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Kian Ameli

California USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 10 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 209 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cal Newport
    • Narrated By Dave Mallow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (318)

    In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

    Taliho says: "Outstanding!"
    "Great premise, but lacks substance"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would put in fewer stories! The author tries to follow the Malcolm Gladwell approach of presenting research then a real life example of that research in action, but the implementation of this technique is done poorly and too often.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved what Mallow had to say about Steve Martin in this book and I wish he would have dug deeper into that aspect.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the premise wonderful, become so good at what you do that you stand out, but a lot of the practical advise was really depressing and uninspiring.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Calipari, Michael Sokolove
    • Narrated By Chuck Montgomery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball's most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory. At its core, Calipari's coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players - what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another.

    Stephen Schwambach says: "IU alum and fan...now loves Calipari"
    "Leadership and basketball"
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    I wasn't a fan of basketball prior to listening to this book, but the passion displayed and technical aspects made simple made me start to enjoy the game. There are a lot of leadership gems in here as well.

    He does get off topic with weird NCAA rule changes, but it's not enough to not read the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Maxwell
    • Narrated By John Maxwell
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (414)

    If you've never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you'll love this new expanded and updated one. Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better. Seventeen new leadership stories are included and two new Laws of Leadership are introduced. New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths - and weaknesses....

    will says: "Good Use of an Audible Credit"
    "Needs more detail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good overview but I would love a fuller picture of the traits he is talking about and action steps to grow them in my own life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Word That Will Change Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, Jon Gordon
    • Narrated By Jimmy Page
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    One Word that will Change Your Life is a simple concept that delivers powerful life change! In 1999, the authors discovered a better way to become their best and live a life of impact. Instead of creating endless goals and resolutions, they found one word that would be their driving force for the year. No goals. No wish lists. Just one word. Best of all . . . anyone, anytime can discover their word for the year.

    Michele says: "Powerful exercise!"
    "I wanted more"
    Overall

    Simple and easy topic but I feel that this is a part of a greater system, not one in and of itself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jon Gordon
    • Narrated By Jon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Training Camp is an inspirational story filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. The story follows Martin, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He's spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the pre-season, Martin thinks his dream is lost - but then he meets a very special coach who shares 11 life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive.

    todd says: "Almost as good as energy bus"
    "Cute parable great lessons."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Nothing ground breaking as far as leadership and self development go, but well packaged and inspiring. I liked the incorporation of faith and scripture - I don't think there are enough good leadership books that do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Acuff
    • Narrated By Jon Acuff
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (536)

    There are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters. The good news is Start gives listeners practical, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often.

    Peter says: "START made me STOP listening fast"
    "Fun listen, great content"
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    Would you listen to Start again? Why?

    I listened to it once, then turned around and listened to it again the next day. There are a lot of good stories that act as fables to get points across, and while some have said they come off as "self serving" the authors self deprecating comments ensure that they are meant to get a point across not inflate his ego


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thought there was a general thrust that it's never too late to start on a journey or on a passion there are a lot of practical take aways in each section


    What about Jon Acuff’s performance did you like?

    He's got a great way of delivering content, slightly sarcastic but inspiring when needed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Hyatt
    • Narrated By Michael Hyatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creative minds are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace.

    Abraham says: "Lots of Quality Info, Not-So-Great Voice Over"
    "Expect to Take Notes"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, there's a lot of goo information Hyatt points out that is very useful in building your presence in the on-line world. Some of it is basic, but most of us don't do it, and some of it is knew and we should start doing it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hyatt is good at making things practical and putting things into a useful context


    Any additional comments?

    There are too many on-line gurus around these days, and Hyatt's book helps those who actually know what they're doing stand out from the charlatans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Live Keynote Speech

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Harv Eker
    • Narrated By Harv Eker
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (36)

    In Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (tm), T. Harv Eker states: "Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!" Eker does this by identifying your Money Blueprint. We all have a personal money blueprint engrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance.

    SweetTriniVibz says: "Great listen.."
    "Worth the investment"
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    Where does Secrets of the Millionaire Mind rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It's midline as far as quality, not the best listen but not the worst. Great energy from the speaker


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked to hear the whole seminar


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

    Energy! His voice is contagious, kind of corny but if you let yourself get into his reading it's great mindset work


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guerrilla Selling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill Gallagher, Orvel Ray Wilson, Jay Conrad Levinson
    • Narrated By David Hilder
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Looking for some creative ways to increase your corporate sales and your personal income? In Guerrilla Selling sales consultants Bill Gallagher, Ph.D., and Orvel Ray Wilson team up with the best-selling author of Guerrilla Marketing and Guerrilla Marketing Attack, Jay Conrad Levinson, to create the ultimate guide to selling. The result is a fast-moving guide full of unconventional weapons and tactics for increasing sales that can be applied immediately for impressive results.

    Joy says: "boring"
    "Decent for sales people, but"
    Overall

    Has some good concepts, though repetitive with the examples used. I think a mediocre sales person would get a lot out of this book, while a sales person with a high conversion rate would only be able to get a few nuggets. As far as value to the entrepreneur, I see very little.

    The narrator isn't very skilled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5556)
    Performance
    (3169)
    Story
    (3214)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Changed the way I run"
    Overall

    I've listened to this twice already, I'm thinking about a third, even with books like "Confessions," and "The Karamazov Brothers" in my queue. Not only is this book about running, it's a thoughtful look into our past as a people. McDougall interlaces his story with history so well that it's almost seamless. The narration is also spot on, pleasant to listen to and a good pronunciation of Spanish. Overall one of my top 10 books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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