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A. Yoshida

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  • Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barbara Annis, John Gray
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    Work With Me is the timely collaboration of two of the world's foremost authorities on gender relations. Barbara Annis, world-renowned expert on gender issues in the workplace, and John Gray, author of the number-one relationship book of all time, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, team up to resolve the most stressful and confusing challenges facing men and women at work.

    A. Yoshida says: "I prefer "Women Are From Venus, Men Are Mars""
    "I prefer "Women Are From Venus, Men Are Mars""
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    I think "Women Are From Venus, Men Are From Mars" is a better book in understanding differences in communication styles between men and women and provides useful techniques. "Work With Me" contained huge sweeping stereotypes, like offering help to a man suggests that you think he's incapable of doing it himself. I think plenty of men and women are willing to accept help. The book provided some interesting perspective on dialogs -- she says "Have we considered the impact?", what she means "This could be a problem that we're ignoring." However, it didn't provide that much information in improving communication.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
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    (224)
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    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Skips Chapters 1 & 2"
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    I would skip the first two chapters, which give the backstory of how the author became a waiter. The rest of the book is fun and amusing, probably more so for people in the restaurant business and people who dine out often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Toni Sciarra Poynter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
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    (26)
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    Why is it that some people have all the elements of success - education, skills, integrity, motivation - but can't seem to move from effectiveness to excellence in their careers? Behavior expert Joe Navarro reveals the long-sought answer. Louder Than Words teaches how to master nonverbal intelligence, the ability to interpret and nonverbal signals - in poker terms, "tells" - in business, to assess and influence others.

    Jake says: "Incredibly useful"
    "Read this if you're an average worker"
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    If you've read the author's other book "What Every BODY Is Saying," you'll find some repetition in the beginning of this book. This book is exactly what its title purport it to be - take your career from average to exceptional. Many of the observations that the author makes about businesses and individuals are obvious, like customers get upset when there's only one cashier to handle a long line and when another worker is called, the worker strolls to his station. Managers should be training their workers to be more responsive to customers if they want to keep their business. I think this book is still worth reading. Even if there is only a few good suggestions that you would apply, practicing some good work habits would improve your performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (2295)
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    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Not for pre-teens"
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    The book is engaging, particularly towards the end... that's if you lasted through the 500+ pages. The only drawback is the torture scenes toward the end. It would not be a book for pre-teens. The story is good and the characters are well developed, particularly Richard Cypher who is the Seeker of Truth. As with a typical quest, they encounter impossible challenges. The author does a great job of reframing the challenges to slowly reveal it is possible to overcome them all while the Seeker remains truthful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (784)
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    (787)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Nancy says: "Only if you don't listen to the podcast....."
    "Like the podcasts"
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    If you like their other books "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics," you'll like this one. However, if you've listened to the Freakonomics podcasts, most of the topics have already been covered. Since the podcasts are free, I don't mind paying for the book and reading the few additional topics and stories that weren't covered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (756)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Patti says: "Good book terrible narrator"
    "For fans of "Castle" TV series"
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    This book is for fans of the TV series "Castle." Nathan Fillion plays fiction writer Richard Castle, who is riding along with Detective Kate Beckett for research for his next book series. It is amusing to watch the episodes (i.e., "real life") and then read the book (where most of the people in the TV series have a counterpart in the book). It can be confusing to keep track of who is "real" and who is fake -- Richard Castle is the writer in the TV episodes who is riding along with Detective Beckett. Jameson Rook is the writer in the book who is riding along with Detective Nikki Heat. If you watched Season 1 before reading this book, you'll start thinking about the details from "real life" TV episodes and comparing them to the book.

    The book on its own reads like a pulp crime story, which probably would not appeal to many readers except fans of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. The high rating is for tie-in to "Castle" and adding a unique dimension to the show -- as if Richard Castle is real and he wrote this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Successful Novelist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    Overall
    (83)
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    (70)
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    David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

    Jason says: "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
    "Great advice for writers"
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    This is a great book for someone interested in being a writer and even someone interested in just knowing how writers are able to create page turners. David Morrell is known for writing "First Blood," which is often mistakenly referred to as "Rambo." The tone is conversational and even modest for someone who has written bestsellers. Th book is filled with useful advice and humorous stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

    James says: "Great content by a great narrator!"
    "Age of Personalized Technology"
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    If you know something about Big Data, this is the next book to read. The authors are knowledgeable and engrossed in technology and convey well how we're entering an age of personalized technology (e.g., your phone knows when you're home and reminds you of your tasks). I would skip the last chapter, which is fanciful thinking from the authors of what they expect to see in the year 2038.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Currents of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
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    Overall
    (396)
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    (291)
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    High above the planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters. Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed.

    thomas says: "Good Solid Asimov"
    "Slow start but interesting story"
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    I'm a fan of Isaac Asimov and just read "The Currents of Space" the second time. Years ago when I read all of Asimov's books, I thought the Galactic Empire series were not as good as the others. I later read somewhere (maybe in Asimov's memoir) that this series had a different publisher, and he accepted much of their changes despite his better judgment. This included changing the book titles (The Stars, like Dust; The Currents of Space; and Pebble in the Sky), which is why this series is slightly different from the rest of his books (Robot series and Foundation series).

    If you like Isaac Asimov, read the books in chronological order (Robot, Galactic Empire, and Foundation). The Galactic Empire series is still good. Since it's been so long when I last read this book, I have forgotten the plot. In the usual Asimov's style, the reader is left guessing until the end. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that I think the pace is slow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Patrick Lencioni
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    Overall
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    (277)
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    This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

    Optimize the Balance says: "More please"
    "Good book for leaders of an organization"
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    The author calls it "organizational health." I prefer to think of it as an authentic organization. Health gives the impression that it's a matter of following a regiment of good habits. Whereas authentic implies that it has to come from within the individuals. The book applies to leaders of an organization, not so much to workers. If you're not a manager, you would not even get to practice the first discipline of building a cohesive team (build trust, work through conflicts, commit to decisions, be accountable, and focus on results). The other three disciplines really need to come the top leadership of the organization - create clarity in purpose and direction of the organization, over communicate that message, and reinforce that message.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (140)
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    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Middle-aged brain is peaking"
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    This book is like many other books when talking about how the brain works and how its functioning could be enhanced (e.g., exercise, do new things, and solve problems). It is different in that looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the middle-aged brain. As we age, we may not be able to remember things or solve math problems as quickly as we used. Because of this, people think the middle-aged brain is declining. Surprisingly, the book reveals that the middle-aged brain can be at its peak. The brain has reorganized since its youth. It has built up patterns of connections and it acts and thinks differently. It is smarter, calmer, and happier. When a young worker is freaking out over a problem, an older worker is thinking, "Calm down. We've gotten through worse problems than this. First, let's figure out how bad the situation is." The middle-aged brain is using both sides, whereas the younger brain is using the untamed emotional side.

    This book reassures us that as we age, our brain does not necessarily become progressively worse. We have more experience and knowledge, which have been applied repeatedly over time, strengthening connections in our brain. We make better judgments and decisions. It could be called wisdom, intuition, or gut feeling; these snap judgments come from our years of experience. We need to appreciate the advantages of a more mature brain rather than focus on the one negative aspect (forgetting things). It is also important that we exercise and keep our brain in top shape.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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