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Rob

Annapolis, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Trevor Blake
    • Narrated By Matthew Dudley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    How many self-help books are written by authors whose biggest success is selling self-help books? Three Simple Steps is different. Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, the author started a virtual company from home, using a few thousand dollars of his savings. A few years later, without ever hiring an employee or leaving his home office, he sold it for more than $100 million. As the economy slipped into another free fall, he did this again with a company in a different field. He accomplished this through no particular genius.

    Rob says: "Consciousness ("Mentality") is the key"
    "Consciousness ("Mentality") is the key"
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    The three simple steps revolve around the ways you can consciously use your mind (or "mentality" as Blake calls it):

    1. Focus only on what you want, not on what you do not want. Filter out negative conversation, people and media. Cultivate internal views of scenes and conditions you enjoy, love and wish to have more of.

    2. Set aside quiet time each day. Quiet is the ground of potentiality.

    3. Develop *intention* to attract your desired results and circumstances. Not a goal; a goal is inherently separate from us and has doubt attached. Intention -- or as Blake also puts it, a state of knowing -- is part of us and does not include doubt. Intention brings itself into being.

    The book includes inspiring stories, including the one at the beginning that I will refrain from spoiling by not revealing the surprise ending. He relates being bullied as an English boy growing up in poverty in Wales (with some truly harrowing anecdotes), and how he overcame trauma by learning about and following the examples of others from oppressed backgrounds who discovered secrets to phenomenal success.

    A modern take on some age-old ideas, the "Three Simple Steps" are refreshingly straightforward, but there is also nuance to this book. Blake encourages us to pay close attention to our internal and external experience, and to become the selectors of the circumstances and lives we want.

    The voice performance is adequate, although to hear Britishisms read in an American accent is a little odd at times. Overall there is nothing negative to say about Dudley's narration; it is easy to listen to without sending the listener to sleep.

    Recommended for those who wish to set their lives on an upward trajectory.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Why Certain Areas of Life Don't Work: A keynote address given to over 2,300 counselors and therapists

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Bill Ferguson
    • Narrated By Bill Ferguson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Life doesn't just happen. In this powerful video, you will learn why certain areas of your life don't work and how to have these areas clear up. You will learn how to let go, flow with life and get your power back. This moving video demonstrates the opportunity of life. People who attended said that they gained life changing insights. Many reported an inner healing. Others discovered a new direction for their lives. At the minimum, this video will change the way you view life. Bill Ferguson was featured on Oprah.

    Rob says: "A good introduction to Bill's thinking"
    "A good introduction to Bill's thinking"
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    This is Bill F. in a nutshell. If you like this, you'll probably want to download his more comprehensive books. I think his original take on life is workable and entertaining, and it has helped me more than I can express. Thanks, Bill!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Divorce as Friends...And Maybe Save Your Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Bill Ferguson
    • Narrated By Bill Ferguson
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    This audio walks you through the process of healing the hurt, ending the cycle of conflict, and restoring the love, not as husband and wife, but as one human being to another. You will learn how to let go, communicate, forgive, and how to take the conflict out of resolving issues. You will learn how to heal your relationship and if necessary, how to part as friends. The author of this audio was featured on Oprah.

    Rob says: "Bill Ferguson is helping me save my marriage"
    "Bill Ferguson is helping me save my marriage"
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    It's too early to tell, but the approach recommended here is already having an enormously positive effect on my relationship with my spouse. In contrast to the other review, I have found this audiobook to be helpful and multi-faceted, going to the root of the emotional background that is likely causing the two partners in estrangement to contemplate a split. I know that whether or not we decide to go our separate ways, my relationship with my wife will be significantly repaired, and that at least will save us a costly and adversarial divorce. I will update this review once the final result is in. In the meantime, if you are looking for help for your troubled marriage, I suggest you place this audiobook near the top of your list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mastery of Life Audio Course: A Step-By-Step Process For Having Life Work

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bill Ferguson
    • Narrated By Bill Ferguson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    This course is about creating miracles. It's about learning, healing, taking action and developing the skills you need to create a life that will exceed your dreams. This course walks you through the process of healing your past, changing the way you relate to life, and creating a life where miracles are common. Topics include love, healing, letting go, relationships, prosperity, life purpose, spirituality and how to have your dreams come true. This is a course that can profoundly change your life.

    Christopher says: "The Final piece to the puzzle"
    "Bill Ferguson is a genius!"
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    I am now going through a separation that may or may not lead to a divorce, and I came across Bill Ferguson's work through his audiobook "How to Divorce as Friends and Maybe Save Your Marriage." I was so impressed by his approach on that audiobook, which is already having a positive effect on my relationship with my wife, that I downloaded everything else on Audible that Bill F. offers. While they are all excellent, I found that his central ideas are all contained in this single selection, the Mastery of Life course, and that the other audiobooks are adaptations of the main ideas presented here for specific issues. I recommend anyone interested in making improvements to his or her life start here and move on to the other pertinent audiobooks as they desire.

    What I find so compelling is, a) the originality of Bill's ideas, and b) his straightforward, easy to understand approach. As a veteran consumer of self-help books, I have encountered repetitions of ideas among many authors, (leading me to wonder if Brain Tracy was reading Wayne Dyer's and Stephen Covey's stuff or was the other way around?). Bill F.'s ideas are completely original and bear little resemblance to anything that I have come across before, and yet they seem to me like what I have been looking for the whole time. Secondly, Bill has an easy going and very brief way of expressing these ideas - sometimes I feel like I am back in kindergarten listening to him - that is very easy to follow and reassuring.

