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Joseph

Springfield, NJ, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide for Building Inner Excellence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard L. Daft
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Kings, heads of government, and corporate executives lead thousands of people and manage endless resources, but may not have mastery over themselves. Often leaders know that right action is important, but have little understanding of what prevents them from acting in accordance with their intentions. In this important book, leadership expert Richard Daft portrays this dilemma as a struggle between instinct (elephant) and intention (the executive) using the most current research on the intentional vs. the habitual mind.

    Joseph says: "I wish I read this 20 years ago.."
    "I wish I read this 20 years ago.."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Executive and the Elephant the most enjoyable?

    Touches on many areas that have been a challenge for me as a manager and business professional. Well written and narrated (narrator is not the author); also well researched touching on eastern and western philosophies and approaches to meditation. Describes many situations that are common in every day life and work - getting cut off by another car while driving your kids to soccer practice. Do you react? Elephant. Do you let it go? Executive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Executive and the Elephant?

    The concept of watching your own thoughts, almost as if a 3rd party, was the most memorable moment. Since hearing that concept I have done this regularly - and it works. It works all the time. This is not a pure conceptual book, it has exercises that the author encourages the reader to practice, immediately.


    Have you listened to any of Bob Dunsworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Good narrator. A little too emphatic at times, but overall very good.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened end-to-end twice so far and will again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Noble
    • Narrated By Paul Noble
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (101)

    Collins Spanish with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product.No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

    Joy T. says: "I've listened to the rest, this is the best!"
    "Best so far..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

    There is a teaching pattern. The focus is not on memorization but on the structure of the language so that you could start to come up with your own sentences. You learn vocabulary as a by-product.


    What did you like best about this story?

    n/a


    Have you listened to any of Paul Noble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, just downloaded #2


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really for that. I listed to one CD at a time in my morning commute. This download has 4 CDs. The tempo of the teaching picks up as you progress. So far I've gone through twice.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent tool for the cost. Better than "Learn In Your Car" material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John J. Medina
    • Narrated By John J. Medina
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (841)

    Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know - such as the brain's need for physical activity to work at its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget - and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

    Beenre says: "My favorite book for students."
    "Good content, poorly read"
    Overall

    This is an interesting book for the content. However, it is better to read this book than to listen to it. This book is poorly read by the author who is overly expressive and frequently raises his voice to a squeak.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22911)
    Performance
    (9558)
    Story
    (9633)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "What happens next...?"
    Overall

    I enjoyed 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'. While Mikhail Bloomquist was a typical hero, his partner, Elizabeth Salendar, was not. She was unusual, brilliant and tough. The story seemed fresh to me, perhaps because it was focused completely on Sweden, a break from American based stories - and referred to various parts of Sweden frequently outside of Stockholm. The story was also well read.
    I was disappointed the book did not continue, what's Elizabeth doing now?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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