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Jennifer S. Leblanc

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Houston, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • To Sell Is Human in 30 Minutes: The Expert Guide to Daniel H. Pink's Critically Acclaimed Book

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By The 30 Minute Expert Series
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
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    Everyone is in sales. One in nine Americans work in sales, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and according to Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of To Sell Is Human, so do the other eight. Whether you are selling houses or convincing your child to go to bed, you are in sales. To Sell Is Human... in 30 Minutes is the indispensable guide to quickly understanding the science of modern sales and persuasion as outlined in Daniel H. Pink's best-selling book, To Sell Is Human.

    Jennifer S. Leblanc says: "Want to Save time?"
    "Want to Save time?"
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    What would have made To Sell Is Human in 30 Minutes better?

    Fortunately, I love the author's work and went on to read it right away. My advice: Order Pink's book and skip this guide - you will be 45 minutes ahead of anyone who order this book as a preview or primer.
    Don't waste time deciding to order the full book. Full original text is an instant classic, full of practical ideas that are particularly relevant to people who DON'T work in sales. i


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It was the To Sell Is Human, Daniel Pink.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It focused on Pink's credentials and glazed over the principals so vaguely that even after reading the full book, I didn't find the Guide relevant.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Sell Is Human in 30 Minutes?

    This format didn't work for me as a practical preview or a post-read quick refresher. I am not sure I would attempt this 'expert' undertaking at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I may have enjoyed a 30 minute "refresher guide" that focused as a guide to those who enjoyed the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of the Six Figure Author: Mastering the Inner Game of Writing, Publishing and Marketing Books

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tom Corson-Knowles
    • Narrated By Matt Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Whether you're a self-published author, traditionally published or just starting out writing your first book, there are dozens of obstacles standing between you and six-figure success as an author. Wouldn't it be helpful if you knew ahead of time what those obstacles will be and how to overcome them quickly and easily? In Secrets of the Six-Figure Author you will learn the 12 key obstacles every author must face and how to blast through them without breaking a sweat.

    Jennifer S. Leblanc says: "Practical and brief"
    "Practical and brief"
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    This book was a lot less self promotion than I braced myself for based on the title and disclaimer. The publishing world is being turned upside down and Tom understands where it is heading. I will definitely listen to this book again and put a lot of it to good use. It is also worth it to hear him say 'rainbows' lol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "If you want to appreciate your childhood..."
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    Gut wrenching, honest and sincere narrative about a remarkable childhood. I have always embraced the difficulties I faced growing up with an eccentric and alcoholic family and Ms. Walls does an extraordinary job telling the tale without judgment or harsh criticism. She captures the essence of loving your family just because. It is a brave and beautiful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Foot Forward: A 500-Mile Walk Through Hidden France

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susie Kelly
    • Narrated By Anne Day-Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Susie Kelly decides, on a whim, to trek alone across France from La Rochelle to Lake Geneva, she entrusts her French farmhouse full of assorted animals to a total stranger from San Antonio, Texas. For each of them it is a life-changing experience. Both find their resourcefulness and ingenuity tested to the limit as, in their own ways, they explore and enjoy the culture, cuisine and people of Europe's most fascinating country.

    Jennifer S. Leblanc says: "Enchanting personal narrative"
    "Enchanting personal narrative"
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    If you've ever considered an extraordinary personal journey or admired someone who has more courage and set off on a trek you would not consider, then you will enjoy this tale of a brave and cheerful 51 year old Englishwoman.

    I am in awe of Susie and enjoyed this book much more than I imagined I would when selecting it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeff Goins
    • Narrated By Jeff Goins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge. This audiobook is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

    mike says: "Good Practical Info. and inspiration."
    "Author is someone I'd like to have a beer with"
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    This is a motivational book with much less practical knowledge than I hoped for. Performance is pleasant which more than makes up for lack of meaty content. If you need a little 'you can do it'... This book is for you.

    If you want to know what a platform is and how to get noticed, read Art of Start - Guy Kawasaki also because this book isn't very practical in terms of instructions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
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    (797)
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    (784)

    In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their 33rd year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.

    Jen says: "It's Still Moriarty!"
    "Wonderful use of alternate narrators"
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    This book was well spun, heartbreaking and funny. I appreciate the way the story lines all always end neatly in LM books. Some outrageous monument but held my attention and characters were interesting even when not totally believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, but" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration - Lessons from the Second City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kelly Leonard, Tom Yorton
    • Narrated By Alan Winter
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    The Second City has launched the careers of celebrated comic performers such as Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert and produced award-winning content. But it's the actual improvisational process developed and honed over the years by The Second City that has become its legacy. Players master an ability to cocreate in ensembles using philosophies that celebrate a "yes, and" approach.

    Erica M. says: "The title is the best part"
    "Infomercial for second city/some incite"
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    I knew the book was going to give practical advice for bringing improv methods into business but I was hoping for more laughs too.

    This was a very long infomercial with detailed description of all the good programs you can buy from Second City Works and didn't provide real advice on leading improv exercises without their help. I am a huge fan of Second City and many of the wonderful alumni. I don't feel any more informed about its inner workings but was occasionally entertained. The best I can say is that performance of surprisingly dry material was good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    Overall
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    The author of the blockbuster New York Times best sellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

    Athena says: "Fantastic!"
    "Help for a rebel!"
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    Gretchen breaks down habit forming into 4 personality types. I've read dozens of books on habit and will power and this one contained some real ah-ha moments. I am a Rebel. I do what I want to and resist against expectations (even my own).

    As an Upholder, Gretchen is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum and so I think us Rebels must be the hardest group for her to relate to and provide advice. Even though the book addressed Rebels less than the more common types, the information was useful and I gained a better understanding of why so many techniques were not working for me. I am looking forward to making some new habits that will set my life on autopilot and give me more energy to devote to creative pursuits. The book was informative and written with a show not tell style that will make it enjoyable for almost anyone. Loved it!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (813)
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    (584)
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    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
    "Exceptional narration."
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    The narrator brings this book to life. It is exceptionally well read. The dialogue is very lively and his accents and French and Russian are clearly delivered.

    A well organized and sad story with a tidy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
    Overall
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    (1449)
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    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
    "No more or less entertaining than her show"
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    If you like the Ellen Show, then you will enjoy this book which is as random, cheerful and light as the TV version. Don't expect any extra candid disclosures or wisdom. If she has any struggles, she doesn't talk about them in a vulnerable way. Her advice is vague but pleasantly delivered. Good read if you've just finished Tolstoy or Henry James novel and don't want to think about what you are reading at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
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    (1770)
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    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "Read in one sitting"
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    Enjoyed this book with my sons. Some parts were embarrassing to hear with them but it was a wonderful story. The spiritual references were moving and we came home from a long drive and they insisted that we play the remaining two hours on the stereo as we lay together in the living room till past midnight to finish it in one long stretch of reading.

    The famous last words were thought provoking and while I could have done without glorifying of smoking, I thought the book ignited their imaginations and enriched them spiritually. I will certainly be thinking of the meaning of the labyrinth for long time myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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