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Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 222 ratings
  • 391 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "A natural extention of Outliers"

    As many others reading this book, my interest in the top was sparked by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, which discusses virtually the same topic, but in broader terms.

    I enjoyed Geoff Colvin's approach of "this is how I was convinced by the evidence, and this is why it may convince you too", but I never found it too preachy.

    Whether you agree with his premise by the end of the book or not, there are many gems to pick up along the way.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Go for the abridged instead"

    Some great ideas are fleshed in this book, but they are spread so thin I found myself skipping forward often. I feel like I 95% of what I will take away from Thomas Friedman came from his book tour interviews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wiker
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

    Aaron says: "Some merit, but more religious masquerade"
    "Refund please"

    When looking for a critical review of social effects of literature, please don't base it around the assumption that religion is necessary for good. Spoiled a perfectly good concept and book title.

    20 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Christian Lander
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

    Miguel says: "Bland simply bland!!!!"
    "Not funny"

    The premise sounded great, but something about the delivery just fell flat. I listened for about an hour, skipped ahead, and eventually gave up. Weak comedy.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
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    Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    W. Long says: "Good book, bad narrator"

    Sam Harris is a great writer and speaker, and this book highlights many of his best ideas. A strong and always reasonable voice in the secular community. I could have done with less of the chapter regarding torture, for although his points were valid, they felt out of context from the rest of the material. I found that Letter to a Christian Nation had a lot more bang for it's buck, and I've heard better points that he omitted here in his debates and lectures.

    Can't wait for the next book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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