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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
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (59)

    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
  • 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
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (129)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    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
    (4093)
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    (1973)
    Story
    (1937)

    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
    (81)
    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
    (4479)
    Performance
    (4161)
    Story
    (4157)

    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
    (2913)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1485)

    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
  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (363)

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    Jane says: "Excellent advice and examples for better writing."
    "A master at work"
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    If you're a writer, this is a fantastic refresher on everything you know you should be doing.

    If you're not a writer, this is an excellent primer on writing.

    It's good for fiction and non-fiction writers -- and it's improved my writing tremendously (can you tell by how well-written this review is? ;-)

    Of course it doesn't take into account blogging or twitter -- but it's written by a master. Very good indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    Friday, a secret courier, is thrown into an assignment under the command of her employer, a man she knows only as "Boss." She operates from and over a near-future Earth in North America, a vulgar and chaotic land comprised of dozens of independent states. In America's disunion, Friday keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions as she conquers one calamity and scrape after another.

    Eivind says: "Worth the credit"
    "The best book ever written without a plot"
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    I read a review of Friday as "The best book ever written without a plot."

    I read that review after I read the book.

    It's just about what happens to a woman called Friday, set against a background of a future where society is very different from how it is today.

    It's dated now -- the book pre-dates the Internet but anticipates it, for example. So it's an interesting snapshot of what people in the 1970s would have thought of us in the 21st Century.

    The world is at war (surprise, surprise) and Friday is a courier -- a dangerous job -- which involves getting physical objects past inquisitive border guards.

    She's resourceful, sexy, sassy and fun.

    One day, her whole world goes completely pear-shaped, and she has to dig herself out of a deep hole.

    I liked the narration. The writing is engaging, the characters are charming and menacing by turns. All in all, a wonderful escapist read. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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