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Samir Sanghani

Boston, MA | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Kelley, David Kelley
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (54)

    Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential.

    G says: "A dull pointless book"
    "Just not enough there for me"
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    My expectation was history, examples, methods on stirring creative juices from some of the biggest design innovators out there. There were a few very good tips/techniques on starting and fostering creativity within teams and on the job. But not a lot, and nothing really out of the ordinary or truly eye-opening. Beyond that, a lot of time spent in the story on other subjects about how to be good, respected people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sally Hogshead
    • Narrated By Sally Hogshead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? In a distracted, overcrowded world, how do certain leaders, friends, and family members convince you to change your behavior? Answer: fascination, the most powerful way to influence decision-making. It's more persuasive than marketing, advertising, or any other form of communication. And it all starts with seven universal triggers: lust, mystique, alarm, prestige, power, vice, and trust.

    Lanie Evans says: "Hog your Head with Fascinate!"
    "Good pyschoanalyst type of book"
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    Very good dissection of key character types in the business world, and a method for helping you identify what you are. This is followed with pretty straight on description of what people will see in you (or be fascinated by you)... and what they won't. Key is to understand your own personality and try to capture the attention and intrigue of colleagues, team, and senior managers in the way that fits your personality.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (420)

    True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership....

    Stephanie says: "Relevant and Applicable"
    "Good insights. Fairly dull narrator."
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    Some good insights to leadership. Little light on techniques and stronger on goals of leadership. I did like the few examples on how to transfer ownership, empower, & train a team. The narrator (and author) had a fairly dull reading... had to rewind numerous times as my mind wandered off onto how I could help my own team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (10682)
    Performance
    (9948)
    Story
    (9952)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "For any male born in the 70's...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would definitely recommend, particularly if you grew up in the 80's, and ever played video games or toyed around with the early computers. A parade through history of a complex but fun decade, and fantasy that is oh so believable... easily a direction we are headed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can't wait for the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1596)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Engaging story with likeable characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shantaram the most enjoyable?

    I have read a number of long & winding books based in India (i.e. A Fine Balance). But this one included such positive and strong characters. The author really brings out the essence of a family oriented and personal culture, as experienced by a foreigner who is Indian at heart. I loved that the characters, many who experience bad fortune and/or do bad things, are actually quite moral and strong - but with character flaws based on strong beliefs in their morals, rather than just being evil or corrupted (the easy way out with typical Indian story).


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    The reader has done a fantastic job with nailing the various Indian accents, and for that matter, other foreigners accents. Truly a masterful reading. Using different voices for the characters made me feel like I was watching a movie, rather than reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a long book, but you get your money's worth. Time flies listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (980)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Nice historical dramatic story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lost in Shangri-La the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting story about the isolated spots that played front line in WWII. Nice historical piece and drama. A quick listen. I wouldn't call it the 'most incredible' rescue mission - but may be the most unique.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    THe narrator's voice was a little monotonic, and no attempt at different voices or inflections. Could have hired a professional narrator to add this dimension.


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

    Really liked the first hand viewpoints of the natives - what they were thinking. This made the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this book, also try

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2176)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Great potential - unsatisfying ending"
    Overall

    The forward was a glowing review about how this book is Clarke's best. The story starts strong, draws you in with mysterious but benevolent alien visitors, foreshadows some deep comment about the human race, our history, our self-imposed fate, and something bigger than our world. But the end of the story did not deliver, except for on the last one. There was no deep meaning here that I could appreciate... just a whiz-bang sci fi ending. Oh well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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