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Steve Garcia

Denver, Colorado
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  • Life's Healing Choices

  • Freedom from Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits
  • By: John Baker
  • Narrated by: John Baker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Promising freedom from life's hurts, hang-ups, and habits, this life-changing program assures listeners that true happiness can be theirs, if they will chose it; for happiness truly is a choice. This promise of happiness is based on eight statements from the truest of all books - God's Word - and from the most revered Teacher of all time, Jesus Christ.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great motivation

  • By Curley Henry on 09-22-15

Abridged

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I loved the book and its stories.
I didn’t love the fact that it is an abridged version of the printed book but doesn’t say so in its description. It’s fine to abridge a book but you should say so. And in this case, the original (which I bought in kindle form) deserves a full reading. I’ll return the audible version.

  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • By: Mignon Fogarty
  • Narrated by: Mignon Fogarty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar - but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. More than seven million episodes have now been downloaded, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Olya on 05-19-15

Grammar Rocks

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I love her playful style and common sense approach. For me, grammar isn’t about perfection. It’s about communication, desired impact, and being taken seriously.
This book will help every day writers do just that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Connect Using Humor and Story

  • How I Got 18 Laughs 3 Applauses in a 7 Minute Persuasive Speech
  • By: Ramakrishna Reddy
  • Narrated by: Dan Culhane
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Multiple award-winning speaker Ramakrishna Reddy presents the secrets, tools, and devices that helped him create 18 laughs and three applauses in a seven-minute persuasive speech in his fifth book Connect with Humor and Story. This is not theory. It's absolute content based on his research, his experience, and his testing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended

  • By Steve Garcia on 04-05-17

Highly Recommended

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

The reader was superb, really connecting w the topic and had great delivery. The author seems to really know his stuff; he's a pro. He knows how to both Show and Tell the art and science of humor in storytelling. He cares about the topic and his audience. I felt like he wrote this for us, not for his own ego needs. It was fun and funny, concise and practical. He gives just enough theory for us to understand the "why", then majors on the steps/takeaways for his audience.
I would recommend this to all my pastor friends who want to be better, more enjoyable story tellers. And note what the author makes clear: this is not a book to help you become a stand-up comedian (though he generously cites good books for that purpose); it's a book for public speakers who want to add more humor and storytelling to their speeches. I look forward to re-reading/re-listening to this one. Suggestion: I got the kindle version too and found it helpful since Ramakrishna lays out numerous steps and formulas you need to see to track with. I wish it was whisper sync enabled.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Surfing for God

  • Discovering Divine Desire Beneath Your Sexual Struggle
  • By: Michael John Cusick
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it’s no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over. Is the answer really that simple? According to counselor and ministry leader Michael John Cusick, the answer is no - but the truth may be much more freeing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding perspective and methods

  • By M Allen on 04-04-16

Good medicine

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Solid concepts and profound personal disclosure. Very helpful, though I found it hard to listen straight through. A no-nonsense, high intensity presentation. Perhaps a little humor would help the medicine go down.

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,685
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,648

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Painful, Powerful, Hopeful

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

My son told me of this book and I listened to/read it for him, so he could feel more heard when we talk about issues that matter to him. But in the end, I read it for myself. I'm a different person for this book and my views have been altered. I'm a better person, though sadder and madder too. Fortunately, the author and reader brought the perfect tone to the stories of people unjustly treated and innocently imprisoned. There was no trace of divisiveness or self-righteousness. Just a plaintive cry for justice and mercy. It was hard to read and I stopped midway through. But my son encouraged me that there were hopeful, redemptive turns of events ahead. There were. And believe it or not, I look forward to re-reading it. Stories of courage and compassion like this one take a lifetime of devotion in order for a book to emerge. This is a book well-written from a life well-lived.
Thank you, Mr Stevenson

  • Entreleadership

  • 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,128

If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! This book presents Dave’s playbook for creating work that matters; building an incredible group of passionate, empowered team members; and winning the race with steady momentum that will roll over any obstacle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good and usable advice

  • By Albert on 11-12-11

It's Abridged!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

What did you like about this audiobook?

Dave's the man. He inspired and taught me to get debt free and find financial peace.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Dave makes you want to be a better leader.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

This is an abridged book! I'm a big fan (BS3) and love FPU. Heck, we host it at our church every year and even hosted the EntreLeadership simulcast. Hey, I bought the audio AND hardback books. What a huge disappointment to read the book as I listen and notice entire sections, paragraphs and pages just skipped altogether. What's that about? I paid for the whole book, Dave, why couldn't you read it all?Bad form from a great man.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Steve Jobs Way

  • iLeadership for a New Generation
  • By: Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,115

In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a man who actually worked with Jobs

  • By David on 03-26-11

Maybe it reads better in print form?

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

Reviewed: 01-31-12

Would you try another book from Jay Elliot and William L. Simon and/or Christopher Hurt?

No, because after listening to the Steve Jobs biography, this book seems shallow and syrupy. If you have read the biography, you can see that not much of Job's approach would work for mere mortals like us. What is more, you know that most of us could not treat people like he did and sleep well at night. I am sure that there may be some transferable principles and practices which we can all learn from the genius of Steve Jobs. It would have been great if Jay Elliot had found and presented them effectively. Sadly, he didn't.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Hunger Games

  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,478

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy makes sense

  • By Alexandra on 02-11-14

Life-changing book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-10

This book changed my life and our financial situation. My wife and I have an entirely different way of dealing with our money. No more fighting. No more ignoring things. It takes work, but if you will work at it, it will work for you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Highly Sensitive Person

  • By: Elaine N. Aron
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., is a world-renowned psychologist and speaker. The Highly Sensitive Person is an in-depth look at characteristics that define sensitivity. Through self-assessment tests and techniques, Aron shows listeners how to identify their own personality traits. This exceptional book can lead to remarkable results for many who suffer from constant stress and anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This HSP loved the book AND the narrator.

  • By Kimberly on 10-31-14

Hate to hurt anyone's feelings, but...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-10

This is just a hard book to listen to. I have highly sensitive people in my life and I want to understand them. That's why I bought the book. But the whining tone of the book is so grating I couldn't finish it.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Marion Winik Live

  • Advice and Inspiration for Personal Essayists
  • By: Marion Winik
  • Narrated by: Marion Winik
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Marion Winik, one of the country's best-known personal essayists, believes in telling the truth. Her award-winning personal essays tell secrets about herself and describe the raw power of relationships, experiences, and passions, from her husband's suicide to a memorable late-night poetry reading from a swimming pool.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It's not a book

  • By Steve Garcia on 11-10-10

It's not a book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-10

I guess I should know that recordings of writer's workshops are going to be uneven in terms of quality of content, but I took a gamble again. Ms Winik is a good presenter with good insights, but who wants to pay to hear her audience's readings and sharing? It's like listening to a support group.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful