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Marian Hanganu

Ploiesti, Romania
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  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,808

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

The ultimate guide of the underdog

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Gladwell is amazing. His stories are breathtaking, addictive, life changing. It entertaind and educate in the same time. It enlighten and broaden your view on the world.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rajiv, the basketball trainer

Which scene was your favorite?

The David and Goliath fight

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

The story on Northern Ireland, when the catholics bring food to their besieged neighbours.

Any additional comments?

If you ever fought a fight with a bigger, stronger, more affluent opponent, you wish you have read this book before.

  • Power vs. Force

  • The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
  • By: Dr. David R. Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Dr. David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 937

The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, good audiobook....

  • By Paul on 09-10-09

Intelectual Mambo Jambo

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story is anti scientific, based on unproven assumptions, false expectations. This is a sort of mythology sold as popular science that should belong to the fantasy list of books. Nothing could make me grant more than 1 star, provided that zero is not an option.

What was most disappointing about Dr. David R. Hawkins’s story?

This is not science. This shall stay in the same list with The Secret and the horoscope.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He is a terrible narrator. Only the content of the book is worse than the narrator

What character would you cut from Power vs. Force?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

I am sorry I bought this book. I shall pay more attention before of buying a book

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,511

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Brilliant logic and atheist umanism

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-12

Would you listen to God Is Not Great again? Why?

I would listen it again for the great reasoning of Cristopher Hitchens and for the deep emotions carried by his narration.
The book dismantles the so called humanism of the religion showing that the Gods of various religions are not good and not just and, happily they do not exist.
Hitchens shows that our morality does not come from religion, but it precedes religions, that are man made creations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of God Is Not Great?

I like that parts where he dismantles the goodness of the religions exposing them as cruel and imoral.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Hitchens – was your favorite?

Hitch is reading his own creation and he compensates the voice of a narrator with the emotion and conviction carried by his voice.

If you could give God Is Not Great a new subtitle, what would it be?

God is not great, but Hitch was!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,527

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

A call for reason!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-12

Would you listen to The God Delusion again? Why?

Yes, I might do it in the future, because of the valuable information contained and the style: it is easy to follow, intriguing, mind-opening.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The book is very well organized: it flows from the beginning to the end and keeps you comitted to listen and learn more.

Which scene was your favorite?

The proof that our moral system is not derrived from religion.

If you could give The God Delusion a new subtitle, what would it be?

Why we don't need God to understand the World!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,446

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what's making us fat - and how we can change - in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes' crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening, life changing book!

  • By Marsha on 02-03-11

Life saving book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-11

Where does Why We Get Fat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If you are fat challanged, as Americans say, this book could be life saving. Most of nutritionists treat people like machines: daily consumption-energy spent=what you earn or lose. This is simply wrong, because people are not machines and energy balance is not the reason why we get fat. This book offers a better explanation, a scientific one and offers a viable alternative to get leaner and stay lean. The reader will fully understand why we get fat and what to do about this.
Additionally, the audiobook is well written and well read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire

  • How Cooking Made Us Human
  • By: Richard Wrangham
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book about early human development...

  • By KHarrang on 12-10-09

Very interesting and intriguing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-11

This is a book that suggests a very interesting hypothesis that never occurred to me: that cooking made the apes human! This is a strong insight into the descent of man on Earth. The whole saga is revealed with "detective" skills by the author and this makes the lecture interesting to follow.
Some of the findings are also useful for the modern man trying to fight obesity and other are important from the anthropological perspective to the modern life issues as man-female relationship and place in society.
A very good book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Whole New Mind

  • Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,332

Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power to the Right Side of the Brain

  • By David on 11-15-10

Interesting, engaging

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-10

It's a new World, one that you cannot and should not approach with the mindset of the 20th Century.
New time, new thinking. This is the ideea of the book and is briliantly expressed by the authors. It is an enterteining story that openminded folks will enjoy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Boys Adrift

  • Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
  • By: Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startling, well-researched view...

  • By KnightRanger on 08-14-08

A frieghtening call for action

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-09

I wish I have read it when my son was 5. Now he is 13 and some of the evils depicted in the book have already affected him. Anyway, it is a must read if you are a parent, especially a parent of a boy.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Age Curve

  • How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm
  • By: Kenneth W. Gronbach
  • Narrated by: Max Bloomquist
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

For years, marketers have held on to unwavering beliefs that have dictated how they market to their consumers. But the hard truth is that the changes we see in marketing and business are based on one undeniable factor - the size of the generations we are selling to. As each generation ages, what they buy and how much they buy will change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eye opening book

  • By Marian Hanganu on 05-25-09

An eye opening book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-09

When I listened this book I tought: how could I have been so stupid to lose of sight the demografics in the past? Gronbach speaks about the influence of generations in marketing in a way that is easy to understand, entertaining and challenging. When you finish his book, you are already a better marketer!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,461

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Breath-taking

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-08

Gladwell did it again! Outliers is captivating, intriguing and you cannot let it aside until you finish it!
As it was the case with his previous books, it made me change my behaviour.
You must listen this great book!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful