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Robert

MORAGA, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Senior
    • Narrated By Jennifer Senior
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

    Cynthia says: "The Joy of Parenting"
    "A joy to listen to"
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    Would you listen to All Joy and No Fun again? Why?

    Possibly. I don't generally listen to/read books more than once.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Senior – was your favorite?

    Jennifer Senior - she was brilliant as herself


    What did you learn from All Joy and No Fun that you would use in your daily life?

    Great practical tips on big-picture parenting theory.


    Any additional comments?

    All parents should read this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

    Amazon Customer says: "I judged a book by it's cover-story"
    "Interesting, but far from enchanting"
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    What did you like best about Enchantment? What did you like least?

    Solid ideas, but nothing innovative.


    Would you recommend Enchantment to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe if they were in marketing.


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

    I couldn't imagine this as a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (433)

    Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

    Joe Sparks says: "Bought the instant I saw it."
    "Made me want to work there."
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    Where does Creativity, Inc. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5% for sure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Creativity, Inc.?

    When they were bought by Disney through Steve Job's negotiations


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

    Definitely wanted to keep going.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2053)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "A horror story of human proportions"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flash Boys the most enjoyable?

    Fast, paced narrative that got into the weeds on some pretty heady topics in a way that was approachable and understandable for non-market types.


    If you could give Flash Boys a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Ignorance is bliss; knowledge is dangerous


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Blake J. Harris
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (231)

    A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video-game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video-game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But all that would change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a former Mattel executive who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles.

    Robert says: "If you love video games..."
    "If you love video games..."
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    If you could sum up Console Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Classic underdog story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Console Wars?

    The ongoing battle between Sega of Japan and Sega of the US


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

    No


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

    Moments of laughter


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4676)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4151)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Over-simplification mixed with hyperbole"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - central tenets of the books were really interesting and Gladwell is a great storyteller.


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - with reservations.


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

    Nope.


    Do you think David and Goliath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope - not much more to the argument.


    Any additional comments?

    As with his other books, Gladwell grossly over-generalizes to get his point across and he usually doesn't need to. His points are throughout-provoking in and of themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (760)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "If you're a fan - definitely read it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Paddle Your Own Canoe to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


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

    Less episodic with more of a through line.


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

    No.


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

    How to be a real man.


    Any additional comments?

    Great cadence to the storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8771)
    Performance
    (6880)
    Story
    (6911)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "A beautiful story beautifully told"
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    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes - I think I probably missed much of the subtlety .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    The way the author would foreshadow main plot points and still hold suspense.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Brought characters to life.


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

    A little long for that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the Governor: The Walking Dead, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (285)

    The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC's blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

    Robert says: "Warning: Not the Complete Finale"
    "Most disturbing book ever"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga and/or Fred Berman?

    I read the first two books and really enjoyed them - this one took an extremely dark and disgusting turn.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fred Berman’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I got physically ill during some of the scenes and literally broke out in a cold sweat and almost passed out. I have a strong stomach and normally like books like this - I really enjoyed the first two. I don't know if it was the authors intent to elicit such a reaction. I can't help but think it was - it was highly unnecessary as it was a good plot that didn't need the over-the-top gruesome nature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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