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Thomas

Charlottesville, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tony Wagner
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    In this groundbreaking book, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.

    Randy says: "Read, Don't Act"
    "Ok book, mediocere story, lots of cliches."
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    Would you recommend Creating Innovators to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are new to this area, it is okay. If you are familiar with the research on innovation on creativity, this gets pretty tedious quickly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Jeff David
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (698)

    Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, delineating the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want - any way we can. Controversial but never dull, timeless and up-to-date, it's destined to be Greene's next best seller.

    Robert says: "Great narration, interesting material"
    "Simplisitc and Slimy"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps someone looking for a middle school approach to "ensnaring people." Seriously, the analysis is pretty shallow and the recommendations for "how to" are sophomoric and morally debased.


    Has The Art of Seduction turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, unless they have a more scholarly tone or a positive message.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Creepy tone of voice, more like what you'd expect Satan to have while he is whispering in your ear, rather that a serious and learned presentation of the psychology of seduction.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Seduction?

    I would not have published this book. It makes no significant contribution to society.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a time-waster. Shallow, repetitive, and morally debased. Where should you turn to for advice on winning people over either in business or personal settings?
    How about Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People) or Steven Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). Don't fall for the cynically manipulations espoused by the author of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Ryan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election - including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics - Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, The Way Forward argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing going forward.

    Thomas says: "Wished that Paul had read it himself...."
    "Wished that Paul had read it himself...."
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    Any additional comments?

    A personal statement such as this book is best read by the author, not a paid reader that lacks the full force and sentiment of the author. No passion comes through...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1114)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Gare&Sophia says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "Tedious"
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    What would have made Mastery better?

    A shorter, breezier story and a less lecturing tone. Far too much repetition.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Greene again?

    Not sure.


    What didn’t you like about Fred Sanders’s performance?

    To monotone and not very expressive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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