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Randall

Evansville, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Difficult Situations: How to Turn Arguments into Victories - Maxwell's Leadership Series

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Christopher Maxwell
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Imagine yourself having a tough conversation with your boss that you've been putting off for months...now imagine being in total control of the situation. You are in control of your emotions (even when he or she isn't) and you are easily swaying your boss to your side of the argument. And now imagine that this daydream is a reality. This audiobook will make you the master of your own destiny. It will allow you to get through all the difficult conversations in your life easily and effortlessly.

    Randall says: "mundane and uninspired"
    "mundane and uninspired"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narration was very bland and flat. The information was very pedestrian. It was very simplistic with no real insights that were helpful to me or anyone who has read anything like this before or attended a course. I've listened to about twenty books this year including 2 other personal interaction books right before this one. This book was the least interesting of all, but luckily very short. I advise against it unless this is your very first experience with conflict management books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition: The Heart of Passive Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Rashid
    • Narrated By Dan Lawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    A revolutionary approach to the techniques of working with horses, by a renowned instructor. In Horses Never Lie, renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid challenges the conventional wisdom of "alpha leadership" and teaches the listener to become a "passive leader" - a counterpart to the kind of horse other members of a herd choose to associate with and to follow. Applying Rashid’s principles and techniques helps cultivate horse personalities that are responsive and dependable regardless of the rider.

    APmama26 says: "Wonderful book - horrible narrator!!"
    "Reminds me why I love horses"
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    Would you listen to Horses Never Lie, 2nd Edition again? Why?

    Several reviewers have derided the narrator but I have listened to all of Rashid's books along with almost 40 others books over the last two years and I enjoyed him. I had to keep reminding myself that he was not the author. He makes it feel personal, like he talking to me not reading a book.
    I try to alternate listening to a history book, a self help book and a personal pleasure book. This series is all three. Above all, Rashid reminds me and reinforces just why I love horses. They bring grace, beauty, and companionship. Thru Rashid I have learned to listen to my horses more. I agree with him that they are trying to communicate with us. Owning a horse is a special duty. We expect things from the horse but we also own them a reciprocating duty. Whenever I have a horse "problem", I think, "what would Rashid do "?
    Growing up I also had a very influential man in my life. He was my scoutmaster and in his later years we called him "The old man". Hence, I share Rashid's fond memories of that non-parental adult who helped us become who we are today.
    Rashid brings me closer to my horses. He has made me a better horseman. But above all, he just makes me feel good about owning a horse. And he reminds me of the obligations I owe the horse. These gentle giants just warm our souls. I can think of no time when I am happier or more at peace than in my barn. The aroma is sweet to me. And I can picture Rashid standing along side me, his storytelling is this open and personal. I have recommended his books to my non-horse owning friends. It is just a good read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (2328)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1581)

    Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

    Anaxamaxan says: "Good info, over-the-top narration"
    "A true must read."
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    What did you love best about Good to Great?

    It detailed how to take a company from good to great and but also made me think about how the same principles apply to volunteer organizations and even family life. It was emotionally rewarding to discover the principles involved were not selfishness, stealing, lying or other distasteful qualities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good to Great?

    Getting the right people on and off the bus and into the right seats reminded me of our scout troop and the committee members who live and work with this attitude.


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

    The personal emotion he brought to it makes it almost seem like the "read" would have been sterile and missing of the nuances involved.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4445)
    Performance
    (2107)
    Story
    (2139)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Kathleen says: "It's not easy being green"
    "uninteresting"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I listened to this after seeing the play. The names are the same but the story is very different. It focused mainly on the witch but her character started off bland and degenerated into old and morose. She was not interesting nor sympathetic. Neither was there any character development. My wife read the book and felt the same. The story did not build any suspense and it just seemed to end, without any purpose or design. The book just seemed empty and left us both wondering why we had invested the time. The narration was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5545)
    Performance
    (3796)
    Story
    (3806)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "The definative living dead/zombie story"
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    Would you listen to World War Z again? Why?

    The performance was the best of any audio book I have ever listen too with the different celebrity performers. It gave a very nuts and bolts description of what it would really be like if this actually happened. It was told in sections from individual perspectives, this making it feel personable. If you like walking dead/zombie stories at all, you must read this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World War Z?

    The little girl telling of how her parents tried to survive and keep her alive this post apocalyptic world, hanging on to whatever shred of humanity they can.


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

    The visceral emotion of the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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