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Michael

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2799)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Marketing has a lot to learn from this book"
    Overall

    Valuable insight into why somethings take off and others possibly flop. Not sure if "The Tipping Point" is the answer or one of the contributors to why things happen. My experience is that everything is connected to each other in various degrees, but this book sure puts a good case for the authors theories. A little confusing in parts, but the authors voice is easy to listen to. A valuable book for marketing type people. Worth the listen to.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Gitomer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Gitomer
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (98)

    Jeffrey Gitomer's best selling work in which he shares his tips on how to be a successful salesperson has a new edition and is now available on audio. He provides motivational advice and practical techniques for initiating, maintaining, and closing a sales presentation.

    Mark says: "Much better in book form"
    "Get this book and get selling"
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    If you are new to sales, this book is excellent, if you are in the game and need some direction, then this book is gold. Jeffrey doesn't mince words but he does tell you how it is and how it can be. He paces out this book nicely and his style is unique and entertaining. One point he makes is to have fun and that is my kind of advice I like to hear. Who said work can't be fun. He is good and I think this book will make you good at your type of sales. Not a book of 'if you believe you can' or the new sales is all about finding yourself but rather a good slant on the whole business of what sales is about and what you need to work at to make it work for you. Good book, great man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Breakers! How To Get Any Prospect To Beg You For A Presentation

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Tom "Big Al" Schreiter
    • Narrated By Dan Culhane
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    You can turn any warm or cold prospect into a hot prospect, wanting to know all about your business. How? By learning how to effectively introduce your business into a social conversation with an easy, rejection-free sequence of just a few words. Prospects want what you have to offer, but they are afraid of someone selling them. However, prospects love to buy and join. So why not use socially acceptable word sequences that compel any prospect to literally beg you for a presentation?

    Eugene Dawson says: "Surprisingly Awesome"
    "Dribble"
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    Not impressed with this book and found it annoying. Look for better books on this subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Art Markman
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (299)

    Think smart people are just born that way? Think again. Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

    Tad Davis says: "Research-based tips on thinking"
    "Brilliant!"
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    Art Markman makes it so clear how to think better to solve problems, innovate, and get things done solo or in groups that this book is a must. Not pop psychology and not long and boring. If you just take away the concepts on smart habits you are a winner baby.
    Do yourself a favour and listen to this book slowly. Learn from it and take the concepts into your own realm you will profit straight away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go for No!: Yes Is the Destination, No Is How You Get There

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz
    • Narrated By Richard Fenton
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    In a world inundated with sales books on getting to yes, this audiobook recommends just the opposite, focusing on how increasing your failure rate can greatly accelerate your movement toward ultimate success. Go for No! chronicles four days in the life of fictional character Eric Bratton, a call-reluctant copier salesman who wakes up one morning to find himself in a strange house with no idea of how he got there.

    Kevin D. says: "Great Book"
    "Do the numbers and get to yes quicker"
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    At first I thought this story 'sucks'. Then it started to get interesting. Richard Fenton's voice is a little annoying but no more than normal people. The story moves along quiet nicely and it is only about 90 minutes long so not hard for the commute home. The basic premiss is:
    If you push your prospect till they say no then perhaps you have done all you should of. This might take hundreds of cold call rejections but you will not get to the yes unless you go through the no's. If you are in a sales and the client saids yes, don't just shut up, push a little harder to get much more. Not bad sales sense but you still have to go through being rejected.
    Get over it and get on with getting those no's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Salesperson: How to Take Control of Your Sales Career and Earn the Respect and Income You Deserve

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chris Lytle
    • Narrated By Gregory Linington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Not all salespeople plan on a career in sales. Often, sales chooses them and suddenly they find themselves in a profession they aren't fully prepared for. The Accidental Salesperson is the answer, providing the advice and inspiration they need to master the essentials and hit the ground running. Fully updated to reflect the changes in the marketplace, the second edition provides a much-needed roadmap anyone can use to excel in sales.

    Michael says: "Be no accident, do it on purpose"
    "Be no accident, do it on purpose"
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    I have fallen into sales. I didn't want to do it and now I am one. Well I am reading, practicing and listening to everything on sales to help change my mind and achieve my goals. I have not at this stage done that. I thought this book would help and it did, but there are better books for that. This book gives you the idea to get organised, become professional and stop letting things happen by chance. More about focusing and doing your business with direction and purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Prey: Denmark, 1807

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    Critically acclaimed, best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell takes listeners back to 1807 for an exciting tale of the Napoleonic Wars. Cornwell’s beloved hero, Richard Sharpe, is sent from England to Denmark on a secret mission. But as England and France fight over the powerful Danish fleet, Sharpe finds himself trapped in the war-torn city of Copenhagen.

