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Casper Paludan

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  • The Best Damn Sales Book Ever: 16 Rock-Solid Rules for Achieving Sales Success!

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Warren Greshes
    • Narrated By Warren Greshes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    There are an endless number of sales books that purport to let the reader in on the secrets of great selling. And many of them even have useful ideas and tips. But it doesn't matter how many tricks a salesperson has at hand if he or she doesn't have the one most important weapon in any salesperson's arsenal: the motivation to get out there and sell!Rhetorical tricks and clever devices, even if they're occasionally effective, don't make great salespeople; hard-working, self-motivated, optimistic people do.

    Jack says: "Horrible, Juvenile"
    "Good tips AND energizing!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever to be better than the print version?

    I would never recommend the print versio because the author's voice and spirit is so empowering and energizing to me that the words alone would not be more than half the value.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever?

    Warren tells many anecdotes and stories, both from his own life and others', and one story about a desperate man worked his way up from having nothing at all, to being financially successful, was particularly inspiring.

    I won't give away anything because I want you to experience it yourself, but the story illustrates, PROVES, that what looks like crushing defeat, IS really an opportunity in disguise. I never understood this until now.


    What does Warren Greshes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read/listen to a lot of sales books and this and Zig Ziglar's material have what salespeople need: an incessant, joyful, energizing, and empowering picker upper in your ear. We need this to deal with the profession we have chosen.

    You cannot get this from print, well you can, but nothing beats Warren's and Zig's voices!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has made me laugh out loud several times, and I am not finished yet!


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it and buy it for everyone you know. It is amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Supremacy

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (472)

    This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity, a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage, an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances, all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past.

    Bill Kloss says: "Wish I could give it 10 Stars!!!"
    "Lost interest about half way through"
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    The Bourne Identity held my interest pretty tightly throughout because of the personal urgency I felt about Bourne. I wanted him to succeed, and with each wave of adversity, I was rooting for him.

    In Supremacy, it started out the same way but then Ludlum tries to paint with a larger brush of international intrigue, and suddenly, or rather, bit by bit, I began to care less. It's as if Bourne steps a bit into the background, giving way to a host of less interesting characters.

    I still recommend the first one and I won't go for the third one. I'll watch the movies a fifth time instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor L. Wooten
    • Narrated By Victor L. Wooten
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    "'Boy, do I have a lot to learn!'" Anyone who's ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind - from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop - has thought that. I know I did. I'd been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. And I was good. But I wasn't great. I knew that there was something wrong. Then the teacher showed up...."

    Tomas says: "Surprise like no other!"
    "The right book at the right time"
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    This book finally convinced me to only review a title after I completely finished it. When I like something, I usually rush to give it a glorious review but waiting, in this case, allows me to write a better one and this book deserves it.

    It's a very spiritual work and any musician and also many non-musicians interested in the spiritual side of musicianship, will appreciate it.

    "When the student is ready, the teacher appears" goes the saying, and Victor appears to have truly summoned his teacher, Michael, a mysterious and colorful entity, from, well, somewhere.

    Although the book is an attempt to describe a series of events that actually happened, victor sometimes questions if it did. I won't share why here. There's a bit of mystery to this book, although nobody comes to any harm.

    If you're interested in the law of attraction, like I am, many of the concepts will be familiar to you. I'm an avid reader of Jerry and Esther Hicks, and I'd had this in my library for a while before listening to it. I finished it just the day before I'm to give my first drum lesson to a very special student. My teaching will be much, much better for it.

    If you find this book, it's meant for you and you don't need my recommendation. If you don't, you'll find something else. But I think all seekers will eventually find some version of this wisdom, maybe without ever touching a single book.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (972)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    Erica says: "One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to!"
    "Great, quaint, and one gripe..."
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    The story is, as other reviewers have said, very different from the movie, but just as good. It really is a masterpiece in the genre in my opinion. It's a little quaint in places, but this must be expected as it was written many years ago.

    It has rich descriptions of the various localities, and the author conveys a great sense of the lonely, us-against-the world angst. A couple of times, one gets the chill associated with finding out that the enemy is hiding deep within our camp, much like a good Hitchcock movie.

