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John

I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

Chamblee, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (617)

    Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters.

    Ahmed says: "Not the book for everyone"
    "Interesting, but ..."
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    Some really interesting content, but the way the stories are continually interwoven through the story is a bit repetitive. It could have covered the same ground in half the time. Narrator was not my favorite, but your mileage may vary ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    Adele Beeman says: "SO MOTIVATING!!!"
    "Great Book, Better Audiobook"
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    I read Younger Next Year about 5 years ago and have followed quite a bit of it in my personal life. Work pressures did not have me on a good path, and this book was an inspiration to do better. I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm a lot better off because of this book.

    In January, I decided to revisit the book -- the audio version this time -- for some inspiration for the new year. The audiobook is even better than the paperback. The narration is really well done, and an example how the medium can actually enhance a publication.

    There are not very many books I have bought for friends and family, but this is one of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Aftershock Investor: A Crash Course in Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Advice on protection and profits in the short and long term future from the experts who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008, and who now have more detailed information about what is yet to come.

    John says: "Interesting, But With a Grain of Salt"
    "Interesting, But With a Grain of Salt"
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    The authors have built quite a franchise with their Aftershock series, which, like a number of others, predicts that the Fed's money printing and bond buying will end badly, essentially in a depression in which the economy will ultimately re-set. There certainly is plenty to worry about and the authors make a good case for their position.

    What is disappointing is that the authors really do not present a lot of actionable investment advice or other advice. It might be summarized as buy gold and learn a useful skill that involves repairing things. To that end, I think the title is a little misleading. It should be noted that there is an Aftershock mutual fund (SHKNX), although it has high expenses and its performance has been pretty awful as of the date of this review (February 1, 2014). Of course, that does not necessarily provide a means for judging it because the market boomed in 2013 -- the authors would argue as a result of a fake recovery pumped up by Fed stimulus -- and the fund is presumably built to do well in a crash or the aftermath.

    Another disappointment -- although not surprising -- is that the book seems to offer a lot of recycled material. I'm going on memory here from the original Aftershock, but there is a lot here that will be very familiar if you have read the authors' prior works. Further, it seems to me that there are parts of the book that are very repetitive. My impression after listening is that the book could really use a good editing.

    In terms of actionable advice, there's not much here. To me, the overall economic thesis of the book is persuasive, and it makes sense to be cautious and to keep a very close eye on things. Readers might want to consider "The Permanent Portfolio" for more actionable advice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate: The Straight Talking Guide to Persuading, Networking and Selling

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nick Davies
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    You have to do it… you might as well enjoy it No one likes a pushy, smarmy salesman – no one wants to be that guy ... but most of us need to sell to some extent. How else can we get any business? We all have to do it now, whether we're lawyers, accountants or start–ups. But don't despair – there's no need to go on some cringey sales training day.

    John says: "Simplifies Networking and Business Development"
    "Simplifies Networking and Business Development"
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    This book is really an outstanding example of how subjects on which volumes have been written -- networking and business development -- can be simplified into a straight-forward, common sense system that really works.

    The book is great for lawyers because Nick was one and now works with lawyers. The book was written for an English audience, but it still translates well for application in the U.S.

    The book is well-paced and the narration is well-done. If you don't like selling and business development, this is a good book to get you started, and is a reference you can come back to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The audiobook provides unprecedented insight into leadership, management, strategy, and life-thinking that not only helped Rumsfeld lead the Pentagon in wartime, but earned him a reputation as one of America's toughest and most effective CEOs.

    Al says: "Good leadership lessons"
    "A Great Compendium of Life Lessons"
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    Don Rumsfeld has led a long and fascinating life. This book contains his rules to live by, and anyone can benefit from listening.

    The book is filled with entertaining stories and history. The book is not particularly political, although Rumsfeld is, of course, a Republican. One thing that really comes through in the book is how Rumsfeld is willing to take hard looks back at his decisions, and he is more than willing to admit mistakes or to discuss how something might have been handled in a better way. This increased my level of respect for him.

    Rumsfeld narrates the book and does a good job. Sometimes, authors are not the best narrators, but not a problem here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2459)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1125)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Helps Get Rid of the Clutter"
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    This book has been out a long time, and there is not a lot that I can add to other reviews. It presents a straight-forward method for eliminating the clutter, interruptions, and mindless thinking that plague so many of us in the modern world.

