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Dan

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Guy Kawasaki
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

    Amazon Customer says: "I judged a book by it's cover-story"
    "A Meal of Cotton Candy"
    Overall

    This book offers a very high-level overview of some of the psychology and research behind the elusive notion of being 'enchanting'. There is very little original content, as Kawasaki borrows from a vast array of other authors, including Malcolm Gladwell and Robert Cialdini. This book is a great jumping off point if you're looking for other sources that will drill down deeper into a particular subject. This book does a good job of explaining 'what to do' but without the critical 'how to do it' part. I found it to be dis-jointed as it jumped from subject to subject. Thrown in are a number of 'real life' stories, which were mildly interesting, but didn't appear to have much to do with the subject matter. As an avid reader of books in this category, reading Enchantment was like sitting down to dinner and being fed only cotton candy.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Radley Balko
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

    Christopher says: "Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!"
    "A One-Sided Anti-Police Rant"
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    Would you try another book from Radley Balko and/or William Hughes?

    Balko opens the book by saying that he is not anti-police. He then spends the next 13 hours painting American law enforcement as knuckle-dragging, power-tripping, buffoons. He does this by using out-of-context statistics along with highly opinionated, one-sided, accounts of police negligence, misconduct and brutality.

    I'm a Canadian police officer and I actually agree with almost all of Balko's recommendations at the end of the book. Getting to end without shutting it off was the tough part. The first portion of the book is a painfully dry, historical account of US state and federal politics as they pertain to drug laws and no-knock entries. Balko then moves into story after tragic story of bumbling, bloodthirsty cops conducting raids on the homes of innocent people and how it destroyed their lives.

    There are many things that American police can and should be doing better. However, this message was completely lost in the delivery.


    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (567)

    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    April says: "Leadership"
    "Don't Waste Your Time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this book to be incredibly frustrating. If you're looking for gems of knowledge like,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girls on the Edge: Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    Psychologist and physician Leonard Sax’s work with young people reveals that girls today have an incredibly brittle sense of self. Though they may look confident on the outside, teens and tweens are fragile inside, obsessed with grades, sports, networking sites, and appearances. They are confused about their sexual identity, as environmental toxins are accelerating physical maturity faster than their emotional maturity.

    Roy says: "For Parents and Policy Makers"
    "Great Book - Needs A Better Narrator"
    Overall

    Well written, just like Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift. Highly recommended reading for anyone with a daughter. However, the narrator was painful to listen to. I felt as if I was being lectured by school principal at times. Several times I actually had to turn this audio book off as her voice was like nails on a chalk board.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (393)

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    shirley K. Bigham says: "straight forward"
    "Uninspiring"
    Overall

    I was hoping to gain some insight into his 8 years in office, but virtually everything in this book you could have read about in the newspaper. This was a high level overview of his Presidency and contained no emotion. The sentences that began with, "I felt..." seemed like they were added in after the fact on the advice of the editor. Bush's narration is painfully dull. It was as if this book was written by one of his aids and he was reading it for the first time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Venuto
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    The Body Fat Solution is neither super low carb nor super low fat, and the author steers clear of demonizing entire food groups. Instead, Venuto shows you how to personalize an eating plan that takes into account your unique metabolism and calorie needs. He details the stumbling blocks we all face to success, and gives you the tools to overcome them.

    David says: "The Most Sensible "Diet" Book Ever"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    This is not a diet book. This is not an exercise book. This book is different and better. Tom Venuto takes a multifaceted look at how the average person can achieve the body they want in a realistic way. I'm a hypnotherapist and an Ironman triathlete and I still learned a lot from this book! The narrator is upbeat and engaging. I liked this book so much I bought the paper version to have as a reference. Highly recommended!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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