    This audiobook includes a downloadable workbook that is integral to the exercises and is excellent as well. My suggestion is that readers make sure they download the workbook as part of the experience.

    At one point near the end, Bill says he closed his practice as a divorce attorney to follow his true love, helping people live better lives. Bill, you have certainly done that in my case, and I may avoid a divorce that I don't want as a bonus!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Master and Margarita

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mikhail Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (309)

    The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

    beatrice says: "Baffling and original"
    "A Superb Performance by the Narrator"
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    This novel is without a doubt one of the finest gems of the 20th century, as others have written. But I wish to highlight this audiobook's narrator, who brings the spoken word performance to a new art form, creating exactly the right voice for each of the more than one hundred characters large and small that speak as the multi-layered story unfolds. My favorite is the urbane and mocking Professor Wolland (the Devil in disguise), but close seconds are the members of the Devil's entourage, Azezello, Behemoth (the giant cat) and Koroviev, the 7-foot-tall "former choir director." Julian Rhind-Tutt, an accomplished British character actor, provides proof that there is such a thing as performing a text. Brilliant! And one of my favorite reasons that I'm glad Audible exists.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Hagel, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    In a radical break with the past, information now flows like water, and we must learn how to tap into its stream. Individuals and companies can no longer rely on the stocks of knowledge that theyve carefully built up and stored away. Information now flows like water, and we must learn how to tap into the stream.

    nowhere man says: "Pulled away from anything better to do."
    "Where's the download?"
    Overall

    Hey, Audible! The authors say in the introduction that there is a companion pdf download showing their diagrams and illustrations available "where you downloaded this audiobook" -- but as of this writing on 19 May 2010, I don't see one anywhere. Please post it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Resurrectionist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jack O'Connell
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

    Andrew says: "Perfect in every way."
    "Irresistably engrossing"
    Overall

    Night after night after my commute home, this novel had me sitting in my driveway not wanting to stop listening.

    Holter Graham deserves top credit for bringing the characters to life, but it is Jack O'Connell's fervid imagination and descriptive wizardry that makes this fiction darkly cinematic and intensely personal. Like the main character, I felt like I had been dropped into a labyrithine universe and left to find my own way out ... and I'm not totally sure I did. Every turn revealed new surprises and engrossing puzzles.

    Audible needs to ask Holter Graham to record the rest of Jack O'Connell's novels right away.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Face it, whether your company has 10 employees or 10,000, you must grapple with people you can't stand in the office. Luckily Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have written I Hate People!, a smart, counter-intuitive, and irreverent turn on the classic workplace self-help book that will show you how to identify the Ten Least Wanted - the people you hate - while revealing the strategies to neutralize them.

    Wayne says: "You will hate this book too."
    "Some interesting content, one abominable reader"
    Overall

    What could have been a mildly interesting Audible is marred beyond repair by one of the two reader's awful, amateurish delivery. It continues to amaze me that authors who can barely pronounce words insist on reading their own work. Painful.

    As for the ideas, some are actually useful (getting out of meetings, handling large email volume, delivering snappy comebacks to "Bulldozers" and "Flim-Flams"; but some will get you fired (create a "quick 10" minute break to become inaccessible when people need you, so you can play videogames on you computer?! What company does these two work for?) On the whole, though, mostly unoriginal.

    This amateurs-reading-badly jag seems to be a persistent infection at Gildan Media Corp. Although I *love* Audible.com, I recommend a boycott of the Gildan selections until they correct this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (264)

    The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

    Dan Clements says: "Wow!"
    "Great book, but needs professional readers."
    Overall

    I was so inspired by the hardcover edition that I wanted to enjoy "The Go-Giver" as an audiobook as well. But the two authors apparently decided that their success with the book qualified them to forego a professional narrator and just read it aloud themselves. What could possibly have accounted for this choice? Vanity? Hubris? Whatever it was, it was a bad decision.

    No, they are not utterly awful, they are just ... amateurish. We Audible customers have very high standards from the professionals that perform our beloved audiobooks. This performance just doesn't measure up. I vote for a do-over with Frederick Davidson or Michael Pritchard.

    As for the content ... This is the kind of book that changes lives. No kidding. As it did with Joe in the story, it has caused me to see my already successful career in an entirely new light. I have reaped some major benefits aleady.

    If you can tolerate the narrators, by all means go ahead with this recording. But you can read the hardcover in an evening, and you might enjoy it more, as I did.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    This is the case that introduced Lord Peter Wimsey, one of the greatest characters in mystery fiction. The dashing gentleman detective must solve the murder of a prominent financier, who is found dead in his bathtub with a pair of gold pince-nez perched on his nose and a face that appears to have been shaved after death.

    Sandra says: "First of the 'Lord Peter' series."
    "WARNING - POOR SOUND QUALITY"
    Overall

    Having listened with delight to David Case read "Flashman and the Tiger", I downloaded this expecting to enjoy the incomparable Lord Peter. To my dismay, the sound quality on format 3 was unlistenable, as muffled as if the microphone had been at the bottom of a filled laundry hamper. No, it's not my equipment - "The Wisdom of Crowds," downloaded at the same time, and is crystal clear. This is simply a bad re-recording of the cassette Books on Tape production. Audible: Step up your quality control!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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