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  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1271)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "it takes talent to write an interesting book..."
    Overall

    ...and you won't find it here. This book lacks any sort of credibility. The author nit-picks studies for information he is looking for in order to support the title of this book. I found myself either bored or having a "you've got to be kidding me" moment while listening to this. This book will not enhance any sort of business skills or generate thought provoking innovation.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate You - Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jerold J. Kreisman, Hal Straus
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much-needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction.

    LCKW says: "Not valuable to the person dealing with BPD."
    "Very technical and little advice"
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    as other's have mentioned this book seems more for the psychologists not familiar with BPD. Although there are a few helpful tips on dealing with BPD I can't recommend this book. You can find better advice online.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Casey
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    So many of us spend so much time enmeshed in other people's problems, trying to solve or change them, that we don't really know where we end and they begin. Not reacting to people or situations that provoke us is not an easy skill to develop. It takes practice and conviction that not reacting, not increasing the drama, doesn't mean we don't care. On the contrary, we are freed to show genuine love and care only when we can detach from the knee-jerk need to fix, solve, rescue, or control.

    evoefficient1 says: "Live your own life first!"
    "Bible based information"
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    There are parts of this book that could be like a friend talking with you until they start preaching about how God has all the answers to every problem and then you just can't stand to be around them. Immediately deleted this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Key
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    In this book, Key reveals the secrets that helped him and thousands of his students - including best-selling author Tim Ferriss - turn their creativity into a passive income generator by "renting" an idea to a company, which takes care of R&D, production, marketing, sales, accounting, distribution, and everything else you don't want to do. You’ll be amazed at how simple the process of licensing an idea for profit actually is.

    A says: "Complete BS"
    "Complete BS"
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    this book could have been half an hour long if the author didn't talk about himself so much. This is like a son or daughter of a super famous celebrity writing a book on how easy it is to break into the film industry. Nothing in this book is easy or cheap to do as the author would have you believe.

    The first five hours of this book talks about how to get an idea. Hundreds of books like this on the market already.

    Licensing is an extremely expensive project. The author had previous connections and sounds like he came from money.

    I can save you 8 hours of your life right now: get an idea and make it, file provisional patent, make phone calls to companies in hopes they like it.

    I proudly INVENTED (the author hates this word) my own product and have been selling it for seven years. I've made the rounds with stuff like this. Nothing in this book I haven't heard in twenty other books.

    Ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (12220)
    Performance
    (10579)
    Story
    (10555)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "All the boring parts other bios left out"
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    I'm into the third part of this book and it is an endurance test. I've read and listen to other books on Apple and Steve Jobs that are far more interesting. This book just goes nowhere and stories are instantly forgetable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sean Faircloth
    • Narrated By Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (165)

    At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress - those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those who share the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country's two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues in this deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country's most cherished founding principle - the wall of separation between church and state.

    A says: "Was expecting more but well worth it"
    "Was expecting more but well worth it"
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    Although I enjoyed this book and is one of the better critical thinking books out there (actually interesting and not too long headed) I wanted more out of it. There just wasn't enough practical methods of dealing with looney religious wackos.

    It boils down to marketing, exposure, and keeping an audiences attention. It's about image and not what you say. This is where skeptics miss the mark every time. It's sad really when geek culture is so relevant nowadays but at least this book is a spark of hope.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You: The Small Business Guide to Raising Your Profits by Raising Your Profile

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Avrin
    • Narrated By David Avrin
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Almost everyone who runs a business recognizes the value of generating high-profile attention for their company, product, or service. Unfortunately, the high cost of hiring an outside marketing or PR firm can put these kinds of efforts out of reach for many small businesses and individual professionals.

    A says: "Useful information but a bit spammy at times"
    "Useful information but a bit spammy at times"
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    Where does It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Useful information presented in an enjoyable manner. Would give it a listen to again but the plugging of his website and services annoyed me at times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Useful information that isn't far fetched or ridiculous.


    Which character – as performed by David Avrin – was your favorite?

    no characters in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Useful information for micro businesses with out the

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare, Paul Barbiak
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not. Psychopaths may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.

    Cynthia says: "What if there’s a Psychopath in the Next Cubicle?"
    "About 1/4 of this is interesting"
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    What would have made Snakes in Suits better?

    the story examples given in this book are long and drawn out, not much in this book kept my attention, at time I was bearing with it just to get to the next chapter. This book could have been abridged.


    What could Robert D. Hare and Paul Barbiak have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it shorter.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was adequate.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really since I read Jon Ronson's recent book on the same subject and he tackled it far better and kept it interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Not something I would listen to again.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Book: A Humanist Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. C. Grayling
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Few, if any, thinkers and writers today would have the imagination, the breadth of knowledge, and the literary skill to conceive of a powerful secular alternative to the Bible. But that is exactly what A. C. Grayling has done, creating a nonreligious bible drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions, using the same techniques of editing, redaction, and adaptation that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions.

    A User says: "Morality 2.0"
    "VERY tough to get through"
    Overall

    One thing that skeptics just can't seem to grasp is how to keep someone's attention and get it to stick. It has a lot to do with poor marketing skills and this book GREATLY suffers from it. Although the information is very nice, it is so long winded and INCREDIBLY boring to listen to. Seriously I am barely into two hours and there are 25 hours to go!!!! This is an endurance test rather than words to live by.

    This book has the right intentions with the WRONG execution. If skeptics/humanists/whatever want people to listen they are going to have to realize it should be entertaining and enjoyable instead of pompous and trite. This book does not offer that.

    17 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2351)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1889)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Interesting and fun"
    Overall

    I love Jon Ronspon's work and this continues the trend. One of the best investigative journalists that keeps a story INTERESTING. He lost me a couple times but he tends to wander off in all his books but it's not a distraction. Great topic and very thought provoking insight.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Role Models

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities---some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

    Nanci says: "Smutty But Funny"
    "John Waters is a national treasure."
    Overall

    I could listen to John Waters everyday and I wish he had a daily podcast. He reveals such amazing obscure films, books, and performers that often go without credit. There were quite a few times I laughed out loud listening to this and it's like he's talking to you instead of reading. Even the books he talked about which I'm not interested in reading kept me listening. Hopefully he'll release his previous books in audio format. He's got such a great passion for all things the general public calls "bad taste" or makes them aware of it with his own flair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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