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Jeff

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 120 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a 20-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this compelling memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities.

    John S. says: "Think carefully before buying"
    "Great story, even if you're not an art person"
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    An intriguing story that I just couldn't walk away from. I'm not an art lover, but I'm now a lover of this book and have recommended it to some friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outstanding!: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John G. Miller
    • Narrated By John G. Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Do people fire companies? You bet they do. But anyone can fireproof their organization with the timely and timeless ideas in Outstanding. Every day outstanding organizations do things that ensure they will retain customers, grow revenues, increase market share, and build their reputations. These successful organi­zations comprise people who hold values and take actions- individually and collectively-that are simple but not always easy or obvious.

    Jeff says: "One of my favorites"
    "One of my favorites"
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    47 powerful short topics on business greatness. I find myself coming back to this book once a year, it is as enjoyable as it is insightful. I have recommended this book more than any other I own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Harry Chase
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Available for the first time in audio, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the story of seven men - a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician - who merged at age 42 to become the youngest American President in history. This first volume of a planned trilogy won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. The second, Theodore Rex, is also available from audible.com.

    Michael says: "One of the best books I've come across."
    "Tremendous"
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    Succinct, yet detailed. This book tells the life of Theodore Roosevelt through the events that created him. From his boyhood and adolescence to his time driving cattle in the badlands and storming San Juan Hill, up to the point where he becomes President.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

    andrew says: "Awesome"
    "Not worth your time"
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    This may have been interesting in a 90-minute abridged version, but this is so long and so repetitive that I found myself skipping through parts to get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Cloud, Greg Jaffe
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    They were four exceptional soldiers, a new generation asked to save an army that had been hollowed out after Vietnam. They survived the military's brutal winnowing to reach its top echelon. They became the Army's most influential generals in the crucible of Iraq. Collectively, their lives tell the story of the Army over the last four decades and illuminate the path it must travel to protect the nation over the next century.

    Joshua Kim says: "Learning from the Military"
    "Gripping"
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    An inspirational story paralleling the lives of 4 US Army Generals, and how they ultimately found success in Iraq. I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it has become one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lauren Weber
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Cheap. It's a dirty word laden with negative meanings. It is also the story of Lauren Weber's life. As a child, she resented her father for keeping the heat at 50 degrees through the frigid winters and rarely using his car's turn signals - to keep them from burning out. But as an adult, she found herself walking 30 blocks to save $2 on subway fare. In Cheap We Trust teases out the meanings of cheapness and examines the wisdom and pleasures of not spending every last penny.

    Joshua Kim says: "Trust in Cheap"
    "Not worth your time"
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    This is the only audiobook in my 60 book library that I just couldn't finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "Not worth your time"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book is good for a few laughs, but not worth 8 hours of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Heath, Chip Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (716)

    In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better Than Made to Stick"
    "One of my favorites"
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    Tremendous insight into creating habits that can transform your life. Build systems to do anything you want to do, and learn how to make them "stick" (unlike many of our "New Year's Resolutions.")

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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