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  • 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 15,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,301

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

Another great one by Gladwell

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Would you listen to David and Goliath again? Why?

I would. Gladwell always has a way of making you look at the seemingly obvious a little differently.

What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

Perhaps, "Blink", in that Gladwell presents a different take on common occurences.

Which character – as performed by Malcolm Gladwell – was your favorite?

Not really character driven.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. For me this wasn't his most power work. It's sort of like how M. Night Shamalawhateverhisnameis, blew you away with the sixth sense then has been trying to capture audiences in the same manner ever since. Gladwell has consistenly challenged me. This one was very good, but not his best. "Outliers" (continues to) hit me on several emotonal levels. IMO, his best work.

Any additional comments?

No. But looking foward to my next Gladwell read.

  • How Children Succeed

  • Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • By: Paul Tough
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 878

The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues for a very different understanding of what makes a successful child. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology, Tough shows that the qualities that matter most have less to do with IQ and more to do with character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy on Anecdotes, light on data

  • By Gregory on 01-21-13

Excellent - Refreshing - Insightful

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Would you consider the audio edition of How Children Succeed to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version. But can't imagine it could be be better or worse. This is about the information and I felt it so compelling I listened twice already.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How Children Succeed?

The story about the young lady from one of Chicago's roughest inner city schools. At some point she developed the grit to push on and change her circumstance. Although she didn't get into Duke, she got into school. Story is inspiring.

What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Like Medina wrote in "Brain Rules", hearing the information is basically a more efficient way to learn. I believe this whole-heartedly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Developing the grit to succeed is as important as the success itself.

Any additional comments?

Just a great read. Success is relative but the book provides interesting perspective into the idea of maintaining success and how those that might have had the tougher journey are more likely to hold onto it.

  • Short Course in Beer

  • An Introduction to Tasting and Talking About the World's Most Civilized Beverage
  • By: Lynn Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

Straightforward and opinionated, Short Course in Beer is designed to turn the novice beer lover into an expert imbiber and the casual drinker into an enthusiast. Readers will come to understand the beauty of beer and the sources of its flavor, as well as learn which beers are worth our time and which are not. With tongue in cheek, the author examines beer's historical connections to the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, and modern-day soccer riots. He talks frankly (and joyfully) about the effects of alcohol on the body and brain, he defends beer from its enemies, and ushers it out of the frat house and into the dining room.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Ok Beer Book

  • By AppleCedAR on 10-21-13

Beer Snobbery: 101

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Where does Short Course in Beer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the pack. This was an interesting, but enjoyable enough take on the whole craft beer thing. I am a beer snob. So I defintely got some good talking points. I aspire to take my beer snobbery to the next level so I will be going back to review my bookmarks.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lynn Hoffman? Why or why not?

Maybe? Depends on the topic and title, I guess.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Adam Verner?

Yes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No big emotional swing. Just a sense of empowerment and validation. I love beer. I am a beer snob and that's okay. I don't have to be ashamed of that.

Any additional comments?

The part with the recipes is good to have but awful to listen to. Doubt I'll ever cook shellfish on a whim...but if I do...!!!!

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  • FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,170

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANKS AGAIN FOR ANOTHER FREE SHORTY

  • By Randall on 12-30-18

A little hard to visualize before it gets going

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not really.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There wasn't much of a story, unfortunately. Character development, perhaps?

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Was FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) worth the listening time?

Hard to say it wasn't. It was only an hour. My morning commute. Provide a break from the usual action.

Any additional comments?

Not really. Don't wanna dis the author here, but having no familiarity wit the characters or the author, it took a while for me to fall into it and be entertained.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,558

Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner

  • By Sez on 07-12-14

Entertaining as hell!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

What did you love best about Monster Hunter Nemesis?

The development of the lead character. Bad ass arch-angel in a re-tooled meat sack...with a bit of a conscience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead. Franks. By far.

Which scene was your favorite?

The fight against the lead werewolf. Whoa. I wonder if today's Hollywood/CGI tech would do that justice on the big screen. Probably not. Also really liked how early American history was written in. Eventhough the book was all fantasy it was a bit of a stretch for me subscribing to the George Washington character as this revolutionary stud, given that real history writes him as a bit of a douche (IMO) keeping his Virginia plantation alive (read your history...). I think Franks punched him, instead of his horse, in an alternate universe...completely rewriting American history. I would have loooooooooved to have read that version.

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

Probably not. It's good to break away and come back to it. It's long enough where it has some moderate parts.

Any additional comments?

A good read. Well performed. I love how some of these narrators can keep track of all of the accents of the book's characters. The female voices were a bit cheesey, but I'm not sure how you're supposed to effectively go from the bass of a Franks to female voice. It was serviceable. But, as far as monster books go, loved it.

