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Michael

Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (39)
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    In this new book from the best-selling author of Drive, Dan Pink explores the ways in which we can all improve our sales skills in every area of our lives and identifies the three personal qualities and four essential skills necessary to move people. Relying on science rather than platitudes and analysis instead of exhortation, Dan builds on his own sales experience and on the profiles of some of the world's best salespeople - and makes us look again at our own sales skills.

    Michael says: "The best of Pink's work thus far"
    "The best of Pink's work thus far"
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    I have listen to Daniel Pink's books and find that they usually don't convince me of their arguments however this book is good. Not that he totally convinced me that it is human nature to sell, perhaps to trade, convince and work for each others benefits, but to sell, well to sell is to scam and this book didn't convince me other than that idea. To say that, not all sales people are scammers but lets face it, no trade is perfect, somebody pays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Presence: The Missing Link between Merit and Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sylvia Ann Hewlett
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
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    (70)
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    (71)

    Do you exude confidence and credibility? Can you command a room? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, one of the world's most influential business thinkers, cracks the code of Executive Presence (EP) for men and women intent on winning the next plum assignment and doing something extraordinary with their lives. You might have the qualifications to be considered for your dream job, but you won't get far unless you can signal that you're "leadership material" and that you "have what it takes."

    Jeffrey says: "Speaking Truth To The Rest Of Us!"
    "A timely essay on stepping up"
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    I don't work in the corporate world, but have. I try to be fair in my dealings with minorities and women. I grew up with 8 sisters and believe in their abilities and strengths however I have made mistakes. This book opened my eyes, gave me some strategies to think about and hopefully I can start to make a difference with making the world a little bit fairer and opening up business to the benefits of women, minorities and being a true leader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Food for thought"
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    Using Shakespeare as a counterpoint to the story this book brings up interesting points about the pursuit of happiness and doing away with aggravations such as disease, old age and even relatives. I found that without the trials and tribulations of life, life becomes meaningless and if you think about it, that is what we are all trying to do. Security, youth, financially comfortably off etc, if we get it then we trade off passion, explorations, growth. A good book that Michael York does an excellent job narrating however the Cornwall accents etc are a little non-futuristic for my liking.

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  • Sharpe's Gold: Book IX of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Overall
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    (165)
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    Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular Army, vastly outnumbered and its coffers empty, was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peassants fighting the guerrilla, the "little war." But Wellington had one hope left.

    jim says: "Great Fun"
    "The best of the Sharpe's series"
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    This book was the second book in the series I ever read and I believe it is the best. Full of twists & turns, action, and a thriller thrown in. Sharpe actually shows his remorseful side! Frederick Davidson is excellent with the accents and keeping the story moving. A pleasure to listen to him. Sit back and enjoy a nice piece of literature unfold with a great story, characters, descriptions and narration.

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  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (411)
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    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "A Thinking Mans Story"
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    You have to think about the story and conversations in this book. It isn't an action adventure and won't make great television. It goes into peoples heads, watches their reactions and you start to feel what every character is going through. Written in the 1860's it was well ahead of its time. I read this book from a religious view point after doing the 'Great Courses' on 'Why Evil Exists'. I am glad I did as this book crosses religious view with psychology and 'man' thinking for himself rather than through some god or establish religious or culture ideology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Barbed Crown: An Ethan Gage Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Dietrich
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    Ethan Gage is out to foil Napoleon's coronation as emperor, play double agent between France and England, and turn the tide of war - while attempting to save his own life and his marriage. Gage fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and was his agent in Italy, America, and Greece. But this relationship, which at the best of times was uneasy, has gone sour, and now Ethan wants to make Napoleon pay for kidnapping his son, Harry, and nearly killing his wife, Astiza.

