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zman

Baltimore | Member Since 2007

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  • 19 reviews
  • 73 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Copy This!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Orfalea, Ann Marsh
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    A charismatic, heart-warming business memoir that's filled with life lessons on overcoming obstacles, Copy This! is a book for every business owner looking to grow a company, every manager helping his team perform, every visionary trying to launch a new idea, and for every mother and father of a child suffering from dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Honest, humorous and insightful"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    This was a book worth listening to. Paul's management philosophy is almost opposite to all other business leaders and he has been very sucessful. This really shows that there is no one formula for sucess and we all need to find what works for us best. Two key items I learned is the manage the work enviornment not the employee and how investing in employee's can pay huge dividents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nikki Haley
    • Narrated By Nikki Haley
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    At age 12, Nikki Haley started to do the bookkeeping and taxes for her parents' business. After graduating from college and entering the business world, she watched other business owners battle government bureaucracy and overregulation. Her frustration inspired her to get into politics and run for the state legislature. That first campaign, against an entrenched incumbent, led to racial and religious slurs and threats - but Haley, like her parents, refused to back down.

    zman says: "Average story"
    "Average story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narration by the author.


    What could Nikki Haley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is no meat in this book, all this seems like is a political biography to prepare her for the next office she seeks.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I don't see her story much different than any other immigrant family story, infact her story is very bland.


    Any additional comments?

    This is nothing but a book without any meat or substance. It seems to me that its designed to be used to further her political career. Nothing else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How I Got This Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Regis Philbin
    • Narrated By Regis Philbin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    In this entertaining memoir, the irrepressible Regis Philbin - consummate talk show host, man about town, loving husband, father, and yes, obsessive sports fan - looks back at his years in show business. How I Got This Way is filled with stories of lessons learned with extraordinary, and often unsuspecting, teachers: David Letterman, Donald Trump, Jack Nicholson.

    lynda says: "reeege"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made How I Got This Way better?

    I was very excited to listen to this book because I love Regis and he was the narrator. It turned out be really boring, he does a poor job of setting up the background. Regis is pretty old so all the people he describes in his younger days are not know to most people and it was impossible to relate.


    What didn???t you like about Regis Philbin???s performance?

    It was ok but the content was too dated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Great book, Great narrator and great content. This book is very valuable to anyone looking to start a business or already running a small business. Norm's insights are great and advice is invaluable.
    The best thing about this book is that its interesting to listen to, i am listening for the second time. It's worth your money and time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Pitch: The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Steel
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A professional "pitching coach" for one of the world's largest marketing conglomerates, Jon Steel shares his secrets and explains how you can create presentations and pitches that win hearts, minds, and new business. He identifies the dos and don'ts and uses real-world examples to prove his points. If you make pitches for new business, this is the perfect book for you.

    Michal says: "Really amazing stories about pitching"
    "Good points"
    Overall

    The author has some great points on how to present to a prospect but also holds out information (he says it himself). I did not like the fact that he spends almost 40% of the book on his great Olympic bid presentation for London and felt like all that was just to stroke his ego. Also, the author is British and should have used a British person to record this .. it would have been certainly more fun.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Successful Small Business in the World: The Ten Principles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    As statistics tell us that most of the "ventureholics" who go out on their own to start a business will ultimately fail; and, as readers will learn, the main reason for this is because most businesses are not started the right way. Based on decades of experience working with small business owners, Michael Gerber will teach budding entrepreneurs his one-of-a-kind seven-step method - which is meant to be conceptualized long before the doors are ever opened.

    Kimberly says: "Could have been the best business book ever..."
    "What a Boreeeeeeeeeee"
    Overall

    This author will put you to sleep, don't listen to this book while driving. The content is all common sense stuff but can't say definitively cause I just could not listen to this more than an hour ...

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Champion's Mind

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Pete Sampras, Peter Bodo
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Pete Sampras is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, a man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented number one world ranking for 286 weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible a record-setting 14 Grand Slam titles. While his more vocal rivals sometimes grabbed the headlines, Pete always preferred to let his racket do the talking. Until now.

    zman says: "Too much tennis details"
    "Too much tennis details"
    Overall

    The book kinda sucked .. filled with all the tennis politics and details which may be interesting to some but bored me .. Plus Pete should have taking the time to narrate this ... I want my money back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Caan
    • Narrated By James Caan
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    James Caan is one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. Dropping out of school at just sixteen, he started his business life with no qualifications and two pieces of advice: 'Observe the masses and do the opposite' and 'Always look for opportunities where both parties benefit'. Armed with just his father's wisdom, his own unique charm and the Yellow Pages, James Caan built a market-leading business with a turnover of more than #130 million from a broom cupboard.

    Jason says: "A business bio from a back seat perspective"
    "Simply awesome"
    Overall

    I really liked listening to James Caan. He engaged me from the beginning and his life story is truly amazing. I could not put the iPod down until I finished the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unemployed Millionaire: Escape the Rat Race, Fire Your Boss, and Live Life on YOUR Terms!

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matt Morris, Wallace Wang
    • Narrated By Matt Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Have you ever imagined what it would be like to earn millions while you sit on the beach and enjoy your life? In The Unemployed Millionaire, you'll learn why it's no longer a pipe dream but a real possibility. The lowering of trade barriers and the emergence of the Internet have made it possible for almost anyone to set up a business from anywhere.

    Jim says: "Tim Ferriss...call your lawyer"
    "Awesome .."
    Overall

    Its a mix of the Secret and the 4 hr work week. Both are my favorite books. Also lot of original content and advise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5237)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1461)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "trying to finish it."
    Overall

    Not sure why its so highly rated. I am still trying to finish this but the story is very disconnected ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (529)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It helped that author was the narrator. Her journey is absolutely amazing.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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