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Ray

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  • Better Than Good: Creating a Life You Can't Wait to Live

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    • Narrated By Zig Ziglar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Done in the trademark Ziglar style, this audio will help anyone focus on getting motivated to confront and transform the things that stand in the way of making life "better than good". Experience Zig's practical and spiritual vision for what life can be when we allow purpose and passion to fill our souls.

    Jeremy says: "This book is BETTER than GOOD"
    "Blander than good"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Remove the Bible bashing! It just got unbearable. I love Zig and I am born and bred a Catholic, but this just went way too far.


    Has Better Than Good turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will be reading more reviews before purchasing my next Zig Ziglar book. I don't want to be disappointed twice.


    What three words best describe Zig Ziglar’s voice?

    Entertaining, engaging and Southern


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Zigs stories are always entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Get Ziglars "How to stay motivated" book instead. That one is recorded live so includes a lot of humour and while he does reference the Bible, it does not feel preachy or over done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (812)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Essential for board and committee members"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to be better than the print version?

    This is an easy listen while on the road etc. Written in a fictional story format, it can even be listened to half asleep and still hit the target.


    What other book might you compare The Five Dysfunctions of a Team to and why?

    "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" reminds me a lot of "Winning" by Jack Welch. While completely different writing styles, so many of the lessons are the same.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was painful! As a member of a committee running an industry association, the number of times it felt like my own situation was being described exactly was unnerving! It was a fantastic step forward for me in dealing with and helping our group make progress.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen for anyone working within a decision making group. Church, sporting club or business board alike should take something away from this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buying Customers: Revolutionary New Rules for You to Get More Customers with Far Less Money

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bradley J. Sugars
    • Narrated By Jaime Andrade
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    What if you were guaranteed that every new customer buying from you would spend the next five years buying more products at ever higher price points? Or you were certain every dollar spent on your advertising would return extra dollars to you down the road? Or you could finally look at your marketing efforts as investments, rather than expenses? Now, you can...by following the proven strategies and techniques for buying customers outlined here for the first time by Action COACH Founder and Chairman, Brad Sugars.

    James Elliott says: "Brad - Narrate your own material or don't bother"
    "Skip audio, Get the book instead"
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    What did you like best about Buying Customers? What did you like least?

    The content is good, but not suited to audio. I found myself wanting to highlight, underline, re-do, check and compare the equations he was describing, but they got away from me too fast. Certainly no good while driving.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm looking for "Good to Great" or Michael Porters "Five Forces". Hoping the latter isn't like this one and needs to be paper based. Best I read the other reviews!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jaime Andrade?

    The narration was fine, certainly not annoying.


    Did Buying Customers inspire you to do anything?

    Buy the paper book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2568)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1626)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Great story, easy listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Written and narrated like he is talking to a friend, Tony Hsieh engages from the moment he starts. Honest, humble and humorous, it highlights a number of valuable lessons learnt by Tony from childhood till now, that would be valuable to anyone, but especially aspiring entrepreneurs.


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

    You will really get to feel like you know Tony Hsieh through the audio. It makes the story and its lessons 'sticky'.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would make a great gift too, as I suspect its appeal would be quite wide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard P. Rumelt
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (225)

    Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

    E. Smakman says: "Fantastic framework for strategy + how to fail"
    "Move this to the top of your wish list"
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    What did you love best about Good Strategy/Bad Strategy?

    Richard Rumelt pulls no punches as he exposes case after case of poor (read no) strategy in both companies we do and don't know. He then highlights some stand out strategy cases but without confining himself to just the old Apple and Walmart scenarios. A must read for anyone after more than just motivation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It untangles some seemingly very complicated strategies into building blocks. No claim here that it is easy, but definitely doable.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    I found the narration quite easy to listen to. He sounded like he was the author.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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