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  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Susan O’Malley
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    (125)
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    (62)
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    (60)

    For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

    ks says: "Badly Scratched Record"
    "New Download - Audio is GREAT!"
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    I was very concerned about trying this book reading the complaints about the audio quality. I contacted audible and they assured me a new, complete file had been uploaded and I can attest to that.

    Thanks audible! This was a great book and the audio quality on it was tremendous!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of Closing the Sale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
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    (349)
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    (148)
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    All of us are involved in selling every day. Whenever we present a product or a principle, inform a client, or instruct a child, we are engaging in the art of effective persuasion. Allow America's master of the art of selling to explain proven, practical sales techniques all of us can use every day.

    D. Gamble says: "Dated materal"
    "Zig is the Man"
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    True, not everything that Zig talks about in this book is going to be useful, but that's why he gives everyone so many options. Mostly Zig talks about staying motivated as a salesperson, doing it for the right reasons and not giving up when you know you can help someone. Zig was a national treasure and this book was awesome.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie & Associates
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (260)
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    (259)

    Celebrating the 75 anniversary of the original landmark bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, comes an up-to-the-minute adaptation of Carnegie’s timeless prescriptions for the digital age. Dale Carnegie’s principles have endured for nearly a century. Since its original publication in 1936, his timeless classic How to Win Friends and Influence People has gone on to sell 15 million copies. Now, introducing new listeners to Carnegie’s words of wisdom, comes How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, a new guide for a new era.

    A User says: "As titled, it brings the orig. to the digital age."
    "Stick with the Original"
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    Carnegie's original How to Win Friends and Influence people is one of the best books ever written. This book is just ok and really does not provide any significant insight that the original doesn't provide.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (432)
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    "Have you ever felt caught between the tension of a day job and a dream job? That gap between what you have to do and what you’d love to do? I have. At first I thought I was the only one who felt that way, but then I started to talk to people and realized we’re becoming the “I’m, but” generation. When we talk about what we do for a living we inevitably say, 'I’m a teacher, but I want to be an artist.'"

    Mike says: "It passed the time, but lacked what I was seeking"
    "Great book by Acuff"
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    This is a tremendous book. It is a worthwhile read whether you are looking to quit your day job or just become better at it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Richard McGondale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
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    (128)
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    Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

    John M says: "Unlikable Old Hickory"
    "Great book - leaves you conflicted about Jackson"
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    Jackson did so many great things but he also did so many horrible things. He brought tremendous power to the Presidency which lead to many positives as America became larger but also did many horrible things to the native population and was part of the beginning of the end for Gentlemanly elections in the US.

    Overall, a great book and should be required reading for anyone interested in the American Presidency!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1720)
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    (1196)
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    (1193)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "A well put together Biography"
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    Chernow did an amazing job of putting together a quality biography of Washington without skipping over things that do not fit into the public perception of the Father of our Country.

    This book should be required reading for every American interested in our history and NEEDS to be required reading for every US Politician.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11657)
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    (10093)
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    (10069)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A story that leaves you conflicted"
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    Jobs did more to advance personal technology than almost anyone else in history, but it came at a cost.

    I expected to leave this book with more respect for Jobs and what he accomplished but what it really did was left me questioning where his priorities really were.

    It was a great read and I appreciate that he didn't want anything sugar coated but looking back I wonder if he would have done anything differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (338)
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    >. Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people. But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems - marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses. Fortunately, when things look the darkest - a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.

    Eric says: "not so much"
    "Good message, nice story"
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    This isn't my favorite Andy Andrews book and it doesn't hold a candle to The Travelers Gift but it was well put together with a good message.

    Andrews always does a great job mixing his message in with a well put together story but I honestly think his real life story about Jones and what it did for him would have been better than this book.

    The Noticer is worth listening to but if you can only read one Andy Andrews book do yourself a favor and pick up The Travelers Gift. In my opinion that is one of the best books ever written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3435)
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    (2478)
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    (2485)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Well written, well performed"
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    Don't kid yourself, this is a VERY long book but it is well worth the time it takes. Shirer combined history and his personal experiences to put together one of the best books explaining what really happened in Germany. I am glad I picked it up and took the time to listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
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    (1771)
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    (1771)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Great read about a fairly unknown President."
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    Before downloading and listening to this book I didn't know a lot about James Garfield. I now have a much greater opinion about him and feel for what he and his family had to go through in this situation. I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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