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Mary L Storms

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  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.

    Tyler says: "Not What I Expected"
    "Excellent, to-the-point persuasion techniques"
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    Yes! is a very practical compilation of many persuasive ideas. Some I already knew, some not. The reason I like it is because each point was made succinctly & persuasively, for immediate & practical use, then they move on to the next point. All the information may not be new, but it's good to have it concisely in one place. The reading is clear; it's difficult to make such purely information content exciting, but they do a good enough job & the text includes lots of interesting examples. One suggestion: I'd prefer that the chapter titles were more concrete, less catchy. That way I could write down the point immediately for desktop reference.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12292)
    Performance
    (11134)
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    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "compelling read! beautifully composed."
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    you won't guess the ending of the goldfinch. the final chapter is a bit unsatisfying, but philosophically honest. I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Compelling but not for those who're depressed"
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    All 3 books in The Hunger Games trilogy are proverbial page-turners. Fantastic & creative plots, well-written, well performed. But the content is about some of the ugliest, most violent sides of human nature, so it's not cheerful or uplifting.

    Having said that, because the books are written for youth, the language is clean & there's no explicit sex. There is a wonderful love triangle that is only resolved at the very end of the trilogy, in Mockingjay. Throughout the 3 books, there's meaty, thought-provoking content, worthy of consideration & discussion by both adults & youth.

    These are books worth reading, but don't read them if you're in a funk. Life during & around the Hunger Games is challenging & exhausting, & reading about it shares some of that exhaustion. Despite that, I kept reading & reading & reading & hated to see it end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a Loved One Gets Older

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mark Lachs
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    We're all getting older, all the time, but too often our culture defines the aging process negatively instead of embracing it as a natural part of life. Nowhere is this problem more pronounced than in our health care system, where ageist medicine often serves to worsen our medical issues instead of helping us figure out how to address or avoid them. What we need is an insider's guide to staying healthy.

    Mary L Storms says: "Read it & give it to all those you care about"
    "Read it & give it to all those you care about"
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    Treat Me, Not My Age is an important book for adults of every age. I listened to it, then bought several paper copies of the book to give to family & friends. I even gave a copy to my internist. It's important information to have for your own healthcare & for your older relatives & friends. Treat Me, Not My Age takes the reader through how to deal with your own & your family's attitudes about medical problems related to aging, how to select & work with physicians, & how to maneuver through the healthcare system & its obstacles. It also deals with the realities of medical insurance, long-term-care, & when you should & shouldn't give up house & automobile. It's not the most exciting book you'll ever hear, but it's one of the most important as we age. Buy it now & either buy the paper book or take good notes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
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    (1193)
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    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Great story but don't read if you're depressed"
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    Still Missing is a real thriller that includes surprises from the beginning through to the very end. I couldn't stop listening. And I tried - because it's a book about the worst of humanity. About some of the really ugly things people do to those they love & to strangers. It is NOT an uplifting book. From my perspective, no one in it is likable. But the story itself & the characterization & performance are excellent. The personal growth & development of the main character is superbly written & read. I highly recommend Still Missing - but only if your emotions are in a good place.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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