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Jerry M.

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  • 2 Second Lean

  • By: Paul A. Akers
  • Narrated by: Paul A Akers
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another flavor of the month

  • By Jon on 03-21-12

Too fluffy for me

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

This book is pretty light on actual content related to "Lean" and heavy on info about the author, his company and his travels etc. Given the other rave reviews - this clearly hits the mark for other but not for me. It came across too much like an infomercial to me.

  • 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 7,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,757

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

Loooooooooonnnnnnnng, Slooooooow and Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 04-18-12

The female reader is painfully slow, the story slows and starts and information is constantly repeated. Edited down, the interesting bits might take up 1/3rd of the total time of this book. An abridged version would be something to consider.

  • Renewable Energy

  • A Common Sense Energy Plan
  • By: Bradford Linscott
  • Narrated by: Josh Kilbourne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

The United States is on the brink of an energy crisis. Every day, foreign oil and fossil fuels become more expensive and limited. Our energy needs increase while our power plants and power grids become more outdated. Our traditional energy sources damage the environment. With all of these energy problems, any clean, renewable energy source is a viable option, right? In Renewable Energy: A Common Sense Energy Plan, Bradford Linscott addresses the impending energy problems our nation faces.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By Jerry M. on 10-24-11

Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 10-24-11

The title and description of this book are both misleading. Given the content of the book, it should have been titled "A case for Nuclear and Hydrogen" as this is not a book about renewable energy alternatives- it is a case for moving to a Nuclear and Hydrogen based economy. In the book the author systematically dismisses (repeatedly) all forms of renewable energy except perhaps geothermal. He then goes on the say that Nuclear based electricity used to create hydrogen are the only 'serious' options available and that we should stop work in renewable energy (except large scale geothermal) and focus all efforts on building nuclear plants and a hydrogen infrastructure.

He repeatedly talks about the 'cost of energy today' as if it is a valid baseline. Given peak oil and the massive external costs (pollution, global warming) and subsidies given to fossil fuels, the baseline price paid per kilowatt hour or gallon of gas are not nearly reflective of the real costs.

Some of his criticisms of renewables are that they would require storage and grid upgrades, however he never discusses the possible use of renewables to actually create hydrogen, only focusing on using nuclear to create hydrogen. He's dismissive of issues with nuclear safety and radioactive waste and spends no time talking about potential unintended consequences of hydrogen.

One of the touted benefits of the futuristic US hydrogen economy is that the hydrogen supply—in the form of water—is virtually limitless. This assumption is taken for granted so much that no major study has fully considered just how much water a sustainable hydrogen economy would need. Less than 3% of the worlds water is fresh water and that amount of usable fresh water is in decline. Additionally, we go to where we are with fossil fuels based on faulty assumptions of relatively limitless supplies and no lasting environmental impacts. Do we really want to bet the farm on using water? It might be a good answer, but it needs better big picture analysis.

Other than sunlight, the earth is a closed loop system and any proposal to have an energy enconomy based on extraction (uranium and water) vs. actual renewables needs a much larger look at the big picture so that we don't trade one economic, geopolitical, environmental problem for another based solely on the energy density equation.

Finally, if Nuclear and Hydrogen were such no-brainers, then people would be heavily investing in them today. No nuclear plants will be built without government support and no insurers will insure them for potential problems in the future - so any safety issues will be born by the taxpayer both for the plant safety and the safety of radioactive wastes. Without factoring in these costs and risks the nuclear 'cost effectiveness' assertion is highly suspect.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

  • By: John C. Bogle
  • Narrated by: Thom Pinto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

To learn how to make index investing work for you, there's no better mentor than legendary mutual-fund industry veteran John C. Bogle. Over the course of his long career, Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the world's first index mutual-fund, has relied primarily on index investing to help Vanguard's clients build substantial wealth. Now, with The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, he wants to help you do the same.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Invest in Index Fund.If you get that, don't waste$

  • By Sankar on 12-20-10

Repeats endlessly

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-08

While this book offers sound advice on index investing. It is endlessly repetitive. The crux of the material could be covered in 15-30 minutes.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful