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William

Fernandina Beach, FL, United States

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  • Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Paul Torday
    • Narrated By Paul Torday
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen - the same Yemen that is largely a desert - and politicians think it's a great idea.

    Sarah says: "Lovely book"
    "Distracted by the British bureaucracy/philosophy"
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the premise of the book, valuable researchers' resource redirected to the pleasure of a man's desire to go fishing. The concept of "researchers working only in fear of losing their job", ordered by higher-ups to make the salmon fishing happen so that they can get rich, was personally appalling. I can't help but put myself in the story, and I would have to say that I don't enjoy living other people's frustration.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    DaemonZeiro says: "Don't skimp on this one"
    "Excellent tool for life-long learning."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended it to a friend. Not everyone has the learning bug, though.
    If you are looking to increase your own self control, or perhaps improve it in your students, you might gain from other's knowledge. That knowledge is presented here.
    Did you know that there are three ways that we attempt to use to understand self control? Think about it - some of us view it as a reservoir that gets used up. What refills that reservoir? Others view it as a talent that we can grow. The scientific evidence shows that we can manipulate these areas.
    This is one of those few books that I listen to where I wish I could pause life and let not another wasted moment escape.


    What does Professor C. Nathan DeWall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    How nerdy he is.


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

    Yes. I will likely listen to it at least 2 more times.
    Wait. Is this a trick question? I don't just sit there and listen to these books like I do written books. I listen to these books while driving, cooking, painting, doing laundry, et cetera.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm the smartest guy in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (638)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Ready for a holocaust-reminiscent story?"
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    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I don't particularly enjoy sharing other people's misery.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy associating with the characters of a novel, like I do, then be careful as this one will leave you with a sense of oppression. It starts out with the targeted discrimination of homosexuals in a, I believe, Stalin-era Russia.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1001 Ways to Reward Employees

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Nelson
    • Narrated By Bob Nelson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Why is 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, with over 1.4 million copies in print, such an extraordinary bestseller? Because a little over 10 years ago Bob Nelson took the seeds of an idea and turned it into something indispensable for business. The idea? That it's not a raise that motivates an employee, and it's not a promotion ¿ what really sparks a person to perform are those intangible, unexpected gestures that signify real appreciation for a job well done.

    Timothy says: "not worth the time, even if it were free."
    "Fantastic book with great tips!"
    Overall

    The book is fantastic, and recommended by Steve Chandler - one of my favorite coaches.
    It's obvious that the audio book was produced on a tight budget, and the concepts AS PRESENTED in this abridged version are dry, and the listening is difficult.
    I would recommend that you buy the paper bound book and devote 15 minutes, when you get home from work, to reading it unabridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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