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Nelson

GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 16 reviews
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  • 51 purchased in 2014
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  • Mastering the World of Selling: The Ultimate Training Resource from the Biggest Names in Sales

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eric Taylor, David Riklan
    • Narrated By Charles Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Of the 17 million people in the U.S. who are involved directly or indirectly in sales, many repeatedly acknowledge facing four major challenges: No prior sales education or training; lack of formalized sales training, resources, and methodologies provided by their companies, due to the recession and "downsizing era"; lack of 12-18-month professional sales training for new hires provided by Fortune 500 companies; and a consistent struggle to keep their sales force, distributors, manufacturers reps and affiliates motivated and focused on effectively selling their products and services.

    Martin says: "Just what I needed"
    "Excellent Book But Not Meant For Audio"
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    I own a hard copy of this and it is an excellent sales book with a collection of material from many of the best sales minds. It also provides basics on each individual so you can look up blogs and other material from those you find most useful.

    BUT...

    This book is not meant for Audio. So much of this work is reference material that it drags on and on and I simply couldn't listen to it. I HIGHLY recommend reading this book but don't waste your time on the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (150)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    My headline says it all... Outstanding! Excellent story, excellent writing and an excellent performance by Mr. Brick. I hated to see the story come to an end. By far the best in the series in quite some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truth in Advertising: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Kenney
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (213)

    Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately, it gets worse....

    phil b says: "Great Stuff"
    "A Different Kind of Story"
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    When it comes to fiction, I am a Mystery/Thriller reader so Truth in Advertising is a totally different type of story for me to choose. I can understand why some think the story is slow and the plot thin. That would be true if I were listening to it from my usual corner where action is expected non-stop.

    This is not that type of book and if you're looking for action, this is probably not the book for you. Truth in Advertising is more of an experience rather than a story with a plot. This book dives into an individual's life experience... who he is, what he does and why he is the way he is. It's a book that actually made me laugh, actually made me uncomfortable a time or two and actually made me think.

    Robert Petkoff is outstanding. He brings life to the characters and to the story. I've listened to his work several times (Michael Palmer & Michael Koryta books) and he is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators.

    I enjoyed Truth in Advertising. It seems to drag a bit here and there but for the type of story it is, it holds its own. I don't have a lot to compare it to because it is so far outside of my normal listen but I can say that I would recommend it to my friends and will be looking forward to more work from John Kenney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rainmaker!: Making the Leap from Salesperson to Sales Catalyst

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carlos Quintero, Nancy Sutherland
    • Narrated By Steve Cook
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Rainmakers…the top producers in the sales profession are a different breed. Or are they? Today's ambitious salespeople continually ask themselves - ‘How can I reach the highest levels as a professional salesperson? What does it take to be at the top? What does it take to consistently produce, to be seen by both customers and peers as trusted advisors who bring in BIG business year after year?

    John says: "Good Fundamental Approach for Selling"
    "A Good Attempt"
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    I actually like the story format of this book. With the big push today of "story telling" in sales, I hope more informational books will consider this method. The performance was OK but a little over the top at times with the background noises and the accents. All-in-all this was a good attempt at presenting the ideas in a unique format and the authors should be applauded for taking on the challenge.

    The problem really lies in the substance. Frankly, there are very few new ideas in this material. If you read sales education material at all, you've already been exposed to most of these ideas. That's not to say there's no value in hearing them again... there is. If you're looking for motivational or focus material to listen to on your drive between calls, this may serve that purpose. But if you're looking for a new way to view sales or for some fresh, new ideas, I didn't personally have that experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3799)
    Performance
    (3326)
    Story
    (3345)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Best Effort in Quite Some Time"
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    I don't know how much Mark Greaney actually had to do with this book but I suspect quite a bit. This is by far the best Tom Clancy in many, many years. I've been disappointed with the last couple of Clancy efforts and was torn as to whether or not to read this book. But having read The Gray Man series by Greaney (which is terrific!) I gave this one a chance... and am GLAD I did! Excellent story and Excellent performance by Lou Diamond Phillips!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Sales. Simplified.: The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Weinberg
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    No matter how much repeat business you get from loyal customers, the lifeblood of your business is a constant flow of new accounts. Whether you're a sales rep, sales manager, or a professional services executive, if you are expected to bring in new business, you need a proven formula for prospecting, developing, and closing deals. New Sales. Simplified. is the answer.

    Mary says: "This would of worked in the 90's"
    "Common Sense"
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    This book lives up to the title. It is filled with common sense lessons and ideas that so many of us seem to have forgotten in the Sales 2.0 world. If you're an account manager or if you rely on inbound sales calls, this book may not be for you. But for those of us who go out into the real world and bring in new business, it's exactly what we need and it provides some much needed motivation and fresh ideas.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1762)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Maybe Harry Should Retire"
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    I've read or listened to every Harry Bosch book, some more than once. In fact I've read every book that Mr. Connelly has written. This is by far the slowest, least interesting of all. In fact, the only reason I finished this book was because I feel a sense of allegiance to both Harry and Mr. Connelly.

    This narrator is not the most dynamic I've heard but I don't think he was nearly as bad as other reviews have portrayed. He simply had a boring story to work with.

    Frankly, if this is where Harry is headed, maybe it's time for him to retire. I'm quite disappointed with this installment of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "John Corey is Back"
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    I'm always anxious for more of John Corey. While some comment that they get tired of the wisecracks, I'm just the opposite. I personally enjoy the jokes. And I might add, Scott Brick IS John Corey. I can't imagine anyone else in the role and Scott is just outstanding as always.

    You can read a synopsis of the story anywhere so let me just say that as with many of DeMille's books, there are fast and exciting moments, slower background moments and periods that kind of drag with filler. I think 1/3 of The Panther could have been edited out and you wouldn't have missed any of the story... but you would have missed the fun and wisecracks from Corey!. THAT is why I listen to this series. There are a lot of interesting characters in The Panther and again, Scott Brick brings them to life.

    Frankly, the plot is simple and the resolution expected but there's just something about the way DeMille told the story that kept me into it. Although predictable, I found the story fun and engrossing if for no other reasons than to hear Corey's opinions and to learn a little more about Yemen so that I don't feel the need to ever have to visit... and that's probably a good thing.

    If you haven't read the other John Corey stories in the series, you probably don't want to start here but if you're a DeMille/Corey fan, you don't want to miss this one. I got exactly what I expect from Mr. DeMille: Another great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (391)

    Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

    Jeff says: "My Mitch Rapp Replacement"
    "Action and Insight"
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    This is a great follow up to Black Site, the first Delta Force series book. Lots of action with a cool insight into the world of Delta Force. Ari Fliakos does a fantastic job of bringing the book to life! My only complaint, and the reason the story gets 4 Stars instead of 5, is that it seems to end very quickly with many coincidences and lots of just plain luck. But what do I know, maybe that's the way it works in the real world. Although it's not mandatory, I'd suggest reading Black Site first to get the most out of this story. I truly enjoyed the writing, thoroughly enjoyed the narration and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (2101)
    Story
    (2094)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Sad"
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    Sorry Mr. Child but I can't believe how bad and boring this book is. Where did Jack go? No action and blinking out a "code" in the car... seriously? I've read all of the books in the series and love Jack but this was just unbearable. And the broken nose portrayal was excruciating. I will not blindly buy another Reacher book again without waiting for other reviews of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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