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  • When Darkness Falls, He Doesn't Catch It

  • By: Ross Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ross Patterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 411
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    5 out of 5 stars 380
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    5 out of 5 stars 380

You’re goddamn right. I’m still sitting at the same weathered wooden table in the back of Manhattan’s oldest bar where I just finished my first masterpiece, At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed. The second I finished it, I started writing this one. I’m now 14 beers deep, and I’ve polished off an entire eight ball of yay. The phrase “everything in moderation” applies to everything except cocaine, booze, and prostitutes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterclass in being a man, disguised as fiction

  • By Bohican_ on 09-12-18

A masterclass in being a man, disguised as fiction

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

The author continues the memoirs of Saint James Street James, picking up where the first course ended. Jumping into this lesson without the knowledge gained in the first is not recommended, but part of being a man is doing what you want.

The story follows St James St James as he strives to forge this country into a better place despite the numerous obstacles and hardships in his path. It begins with a simple act of atonement for the misdeeds of others, hits notes of raw determination at its crescendo, and ends with the just rewards of a job well done.

This book celebrates the diversity of human beings regardless of race, gender, or physical stature. It reinforces the lesson that following your heart is what allowed men like Hannibal, Alexander, and Genghis to "be the change you want to see in the world".

The most profound lesson to be learned from this amazing book is that with the right mindset, a man can use a personal loss to arm himself with the right tool to make the world a better place.

To summarize: Ross Patterson has done an amazing job yet again of reminding us of what it means to be a man, and a better human. I'd like to think we all have some of Saint James Street James DNA in all of us. And if the stories are true, we just might.

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  • Black Box Thinking

  • Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Nobody wants to fail. But in highly complex organizations, success can happen only when we confront our mistakes, learn from our own version of a black box, and create a climate where it's safe to fail. We all have to endure failure from time to time, whether it's underperforming at a job interview, flunking an exam, or losing a pickup basketball game. But for people working in safety-critical industries, getting it wrong can have deadly consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A multi-level message, well written and well read

  • By Loren on 11-16-15

Well worth the listen.

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Reviewed: 03-11-16

Fascinating content, and extremely well narrated. I think everyone can learn something from this book. I was pleasantly suprised at how engrossing it was.

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