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Erich

Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

Auckland Park, South Africa

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  • How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Susie Bright is the first and reigning queen of contemporary erotica. In How to Write a Dirty Story she reveals her tricks of the trade and shows you how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and humor. Easing the aspiring writer into the creative process, she tells you how to write the steamy plots and sensual characters that publishers and readers (and listeners) are looking for.

    Gaskill says: "If you fantasize about writing - read this book!"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    Full disclosure. Susie Bright gave me this audiobook.
    I'm a former full-time journalist who hasn't written a book yet. And I'm interested in writing erotica.
    Susie's performance is actually unbelievable. By which I mean, it's written so naturally for the ear, and it's in her own voice, that I can't believe she's actually reading it. Her performance is convincing, unforced and natural.
    She also makes additional information available through her email address -- so if you want the writers' resources, you can mail her for them.
    The book's organisation is interesting and relevant.
    I am a sporadic listener of Susie Bright's "In Bed" and I find her podcast a bit self-indulgent and self-obsessed sometimes.
    This book is great. I recommend it heartily. It surpassed my expectations (which is why the review title is "surprisingly good.")
    If you're interested in writing erotica, this is the place to start.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3591)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1541)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Another unbelievable book"
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    This guy is the real deal.
    He's completely unpretentious.
    He's got a charming Swiss-German accent which just adds to the credibility of the work.
    I read this book a the same time as the book Mindfulness and Byron Katie's Loving What is.
    All of them are excellent in their own way.
    If you're interested in growing your spiritual practice, you can't go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition.

    John says: "Brutally abridged"
    "This book changed my consulting practice forever"
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    This is the most amazing book.
    It's hugely abridged -- I don't have the print edition but this is MUCH shorter.
    But MAN, it's good.
    It's a completely different view of what makes a successful consultant.
    It has changed my life completely -- not to mention my clients' lives!
    I can't recommend it highly enough.
    And if you're a consultant and you ever have a chance to hear Peter speak, go and listen to him. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Portnoy
    • Narrated By Suzanne Portnoy
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    After a love affair with a man 3,000 miles away, whom she met online, Suzanne Portnoy, mother of two and a top executive in the entertainment industry, begins her sexual reawakening. Insatiable, she dives into the swinging scene and works her way through an entire spectrum of sexual experience, including exhibitionism, group sex, and fetish clubs. The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker is a story that is shocking and heart-warming in equal measure.

    Cherith says: "Predictable Porn"
    "Filthy fun memoir"
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    I don't know if this is true -- it's certainly narrated as if it is -- but what Suzanne gets up to is nothing short of astonishing.
    Erotica and funny, I really enjoyed this book. And Suzanne's narration is spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4022)
    Performance
    (3746)
    Story
    (3740)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "As good as Volume One"
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    I was really disappointed to find out that there's a third and final book in the series. I thought it was just the two books.

    This one has a very interesting twist in it. Old enemies are forced to work together against a common foe making for some wonderful interplays between the characters.

    I can't wait to join the old gang again for their climactic adventure.
    And Bronson Pinchot's performance is just amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2742)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1322)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "A classic, vintage Heinlein"
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    Heinlein was interested in alternative ways of setting up societies.

    In this book, a human arrives on earth from Mars, where he had been living since infancy.

    As he learns our ways, he questions why things should be organised the way they are.

    He is lucky to find a tough but kindly mentor who shows him the ropes and who helps him navigate the legal system and society in general.

    This is the book that gave us the word "grok", which I find myself wanting to use again, like some ageing hippie of my mother's generation.

    If you're interested in polyamory, human relationships or spirituality, you'll find this a really interesting read on many levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (344)

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    ddsharper says: "Excellent Content and Listen"
    "A master at work"
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    If you're a writer, this is a fantastic refresher on everything you know you should be doing.

    If you're not a writer, this is an excellent primer on writing.

    It's good for fiction and non-fiction writers -- and it's improved my writing tremendously (can you tell by how well-written this review is? ;-)

    Of course it doesn't take into account blogging or twitter -- but it's written by a master. Very good indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "The best book ever written without a plot"
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    I read a review of Friday as "The best book ever written without a plot."

    I read that review after I read the book.

    It's just about what happens to a woman called Friday, set against a background of a future where society is very different from how it is today.

    It's dated now -- the book pre-dates the Internet but anticipates it, for example. So it's an interesting snapshot of what people in the 1970s would have thought of us in the 21st Century.

    The world is at war (surprise, surprise) and Friday is a courier -- a dangerous job -- which involves getting physical objects past inquisitive border guards.

    She's resourceful, sexy, sassy and fun.

    One day, her whole world goes completely pear-shaped, and she has to dig herself out of a deep hole.

    I liked the narration. The writing is engaging, the characters are charming and menacing by turns. All in all, a wonderful escapist read. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1205)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Mark says: "too much focus on academic in-fighting"
    "Prepare to have your mind changed"
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    This couple has such an interesting and new perspective on what they call the Standard Narrative of Human Sexuality.

    They show us how the ideas that we all know about romantic love have no basis in anything. They also point out glaring inconsistencies in the Sociology research for the last 50 years.

    When you first encounter their ideas, they seem radical and dangerous. By the end of the book I'm completely convinced of their thesis.

    How do you know something is academically rigorous? The research comes up with a conclusion you weren't expecting.

    By that standard, this book is academically rigorous, counter-cultural, and brave.
    Read this book before you get married. And if you are married, get two copies -- one for each of you -- and prepare for the roller-coaster!

    It will make your marriage a more interesting place to be -- and bring you closer to your partner.

    Marriages of the next 20 years and beyond will be shaped by this ground-breaking book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By John P. Kotter
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.

    Erich says: "Practical advice for any leader"
    "Practical advice for any leader"
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    I was actually busy with a transformation project when I first encountered this short piece. It's very very good. Practical advice, easy to follow, insightful and useful. Excellent value. A real gem that I listen to every few months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Dean
    • Narrated By Greg Dean
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (53)

    Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.

    Scott says: "Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead"
    "If you are interested in comedy, buy this book"
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    This book is the single most useful book I have ever read on the art of writing a joke.
    It's principles are easy to understand and to follow -- and even to teach.
    It comes with a PDF workbook so you can literally write jokes.
    The narrator is completely transparent about the messy process of writing -- so there is lots of really weak material here. The author then shows why the material is weak, and how to strengthen it.

    I have met professional comics -- top people in their field -- who cannot explain their process as well as Greg does in this book. They have no clue. They are very funny people, but they have no clue why they are funny.

    Greg Dean knows, though.

    I used this book to write a short routine for a formal address I was giving (10 minutes) which went down incredibly well.
    I cannot praise this book enough.
    If you want to learn how to reliably write jokes, follow this formula. You will definitely get better at writing jokes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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