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Cheryl

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  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and others
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (235)

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives.

    F. Webster says: "Great communication tools!"
    "I'm re-reading it now"
    Overall

    I really enjoy this book thoroughly. It's straight forward and explains things well. The examples and explanations are easily understandable and relate to real life. There are plenty of clever labels that make remembering important information easy. I enjoyed the explanations of labels such as: "Dope-up Dumbed-Down state". This label explains why critical conversations are difficult from a biological standpoint. Crucial conversations are defined as interactions with others (at home, work, or elsewhere) that have moderate to high stakes, opinions vary and emotions run high. The poor habits seem to reflect poor habits I have myself. The examples seem reasonable to real life and they are written in witty ways. The narration is (nearly) perfect as the description indicates. The narrator reads with accurate expression. I often found myself relating to the situations that are in the book. I'm a "Mute & Salute" kind of person (or "silent fumer"). I have been avoiding or poorly handling crucial conversations in my own life because I have felt ill-equipped to do it well. It undermined my influence. I've reread the forward & first chapter 3 times now. I have struggled with a lot of the things that are listed in the book. I look forward to applying these principles to my own conversations. I liked it so much, I ended up buying it as a gift for a friend of mine who I know would enjoy these topics and tools. I also look forward to listening to "Crucial Confrontations" by the same authors. I think this book should be considered by all.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9950)
    Performance
    (4601)
    Story
    (4586)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "The power of appreciation and more through stories"
    Overall

    This is a well written book and the narator does a very good job reading it. This is such a powerful book because it cover basic concepts with exceptional stories ranging from ancient stories to Carnegie's contemporary stories. There are stories about Abe Lincoln (along with other Presidents) and young Stevie Wonder and Queen Victoria and average everyday people. He includes stories from the battle field to the board room to the classroom. Carnegie distingishes between appreciation and flattery. Some of the stories are told in the words to originator (often student's in classes either taught by Carnegie or his associates). It's a great book about interpersonal relations. Having trouble with someon? Don't criticize them, appreciate them. Honest sincere appreciation. I really like the baiting-the-hook-to-suit-the-fish concept. Fishe don't like strawberries and creme, so don't go fishing with what the fish don't want, no matter how much you would like it. I liked this so much, I want to by the print version

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations to Heal Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Louise L. Hay
    • Narrated By Louise L. Hay
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In these powerful meditations, Louise shares her philosophy of life on a multitude of subjects from addictions to fears to spiritual laws, and everything in between. Her loving insights will enrich your mind and soul, while giving you practical knowledge to apply to your day-to-day life.

    Carla says: "Good content - audio problem"
    "I enjoy this mediation"
    Overall

    I'm glad I downloaded this audio. I'm not sure evryone would feel the same way but I really like all the affirmations she says.

    She covers so many topics. I've started listening to this at night as I'm falling asleep and let it replay all night long. I'm hoping it sinks in and I can begin to change some of my negative thoughts.

    I'm interested in looking at her other book. Here voice is pleasant and she says some profound things.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2189)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (747)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "It stuck and I am stuck on it too"
    Overall

    I really like this audiobook. It is full of information and examples. The book itself uses the concepts it teaches.

    It focuses on a core idea of "SUCCESS", Simple (or Core), Unexpected, Concrete, Credibility, and Stories.

    Although the system seems simple it's got a lot of complex examples. I've used some of the concepts to help craft some of my public comments at city hall to get the attention of council members on a very important subject for me. I got positive feedback from some people in the public who liked my statements.

    I haven't yet mastered all the concepts but I keep listening to the book over and over again.

    Something else I found facinating is the fact that they referenced Malcolm Gladwell's "Tipping Point" and his concept of "sticky stories" (or whatever he called them). I really liked Gladwell's concepts but I was a little bummed he didn't go into how to facilitate the ideas. I'm glad the Brothers Heath covered it in this book.

    I like the narrator. His voice is pleasant and he gives good emphasis on the sentences.

    I've already recommended this book to others. I think it's a good companion to the "Crucial Conversations", Crucial Confrontations" and "Influencer" series that I love so much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (685)

    Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters.

    Ahmed says: "Not the book for everyone"
    "I Highly Recommend All 3 Audio Books"
    Overall

    I have listened to both "Crucial Conversations" and "Crucial Confrontations" by the same authors and enjoyed all 3 audiobooks.

    My favorite is probably "Crucial Conversations" and you can read my review on that title. This is probably my 2nd favoratie. I think this one is has even more information. I do like the narrator of "Crucial Conversations" more and I like the format and easy of understanding concept of "Crucial Conversations" a bit more than this one.

    There's nothing wrong with the narrator of this book. He has a fine voice, I just like the voice of the other narrator more.

    This audiobook is unabridge which means it has more information and real-world stories. I really like the stories shared in this book. I'll probably buy the paperback version of this book as I did the other 2 books. The info is so valuable, I need to see it to fully absorb it.

    I like these books so much, I'm hoping to find others in my area to meet with to work on these concept. I bought "Crucial Conversations" for 2 of my loved ones.

    I'm trying to figure out how to impliment these techniques into my own life.

    The authors don't waste time on cliches or platitudes. They do use clever phrases to help remember important concepts.

    Like the focus on the power of stories to change minds. Or vicarious experiences.

    35 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated By Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Chris Kelham, Sara Bowes
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Combined for great value! The multi-award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. Full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. The poetry of Shakespeare's star crossed lovers is poignantly performed and expertly explained in this unique production: "Passion lends them power."

    Cheryl says: "Very Helpful"
    "Very Helpful"
    Overall

    I have to read Shakespeare for my UCLA class. I was dreading just reading it by myself. We were encourage to watch performances of the production to help us understand what's going on. I had some extra credits at audibles, so I purchased this audio book which was very helpful.

    The "Pass Master" or narrator did a very good job of guiding me through the play. For my assignment, I read along. The "Pass Master" explains thing well. She translates unfamiliar terms, talks about theme and summarizes passages well.

    The play it's (with commentary) is very long (nearly 5 hours) but I felt I got so much more out of this audio version than I would have if I just read it or even watched it.

    There was another audio book that was a performance and commentary but because the audio clip did not give an example of how the performance and commentary would be mixed, I went with this audio because the sample demonstrated how the two were intermixed. I like the way the "pass master" interjects. Her voice is delightful to listen to.

    I wish they had "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Much Ado About Nothing" Henry the forth", Henry the 5th and hamlet in this series. That would make my last quarter at school go so well.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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