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A. Yoshida

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  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (584)

    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
    "Excellent Primer on Economics"
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    This book covered basic economic concepts very well, as well as giving background on some famous economists. I had taken macro and micro economics in college, but still learned new things from this book. I got a little bored towards the end on the topic of international economy and how other countries' economic policies can have a global effect. However, the size and depth of information from this book more than makes up for a few topics that I found dull.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8388)
    Performance
    (5375)
    Story
    (5378)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Dark But Funny"
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    This dark comedy is funny, silly, and strange as most grim reaper comedies are. Charlie Asher is trying to run his second-hand shop, raise his little girl Sophie, and still find time to hunt for soul vessels as a newly appointed Death Merchant. The characters are quirky and entertaining, especially as some find themselves entangled in the struggle that Charlie is having with the Forces of Darkness. Few things that I didn't like about the book were the author's frequent use of "beta male" and parts of ending. Instead of simply describing Charlie's motive or actions, the author would use the label "beta male," explain the trait (such as a male who avoid risk and confrontation, unlike an alpha male who possess strength), and then return to the story. As for the ending, pieces didn't tie up nicely as I would have liked. It was so close to being an excellent read except for the last chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Goldberg
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (759)

    England, 1914. Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her 10-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.

    Marty Reed says: "Sherlock stories continue!"
    "A Kinder Holmes"
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    Fans of Sherlock Holmes are particular about what they expect from a Sherlock Holmes pastiche - they will either love it or hate it. The book was well written and many of the deductions are clever. There were a few obvious clues in the beginning, which a rookie detective would have observed let alone Dr. Watson who worked alongside with Sherlock for so many years. But it gets better as the story continues. I enjoyed how the daughter sometimes used a softer, more effective approach when questioning witnesses, something that Sherlock Holmes would not have employed. I didn't care for the introduction of the next generation for all the main characters - Dr. Watson's son, Inspector Lestrade's son, and Sebastian Moran's son. And they all played the same roles as their fathers. What are the chances of that and this case bringing them all together??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8718)
    Performance
    (7965)
    Story
    (7945)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    january says: "A light, fun, easy listen"
    "For geeky bibliophile"
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    The mystery surrounding Mr. Penumbra's little bookstore continues all the way to the end of the story. Unless you like the characters (unemployed web designer Clay Jannon, his young geeky San Francisco companions, and Mr. Penumbra who doesn't own any current electronic devices), you might find the story to be slow. It's light and entertaining, especially if you're familiar with the internet jargons and have a fondness for books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mel Robbins
    • Narrated By Mel Robbins
    Overall
    (20392)
    Performance
    (18119)
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    (18014)

    How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

    Zac says: "I turned it off after an hour."
    "Count down 5,4,3,2,1... and do it"
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    The 5-second rule is the moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and physically move (or your brain will stop you with an excuse). This starting ritual will help to change many of your behaviors. There are 5-second moments all day long - wake up early, exercise, clean up, organize files, pay the bills, do the laundry, don't have that drink, don't smoke, update your resume, and speak up in a meeting. These are all simple actions that can be done (and you probably had these thoughts a hundred times already). Count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... do it. This is a better alternative to sitting there and worrying or complaining about it. There is no right time or the feeling of being ready; just count down and do it.

    There isn't anything earth-shattering about this advice. If you tried it and it does work for you, read the book to stay motivated and be inspired by stories of other people who have changed their lives.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unlocking Potential: 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael K. Simpson, Dr. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith - foreword
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Michael K. Simpson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    Michael K. Simpson, a senior consultant to FranklinCovey, has spent more than twenty-five years training executives to become effective coaches, mentoring and guiding leaders and managers to encourage and develop the talent of their people - the most important asset in any organization. In this guide, you will acquire the skills to coach your personnel from the ground up, maximizing their potential on a personal level, as members of the team, and as contributors to the organization as a whole.

    Thomas Magney says: "Nothing l've not heard before."
    "Another management book"
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    I give this 3.5 stars. The 4 principles of coaching are:
    - Trust: trust others and be trustworthy
    - Potential: find out what the individuals need and help them grow
    - Commitment: help individuals develop a sense of purpose
    - Execution: help individuals discover their desired destination to execute worthwhile goals

    The section for the 7 coaching skills provide actions for implementing the above principles (like how to develop trust, how to give feedback, how to seek strategic clarity, and how to execute flawlessly). The advice in this book isn't much different from a management book. Becoming an effective manager is about understanding each individual in the team, managing/developing those individuals based on their unique needs, and leading the team to accomplish a shared goal. The only new insight is helping individuals in the middle improve their performance to have a larger impact on long-term success. If a manager focus on top performers and they leave the company, it will create a huge talent gap. If a manager focuses on weak performers to bring them up to a minimum quality level, then the other team members who could be adding more value are not receiving the guidance and attention to make that happen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Networking Is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Derek Coburn
    • Narrated By Derek Coburn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Over the last few decades, networking has devolved into an endless series of cattle call events full of open bars and closed fists. Perfect strangers, after a long day at the office, agree to show up and bump into each other, randomly exchanging business pitches for business cards. Needless to say, traditional networking isn't working anymore. For successful 21st century business people, large networking events and the mountains of business cards they produce have become a waste of time and valuable resources.

