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Douglas

Tampa, FL, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Chekhov: 11 Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    With amazing insight, Anton Chekhov wrote of the lives of the Russian common man as well as the landowner. He established the style of the modern short story and influenced many great writers, including George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf.

    jerry says: "Suble is the byword"
    "Good if you like the Naturalist School"
    Overall

    Sure the stories are plan and ordinary and YES Chekhov certainly knows how to word paint most excellently, but in the end I find the works empty; not as rich as works written from the Romantic school. After listening, it left me saying "what's the point"?

    4 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frederica J. Balzano
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Shy people and introverts generally avoid actively propelling themselves into the public eye. They would much rather work quietly behind the scenes. But is that enough? In our age of increasing workplace competition and seemingly relentless self-promotion, some experts assert that it will be the more "extroverted" personality types, those who speak out at meetings and give charismatic presentations, for example, who will succeed in the business world. But why should extroverts make all the money?

    Douglas says: "Useful but too long"
    "Useful but too long"
    Overall

    Just finished the audiobook “Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money?”. It was a little repetitive but it was worth going through. The author talked of the networked world we live in and the importance of building connections and managing your own career. In many ways, through the examples, the book was geared to those starting their own businesses and in particularly consultancies. Yet, it is useful for just about anyone who has introverted tendencies. I’d give in 3 out of 5 stars. Would have given it 4 out of 5 but I felt it was 1-2 hours too long. Hours 4-5 in the audiobook were the best.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Every Move Must Have a Purpose: Strategies from Chess for Business and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Bruce Pandolfini
    • Narrated By Bruce Pandolfini
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Fluid and elegant, yet rigorous and rule-bound, chess is a game that seduces, confounds, and hooks. Now, world-renowned chess master and Fortune 500 business consultant Bruce Pandolfini shows readers how chess principles can be simply and logically applied to any business or life situation. No specific chess knowledge is needed, but after reading Every Move Must Have a Purpose, you will share with the most astute chess players the secret to thinking on your feet.

    Atl Chris says: "Adversarial, two-dimensional approach to business"
    "Interesting Stories, but Little Practical Impact"
    Overall

    Don't believe anyone who says this book is deep. It does give you something to think about however. The principles might (but also might not) be good to role around in your subconscious when doing business strategy. Most likely, the book will educate you a little more on some basic philosophies of chess... perhaps not so much business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Market-Driven Management: Using the New Marketing Concept to Create a Customer-Oriented Company

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Professor Frederick E. Webster
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Douglas says: "Business Neophyte Book (I think)"
    "Business Neophyte Book (I think)"
    Overall

    The author walked through a history of the modern Marketing profession in a rather dry manner. Perhaps there was some good things in the book... but it was too much (boring and "duh" for those already in the profession)... I didn't finish the book. Perhaps a shorter Abridged version would have been good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt
    • Narrated By Harville Hendrix, Helen LaKelly Hunt
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This groundbreaking audiobook from the best-selling authors of Getting the Love You Want and co-authors of Giving the Love that Heals is the first to address the biggest unexplored issue facing couples today: Most of us are better at giving love than accepting it.

    Douglas says: "Interesting Theory"
    "Interesting Theory"
    Overall

    The author talk of how a relationship is a place where you find healing from your past [childhood]. Very interesting points and some things were enlightening, however the authors only cover part of the realm of topics that make for a good relationship and I'm not convinced that they truly spelled out how to "Receive Love". Worth a listen however.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Excellent but Not Better Have Time on Your Hands"
    Overall

    This is one of th most significant books I've ever read. But you must have time on your hands. At 30+ hours for all volumes, it's a big one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goals! How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    Hundred of thousands, even millions, of men and women have started with nothing and achieved great success. Renowned leader Brian Tracy presents the essential principles you need to know to make your dreams come true. Here is the simple, powerful, and effective system for setting and achieving goals.

    J. Sherman says: "Best when listened to many times"
    "Brian Tracy Does it Again"
    Overall

    I have never heard anything of Brian Tracy that I have not loved.

    You can't listen to it just once. There's just too much there. He presents the material in a simple, practical, and yet deep way that you can both act on and listen to over and over again; catching more each time.

    He is my current favorite in this genre; master of Psychology and Self Improvement.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Your Sacred Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Caroline Myss
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    This workshop, recorded live in Chicago, Illinois, focuses on how to find your life's mission, or "Sacred Contract." By coming to know your mission, you can live your life in a way that makes best use of your energy. Finding out where you invest your energetic currency can show you how to manage your power as opposed to being managed by it.

    Gene says: "Visual required"
    "Interesting concepts; a little too Buddhist for me"
    Overall

    I got something out of the content as it offers some ideas/techniques and concepts for finding the "center" for your reality. I'm not into some of the spiritual aspects that the author believes (spiritual reading for instance); yet there were some things to take out of the material.

    I agree with some of the other reviews; this lecture could have used visuals (or the lecturer could have more clearly used words to laying the discussed "archetypes"). In the end I felt like, because in particular the archetypes described were not clearly laid out, that it was an infomercial for the author's books. In that respect, I was disappointed. I feel that the material should have been more clearly laid out in the lecture format and if we like the content enough, we'd be drawn to further content (in the author's books).

    There was something to be gained from the material, but I can't help but thing there are better things out there that are better as a stand alone product.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (718)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Accurate to reality... no. Entertaining, yes."
    Overall

    I agree with one of the reviews that spoke of inaccuracies in how the NSA probably works in reality. Yet, I found it fun - a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Markheim

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Here are 2 classic thrillers by a master of suspense. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde> explores the split nature of man. Dr. Jekyll, a respectable man, transforms into an alter ego named Mr. Hyde who carries out all the wickedness Dr. Jekyll represses. In the body of Mr. Hyde, Jekyll finds freedom from the bonds of social convention but soon finds himself lured deeper into violence, and ultimately murder. The second tale, Markheim, tells of a robber named Markheim who murders a shopkeeper on Christmas day. Award-winning British narrator Ralph Cosham does justice to these 2 bone-chilling tales.

    Douglas says: "Must reads essays on the nature man"
    "Must reads essays on the nature man"
    Overall

    These classics are that for a reason. I found the thought provoking content behind the plot substantial; must listens when you get a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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