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Brock

So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain | Member Since 2012

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  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1136)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "I'm glad I listened to it"
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    Periodically I try to throw a self-improvement book into my mix of books. I don't always review these books because it doesn't seem fair to rate them the same way I do all the other books I read- based on their entertainment value. They aren't "page-turners", and I can put them down. Since this is now the sale book of the day I will throw out my two-cents on it.

    The author is very knowledgeable, and presents a lot of new, useful information. I plan to listen to this book again in the future because it does contain a lot of ideas I believe can make a difference in my life. It seems like many self-help books have one or two good ideas, and they keep going over them again and again for the duration of the book. That is not the case here, Cabane's ideas don't repeat, and the stories and examples she discusses make the book fun to listen to.

    If this topic sounds interesting to you, I would really recommend listening to this book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (191)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Not great, but not horrible either"
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    It was OK. I'm not upset I listened to the whole book. I've seen a lot of the reviewers blasting this latest work by Grisham, and I'll agree, it doesn't measure up with his great books. It was still enjoyable to listen to, I never once thought I should abandon ship midway through the book. Grisham is a great writer, and does an outstanding job of developing characters and relationships between them. The problem for me though, is it doesn't seem like he spent a lot of time really developing a great story in his mind before he set out to write just another book.

    For me the reader was fine. I've seen several people complain she read too slow, but that's why audible has speed settings you can pick from. The book and the reader went well together, but neither one of them were able to raise the level of the book above mediocrity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bill McDermott, Joanne Gordon (Contributor)
    • Narrated By Bill McDermott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In Winners Dream, Bill McDermott - the co-CEO of the world’s largest business software company, SAP - chronicles how relentless optimism, hard work, and disciplined execution embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals. Growing up in working-class Long Island, a sixteen-year-old Bill traded three hourly wage jobs to buy a small deli, which he ran by instinctively applying ideas that would be the seeds for his future success.

    Brock says: "A truly inspiring story"
    "A truly inspiring story"
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    Listening to this book was an awesome experience. More than just hearing his Bill McDermott's story, this book inspired me as a leader. I had to constantly pause the book to write notes I really want to remember. In stark contrast to books about Jeff Bezos and the Google guys that constantly talked about the way they've build their companies by hiring people with off the charts IQ's, Bill McDermott's life has demonstrated the power of being interested in people, and inspiring them dream big dreams. By doing this he has accomplished amazing things as a leader.

    I have been telling every business person I've talked to in the past couple days they've got to listen to, or read this book. There is so much wisdom that can be gleaned from the way McDermott has led, and what I loved most was his boldness to believe he could make the impossible happen (the story of taking the Xerox post in Puerto Rico).

    To complete the perfect listening experience McDermott read the book himself, and did a great job. To me there's nothing better than hearing a memoir like this in their own voice, where you can hear his passion and emotions throughout the book.

    A definite 5-star book all the way around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (505)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "A very fun self-help book"
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    Scott Adams' story is a great one, and the majority of his advice is very solid. I loved his advice on diet and exercise, and laughed out loud many times throughout the book. This book is far more interesting and enjoyable than most self-help books. The only reason I gave it four stars was that some of his ideas were a little too far out there in my opinion, especially about the power of affirmations to actually change the future, even where it wasn't related to his actions. Although, in his defense he admits it seems strange, he just tells how this concept played out in his life.

    I think most people, like me, don't read self-help books with the intent of completely emulating everything the author says, but rather to find a few nuggets that can be implemented in our own lives. If you are looking for an entertaining book that can also give you ideas to improve your own life, I highly recommend listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Twisted Faith: A Minister's Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife, Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband, Nick, was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?

    Keri says: "Boooo-ring"
    "Hard to believe it's a true story- but it is"
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    This story took place in my home county, and I'd even met the anti-hero of this book, Nick Hackney, many years before this all took place, but I had no idea how twisted and shocking all the details of this case really were. Since finishing this book last week I can't stop thinking about it, and have had amazing discussions with people who knew Nick very well.

    The story of the murder and arson following it are very interesting, but even better is what happened in the five years between the murder and Nick's eventual arrest. He used the sympathy-factor of his wife's "tragic death" in a fire to cajole what seemed like every woman he was close to into a sexual relationship. If it would have been a fictional story it would have seemed too ridiculous to believe, but the fact it is a true story made this a story I couldn't stop listening to.

    If you enjoy listening to true-crime stories this book is a must-listen. Like all true-crime books, you can't say it's "awesome", because real lives were destroyed, but this story is a fascinating look into the persuasive power a diabolical liar can posses over his unsuspecting victims.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Fishman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As Charles Fishman brings vibrantly to life in this delightful narrative excursion, water runs our world in a host of awe-inspiring ways, which is both the promise and the peril of our unexplored connections to it.