    The narration is fine and in cases where he does for example various American and British accents, he really pulls it off. Unfortunately, there is a lot of French in this book, and Mr. Brick manages to brutally mispronounce every * single * word, pronouncing every mute ending, and failing to pronounce the non-mute ones. An accomplishment of sorts but it does detract a little.

    But only a little. I'm continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
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    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
    "Another majestic feat!"
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    I can't imagine anyone having read the Path to Power who wouldn't automatically get this but for the sake of the ultra cautious: this one is also fantastic and if you haven't read Path to Power, it' fine to start here, because you will want to read this again, after you ultimately read Path to Power. I've read the entire series, as yet incomplete, three times and I'm about to again. It's that good.

    I just finished reading Ready Player One, one of the most entertaining and immersive books I've ever read. But the thrill is just about gone on the second listen. Not so with the world's best biographies, and this is surely one of them: they get better with each listen because they're so packed with information and perspective, that you just become more and more thrilled each time.

    I can't wait for the next volume, and I wish they would clone Mr. Caro so he could write twice as fast!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17406)
    Performance
    (16093)
    Story
    (16095)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Good natured sci-fi is what this is. I'm a long time lover of Sci-Fi but I've grown to want literature to be uplifting, inspiring, and deep, all at the same time. This book is funny, endearing and of course full of 80s nostalgia but I don't think the reader needs to be a child of the 80s to like it.

    My only criticism is the needlessly dystrophic backdrop: wars have ravaged earth, most people live in dangerous slums etc etc and virtual reality is so popular because of all this. In my view, the world is just fine, and VR is just another add-on to make things more interesting. VR and games are popular right now because they offer great entertainment and as VR gear gets better, the green grass and sunshine outdoors will face ever stiffer competition. No world wars needed.

    Jane McGonical explains, in her Reality is Broken, that games seek the virtual world because of the allure of the many game devices such as power-ups. She suggests the education system mimmicks this structure to make learning more exciting, and offers an example of a school where just this principle is used, apparently with success.

    It's interesting that the fully virtual learning environment in Ready Player One does not use any such devices.

    Anyway, this is part romance, part thriller and part sci-fi, and it is thrilling and exciting so I thoroughly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1687)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Beautiful, entertaining, and funny!"
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    I got this, and The Good Omens, from a list of books suggested to be uplifting, in contrast to many otherwise excellent books, who are not. I mention The Good Omens here because it's similar to Lamb in that it deals with religion in a light hearted, tongue-in-cheek way, uses humor to entertain and sometimes educate, and is well-written and well performed.

    Lamb has two things Good Omens doesn't have: sex and violence. Well, Omens has a few very brief passages but nothing too graphical. Lamb, on the other hand, has at least one passage evoking very disturbing images. I subtract one star for this even though to most readers it won't be a problem. The sex isn't graphical, only suggested, and, while occasionally evocative, is presented in such a tasteful and light manner, that I doubt it would offend most people.

    Lamb is longer and also more breezy than Omens, which is extremely dense and may require two listens to even get the nuances of the story. Fisher Perkins does a great job with the acting; however, nobody could top Martin Jarvis' split-17-ways-personality tour de force in Omens.

    Lamb does a fine job of soothing the mind and transporting the listener from the present, to a different time and place. I recommend it very much, and together with Omens, you will have a treasure trove worth several listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5186)
    Performance
    (3575)
    Story
    (3607)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Funny and uplifting"
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    I was looking for truly positive and uplifting fiction, and was recommended this. After about 5 minutes' listening, I was laughing out loud which showed me I had taken really good advice.

    Good Omens tells the story of two agents, an angel from Heven, and a demon from Hell, who, much like Cold War spies, end up working together to thwart the more destructive forces they represent. It is hysterically funny in many places, and furiously inventive and sprawling.

    When the Antichrist is born to human parents, the angel and the demon agree that the child's satanic sides will probably manifest mainly from nurture, so they enlist a saintly and spiritual grartner who teaches the child to look out for others, love the Earth and plants; and a dark and evil nanny who tries to get the kid to take the role of ultimate evil-monger, seriously. The result is a more or less well balanced youngster, who nevertheless possesses powers to end the world, or not.