    The book is a little dated, but the principles are timeless, do not let that be a deterrent to reading it. However, if Mr. Allen wanted to do a revised version with a focus more on email and current tools for implementing the system, it would be welcome.

    This book is all about process and it has a lot of lists and tools, so it would probably be a good idea to buy an electronic or hard copy print version with it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (986)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "My How Things Have Changed ..."
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    This book was written in the 1940s by Lewis, a famous author, as a lay member of the Church of England. The book is written as an intellectual defense of Christianity in general without getting into the schisms that divide various denominations.

    The book is incredibly well-written and the arguments are laid out in a logical and compelling manner. In fact, the book would be worth studying simply as a guide to presenting a tight and very cogent argument.

    I found the book generally thought-provoking and inspiring. Remember, however, that this book was written about 70 years ago. Many of the author's statements, such as regarding women and gays, will strike many readers as old-fashioned at best. That said, the book illustrates how views in the mainstream Christian denominations have changed since the book was written.

    The book remains a convincing defense of Christianity that is well worth listening to by believers and those who are on the fence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (349)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "Interesting Short History of the English Language"
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    This was a pretty enjoyable book that makes some interesting connections about the history of the English language. As someone who has tried (with only moderate success) to learn German, it helps explain why English, although a Germanic language, is so "un-German." I found some of the author's conclusions more plausible than others, but they are all presented in an entertaining fashion.

    The narration is good. McWhorter comes across as a very opinionated and very capable college professor giving an impassioned lecture, maybe with just a little too much caffeine. If you don't like opinionated, then maybe this is not for you, but I give him high marks because he is not boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne's Long-Term Investment Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Rowland, J. M. Lawson
    • Narrated By Mark Delgado
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An up close look at an investment strategy that can handle today's uncertain financial environment. Market uncertainty cannot be eliminated. So rather than attempt to do away with it, why not embrace it? That is what this book is designed to do. The Permanent Portfolio takes you through Harry Browne's Permanent Portfolio approach - which can weather a wide range of economic conditions from inflation and deflation to recession - and reveals how it can help investors protect and grow their money.

    John says: "Great Investment Advice for Preserving Wealth"
    "Great Investment Advice for Preserving Wealth"
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    This is a great book about a very simple strategy aimed at preserving wealth and making a reasonable inflation adjusted return. The strategy is very simple, but the detailed advice about how to implement it is very helpful. I found the arguments in favor of the strategy very compelling.

    As an audiobook, it suffers in two respects. First, the book has a lot of tables, which the narrator just reads. Kind of mind-numbing. Second, the narrator is just not that good. His voice reminds me of Don Adams playing Maxwell Smart, for those of you old enough to remember.

    Maybe better purchased for a Kindle or as a hard copy book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (582)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Chlo-bell says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "Better if Half the Length"
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    The substance of this book is great. It features stories of interesting people who have achieve mastery in their fields. It debunks the myth that masters are born and not made through hard work.

    Great subject matter with interesting stories. What could be better? It would be better if it were eight hours instead of sixteen. The book simply needs a major editing (pruning might be a better word). The book is repetitive and needlessly lengthy, droning on like a politician's speech after the point has already been made.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Flight to Heaven: A Plane Crash...a Lone Survivor...a Journey to Heaven - and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dale Black
    • Narrated By Dale Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    At age 19, pilot Dale Black miraculously survived an airplane crash that killed the other two pilots on board. Hovering between life and death for three days, he had a breathtaking experience of heaven. Against all odds and with insurmountable injuries, Capt. Black recovered from his injuries and returned to fly airplanes as a professional pilot. For 40 years he kept the story to himself at the urging of his grandfather to "live" his experience rather than talk about it.

    Kymberly says: "Amazing!"
    "Great Story of Recovery and Faith"
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    Dale Black's story of his recovery from a terrible airplane crash is in itself inspirational. He fights through the rehabilitation and the experts telling him a full recovery is not possible.

    Dale fully believes he went to heaven, and credits his Christian faith for getting him through. Dale narrates the story himself, and, although he is not a great narrator, his sincerity absolutely comes through. I would have preferred if the book had been organized differently (it bounces back and forth between events happening years later and the story of the crash and his recovery), but that's simply a matter of preference. Overall, it is a fascinating and inspirational book.

    Listeners should be aware that this book is very evangelical. If that is not your cup of tea, this book is not for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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