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  • The Tipping Point

  • How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,774

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sociology for the masses.

  • By Dean on 10-28-10

Great insight ...

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Viewing things that happen in life from a different vantage point. Gladwell uses several real life situations to explain his point very well. It makes me look at life/situations differently.

  • Who Fears Death

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 744
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 11-15-10

Really good story and interesting perspective 👐

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I really liked the story . Strong woman lead is a breath of fresh air. Combined with African culture as a background of the story made for a rich dynamic . There are a few plot points that need tweaking. It's not clear why they didn't clean those parts up before ending the story. And the ending left me like 🤷‍♀️
But as a whole, again, it's a good book.

The voice performance was great in some parts and not so great in others. Mostly in situations where there are multiple (4+) characters in one scene.

  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,585

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good content, rough narration

  • By Matt Lavallee on 02-03-18

Good take on being a manager ,even if your are not

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Good take on does and don'ts when being a manager. Very practical approach managing. And guiding your own career.
This book is about more than giving candid feedback. And the anecdote from the author's career are great.

The voice performance could be better. 🙄

  • Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

  • By: Patty McCord
  • Narrated by: Patty McCord, Alex Hyde White
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

When it comes to recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. In her new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, she shares what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant & Insightful

  • By Jessica Lea Nolette on 02-26-18

Good listen. Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Interesting approach to hear about how NetFlix managed their culture. Lots of things to apply to your company or team. Worth the read.

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  • Us vs. Them

  • The Failure of Globalism
  • By: Ian Bremmer
  • Narrated by: Willis Sparks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

From Brexit in the UK, to Donald Trump in the US, to extremist parties in Europe and the developing world, populism has dominated recent headlines. What explains this rise of leaders who stoke nationalist anger in their countries, from Le Pen to Erdogan? How long will the populist wave last? Who will be the winners and losers in this climate, and how can we defend the values of democracy, free trade, and international cooperation? No one is better suited to explore these questions than Ian Bremmer, who has built his career on assessing global risk for his clients.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with a big blind spot

  • By Randy on 04-25-18

So So.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

The premise of the book is very interesting . But the delivery felt all over the place. Not sure if I'd recommend it.

  • Instinct

  • The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive
  • By: T. D. Jakes
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one of our most powerful, purposeful, God-given attributes - the desire to be fruitful and multiply, what Bishop T. D. Jakes calls our "instinct for increase". Combining historical, cultural, and personal examples with biblical insights, in Instinct Bishop Jakes outlines how to rediscover your natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of your past experiences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book info great, Narrator??? Not so much!!

  • By Philly on 07-04-14

Follow your instincts

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

A pretty good book on following your instincts. And practical advice of things to watch out for when moving to the next level in your life. 👌

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,960

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

A surprisingly good story , entertaining

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

On the cover, the story sounds dumb. A large spider civilization? Human's flying through space. Three time lines over 1000s of years across three groups.

But the author made it ALL work. I'm impressed. By the end of the story I was super invested.

The sci-fi in this story was really good and well thought out.

This story is worth the time. You'll come away statisfied.

  • 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 14,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,560

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

Great take on how negatives can become positives.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Very eye opening book on people's lives and their impact on their world due to their circumstances .

Really makes you think about your own circumstances and how you can use it to your advantage.

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  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Premise

  • By James on 11-22-09

Not worth it, but interesting premise.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The backdrop of the story is very interesting. But if you think about it for a moment, it's just absurd. So even through this detective story is a serious one. On the backdrop of the two cities.... it's hard to keep reading while you are thinking... "this premise is so unrealistic nothing makes sense"

I do give a gold star to the author for trying something different.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,919

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • what was the point of this book

  • By Nobody on 11-11-18

Funny Life Commentary

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Easy listen.
Tina's comedy talent is apparent.
It did make me a little depressed for a the things women are put through. ☹️
But you can't go wrong with this book.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful