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Jeff

West Newbury, MA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 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
    (311)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    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"
    "Enchanting and well worth it but.."
    Overall

    Enchantment is certainly worth the listen. In fact true to form Guy spews out info at the rate of a fire hose and this is good and bad. Good because he makes sure you get value for your hard earned dollar and good because you will walk away with a number of action items you can actually act on right away. However, it is bad because you will never remember all of them. For this reason (and Guy will love this advice) you might want to also buy the actual book for reference.

    Having said that I fully understand Dan's review "A Meal of Cotton Candy" (love his title). Almost everything Dan says in the review is correct. But I think Guy does a great job serving up the Cotton Candy. He puts a lot of info into one place and as I said, I at least walked away saying, "I need to do that." OK to be more accurate I should say, "I forgot Cialdini had written about that, I need to go do it". So, while this is certainly negative in one respect it does speak to Dan's point that the book is a good jumping off point for ideas for further reading. The one point in Dan's review that I disagree with is that Guy only addresses the 'what to do' but not the critical 'how to do it'. In some cases Guy does talk about the "how" and in others the "how" is obvious but it is often hard to remember to do it. For example, "do no evil" or I think Guy also borrows the idea of "don't do anything you wouldn't want to see published in your local paper". Well, I suppose Guy could have advised posting this mantra on your desk.

    Finally, I have to say that I got a huge chuckle out of the book having recently finished "The Six Figure Second Income" (Jonathan Rozek , David Lindahl) because Guy must have just finished it as well. Although Guy has been at it for awhile so I wouldn't be surprised if he was the inspiration for Rozek and Lindahl. I won't go into the details but if you do listen to "The Six Figure Second Income" you will quickly get my point as well as a good chuckle.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12181)
    Performance
    (7549)
    Story
    (7436)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Not funny just disturbing"
    Overall

    Seriously who are you people giving this 4+ stars? This is both disturbing and not funny. If it was funny and yet disturbing that would be one thing but alas it isn't. In fact, if you gave this higher than one star (zero is not an option) please do the rest of humanity a favor and DO NOT HAVE KIDS.

    I love this last comment in the Publisher's Summary, "Due to its explicit language, you probably should not play it for your children." PROBABLY...really? As I was listening to as much of this as I could stomach (about 3 minutes) I was thinking, there are no doubt ignorant F--ks who will think this is funny and will also think it would be funny to play if for their kids at bed time....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Communication Success with Large Audiences: How to Relax and Stay Focused in the Media Spotlight

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Lorraine Howell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Are you expected to speak in front of large audiences in your professional career? Or are you in the spotlight doing media interviews with radio and television talk shows? If so, this 4-part series will prepare you for three types of high pressure speaking engagements: ublic Speaking, Media Interviews and Networking Events. As a bonus, one part of this program helps you mentally deal with stressful situations. You will also be able to deal with the fear of public speaking.

    Jeff says: "If free this might be worth the listen"
    "If free this might be worth the listen"
    Overall

    This "book" spends a few minutes talking about the obvious benefits of visualizing success and then the rest of the 45 minutes walking you through various visualizations. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR POINTS. As I said maybe worth the listen if it was free...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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