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Corey Michael Blake

Highland Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Renegades Write the Rules: How the Digital Royalty Use Social Media to Innovate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Amy Jo Martin
    • Narrated By Amy Jo Martin
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Renegades Write the Rules reveals the innovative strategies behind the social media success of today’s top celebrities, brands, and sports icons, and how you can follow their lead. Author Amy Jo Martin is the founder of Digital Royalty and the woman who pioneered how professional sports integrate social media. In this book she shows how to build a faithful following and beat the competition clamoring for people's attention by continually delivering value - when, where, and how people want it.

    Corey Michael Blake says: "Exceptional"
    "Exceptional"
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    I found this book to be revelatory and shared it with a number of people. Great read for anyone trying to understand the potential of social media. Full of great ideas for experienced folks as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (688)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Really Dynamite"
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    This book was fun to listen to because Collins is such an animated talker. And the 20 mile march is an incredibly sticky concept I found great value in. This is one of those audiobooks that provoked so much thinking on my end that I found my mind wandering incessantly; both a good and bad thing! I've already listened to some parts twice and feel like this is a book I could listen to a dozen times and still gain value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1437)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Enjoyed it, Wanted to Enjoy it More"
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    This book has a beauty about it that is undeniable and it gave me a sense of calm about the end of life. From a writing standpoint, it felt like it needed a stronger editor to bring it to life and help us feel more deeply connected with the experience of the author. He would graze over subjects that sounded fascinating and then skip right over them. That aspect seemed lazy from an editorial standpoint and I found it aggravating, but only because I was enjoying the book as much as I was and didn't want to feel cheated out of an ounce of its goodness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tom Rath
    • Narrated By Barry Conchie
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    In Strengths Based Leadership, best-selling author Tom Rath and renowned leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of their research. Based on their discoveries, the book identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others' strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

    Rick says: "Does not work in audio form"
    "Crappy as an audiobook"
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    Trying to listen to lists after lists in audiobook form is like asking to have your eyes gauged out with spoons. So the first half was interesting, but this is pointless as an audiobook in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell - and Live - the Best Stories Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonah Sachs
    • Narrated By Jonah Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    The story wars are all around us. They are the struggle to be heard in a world of media noise and clamor. Today, most brand messages and mass appeals for causes are drowned out before they even reach us. But a few consistently break through the din, using the only tool that has ever moved minds and changed behavior - great stories. With insights from mythology, advertising history, evolutionary biology, and psychology, viral storyteller and advertising expert Jonah Sachs takes listeners into a fascinating world of seemingly insurmountable challenges and enormous opportunity.

    Andrew says: "Read Joseph Campbell Instead"
    "So badly wanted to get into this"
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    Just found it boring as hell and gave up less than halfway through. Went in with high expectations because the video trailer for the book is nothing short of miraculous. But the approach to the book itself was typical and uninspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15417)
    Performance
    (13662)
    Story
    (13694)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Loved 90% of this and Hated the Ending"
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    Man this was great until the last 10% of the book. I simply hated the ending and felt it dragged on way too long. At the end I felt such little satisfaction that it made me angry. Amazing til then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sonja Lyubomirsky
    • Narrated By Kathy Keane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In The Myths of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements (marriage, children, professional satisfaction, wealth) and failures (singlehood, divorce, financial ruin, illness) to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.

    Corey Michael Blake says: "Couldn't Get into This"
    "Couldn't Get into This"
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    Tried reading this with a book club and we all disliked it. It made us feel bad about ourselves and so we stopped reading it. Most of what I found in the first few chapters seemed like common knowledge being treated like new epiphany and that didn't help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What's Your Story?: Using Stories to Ignite Performance and Be More Successful

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Craig Wortmann
    • Narrated By Craig Wortmann
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In What's Your Story? Using Stories to Ignite Performance and Be More Successful, author, entrepreneur, professor and master story teller Craig Wortmann demonstrates the powerful impact stories have on the three most common performance challenges: leadership, strategic selling, and motivation. While the technique of telling stories is the oldest form of communication, it's also the one form that rises above the din of our information-saturated environment.

    Corey Michael Blake says: "Great Perspective on the Value of Storytelling"
    "Great Perspective on the Value of Storytelling"
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    What I enjoyed most about this book was Craig's use of storytelling to make his point about the value of storytelling. Bravo!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2211)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Really Adored this Book"
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    A wonderful and balanced view of life from the perspective of a well balanced and "normal" hollywood celebrity. Mindy feels accessible, while also being hilarious and sharing vulnerably at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6115)
    Performance
    (5429)
    Story
    (5427)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Enchanting"
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    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite. Great storytelling combined with a magical performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magic.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    Poppet.


    If you could rename The Night Circus, what would you call it?

    Don't mess with that title!


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more form this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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