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Scott

I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.

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  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, Third Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter Block
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (44)

    When the landmark best-seller Flawless Consulting was first published more than three decades ago, it was quickly adopted as the "consultant's bible." With his legendary warmth and passion, Peter Block explained how to deal effectively with clients, peers, and others. The book continues to speak to people in a support function inside organizations as well as to external consultants. This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Peter Block's groundbreaking book explores the latest thinking on consultation.

    Chris says: "TERRIBLE NARRATION - But great info so far!"
    "General consulting from an experienced expert"
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    A general consulting book. This book has sections about industries such as management, technology, health care, and education. Because numerous industries are covered, the methods are more generalized than may be wanted for specific scenarios. For example, technology consulting requires some fairly fine tuned methodologies that stem from computer science disciplines and technological implementations. With that being said, learning how consulting in different disciplines and industries compare is a decent way to develop some business knowledge. For example, problem solving in medicine is labelled as diagnosis, while in technology it is called troubleshooting and repair, or testing and debugging. All are focused on solving specific problems, yet the information and methodologies differ greatly.

    A large amount of the book was also focused on client interactions. Namely, strategies and procedures for gathering information, drafting contracts, and working with varying levels of client participation were described. Means of preventing project failure were given, and client relations were described in numerous social and organizational contexts. I did notice the author used a large amount of negative terms, such as describing managers as experiencing agony and pain whenever minor business problems occur. I had the impression the author often tried to gain negotiation leverage through references to the nervous system and negative emotional spectrum. As if his services would also fix the negative emotion or feeling. Although slightly humorous, I didn't think this a good technique for getting the job done, and such language would most likely damage client relations and reduce repeat business.

    In spite of his defensive and offensive interpersonal strategies, the author had great knowledge of some great techniques. He provided very organized checklists for various project phases. These checklists appear malleable to numerous industries, and appear as good frameworks and additional points to be considered while consulting, project planning, or design a system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ben Tripp
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (349)

    Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.

    Tilo says: "This book is really good"
    "A gruesome and tragic zombie survival story"
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    Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller is a modern novel about a zombie plague spreadig across the land.

    Set mainly in California and Nevada, I appreciated the numerous descriptions of terrain, flora and fauna, urban and rural buildings, roadways, and masses of braindead uncommunicative zombies travelling about. The author seemed to have a knack for describing mundane details in way as to make the details less mundane and more part of the action of each scene. Certainly, any way to render entertaining and interesting the everyday things that are seen thousands to millions of times could make the world a more scenic place, and story settings more developed.

    The characters were fairly stereotypical propaganda types from modern society, and the plotline was violent and grotesque. Although the action and scenarios the characters found themselves in were far from average. Battles for survival during economic scarcity, struggles against hungry herds of monsters, and group dynamics of betrayal and thievery made for very thoughtful character interactions. Unlike many of the happy main character stories, these characters were often wounded, shot, blown up, eaten, and otherwise mutilated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (225)

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
    "A classic of many poetic tales."
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    From a literary perspective this book was a work of art, from a personal perspective I both hated and loved The Canterbury Tales.

    Literarily, most of the book was in poem. Rhythm and rhymes of various sorts added all the enoyable but relatively meaningless cues to listen for. In a sense, the poetry almost added an element of song to the storyline. Although at times, regular prose was used without rhyme, which seemed to resemble some of the elements of rational composition as in essay format.

    The setting was of old England, and the main setting was actually a platform for storytelling. And so from the main setting numerous stories were told. Stories of knights, kings, law, religion, sailing, commerce, battle, treachery, and many more human situations were all told in varying styles. A lot of old English words made interpretation a challenge at times, but the descriptions and plots were so highly developed as to make the effort worthwhile.

