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Erich

Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

Auckland Park, South Africa

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  • Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Dean
    • Narrated By Greg Dean
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    (102)
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    (69)
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    (64)

    Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.

    Scott says: "Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead"
    "If you are interested in comedy, buy this book"
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    This book is the single most useful book I have ever read on the art of writing a joke.
    It's principles are easy to understand and to follow -- and even to teach.
    It comes with a PDF workbook so you can literally write jokes.
    The narrator is completely transparent about the messy process of writing -- so there is lots of really weak material here. The author then shows why the material is weak, and how to strengthen it.

    I have met professional comics -- top people in their field -- who cannot explain their process as well as Greg does in this book. They have no clue. They are very funny people, but they have no clue why they are funny.

    Greg Dean knows, though.

    I used this book to write a short routine for a formal address I was giving (10 minutes) which went down incredibly well.
    I cannot praise this book enough.
    If you want to learn how to reliably write jokes, follow this formula. You will definitely get better at writing jokes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21681)
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    (17270)
    Story
    (17322)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Brilliant narration. Twist in final five minutes"
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    Just basically brilliant. I'm a writer and u sometimes get demoralized by the brilliance of this writing. It evokes all the senses and creates a sense of place like very few books.
    But I guess you know that because you're also a fan :-)
    Roy dotrice is an unbelievably good narrator. It's good to hear a trained actor at the top of his game

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones (Part One): Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (631)

    This is Part One of Book 1 of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series. This first volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is unabridged and split into two parts. Now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

    Darrell says: "Great story and performance."
    "Masterful story masterfully told"
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    Roy Dotrice's narration does full justice to Martins' varied, complex and human cast of characters.
    I can't wait to read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obscene Thoughts: A Pornographer's Perspective on Sex, Love, and Dating

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Pounder
    • Narrated By Mike Paine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Obscene Thoughts: A Pornographer's Perspective on Sex, Love and Dating examines progressive, intellectual and academic constructs regarding mate selection, sexual behavior and the reasons why people cheat. Obscene Thoughts investigates and deconstructs core socioeconomic and biological values and the sexual behaviors of men and women, in a fresh, distinct manner.

    Erich says: "Uniformed fact-free badly-read"
    "Uniformed fact-free badly-read"
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    This book is so bad I returned it after giving an hour of my life.
    The narrator has a voice that should be reading the news, not a book.
    The author has a large vocabulary with which he re-hashes every sexist prejudice you can think of: for example, one reason a man has no interest in sex is because he may have a small deformed penis.
    Women want babies as much as men want sex according to this moron.
    Utter rubbish. Read Jesse Bering's Perv instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jenny Block
    • Narrated By Lauren Weedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (14)
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    (13)

    Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on this topic presuppose that the listener is ready to embrace an "alternative lifestyle", Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are curious about or engaged in open marriages are in fact more like her - normal people who question whether monogamy is right for them.

    Erich says: ""Open" inspires a new look at marriage"
    ""Open" inspires a new look at marriage"
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    I know my wife loves me. I also know that our needs differ. This book offers a model of how Open Marriage can be enriching. It's inspiring in its normality. There are a few glitches with the recording -- the editor missed a few times where the narrator repeated a sentence. And there were some small issues in the reading that a good director would have improved. But those are just quibbles. Thank you for this wonderful book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jesse Bering
    • Narrated By Jesse Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    In his eye-opening new book, Perv, the award-winning columnist and psychologist Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another. As Bering takes us into the lives of a woman who falls madly in love with the Eiffel Tower, a young man addicted to seductive sneezes, and a pair of deeply affectionate identical twins, among others, he challenges us to move beyond our judgments and attitudes toward "deviant" sex and consider the alternative: What would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions and accepted our true natures?

    Matthew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Entertaining and thought provoking"
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    I like it when authors read their own work. He gets his own jokes and delivers them well.
    The book reminds us there is probably something sexual about us we wouldn't want the neighbours to know; and explains why disgusting things are incorrectly seen as immoral. Very worthwhile read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4579)
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    (2337)
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    (2293)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Another unbelievable book"
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    This guy is the real deal.
    He's completely unpretentious.
    He's got a charming Swiss-German accent which just adds to the credibility of the work.
    I read this book a the same time as the book Mindfulness and Byron Katie's Loving What is.
    All of them are excellent in their own way.
    If you're interested in growing your spiritual practice, you can't go wrong with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    For over 15 years, consultants, both internal and external, have relied on Peter Block's landmark best seller, Flawless Consulting, to learn how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. Using illustrative examples, case studies, and exercises, the author, one of the most important and well known in his field, offers his legendary warmth and insight throughout this much-awaited second edition.

    John says: "Brutally abridged"
    "This book changed my consulting practice forever"
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    This is the most amazing book.
    It's hugely abridged -- I don't have the print edition but this is MUCH shorter.
    But MAN, it's good.
    It's a completely different view of what makes a successful consultant.
    It has changed my life completely -- not to mention my clients' lives!
    I can't recommend it highly enough.
    And if you're a consultant and you ever have a chance to hear Peter speak, go and listen to him. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Portnoy
    • Narrated By Suzanne Portnoy
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    After a love affair with a man 3,000 miles away, whom she met online, Suzanne Portnoy, mother of two and a top executive in the entertainment industry, begins her sexual reawakening. Insatiable, she dives into the swinging scene and works her way through an entire spectrum of sexual experience, including exhibitionism, group sex, and fetish clubs. The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker is a story that is shocking and heart-warming in equal measure.

    Cherith says: "Predictable Porn"
    "Filthy fun memoir"
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    I don't know if this is true -- it's certainly narrated as if it is -- but what Suzanne gets up to is nothing short of astonishing.
    Erotica and funny, I really enjoyed this book. And Suzanne's narration is spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (4422)
    Story
    (4420)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "As good as Volume One"
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    I was really disappointed to find out that there's a third and final book in the series. I thought it was just the two books.

    This one has a very interesting twist in it. Old enemies are forced to work together against a common foe making for some wonderful interplays between the characters.

    I can't wait to join the old gang again for their climactic adventure.
    And Bronson Pinchot's performance is just amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1689)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Connie says: "Enhanced version seems to correct audio defects"
    "A classic, vintage Heinlein"
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    Heinlein was interested in alternative ways of setting up societies.

    In this book, a human arrives on earth from Mars, where he had been living since infancy.

    As he learns our ways, he questions why things should be organised the way they are.

    He is lucky to find a tough but kindly mentor who shows him the ropes and who helps him navigate the legal system and society in general.

    This is the book that gave us the word "grok", which I find myself wanting to use again, like some ageing hippie of my mother's generation.

    If you're interested in polyamory, human relationships or spirituality, you'll find this a really interesting read on many levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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