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dacostri

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  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (566)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "How To Blow My Own Horn"
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    This audio book fell far below my expectations. I felt like there could've been far more substance to the methodology which they teach and subscribe too. Many case studies were used to substantiate their claims but after an hour, it's like they're using this medium to boast about their accomplishments. This causes one to loose sight of the methodology and get swamped by story after story.

    It's also very difficult to believe in some of the case studies. One that jumps to mind - The CIA informant - 20 years in the field - who goes to a standard, run-of-the-mill interview. In the space of 5 minutes, the interviewer is able to crack the informant. He goes from admitting to being a double agent for 20 years to falling just short of confessing about the time where he picked up a penny and didn't hand it in to the police.

    I suggest this book to people who are able to filter a Google search. There are some lessons but first you've got to sort through the 'ad-infested-green-card-lotto-winning sites'.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Port (Euro) Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Portuguese (European) with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)

    Compact European Portuguese Phase 1, Units 1-5 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    dacostri says: "Incomplete Series"
    "Incomplete Series"
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    Most of the Pimsleur language courses offer 3 Phases, each containing 30 Units. The European Portuguese version - which is the purest form of the language - only has 1 Phase which consists of 5 Units. I mention that it is the purest form simply because there are different dialects in Angola, Brazil and Mozambique to name but a few. This would allow a person to travel easily amongst these countries if the "core" language is learnt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (895)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Great Power = Great Responsibility (SPOILER ALERT)"
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    I was in search of a book - which would provide me with a set of communication tools - with the purpose of forming closer bonds and connections with others. A variety of them are presented within in the book and special mention is made of practising them often iot become proficient. There was one angle which I was most uncomfortable with and disappointed in however. The angle is a direct consequence of the Age of Personality, which is “what can I get out of others?” The very same tools were shown to be just as effective in manipulating others iot get what you want! IE: Con the Personal Assistant into thinking that you have her best interest at heart while you only want access to the CEO. This is poor form but a characteristic of the times that we live in.

    There are great tools but I plead with the listener to use these tools wisely. Use them to form a closer bond with those around you BUT with sincerity and integrity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Incas: Inside an American Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terence N. D'Altroy
    • Narrated By Terence N. D'Altroy
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    The story of the Incas is a powerful one, and their legacy remains a potent influence in the Andes of South America. In this insightful lecture series, Columbia University professor Terence D'Altroy focuses on Inca life at the height of the empire, the society's origins, its military, religion, ruling structure, and finally, the Inca legacy today.

    Ullanta says: "Interesting, comprehensive intro to the Incas"
    "When to hire a professional Narrator 101"
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    The author’s knowledge of ancient Inca culture is most impressive but he fails to deliver it - in an interesting manner – to his audience. Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs for example, was written and presented extremely well by Barbara Mertz and Lorna Raver respectively. This audio book was extremely difficult to listen to and there were moments where I literally dreaded to switch it on. A note to Modern Scholar – Please hire professional narrators!

    I was planning to travel to Peru this year but have postponed it in favour of Greece. The reason being that this audio book has put me off Peru and I need time for it to be diluted from my memory. Machu Picchu, don’t go anywhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "A complete A to Z of every Egyptian Dynasty"
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    I had the pleasure of travelling through Egypt and this book was able to fill in some gaps. The narrator is excellent and Barbara Mertz is a master story-teller. She is able to mix facts with fiction and humour, which is the perfect combination to keep one listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3849)
    Performance
    (3428)
    Story
    (3447)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Lincoln Before Being a Vampire Slayer"
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    I've had the pleasure of listening to A Short History of Ireland (Dr. Jonathan Bardon) & Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Jack Weatherford). Killing Lincoln was my first foray into American history and was both interesting and enjoyable. I liked the way in which the paths of both protagonists were presented because it gave one the chance to see both perspectives. Irrespective of one’s political beliefs, this is a book that all American’s should read. May they see the strength of a divided nation being joined as one. A time where Americans stood proud and not seated on a couch watching telly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3070)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1841)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Makes one think..."
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    A great read which makes one think, if one is willing to spend some time in introspection and then more importantly in action. A wise person once wrote, “Thought without action is commentary” and I believe it holds true in this case. To identify one’s own love language and that of one’s partner is merely the first step.

    It opens one’s eyes to the obvious conflict, which can arise when the love languages between partners are not the same. It only takes a moment to see where things went wrong in relationships past.

    I do feel that the book could have been shorter however and found it to drag at times. Nevertheless, I definitely recommend it!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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