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J. Gifford

California
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  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,795

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I won’t begrudge someone the opportunity to make a little money off a good idea, but this idea does not need a full audio book. Here it is in a nutshell. If you have a goal or want to do something, cut your negative or lazy sabotaging brain off by counting backward from 5 to 1 and then do it. There’s science involved. You’re welcome.

Beyond that there’s a LOT of filler and anecdotes laced with language not recommended for sensitive ears. Seriously, don’t let your kids listen to this.

  • Multipliers

  • How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
  • By: Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: John Meagher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the ones around them and always need to be the smartest ones in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to come by a good management book

  • By Niv on 04-08-14

Dense

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

This book is jam packed full of information, complete with lists of things to do. It is great to listen to, but honestly needs the printed book as companion. There’s just no way to maintain columns and checklists in one’s brain while driving or passively listening. I found that, unless I wanted to pause every 30 seconds to reflect on a point and try to memorize the practice, what was read would quickly get kicked out of my brain with the subsequent action list. My recommendation is to take copious notes while listening, or get the printed book and read along.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51,827

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The opposite of the Martian...

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 11-27-17

Waaay more *adult* than The Martian

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

The sciency stuff that we loved in The Martian is kind of there. But, the dialogue is reminiscent of a teenager in their first year of college figuring out that mom and dad can't stop them from swearing now. In comparing to Weir's previous work, the writing and characters are inferior. The charm of Watney in the protagonist is definitely missing.

I would never let kids get close to this book. The language is very R rated, and the protagonist has a propensity toward the vulgar. In addition to an ongoing reference to a re-usable condom (a joke that never really pays off), this book is not appropriate for youngsters. The vulgarity, at a point, gets nearly comical, but not in the way that it serves the story. It's really just vulgar language for its own sake, and I had a very hard time believing that anyone actually speaks this way.

The narrator does an excellent job performing accents and pacing her reading. Her characterizations are believable and natural, and I wish she had had a better story to read.

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,653

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Honestly, one of the stupidest books ever. Serious

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An entirely different writer, say one that had matured beyond 8th grade story writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Suarez again?

Not even if Mr. Suarez himself paid me to.

What aspect of Jeff Gurner???s performance would you have changed?

I think Mr. Gurner was against a wall... trying to do a good performance of a ridiculous script.

What character would you cut from Daemon?

Well, the Daemon was pretty awful, but then the story would have to be titled, "A Bunch of Thin Characters with Poorly Written Dialog and Faux-Edgy Absurdity".

Any additional comments?

I'll join the chorus and say that I bought this because of Leo Laporte's glowing recommendation. I first started listening to this last year when it came out and quickly lost interest. But, because of a recent podcast and Leo's continuing admiration, I thought that I had missed something and probably just needed to dive in a little more. Not so. There are four or five moments where I was honestly embarrassed that I was listening to this drivel and hoped that no one would walk in and hear it.

In addition to the completely unnecessary and look-at-how-smart-I-am "technical" spooge, comes an inane, obsessive focus on race and an adolescent attempt at including every race just to get a better grade from the teacher. Honestly, I can't believe this made it to print/audio. I had to laugh when new situations where something technical was happening arose. Suarez is obviously so impressed at his own technical knowledge that explanations are overly complicated recitations, seemingly straight from Websters.

Finally, if you are a parent, DO NOT let your children read this book. Beside it being a ridiculous waste of time, it is also depraved and has the worst, pornographic scene - involving a drugged, underage girl and a group of men at a rave - that I have ever encountered in a book. It is such an unnecessary attempt at being edgy that it pisses me off.

For a better read, pick ANYTHING written by ANY adolescent with an IQ over 75... Ever. Seriously. This is just awful.

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