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Concord, CA, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 135 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Fighting 69th

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sean Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City's famous National Guard regiment, the fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty. Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience, and their equipment was derelict. The thought of deploying such a unit was laughable. Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, memorably chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers into a battle-hardened troop at work in one of the most lethal quarters of Baghdad.

    Sean says: "Impressive and inspiring"
    "Impressive and inspiring"

    War is a complicated affair. Politics and politicians, war-mongers and protestors, soldiers and civilians... each believes in their viewpoints, and we are seldom blessed with an objective author. This book may very well be written by one.

    Although the book was long, I couldn't bear to stop listening. There was no over-dramatization, pretentious heroism, or self-righteous preaching. This was a guided tour by an articulate journalist that shared with the audience the transformational journey of the fighting 69th.

    If you want to believe that all soldiers are honorable, unselfish, and perfect men, this book will not appease you. If you want to know about the solider as a fallible, yet able to grow then this will be a delight. This book will leave you impressed by the men and the author, and it will inspire you to embrace the U.S. soldiers as the embodiement of what makes America great: spirit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By The Arbinger Institute
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed.

    Sean says: "Not quite "out of the box""
    "Not quite "out of the box""

    To be kind, I would say that the principles written are sound, relevant, and important. However, the narration and delivery are distracting... bordering on amateurish.

    The basic concept of the book is:
    1. Treat others as indivual people with individual needs, flaws, and dreams
    2. Do the right thing by others, for others
    3. Once you recognize the joy to be had in THAT moment, then
    4. Re-examine other people in that new light
    5. Repeat

    I would recommend any book by Patrick Lencioni for a far better read and equally sound principles

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Shopportunity!: How to Be a Retail Revolutionary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kate Newlin
    • Narrated By Kimberly Schraf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For millions, the daily shopping experience has devolved from the resonant personal ritual of our memories and dreams to the boring zombie-like process we wander through daily. We're wasting our time and money, at the cost of our patience, good will, and joie de vivre. The new entitlement of discount prices has driven out creative, customer-centric thinking, far more than is commonly believed.

    Sean says: "This opportunity wasted"
    "This opportunity wasted"

    I was hoping that this book would be able to provide a different perspective on the state of business today. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with both the content and the narration, which was distracting. If you enjoy the voice from "Desperate Housewives" this narrator is a dead-ringer. Otherwise, it exacerbates the slow-moving pace of the book's content.

    I almost always avoid an abridbed audiobook, but in this case, that would have made it a far more enjoyable listening experience. The concepts are very, very basic, which may very well be the point of the book, but the author does very little to delve any deeper into the subject matter than a cursory glance would afford. In the immortal and never-uttered words of Sherlock Holmes, it was all "Elementary, my Dear Watson."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of a Positive No

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Ury
    • Narrated By William Ury

    No is perhaps the most important and certainly the most powerful word in the language. Every day we find ourselves in situations where we need to say no: to people at work, at home, and in our communities; because no is the word we must use to protect ourselves and to stand up for everything and everyone that matters to us. This indispensable audiobook will give you a simple three-step method for saying a Positive No.

    Sean says: "Truly applicable"
    "Truly applicable"

    Having listened to "Getting to YES," I was surprisingly pleased with how much better "The Power of a Positive No" was in comparision. This is not to say that the first book was substandard, but rather that this book focused on what so many people struggle with: Understanding how, why, and when to say "NO" in order to get to "YES."

    It addresses everything from the struggle within ourselves to say the word, to delivering it with confidently, ethically, and gracefully. You never feel as if the author meanders off course, but rather ties all points back to the central theme of the higher (or deeper) purpose: reaching a consensus and a solution.

    This book is well written, the narration is excellent, and the content woven with historical references (biographical and autobiographical) yet never becomes self-aggrandizing.

    This book is a must for EVERYONE, regardless of societal position. It will not disappoint.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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