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wiznut

A greater understanding is what I seek. With this I hope to enrich my knowledge of life and my legacy. Why Dad?Well here's a head start son

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  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Livermore
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (469)

    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
    "Starts at chapter 11"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are to be better than the print version?

    I find lectures grab me if the immersion stars early. I didn't read the print but i can say that If i had read it i would not have made it to the point to which it was rewarding.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are?

    The personal journey.


    What three words best describe Professor David Livermore’s voice?

    His approach to reach out to every one came at a price to me. Voice wise he was fine but his drawn out efforts to support all of his information after chapter 11 wore on me. In saying that; It was very worth my time after that.


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

    It would have to be a collection of skits of how we all see things differently. Some what like the award winning " Traffic " the movie, but on a wider and different spectrum.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick it out until chapter 11.The tone and enjoyment take off from there and makes the journey worth it. Had it started at 11 I would have given it a greater rating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Crystal Shard: Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
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    (1150)
    Story
    (1151)

    Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

    Christopher says: "Another Epic Drizzt Saga"
    "Cultural struggle in a fantasy adventure"
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    Would you listen to The Crystal Shard again? Why?

    Yes. The depth of the storyline, action, fantasy, energy are more than enough to keep me hooked for a least the next 20 years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say all the extras and how they fit in to the puzzle so nicely.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    With the exception of one or two characters (not significant ones) he did very well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The reflection chapters of main character ad credence to the story's depth.


    Any additional comments?

    Adventures rediscovered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Official Movie Novelization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alex Irvine
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "retelling of a classic tale"
    "Modern Reboot"
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    Where does Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a fan of evolutionary psychology, science, and science fiction so this movie to book adaptation was on my entertainment listening list.


    What other book might you compare Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to and why?

    Enemy Mind. It's a classic self reflection look that forces you to face your own actions as seen through an others eyes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No spoilers from me.


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

    It was a fun ride with more depth than expected.


    Any additional comments?

    Movie to book writes are normals not this well written. This one did well and i would suggest it to any fantasy or science fiction fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1254)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Average people and how they shaped history"
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    If you could sum up The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World in three words, what would they be?

    long enriching listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The evaluation of the Egyptian pathos.


    What does Professor Robert Garland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It would have taken me much longer to make it threw.


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

    No way. The span of time in each chapter is great. A pause to reflect on them; in hind sight, is suggested.


    Any additional comments?

    I know it would be a separate course all together and to trying to break it down would be an enormous task. However; I would have enjoyed a greater look in to Asian history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
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    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Amazon Customer says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "Try Before you dismiss the science."
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    Would you listen to Grain Brain again? Why?

    The PDF and references more than equip you for the road ahead. I would suggest listening the second time and bookmarking the areas of interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grain Brain?

    The results of the science after implementation.


    What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken and keeps your interest with his tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The amount of sugar in whole wheat bread that's thought to be healthy.


    Any additional comments?

    You are what you eat, Genetically modified doesn't mean better The book "Grain brain" fills the over all body effect that this waist line specific book does not address. In stating this It is very important to read/listen to them both. I started a diet and vitamin program after I read them both. I have struggled with my wait for the last 5 years. I exercise 3 to 5 days a week. Nothing has helped me loose my waist. To test the science i did nothing for two and a half weeks at the gym ( I wanted to see what diet and vitamins alone would do). I did the one day fast and started the vitamins and diet set up in the books. I lost just over 20 pounds in 19 days. I really didn't believe it would work much less in the time that it did. I'm also much less hungry than I was even after reimplementation of my work out program."TRY IT" Before you dismiss the science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (861)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Algorithms Journey"
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    Where does Automate This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 so far on the enlightenment scale. My personal favorite Highlights: The History and evolution of Algorithms, our high level of dependency on them, organ donor data optimization threw them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have an understanding of how they are a possible tool for wonderful things as well as bad. The old story goes, " You don't go after the hammer store if someone uses it in a crime or for ill purpose." It's how the tool is used that will define it's value to our future.


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

    The tone and pace worked well with my listening routine.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The move from Wall Street cash cow band wagons, to do thinks that mattered to society was refreshing to here about.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the journey.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (551)

    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"
    "Hidden truths"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Nations the most enjoyable?

    The migration, multitude of divers cultures influence on one another, accurate time lines of cultural integrations, European influences on society. The most enjoyable being Naming and separating these groups (Nations) to an extent that you can make sense of the orgy of events,peoples,and locations, to provide a deeper understanding of our true history's.


    What other book might you compare American Nations to and why?

    Never ready anything quite like this. It stands apart.


    Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?

    Native American and french influences on our culture.


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

    Culture Clash


    Any additional comments?

    The depth and range of this book is staggering. With out a background in history the speed at witch the information is put at you can be daunting. I would suggest listening to it at least 2 times. The second of witch should be taken in bites. All in all i was enlightened and pleased.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zeynep Ton
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conventional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Bad jobs with low wages, minimal benefits, little training, and chaotic schedules are the only way companies can keep costs down and prices low. If companies were to offer better jobs, customers would have to pay more or companies would have to make less. But in The Good Jobs Strategy, Zeynep Ton, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, makes the compelling case that even in low-cost settings, leaving employees behind - with bad jobs - is a choice, not a necessity.

    merritte says: "Interesting especially if you manage retail"
    "empowered Work Force"
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    Would you listen to The Good Jobs Strategy again? Why?

    Yes. Good back ground and versed in multicultural ethics and practice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toyota factory walk through was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Over all enlightening


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

    It made me aware of how we as society with proper steps, strong management, and implementation of the Good jobs Strategy can improve our lives. Everyone would benefit from this.


    Any additional comments?

    At times some topics seemed repetitive. I would point out with all the variations, strategy's, and multitude of examples this was hard to avoid. She did a good job of putting it all together. I enjoyed the narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1854)
    Story
    (1856)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Bobbie says: "Not much new"
    "Lateral Thinking"
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    Would you listen to Think Like a Freak again? Why?

    Yes. It stands out from the herd.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner ? Why or why not?

    Yes. I would exhaust there Pod casts between books as well.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen J. Dubner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed there pod cast.


    If you could give Think Like a Freak a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Lateral Thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    A brief look in to books based off of evolutionary psychology can greatly add to this reading experience.I like to start with the basics before i look too deep into anything. All in all I was left wanting more....and with the pod cast I was very pleased to get just that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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