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Lauren Mccullough

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  • Accounting for Small Businesses QuickStart Guide

  • Understanding Accounting for Your Sole Proprietorship, Startup, & LLC
  • By: ClydeBank Businesses
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Having a clear knowledge of your business's financial life is important. No one should be in the dark about their overall financial picture. That's a disaster waiting to happen. However, with a perfunctory knowledge of basic accounting principles, including assets and liabilities, creating financial statements, budgeting, and more, you'll be on the road to healthier relationship with your money.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Slim on 04-08-16

Audio is a good companion to the print version

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

This is a great starting point and over view for someone who knows they need to be keeping track of their accounting, but don't know the first place to start.

I think having a copy of the print version would be super helpful, especially during the descriptions of debits & credits. Visually, it helps to make more sense of what they're talking about.

Definitely one of those books you'll listen to a few times as you try to grasp the concepts, but luckily it's a quick and easy listen.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  • The Rise and Fall of H&H Bagels

  • By: Marc Zirogiannis
  • Narrated by: Dennis St. John
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In September of 2015, President Barack Obama informed The Forward, in a historic interview, of his shock at learning of the closing of his favorite NYC bagel eatery, H&H Bagels, in January of 2012. While the president was shocked by the closing of the world's most famous and recognizable bagel brand, what was truly shocking were the underlying facts and circumstances surrounding the closing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Lauren Mccullough on 06-22-16

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 06-22-16

This was a fascinating look into what one man can do to overtake, build up and destroy a business.

A very interesting listen. Quick and entertaining.

It's hard to believe that people can get away with this kind of unethical behavior, but we see time and time again that is the case.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  • Lethal Generosity: Contextual Technology & the Competitive Edge

  • By: Shel Israel
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The previous book reported on the rapid convergence of five technology forces - mobile (and wearables), social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), location technologies, and data creating the promising - and the occasionally freaky sensation that our devices are starting to know us better than the closest people in our lives. The story picks up two years later in Lethal Generosity, where the freakiness has faded and retailers and other public-facing companies are rapidly adopting these new technologies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating look at Successful Biz Strategies

  • By Lauren Mccullough on 11-19-15

Fascinating look at Successful Biz Strategies

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Shel Israel explores the concept of providing customer centric service vs. business centric service and how that works in today's world.

While the regular practices of business over the last 100 years have focused on how to make the most money by telling the customer what they need to buy...Lethal Generosity is about LISTENING to the consumer and providing them with the best possible solution. Even if that means sending them to another store to get a better deal. By doing that, you lose the initial sale, but gain a loyal customer who will champion your brand.

It was also interesting to hear about some of the technologies that businesses are implementing to make the shopping experience more customizable and helpful. It'll be interesting to see where this beacon tech will take us over the next few years.

Jeffrey Kafer did a great job narrating this book. I kept forgetting that he wasn't the actual writer because the stories sounded as if they were experiences he himself had.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,069

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Lots of fun twists!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

Thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling style.

I love the moral questions that it poses and how it all ends up playing out.

A fun ride, and the narrators did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
I'd be interested in listening to more by this author.

  • LLC QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Limited Liability Companies

  • By: ClydeBank Business
  • Narrated by: Amy Barron Smolinski
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) have increased in popularity over the last few decades. Entrepreneurs across the world learn about the numerous liability and tax advantages of LLCs, and are quick to start the paperwork to form their own entity and get their business off the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice quick introduction in non-lawyer speak

  • By Alex on 10-12-15

A good overview

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

I think the title says it all...this is a good starting point for anyone interested in creating an LLC.

While there is a lot of work and research you'll have to do on your own (which they point out) this book gives a good overview of the process and some pitfalls to stay away from.

Having just created an LLC myself I found this information to be inline with what I experienced and the advice I was given.

The narrator did a great job of taking what some would consider "dry" material and making it engaging.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  • The Doll Maker

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,177

Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week's time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turning Nail Biting Suspense Beginning 2 End

  • By shelley on 04-30-15

Yes...GIVE ME MORE

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

This is my first attempt at this genre since I tend to spook easily, but LOVE Procedurals like CSI, and boy am I glad I did try it out.

Loved it from beginning to end, and I've loaded up my cart with the rest of the series.

Great narration by Scott Brick, and thoroughly enjoyed the structure of the story telling.

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  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,310

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Audiobook is the ONLY reason I got through this

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

If you're going to read this book...THIS IS HOW YOU SHOULD.

