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Matthew

Falls Church, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Scott
    • Narrated By Susan Scott
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Fierce Conversations is the master guidebook to transforming the conversations that are central to your success, offering a new way of relating to people - at work, at home, and in every area of your life.

    Matthew says: "Took a while, but Scott eventually delivered"
    "Took a while, but Scott eventually delivered"
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    Where does Fierce Conversations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the genre of Self-Improvement, this book is probably toward the top-middle of my list. Not my favorite but really good advice.

    I must say that it took too long to get to the meat of the book. I was on the verge of giving up on it when she started to get into the applicable parts. Also, the book contains really useful strategies that are well laid out when you get to them, but she mentions them and defends them as if you are familiar with the tactics first, and then describes how to do them and what they are later (see "mineral rights" in the book). If I've bought a book on Fierce Conversations, I don't want to read half of it just to be convinced of its importance. If it's important, I'll keep reading. The book could have been better edited and arranged.


    What other book might you compare Fierce Conversations to and why?

    I'd compare this to Mindset by Carol Dweck. About that level of insight and really a book about practical ways to be more effective and happy. Mindset had a bit more hard science to it with studies and research driving it, whereas Fierce Conversations is driven by the anecdotal (but powerful) experiences of Susan Scott.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not that the book is a story, but the Narration was generally well paced. I find that author-narrator is usually a bad idea. "Take of all the hats and write books please!" is my usual sentiment. She comes off a little school-marmy, but she's easy to understand and keeps you involved.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (604)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Scalzi does it again"
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    Would you listen to FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team again? Why?

    John Scalzi should be put in a room with an espresso machine and be forced to just write write write. His works are awesome Sci-Fi: great story and mind blowing, awesome action, and really cool characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5784)
    Performance
    (3716)
    Story
    (3729)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Who would have thought our dogs knew us so well?"
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    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I was really pleasantly surprised to find that a book written from a unique (but potentially bad) perspective of a dying dog could be so insightful and interesting. The book is a real page turner, telling a story while conveying a profound meditation on many of life's lessons: living in the present, family love, friendship, and chasing your dreams.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    The scenes in which you can (if you're a dog lover like me) really hear the dog's voice and identify with his "Dogness." These scenes made me laugh and cry at the same time.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to the Narrator's performances but would love to find more titles like this one with him at the helm.


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

    Man's best friend has a lot to teach us about being a man.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book. Really memorable, thoughtful, and well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Danielle LaPorte
    • Narrated By Danielle LaPorte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.

    Valarie says: "Loved idea but some of the "passion" was "cheesy""
    "Everything you dread about a self help book"
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    Would you try another book from Danielle LaPorte and/or Danielle LaPorte?

    No. The author gives a pretty clear picture of herself in the book, and I don't think she has anything relevant to say.


    Has The Fire Starter Sessions turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and No. I love books in this genre, but only when they are actually insightful, original, or well structured. This book was none of these. I will continue to seek out books like Rework, the Four Hour Work Week, and Happiness Advantage, but be more wary of "Soulful" works that just string together cute contemporary sayings.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the author, which has generally (but not always) been a bad idea. The narrator's voice and tone are sappy from beginning to end. But then again, the material is totally sappy, so I guess it fits in that sense.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fire Starter Sessions?

    I would not have allowed myself to be an editor to this book. I would have told the publisher that it's not fit to print.


    Any additional comments?

    Self help books are often seen by close-minded people as an amalgamation of pop psychology, teaching goofy and cliche lessons like "believe in yourself" and "define your life on your own terms." That's too bad since there is a growing number of books that can truly empower the reader to effect positive change in his or her life and community. This book enforces the mistaken notion that self help books are written for flakes and by flakes. This is absolutely the flakiest, most cliche, bad advice I've ever been exposed to. Bad, bad, bad... and this coming from a guy who loved The Happiness Advantage and Outliers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog...and Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    Filled with practical tips and techniques as well as real-life success stories from Cesar's fans, clients, and his popular television show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, this audiobook will help you understand and read your dog's energy as well as your own, so that you can move beyond just correcting behavioral issues and take your connection with your dog to the next level.

    Charlie says: "Great Dog Book"
    "Good Substance, But not much of it"
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    Would you try another book from Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier and/or John H. Mayer?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier ? Why or why not?

    Yes. The authors advocate an effective technique.


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

    The narrator's voice is both interesting and warm, and he intones the various sections with personality.


    Was Be the Pack Leader worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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