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  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,578

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Title misrepresents tone of content

  • By Matt on 07-29-14

You're still great - Even while broke and lonely!!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-14

If you could sum up You are a Badass in three words, what would they be?

Nothing necessarily new here, but Sincero brings it with a realness that got me from the word "Go". The title caught me, and then she comes out of the box at you. The book is conversational - As if it's your "big" sister sitting you down and (overused pun in 3...2...1...) keepin' it real with you.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The presentation was the most interesting aspect. This was bar talk with my guy after 2 or 3 beers. Backed up with a science similar to "The Secret", without the preachiness. I thought she was entertaining and made me laugh, out loud, often.

Which character – as performed by Jen Sincero – was your favorite?

She's the lead.

What did you learn from You are a Badass that you would use in your daily life?

Weird happenings. At one point in the book she talks about believing she'll get a great parking spot. I happened to be in my car, listening on my way back to the office from lunch. I decided to fall into it...consciously will a space out in front of my office whilst fighting back the doubt that this vooddoo could really work. I'll be damned if I didn't find a prime spot right in front of the building. Coincidence? Probably... but then I pulled my car right behind the same model Infiniti truck that she referenced shortly thereafter, a couple of spaces down from a Honda CRV also referenced. I'm still riding with the really cool coincidence - But if this is the "Universe" giving me hints, I won't shut myself off from that either. Success requires a submission to the idea of faith. It's a bit of re-wiring, but if you desire a jump start, why not put yourself in a positive belief mindset with both feet. If you believe in the connectedness of it all, why not subscribe with at least 51% of your being and see what happens. At a MINIMUM, you might get a great parking space.

Any additional comments?

I like her, and I liked this book. Recommended it to my wife as I think she'd appreciate hearing it in a woman's voice from a woman's perspective. If you're a study of these types of things nothing in here comes as a huge revelation - But she comes with a convincing conviction that attracted me from the jump. "This s**t works!" might be my favorite line in this book.

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  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,734

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Holy Ish!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

I like that it was topical. Almost felt like I could've been reading about contemporaries...people that I know today. I like how it contrasted city/urban life with that of Midwestern America.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

Two moments stand out for me: (SPOILER ALERT) First was when it was revealed that this sweet, innocent, angst ridden, attractive, stand-by-her-man young lady was something a little bit different. Second was when (SPOILER ALERT) Nick ultimately decides to acquiesce.

What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

Julia's performance was much, much stronger than Kirby's. He ultimately grew on me but I'd like to think the male character's voice should have been a little more mature, confident. He sounded very "highschoolish" in parts - especially in the beginning.

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

(SPOILER ALERT) When "Amazing Amy" crossed over to "Murdering Amy".

Any additional comments?

This book was just dope. Loved it. And Flynn's an adopted Chicago girl. We support our own. Go Girl!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Why ITIL Drives Bottom-Line Savings
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    Length: 36 mins
    21 ratings
    Overall 2.4
  • Why ITIL Drives Bottom-Line Savings

  • ExecBlueprint
  • By: Tom Bishop, Jamal Farhat, Dean Peterson
  • Narrated by: Tom Bishop
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 13

Featuring the technology leaders from BMC Software, BorgWarner, and Wachovia, this ExecBlueprint discusses how ITIL can improve efficiency and performance in IT processes such as service management and change management.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak

  • By Don on 09-09-08

Light

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

What would have made Why ITIL Drives Bottom-Line Savings better?

More content. There simply wasn't enough information to try to answer the question about why ITIL drives bottom-line savings.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

It was superficial. No drill down. Not enough detail to get into theory or case study analysis regarding their ITIL deployments.

What three words best describe the narrator’s voice?

Clean. Concise. Mechanical.

What character would you cut from Why ITIL Drives Bottom-Line Savings?

None.

Any additional comments?

This is equivalent to a 30 second commercial about investment banking. You're going to provide very high level positive outcomes without getting into the meat of the sandwich. I want the meat in the sandwich...and I don't care how sticky the bread gets in the process.

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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,067

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Why?

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

Reviewed: 02-27-12

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

Maybe.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept of experiencing dual dimensions, although they weren't clearly defined within the universe of the book.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Annoying, consistent, talented.

Did 1Q84 inspire you to do anything?

Find a better story.

Any additional comments?

I got really used to the characters - felt like I knew them well. There was plenty of time to develop them since the book was so long. That said, I felt like the story went in different directions and didn't tie back cleanly in the end. Make no mistake, this turned out to be a love story. Perhaps all of the other stuff was an elaborate setup for guy gets girl. But there's no reason why they should have ended up together. It just seemed that all of a sudden this is where the author wanted to take us. I know some of the reviews are that this is a