I'm not a huge fan of the romanticism/gothic style of writing, but having it read to me by a full cast was definitely a lot easier to swallow then sitting through it trying to read.

Found the characters incredibly stupid and annoying however, I did enjoy the concept Stoker used of revealing the plot via letters and journals. That was a brilliant idea on his part.

The audible cast did a good job, though I do wish Tim Curry had read for Seward rather than Van Helsing, simply because I would have LOVED to hear his voice more.

The woman who read for Mina was lovely. I really enjoyed her.

  • Free Love and the Sexual Revolution: Finding Yourself by Removing Sexual Boundaries

  • By: Barbara Williamson
  • Narrated by: Harley Reese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Barbara Williamson, "the most liberated woman in America," shares her life story for the first time in her amazing memoir, Free Love and the Sexual Revolution. Along with her husband, John "the messiah of sex," she founded the highly successful and controversial Sandstone Retreat in Malibu, California, in the late 1960s and early '70s. The couple started what became known as the hub of the sexual revolution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator

  • By Mari on 04-24-18

The story of a successful OPEN and loving marriage

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

I’d never heard of Sandstone before listening to this book. It was an interesting look into the creation and success of the Retreat as well as a great example of how an open marriage can work.

Barbara Williamson’s relationship with her husband is one of honesty, deep love, and respect. Something we should all strive to achieve in our own relationships. They were self aware enough to recognize they’d need more than just each other to fulfil their sexual needs, but knew they wouldn’t want to go through life without one another.

Despite the social taboo they were able to embark on the Sandstone experiment and help other couples navigate the tricky waters of their own relationships.

Hearing about the Williamson’s lives post Sandstone was important because it showed how difficult it is to have an open marriage in mainstream society, and also that they were very compassionate people who dedicated their lives to helping not only people, but also animals.

I felt Harley Reese was the perfect voice for this narration. She was very pleasing to listen to, and captured the tone of the book perfectly.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,935

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Could easily listen again AND would recommend

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Didn't know what to expect from Aziz. I really only know him from Parks & Rec and have never seen/listened to his stand up.

I was pleasantly surprised, and thoroughly enjoyed the topic, his story telling, AND his narration.

It's such an interesting, and relevant topic. I'll definitely be recommending it again, and I could totally see myself listening to it again.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone in their 20's and 30's who have seen the evolution of the dating scene and emergence of the digital age.

  • Lenin Lives Next Door

  • Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow
  • By: Jennifer Eremeeva
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Eremeeva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Based on Eremeeva's two decades in Russia, Lenin Lives Next Door knits together vignettes of cross-cultural and expatriate life with sharp observation, colorful historical background, and engaging humor. Each thematic chapter is an anecdotal exploration of an aspect of life in today's Russia, told with the help of a recurring cast of eccentric Russian and expat characters. Lenin Lives Next Door introduces readers to Russians in their everyday milieu.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer E. is a fabulous writer and narrator!

  • By Trish on 11-21-14

Could be called THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MOSCOW

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

Like many of the reviews, I have mixed feelings about this book.

The idea of reading about Ex-Pat life in Russia is very appealing to me, and there were certain stories that really held my fascination. I for one, was disappointed that we didn’t get the history lesson Jennifer put together. I think hearing her interpretation, combined with her real life experience and thoughts about modern life in Russia would have been a fascinating read. However, that’s not what the book is.

Instead, a lot of it felt very much like a reality tv show which could easily have been called THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MOSCOW. While some of that stuff was interesting, for the most part I kept waiting to hear more about what actual life in Russia is like. For instance, I really enjoyed her explanation about the traffic & cops and the Red Hand Shake. Of course hearing about the excess of Russian spending does fit into the category of what life there is like I really only needed ONE story...perhaps the suit buying excursion.

As for Jennifer’s narration, it’s hit or miss when authors narrate their own books. I think Jennifer did a very good job. My only criticism is that there were quite a few odd pauses (probably at page turns), and some lip smacking / mouth noise I could have done without. Her strength lies in her familiarity with the Russian language and who these people are.

There are a lot of things that are charming about this book. Her nickname for her husband, HRH, the varying characters (and her interpretation of them), and her obvious love for Russia. It’s worth giving a listen to, or reading if the topic is of interest to you.

I’d love to see her write an American’s observations of Russian history and how it affects life there today through her humorous filter.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.