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  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (741)

    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Jose says: "Thinking that could leads to change"
    "Amazing Book - Real Great Help and Self Help"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent techniques for creative thinking, learning, and teaching. Great work here and a must read for anyone looking to transform their lives and continue to grow as well as a must for any educator or anyone looking to teach or mentor others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The techniques and examples to relate to the work.


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

    no.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, some of it I went back to read again as well. Great to read through then go back and read parts or the whole again to really absorb it.


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (962)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "Liked the information in the book"
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    What did you love best about The Everything Store?

    I liked this book, didn't love it, but should be expected since it's an overview of the company and actual events. Author did a good job of stringing everything together to explain what happened in real time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it got a little boring toward the end so I had to listen in spurts to get done with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book that should be read for anyone working in tech or for a large company. Much of the way Amazon is being run and the attitudes are being integrated into other companies so it's a good explanation of why things seem to be shifting in the way people run their businesses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1140)

    On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

    Elaina says: "Wonderful!"
    "Excellent read that really helps with perspective"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    The insights to how people think and reasons proposed for issues in our lives. Great self help book, with content focused along similar help strategies, but well presented from her point of view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was a seminar rather than just a book. It was like attending the workshop.


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her emotion and the way she spoke about things gave it a lot more power than just reading the words. When you think of self help it makes a huge difference being delivered and discussed with real and parsonal emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, in fact it was tough to listen to at times because it touches on topics that hit to real emotion. As a natural mental way of not dealing with problems, it may cause you to want to put it down for a while and think on some of the ideas before continuing. It's a book but you do work while listening to it, great, but tough at times. Worth getting through it though!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (504)

    Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

    Ann Magor says: "A Shakespearean Drama"
    "Somewhat disappointed."
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    What did you like best about Hatching Twitter? What did you like least?

    I disliked all the hype about how great and interesting the book was, when it was more of an account of activities and not the controversial, earth shattering, reveal all book it was advertised as. I liked the factual guide through the history of the company from start to current day, but it was more of a historical re-count, not very earth shattering or enthralling.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nick Bilton? Why or why not?

    The writing was solid and the performance very good, but I think the hype the tech community put on it really ruined the experience for me by raising expectations of the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe when it came out on DVD, unless they throw some more color to what happened and make it a little more fictional, it would be kind of boring. If it were a documentary, that would be interesting, but probably a mirror image of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok read, don't get your hopes up and you'll enjoy it more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Stacee says: "Great performance, squandered opportunity"
    "Excellent real view of Detroit with story lines"
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    Would you listen to Detroit again? Why?

    To pick up some additional information I may have missed. The way regular people live is such a sad, but interestingly strange place that nobody ever talks about. Makes you really think about what's going on in our own country.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1727)

    When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer - and amateur shoplifter - snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth...or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.

    breckoz says: "Novella, Side Adventures Before Book 1"
    "Great and interesting tale"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the whole series and since there were no more books in the series, I had to go and read these shorter stories too. Can't stop reading these. I liked that since I already read the series, there was not a lot of background needed to enjoy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Ravens and One Crow: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2665)
    Performance
    (2487)
    Story
    (2489)

    Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

    Jessica says: "Can't wait for November!"
    "Loved it"
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    What did you love best about Two Ravens and One Crow?

    Love the whole series and since there were no more books in the series, I had to go and read these too. Can't stop reading these.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (441)

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    Jen says: "Worth reading"
    "Informative and interesting"
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    What did you love best about The Brain That Changes Itself?

    The history of the direction science was moving when the idea of brain plasticity was being proposed as well as the actual details of cases and practical implications this has in life.
    This is a must for people to read if they have an interest in explaining things that happen to people and how therapy helps from topics through stroke therapy, autism, genetics, personal problems. Very interesting, I'll read again.


    Any additional comments?

    The recording was very low so I had to crank up my ipod and stereo when listening all the way. Wish it were louder to allow me to run at a normal volume. Was clear, just the volume was not loud at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (602)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Great story, must read"
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    Would you listen to The Heart and the Fist again? Why?

    Great story overall about a man who chose an amazing path with very intelligent reasoning of the world, a persons life as a humanitarian, and life as an elite soldier. Great to know there are amazing people like this in the world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (472)

    In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics.

    Roddie says: "Must read, listen too!"
    "Great book and really makes you think"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is a great insight to how finance, currency, diplomacy, and secrecy about economy is conducted in the world we live in. Makes you wonder what other policies, discussions, and decisions take place behind closed doors and the agendas of the major players involved. Really makes you start thinking.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Rickards? Why or why not?

    Yes because it was very informative, and opened up my eyes to issues in a way I had not been exposed to them before.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a point in the book where he explains the interactions, decisions, and behind the scenes dealings that go on between the banks and governments that gave me the creeps about the way those dealings and decisions are made. Well told and explained.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, but a slow and tough read at times because there is so much detail to follow. Great to re-read some parts to make sure you get the understanding, but he does a great job laying out some very complicated dealings that I now know banks and institutions like to keep that way to keep their dealings confusing to the average person. Moves you when you begin to understand that this is how banking, finance, and currency work and are intertwined with politics, the elites of the world, and countries positioning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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