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J. Reece

Centennial, CO
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  • The Art of Learning

  • An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  • By: Josh Waitzkin
  • Narrated by: Josh Waitzkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,797

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good overview with interesting backdrop

  • By James on 06-15-14

Absolutely fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I don't remember the last time I got 90% of the way through a nonfiction book and immediately wanted to start reading it again. The wisdom in here is so elegantly and densely woven that I am absolutely certain that I only grasped the barest hints of it, and it was still so profound that it made me want to change my life. I recommend this book with no reservations. Everyone can learn something valuable from it.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,893

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Fun enough, but unoriginal

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I enjoyed the book, but it was definitely derivative. I would've liked some more originality.

  • Raising Human Beings

  • Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child
  • By: Ross W. Greene
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

In Raising Human Beings, the renowned child psychologist and New York Times best-selling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great parenting advice!

  • By J. Reece on 05-09-17

Great parenting advice!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

This book was excellent! I read a lot of parenting books, and I find that they tend to fall into two camps. Some are primarily about general principles and philosophies, but are short on specific advice. Alfie Kohn's "Unconditional Parenting" is an example of this type. They're valuable, but could be frustrating for someone looking for specific ideas about what to do. "Raising Human Beings" is a great example of the second type, which is the instruction manual type of parenting book.

Dr. Greene certainly has a general philosophy that comes through in his book, but it's a very pragmatic philosophy. His assertion is that things will be better for everyone if you collaborate to resolve problems instead of using power to coerce obedience. One of the big differences is that Dr. Greene isn't suggesting that you change the goals you have for your kids (finishing homework, cleaning up their room, treating their siblings respectfully, etc.) he's just showing you how best to work with your kids to help them meet your expectations.

What makes this book so helpful is that Dr. Greene provides step-by-step instructions and even scripts you can follow. He tells you what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. For someone struggling to make changes to their parenting, this can be extremely helpful. Having a script can help keep you from falling into the patterns you're hoping to change.

My only real complaints about the book are very minor. For one, Dr. Greene refers to coercion as "Plan A" throughout the book, even though that's the method he doesn't recommend. Every time I've ever heard the phrase "Plan A" used in the past, it's been in reference to a course of action that should be done first, as your primary choice. Having him use it in the exact opposite of the traditional sense is confusing, especially since there doesn't seem to be any reason behind it. He very easily could have chosen different nomenclature for his system to avoid confusion. I also think that he sells himself a bit short. He recommends using this system only when things are calm and relaxed, usually after a conflict has occurred. I've noticed a number of times where his system would work perfectly in the moment in my own life, when one of your children is doing something you don't want them to do, but when nobody is yet losing their cool. I think including a short section on using his methods as a preventive measure instead of waiting until they've already gone bad would have been helpful, and would have demonstrated the versatility of this powerful system.

A very strong 4.5 stars from me! This is one of those books I immediately wanted to share with all of my friends because it offered such an innovative and pragmatic solution to problems we all face.

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  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,523

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Competence Porn with Zombies

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

If you like dudes who do everything well, and I do, you'll love Joe Ledger.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under a Graveyard Sky

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale

  • By Sara Marie Dalke on 07-03-14

Rooting For the Zombies

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I expected to like this book, but I just couldn't. Every aspect of it annoyed me.

The treatment of firearms was immature and often incorrect, which I would normally expect and gloss over, but I'd been assured that Ringo really knows his stuff. He doesn't, or if he does, then he must have worked really hard to hide it with this book.

The repeated instances of people sexualizing the 13-year old girl were gross, and completely unnecessary. She's closer to 10 than she is to 18. Good guys in their 20s and 30s shouldn't be making jokes about wanting to get on her without a peep of disapproval from her father, at least, or from the author at worst. It's just nasty. If you wanted her to be an underage sexual object (for some reason that I can't fathom) without it being over-the-top creepy, make her like 17 1/2 or something. Some guy repeatedly asking "When are you legal?" when the answer is "Half a year," is a lot better than when the answer is "Half a decade."

I also got really sick of the pedantry from all characters. When almost everyone in your book has a moment where they throw out useless facts in a superior manner or say "Actually, that's a common misconception..." then it's the author who is a pedant. I get it. I was that guy when I was 14, too. It was annoying as hell to everyone around me then, and it's annoying as hell to read about a flotilla of people who are like that now. If these are the people repopulating the world, I think I'm rooting for the zombies.

I finished the book because I run a book club, and was rooting for it to win based on wanting to read more of Ringo's work (having read Ghost and Kildar, and thinking that maybe this one would ease off on the debauchery throttle) and thinking the premise sounded interesting. If not for that, I would have stopped reading before they even left New York. The fact that the book doesn't actually end was just adding insult to injury. No resolution at all. Just "Hey read the next book and thanks for your money." Bah. I'm done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spellbound

  • Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,187

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbound is Pure Magic

  • By Paulette on 02-12-14

Bronson Pinchot can read the hell out of a book

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

Reviewed: 01-03-13

What did you love best about Spellbound?

Correia's world is fascinating and fun, and Pinchot does an amazing job of bringing it to life. I also love the pacing. Larry's just about ruined me for all other authors at this point. Everyone else seems dull and plodding by comparison.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Faye. She's a great big pile of murder and that's awesome.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really liked the scene with Heinrich in the prison cell. He's like a German honey badger.

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

We wanted to, but weren't able to. The combination of the excellent writing and the excellent reading make it an easy one to get lost in.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful