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  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • Written by: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic

  • By Karyn McKnight on 2019-07-22

Boooooooring!

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-24

I have been working my way through classic sci-fi novels. I recently finished Neuromancer which was fantastic. Slaughterhouse Five is also considered a classic. Why? Probably because it was culturally relevant at the time, but in 2018, it simply sucks. This is one of those books that feels like it’s constantly in the introduction because it never goes anywhere. The main character is hollow and blank, he has no clear opponent or conflict and James Franco sounds like he recorded this at 3am. Finally, the author annoyingly inserts random pieces of information that The reader doesn’t give two shits about - like the profession of the previous owner of an apartment Billy was staying at and who the lady was that a boat was named after. I was not entertained, I was not moved and no new perspectives were gained.

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  • The Speed of Trust

  • The One Thing that Changes Everything
  • Written by: Stephen M. R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen M. R. Covey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

For business leaders and public figures in any arena, The Speed of Trust offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship - from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction - and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time - killing, bureaucratic check - and - balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read it

  • By Scott on 2018-01-27

Read it

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-27

This book provides a powerful new frame by which to view organizations and your own interactions. I was initially attracted to this book to enhance my profession and career, but, similar to his father’s contributions, I found it applied to and changed me as a whole person.

Stephen’s nasally, breathy and sometimes staccato reading detracts from the message. However, occasionally the principles and stories would pull me in and I would forget.

Overall, I very much recommend this book and will look back to it often for advice.

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