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Milford, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 72 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adrian Gostick, Scott Christopher
    • Narrated By Scott Christopher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The benefits of the levity effect are not conjecture but are built on extensive research and case studies from some of the world's most successful organizations. New York Times best-selling authors Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher provide powerful examples from Boeing, Nike, KPMG, Yamaha, Enterprise, Zappos, and dozens of others, showing how lightening up can drive real business results.

    Scott says: "Note to all managers: Have fun at work"
    "Note to all managers: Have fun at work"

    I was a little disappointmented with this management book. The first 4 or so hours of this book was mostly the authors saying "have fun" with a little bits of companies that implement programs for loosen up their staff.

    I can definitely appreciate the things Gostick and Christopher brought to the table in this book. They have worked with lots of relavent and current companies that are known for both their success and their relaxed business environment. But they spent a large portion of the book talking about companies in creative fields, such as advertising and marketing.

    In the last hour, the book finally moved into lots of ways to implement levity. The ideas were listed out which makes for tough listening. And the listening of the book was also made more difficult by the straight reading of the book. While I am sure the book was humorous, the narrator (one of the authors) read the words and did not "customize" it as an audio book. It made listening to some sections seem out of place in a book about humor - they should have lossened it up.

    I just thought they weren't practicing what they preached.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jillian Michaels
    • Narrated By Jillian Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Many self-help books offer a lot of new age platitudes and sappy mantras: Just love yourself. See the glass as half full. Really? That’s not how it works, and you know it. A lifetime’s worth of struggle is not overturned in a small moment of positive thinking. But if you have the right attitude - attitude and skills - you can and will accomplish anything and everything you want. This book gives you both, attitude and action. By its end you will have all the tools you need to change your life. No hype. No false promises....

    Neal says: "Interesting book, if your willing to work"
    "Classic Jillian! Hard Nosed and based on Jillian"
    Where does Unlimited rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a self-help book, this is a good book to find the strength and motivation to make changes in your life. I do wonder about the facts the Jillian throws into her books, but she still manages to drive home her points mostly with repetition.

    If you’ve listened to books by Jillian Michaels before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Jillian book (audible or otherwise). I am not sure I see a compelling reason to listen to any others.

    What about Jillian Michaels’s performance did you like?

    I always like listening to books read by the author. It helps set the tone of the story and this is true of Unlimited. I would say that she could use some help in learning where to place her inflections so that she is better able to emphasize her points.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    finding the power within you to make change happen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Best Book I've Downloaded"

    I decided I had to write this review because I saw a review that an "avid runner" gave it 2-stars after listening for only 20 minutes. I know the exact point at which she stopped listening - it was talking about why running is supposed to be bad for humans.

    If she would have kept listening she would have been treated to an enthralling tale about the greatest distance runners of all time. This book weaves what feels like a fictional story that details the fascinating progress of science and growth of running in America (and Mexico). The amazing part of the book is that it is about real people and real events.

    I have to say this is a must listen to for anyone interested in running at any level. It covers the history of running shoes. It covers the transition the human body has made for running. Of course, it covers the best ultra distance runners of our time. It is such a good read!

    And for anyone who has the question... the answer is: yes, running is actually very good for the human body, if you do it right. As simple as it is, there is still a right way and a wrong way to run. If you have any question or doubt, you have to read/listen to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Kathryn says: "A wonderful, insightful, non-political story"
    "Insight into the rasing of our President"

    I just finished Barack Obama's first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance this week. It is only a 35-40 minute drive, so it took the whole week.

    Firstly, I think one of things that made this book any good was the fact that he read it himself. His personality and expression comes out so well in his voice. And something I found very interesting was his different voices/ impressionations of the people in his life, mother, grandmother, sisters, cousins, friends. They really came to life with their accents and tone.

    Second, I felt the book was a very good insight into how our new President became the man he is today. It is a very down to earth account of his life growing up, from Hawaii to Indonesia and back. It covers his early schooling, college and onto his first job and then his life as a community organizer.

    In some areas there are lots of details and you can really see what happened in his life to motivate him to where he has risen. And oddly in some ways, because the count is so open and real, he seems no different than you or I. Of course, as I would expect Obama provides a very self-aware account of his life as a black man with a Kenyan father and Kansas mother.

    I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about our new President, Barack Obama.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    "Good Reminder"

    I think a lot of self help books are reminders of things we may already know inheritantly. This is no exception. It gently reminds us of the ways we can better deal with our children and provides good insights into why this works. I will continue to listen to it until I can make all the author's suggestions habits because I can already see improvements.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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