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Jason

ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (916)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Tad Davis says: "Vivid and well-researched"
    "Stunned..."
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    I should mention I'm a devout Latter-Day Saint. I've read the King James Bible cover to cover and study it daily. Jesus Christ is my Saviour.

    I found listening to Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth to be an exhilarating experience. I had the audiobook playing as I worked and I ended working extra hours to listen to more.

    Reza narrates with energy and conviction in his voice. His storytelling is fantastic. I felt a chill down my spine through most of the listening. There were lots of insights and surprises.

    I don't agree with everything Reza said, but that's not the point. I was looking for fresh glimpses at who Jesus was and now I have a whole new perspective.

    With Zealot, if you're looking for reasons to believe in Christ, you'll find them here. If you're looking for reasons not to believe in Christ, you'll find them here too.

    Personally, my love and reverence for Jesus of Nazareth has only increased since listening to this book. I'm grateful to Reza for that.







    53 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Daniel Burrus, John David Mann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Today we all face more impossible challenges than ever before. But flash foresight lets you transform the impossible into the possible, revealing hidden opportunities and allowing you to solve your biggest problems before they happen.

    Roy says: "Time Sensitive"
    "Got my money's worth"
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    I took a chance on Flash Foresight - the author and title were unknown to me and most unknown books earn their obscurity - but I gleaned some interesting insights from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

    G. House Sr. says: "Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on"
    "Didn't Stick"
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    Decisive is a light breezy listen (it seemed to go fast), but didn't find it memorable or overly insightful - except for the tripwire part.

    If you haven't heard/read a Heath brothers book yet, get "Made to Stick" first. It's better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (154)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Narration is Divine, the Information? Not So Much"
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    First I'll start by saying that Lorna Raver is the best narrator - man or woman - working today. She is incredible, and perfect for this book.

    I enjoyed the book itself, immensely at the start and then less so as the author strays into apocrypha that most listeners will likely consider irrelevant.

    Still, I enjoyed the listen. The dug up some gem scriptures that I want to follow up on. I'll likely buy the paperback version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

    Greg says: "It's as if this book was written for me!"
    "So good, I bought the book"
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    Having grown up with comic books, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story was fun and regulatory. The storytelling of Sean Howe really nailed the headspace of comic books readers.

    The history is complete and everything is "exposed" as far as I can tell.

    Stephen Hoye also does an excellent job at narration, but it look a bit to get used to the depreciated sound quality and his slightly hyperbolic delivery. Once settled in, I realised he was the perfect and obvious choice for this material.

    One caveat (and complaint) is the course language. I nearly quit a few times because of it. Hence only 4 stars overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard L. Brandt
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (141)

    Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It can almost be summed up by the button on every page: Buy now with one click. Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder, whose business strategy and unique combination of character traits have driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Originally a computer nerd rather than a businessman, he had the vision to capitalize on the untapped online marketplace for bookselling....

    Michael Cavacini says: "A Nice Overview of a Retail Giant"
    "I tore through this one"
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    Before, I perceived Jeff Bezos as some kind of extra terrestrial super-intellect. After listening to One Click, he seems a more human, albeit very smart and analytical.

    I listened to it in about 2 and a half days. Enjoyable throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James C. Humes
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    In this book, you'll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more. Whether you're addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you'll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln.

    J. says: "WHAT SPEAKING IS ALL ABOUT"
    "Helpful, moderately interesting, but dated"
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    There is lots of good information here, especially for people who want to be better speakers and don't know where to start.

    I have two issues with this otherwise excellent audiobook. First, it sounds dated and the language is dated. Second, and related to the first was how it recommends using archaic, big words to impress the listener and make a statement.

    I disagree. What good is using big archaic words if no one understands what it means?

    Nitpicking aside, most of what is here is good advice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Warrillow
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    A business parable about how to create a start-up that won't trap you when you want to sell it. According to John Warrillow, the number one mistake entrepreneurs make is to build a business that relies too heavily on them. Thus, when the time comes to sell, buyers aren't confident that the company-even if it's profitable-can stand on its own. To illustrate this, Warrillow introduces us to a fictional small business owner named Alex who is struggling to sell his advertising agency.

    M. Muin says: "Good content, Very bad narration"
    "I actually LIKE the narration..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Built to Sell the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a very signature style and it made the so-so story of Built to Sell more listenable. In fact, this is one of the few audiobooks I've listened to twice.

    However, judging by the other remarks, I guess Erik's narration is a love it or hate it proposition. I personally thought it was great.


    Would you recommend Built to Sell to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with the caveat that the book is a little unrealistic in how fast a business can ramp up revenues (especially a logo design firm).


    Any additional comments?

    Better than E-Myth by a country mile.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (987)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "'FREE' is worth your time"
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    Visionary Chris Anderson consistently delivers the goods, this time for 'FREE'. His ideas are interesting and organized, and I dig the "sound bar" feature he has in the audiobook.

    I consider this book a timeless classic. Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Bryce
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The promise of green jobs and a clean energy future has roused the masses. But as Robert Bryce makes clear in this provocative book, that vision needs a major re-vision. We cannotand will notquit using carbon-based fuels at any time in the near future for a simple reason: they provide the horsepower that we crave. The hard reality is that oil, coal, and natural gas are here to stay.

    Tom Mahowald says: "Contrarian But Facual; A Thought Provoking Read"
    "Not factual, but yes, a slap in the face"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had been more honest about the subject, I would've given it a better rating.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Bryce’s story?

    The distortion of facts. Robert uses facts that support his argument for shale gas etc but doesn't bother to counter-balance them with facts that refute his claims.


    Have you listened to any of Ax Norman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ax Norman's narration was fine, and suited to the material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Power Hungry?

    I would have added truth, something that had already been cut from the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Check out the KunstlerCast and the podcast episode about alternative fuels like shale gas.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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