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Prey: Denmark 1807"
    "Grumpy Old Man Sharpe"
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    Don't get me wrong by my title, this is an excellent book. Full of twists and turns and action to boot. You wonder how Sharpe's career has ended up in the quartermasters store with his contacts and abilities but there you go, the British Army wasn't a meritocracy.
    It is a pity that this series didn't move into a ruthless spy story set in the period, but Sharpe is no 007. He is good at killing and has a knack of staying alive even when he hasn't a clue what is going on.
    The villains are good in this book, the people he meets real although at times a little formulatic and of course Sharpe's technical abilities like shooting or dirty fighting are excellent. This is one of Bernard Cornwell's great stories. Could be as it was written well after the series was started but it slides in very nicely. I believe the next in the series is Sharpe's Rifles, which got me hooked on the series well before this book was ever written.
    Now the only problem is Patrick Tull. He is excellent reading the story and fantastic with the accents but, Richard Sharpe's voice sounds like a grumpy old man. Could be I like the other narrators or Sean Beans voice, but Patrick Tull does Sharpe no favours.
    One other thing, don't ever get the abridge version of these books, not worth it and too much is cut out. Well worth the 12 hours listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Prospect, Sell, and Build Your Network Marketing Business with Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Tom "Big Al" Schreiter
    • Narrated By Dan Culhane
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    In network marketing, the easiest and most comfortable way to prospect, sell, and sponsor, is with... a story. Facts are boring. Everyone represents a company with great facts. Our prospects have heard that all before. But with a story, everything changes. The prospect becomes involved in the story, and instantly sees what you see. And isn't that what you want? So forget the flip chart, the presentation book, the website, the PowerPoint, and the video.

    William says: "Forget the rest, listen to the best!"
    "How to be a social ridicule and alienated"
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    Network marketing or how to alienate your friends and family. Tap dance your way to social ridicule as you try to entice your prey into your web of 'buy'. Not happy with this book but I do agree with one premiss; use stories but make the stories real, yours and relevant. Using fairytales or made-up stories of being on a tropical island is wrong and very unprofessional. Personally I am against network marketing and think it is a crock of sh*%. But if you are into it, give this book a go but stay away from me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Mendelssohn: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    Kate says: "Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock"
    "Not Kerrys Best Work."
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    This story starts off with the usual suspects. A strange murder that turns out to be only half the murder and then some English know-it-all with his gay potential boy friend turns up. Of course Phryne new him back in the war, where not only did she perform miracles on the battlefield saving lives as an ambulance driver but later on she became a spy. AS IF! Not only can Phryne speak French, perform marshal arts like a pro and shoot a pistol with such accuracy she is rich, confident and a perfect single parent. Oh, and a great lover. This series has gone off the tracks. Did I mention Phryne can also sing perfectly in a choir? I gave up after she executes the bad guy and doesn't even have any grief about it. Is she psychotic? Anyway she uncovers the murder, cleans up the streets of Melbourne and dispatches the bad guys with such panache you think this doesn't even happen in bad 80s TV cop shows. Not happy with this book and not looking forward to the last one in the series but since I own it I will listen to it especially as I believe it is Stephanie Daniels last as she who did such an excellent job on narrating these books died March 2014 from cancer. I will miss her voice and exceptional skill in performing these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emerald Storm: An Ethan Gage Adventure, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Dietrich
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The year is 1803. Swashbuckling, ribald, and irreverent hero Ethan Gage has outsmarted wily enemies and survived dangerous challenges across the globe, from the wilds of the American frontier to the pyramids of Egypt. Now the rakish hero finds himself in the Caribbean with his wife, Astiza, on a desperate hunt to secure the lost treasure of Montezuma - a legendary hoard rumored to have been hidden from Cortés's plundering Spanish conquistadors. Hot on his heels are British agents who want the gold to finance a black slave revolt....

    Michael says: "A Most Excellent Adventure"
    "A Most Excellent Adventure"
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    Ethan Gage is maturing but he still finds himself in the middle of trouble. Problem is that his young son 'Harry' and his beautiful wife 'Astiza' are wrapped up in his adventures without their will. Leon Martel a renegade police man kidnaps Harry and the adventure is on. Description of Caribbean and the period are excellent. The battle and fight scenes, even the storm at sea are perfect that you don't get lost in the action. John Pruden does a real good job with the voices and narrates this book in the series without missing a beat. Could be the best of the series. Well worth sticking with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The 3rd and final novel of Sharpe's exploits in India finds him confronting not only Indians and French, but enemies from within Wellesley's forces and a wily English renegade by the name of William Dodd.

    Michael says: "Ruthless Sharpe"
    "Ruthless Sharpe"
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    Sharpe shows his ruthless side in this story. He is still finding his way as an officer and not a happy boy but can actually do well at any job he is put to. The bad guys are out to foil his plans and steal his jewels but Sharpe comes out on top at the end. A stock standard Sharpe adventure with nothing so revealing except when it comes to revenge, Sharpe can dish it out with exact proportions. Good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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