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Chris

Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.

FORT WAYNE, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (923)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "Love yourself, READ THIS BOOK!"
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    Jen, I love you! And not in the stalkerish, crazy sort of way. But I love you because you basically said in comedic and simple way what you (the person reading this review) need to hear. You are a person who needs to love yourself (that might have been repeated a few times ;-) and you are, in fact, a badass. But you are your version of badass and that is where the book becomes special.

    It would be shocking to walk away from this book not ready to change your life. One practical tip alone has already started to help mine. The "10 things I am happy for" list at the end of each day. That is one of many small things that turn into big things Jen writes and speaks so well about in order to change your life. And she makes sure all tips are applicable to your goal. King of the world, stay at home parent (are those two sometimes the same?), world traveler, business owner, world class ping pong champion, or whatever you put your mind to. Her book will put you in a frame of mind to love yourself (I've heard that before...) and get there.

    So if you want to love yourself (because you deserve it) and move to the next level of _________________ (fill in the part of the next level yourself because you love yourself) then READ THIS BOOK! If you don't, then READ THIS BOOK! It just might help you achieve your maximum ability in either direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan McCarthy
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    This engaging and authoritative portrait of animals' emotional lives is as groundbreaking as Darwin's Origin of Species in the facts and insights it presents about the animal kingdom. You'll meet an Indian elephant known for his facial expressions, a shy gorilla who is proficient in sign language and loves to play house with dolls, and an African grey parrot who, when left at the veterinarian's, cried, "Come here! I love you. I'm sorry. I want to go back."

    Elizabeth says: "Enter the mind of another being"
    "Beautiful discussion on all emotions..."
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    The book is a simple, straight forward look on where humans have viewed other animals historically, proof to point to not support and support the view, and how as a whole, animals feel. This will be a "well duh" but beautiful book for animal lovers. This may or may not challenge your view if you view humans as "top of the food chain" or to have "dominion over all animals". But it worth the quick read and shows real thought to subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (333)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Amazon Customer says: "Call me an "Essentialist""
    "Simple yet deep"
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    Stop and learn W.I.N. by reading this book. It is an excellent and practical guide to focusing on the essence and importance of life. It might take a few reads on your journey to help you the most; however, it can help all aspects of your life if you are ready. Highly recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1144)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "A little transparent but still a fun story"
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    Really enjoying the Whodunnit series so far. Especially it combined with the TV show. This book keeps with the solid history of the two for a good mystery with solid characters brought together by Gildart Jackson's excellent performance.

    Lets begin with Gildart Jackson. His performance, in book and TV form, really brings the story together. He is the central figure in the world and seems to have moved from third party to active participant as he is realizing his bad luck is inescapable. He never relishes in his role as primary puppet but he does work towards cutting the strings and making it his own. A bit like Watson telling the story for Sherlock.

    Beyond that, the story he is given has pretty good characters and puzzles to solve. There are two minor week points in this story that isn't necessarily negative but does prevent a 5 star rating.

    First, the killer unlike the first book and TV show, was a little more obvious I found. Even though I found myself not really thinking about the killer through most of the book, he or she was easier to pick out. The person with the highest chance of winning quickly became obvious too which was also disappointing even though it did create a desire to pull for an underdog(s) and keep reading hoping my underdog was part of a twist.

    Second, the rule breaking. Part of what holds the series together previously is the following of the rules and consequences. While the story has nice twists but when the game is afoot, the game should be played. It felt this story, partially by its location, was a little too free with the rules by the end even though the beginning starts strong. Part of that falls on the fault of the killers overreaction/lack of patiences.

    Yet these are minor gripes in the overall story which is easy to be lost in especially for the people who like solving the puzzles along with the characters. The world feels alive and characters feel real. The idea of business retreat with characters familiar yet not was actually a creative setup. It is the most familiar yet unfamiliar environment working in a large corporate environment and opened up some fun scenarios and instant teams that the first book and TV show had to flush out.

    Overall, this book was a fun murder mystery. Outside of my few little plot points, you will find every mystery a chance to figure out howdoneit and you will enjoy the same guessing game as the previous novel and TV show.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1417)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Bored Billionaire Psychopath Behaving Badly"
    "Hope this is a series..."
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    Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors so mystery holds a special place in my heart. When I read fiction, it is one of my favorite genres. Needless to say, even though the TV show has been decent, wasn't sure it would convert to a novel well. Boy I was wrong.

    Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor is a well written mystery that will keep you guessing and the performance is top notch.

    The story is similar to the TV show if you have seen it. If you haven't, 10 winners are surprised with a week of fun at a beautiful mansion but what they don't know is murder is afoot. And to make it worst, one of the 10 winners is the one who will kill until someone wins.

    This simple twist will keep you guessing. It took me all the way until the next to last murder to guess the killer and even then, the book through cool twists to make you wonder.

    The narrator and butler gives a great performance. He talks in first and third person yet it flows naturally. The voice acting is top notch to make out who is who and the chapter design is simple and straight forward.

    Couldn't put this book down. In fact, even if the TV show fails, hope this book becomes a series. If you like mysteries or a good performance, this book is right for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (643)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Interesting quick read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book would be an good book for a friend to read as long as they are not conspiracy nuts or are the type to diagnose everyone when they learn of a disease. It teaches you a lot of things to look for to help tell if deception might be present.


    What other book might you compare Spy the Lie to and why?

    Is not a current book I can compare it to.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration wasn't the best but not the worst. It is straightforward and informative but not particularly dynamic.


    What did you learn from Spy the Lie that you would use in your daily life?

    Learned to pay attention more to what people don't say as much as what they do. Plus learning different types of tells for deception and how to ask the right questions for truth.


