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Trey Hill

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  • Bored and Brilliant

  • How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self
  • By: Manoush Zomorodi
  • Narrated by: Manoush Zomorodi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. In this fascinating new audiobook, Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repackaged podcast segment

  • By Chad on 06-02-18

The Book is Life Affirming

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I absolutely loved & enjoyed the challenge at the heart of this book. It was a work that met me exactly where I was at in my personal life regarding technology and offered practical steps to take further control of my relationship with my phone while reinforcing some of what I’d come to on my own with a wealth of research.

The information is well organized which made it easy to follow along as an audio book. The anecdotes are highly engaging and Manoush’s performance made the whole concept very accessible.

I’m looking forward to buying the hard cover and transferring my notes to their pages and open up discussion with my family about ways we can all embrace some of these concepts in our home.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to have a better command of or who is asking questions about their relationship with technology.

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  • Vichy France

  • The History of Nazi Germany's Occupation of France During World War II
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: William Crockett
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Emerging from France's catastrophic 1940 defeat like a bedraggled and rather sinister phoenix, the French State – better known to history as Vichy France or the Vichy Regime after its spa-town capital, stands in history as a unique and bizarre creation of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler's European conquests. A patchwork of paradoxes and contradictions, the Vichy Regime maintained a quasi-independent French nation for some time after the Third Reich invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched But Poorly Narrated

  • By Trey Hill on 08-23-17

Well Researched But Poorly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

The short book reads like a Masters level dissertation. It is well researched & presents a very important piece of WWII history with a scholarly touch. If you're looking for a brief overview of the Vichy regime, this book is an excellent choice.

But be warned, Mr. Crockett's narration is awful. You will have to fight through his constant mispronunciation of vocabulary, both common & academic, his well intended over annunciation and amateur-hour voice affectations, indistinguishable from one character to the next, during all historical quotes.

Honestly, if I hadn't been so eager to dive into this subject, I would have requested a refund because the book is almost unlistenable due to performance.