    Michael says: "Unbelievable Fun"
    "Unbelievable Fun"
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    William Dietrich has done his research and amazingly kept the story moving along very nicely. This book is a 'joiner' between the previous and the next. You should read them all as close together as possible. Napoleon has changed and Ethan Gage is still trying in this book and succeeding to a point but he is a pawn in powerful men & women plans. His wife is more intelligent, son the same, Sir Sydney Smith less caring and tNelson does not come off looking too brilliant in this book but nice to see a different interpretation of the man for a change. I loved this book and have grown to like William Dietrich writings, William Dufris narration and Ethan Gage adventures. Don't start with this book but don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great and you don't have to have read the others"
    "One of the best Sharpe Books"
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    This is classic Sharpe. He is still learning to be an officer but has the respect of his men and now is attached to a regiment. He saves a colour and captures an eagle. This books explains nicely how tactics and battles are fort. Frederick Davidson does an excellent job with narrating it but I have to admit I don't like his Harper's voice. Simonset is annoying but in character. Bernard Cornewell did very well with this book and sets you up nicely to fall in love with the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe’s Havoc: Portugal, 1809

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Best-selling novelist Bernard Cornwell crafts a thrilling tale from his immensely popular Richard Sharpe series. In 1809 Lieutenant Sharpe and his riflemen are in Portugal, preparing for Napoleon’s next strike. The smaller English force will probably pull out before it’s too late, but not Sharpe. His orders are to find the missing daughter of an English wine shipper. Just as Sharpe and his men begin their mission, the French launch their punishing assault.

    Corwin says: "Not Exactly Unabridged"
    "Does not sink well the books either side of it but a good read"
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    As this book was written years after Sharpe's Rifles and Sharpe's Eagle it should fit nicely between the two and a few facts don't quite work well. Yes they mention his poor dead estrange wife and child, which are never mentioned in any of the other books besides Sharpe's Trafalgar, and Sharpe's Prey. He thinks about staying behind enemy lines to stay away from the army but the other books describes his longing for the army even though it can treat him with scorn. He knows Arthur Wellsley to talk without any reserve that he has in other books following and he doesn't have the self questioning manner that he has in his other books as he rises in rank. Otherwise, Sharpe gets into trouble, gets out of trouble, gets the bad guy and saves the girl in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Sell When Nobody Is Buying: And How to Sell Even More When They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dave Lakhani
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
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    You are listening to this this book because you need to make more sales fast in an uncertain time. The pressure to sell has never been higher. But as the economy, your industry, and the markets change, does that really mean that people aren't buying anymore? Of course not. First, you have to understand, it's not your fault. You're struggling because the current model for reaching and converting customers is seriously outdated and no longer works.

    Michael says: "Try another tack"
    "Try another tack"
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    Selling means never standing still but adapting and learning new methods and mind sets. Listen to this book and learn a few skills for the hard times that will come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrating Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ralph Heath
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Celebrating Failure is the definitive how-to manual for leaders seeking to embrace the power of failure as a learning tool to improve their organizations and achieve ever-greater goals. The business world (and, lately, the political arena) is convinced that the number one topic is change. Heath posits that it might well be failure, because if you do it right, failure can become a launching pad for change.

    Michael says: "A Few Pearls of Wisdom"
    "A Few Pearls of Wisdom"
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    Fail quickly and fail often. Well at least don't be afraid of it. Sort of 'Ready, Fire, Aim' approach. Through out Ralph Health career in advertising he has learnt much wisdom and this book is worth listening to. Narrated by T. Ryder Smith who sounds a little old and tired but still does a reasonable job. Why listen to this book, because it tells you that living is trying and trying sometimes ends in failure, well as long as you don't learn from it and keep trying it is failure otherwise it is a step to fulfilment. Listen to this book, what have you got to lose?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
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    It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.

    Joe says: "Historical Fiction at it's best."
    "A great action adventure novel"
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    Lt Richard Sharpe might have come a long way from India, but a fat lot of good it has done him. A Quarter Master in a retreating army that is being harassed to extinction by the enemy. Of course Sharpe gets an opportunity to shine but first he has to win over lost riflemen who would rather kill him than follow him south. This book is great with bad guys, twists and turns and a victorious end to it all. First book I read of the Sharpe series and still my favourite, although Sharpe's Gold is pretty good. Once you get use to Frederick Davidson narration this book is great. He does the voices really well, although the Spanish and French is a little clique. Bernard Cornwell descriptions in this book are spot on and you are transported back to Spain during the winter of 1808 during the Napoleonic Peninsular campaign and you can feel the cold, hunger and shock of battle. It doesn't get much better than this book but it does!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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