanted more, so I bought your book. My advice is that you have figured out to make an extremely compelling case for running barefoot, now figure out how to make a compelling case to care about your characters.

    This was groundbreaking work and you have undoubtedly make $millions. I wish I had known about this when I competitively ran.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mario Livio
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as Mario Livio tells us in this marvelous story of scientific error and breakthrough. Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein were all brilliant scientists. Each made groundbreaking contributions to his field - but each also stumbled badly. These five scientists expanded our knowledge of life on Earth, the evolution of the Earth itself, and the evolution of the universe, despite and because of their errors. As Mario Livio luminously explains, the scientific process advances through error.

    Gary says: "Easy to remember all the stories in the book"
    "Nothing particularly insightful"
    What disappointed you about Brilliant Blunders?

    4 common knowledge stories. Didn't provide any additional or useful insight.

    Has Brilliant Blunders turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am a big fan of this type of non-fiction

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was fine.

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

    If someone didn't know who Linus Pauling was then worth a listen.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Clark
    • Narrated By Dan Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What would you rather have - conventional success or a high level beyond success? Dan Clark, one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers and leadership trainers, vehemently opposes the conventional wisdom about success. He believes it’s tragic and superficial to build our careers and personal lives around getting more money, bigger houses, cooler toys, and fancier job titles. What’s it all worth in the end? How many outwardly successful people still feel empty inside?

    Robert J. Herman says: "Love the idea but content is overly vague"
    "Love the idea but content is overly vague"
    Would you try another book from Dan Clark and/or Dan Clark?


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author had a great idea - doing things that are significant and meanful in our lives and this will translate into feeling content and happy. For me, the title was the most significant part of this book. The author should read a few Malcolm gladwell and chip Heath and Dan Heath books. The author writes by merely expanding upon his view point and never grabs my attention by asking a question and then engaging me to think nor does he point to a curious mystery and then unravel it. The content did not overtake my random thoughts and have me discussing the interesting points with friends and relatives. Rather, I felt like I had listened to endless babel that left me thinking that the author didn't do his research and just wanted to publish something. Sorry about being so hard on this book and may not be so horrible for someone who doesn't have high hopes for it or doesn't feel the need to think while listening.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. Title great. Content painful.

    Any additional comments?

    The author should rewrite the book after investing some time to research stories that can illustrate his points and taking a few lessons on how to engage the listener / reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Organizing for Life: Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sandra Felton
    • Narrated By Melinda Schmidt

    You'll learn why things are out of control so you can get them back in order and keep them that way. You'll uncover the mental and emotional roots of clutter - guilt, fear, rebellion, habit - so you can get rid of it. Even the best cleaning methods are useless if you can't keep up and soon slip back into old habits. Stop struggling. You can overcome that old, unsuccessful mind-set and discover a new way of thinking that makes messiness a thing of the past.

    Tamara says: "Sorry I Wasted My Money"
    "Messies? Children's book?"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    To be fair, I didn't make it past the first several chapters. I tried to stay with it but I believe that the writer was referring to the reader as a "Messy" (i.e.,"Messies have problems throwing things away"). I tried not to let it bother me but the style of writing made me feel like I was a '50's housewife who barely graduated from kindergarten. I also got the feeling that part of the problem that "Messies" suffered from was OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) associated with "hoarding" but the book didn't refer to the actual psychological classification. The author seemed to lump every potential pattern of a "messy" without actually identifying the psychological condition. In general, seemed like the author may have missed the time period when mixing pseudo-science and condescending grade school teaching passed for helping people. I truly couldn't stomach wasting more time with this nonsense. My apologies if the book somehow improved after chapter 2.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I need to screen reading material better. I am glad I didn't waste more time on this book.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Quality of Audible app is excellent; however, book is less than good

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Made me feel like I was sitting in kindergarten class being read to out of a book that had 10 words per page and a lot of pictures.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    I saw the book at the airport book store under "best sellers" which I am assuming was used to sucker people into buying it. Shame on me for not reading the other reviews.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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