    Any additional comments?

    The book also has some really great information for parents who want to grill their kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
    • Narrated By Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (125)

    For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship beyond the limits of traditional monogamy, this groundbreaking guide navigates the infinite possibilities that open relationships can offer. Experienced ethical sluts Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy dispel myths and cover all the skills necessary to maintain a successful and responsible polyamorous lifestyle - from self-reflection and honest communication to practicing safe sex and raising a family. Individuals and their partners will learn how to discuss and honor boundaries, resolve conflicts, and to define relationships on their own terms.

    Chris says: "Well written, dense book"
    "Well written, dense book"
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    "The Ethical Slut" is an excellent, well written book to learn about different relationship types outside of monogamy while also respecting monogamy.

    If you are looking at this book, you are probably curious about the many topics of relationships. You will find a lot of good tips in this book whether monogamous or considering open, polyamory, or more. This book can actually help enforce a lot of positive communication techniques for yourself and your partner(s). At its center, the book is all about honesty and trust which is the building blocks of every relationship.

    The book is also extends the idea of what sex really is. If you think you know, listen to the first half of this book and see if you still define it the same way.

    The authors read the book and they do an earnest job. The fact that they switch between the authors to accent parts is nice. Also it helps that they both practice what they are explaining so can provide personal experiences, emotions, and really relate the content.

    The book gets a few down sides that keeps it from a 5 star.

    The book feels it is geared largely to women and couples even though they try to cover all sexualities and relationship types. Single men can get quite a lot but some examples or exercises are difficult to relate to.

    Also the second half of the book drags a little and the dual voice use takes a little bit of a hit that kept it moving so well the first half.

    Finally, it can almost be an overload of information. You might need a few listens to get the full use of the book.

    Overall, for anyone who ever "what ifed" or want to consider a different type of relationship in an open and honest way, this well written and dense book is for you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phil Cooke
    • Narrated By Phil Cooke
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Cut through the noise and get your story heard! Have you hit a wall with your church, your ministry, or your nonprofit organization? In spite of a genuine calling, an exceptional team and solid investment in the vision, has your spark never caught fire? If so, your story may be drowning in the sea of messages in our media-saturated culture. We are more connected than ever, but all of this connectivity comes with a price - the most cluttered and distracted culture in history.

    Chris says: "Good but not great"
    "Good but not great"
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    What did you like best about Unique? What did you like least?

    The best part was the simple explanation of branding. It was straight forward for the newbie but enough information for more advanced branders.

    Least like the over focus on Christianity instead of keeping it about nonprofits and religion institutions in general.


    What could Phil Cooke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used more examples in other nonprofits and religious institutions. Understand his basic beliefs and life focus is Christianity but with more examples, it would have felt more applicable to everyone


    Was Unique worth the listening time?

    Yes if you can get past the constant Christian references. This can sometimes be a turnoff in a book when they over focus on one belief system. This came close but walked a fine line.


    Any additional comments?

    The books basic branding and change recommendations can have value for almost anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Sam Motes says: "Zen of coaching"
    "Feed your soul"
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    "The soul of success is surrendering to what is" - Phil Jackson.

    This book's soul is a success. Whether you are looking for leadership or a good sports story, you will find in here.

    The book chronicles the two time frames in Phil Jackson's life as a couch which has touched multiple generations. Whether you know him from the Bulls/Jordan times or the Lakers/Kobe, you will recognize a time period in your life and remember it. It talks about his leadership principles and management styles on both teams. You get insight into his mind and how he viewed the whole.

    If you are looking for a pure "star" story, you won't find it here. It's about the team. While MJ and Kobe are central figures on both teams, you will quickly learn that wasn't what made Phil as successful as a leader, couch, and in life. You will find many stories about personalities, dealing with adversity, and strategy.

    You will also find a sports fan dream in getting a glimpse into two of the most historical teams in sports of all time. This is a quiet dream of most that have ever played or been fanatical about the team. It actually answers the fabled and constantly screamed question, "WHY DID HE DO THAT!?" during a big game.

    Matt Walton did a great job as a narrator. His speaking is well paced and his tones are enjoyable. He actually seems to blend well with the words and at no point does his narration take you out of Phil's stories.

    This book is one of my new favorites and will read it again. Do yourself a favor, feed your soul and pick this up. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (374)

    Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

    Robert says: "Outstanding!!!!"
    "Not quite as good as "A Dog's Purpose" but..."
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    "A Dog's Journey", the squeal to "A Dog's Purpose", is a similar journey with a more direct story line yet lacks some of the charm the previous book had. If you loved this first book, you will enjoy the second.

    "A Dog's Journey" is a more linear, straight forward telling of why a puppy may exist in a human's life. The story is similar to last part of the first book and to really enjoy this book, it would be advised to read "A Dog's Purpose" first for the full back story but not required. While the first one reads to be more about the dog's lives, this is more about who the dog loves and the dog taking care of the ones s/he loves.

    The story is well written and a bit heart breaking at times. It takes interesting angles with the dogs life travels but, unlike the first book, seems to be more driven by the main human female lead and her best friend then the dog itself. The human female is the center and glue of the book but you find her "messing up" the dog's story to the point of annoyance at times. Yet her story is true to life and shows when the human's life is in chaos, so is the dogs.

    You will find several good love and life stories throughout this tale. While on the dog's journey, s/he constantly shows the different types of humans in this world and how things might or might not be as random as they may seem. The over arching love story of dog/human and human/human though will leave an overall positive feeling in the end.

    This is a solid read and will be most enjoyable to people who have read the prequel. Would recommend it as a good weekend read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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