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roxann

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  • Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mark Levy
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (309)

    When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. Thats because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts, so we sound smart and in control, and so that we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems for which such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck? For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting....

    Sherry says: "Writing to right your way"
    "Not concise"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I like the concept and I have enjoyed the fast writing sessions, however, he could have explained everythink in an hour.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Levy? Why or why not?

    Not likely. He tries to make an essay into a book.


    Was Accidental Genius worth the listening time?

    Yes, luckily it was already fairly short. He takes too long to get to a point.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1666)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Too much detail"
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    This entire book could have been summed up in a short narrative. If you suffer from ADD - then this book might have had more meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Jon Kabat-Zinn (foreword)
    • Narrated By Mark Williams, Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (111)

    Everyday life is so frantic and full of troubles that we have largely forgotten how to live a joyful existence. We try so hard to be happy that we often end up missing the most important parts of our lives. In Mindfulness, Oxford professor Mark Williams and award-winning journalist Danny Penman reveal the secrets to living a happier and less anxious, stressful, and exhausting life.

    Diane Kuss says: "Missing a written outline for the 8 week program"
    "Takes the guilt out of meditation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mindfulness to be better than the print version?

    I could never find time to meditate and always felt guilty. His meditations are short and so relaxing. I bookmarked them all so that I could easily listen to them. The reader has the most peaceful voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Just loved all of the meditations and techniques for being mindful.


    3 of 5 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
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1814)

    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"
    "I hated to hear this book end!"
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    What did you love best about The Psychopath Test?

    Jon is very funny and does a fabulous job of giving you an inside look at the psychology industry. He makes the characters very real. I also love how he kept worrying that he possessed some of the 20 traits.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Kept wondering if Tony was a psychopath.


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

    Never listened, but I plan to purchase Men who Stare at Goats.


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

    Not an extreme reaction, but he did make me giggle quite often.


    Any additional comments?

    I did have to slow the Audible pace a bit, as in the beginning I had trouble understanding Jon's heavy British accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (755)

    According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

    Teresa says: "A statement or two could summarize this book"
    "Nothing new here"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There just wasn't any new or insightful information in this book.


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

    The book just ends.


    What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Pleasant, nice inflection


    What did you take away from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you can apply to your work?

    Nothing - I already do all of the things she recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1686)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "Way over the top"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    While I buy the whole wheat is bad for you thing - he wants you to believe that pretty much every starch is evil.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to Being Wrong now and thoroughly enjoying it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He could have sounded less gruff.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I agreed with the author that people are eating way too much wheat, and I even believe it when he talked about the genetically altered wheat of today being bad for us. I just don't believe anyone can follow such a strict diet and this type of extremism creates a diet that is impossible to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea of eating mostly whole foods, but he went into so much detail that only a chemist would understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2843)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1447)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Seriously outdated"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    He could have presented relevant information.


    Has Getting Things Done turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, Your Brain at Work was excellent and took an entirely different approach. I just couldn't finish Your Brain at Work because of an Audible error.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was very annoying


    Any additional comments?

    His ideas are no longer relevant for our paperless work environments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (892)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "He spent hours saying nothing"
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    What disappointed you about The Black Swan?

    The author was arrogant and inferred that only he and a few select intellects have figured out the meaning of life and the rest of us just don't get it.


    What was most disappointing about Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s story?

    He could have presented his theories in an hour or less.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    Anyone but David Chandler. He contributed to making me think the author was arrogant.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Swan?

    He could have summed it up in two words - stuff happens.


    Any additional comments?

    Worst book I've listened to yet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10295)
    Performance
    (4747)
    Story
    (4762)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "I love listening to Malcolm Gladwell!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outliers to be better than the print version?

    I've actually never "read" anything by Gladwell, but I've listened to four of his books. Gladwell reads his books as if he is humbly inviting you to share his ideas. I've learned so much about human and social behavior.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.

    Ronald E says: "The future of medicine"
    "Fascinating book!"
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    What did you love best about The Language of Life?

    Gives me hope that there are cures for cancer and other diseases that are so close to being discovered.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Life to and why?

    I haven't really read anything like it.


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

    Not sure.


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

    No - but it did give me hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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