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T. Powell

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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,129

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Worth the awards it's gotten 👌

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Very good world building. Very interesting characters that make it fun throughout the story.

The plot started out slow though ☹️ And they leave some questions open ended at the end. But nothing deeply crucial to the story.

  • #GIRLBOSS

  • By: Sophia Amoruso
  • Narrated by: Sara Jes Austell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,903

The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story, Inspiring - but not practical

  • By Angela on 05-01-15

Great book for women AND men.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Good story and advice showing the rise in her career. Very approachable book for the young (at heart) generation.

  • The Color of Law

  • A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
  • By: Richard Rothstein
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 890

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation - that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, he incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation - the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments - that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better suited to print than audio

  • By ProfGolf on 02-04-18

An extremely eye opening journey....

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

...through America's history of segregation and how this legacy STILL impacts ALL of us today.

Also it was very eye-opening to see how pervasive segregation was across the United States, not just in the South.

  • The Fall of Lucifer

  • Chronicles of Brothers, Time Before Time Series, Book 1
  • By: Wendy Alec
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Brady
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

In the beginning.... Three brothers - Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer. Royalty. Archangels. United in devotion to their father and all his works. But when Lucifer learns of their father’s latest creation - a new race, fashioned from crude matter and yet made in his image - he is consumed with resentment. Why have he and his angelic kind been overlooked? After a bitter confrontation, Lucifer is cast out, doomed to an eternity of exile and punishment. Unrepentant, he vows he won’t suffer alone. Mankind has made a powerful enemy - one determined to lure it into darkness and torment....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting subject matter 😎

  • By T. Powell on 11-27-18

Very interesting subject matter 😎

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

It's cool to see a take on this topic. And see how it's woven into the Bible.

At times, it was hard to follow the story though because of the time jumps in the story. And with different characters... the voice work needs more distinction.

But it's worth a read. I plan to read the next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 13,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,423

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 798
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 708

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 3,593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090

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
  • Good book but hard to listen to.

  • By Chris on 02-02-18

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 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

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 870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

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. 👌