J. A. Bowen

Commerce Township, MI
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  • Green Giants

  • How Smart Companies Turn Sustainability into Billion-Dollar Businesses
  • By: E. Freya Williams
  • Narrated by: Kelly Bourquin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Green Giants examines nine companies that are merging social responsibility with wild profitability - and reveals the six factors responsible for their success, including: iconoclastic leadership fueled by deep conviction and a rebellious streak; disruptive innovation that uses sustain ability to spur the development of radically better products and services; a higher purpose that ignites the company - when the mission leads, profits follow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My niece thought the voice was computer generated.

  • By G. D. Sullivan on 05-21-17

Content is great but presentation needs work

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Reviewed: 03-18-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I could not listen to this book. The performance was so awful. I was having a difficult time determining whether it was read by computer or by a person. Words were mispronounced, it was recorded in pieces that were poorly stitched together, and it was read in an almost monotone voice.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kelly Bourquin’s performances?

I would not at all be willing to try another of Kelly Bourquin's performances.

Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Green Giants?

The content is the only redeeming value of this book. If you can stand to listen to it for a couple hours then you will find that it might pique your interest enough to buy the physical book, as I did.

  • Last Stand

  • George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West
  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In the last three decades of the 19th century, an American buffalo herd once numbering 30 million animals was reduced to 23. It was the era of Manifest Destiny, a gilded age that viewed the West as nothing more than a treasure chest of resources to be dug up or shot down. Supporting hide hunters was the US Army, which considered the eradication of the buffalo essential to victory in its ongoing war on Native Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing history of American tragedy

  • By J. A. Bowen on 05-16-16

Depressing history of American tragedy

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Reviewed: 05-16-16

If you could sum up Last Stand in three words, what would they be?

Depressing, essential, thorough.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Stand?

The most memorable moments of The Last Stand, in my opinion, are the accounts of the slaughter for commercial and political gain and the accounts of the efforts to protect the Yellowstone bison.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the capture of poacher Howell in Yellowstone.

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

It's difficult to pick one single moment. What I will say is that my nine-year old was moved to tears by the description of the slaughter of the bison.

Any additional comments?

If I could go back, I would not yet let my nine-year old listen to this book. It is incredibly depressing and angering to listen to.

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