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Arthur Held


  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "NOT what I was expecting"

    This book takes you on a journey of growing up and discovery from a child's point of view. It's an "adult" tape, (definitely not for children - I wouldn't want to explain parts to my 8 year old son, but its not salacious either). It has kept me fascinated for the 40 min. drive home every day for a week. Its like discovering parts of my own family from the viewpoint of one of my younger relatives.

    Sometimes previews and marketing do a book a dis-service trying to lure people in. I found this to be true - the value far exceeds what I expected.

    The reader is outstanding, bringing each individual character to life with a voice that seems to match the author's words exceedingly well.

    38 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "Performance threatens to kill a strong story."
    What didn’t you like about Cynthia Holloway’s performance?

    Sometimes robotic, often mispronounces words, tone often doesn't match the sense of the scene. Fails to break sentences in the right places or properly differentiate quoted text from unspoken thoughts.

    Any additional comments?

    The characters are good, and the plot interesting. Its unfortunate that the narrator is either unskilled or didn't bother to read the book before performing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "A compelling story, well read."
    Any additional comments?

    If you like hard sci fi, this is a must-listen. While I spotted a couple minor errors (for example, ASCII is read as "A-S-C-2 code", and 36 volts is referred to as "high voltage" -- I suspect he meant "high current") everything else felt "spot on". Unlike many "true to science" books, the plot never suffers from being tied to reality. His characters are incredibly true-to-life with the techies and the hard-science folks I know and love. There is GREAT use of intelligent humor and dialog. This one is hard to turn off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Ways to Motivate Others: How Great Leaders Can Produce Insane Results

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steve Chandler, Scott Richardson
    • Narrated By Steve Chandler

    100 Ways to Motivate Others is the culmination of many years of successful leadership coaching and training by best-selling author Steve Chandler and attorney Scott Richardson, and the natural follow-up to Steve's previous best sellers, including 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself. Chandler and Richardson have crafted a vital, user-friendly, inspirational guide for executives, managers, and professionals...and those aspiring to reach their level.

    Arthur Held says: "You can't Manage - you must Lead"
    "You can't Manage - you must Lead"

    The first 1 1/2 CD's are about sales forces, and how to lead them, setting goals, etc.

    I don't lead sales forces, and I almost quit listening. I didn't like the reader's voice, and thought it "dippy". A bit like Zig Ziggler and Tony Robbins rolled into one.

    But one day I didn't have any other CD's, I was caught in bad D.C. traffic, so I went on through 2 and .....

    Disks 3-5 (and part of 2) are a wonderful set of stories about how to become self-aware enough to lead yourself, and thereby others. By disk four, I was so enthralled. I sat in the parking lot at work, and my driveway at home to hear the end of a point. I had to quickly turn it off so I wouldn't go through another one! I bought the book. (I bought multiple copies of the book.) I've listened to it again. I still don't like disk one much - I'm not a salesman. But I really enjoy this book.

    Buy it. If you aren't a "sales manager" use disk one to get used to his voice (it grows on you, and won't seem "dippy" after about 90 minutes). Then forget it. Grow with disks 2-5.

    To write this, I just went to the book to pick my favorite idea number (yes, there are truly 100). I thought it was #30: "Don't Go Crazy," but then I recalled 35: "Score the performance," and then..... you get the idea - every item here has something to offer.

    Get it!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Louis V. Gerstner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

    Arthur Held says: "Moderate Start, Picks up FAST!"
    "Moderate Start, Picks up FAST!"

    Upon starting this book, I felt like I was listening to a rather large ego telling me how great he was. But it rapidly became a great listen. I found his discussion of the evolution of the computer industry, and how IBM had to re-invent itself to fit the new paradigm, clear and true to what I've watched happening in the IT world.

    Disk 5 was outstanding in his discussion of how he expected managers to be part of the solution, not spectators and supervisors of it. And his views on where the internet is going are extremely insightful.