    Martin Jarvis handles the multiple characters with genius and I'm especially impressed by how well he does female voices, and even more especially children. He is a real master of the voice!

    This is sure to get worn, oh wait, it won't be!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Rome, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
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    Performance
    (86)
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    A History of Rome is the story of a tiny market town on the Tiber, its rise to world domination, and then its slow, terrible plunge to utter ruin. It is the single greatest event in all human history.

    Mark Grannis says: "A superb survey of Ancient Roman History"
    "Good and brief, very dense"
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    I bought A History of Rome because I found I needed a primer before getting full value from Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The latter starts at about 200 AD and makes many references to the times before, so it's very valuable to have at least a brief understanding of the material covered here.

    Rather than just getting through it quickly and then returning to Gibbons, I find myself with many more questions about, and a strong interest in, the beginning of the Empire. Especially the description of the times when Rome was a mere city state among others, is fascinating. One gets a sense of a world with much space between budding cultures and peoples, a world where borders and identities were not yet fixed and where history could be changed by the fortunes of a brief moment.

    Rome suffered huge, crippling, and seemingly fatal blows to her power on her way up, and sometimes could easily have been destroyed by a resolute opponent, such as the Cimbri. this barbarian tribe more or less wiped out Rome's army about 105 BC. At that point, had the Cimbri gone south, they could have taken all of the peninsula easily. but they were more interested in Spain, and so went west. And Rome had time to recuperate, and was ultimately victorious. Fascinating story. And there are many more like it.

    I recommend this fascinating tome to anybody interested in ancient history. Do not miss Gibbons though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
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    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Just fantastic..."
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    If you could sum up The Path to Power in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, dramatic, instructive. The story really is riveting. The initial description of the Hill Country in Texas is so fantastic, petic, dramatic, revealing, evocative, and rich, that I have gone back several times to listen to it . And I will do so again.

    The description of Lyndon's childhood, his fathers travails, rise, and demise and the effect on the family and the boy, are utterly unmatched in contrast and drama. Finally, the way Lyndon copes with it all, using his bright and dark sides to get ahead, ingeniously in both, is very instructive. I believe one can learn as much if not more from the 80% successes than the 100% successes, because their moral or other failings make them come alive more and even a sleazy scheme should be learned from, in that it took drive and courage to perform it, and THAT is never a bad trait to have.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Sam, Lyndon's dad, is a very powerful and tragic figure and as he falls from grace, and we witness it by painstaking degrees, we develop a love for this character that makes us think of him long after the book is done. I find myself wondering what would have happened if he hadn't done that last unadvisable thing, made that last unsound investment....could he have swung back from failure?...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I won't give away the plot by giving a thorough description. It feels like a novel eventhough it isn't..so I know it's silly but I think you should have the pleasure of discovering it yourself.

    Lyndon was courting a young lady and her dad didn't think Lyndon a suitable husband for his daughter. the way he tried to humiliate Lyndon is very dramatic. And the way Lyndon got back at him and the family years later, even more so.

    Enjoy!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my eyes go wide and it made me shake my head and it moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally get this, you won't regret it! Also, read The Power Broker

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"
    "Fascinating portrait of a powerful man"
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    If you could sum up Titan in three words, what would they be?

    Contrast, legacy, power.
    I chose contrast because Mr. Rockefeller undeniably did many fantastic things for humankind. For example, he founded The Rockefeller University which I attended and which changed my life forever. His Standard oil also did many good things in that it brought the benefits of oil to many people. At the same time, some of his business practices were very crude (no pun intended) and unnecessarily harsh. I chose legacy because his legacy is one of the most powerful ones and his achievements touch us every day. Power because of the focus and perseverance that marked his existence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of his extremely colorful family background was so surprising to me that I feel the first two hours are easily worth the entire book.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    His second cousin Clive. No, seriously, this is not a good question for a biography. Obviously the main character...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile many times and laugh a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very useful book for everybody who is interested in history and/or business and/or oil etc etc. there are many reasons to get it. I recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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