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Optimize the Balance

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  • Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records Audio Book

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Todeschi
    • Narrated By David Hartley Margolin
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    The best-selling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records is read in its entirety by voice-talent David Hartley Margolin. The Akashic Records, also known as the Book of Life, are the storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth, containing every word, deed, feeling, thought, and intent that ever occurred. Learn how you can tap into your records - your past lives, your present experiences, and your future - to create the life you desire now.

    Suzanna Davis says: "Just what I needed"
    "Be ready"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book on 2x speed. I wanted to get through it quick because one story was enough for me to understand that Edgar Cayce could see (I finish everything I start.) And that the narrator did not spice it up a bit. The narration was bland.


    Would you recommend Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records Audio Book to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Those that believe will not need another story. Those that do not believe will not be convinced by this book.


    What aspect of David Hartley Margolin???s performance would you have changed?

    More spice. I felt that it was monotone and bland.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    There are enough good ghost, good spirit movies on the market that this one would not be different. It would be if the director made it realistic.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1838)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Cynthia says: "Let Me Hear Your Body Talk"
    "Great content!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What Every BODY Is Saying to be better than the print version?

    It is nice to see the figures while the speaker is reading. But it was not a necessity for me. A PDF file with all the figures accompanies the audio program. I looked at the figures after I finished the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Every BODY Is Saying?

    look at people's feet for the truth


    What did you learn from What Every BODY Is Saying that you would use in your daily life?

    that I need to listen to it again and practice daily


    Any additional comments?

    great content and I will be listening to it again this year and possibly once per year until I am practicing it all the time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12546)
    Performance
    (10176)
    Story
    (10291)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "More!"
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    It was slow to start like many novels until I got to some of the story, and then I could not put it down. My next book is the sequel and I already started it, the same day I finished this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Being In the Flow: Qi Dao - Tibetan Shamanic Qigong

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lama Somananda Tantrapa
    • Narrated By Lama Somananda Tantrapa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lama Somananda Tantrapa shares the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Shamanic Qigong in a simple and practical way. Discovering, testing and applying its principles will remarkably enhance your vitality with greater attentiveness, awareness and presence. It will help you transform and enlighten your life by developing a culture of movement that is naturally graceful and harmonious.

    Amanda says: "Horrible"
    "Get the book and practice, otherwise skip it"
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    Listening to this book was hard because I did not practice the techniques. The first part is okay to listen but the 2nd part must be practiced. Get the book and practice otherwise skip this. The content is good, but only if you practice it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (305)

    This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

    A. Yoshida says: "Good book for leaders of an organization"
    "More please"
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    What did you love best about The Advantage?

    I have read all Patrick Lencioni's books twice, except for this one because it only came out in March. I plan to read it again within a year. I liked his book because it combined content from all his books. It is almost a how to lead and run a company. Though I wish it had a fable. By the time I got to the end of the book I wanted to read it again. So there was only initial disappointment that it did not have a fable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message.


    What about Patrick Lencioni???s performance did you like?

    His passion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How leadership should be executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish it had a fable. Patrick's fables are fun and comprehendible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (627)

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "For the whole Family"
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    Where does The Tao of Pooh rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    My 2-1/2 year old requested the Tao of Pooh when we got in the car the other day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Relevance to my life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The vinegar tasters is my favorite part of this book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    something derived from the 3rd vinegar taster


    Any additional comments?

    When is the Te of Piglet coming to audio? This is a standard book I keep on my phone. I plan to listen to it once a year.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good news"? Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance.

    Paula says: "Easy reading, straight forward, life changing"
    "Thank you."
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    It has been a long time since I wanted to say Amen. Thank you Rob for cutting through the fog and making the stories clear. I would go back to church to listen to you talk. Thank goodness for your podcasts and books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (542)

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    April says: "Leadership"
    "Everybody Is A Leader"
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    Everybody is a leader and this book may help other readers, who are searching about themselves, the motivation to recognize and act on that they are a leader without being leadership. I believe in the content and was glad that I read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvard Business Review, April 2011

    • HIGHLIGHTS (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Harvard Business Review
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    "Strategies for Learning from Failure" by Amy C. Edmondson. "Why Leaders Don't Learn from Success" by Francesca Gino and Gary P. Pisano. "Failing by Design" by Rita Gunther McGrath.

    Optimize the Balance says: "Courage"
    "Courage"
    Overall

    Excellent articles about failure. I encourage failure as a teacher. Now I plan to encourage review of success to better understand both sides. If only more corporate and business leaders would have the courage to accept failure and teach their replacements through acceptance (model the behavior) we would all be better off, leaders and followers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Transformative Power of Possibility

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellen J. Langer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than 30 years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now has a conclusive answer: opening our minds to what's possible, instead of clinging to accepted notions about what's not, can lead to better health at any age.

    Optimize the Balance says: "More of the same"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    This book is very similar to her other book titled Mindfulness, in that some of the same studies are in both books. This book discusses the virtues of being mindful. A topic that if practiced on a daily basis would reduce much strife in the world. If you like the author and the narrator, get the book, otherwise find an alternative author and narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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