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  • 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 2,525
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,195

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 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

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.

  • 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 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Very Original

  • By Louis on 05-17-18

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 823
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

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 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,782

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 13,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,005

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088

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 47,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,809

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....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Lori on 10-17-13

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

  • The Demon Crown

  • A Sigma Force Novel
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

A construction project beneath the National Mall reveals a dark secret dating back to the Civil War, something buried by a cabal of scientists, led by Alexander Graham Bell, who helped found the Smithsonian Institution. It is a cache of bones, preserved in amber, protecting a wonder like no other, the very secret of life after death. But such a prize is guarded by a horror out of the ancient past, a horror that still lives in the marrow of those bones - and is now free again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another Sigma Force drama

  • By Matthew on 12-22-17

I could not finish it ☹️

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The feel the book started off with an interesting plot!! But it quickly turned into Syfy channel, B Rated Plotline. It was too much of a logic jump for me to understand why the problem the protagonists were dealing with is a "world wide threat" . It felt they were making a mountain out of mole hill. So much so, I felt its not worth my time to keep reading. I didnt felt compelled to keep going because the plot seemed too silly to me.

I must say , this is my first "Sigma Force Novel". So I am not sure all the books in the series have plot lines like this. The idea of Sigma Force sounds cool. A small military arm of DARPA solving odd problems around the world.

Next time, I will have to look deeper into the plot before I buy a Sigma Force book.

On the up side... The 🗣️ Voice Performance was pretty good.

  • 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 26,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,898

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

Thought provoking book about what makes success

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Easy listen. It really challenges your perception on success. And it forces you to look deeper into contributing factors in people's lives.