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T.L.

BONDURANT, IA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice". Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new audiobook of next level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age.

    T.L. says: "It really does take it to the next level"
    "It really does take it to the next level"
    Overall

    Upfront, I'll admit to being a big fan of Stephen Covey. That said, I wouldn't consider myself a disciple or anything and I think I can write an objective review. This is without a doubt, life changing material for those who are ready to understand it. The 8th Habit is all about taking us from independence to interdependance on a whole new level.

    I found it to be particularly relevant for today's world and today's challenges. I'd definitely recommend it.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Kids Are Americans Too: Your Rights to a Good, Safe, Fun Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Charles Flowers
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Kids are Americans too! And that means you have rights just like everybody else. But it's not enough to just say you have them. You have to know what those rights are...and are not! Luckily for you, Bill O'Reilly is back, opining for kids on that very subject: your legal rights.

    T.L. says: "Recommended by my 12 year old"
    "Recommended by my 12 year old"
    Overall

    My 12 year old daughter wants to be a lawyer someday. I am not a big Bill O'Reilly fan, but I thought this book might interest her on a long car trip. I downloaded it and listened to it (in its entirety) before handing it off to her.

    There was much common sense to be found, and nothing to object to. It's a most level-headed presentation. My daughter loved it, and it led to some deep conversation between she and I about a variety of topics.

    That alone makes it worthwhile! Over all a great book and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Tantrums Now

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Janet Hall
    • Narrated By Janet Hall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    You will learn how to handle and prevent tantrums in toddlers (and even some adults!). The "Good Kid Game" empowers parents with safety-net procedures for tantrums that will produce the least fuss and upset. The "Being Ready Routine" is great for helping families beat the morning rush without panic, tears, and tantrums!

    T.L. says: "Move along folks...nothing worth listening to here"
    "Move along folks...nothing worth listening to here"
    Overall

    This audio has about 5 minutes worth of content in it. The rest is empathizing and story telling and rambling. Her accent is engaging, but it sure doesn't hide the fact that she doesn't have much to say. There are way better books about tantrums out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Junie B. Jones Collection: Books 9-16

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Park
    • Narrated By Wendy Dillon
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    This audiobook contains books 9 through 16 of the Junie B. Jones series of children's tales.

    Esther says: "Better buy the cd's"
    "A Lifesaver On Long Roadtrips"
    Overall

    I spent two days in the car with a six year old girl covering about a thousand miles. I am really glad I put this audiobook onto her MP3 player before we left.

    I tried listening to it with her over the car stereo, but the story and voice narration drove me bonkers. I soon switched her back to her headphones and she was a happy camper.

    I'd highly recommend this for girls aged 5-8.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Were You Thinking?: $600-Per-Hour Legal Advice on Relationships, Marriage, and Divorce

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mark Barondess
    • Narrated By Mark Barondess
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Wouldn't it be nice if you could sit down with an attorney who normally charges $600 per hour and receive expert legal advice on what is no doubt one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life?

    Becky says: "What the book is really about"
    "good material with a few caveats"
    Overall

    Interesting material. It's not for or against marriage, but rather a sobering perspective on what you are getting into when you say "I do." It's not boring, as the legal material is interspersed among stories from both the author and others. Overall, this book made a good, if not outstanding, listen as the hours along I-80 continued for what seemed like eternity.

    My two complaints would be the lower production value and the reader. The production value is not as good as it should be. The sound volume fluctuates periodically and you can occasionally hear the reader turning papers...Now the reader...He wrote a good book, but he isn't a professional voice and it really shows. He's not horrible, just not good. I strongly recommend listening to the sample before buying this book to make sure you are okay with his reading.

    Other than that, listen and learn...



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Plan: The Real Secret of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    You have the ability, right now, to accomplish more than you ever have before. In this powerful, practical program, Brian Tracy shows you how to plot your course to greater success and achievement. Life, Tracy says, is a journey. And as with any other journey, you have to do more than just think happy thoughts about where you want to go. You need clear goals, plans, and schedules to get from wherever you are today to wherever you want to be in the future.

