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Gainesville, Florida | Listener Since 2004

  • 12 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 320 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Good luck for readers"

    Master storyteller Lee Child always takes us on new adventures in each installment of his Jack Reacher series. In this book, Reacher finds himself teamed up with old Army buds to solve the murder of former teammates. It is a wild ride, and the dangers have horrific implications, but it is one well worth the taking. Certainly this is Child's best to date and I can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Provacative Implications"

    I can't remember reading a book that affected me more profoundly. Sure, it is a book about people who are living in survival situations and the reasons why some live to tell the story while others don't. But the in-depth analysis has far-reaching implications that go well beyond the subject matter.
    Gonzalez is extremely well read and an accomplished writer. His style is breezy and an easy listen even when the subject matter is rather dark. Add to this the fact that many passages are gripping, edge-of-the-seat nail biters, and you have a book difficult to put down and impossible to forget.
    Take for instance the description, early in the book, of landing a plane on an aircraft carrier. At first it is difficult to understand all of the "pilot-speak" but as the story unfolds and each piece of jargon is explained, you begin to understand just how hair-raising such a feat is, and the internal battle each pilot wrestles with as he obeys his training in spite of the overpowering instincts to do otherwise. Unfortunately, as the author points out, instinct occasionally wins...with tragic results.
    There are, of course, many other situations examined, each with its own lessons to be learned and its own provacative implications.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio

    Blinded at age three, Mike May defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem-cell transplant surgery could restore May's vision.

    K. R. Phillips says: "Outstanding!"
    "Now through a glass darkly..."

    The title "Crashing Through" implies a momentous breakthrough that never quite appears in the book. Granted, the story is about a man, Michael May, who gains sight after more than 43 years of blindness, and his struggle to make sense of visual information after so many years of dormancy. But I kept waiting for a breakthorough to normalcy that never happens.

    As it turns out, sight is more complex than any of us might have suspected, requiring far more than simple sensory input. Yet May is a remarkable man and his willingness to let us share in the intimate details of this struggle makes this a singular read. Without May's insights this would just be another story of science falling short of the mark. With it, we are treated to a far deeper awareness of the complexities of vision, an appreciation for its gifts, and understanding of what it must be like to see, even just a little, after so many years of blindness.

    This book has done what I expect of all great books, it has left me pondering the significance of many of its values and ideas and has been the source of many conversations with my friends and family.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Francis S. Collins

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

    Stephen says: "For those on the fence"
    "Sojouner scientist"

    While I read and listen to a great many books every year, only a few have the profound impact of this one. As a scientist and a believer, Collins unabashedly delves into territory where most authors fear to tread. His proposal that there may indeed be a possible synthesis between science and religion, provided we prevent extreme views from muddying the waters, has implications of deep and far-reaching meaning. However, this story is not told in a technical and impersonal manner. Quite the contrary, it is told from the perspective one who has found a few answers and encourages us all to seek our own.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • High Trust Selling: Make More Money in Less Time with Less Stress

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Todd Duncan
    • Narrated By Todd Duncan

    A Wall Street Journal best seller! There is a major difference between being a salesperson in business and being in business as a salesperson. Being successful in sales has a lot to do with what's on the inside of a person, and the person's ability to establish and foster loyal relationships.

    Joe says: "The Core Foundation For Sales Success"
    "For All Students of the Sales Process"

    I have been a student of the sales process for a number of years and have always thought that Tom Hopkins book "How to Master the Art of Selling" was the best available on the subject- a kind of bible for the sales industry. However, the art of selling has changed a great deal since that book was written and a new one needed to be written to address the subtle way that today's sales masters are winning. This book does exactly that.
    Duncan's insistence that we are wasting too much time chasing new customers when we need to be concentrating on the customers we already have is a message for today. Of course, he goes into more detail on how that is to be done, with great stories from some who have led the way.
    It's a book I'd like my boss to read; and his boss, as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sun Tzu Strategies for Selling: How to Use The Art of War to Build Lifelong Customer Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gerald A. Michaelson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    Through his best-selling books and popular seminars, Gerald Michaelson has established himself as the world's leading interpreter of Sun Tzu's timeless strategies for the modern business audience. In Sun Tzu Strategies for Selling, the author of the best-selling Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers interprets the theorist's classic battle strategies specifically to help salespeople win on the increasingly competitive sales battlefield.