    Lynn says: "Informative Book"
    "Best educational book I've ever heard"
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    My goal is always to learn something from the books I listen to, but sometimes it's endurance work to finish a science, biology, or even history related book. In the midst of many educational books I keep promising myself I'll indulge on a fun novel next, and take a break from the learning. This was not the case at all with The Big Thirst. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and because I enjoyed it so much, I probably learned more (and will retain more) than with any other educational book I've listened to.

    My family is probably getting tired of hearing stories and facts about water at dinner each night. To me this book was awesome. I learned a ton about our world's most precious resource, and thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Fishman writes with wit and humor, and knows how to keep things interesting as well as informative. The major stories he covers in the book are all very interesting.

    As I re-read through many of the reviews on this book I was amazed to see some people say it is a "doomsday" type book about our world's water problems. I didn't get that at all. It is true today that more and more people are recognizing the importance of water availability for our futures, but he doesn't hype up this fear. I think the goal of The Big Thirst is just to make people stop and consider water, something we live most of our lives completely taking for granted.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE. No matter what type of books you enjoy listening to, I promise you will connect with the subject matter in this book, and enjoy learning as you listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Closer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mariano Rivera, Wayne Coffey
    • Narrated By Michael Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic.

    Brock says: "Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer"
    "Awesome memoir, I only wish it was longer"
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    I've never been a fan of the Yankees, but always been impressed with the classy way Rivera handles himself. When I saw his book was coming out I was very eager to listen to it, and was not disappointed. His transition from life as a relatively poor kid in Panama to the New York Yankees is an astounding story. Disney couldn't come up with a more amazing life transformation. For example, he showed up for his one-day audition with the Yankees in tattered clothes with a big hole in his shoe where his toe stuck out, and no glove. He had to borrow a glove from another player to take his turn pitching.

    Even after making it big Rivera remained humble his entire career. He never held out for more money, and never had big battles with his coaches or teammates. Throughout the book he continually points to his faith in Jesus as his source of strength and joy. I thought it was really refreshing to see a person who doesn't just talk the talk, and then live a life that doesn't back it up. He is a class guy through and through.

    I loved listening to this book and will recommend it to everyone I know. I only wish it would have been a few hours longer, especially focusing on his pre-Yankee days.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Abobsolutely Stunning! I Was Up All Night!"
    "Very good, with lots of action"
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    After reading Charles' review I immediately bought this book, and I wasn't disappointed. It hooked me from the beginning and held my attention for the duration. I liked the fact the main character wasn't a macho guy no one could kill (my beef with so many action thrillers). It still had it's moments where I thought, there's no way that could happen, but very entertaining nonetheless.

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun story to entertain them for many hours.

    Sean Barrett did his job perfectly; he made the story come alive, and didn't get in the way of it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (506)

    In A Thousand Lives, the New York Times best-selling memoirist Julia Scheeres traces the fates of five individuals who followed Jim Jones to South America as they struggled to first build their paradise, and then survive it. Each went for different reasons - some were drawn to Jones for his progressive attitudes towards racial equality, others were dazzled by his claims to be a faith healer. But once in Guyana, Jones' drug addiction, mental decay, and sexual depredations quickly eroded the idealistic community.

    Rachel says: "Unforgettable"
    "Books like this are why I love nonfiction"
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    The reason I prefer nonfiction to fiction is that I can learn something as I listen. In A Thousand Lives, the author did a fantastic job of telling the story in a way that made it super engaging. At times it was hard for me to turn it off and return to work.

    In the same way I loved Helter Skelter, I just couldn't get over the way a guy could garner that much power and obedience from all his followers. I actually purchased this book because I knew I could use elements of it as I talk with my own kids about peer pressure, and standing up for what's right no matter what the crowd is doing. It worked too, my kids were amazed peer pressure could go that far.

    When I finished this book I felt like I was now an expert on Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. I enjoyed every minute of the book, and am now smarter for having "read" it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (973)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "The ending was awesome"
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    I saw this book had received a landslide of amazing reviews, and was eager to listen to it. I also enjoy learning about World War II, so I knew I'd enjoy it. It didn't diappoint me, but it also didn't thrill me like I thought it might. It was no Unbroken, which after reading all the reviews I thought it could be. There are a couple key chapters in the book, and I often found myself wanting to speed it along to these pivotal moments. The book closes with such an amazing wrap up to the story that it leaves a great final impression, and makes you glad you listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "Lacked substance"
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    I really enjoy true crime novels, but this one was more a story about two friends, and the lies one told the other, than it was about the crime. I actually liked Kirn's writing, his descriptions, humor and wit (which is why it gets 3 stars); but somewhere in the book I was hoping the crime story would take center stage. It never really did though, this book majored in the minor details of Kirn's relationship with Clark Rockefeller. Once I realized the book wasn't ever going to hook me, it became hard to finish.

    Although this book was a disappointment to me, I liked Kirn's writing style enough that I will look for other books by him. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this story.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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