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Daniel

Henderson, NV, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Martin Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Based on the single largest neuromarketing study ever conducted, Buyology reveals surprising truths about what attracts our attention and captures our dollars.

    Erik Cornelissen says: "What we think we know versus how we act in buying."
    "OK"
    Overall

    Decent information, but for a guy with a small business, nothing I can take action with.

    4 of 10 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
    (217)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    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!"
    "Well written, but extremely naïve."
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    What would have made Rise of the Warrior Cop better?

    Radley Balko is a good writer, and this book is very well put together. However, there are a great many problems I have with this book, unfortunately I have no answers to fix them.

    Chief among them is that Radley is an author, not a cop. He takes anecdotal stories, unverified accounts, dubious and out of context statistics, and stuff that (if true) any cop would tell you is stupid police work, and paints them as the norm. It's simply not the way it is. If you're not a cop you'll have no context in-which to judge his statements. After all, it is a compelling story. If I wrote a book about the news industry, all the research in the world wouldn't get me the in-sights that Balko has. All the stats, research, and talking to old cops in the world doesn't even begin to come close to the realities of the streets.

    I've worked in the field for many years and spent a good amount of time training through out the country. 80% (that's not exactly a scientific number) is absurd or out of context. He put a lot of work into this, but it's painting a picture of law enforcement from a person that apparently has never spent a day as a cop. He's never spent time doing the thing he's criticizing, so how accurate can it truly be?

    I'd like to introduce Radley to the concept of the "Availability Heuristic." Simply because you remember an report of a "botched" warrant, video of excessive force, or any other problem law enforcement officer, doesn't mean it is a prevalent as we think.

    Balko's book is extremely misleading and is somewhat of a bible to the police militarization crowd. He may not be anti-police, but he is very much a "hater." The only way to counter this is to write a book, about all the fallacies that he writes about in this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you're on the fence, this book is very in-accurate and one-sided, but well written. Unfortunately there is no one to explain the other side of the argument.

    If you're in the anti-cop or police militarization crowd, this has to be an awesome book.

    If you're a cop or law enforcement professional, you'd be remiss in not reading the depth of mis-characterization and damage that a well spoken, well respected but off-base author can do.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (996)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Marc says: "well worth the time to listen to, good roundup"
    "Explains so much! Fascinating!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Very easy to understand and apply for the layman (me). Very fascinating to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Ways to Make Money With Instagram

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Daniel Rosenstein
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Need more money? Love Instagram? Why not make money with Instagram? Very few people know there is an opportunity to make money easily with Instagram. Jump on board before the masses figure this out. There is a window of opportunity now that may not be available later on. This audiobook offers a list of 50 different ways on how to make money with Instagram, there is no reason why you can not make money with Instragram.

    will says: "You Get Your Money's Worth"
    "If you have any clue about business, skip this."
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    What would have made 50 Ways to Make Money With Instagram better?

    I hate to be so critical, but this book is written for people that have no clue about business and the direction they're heading in. If you are serious about business and looking to tap the instagram market, look elsewhere. This book is hoakey.


    What could Daniel Rosenstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have an apparel business that I'm trying to grow. If this book was a bit more serious, I could use it. I need to sharpen my ax on instagram and these suggestions are just silly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance is too bubbly for the infuriating suggestions.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. Most books do, they have that one gem that makes it worth it. Sore I paid $5 for this.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I misread the summary, but man, this is some amateur stuff. The summary should reflect it. You have serious business people looking for tips and the come across this, they may feel deceived.Unfortunately, I bought it blind since my new update to my phone wouldn't play a sample.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3834)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1563)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Damn!"
    Overall

    This guy has the knack for making the most obscure details of life funny. My favorite are the conversations during his French classes. It was great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (652)

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

    Martin says: "Gary delivers!"
    "Seems to be a straight shooter and experienced"
    Overall

    I'm a social networking idiot, and Gary has put it into perspective. I understand the basics of social networking, but haven't done it like he has. I'm going to use his experience, instead of re-inventing the wheel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Achieving Business Success Through Powerful Design & Marketing: Your Questions Answered

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Adrian Lomas, Andy Gilbert
    • Narrated By Adrian Lomas, Andy Gilbert
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    You will discover how to design powerful print and web-based marketing materials with Adrian Lomas.

    Lomas is the managing director of a design consultancy with over 50 years of experience in branding and designing marketing materials that are proven to increase sales.

    Daniel says: "Good Book"
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    Good stuff for a Joe Blow who does his own design and marketing.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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