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Jeff

Strathroy, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 17 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 161 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • How to Write a Book ASAP: The Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your First Book Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Garrett Pierson
    • Narrated By Tom Underwood
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Discover inside secrets to writing and publishing a book fast. It doesn't matter if you want to write a novel or a non-fiction book: Garrett Pierson's tools and strategies will guide you step by step. There are many mind-boggling and complicated ways of writing a book at our disposal. This is not one of those. In fact, this book is perfect for someone who wants a simple, flexible, and streamlined approach to start, write, and complete a book fast.

    Pam says: "Surprisingly Useful"
    "Encouragement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you want to write a book of any kind this is a great book to guide you.

    There is no fluff and filler here only great teaching and direction. It is a short listen which is good because you can listen over and over and make notes or simply commit the process of writing a book to memory.

    This book is more about the process of writing and how to get your book written instead of just dreaming about doing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew Newberg
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    Does God exist? Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine? Will life continue beyond death?Most people, whether deeply religious or outright doubters of any spiritual power, have probably pondered these questions for themselves. In fact, the religious impulse is so powerfully pervasive that neuroscience has posed a provocative question: Are our brains wired to worship?

    Douglas says: "A WARNING..."
    "Engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When a topic like Science and Religious Experience is the focus I have a little caution. Depending on the authors bias and preconceptions the results can be more of a soap box for personal opinion than an objective study.

    I did not find this to be the case with this. Through the whole listen I didn't feel any bias was present but rather a thorough study of religious experience and true scientific analysis of possible explanations.

    When a solid scientific explanation for something could not be called upon to describe something there is no attempt to try and use that as some sort of proof that it must have a divine source. Nor is a divine source ruled out. It is left as a question.

    There is a great deal of information packed into these lectures and I believe it is a great listen to anyone religious to shed light on some of the experiences that can be brought into question and by non-religious to help understand better what religious experience is to a person who has one.

    This is by far the best source I have found for the latest research and information on this subject.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pagan Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Frank Viola
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles.

    Pecos says: "This will make Church Lady verrrry mad..."
    "Detail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very pleased with the content of this book.
    From start to finish it is full of interesting information. Some books tend to have a certain amount of filler or wordiness to make them book size. This one has none of that. It is interesting and well read all the way through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity's original adherents were martyred. Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.

    J. A. McCarron says: "Great course"
    "Doesn't sound very scholarly"
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    I was very disappointed in this book. Not recommended at all.

    The lectures felt like he was jumping around and not following a logical progression through history.

    It sounds like he doesn't really study the bible as one would expect from a person giving lectures on the history of the church.

    There are comments that make it sound as if he really is not a deeply interested in the subject.

    To be honest (and I hate to be so negative) I thought it sounded more like he just quickly skimmed through the bible before recording this. There are errors in some of his statements concerning what is actually written.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stay Motivated: Developing the Qualities of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (564)

    How to Stay Motivated provides you with clear and proven techniques to use to enhance relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve goals, and so much more! Apply these winning steps from the motivational master himself to build a better, more productive, satisfying life for yourself and your family. Change your picture and change every facet of your life.

    Keran says: "Inspiring"
    "Encouraged"
    Overall

    Yes Zig is a Christian and he doesn't hide that fact. For people of like faith it is a refreshing collection of encouraging and motivating advice with biblical reference brought in once in a while. For others who don't share his beliefs it is still full of great wisdom that is very relevent regardless of the odd bible verses tossed in which some might not like.
    He is a speaker and motivator very highly regarded and comes highly recommended to anyone.
    To make it even more enjoyable he has a great sense of humour making it a fun listen as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott Belsky
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    How the world's leading innovators push their ideas to fruition, time and time again. Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world's problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be strengthened by anyone willing to build their organizational habits and harness the forces of community.

    Amy says: "Great book. Great plan. Needs more Belsky."
    "Well Read"
    Overall

    I read a number of reviews complaining about the quality of the narration. It kept me from purchasing this book for a while but finally gave in.
    I found the narration a perfect speed and tone and easy to listen to. I don't know where the negative comments have come from unless it's been re-recorded and re-posted.
    This book is full of very useful information from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

    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
    (2419)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1159)

    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"
    "Worth money"
    Overall

    Though this book is free to download it would be worth purchasing.
    I was surprised to find this book about free, which was free to download actual is a very interesting book I would highly recommend. Opened my eyes to how things are marketted and how I could prosper with my own products and services.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Psychology: An Exploration, Ch 1: The Science of Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Saundra Ciccarelli
    • Narrated By Mina Sands
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Using the APA undergraduate psychology learning outcomes, the author establishes clear learning objectives for readers and ties the text assessment to these objectives. Praised for a very engaging writing style, comprehensive coverage of key research, and strong pedagogical features, Ciccarelli focuses on getting students to actually read their textbook.

    ESK says: "Technical and thorough"
    "Very informative"
    Overall

    I'm not sure how this book rates with people who are taking Psychology as a college or university course but I would guess it should rate high.
    The naration is pleasing to listen to and the book is easy to follow and understand.
    There is a whole lot of good content and very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mark Levy
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (300)

    When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. Thats because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts, so we sound smart and in control, and so that we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems for which such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck? For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting....

    Sherry says: "Writing to right your way"
    "Great Ideas"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It has a great many ideas that will help in all walks of life. It helps you think about things and organize your thoughts and ideas.
    It is great for writers, poets, song writers etc. but just as useful for inventors, business owners and people who need to figure things out or make plans.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire Upgrade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By Nigel Acheson
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (585)

    Imagine finding yourself sitting next to a self-made millionaire for eight hours on a long-haul international flight. Imagine that person was prepared to share with you the secrets of their success. For one lucky person this actually happened. Inspired by a true story, Millionaire Upgrade is the tale of one very experienced entrepreneur and one very lucky passenger.

    Philippe says: "A complementary book for the Millionaire series"
    "Free and worth every penny"
    Overall

    This book pretty much takes Napolean Hills, Think and Grow Rich (which I recommend to anyone) and turns it into a dialogue between two people.
    Where I really got turned off was when it was said repeatedly that for success a person has to work 80 hours a week (not something in Think and Grow Rich). This is just ridiculous. To have to work 80 hours (that's 12 hours a day Monday to Friday and 10 hours a day Saturday and Sunday each week) is not success. I would say that is more failure in my eyes. Success is being able to have more freedom and enjoy your life. Yes you have to be ready to work hard when you have to and there will be some long hours sometimes.
    I suggest paying the reasonable price for Napolean Hills original works and you will get much more and more clear without the unnecessary added conversational bits.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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