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Jason

Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 18 reviews
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  • Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Based on case studies of 400 American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too complex. Simple churches are thriving, and they are doing so by taking these four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. Each idea is examined here, simply showing why it is time to simplify.

    Wes Stanton says: "Simple Church: Simplistic, but useful"
    "What Are Ministry Priorities? This Books Helps."
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    What did you love best about Simple Church?

    An excellent case is made to simplify the programs and ministries of our churches to focus on moving people through a process of discipleship. Having worked in the church for over 10 years, the principles and ideas raised in this book rang true on many levels. Worth consideration.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Very well read and the narrator is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You need time to digest each chapter and consider how the principles could be implemented.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

    Amazon Customer says: "I judged a book by it's cover-story"
    "Insight into why we like some things; love others"
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    Guy Kawasaki is a great writer who includes humour and personal experience to make his point. If you've ever wondered why you like some products, but really love others, this book is for you. It gives insight into how you too could "enchant" people to your way of thinking or in relation to your product or business. Good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Another extraordinary business fable from the New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.

    Marty says: "Stripping Down for Transparency and Collaboration"
    "Great way to learn a business truth."
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    I really like Patrick Lencioni's way of getting his point across...through a story. You definitely will remember his point. The book is effective at hitting home the need for transparency and authenticity in business dealings. It will spark internal discussion as I'm not sure how all points will really work in the real world, but I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (652)

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    Robert says: "Nothing like Scalzi's old man's war."
    "Perhaps not the place to jump in."
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    This book was interesting, but I believe it is based in a world that I don't know because I've never listened to a John Scalzi book before.

    The story was creative in it's approach and it was neat to really get into the head of the "soldier" it was written about.

    Quite a few "F" words in one chapter about sex which I didn't appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2682)
    Performance
    (2529)
    Story
    (2541)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "A Must for Star Wars Fans."
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    There's something good about listening to an audio book where you see the voices you hear as they're familiar figures from the silver screen. Full of Star Wars action and adventure. The ending was a bit unsatisfying, but I supposed that's what you get when you listen to a trilogy. A must for Star Wars fans as it answers the question, "what happens after the movie is over".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11497)
    Performance
    (9954)
    Story
    (9927)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Insight and Background"
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    As a long time mac enthusiast this book was enlightening and really gave some insight into Steve Jobs and the decisions made throughout the years. I had several..."oh, that's why they did that" moments. I like how the author covered certain topics as a whole rather than just a chronological biography. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Avonlea

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By L.M Montgomery
    • Narrated By Megan Follows
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    It seemed only yesterday that the skinny, freckled redhead had first come to Prince Edward Island. Now here was Anne, a pretty sixteen, teaching at the Avonlea school and all grown up. Well, not quite grown up. In fact, Anne was not very different from her restless young pupils, their rows of bright, inquisitive eyes staring at her that first day of class. Anne was as mischievous and high-spirited as ever.

    Joihelene says: "A Fan of the Anne of Green Gables Series"
    "Great Narrator...Poor Quality Recording"
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    This is a great novel and a great narrator. If you've seen the tv movie, "Anne of Green Gables" you'll recongize the voice of Anne. However, the quality of the recording is very poor. You do get used to it, but it is distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson
    • Narrated By Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (360)

    The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.

    Lori says: "Think and Win!"
    "Is our education system working?"
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    If you could sum up The Element in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging. Relevant. Change.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very interesting book. It really makes you think about how we approach education in our nation as well as the pursuit of the things that really energize us and what we're passionate about. The reader is the author and it is very well read. I recomment it.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    You should follow your passions and encourage others to do the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (333)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Great insight into Starbucks"
    Overall

    I found this book to be fascinating and gave me a new appreciation for the values and choices that are behind the business. It is great to see how the company that seemed to epitomize "excess" during the recession reinvent itself and come out on top. A few parts get a little too "inside baseball" but overall, a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (130)

    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Kevin M. Davis says: "Now it all makes sense"
    "Lots of great information."
    Overall

    This book gives lots of great diet and health information that you can apply to your life. The reader is great. The only thing is, it spends quite a bit of time talking about the dangers of the "low carb" diet craze...and I think/hope we're kinda past that craze today. However, I recommend it. And there's other products in this "series" like the "Abs Diet Personal Trainer".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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