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D. Landau

Toronto, Canada
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  • Leadership & Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • struggled

  • By Misty on 01-24-17

Profound or banal...depends if you're cynical.

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Though it is a bit culty and over-enthused, there is wisdom in this that can affect you if you let it.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,019

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Mistborn lite?

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Having enjoyed Mistborn, I wasn't so impressed with this. Similar theme but this was lighter and more action-oriented.

  • The Source

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 54 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

In the grand storytelling style that is his signature, James Michener sweeps us back through time to the very beginnings of the Jewish faith, thousands of years ago. Through the predecessors of four modern men and women, we experience the entire colorful history of the Jews, including the life of the early Hebrews and their persecutions, the impact of Christianity, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition, all the way to the founding of present-day Israel and the Middle East conflict.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By GGS Engineering on 09-11-15

It's well worth getting, despite the odd narration

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

This book had a profound effect when I was young, and it's great to come back to it and discover how it holds up (I considered 5 stars). It's Michener's best. So don't be put off my a narrator who is dry and pronounces the last letter so distinctly...it didn't spoil it for me, the story transcends.

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  • Lustrum

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy. The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting for History Lovers

  • By D. Landau on 12-17-15

Interesting for History Lovers

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

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

Interesting, serious, historical

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Harris before, how does this one compare?

More informative, less entertaining.

Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favorite?

Pompeii the Great.

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

Cicero's self-flattering poem.

Any additional comments?

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  • Bilingual Barcelona Audio Guide for Spanish Learners

  • By: iAudioguide
  • Narrated by: Olga Vallejo
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Do you want to work on your Spanish listening comprehension at home or on your trip to Barcelona? This bilingual English/Spanish audioguide of Barcelona is made for travelers and language learners with an interest in the stories behind famous places in Barcelona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good value...but not for Spanish 'learner'

  • By D. Landau on 05-08-13

Good value...but not for Spanish 'learner'

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

Reviewed: 05-08-13

The Spanish part isn't integrated with the English, and goes fast, so not great for learning. I tried to slow it down on my iphone but it didn't sound right for some reason.

  • A More Perfect Heaven

  • How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
  • By: Dava Sobel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

In her graceful, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles the history of the Copernican Revolution, relating the story of astronomy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages. In its midst will be her play, And the Sun Stood Still, imagining the dialogue that would have transpired between Rheticus and Copernicus in their months together. As she achieved with her bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel expands the bounds of science writing, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but Not Perfect

  • By John on 09-01-12

Illuminating and creative

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

Reviewed: 05-06-13

The play idea worked well, sandwiched between the historical retelling. I learned quite a bit. Maybe wish more was done on how this shook the worldview, and on his methods, but still good.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy to a dramatic and surprising climax as Sanderson's saga offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply outstanding!

  • By Chris on 07-26-12

Too much 'alumancy'

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

Reviewed: 09-14-11

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This third book didn't live up to the others b/c it got bogged down in details about metals and other stuff that got convoluted. Am I the only one who felt that way?

  • The Dead Yard

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A more mature Michael...

  • By Rebecarol on 08-24-08

Great writing, quite violent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-11

I really like the writing and narration, and it's quite gripping. There are a few passages that are quite gruesome, so it's not for the faint of heart.

  • Sovereign

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Autumn, 1541. Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Already in York are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak. Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission: to ensure the welfare of a dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great historical crime series

  • By Aileen on 11-29-11

An enjoyable tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-10

Well written and narrated, with an entertaining plot, the book falls a bit short of great. I like a richer historical context, or more character development, but I recommend it.

  • The Bloomsday Dead

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SIX STARS ******

  • By Johnnie Walker on 03-23-07

Great story and language

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-10

It's violent, but the main character is charming, the plot moves, and the well-crafted Irish language is conveyed adeptly by the narrator.