Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Robert

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Robert

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Robert

North York, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

ratings
60
REVIEWS
19
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
6

  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (468)

    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    Anya says: "Some great essays, but a bit repetitive"
    "Price of Admission"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about American Savage?

    Well substantiated arguments.


    Would you recommend American Savage to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. He brings forward good arguments, current topics and an interesting perspective.


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

    Yes. Some similar material.


    If you could give American Savage a new subtitle, what would it be?

    An excellent attention grabber as it is. No need to change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Dan for putting yourself out there. Always food for thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By John Farrell
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (370)

    New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

    Stephen says: "Anecdotes presented as data"
    "The code has been fractured"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it brings to light some important information supported in a number of other related books about practice, training and time dedication to obtain a skill. It's also not overly long allowing for a quick listen without lost attention.


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

    Nothing in particular.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Farrell?

    Yes.


    What did you learn from The Talent Code that you would use in your daily life?

    Harness the ignition and immediately correcting the error in during practice before moving on.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Psychology Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowdon
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    Spanning hundreds of ideas developed over the past century, 50 Psychology Classics also explores important contemporary writings, such as Gladwell's Blink and Seligman's Authentic Happiness. Listeners will gain insight into the scientific research of leading contemporary psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. And they'll discover why we think and act the way we do from the landmark best-sellers of psychology.

    Rick says: "50 Success Classics"
    "Psychology 101 in an excellent package"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to 50 Psychology Classics the most enjoyable?

    How many of the background stories of the great contributors to the subject help explain their motivation and seeing how many years later society has adapted them for use.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The delivery made it personal. You could understand and relate to the subjects.


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

    No, I don't think I have.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, a lot of information for a single sitting. It was great how it was broken up. It made a subject or two ideal for commuting and eager to continue on the next trip. Like a good meal, something to savor in each bite.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (672)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Automated Review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Christopher Steiner and/or Walter Dixon?

    Yes, I would try another book by the author or one narrated by Walter Dixon.


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

    Made it sound less like a history text book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Was Automate This worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dan Charnas
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    An original journalist for The Source, Dan Charnas built a celebrated career in the rap industry. In The Big Payback, he chronicles the rise of the hip-hop culture and shows how it became so powerful in a matter of decades. Charnas also profiles many of the movers and shakers in this burgeoning cultural movement, offering unprecedented access to an industry that continues to shake the globe.

    Chief Break Everything says: "So much love"
    ""Flava In Ya Ear""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone with a love for Hip Hop or an interest in understanding it. It's the ROOTS for the Hip Hop Generation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Payback?

    Hard to pin-point a most memorable moment. It's like picking a favourite child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I haven't finished this anthology yet. But it is packed full of great stories that call upon sparks to engage conversations.


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

    Certainly laughed. Brings a little personality out in those society puts on pedestals.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read! This should be show cased. It connects the dots of so much of what is happening now in fashion (New York's Eddie Plein as the godfather of the grill) to the rise of Harvard's Obama and the connection to the Source magazine. Thank you for creating an audible version of this book, it without question will put some flava in ya ear. Well written, researched, and delivered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2152)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1706)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "One Extra Star for the Accent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the Non-Fiction genre to Fiction. It didn't seem like it was informational, instructional or much useful to apply data. Seemed like a story being told


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Ronson again?

    He earned his third star for being an exotic voice. So if there were something of a different nature I'd not rule it out.


    What three words best describe Jon Ronson’s voice?

    Hello "my name is" Simon and the things I draw-er come true. (Nostalgic chalk character)


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

    If I was Tony in the psychopaths hospital setting. I might even wear a fancy jacket.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad it was a quick listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "M%$tha F#!*in' great narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's length. It was long. If I didn't know better, I'd have said Miles was reading it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good insight by the author in explaining the position of the book being written with the constant expletives. The way Miles spoke. It did seem extreme and not a book I could recommend to a lot of audiences.


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

    At this length, I'd have never picked up the book. That's why i choose Audible.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Miles Davis’s life?

    Perhaps a little more of the inspiration behind specific albums and songs.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed that he grew up in the time and place he did that left him feeling the way he did about being profiled as he implied and his impression/generalization of many of us without oppressive instincts. All this North of the Mason/Dixon line.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1422)

    When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

    Allan says: "unique among these books"
    "Black Hawk's an easy listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of SEAL Team Six to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I insulated my garage and commuted to this one. Commuting behind the wheel is frowned upon with a book in hand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's based on one character, this question may be better for fiction.


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

    I liked it and have not listened to any of his other performances that I'm aware of.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Raced through this, didn't need to take notes, think too hard etc.. Sat back and enjoyed start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (905)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Teflon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Janet Reitman and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I'd be skeptical in doing so. I don't feel there was much for surprising information introduced here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    Disappointment. Claims of fees raised through self-improvement courses is no surprise to anyone who's passed a facility/org, the only tale of interest was the stalking of the IRS for tax exemption.


    Any additional comments?

    Cults and churches attract people in need of something and the rise in those identifying with spirituality goes to show that people are seeing through this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "A great place to start your retirement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jon Lee Anderson and/or Armando Durán?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Che Guevara?

    He was ashmatic and a bit of a player.


    What aspect of Armando Durán’s performance would you have changed?

    Shorten it. it was a very long story.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jon Lee Anderson’s life?

    Some of the adventures of obtaining the information required to put this book together.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a project and it'll make the movies seem so brief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1301)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Endlessly useful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommend it. It provides the direct to the point FAQ's of all the things you wanted to know or needed to know but didn't have time to ask. Question, Answer and reasonable example. A cheat sheet for success.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There really isn't a character in this format.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, no scene in this.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's a book of tag lines.


    Any additional comments?

    These questions don't apply to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.