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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,865
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,955
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,864

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Cogent, Balanced, Humble, Honorable, Inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This book was powerful, providing a balanced and cogent perspective into the work of the ordinary but honorable people who make up our justice system and government.
Surprisingly, it begins in very personal moments in Comey's early life, from his own cowardice and dishonesty, to the humble leaders that inspired him to be better.
He recounts intimate perspective on events that shaped our nation since 9/11, offering nuanced perspectives on events and individuals without overreach or judgment. He consistently subjects himself to self-critique and states his limits as an individual with human bias, drawing on others through out his career to demonstrate truth and contrasting perspective to him as a mark of accountability.
Most surprisingly I found a caring and devoted leader in Comey who cared and still cares deeply for family, colleagues, and those in his charge at the FBI. I can only hope the wisdom, strength, and sacrifice he brings to any role he undertakes will have a chance to shine again for our country. He was a truly humble leader "for such a time as this," and his departure now gives us the opportunity to gain greater understanding about the inner workings of our law and justice system, and our government at key points in history, than less principled men and women would have us know.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Asshole Survival Guide

  • How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt
  • By: Robert I. Sutton
  • Narrated by: Robert I. Sutton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

The New York Times best-selling author of The No Asshole Rule reads his guide on how to preserve civility, sanity, and success when facing a business world full of difficult people. Since The No Asshole Rule became a national best seller a decade ago, Robert Sutton has been asked, in a thousand different ways, the best way to deal with an asshole. This new guide presents Sutton's signature prescriptive advice.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Situational Asshole Stories, with No Guidelines

  • By Isaac on 03-18-18

Essential Reading for Humanity

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Thanks to Bob Sutton for sharing the benefit of years dedicated to this kind of research. The moment I picked up "The No Asshole Rule," the "light" went on. I didn't know how to "act" on the new knowledge, however. Was I coping well, or poorly? What was the right and wrong thing to do or not do? And, why me lol? This book was able to answer something I didn't have: perspective.

It springs off of years of original research revealing emotional context, actions taken or not taken, and their outcomes, good or bad. Sutton skillfully uses these real world stories to present his insights and recommendations. The advice would hardly be worthwhile, however, if Sutton didnt understand and practice these principles himself. However, it's clear he takes them to heart and practices good old fashioned humility and self-awareness, like any perennial wise person worth their salt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Verbal Judo, Updated Edition

  • The Gentle Art of Persuasion
  • By: George J. Thompson PhD, Jerry B. Jenkins, Lee Fjelstad - foreword, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control. Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kept thinking it was already started

  • By Kim Dushinski on 05-24-17

DON'T MISS OUT!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn simplw, actionable, communication principles that will help you to overcome confrontation and get productive results.

There is no company, police department, organization or family unit that would not see huge benefits from reading, training, and practicing these principles.

  • Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

  • By: Peter C. Mancall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter C. Mancall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government. Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it-in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Teaching style and approach did not resonate with

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 11-05-16

Absolutely Essential Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This was truly an outstanding lecture series that deeply enriched my understanding of history and the pre-Revolutionary psychology that shaped and sustained a rebellion. The well paced enjoyable professor, and lecturer, capably wove together both personal and ideological threads to form a coherent and fascinating 17th and 18th century narrative. No competing thought or affected people group is untouched. Without condoning the justices on all sides and leaving no question as to his moral position on controversial issues, he fastidiously examines the events from each point of view.

If you are in law, politics, civic service, finance, business, are a world citizen, fan of democracy, religious leader, monarchist, or unelected despot of any variety... and do not take the time to listen to this series... you may not know what you will be missing, but you will also, most literally, be none the wiser.

If you do listen to this series, I hope you are left with the same feeling I had, of an unfinished experiment, or marrative. if you will, with roles to fill and "tickets" still to sell.

  • Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow | Summary & Highlights

  • By: Summary Reads
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

This story of Alexander Hamilton details a true story of an American Revolutionary war hero who was a true founding father. Hamilton was born in disarray in the British West Indies. He escaped a life of meaninglessness and moved to New York as a teenager where he set his feet in political and military prowess.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid at all costs

  • By Blaise J. Jackson on 02-02-18

Annoying Summary Format

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

It was a concise and useful summary, read by an appealing and capable narrator. My only criticism is of the format. Each (short) chapter begins with the narrator saying: "Chapter X, Summary and Highlights," and ends with "Best Quote: "... ......'". With such short chapters, and the reader's foreknowledge that they purchased the "Summary and Highlights" version of the book, these running headlines are an unnecessary and distracting nuissance. I don't see myself buying this summary format again.

