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Philip D. Mann

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins (foreword)
    • Narrated By Herb Silverman, Richard Dawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
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    (31)

    In this deeply revealing and engaging autobiography, Herb Silverman tells his iconoclastic life story. He takes the listener from his childhood as an Orthodox Jew in Philadelphia, where he stopped fasting on Yom Kippur to test God's existence, to his adult life in the heart of the Bible Belt, where he became a legendary figure within America's secular activist community and remains one of its most beloved leaders. Never one to shy from controversy, Silverman relates many of his high-profile battles with the Religious Right.

    valerie says: "Quirky"
    "An Interesting Autobiography"
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    Herb Silverman provides a good and reasonably-ordered autobiography for events along many branches of his life. Although not as earth shattering as I thought it might be, I did enjoy the book throughout. I do believe that the author could have chosen a better narrator, and that may have significantly improved the value of the book as entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Leadership Sucks: Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miles Anthony Smith
    • Narrated By Miles Anthony Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    When Jim Collins coined the term "Level 5 Leadership" in his book Good to Great, little did he know he would inspire a generation to become servant leaders. Do you wish you were in leadership? Are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone. Why does leadership suck? It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here.

    Robert W. says: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown..."
    "Excellent Review of Existing Books"
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    Mr. Smith’s book is an excellent synthesis of existing popular management books ranging from classics like “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” to more recent works such as “Blue Ocean Strategy.” There is no groundbreaking information presented, with many of the works mentioned as required reading in many MBA programs. However, this audiobook is a good review of basic communication concepts that many forget after B-school. Right from the start, this book contains a very heavy, explicit religious bent throughout that may be off-putting to many readers. Laced with bible verses and references to “ultimate” rewards for being a good leader/manager, Mr. Smith implies a very particular and narrow moral high ground for many of the expressed opinions and practices.

    The stand-out quality of this book is its fantastic production and excellent narration by the author.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of 'Intangibles' in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Douglas W. Hubbard
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (168)

    Anything can be measured. This bold assertion is the key to solving many problems in business and life in general. The myth that certain things can't be measured is a significant drain on our nation's economy, public welfare, the environment, and even national security. In fact, the chances are good that some part of your life or your professional responsibilities is greatly harmed by a lack of measurement---by you, your firm, or even your government.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "Let go of "I don't know""
    "An Essential Listen for Analysts Everywhere"
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    Full of practical guidance accompanied by insights from theory and experience, this book is essential for any analysts (or manager) interested in truly measuring everything they want to measure now, but simply do not know how. This book will not help those looking for a way to defend "intangible" characteristics, but will focus the willing on asking the right questions the right way to reduce uncertainty and make better decisions. As a professional analyst myself, I have used many of the techniques outlined in this book – though I did come up with some of them on my own, years before I read this book — and I find myself revisiting it periodically.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1133)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Excellent Story for Everyone Interested in SFOD-D"
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    Eric Haney provides interesting insight into one of the many aspects of special operations we like to read about. I know that his book is taken a lot of heat from those inside and outside of the community, but I found the story speak consistently entertaining and worthy of listing from beginning to end. The narration of this book is first-rate, and it is sure to keep anyone interested in the topic wrapped-up in the events clear to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (5602)
    Performance
    (2603)
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    (2600)

    Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.

    Scott says: "A true guide for life"
    "A Classic Worthy of All Business Libraries"
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    Classic advice about managing priorities, not managing time as is often supposed. Lots of good information about the power of vision and mission, and their use to focus resources--including emotion--to accomplish what is truly important in life (and business).

    Recommended for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cal Newport
    • Narrated By Dave Mallow
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

    Taliho says: "Outstanding!"
    "Too Busy to Find Your Passion?"
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    Interesting take on the "craftsman mindset" versus the flawed "passion mindset," an idea supported by work from Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell, and many others. It is absolutely true that business (and some consultants) often go in the exact-opposite direction shown by decades of strong research.

    I recommend this book for entrepreneurs and lifestyle designers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (661)

    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "The Unimaginable Made Accessible"
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    This audiobook, narrated by the author, is fascinating and accessible for anyone with at least some prior understanding of cosmology, relativity, and quantum mechanics.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You're It!: On Hiding, Seeking, and Being Found

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Watts
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (345)

    Life is the ultimate game of hide and seek... and the good news is that you're it! With the combination of playful irreverence and penetrating insight that made him a legend in Western philosophy, Alan Watts investigates the surprisingly liberating concept of "the universe as play" found at the heart of Hinduism, Zen, and other wisdom traditions.

    Doc S. Hodges says: "A life changing look at ancient philosophy"
    "Experience Alan Watts on Zen, in his own words."
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    I have listened to this collection of recordings (not an audiobook per se) completely through three times and I enjoy it each time. The lectures of Alan Watts include a lot of material that, like the discipline of Zen itself, requires a lot of consideration and re-exposure to appreciate fully. Some of the recordings show their age and the poor equipment of the day, but the message is sound even when the listener can occasionally hear a passing truck in the background.

    I recommend this book to anyone exploring the mindset of the Far East.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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