    My favorites were of adventure and trustworthy reason, and least favorites were of grossness and manipulative reason. Possibly the most hated was the judgemental fanatic who would first describe a great or majestic thing, and then try to position himself as the benevolate giver of that thing, and then add a bunch of ridiculous conditions merged with tortorous language. When in reality all he did was say words, and I found myself having to repeatedly reclaim the words, and blockade the storyteller from any object of thought, so not to have a good concept ruined by such ruthless tactics.

    All in all, I enjoyed the book, and feel the entire range of human experience was somehow included. For one author to be able to change into and out of such modes, and write them in poetry with such an array of words, tells me why Chaucer is such a highly regarded author throughout the world's times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3137)
    Performance
    (2929)
    Story
    (2937)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Intro to an awesome series"
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    A storytelling of a massive zombie uprising, Zombie Fallout contains great characterization and familiar settings. The main character is fully developed with a sarcastic wit, rude humor, upfront personality, and deep and private introspection.

    The plot occurs at the type of locations that are found almost anywhere in the United States, with some setting elements specific to the regions where the story takes place. Unlike the real regions, though, the plots actions makes for some awesome events.

    A very good start to what I am sure is going to be a very good series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7145)
    Performance
    (5072)
    Story
    (5110)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Awesome book and series"
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    Very awesome continuation of the previous plot. All the literary elements of character, setting, and plot created an expansive world with a great atmosphere of political catastrophy. I enjoyed the unexpected plot twists, and following the characters along in their struggles and discoveries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1937)
    Story
    (1946)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Great book, obnoxious name"
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    You may wonder why I'd give a book with such a horrific name five stars. Such a nightmarish idea in the second person is sure to rile anyone up. But I don't judge books by their cover, and this was was an incredible horror book.

    The main character and his family continue to develop in the midst of a horrific setting, with a plot line based on family group survival. The plague creates mindless herds of violent masses seeking to eat the flesh of the family. Society appears to have lost the battle, and these large groups of subhumans are able to roam the country in groups attacking who they please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Ryan
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (324)

    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
    "Slightly entertaining business info"
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    A decent business book which chronicles the rise of Nintendo. While the business information is a slightly interesting history of a large Japanese corporation, the detailed descriptions of the Nintendo game characters are outstanding reminders of the great and original artwork that video games used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Sales Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chet Holmes
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (219)

    The only lasting way to enhance your productivity and growth is to focus on a handful of basic concepts and repeat them week after week - and teach your staff to do the same. This audiobook explains how to tune up virtually every area of your business systematically, with just a little disciplined focus. Spend an hour per week on each "impact area" of your business, and you will be astonished at how much you can accomplish.

    Sandy says: "Ok if you are selling carpet cleaning services."
    "About half useful and half unethical"
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    This book provides a decent overview of sales, with a lot of examples from a successful salesperson. As a forewarning, a large part of my brain is probably devoted to ignoring advertisements and spam, so I have a lot of negative opinions about many sales techniques.

    Review of Sales Techniques
    Numerous methods and types of sales are discussed, with strategies explained. I have no doubt most businesses would find one or more strategies they haven't thought of. Personally, I reject about half of the strategies for my own business as they involve what I categorize as spam and stalking. Basically, I find methods of advertising to huge numbers people obnoxious if the information wasn't solicited, searched for, or professionally relevant. Am I losing business because of this? Yes. Am I wasting thousands of people's time with their own inboxes, telephones, and computers to obtain one client? No. My guess is this author has probably wasted the equivalent of ten human lifetimes in the amount of time he's made people think about his products and services.

    With that being said, a lot of the ideas are useful suggestions for finding ways to sell products or services, or to enhance an existing businesses sales model. I will personally use a lot of the general ideas to improve both mine and my clients advertising and sales gateways, and use them in a way to respect people's time.

    Unrealistic Numbers
    Another problem I had with the information presented is the same type of problem I have when viewing misleading advertisements. The author was a highly successful salesperson whose sales were for large businesses with huge product investments. Because of this, the example pricing and numbers given were understandably large. However, the way the information was presented mixed these numbers as if to imply regular and small businesses were able to easily achieve such numbers.

