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  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
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    Overall
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    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    Joe says: "A must have for any fan of man's journey to the mo"
    "Dry Insights in to the Space Program"
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    I was hoping to love this book and it does give an interesting inside look at many aspects of the Mercury and Apollo missions, but what made Gene Kranz a great Nasa mission controller does not make him an engaging author.

    The stories are full of interesting facts, but there is little-to-no drama in the writing, even when recounting the most dramatic of events, such as the Apollo 13 mission. All NASA folk seem to be well trained in handling the media. Everything is upbeat, succinct and politically correct. This is very important to NASA's success, but this mind-set has carried in to this book. So it is rather unemotional and dry.

    Worth a listen for NASA fans, but certainly not enthralling.

    By the way it is clear that Gene Kranz was a vital player in the space program's success and I think we should all be grateful to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Resistance as a Character"
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    As a metaphor on the nature of the creative struggle I found it illuminating.

    But it wanders off in to magical thinking and ideas such as suggesting the stifling of passions being the possible cause of cancer....

    Well I don't think Steve Jobs stifled his passions and alas he is no longer with us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    Overall
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    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Thought Provoking Ideas - Dry Narration"
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    The author proposes that many of the cultural rifts in modern America (, Mexico and Canada) can be traced back to the collective mindsets of the original European settlers.

    I was pretty much convinced by his arguments - in that there is at least a historical influence along the lines of what he describes.

    It is at the very least a substantial book with much food for thought.

    Walter Dixon's narration is very clear, but a bit dry for my tastes. I understand that the material is academic, but having seen the author speak I think he might have added a bit more color if he had narrated it himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "A Well-Written Insightful Account"
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    For anyone remotely interested in adventure, hiking, the Appalachian Trail or escaping the 9-5, this is an insightful and well-written account of one man's journey.

    Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
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    Overall
    (260)
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    (230)
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    Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

    Sherri says: "Everyone should be reading this book!"
    "But still it seems no-one will act"
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    First off, if I could give 6 stars for Ray Porter's performance I would. He is by far my favorite narrator - his reading of "Ghost in the Wires" was also excellent.

    So, is this book a lefty attack on Wall Street and the Well-To-Do and a bleeding heart account of how the Poor are mistreated in this country? You bet yer hind-quarters it is!

    But it is NOT just a rehash of political rhetoric and talking points. I found it to be a very valuable juxtaposing of two irreconcilable realities.

    The lack of criminal prosecutions for white-collar crimes versus the over prosecution of harmless and sometimes unheard of crimes (holding up pedestrian traffic anyone?).

    A purely political book would not call out the Clinton and Obama administrations for poor policy decisions and hyper-politically-sensistive decision making.

    A purely political book would not examine arguments from the opposing perspective - perhaps not to the same degree, but counterpoints are raised and generally fairly addressed.

    But even if you were to surgically remove the anecdotes that favor the author's positions. Even if you were to toss out the grey areas that are open to debate.

    Even then you cannot read/listen to this book and not have to acknowledge that the divide exists, that it is growing, and that to fair minded people it is just plain wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "An Important Story"
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    A window in to the Navajo lifestyle and culture at the time. An epic story of a marine in combat during the pacific theater of the second world war. An inside look at the cultural difficulties of a man respected and accepted during his time in the military, but not so on his return to the America he served.

    It is certainly an important story and America should be very grateful to these Navajo men who chose to serve their country even as She treated them poorly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
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    Overall
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    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Jose says: "Thinking that could leads to change"
    "Short and Somewhat Useful"
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    Its brevity (at a little over 3hrs) was appreciated since many self-help books have a few basic concepts, but pages and pages of waffle and repetition.

    There is a little waffling here and even some repetition, but the concepts are sound.

    I like the mnemonic used to remember the principles (Earth - think deeply, Fire - embrace failure, Air - ask questions and Water - flow of ideas), it proved quite effective for me.

    This book was definitely written with the young college student in mind and I found parts of it embarrassingly sophomoric, but I'm not above re-evaluating my approach to thinking and found value in it.

    Narration was ok, a bit dry.

    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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    Overall
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    (2376)
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    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"
    "Pitch Perfect Performance of an Inspiring Book"
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    Masterfully crafted narratives that engage even non-runners in the lives of the most extreme runners in the world.

    I had already started down the path of barefoot or at least minimalist running/walking due to realizing that whilst on vacation in Europe, I had walked a marathon in two days in flimsy fashion sneakers with barely any sole - and NO pain!

    This book has inspired me to stay on my minimalist journey - a personal one - and continue to be bipedal, especially on the trails in my neighborhood.

    Humans were designed to be in motion, in nature, and this book helps me to remember that.

    Thoroughly recommended.

    Narration was perfect too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    Overall
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    (360)
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    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "A Useful Book for Us Losers"
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    Lots of good advice. Some of which I have already started to incorporate in to my life.

    Slim on narrative and certainly repeats much that has already been said in other books on concepts such as Diet, Exercise, Will Power, Positive Affirmations.

    But I found it to be a useful aggregation supplemented with an individuals life experience.

    It is indeed like getting advice from a successful friend.

    Less humor that I expected, but a good listen.

    Patrick Lawlor is a good narrator for slightly playful, fairly simple books like this and iWoz. So he did great.

    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
    (1609)
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    (1434)
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    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."
    "Another Decent Book from Michael Lewis"
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    Fascinating, illuminating and sadly not all that surprising.

    Michael Lewis shines another light on the sickness of Wall Street.

    Even fans of the Financial Sector should be angry about what is uncovered in this book, since the behaviors of High Frequency Traders undermine the healthy functioning of the market.

    As an aside...
    Although I recognize that economic models that legislate against greed are doomed to failure, and further acknowledge that a free market is the best known model we have, I'm still waiting for a good book on the incongruence of infinite growth and the finite resources of our only habitable planet. Solutions anyone?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Owen Weatherall
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
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    After the economic meltdown of 2008, Warren Buffett famously warned, "beware of geeks bearing formulas." But as James Weatherall demonstrates, not all geeks are created equal. While many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, a special breed of physicists has a much deeper history of revolutionizing finance.

    PHIL says: "Key personalities, sketches of ideas"
    "Rather Boring"
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    There are some light and accessible descriptions of both financial concepts and math/physics concepts and a history of attempts to marry the two - which is why I gave the book 3 stars.

    But there isn't much depth on the concepts and there is little-to-no narrative of interest to engage the reader/listener. Not exactly a nail biter!

    The book could have been an engaging story of how a small group of geniuses worked some mathematical magic and became rich, or how some university professor using his economic model saw the impending '08 crash and couldn't get anyone to believe him. But alas apparently no such luck, perhaps because no such tales exist because the results of such attempts to use Math and Physics in finance have proven mixed, at best.

    The extent of the success in these models seems to me equivalent to a flea identifying that the prevailing direction of hairs on a dog are to the left. Narrow in scope and highly relative. When the wind changes direction, suddenly said flea's model is broken and is no closer to understanding the shape and motivations of the dog he is on.

    Whilst I think Mr. Taleb (Black Swan) is a bit of blowhard, I find this counterpoint to be unconvincing and as a book rather boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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