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Gil Michelini

Gil

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  • 9 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
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  • Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By George Weigel
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
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    (27)
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    (26)
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    The Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand-year history. As the curtain comes down on the church defined by the 16th century Counter-Reformation, the curtain is rising on the Evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium: a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

    Gil Michelini says: "The Life I Have Tried To Live"
    "The Life I Have Tried To Live"
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    Where does Evangelical Catholicism rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't give many 5 stars because I want that reserved for books that changed my life. This is one of them.

    I had never heard the term Evangelical Catholicism until I found this book. George Weigel describes the Catholic life I have tried to live since joining in 1990.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5035)
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    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Worthy of 5 Stars!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    GREAT insight into what drives each of us. The more I think about habits, the more I see how I can apply the power of controlling may habits to change my life. This can also better help me understand others.

    Recommend this book for anyone who wants to better understand themselves or other people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book Yourself Solid, 2nd Edition: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Port
    • Narrated By Michael Port
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
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    According to the Small Business Administration, 90% of service businesses will fail within the first five years. They fail not because they don't offer great services and products, but because the owners are extremely uncomfortable with traditional marketing and sales. The result is a frustrated, isolated, and overwhelmed business owner who does not know there is an entirely different, highly successful approach to marketing and sales available—and it's laid out in Book Yourself Solid.

    Bonnie says: "Excellent book overall"
    "Great Ideas"
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    What made the experience of listening to Book Yourself Solid, 2nd Edition the most enjoyable?

    Michael Port has ideas on how to market the service professional. Several reviewers complain that the book is more about selling his product and less on the ideas. Umm, the idea of Booking Yourself Solid IS his product.

    The only disadvantage to the audio version is not I need to go back and listen to it again to pull out all the concepts and instructions. The accompanying workbook does help with this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2245)
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    (1777)
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    (1771)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "Off to a good start"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Great concept!


    What didn’t you like about Simon Sinek’s performance?

    It is not Simon's performance -- he is a good narrator -- but the quality of the recording. It seems that is was recorded at several different studios and then pieced together.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Get Ideas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jack Foster
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
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    (112)
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    Written by Jack Foster, a creative director for various advertising agencies with more than 40 years experience, How to Get Ideas (over 90,000 copies sold and translated into 15 languages) is a fun, accessible, and practical guide that takes the mystery and confusion out of developing new ideas.

    Ahmed says: "Great Audio Book"
    "Fun Listen"
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    Would you listen to How to Get Ideas again? Why?

    This was a fun book to listen to. Narrator Johnny Heller sounds like the crusty, old ad man Foster portrays himself in the book.

    Foster gives good tips on how to develop ideas and then tells stories of how those ideas worked for him while developing advertising as well as many other well-known American idea people such as Ford, Edison, and Jobs.

    If you struggle developing ideas, this is a great short book to get you started. This includes an field where you need to be creativity such as a parent, a manager, a lawyer, a writer, a student, the list goes on. Every field needs people who think. This book will help you get started.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (10086)
    Performance
    (4568)
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    (4583)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Gladwell Always Gives A New To Look At The World"
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    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I appreciate the way Gladwell looks at the world as demonstrated his previous books I have read (The Tipping Point and Blink). Outliers was not a disappointment in helping me tip my head a little, blink a few times, and look at the world differently.

    Gladwell presents many successful people--common names and those not so well known--who reached the highest levels in their profession. Not taking anything away of the effort each put in to earn their places in history, Gladwell suggests their success had more do to opportunities outside their control than own only their skills, grit, and determination--those each are contributing factors.

    He begins by suggesting that all things being equal, it is date of birth that determines greatness in Canadian hockey players rather than skill. Gladwell demonstrates the same is true for the great wealth builders of the 19th century, the most successful New York City attorneys of the 20th century, and the kings/queens of Silicon Valley.

    This is the book that got many talking about the 10,000-hour rule. The rule says that it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Gladwell uses several examples of great success who were able to gain the 10,000 early enough through serendipitous opportunities that they are now legendary masters of their fields. Among his examples are The Beetles. When they were just getting started, through luck they played 8-hours a day, 7 days a week, for upwards of 90 days in Hamburg, Germany to put in their 10,000 hours. This prepared them when America was ready for the British invasion. He suggests that they were no better or worse than any other band from Liverpool but when their preparedness met the opportunities they were ready for their lucky break.

