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A. Yoshida

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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
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    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
    "An inspiration to be simple"
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    What about Ken Segall’s performance did you like?

    The voice wasn't as smooth as a professional reader in some parts, but it was okay.


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

    The author worked with Steve Jobs for over a decade on marketing campaigns, so he has had a lot of interactions with him. The book illustrates how Steve Jobs was able to push people to create simply elegant products. He didn't waste his time in dressing up how to say or do something to avoid hurting someone's feelings. He had laser focus on simplicity and quality. While it's not the most comforting situation to be the recipient of Job's tirade, at the end it usually lead to a superior product.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pamela Meyer
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
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    People - friends, family members, work colleagues, salespeople - lie to us all the time. Daily, hourly, constantly. None of us is immune, and all of us are victims. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day. Now there’s something we can do about it. Liespotting links three disciplines - facial recognition training, interrogation training, and a comprehensive survey of research in the field - into a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business leaders detect deception....

    Thomas says: "The Book is a Lie"
    "Basic techniques on spotting lies"
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    The beginning of the book provides useful information on spotting lies -- identifying baseline behavior and noting "tells" and cluster of behaviors when a person is lying. It is followed with chapters that diverge somewhat from lie spotting, such as negotiation techniques and conducting a deception audit at work. The information is still useful in that the reader can apply the techniques to build trusting relationships and avoid dishonest people. I think the reason why the book hasn't received higher ratings is because the author's TED Talk and the book description give the impression that this book can help the reader become an expert on spotting lies. It is not case. It provides an overview and basic techniques to practice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Skips Chapters 1 & 2"
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    I would skip the first two chapters, which give the backstory of how the author became a waiter. The rest of the book is fun and amusing, probably more so for people in the restaurant business and people who dine out often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Toni Sciarra Poynter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
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    Why is it that some people have all the elements of success - education, skills, integrity, motivation - but can't seem to move from effectiveness to excellence in their careers? Behavior expert Joe Navarro reveals the long-sought answer. Louder Than Words teaches how to master nonverbal intelligence, the ability to interpret and nonverbal signals - in poker terms, "tells" - in business, to assess and influence others.

    A. Yoshida says: "Read this if you're an average worker"
    "Read this if you're an average worker"
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    If you've read the author's other book "What Every BODY Is Saying," you'll find some repetition in the beginning of this book. This book is exactly what its title purport it to be - take your career from average to exceptional. Many of the observations that the author makes about businesses and individuals are obvious, like customers get upset when there's only one cashier to handle a long line and when another worker is called, the worker strolls to his station. Managers should be training their workers to be more responsive to customers if they want to keep their business. I think this book is still worth reading. Even if there is only a few good suggestions that you would apply, practicing some good work habits would improve your performance.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
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    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Not for pre-teens"
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    The book is engaging, particularly towards the end... that's if you lasted through the 500+ pages. The only drawback is the torture scenes toward the end. It would not be a book for pre-teens. The story is good and the characters are well developed, particularly Richard Cypher who is the Seeker of Truth. As with a typical quest, they encounter impossible challenges. The author does a great job of reframing the challenges to slowly reveal it is possible to overcome them all while the Seeker remains truthful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Steve says: "Heard it all before"
    "Like the podcasts"
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    If you like their other books "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics," you'll like this one. However, if you've listened to the Freakonomics podcasts, most of the topics have already been covered. Since the podcasts are free, I don't mind paying for the book and reading the few additional topics and stories that weren't covered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
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    Overall
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    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan A. Hayes says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "For fans of "Castle" TV series"
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    This book is for fans of the TV series "Castle." Nathan Fillion plays fiction writer Richard Castle, who is riding along with Detective Kate Beckett for research for his next book series. It is amusing to watch the episodes (i.e., "real life") and then read the book (where most of the people in the TV series have a counterpart in the book). It can be confusing to keep track of who is "real" and who is fake -- Richard Castle is the writer in the TV episodes who is riding along with Detective Beckett. Jameson Rook is the writer in the book who is riding along with Detective Nikki Heat. If you watched Season 1 before reading this book, you'll start thinking about the details from "real life" TV episodes and comparing them to the book.

    The book on its own reads like a pulp crime story, which probably would not appeal to many readers except fans of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. The high rating is for tie-in to "Castle" and adding a unique dimension to the show -- as if Richard Castle is real and he wrote this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Successful Novelist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

    Jason says: "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
    "Great advice for writers"
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    This is a great book for someone interested in being a writer and even someone interested in just knowing how writers are able to create page turners. David Morrell is known for writing "First Blood," which is often mistakenly referred to as "Rambo." The tone is conversational and even modest for someone who has written bestsellers. Th book is filled with useful advice and humorous stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
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    Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

    James says: "Great content by a great narrator!"
    "Age of Personalized Technology"
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    If you know something about Big Data, this is the next book to read. The authors are knowledgeable and engrossed in technology and convey well how we're entering an age of personalized technology (e.g., your phone knows when you're home and reminds you of your tasks). I would skip the last chapter, which is fanciful thinking from the authors of what they expect to see in the year 2038.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Currents of Space

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
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    Overall
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    High above the planet Florinia, the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort. Down in the eternal spring of the planet, however, the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters. Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed.

    thomas says: "Good Solid Asimov"
    "Slow start but interesting story"
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    I'm a fan of Isaac Asimov and just read "The Currents of Space" the second time. Years ago when I read all of Asimov's books, I thought the Galactic Empire series were not as good as the others. I later read somewhere (maybe in Asimov's memoir) that this series had a different publisher, and he accepted much of their changes despite his better judgment. This included changing the book titles (The Stars, like Dust; The Currents of Space; and Pebble in the Sky), which is why this series is slightly different from the rest of his books (Robot series and Foundation series).

    If you like Isaac Asimov, read the books in chronological order (Robot, Galactic Empire, and Foundation). The Galactic Empire series is still good. Since it's been so long when I last read this book, I have forgotten the plot. In the usual Asimov's style, the reader is left guessing until the end. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that I think the pace is slow.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Patrick Lencioni
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    This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

    A. Yoshida says: "Good book for leaders of an organization"
    "Good book for leaders of an organization"
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    The author calls it "organizational health." I prefer to think of it as an authentic organization. Health gives the impression that it's a matter of following a regiment of good habits. Whereas authentic implies that it has to come from within the individuals. The book applies to leaders of an organization, not so much to workers. If you're not a manager, you would not even get to practice the first discipline of building a cohesive team (build trust, work through conflicts, commit to decisions, be accountable, and focus on results). The other three disciplines really need to come the top leadership of the organization - create clarity in purpose and direction of the organization, over communicate that message, and reinforce that message.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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