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Victor

Pasadena, CA, United States

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  • 6 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Art of Communicating

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Zen master Thick Nhat Hanh, best-selling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill: How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear? How can we listen with compassion and understanding? Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions.

    Victor says: "Slow start but good message"
    "Slow start but good message"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Art of Communicating again? Why?

    I plan to listen to parts of it again. The six mantras are very good. I've tried some of them and they seem to work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the practicality of the book.


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

    While suffering is not unique to Buddhism I do think that the emphasis on the recognition of one's own suffering, the suffering of others, and the role suffering plays in communication is very poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    The book seems to start as a primer on Buddhism perhaps because the communication premise of the book is based upon some principles of Buddhism. I was a little worried at first that it would not tie into communication as I expected; perhaps it didn't but it gave me some important insights into the role of communication when dealing with others.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thank You Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (434)

    The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

    Scott says: "Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow"
    "I'm going to go off script: I'm GREAT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Thank You Economy to be better than the print version?

    Yes? The author is also the narrator so he takes the liberty to updates some things from the book during the narration.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrators enthusiasm and tips for how to implement social media.


    Any additional comments?

    The author/narrator is arrogant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (104)

    Anne Lamott is known for her perceptive and funny writings about spirituality. Listeners of all ages have followed her faith journey through decades of trial and error (sometimes more error than Annie wanted), and in her new book, she has coalesced all she knows about prayer to three essentials: Help, Thanks, and Wow. It is these three prayers - asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating all that we have and all that is good, and feeling awe at the beauty of the world around us - that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward.

    Holly Helscher says: "Thanks and Wow"
    "Horrible narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator.


    What could Anne Lamott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not read in such a monotone.


    What didn’t you like about Anne Lamott’s performance?

    Monotone. It sounded like a computer voice at times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Agreements

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By don Miguel Ruiz
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1087)

    In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

    Yvonne says: "Wonderful"
    "Sophomoric"
    Overall

    Ugh. This was completely adolescent. Essentially the author argues that we a socially contructed creatures. Socrates covered this in "The Cave" and existenialist discuss this on a much deeper and better level. Dont waste your time (or money).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Born into the factious world of war-torn Arabia, Muhammad's life is a gripping and inspiring story of one man's tireless fight for unity and peace. In a world where greed and injustice ruled, Muhammad created change by affecting hearts and minds. Just as the story of Jesus embodies the message of Christianity, Muhammad's life reveals the core of Islam. Deepak Chopra shares the life of Muhammad as never before, putting his teachings in a new light.

    Shahrad Milanfar says: "Poorly written and poorly narrated"
    "Great story, poor naration"
    Overall

    This is a great story told in an interesting way but the reader is not very good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Richard McGondale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

    John M says: "Unlikable Old Hickory"
    "Read around Jackson"
    Overall

    This was very dissapointing. It felt as if the author was trying not to write about Jackson as he would give you a tiny bit of info about Jackson and then go on and on about how Jackson's friend and family reacted. Ugh.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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