    At one point, he even suggested using the best case scenarios for advertising income. Work for this joker and earn $100,000, like one person out of a thousand did one year after a very rare corporate sale. Basically, using the earning from the best out of a thousand or even hundred thousand to lead people astray, without explaining the specific case is very unlikely.

    I am not sure if this was suggested to use in product or service advertisements, as the example was a salesperson to salesperson employment advertisement. From experience, I've learned that following up with advertisements like this lead me to pushy salespeople who have devised other half-truths and lies they aren't willing to put in writing. What I am paying for won't be product or service research, but to be robbed and bamboozled.

    Great Educational Marketing Advice
    In all fairness, the category on educational marketing had some great advice. Businesses that market with great information and studies are the types of businesses I usually find and eventually use.

    Television, Radio, Billboard, and Newspaper Advertising
    Great advice on some ways to format advertisements for these mediums. Although I personally ignore most advertisements, when being entertained, I do find some ads humorous or interesting as a consumer at times.

    Website Advertising
    His descriptions of a website and his model were decent. He described a main site, with free articles, and compared it with a web site with one feature, a sign-up box. He mentioned more people filled out the sign-up box on the website without other information, but the article website had more traffic.

    Interesting to note, although I'd never design a website with only an email sign-up box and product offering. I think it would be very ineffective for anyone but a person who already has a large following. One benefit of a website is to bring in unknown people and provide unique information and services, and perhaps sell stuff also. Website technology isn't designed only to force people sent there to sign up for a constant barrage of a salespersons spam.

    Telemarketing
    An entire section was the author bragging about how he would repeatedly call and harass tons of people on the phone, and get a few responses and sales. He had a full methodology on mind controlling secretaries over the phone to have them go back and forth to talk to their bosses.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13587)
    Performance
    (5982)
    Story
    (6062)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Unique, fictionally real"
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    What I liked about this book is how down to earth, or real, the characters and their interactions seemed at times. Although I really enjoy pure fiction with completely made up worlds, beings, and plots, Water for Elephant's involvement of a circus was a reminder of how many unique places, creatures, and actions exist in reality.

    I was also surprised at the vast range of personal experience, emotion, and social interactions. In one book, the main character experiences adventure, arch rivalry, disaster, love, hate, health, illness, and much more.

    The varying settings of a mobile circus provided many entertaining, amusing, and thoughtful descriptions of animals and their artistic capabilities. In a way, this book has elevated these animals from being just a stampeding herd, to obedient, skilled, and talented performers, while still realizing their unpredictable nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Scott D Anthony
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Innovation may be the hottest discipline around today - in business circles and beyond. And for good reason. Innovation transforms companies and markets. It’s the key to solving vexing social problems. And it makes or breaks professional careers. For all the enthusiasm the topic inspires, however, the practice of innovation remains stubbornly impenetrable. No longer. In The Little Black Book of Innovation, long-time innovation expert Scott D.

    S & G StJoe says: "Great Innovation Overview Summary"
    "Great information and useful procedures"
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    A great book for any entrepreneur or product designer looking to define and apply innovation towards a goal. I like how the innovation process is broken up into phases like a project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (355)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Great source of unique and high quality data."
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    On Intelligence is written in a very explanatory and interesting way. The examples and problems are the sort that make you think in a deep way, and are great thought exercises.

    The topics covered range from psychology to neuroscience to artificial intelligence. I found a lot of the information new, a lot built on previous knowledge, and a lot was the authors unique perspective. The unique perspective was based on scientific reasoning and superb analysis.

    I did find myself lost at times in some of the details. My suspicion is that because I didn't view the figures before or while listening to the audio version, I was missing a lot of data. I'll probably listen to this book again in the future after studying further and checking out the figures that are used as examples.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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