    My take-away from Outliers:
    -- find my passion and put in my 10,000 hours as quickly as I can
    -- God had me born when I was and how I am for a specific reason
    -- look for the opportunities afforded to me and capitalize on them


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II - The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George Weigel
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
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    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    When he was elected pope in the fall of 1978, few people had ever heard of the charismatic Karol Wojty³a. But in a very short time he would ignite a revolution of conscience in his native Poland that would ultimately lead to the collapse of European communism and death of the Soviet Union. What even fewer people knew was that the KGB, the Polish Secret Police, and the East German Stasi had been waging a dangerous, decades-long war against Wojty³a and the Vatican itself.

    Gil Michelini says: "Insight into Pope John II the Great"
    "Insight into Pope John II the Great"
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    What made the experience of listening to The End and the Beginning the most enjoyable?

    I thought I was somewhat informed on the pontificate of Pope John Paul II but George Weigel showed me in this excellent book how little I knew about Pope John Paul II the Great.The first part of the book tells an amazing story of the Church in Poland under the Nazis and then the Communist. I am embarrassed that I have ever placed my faith secondary to anything after hearing these stories of people willing—during my lifetime—to endure torture and even death rather than reject their faith in Christ. Is was struck at how the KGB had a whole group focused on bringing down Catholicism. I never considered that Vatican II or any Vatican office or European chancery would have Communist spies. Yes, this includes men who wore the Roman collar. It seems clear that God raised up Karol Wojtyla in very difficult situations to prepare him to sit in Peter’s chair for 26 years.In the second part of the book, Weigel takes us inside the Vatican between 1979 and 2005 to learn about the role Pope John Paul II played in the event of those years and some insight into what is required of the pope. While I was aware of the Great Jubilee celebrations, after reading this, I wish I could relive it following the agenda Pope John Paul II created for us.The last part is a reflection of the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Weigel draws on his insight to look at pontificate as we set into the deeper water where Pope John Paul II directed this ship. Weigel’s insight of why Pope John Paul II did or did not address issues helps to understand the direction of Pope Benedict XVI and perhaps even some insight into why he abdicated. There is section where Weigel lists the Bishops Pope John Paul II appointed different from the recommendations of the national bishop conferences. The lists includes the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.I take away a greater respect for Pope John Paul II and a desire to understand his teachings.Before starting the second part of the book, be sure you know the meaning of the word modernity as Weigel uses it often.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (539)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

    morton says: "This great audio was originally called The Knack!"
    "Great Insight"
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    Where does Street Smarts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great insight from a person still running a business. He does not hold back in his advice or opinions as well not holding back in his failings and what he learned from them, which is the sign of a great person.

    The opening chapter as he retells his meeting with the Stones is a gold mine for anyone considering starting a business. Brodsky asks great questions many of us would never consider.

    This is one I will listen to again taking copious notes.


    What three words best describe Sean Pratt’s voice?

    More than three: I think he did well but I would have prefered someone with a slight Brooklyn accent. The book seems that it is written as Brodsky would talk; I would have like to have heard that voice.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pope Benedict XVI
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (106)

    In this bold, momentous work, the pope, in his first book written as Benedict XVI, seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent "popular" depictions and to restore Jesus' true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance as a theologian and his personal conviction as a believer, the pope shares a rich, compelling, flesh-and-blood portrait of Jesus and incites us to encounter, face-to-face, the central figure of the Christian faith.

    Gerard says: "Great Insights"
    "EXCELLENT listen!!"
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    Would you listen to Jesus of Nazareth again? Why?

    EXCELLENT listen!! The 16 hours of listening to this book was like being in a hillside discussion with the former Pope as he unpacked the Scriptures. I loved the way he poses questions and then explores all the possible answers showing that the question is much more important than the answer.

    If I had a criticism, after finishing this book I am left to wonder if the only exegetes worth reading are German.


    Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don Leslie is excellent as the narrator, in particular in his pronunciations as Benedict references many German authors.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this to anyone who want to go deeper in understanding Jesus. Benedict does not talk over heads too much but he does use common theological terms like exegesis without explaining them. The fruit you will gain from this is well worth the effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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