    A. Yoshida says: "For building a client base"
    "For building a client base"
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    I give this 3.5 stars. Some of the actions aren't for the average person, like inviting a diverse group of highly successful professionals to a lunch (your own network event) to meet other successful individuals and help each other in their careers and businesses. Most of the actions are for building a client base, such as getting to know a wide variety of experts (a good accountant or a good attorney) so you can refer them to people in your network when they are in need of such services. They'll remember your help and the person who gained a new client may refer new clients to your business. Also, you can make it easy for your network to recommend you by sending an email indicating if they know someone in need of (trigger event like getting married or having a baby), you can assist by providing (a value like financial planning services). Your friends and network connections aren't thinking about the work you do. But by identifying the trigger events, they might know someone in those situations, which will trigger them to think of you for the service you mentioned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Verbal Judo, Updated Edition: The Gentle Art of Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George J. Thompson PhD, Jerry B. Jenkins, Lee Fjelstad - foreword, and others
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1615)

    When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control. Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation.

    Kim Dushinski says: "Kept thinking it was already started"
    "Excellent tips of confrontational situations"
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    This book has a lot of examples and techniques for having conversations in extremely confrontational situations, like with criminals/culprits, angry customers, and difficult coworkers. Since the author is drawing from his work experience in the police force, the emphasis is on defusing a situation. This may not apply to most people in their daily interactions with people.

    There are some good suggestions on statements not to say (you wouldn't understand, because those are the rules, it's none of your business, what do you want me to do about it, calm down, I'm not going to say this again, I'm doing this for your own good, and why don't you be reasonable). These statements put the listener off and never make the situation better. The author gives alternatives to all these statements (let me try to explain this, the reason for this decision is..., I'm not comfortable talking about this, sorry I would like to help but I can't, it's going to all right, talk to me, it's important you understand this so let me say it again, and let me see if I understand your position). Essentially, regardless of how the other person is behaving, treat the person with dignity and respect. The goal is to move the conversation in a positive direction, not escalate it to anger and violence. It's more important to be effective than to be right in a conversation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Trevor Corson
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (274)

    Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

    David says: "I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network"
    "For sushi lovers"
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    The book is part story following Kate, a student at the California Sushi Academy, and part history. It seamlessly introduces the history of sushi among scenes with Kate learning to be a sushi chef. If you enjoy sushi and are familiar with the Japanese words used in the cuisine, this book is entertaining and filled with interesting facts. For example, you are supposed to use your hand to pick up the sushi, not use chopsticks. Dip the sushi with the fish piece down in the soy sauce, not the rice (which will cause it break apart). Eat the entire sushi piece in one bite. Eat the pickled ginger to cleanse your palate between sushi dishes; it is not an appetizer to be completely eaten at the beginning of the meal.

    A shortcoming of the book is Kate, who is squeamish about cutting fish heads and eating octopus, among other things. Occasionally, the author refers to the Japanese comic book Sushi Chef Kirara's Job in which the female protagonist is preparing sushi correctly. Instead of a low performing student and a made-up character, the author should have selected a real student with potential and followed that person's progress through the semester.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Sesno, Wolf Blitzer - foreword
    • Narrated By Frank Sesno, Wolf Blitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (472)

    What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make smart decisions? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time. Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. But few of us know how to question in a methodical way. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno aims to change that with Ask More.

    Michael says: "Good questioning techniques to gain knowledge"
    "How to ask the right questions"
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    This book is for individuals who really want to hone their questioning techniques and delve into topics (like a reporter). There are chapters for the different categories of questions: diagnostic, strategic, empathy, bridging, confrontational, creativity, mission, scientific, interview, entertaining, and legacy. Within each chapter are profiles of individuals (many well-known), how they employ various questioning techniques, and the successful outcomes of persistently asking the right questions. There is a wide variety of examples spanning different industries and circumstances. Not all the chapters will be pertinent to a reader but it does illustrate how good questions can get the heart of a situation.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2433)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2036)

    Knowing what emotional intelligence is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management—to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.

    Walt Longmire says: "Better Printed or as a Pamphlet"
    "Self-assessment is subjective"
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    I give it 3.5 stars. After purchasing the book, you are given a code to take the emotional intelligence appraisal test online. You rate yourself on a list of statements, like whether you can be counted on, handle stress well, get along with others, and handle conflict effectively. Then based on your responses, you are directed to certain strategies in the book, like practice the art of listening and catch the mood of the room. This is ineffective. Most people can't objectively rate their own behaviors and performance. If you know you are weak in certain areas (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management), you can practice the strategies in those chapters. However, if you are already aware of your weaknesses and want to improve, you're probably not deficient in emotional intelligence. You're better off selecting a book focused in the area you want to strengthen, such as communication, giving feedback, reading body language, building relationships, making conversations, etc.

    Also, the book doesn't provide good illustrative examples where you can picture yourself in those situations and whether you're demonstrating emotional intelligence or not. The examples read like generic performance reviews -- "she sometimes comes across as defensive or aggressive. So for her to be more aware of her tone and language would be helpful." There's no context for these statements, like what was said that sounded defensive and what would have been a better alternative.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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