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Rob

LEXINGTON, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Power of Body Language: How to Succeed in Every Business and Social Encounter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tonya Reiman
    • Narrated By Tonya Reiman
    Overall
    (279)
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    (179)
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    (177)

    The Power of Body Language is your practical, personal playbook for getting what you desire from others—and zoning in on what others are saying to you without words. In an insightful and engaging narrative peppered with fascinating facts, nationally renowned body-language expert Tonya Reiman illuminates the hidden meaning behind specific gestures, facial cues, stances, and body movements, giving you a life-changing, career-saving, troubleshooting skill.

    morton says: "Helpful in All Areas of Life"
    "Great book"
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    This would have been infinitely better in print with illustrations. In fact, it would be incredible on DVD. As an audiobook, it is a bit challenging sometimes to picture the facial features or body postures/movements she describes. Nonetheless, a thoughtful, well presented and stimulating listen. Just because something could be better in a different media format, I can't take away stars. It definitely earned what I gave it (4's and 5's).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patricia Evans
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
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    (40)
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    In Controlling People, best-selling author Patricia Evans tackles the "controlling personality" and reveals how and why these people try to run other people's lives. She also explains the compulsion that makes them continue this behavior - even as they alienate others and often lose those they love. Should you ever find yourself in the thrall of someone close to you, Controlling People is here to give you the wisdom, power, and comfort you need to be a stronger, happier, and more independent person.

    Thomasine says: "Wow, Wow, Wow!! Powerful Healing Insights!"
    "EXTRAORDINARY"
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    Not only did this book help me recognize my wife's control tactics, but I began to see how I used some of the same tactics on her and others I love. Not only did I learn how to 'break the spell' with my wife, I also stopped behaving this way myself and my family is healthier for it. I can honestly say that this book has changed my life for the better.

    The narrator is one of the best I've heard yet.

    What a bargain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Teachings of Napoleon Hill: The Law of Success, The Lost Prosperity Secrets of Napoleon Hill, The Magic Ladder to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Erik Synnestvedt, Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (100)
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    (80)
    Story
    (84)

    Napoleon Hill was an American author who is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers on success. His works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions.

    addictedtoaudibles says: "Extended Version of Think & Grow Rich"
    "Awful."
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    I was hoping for something like Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". You know, old school timeless wisdom? Or maybe a more elaborate version of "The Secret". Instead, I got agonizing dribble. I really don't understand the hype over Napolean Hill. This book is junk. Sorry - I believe in the power of my mind and prayer. I know karma. And I know junk when I hear it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard P. Rumelt
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (228)
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    (222)

    Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

    E. Smakman says: "Fantastic framework for strategy + how to fail"
    "Good stuff but..."
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    It took a couple of listens to really digest it. Not a lot of fluff. Careful though, if your organization is run by ineffective leaders, this book will open your eyes to the root causes. THAT makes working for them even harder. I'm in a better job than the one I had when I first picked this book up. Maybe there's a correlation (or maybe not).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
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    (2006)
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    (2013)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Well done!"
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    Definitely worth the credit if you are into the zombie/apocalypse genre. I have had my share of duds. The characters could be better developed and it seemed like it got off to a slow start, but all in all, it is a good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the Governor: The Walking Dead, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (311)

    The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC's blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

    Judy says: "I can't wait for the next book"
    "Outstanding."
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    I have the hardcover editions of all of the 'graphic novels' and the novels in this series. I have all of the TV episodes on DVD. WELL DONE, I have to say, I wasn't sure if Kirkman and Co. could deliver without pictures and/or video. I was very pleasantly surprised. It requires real talent to pull off the zombie genre without pictures (or video). They certainly have it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A.I. Apocalypse: Singularity, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By J. M. Badger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob's botnet - the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes. The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful - too successful. All the world's computers are infected.

    Margo says: "Solid and Interesting"
    "Severely disappointing."
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    The story was okay until the author injected his (liberal) political views. Setting that aside, I was hoping for a "Terminatoresque" story with plenty of twists and action. SPOILER ALERT: humans negotiate peace with the AI and everyone lives happily ever after (including the AI). So ridiculous and disappointing (and a bit insulting if you lean conservative - the author thinks you are an "extremist" - his words, not mine).

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (223)

    An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.

    Jonathan says: "shattered my illusions"
    "WOW"
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    Excellent, excellent book. I wish I had read this book before I got married. It's sort of like reading your wife or girlfriend's Cosmo when no one is looking.

    Nothing has ever gotten me closer to understanding the behavior and feelings of women until this book. Although it is written about why women have sex (literally), there is so much here that explains so many behaviors.

    I will never understand my wife completely. But this book answers (between the lines) a lof of "why" questions about her behavior and motivations. I admit I have used the information to benefit myself - but only because I understand and can adequately address her needs better. In that respect, she has benefitted equally.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legal Proceedings: Being a Witness, Deponent, Plaintiff, or Defendant

    • UNABRIDGED (53 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Learn how to act in your best interest as a witness, deponent, defendant, or plaintiff in only 60 minutes of conversation and instruction.

    RLA3 says: "Great! Quick reminder of how broke legal system is"
    "Great advice - good listen."
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    I wish it had been longer. Great reading too (by author). This was helpful to me during litigation in small claims court against a large construction company. It helped me understand who I was dealing with, set my emotions aside, and ultimately settle a grand ahead of where I would have settled otherwise (which is saying something in SC small claims court).

    I think Sun Tzu said something about knowing your adversary and letting him misjudge you. This book helped me understand the defendant, their attorney, and their paradigm. The rest is history.

    $2 well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legal Survival Kit: Survive & Win in the Legal System

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In only 60 minutes of conversation and instruction, learn what it takes to survive and win in the Legal System.

    Rob says: "Very good."
    "Very good."
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    I wish it had been longer. Great reading too (by author). This was helpful to me during litigation in small claims court against a large construction company. It helped me understand who I was dealing with, set my emotions aside, and ultimately settle a grand ahead of where I would have settled otherwise (which is saying something in SC small claims court).I think Sun Tzu said something about knowing your adversary and letting him misjudge you. This book helped me understand the defendant, their attorney, and their paradigm. The rest is history.$2 well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Jeff David
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (592)

    Synthesizing the work of thinkers including Freud, Diderot, Nietzsche, and Einstein, delineating the enticing strategies of characters throughout history, The Art of Seduction is a comprehensive guide to getting what we want - any way we can. Controversial but never dull, timeless and up-to-date, it's destined to be Greene's next best seller.

    Art says: "The best book I purchased here"
    "Good but could be better"
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    I feel kind of like all I did was learn how to identify different types of seductors - not how to operate as one or how to select which one would work in a given situation. Bought the book with intentions of applying the principals at work for career advancement (as advertised and without sex). I was pretty disappointed that my expectations were not met. Nonetheless, it was an interesting read and the "Publisher's Summary" did not oversell it terribly. I'll probably listen again some day and hopefully pick up on some subtleties I missed the first time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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