    Amazon Customer says: "Leave Sun Tzu out of it..."
    "Leave Sun Tzu out of it..."

    I have read enough about Sun Tzu to know that his writings were profound, if not sometimes ambigouos. For that reason many people have used that ambiguity as a touch point for a lot of deep thoughts. In this book, the author does exactly that, he uses Sun Tzu as a jumping off point for a lot of personal thoughts about selling.
    Does he make some good points? Sure, but I was frankly interested in seeing more of relationship between the brilliant military strategist and the profession I love. I suppose I will have to write that book myself.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The New Buffettology: Warren Buffett's Proven Techniques for Investing Successfully in Changing Markets

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mary Buffett, David Clark
    • Narrated By Mary Buffett

    If you listened to the original Buffettology, you know exactly half of what you need to know to effectively apply Warren Buffett's investment strategies. The New Buffettology guides listeners through opportunity-rich bear markets, and step-by-step through Buffett's own investment process.

    Charles says: "Pathetic; a disgrace to Buffet"
    "Buffet 101"

    This was a terrific little book about how America's most suucessful investor has made his billions. It is not technical, though it was a terrific insight for a beginner like me.
    When all is said and done, his system looks like this, find great companies and buy them when Mr. Market is depressed. Have I given away the secret of the book. No, I am sure lots of people hade said and done the same. Mr. Buffet just happens to be very, very good at it. Will this book make you as successful as Mr. Buffet? Probably not, but there is a good chance you will get some insights that will help you on your own way to financial independence.
    When I first learned that Mary Buffet would be reading the book herself, I was a little skeptical. However, I found her voice to be very pleasing and her delivery well paced and easy to understand. Overall, I would say it was a good read; well worth the money spent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Phil Town
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman

    In this book I'll show you how I turned $1,000 into $1 million in only five years, and then proceeded to make many millions more. I came to investing as a person who wasn't great at math, possessed zero extra cash, and wanted a life, not an extra three hours of work to do every day. Fortunately, I was introduced to The Rule.

    Keith says: "Buy the book - not the audio!"
    "Value Investing"

    If you are looking for a book to help you take control of your own financial destiny then I can't think of one better than Rule #1. Take Phil Town up on his offer to show you, step by step, how to invest like Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham.
    Hey,I am never going to have the time to be a day trader. Neither am I willing to sit back and hope that my mutual fund manager does better than last year. Instead, this book offers a no-nonsense approach based on finding great values and waiting for your opportunity to buy them at a discount. I was immediately impressed by the logic behind this method, though I had lots of questions. Questions like: "How do you know what the true value of a company is?" and "How do you know when to make your move?" Sure enough, all of my questions were answered by the time I finished the book.
    I am frankly excited about trying this for myself. I see very little downside (after all, rule number one is "don't lose anything!") and I see the upside as being very, very good indeed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Briefing: The Power of Persuasion

    • Abridged/Unabridged (54 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert Cialdini

    Cialdini provides fascinating insight into how people avoid the work of making decisions and why they comply with requests in business settings. He has identified six principles which are so powerful that they generate desirable change in the widest range of circumstances.

    Kathleen says: "Top EXPERT on Persuasion"
    "Fabulous performance by a real pro..."

    This is a masterpiece of a speech given by a proven expert in his field. I got it for the subject matter, but have listened over and over for the beautiful way this speech is packaged. The author takes a tough subject and makes it interesting, even funny at times. I finished with the idea that I had learned some interesting things and knowing that I had found a field worthy of a great deal more research. With spectacular precision, the author informs and entertains for a truly worthy performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Mary Twain says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "In a class all its own..."

    I have often read books and thought "I could have done that!" But when Laurie King is righting I put my pen down and listen. She is a master storyteller with an intelligence and depth found on few other's pages.My only regret after reading this book is that it is the last of the Mary Russell saga availble on Audiobooks. Oh how I would love to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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