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Martin

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  • Mastering the World of Selling: The Ultimate Training Resource from the Biggest Names in Sales

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eric Taylor, David Riklan
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Of the 17 million people in the U.S. who are involved directly or indirectly in sales, many repeatedly acknowledge facing four major challenges: No prior sales education or training; lack of formalized sales training, resources, and methodologies provided by their companies, due to the recession and "downsizing era"; lack of 12-18-month professional sales training for new hires provided by Fortune 500 companies; and a consistent struggle to keep their sales force, distributors, manufacturers reps and affiliates motivated and focused on effectively selling their products and services.

    Martin says: "Just what I needed"
    "Just what I needed"
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    What did you love best about Mastering the World of Selling?

    There is something in these bite size sales vignettes for everyone. I enjoyed the format and was able to go back and review some of the concepts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uh No characters here. But the episode on cold calling was excellent.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Carr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No comparison available


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was well thought out but I have certain difficulties getting motivated and being disciplined so there were several sections on that subject that were well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for the modern sales professional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2027)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1708)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "So far so good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wheat Belly to be better than the print version?

    No I think there are some technical chapters where the print version would be better. It was good to have the pdf as well.


    What other book might you compare Wheat Belly to and why?

    I don't know of any other diet book to compare it with. But it is a life changer so perhaps "Younger Next Year"


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    Not applicable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    So far I am trying the diet and not finding it too difficult. The book did advise about some of the withdrawal symptoms which actually happened. But now that I am over that I find that I am eating less and feeling good about not being a slave to wheat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12104)
    Performance
    (10993)
    Story
    (11019)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great delivery but too weird to be a thriller"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the author takes this story way too far for even a sci-fie junkie to enjoy. It is so far fetched it borders on being comical. The premise is taken way too far. I would scale it back and make it more conceivable. It is even too far out there for Nicolas Cage to portrait.


    What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Peter could have made the ending less romantic. It was like some 1940s movie. Especially after such a overly dramatic climax. But maybe that is his intention; to get movie rights.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought he did a very good job and will search his other books.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes but not a block buster. If anyone would star in it would be Nicolas Cage. Hmm Nate Cage.


    Any additional comments?

    Tried too hard to be different and lost my interest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "Good for the beginner but"
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    Would you try another book from John Powell and/or Walter Dixon?

    I would be tentative about purchasing another book by the authors. There were many chapters that were too basic for what I was thinking I was purchasing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have given us the sound bite of the examples given. For example when describing how composers change keys an example would have been better than simply stating the piece that some may or may not be familiar. Also listening to the scales would have been an improvement over simply stating that the major key sounds positive and goes TTSTTTS.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the book was trying to be too much like music for dummies and therefore used cute jokes to liven it up. They were not bad but a little personal. The use of instruments was sometimes a good addition, especially if you are a guitarist, but some others could have been used. I didn't hear a harp when they described its nature, which for a beginner would have been interesting.


    Did How Music Works inspire you to do anything?

    This book did not inspire me to compose differently or experiment with new techniques, which is what I had hoped it would do.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a beginner and want to obtain additional insight into basic music this book will be enjoyable. If you are anywhere beyond beginner you may find half or more of the book as uninteresting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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