  • History of France

  • By: Jacob Hailey
  • Narrated by: Andrew Winford
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

The first written records for the history of France appear in the Iron Age. What is now France made up the bulk of the region known to the Romans as Gaul. Roman writers noted the presence of three main ethno-linguistic groups in the area: the Gauls, the Aquitani, and the Belgae. The Gauls, the largest and best attested group, were Celtic people speaking what is known as the Gaulish language.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator

  • By 77Tango on 05-23-17

The Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-17

I recognize the narrator and recall now why that I'm not a fan. But to his credit, his Cali frat boy -cum- infomercial salesman style may actually be perfect for college kids or tourists needing a quick refresh. Since I'm neither, and did in fact purchase this, I have only myself to blame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

  • By: Robert J. Allison, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert J. Allison
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subject Matter is wonderful, Narrator no so much

  • By Jeremy Tillman on 02-25-15

Fan-bloody-tastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-17

i highly recommend this lecture series. Very informative, engaging narrative, and the professor is great to listen to.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,797
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,504
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,077

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

Beautifully written. Everyone should read this...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Trevor Noah's clear elegant prose perfectly reflects the gentle candor with which he describes the complex characters and colorful vignettes of his formative years in South Africa. His book is vulnerable, yet unapologetic.
It will make you feel like you've just had an intimate conversation with a kindred spirit and friend.

Noah's story is universal and relatable in many ways, and yet his story presents a unique juxtaposition of two coexisting yet insoluble themes. His Huck Finn precociousness and fun loving sensibilities belie the stark political and racial realities in which they are set. Ensconced in a complex and culturally dynamic setting, Noah's sense of self is continuously under advisement from competing influences in his life. Thanks to one courageous, head strong, independent, and borderline incorrigible, woman, Trevor's mother, his sense of self eventually centers on deeper values that speak to all of us. When you read this, you will experience the full range of human emotion, from laughter and bewilderment, to indignation, anger, and even a few tears.

My one piece of advise for Trevor- leave the relationship advice to Fufi. And, thanks for sharing your story. :-)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Books that Matter: The Prince

  • By: William Landon, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: William Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Should leaders be feared or loved? Can dictators give rise to democracy? Should rulers have morals or wear them like a mask? Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince puts forth unsettling questions like these, whose answers redefined centuries of political wisdom. But what does it really mean to be Machiavellian? These 24 lectures are more than just a close reading of one of the great books of Western history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Context

  • By Ben Hutton on 01-09-18

Dazzling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Professor Landon is a dazzling lecturer. He effectively weaves the life and story of Nicolo Machiavelli, the person, and his book, The Prince, with the broader geopolitical events of the Italian peninsula and the burgeoning religious wars in Europe, which ensconced his thought and work.

Professor Landon is not an apologist for The Prince. I would call him an intimate biographer of Nicolo, while drawing on the discipline of historiography to measure the ever evolving influence. He also draws on the work of others to bring greater depth and a broader lense to his subject matter.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • It’s Time for Self-Esteem with Terry Elston

  • International Prime-Selling NLP Hypnosis Audio
  • By: Terry H Elston
  • Narrated by: Terry H Elston
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Self-Esteem is an issue we all have to deal with, so Terry made a product that uses all his NLP skills through language, plus specially created music and sounds to aid you though this period. On this audio-music track, you’ll experience amazing binaural beats and brain entrainment tracks inlayed to heighten the motivating and exhilarating words spoken directly to you by Terry Elston, Master Hypnotist and NLP specialist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, but a few jarring habits

  • By 77Tango on 03-19-17

Engaging, but a few jarring habits

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Very relaxing and engaging. I was generally happy to go along with the narrators friendly voice and disposition.

My only complaint about the script is the whiny "And how do you think money feels about you??" section. The reason is, you are happily meandering along as he talks, and suddenly you are being reprimanded, but kind of through a back door. And then he suggests very cerebral activities like thinking if your unpaid bills, making a list, and a 20 year old repayment plan. It makes it difficult to stay engaged.

Snapping: when the author first mentions the "third eye", he snaps his fingers forcefully and repeatedly. It is jarring and irritating because he snaps snaps snaps aleast five times. Being in the relaxed state one is, it made me want to punch the guy in the face lol. From that point on I tried to regain relaxation but was only marginally succesful. When he did the same thing again it for a second time, the session was completely finished for me.