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Willy

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  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (359)
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    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "A Mandatory Book for All"
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    A bass teacher I had the pleasure of studying under suggested I pick up a copy of “The Art of War”. That was seventeen years ago and since that time has been a fixture in my stacks. I tend to give this one away each time I cross paths with one who needs the introduction. These encounters have taken place fairly often and as a result I’ve owned several different translations. The last hard copy was purchased shortly after I was informed that my services as a husband would no longer be required.

    If you are one of that reads and writes in-depth critiques on various translations then this review will be of little use. However, if you are on the same quest as I, that being to find the perfect recorded reading of “The Art of War”, then this may review may help you to decide between all the ones available. The content is solid so are my opinions will be focused on the narrator.

    First and foremost, I really liked the narrator because he sounds brutal and speaks with authority. I enjoyed listening to the guy and plan to revisit his reading several more times. However, this is not the holy recording of Sun Tzu. It is way too freaking fast.

    As you know or soon find out, this book is heavy and damn near every single word counts. That being the case, the narrator has way too rapid of an attack for my mind. It’s good as a quick listen and it’s cheap which, to be honest, was the main reason for my purchase. Just be prepared to stop and rewind many many times and if you pick this one. It’s kind of like inorganic chemistry, if you daydream for a second you will miss something extremely vital to your success and possibly your livelihood itself.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Rock
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1191)
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    Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

    Lindblad says: "An amazing insight to the brain"
    "The Best Explanation of How My Brain Works Yet!!!"
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    These type books are my new infatuation and this is arguably the best one I have listened to yet. It probably helps that I have listened to so many books of this nature but I really liked the way this gentleman explains things. My honest opinion is that most anyone would enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity SystemThe Ultimate Simple Productivity System

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Zen To Done (ZTD) is a system that is at once simple, and powerful, and will help you develop the habits that keep all of your tasks and projects organized, that keep your workday simple and structured, that keep your desk and email inbox clean and clear, and that keep you doing what you need to do, without distractions. This book was written for those who want to get their lives organized and actually execute the things on their to-do list by changing existing habits.

    Miroslaw says: "The simplest and right version of GTD. Recommended"
    "It's A Good One To Have In The Toolbox"
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    If you are looking for some structure without structure it is worth checking out. It is not the silver bullet but it's not a dud either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Math Dude’s 5 Tips to Mastering Mental Math

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Jason Marshall
    • Narrated By Jason Marshall
    Overall
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    It’s true—you CAN do simple everyday math in your head, without a calculator! Improve your mental math skills in one week with just ten minutes of practice a day. Join The Math Dude, Jason Marshall, as he leads you through the tricky journey of mastering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, AND percentages in your head. Whether you’re calculating the tip on a $76.85 meal or you’re frantically doing mental math in a business meeting—Math Dude has got you covered.

    Riyad says: "Engaging, Entertaining, & Educational"
    "Just Get It"
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    It's tragic to think of all the mental pain and agony, not to mention time, that would have been spared if only I would have learned this 25 years ago.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Horton Hears a Who

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
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    (80)
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    Horton, the lovable elephant, tries to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust.

    RiahWillow says: "My Nine Month Old LOVES this!!"
    "A Story That Somehow Never Gets Old"
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    You know the story. Fun listen when you need a quick escape from it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor L. Wooten
    • Narrated By Victor L. Wooten
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (105)
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    "'Boy, do I have a lot to learn!'" Anyone who's ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind - from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop - has thought that. I know I did. I'd been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. And I was good. But I wasn't great. I knew that there was something wrong. Then the teacher showed up...."

    Tomas says: "Surprise like no other!"
    "An Inspiring Happenstance Indeed!!!!"
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    I wasn't searching for this book....or was I?

    I don't recall ever seeing a book by Vic in the music store or hearing anyone say that he wrote a great book on life....ooops I mean Music.

    You should buy this book and pay close attention....or not...............................

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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