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AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 74 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014

  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo

    Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

    William says: "Great ideas!"
    "If you give PowerPoint presentations, this helps"
    What made the experience of listening to The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    So I'll start off this review with a quick glimpse at our table of contents. Throughout this review we'll revisit.... you get the point. Most presentations are death. This book does an excellent job of giving you fresh alternative thinking to what most have us have either been taught in business presentations or taught ourselves. Like all books you'll get out of it as much as you put into it. But the information contained in the book helps you understand why great presenters like Steve Jobs and Nancy Duarte do what they do and how it is far more effective. What I liked the most is how so much of it is grounded in science. I've already bought copies of this book for my direct reports.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Science meets practical, intuitive reasoning.

    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs?

    More than anything it reminded me of the need to start from the ground up, literally putting words on paper per page before doing the design writing.

    Any additional comments?

    More than worth the money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

    Lanlady says: "fantastic book -- and disturbing"
    "Good book, with some unfortunate character flaws"

    Dirty Wars is a very thorough retelling of the expanded global war on terror. It manages to weave together disparate actions into a larger, more visible whole which is no small feat.

    However, Mr. Scahill's effort begins to wear on you a little towards the end. The overly repetitive theme of USA as bumbling agent of blind vengeance starts to feel like more of an antagonism as opposed to a legitimate analysis of events. This position also starts to make him look almost sympathetic to the terrorists - constantly pointing out JSOC and the WH's ineptitude while glossing over the actions of AQAP, Al Shabaab and others as just mere bullet points to be communicated.

    All in all it's a good read and informative, but unnecessarily slanted which tends to sap credibility towards the end.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "For a week I thought I was a Soviet dissident!"
    What other book might you compare Polar Star to and why?

    Gorky Park - excellent follow up.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't stop listening. I honestly felt like I was out at sea in the Polar Star. The story and narration made me feel like I was trapped in tiny rooms, looking over my shoulder for surprises and elated to step foot on Dutch Harbor.

    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I hope a follow up comes out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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