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  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,583

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but many of the techniques are overused

  • By Todd on 05-21-18

Short and very practical

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

While this book is easily consumable in one long session, I struggled to just let it keep playing because it was so dense with helpful information. I found myself pausing it over and over to just reflect and practice the tips that Phil Jones provides throughout. I will definitely listen again multiple times!

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,369
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,214

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Works with even the toughest opponents: 3 year olds

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

The strategies in here are often shocking when compared to traditional methods, but THEY WORK. Chris Voss not only explains the theory behind his methods; he provides explicit tactics and real life examples.

This was a thoroughly interesting AND useful book. I will read it again.

  • How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling

  • By: Frank Bettger
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 887

When Frank Bettger was 29, he was a failed insurance salesman. By the time he was 40, he owned a country estate and could have retired. What are the selling secrets that turned Bettger's life around from defeat to unparalleled success and fame as one of the highest-paid salesmen in America? The answer is inside How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. Bettger reveals his personal experiences and explains the foolproof principles that he developed and perfected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Classic

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-30-16

Not just for sales!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

I am not a sales person, and I found this book to be very enjoyable and helpful. The stories and tips can help in so many different situations and roles. From convincing someone to see your side of an argument to just good ol' people skills. Highly recommended.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: Robert Bair
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we all are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to nudge people to make make better choices...

  • By A. Yoshida on 02-11-18

Good ideas, robotic narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

I enjoyed the concepts and like the idea of libertarian paternalism. The narrator was oddly paced and sounded robotic though. It made me keep checking how much more there was left in the book since I was about ready to move on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Innovators

  • How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,030

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • With Atlantean Shoulders, Fit to Bear

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-06-15

So much fascinating background!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-15

What made the experience of listening to The Innovators the most enjoyable?

Isaacson consistently made it feel like I was in on the action, witnessing the behind the scenes elements, rather than just reading the headlines.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innovators?

Although I am male, I got a kick out of how instrumental women were in the evolution of this new digital world.

Any additional comments?

The length was considerable; however, the details of every innovator and iteration made the experience worth it without feeling over saturated.

  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,065

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • content okay, but narration ruins the experience

  • By Bob on 07-20-15

There's more being said than you hear!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-12

If you could sum up What Every BODY Is Saying in three words, what would they be?

Nonverbal communication everywhere

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I preferred to break it up chapter by chapter. Joe covers a different area of the body at a time, and I liked to practice observing that area for clues and hidden messages.

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,677

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Great for marketing, team building, and purpose

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Start with Why to be better than the print version?

Yes, since it was read by the author, and he did a good job. The best part was hearing his own enthusiasm and accentuation on the areas that he found most important.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the message can be taken and used in many different ways. Personally, I have been able to think more clearly about what I want in a company culture and how it matches my personal purpose/vision. Before, I couldn't really put it into words why some cultures and brands connected with me better than others. I can now.

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,342

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

Good calming/centering meditation book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If the person has high anxiety, I would recommend this to them to help calm their nerves. I may not have been able to connect with everything Tolle said, but the exercises to acknowledge and accept my current emotions or motives helped create a peaceful experience.

What does Eckhart Tolle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a calming, unemotional voice that adds to the meditation aspects of the book.