    A Must-Listen that finishes strong. A sure winner for anyone with an interest in IT, IT Companies, or our Business world and its IT components.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Peters
    • Narrated By Tom Peters

    What, according to Tom Peters, Chairman of Tom Peters Company, is the problem with the way people do business today? Well-intentioned people who like to get things done are being thwarted at every step of the way by absurd organizational barriers and by the egos of petty tyrants.

    A User says: "not that great"
    "What is the next creative business idea for YOU?"

    Great business isn't just about improving what you did yesterday. It's about coming up with new ideas, and understanding that there are numerous models for building success. I found this book an incredible source of ideas to try on, argue with, and agree with.

    The presentation is strong and clear. My only problem is that some mornings my commute isn't long enough and I have to sit in the parking garage for 10 minutes to find a good stopping point.

    This book is NOT about hard data and careful research. It is about understanding that CREATIVITY is a big part of business. This is Peter's view of what the next general step in business creativity is, and how to be a part of it.

    HIGHLY recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    • Narrated By Truitt Blassingham

    In today's corporate upheaval, a new business paradigm is evolving. This audiobook reveals how business leaders, managers, and employees can find their "flow" and contribute not only to their own happiness, but also to a just and evolving society. It identifies the factors crucial to the operation of a good business: trust, the commitment to fostering the personal growth of employees, and the dedication to creating a product that helps mankind.

    Arthur Held says: "Flow and Corporate responsibility"
    "Flow and Corporate responsibility"

    Nearly a decade ago I was captivated by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's books "Flow" and "Finding Flow". Here he takes his ideas to the next logical step - moving from the individual to the organization.

    This program takes you first through why, and then HOW organizations can get better resuts, how executives can better themselves, and how everyone can be more creative and more rewarded by their jobs. It simply(!) requires creating an environment where flow is more easily achievable.

    Yes, most of us probably could find a way to find flow in almost any work situation, with enough practice and thought. But few have the time and focus to achieve this. This book helps the manager see how (and why) to focus their organizations differently, to promote flow. It discusses PERSONAL choices in how we live, and why we live that way, and how changing the environment to promote flow will promote our entire wellbeing.

    This is not a "How To" book. It is much more powerful than that, if you bring the right skills and background. Like the book "Learned Optimism", "Good Business" helps you learn and think about yourself, why you function as you do, and how you can change it.

    In personal growth, there is no substitute for personal effort. But there are some outstanding guidebooks. They will be different for each of us - but this is one of mine.

    47 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
    • Narrated By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

    Holiday gatherings can be stressful times for families, and occasionally the conversation around the holiday table can get heated. Difficult Conversations shows you a way out of this dilemma; it teaches you how to handle even the toughest conversations more effectively and with less anxiety.

    Jean-Pierre says: "A must-hear audiobook !"
    "Slow Start - Powerful book"

    I only listened to the first 20 minutes of this because I didn't have anything else in the car.


    The authors read this, and at first they seem dry and without energy. But their content lured me in. I've learned more in four hours of listening that I have in 20 years of self-help books on active listening and communicating with people.

    If you have ever struggled to have a good conversation with a spouse, child, co-worker, or boss, this is worth listening to. I am getting ready to start my second time through.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Deepak Chopra

    Listen as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Deepak Chopra, M.D., two of the most highly respected authors and teachers in the self-help/transformational field, tell you how you can create anything you desire - if you really, really, really, really want it!

    Arthur Held says: "A"

    This is definitely not a "10 steps to the perfect life" book. There are no checklists, no outline of how to get from here to there.

    What you will find is 2 hours of good thoughts and dialog that may help you understand how mysticism/shamanism/Yoga/mind-over-matter/common-sense/positive-attitude can be a powerful part of your personal toolkit for living a better life.

    If you find HeartMath, Tony Robbins, or Martin Seligman ("Learned Optimism") useful, I recommend this as two hours well-spent in the car. I came away with some new neural pathways, some new discoveries, and will listen to it again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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