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  • Inside the C.I.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Chris Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including two with active directors of Central Intelligence, William H. Webster and Robert M. Gates, and with three former D.C.I.s, Inside the C.I.A. is the first in-depth, unbiased account of the Agency's core operations, its abject failures, and its resounding successes.

    Greg says: "Pre- 9/11 look at CIA's strengths and weaknesses"
    "Wish there was more"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I thought the little accounts were fascinating. I could have listened to much more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside the C.I.A.?

    The most memorable parts to me are those that talk about the amazing accomplishments of the CIA when I've never heard of most of these stories before.


    What does Chris Lane bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narrator was solid but not outstanding.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its a little long to listen to this in one sitting but maybe three or four.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Negotiation Genius: How to Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Deepak Malhotra, Max H. Bazerman
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    From two leaders in executive education at Harvard Business School, here are the mental habits and proven strategies you need to achieve outstanding results in any negotiation. Whether you've "seen it all" or are just starting out, Negotiation Genius will dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence. Drawing on decades of behavioral research plus the experience of thousands of business clients, the authors take the mystery out of preparing for and executing negotiations.

    Michael says: "Boring"
    "A definitive book on negotiation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Negotiation Genius to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but the audio version is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Negotiation Genius?

    I appreciated the frequent specific examples of a concept or how to apply a concept. I also appreciated his breakdown of what type of things need to be done in advance of a negotiation, what to do during, and then follow up afterward.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is definitely NOT a book you want to listen to in one sitting. The material is great but it is very dense. Small doses of 20 -30 minutes worked best for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best book on negotiation I've read aside from Getting to Yes. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Negotiation Boot Camp: How to Resolve Conflict, Satisfy Customers, and Make Better Deals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ed Brodow
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    We find ourselves engaged in various kinds of negotiations every day, from trying to land a new account or win a promotion at work, to buying a house or a car, or settling a dispute with a friend or spouse. In this groundbreaking audiobook, negotiation expert Ed Brodow shows us how to settle conflicts amicably and reach a win-win solution every time.

    Drew says: "Negotiation Boot Camp"
    "Buy a different book on negotiation."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I would suspect a novice might enjoy it more than anyone who knows anything about negotiation.


    Has Negotiation Boot Camp turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What does John H. Mayer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a fine job.


    What character would you cut from Negotiation Boot Camp?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to give bad reviews because I can appreciate the work that goes into writing and publishing a book. That said, this book is terrible and I hate to think that novices to negotiation would read this and think themselves equipped to negotiate. This book is full of meaningless platitudes with little, if any direction of what to do. The only thing worse than the platitudes was terrible advice such as "try to negotiate the bill for services". To be sure, you can try to negotiate the cost of services with you attorney, accountant, or contractor after the service is complete. Even if you get a smaller bill you will likely ruin a professional relationship and if you do it a couple times you will get the reputation for this type of behavior. The only reason I'm not giving this book 0 stars is that there are a couple bits and pieces of decent information. The information isn't new or unique, you can find it in any other book on negotiation, but at least they are present here. If you want a better book on negotiation try "Negotiation Genius" by Deepak Malholtra and Max Bazerman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Matthew Berry
    • Narrated By Matthew Berry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    In Fantasy Life, Berry celebrates every aspect of the fantasy sports world. Brilliant trash talk. Unbelievable trophies. Insane draft day locations. Shake-your-head-in-disbelief punishments. Ingenious attempts at cheating. And surprisingly uplifting stories that remind us why we play these games in the first place.

    T. Myers says: "Fun but repetitive"
    "Unexpectedly boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Matthew Berry and I love his stories on his podcast, I was surprised that so many of the stories he used were not fun or interesting. I really didn't think it was fun or funny that people make losers in their fantasy football leagues get terrible tattoos, etc. I also just don't care a whole lot about Berry's college leagues.


    Has Fantasy Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. If Berry puts out another book I'll give it a try.


    What about Matthew Berry’s performance did you like?

    I think Matthew Berry is a good story teller, he has a good voice, you can tell he enjoys what he does and talking about what he does.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1132)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "Should have stopped at 6"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy this book, I love the characters, I really enjoy Tufo's writing AND I found it to be less compelling than the other books.


    Would you recommend Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would probably recommend the read the book if they love the series, otherwise stop at 6.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Mike.


    Did Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen inspire you to do anything?

    Weird question... No


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series, lover the characters, love the author, I think it's a little hard to keep things going sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4950)
    Performance
    (4367)
    Story
    (4391)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Best book I read in 2013"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of David and Goliath to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Several parts of the book stuck with me. I loved the opening sequence, the children's basketball story, and the Martin Luther King story. All of the stories are just so captivating.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is no one moment I found moving, instead I found one story after the next to be riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is his best book yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Herd Me!: I'll Say It If Nobody Else Will

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Colin Cowherd
    • Narrated By Colin Cowherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    In this age of billion dollar athletic marketing campaigns, “feel good” philosophy with no connection to reality, and a Sports Media echo chamber that’s all too eager swallow whatever idiotic notion happens to be in vogue at the moment, it’s tough to find people who aren’t afraid to say what they’re really thinking.

    Troy says: "Great book, Repeats majority of themes from radio"
    "Reasonably Entertaining"
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    What did you love best about You Herd Me!?

    I did enjoy the many little stories he told.


    What other book might you compare You Herd Me! to and why?

    It was similar to Matthew Berry's fantasy football book in that both used a variety of short stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite parts were the discussions on Alex Rodriguez and Basketball.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You wouldn't make a film of this.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed that he's talked about virtually all of this on his radio show so there was very little in the way of surprises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

    S. says: "Outstanding"
    "Very interesting but went on too long"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story to friends who were interested in the NFL.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal accounts of players were fascinating and bone-chilling, particularly the Troy Aikman story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book a little at a time because parts were fascinating and other parts were very heavy on medical or people I didn't care about so I needed to break things up.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book but they could have cut it down by a couple hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7247)
    Performance
    (5165)
    Story
    (5206)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Great followup to the Final Empire"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because it is a solid and entertaining book. I especially enjoyed that the characters thought they had done something good in the first book resulted in terrible consequences here in the second book.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to and why?

    I would compare this book to Warbreaker only to the extent that Sanderson always uses different and interesting magic systems.


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

    This is another great performance by Michael Kramer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to listen to the entire book in one sitting but it was far too long to do so in less than several days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6842)
    Performance
    (4847)
    Story
    (4880)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Great conclusion to the trilogy"
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    What did you love best about The Hero of Ages?

    I enjoyed the development and evolution of the characters and the game of cat and mouse between Vin and Ruin.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hero of Ages?

    The fight between Vin and Ruin as well as the fight between Marsh and Elend


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

    Another great performance.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joe McKinney
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (193)

    Texas? Toast. Battered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying - but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life - with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. The nightmare begins...

    Scott says: "Very shallow - feels like reading a video game"
    "Worth a listen"
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    Would you listen to Dead City again? Why?

    Not likely because the pace was slow bordering on monotonous.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was pleased with the ending.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    This wasn't my favorite Michael Kramer performance. He is a great voice actor but none of the characters were great in this book.


    If you could take any character from Dead City out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I suppose the main character because he is one of the few people that makes it through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to enjoy the book but I had a hard time getting into it. As the book progressed it felt like a series of unrelated events loosely tied together by flat characters until they die off. I think the author is talented and he is very detailed in many of his descriptions, but the timeline of the book seems to be about 12 hours and the audio book is close to 10? I got a little bored despite the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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