    T.L. says: "Rehashed Material with Low Production Value"
    "Rehashed Material with Low Production Value"
    Overall

    I like Brian Tracy. He has some good ideas. However, if you have read any of his other books (Crunch Time or Eat That Frog! for example) then you have heard this material. It's the same old stuff with the idea that you should have a plan and a goal. It's good stuff, and worth hearing, but if you have been exposed to his work before...save yourself the time and don't bother listening to this.

    As a secondary note, I was shocked at how poor the production value is on this. I know it's just the author reading a book, and it's not a $200 million movie or anything, but for goodness sake...at one point in the book you actually hear a dog barking in the background! C'mon Mr. Tracy...record in a professional studio, not your house!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis
    • Narrated By Ben Carson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    You can find our culture's obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose.

    Jake says: "Ben Carson is a brilliant man, but...."
    "Listen to the Sample"
    Overall

    I agree that Dr. Carson is not a professional voice actor or reader, but I enjoyed this audiobook in spite of that face. Maybe even because of it. The content of this book is mostly great (I think the author gets a little preachy at the end) but it's still good stuff.

    It's also personal stuff. I think that's why the lack of a professional reader is okay. Dr. Carson is telling you about HIS life and HIS experiences in HIS words with HIS voice. Check out the sample provided by Audible and see what you think.

    Overall, this is a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What to Do When It Isn't Working

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Bob Proctor
    • Narrated By Bob Proctor
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Here's how to step back from your life and analyze its facets with a series of all-important questions. You'll learn what to do about your findings, and how to deal with the people in your life as you begin to create necessary changes.

    T.L. says: "Good reader, but uninspired content"
    "Good reader, but uninspired content"
    Overall

    Bob Proctor (author and reader) has a fantastic voice...he just doesn't seem to have anything to say. Let me sum it up for you:
    "If it isn't working, you need to do something different."
    There now, save your audio credits and download something else.





    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Handling Difficult People

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Deaver Brown
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Handling Difficult People provides concrete strategies to identify and handle difficult people. The author emphasizes being proactive to handle, not just cope, with them. The audiobook first underscores your right to defend yourself as opposed to concentrating on why the difficult person is somehow right. Armed with permission to defend yourself, you can then work on identifying the four types and then employ strategies and tactics to deal with each kind.

    T.L. says: "Worth about what you paid for it."
    "Worth about what you paid for it."
    Overall

    I have enjoyed a couple of the other Deaver Brown selections, but this isn't really one of them. The entire hour of Mr. Brown can be summed up with, "it's not really worth it to fight with people."

    Okay, that's great, but now what? I'd have to recommend a pass on this selection.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Super Crunchers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Ayres
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    Today, number crunching affects your life in ways you might never imagine. In this lively and groundbreaking new audiobook, economist Ian Ayres shows how today's best and brightest organizations are analyzing massive databases at lightening speed to provide greater insights into human behavior. They are the Super Crunchers.

    Jon says: "Great book on"
    "Having heard the book...I want to meet the author"
    Overall

    Wow...what an awesome book! I think the author did a fantastic job of making the subject matter approachable. This book is written to an audience that is educated, but doesn't assume that you are a mathematics wizard.

    I came away with a greater understanding of "number crunching" from both a perspective of understanding the science, and understanding its effects on our everyday lives.

    If you are interested in this sort of material, I think Mr. Ayers book is a fabulous place to dive in.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Excuse Me, But I Was Next: How to Handle the Top 100 Manners Dilemmas

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peggy Post
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Have you ever been annoyed by cell-phone yakkers, line cutters, or movie chatters? Been confused about who pays at a restaurant? Received a gift you hated? Fumed over how to respond to a nosy question? America's etiquette expert Peggy Post comes to the rescue in this concise handbook devoted to the top 100 etiquette issues everyone wonders about.

    T.L. says: "Better to read than listen to"
    "Better to read than listen to"
    Overall

    Good information, and a pleasant reader. However, this material is stuff that you would probably want to refer back to. I think that having this book on a shelf as a reference would be more useful than having it as an audiobook.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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