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Paul

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  • 11 reviews
  • 24 ratings
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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business, 3rd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Applegate
    • Narrated By Aimee Castle
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The first edition of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business was hailed by management guru and author Tom Peters as "Brilliantly researched. Brilliantly written. A gem of priceless value on almost every page. Read. Inhale. Absorb. Great Stuff!" In this completely updated third edition of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business, renowned small-business expert and consultant Jane Applegate shares new, powerful, creative, simple, and proven approaches for building a better small business.

    Paul says: "Deceptively-titled"
    "Deceptively-titled"
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    This needs a new title "201 Great Ideas to IMPROVE Your Small Business. I thought it was ideas FOR CREATING a small business. No. She goes on about hiring consultants, lawyers, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1275)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Great -- if you're living in about 1997"
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    Beware: This book is really dated and probably should have been revised. His initial chapters are fine, but then he gets into the "how to" stuff and makes references to fax machines and VCRs and seems to think that the world is still all about paper. It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. And what's missing is how to organize anything in the digital age -- no discussion of cloud storage, etc., etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15595)
    Performance
    (14110)
    Story
    (14203)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great, if you're like, 12 or whatever"
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    My daughter picked this out for our 8-hour car ride at Thanksgiving. She liked it. Kind of boring and obvious for me. Definitely not for mature adults. Not the charm of that Harry Potter had for adults. Dystopia = dyspepsia for adults. OMG.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2217)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1952)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Nice weaving of stories"
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    Unlike some of the comments, I enjoyed the approach the author took with writing intersecting stories around a theme with different points of view. My only complaint is I found one of the narrators hard to understand -- kind of garbled diction. Sometimes he sounded like a drunk Borat. I would have preferred a native English speaker. Other than that, some really touching moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.

    beatrice says: "a period piece, still resonant"
    "And not a little bit tedious"
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    Couldn't get past the first dozen chapters. The narration is really good, but the story is slow and the writing is monotonous. Bleech. Not my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (337)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "If you believe in supply-side economics...."
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    and other Cato Institute crap, you'll love this. Lots of theory based around a lame story of three guys on an island. i.e. no references to the real world. They bill it as a fun, entertaining story. It's not. It's dull. I could only get through the first three chapters. Bleech.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (584)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Very relevant for today"
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    For someone in healthcare, this was fascinating. Not just a story of the outbreak, but starts off with the background of where medicine was at during this time. Very disturbing that this could happen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (423)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "Had all the right fittings"
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    I dug this. It's kind of a throw back, with a clear plot and easy to grasp characters. But if you enjoy anything mechanical and sailing, it's great. This would be a great book for an older guy who maybe doesn't read too much. The narration is top-notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "Had a nice after taste"
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    Parts of it irritated me and his writing got a little monotonous at times, but later on found myself thinking back to it. So maybe that's the sign of a good novel. I wished the story had a few more twists in places, but I guess you can't demand that from a memoir. He lapses into a bit too much navel-gazing at times, but the ending is touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3460)
    Performance
    (1378)
    Story
    (1369)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Needed a doggy bag"
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    Like a lot of restaurant meals, this one was a little too rich and about third too big. OK, so you lived a wild life with apparently not one non-wacky characters. We get it. But there's not much of a big story there, is there? It's a lot of coked-up sound, New Yorky self-aggrandizing. The descriptions are fun and funny at times, but I had enough before it was half done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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