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Christopher

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  • The Service Startup

  • Design Thinking Gets Lean
  • By: Tenny Pinheiro
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

This book is a practical guide that explores how startup entrepreneurs and business leaders, who hold no design degrees, can integrate service design into their development cycles to create sustainable, desirable, and profitable new services.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go beyond Lean Startup thinking

  • By Christopher on 07-29-17

Go beyond Lean Startup thinking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-17

This guy is smart enough to realize that Design Thinking didn't really start a few years ago, and goes back a long way. He details the history of design, and how it got relegated to aesthetics.

He acknowledges the value of Lean Startup, but takes us many steps beyond that; into a set of empathic processes that help us develop things in a much more collaborative way. From his viewpoint, the Lean Startup MVP is much too late in the game to start building prototypes! Life is about services, not products. Even products are really services!

I found this book clear, actionable, and applicable as a brilliant addition to Lean Startup/Design Thinking type methods, and also stands on its own. This book should give you some real insights towards a deeper wisdom of how to design products and services that are truly useful, efficiently and wisely.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

Love this wonderful book and narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

I am about halfway through, I can say I love this book. A series of small books by this ancient ruler who was centered in deep, high reason. After a lifetime so far of consideration about how to live a good life (centered more in Eastern traditions), I can relate the words said here with personal experience and lessons, which helps a lot.

I think if you take these words in with deep consideration, though simple, you will see that they have tremendous wisdom in them. There is a tremendous economy of language, such that it might go missed if you did not inquire into them deeply. And even though in narration, the words go fairly quickly, if you take them in they will relate to you. I plan to listen over to them many times.

The narrator Duncan Steen is masterful in my opinion. Such a clear, direct, calm, deliberate voice. He is my favorite narrator for any audiobook I have had. The narration is both thoughtful and measured, neither dispassionate nor given over to the passions, as Marcus Aurelius might perhaps put it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ascension Mysteries

  • Revealing the Cosmic Battle Between Good and Evil
  • By: David Wilcock
  • Narrated by: David Wilcock
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

David Wilcock's previous New York Times best sellers, The Source Field Investigations and The Synchronicity Key, used cutting-edge alternative science to reveal oft-hidden truths about our universe. In The Ascension Mysteries, David takes us on a gripping personal journey that describes the secret cosmic battle between positive and negative happening every day, hidden in both the traumas of our own lives and the world's headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A remarkable and unique document

  • By Christopher on 09-05-16

A remarkable and unique document

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

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

I have been a fan of David Wilcock's for a while. Watching him online, I have found him to be sincere, intelligent, and a have a unique and entertaining way of telling some of the weirdest and most surprising information out there. The book spends the first half of the book or so covering his childhood and young adulthood before getting into detail with the surprising "insider" information, documenting an interesting childhood peppered with pretty amazing mystical experiences, and a goodly amount of abuse. Being just a few years older than he, I can relate to the many historical references he makes—to Watergate, Iran Contra, and so on. He does not merely mention them, but the psychological effect such events had on him, and he feels, to the society at large. (He calls America at that time a "nuclear suicide cult"—numbed out, and seeking to remain that way. I can relate.)I am about halfway though the second half now, and being rewarded with an organized and specific telling of large amounts of "insider" testimony, credibly laid out, chapter by chapter. Although on his programs he gives much of the sense of this, in the book he succeeds in laying it out in more comprehensive detail, which is very satisfying.

Any additional comments?

I love David's sincere and animated narration of his own work.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Uplifting Service

  • The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues, and Everyone Else You Meet
  • By: Ron Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Adam Danoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In this New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon.com best-selling book, Kaufman lays out the steps you can take to build a sustainable culture that delivers outstanding service every day. He offers the tools and practices that have been proven effective in businesses, governments, communities, and homes; on every continent; and in many languages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique perspective on service

  • By Shyam Kumar on 09-09-14

This is an uplifting book that walks its talk

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

Where does Uplifting Service rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I can't say enough about this wonderful book. It really walks its talk–Ron Kaufman's book takes the service of ... service books ... to another level! He has really thought through what it means to consider service in business—such that it is elevated to an authentic experience and practice that can truly benefit all areas of a person's life.

Ron is able to articulate and break down into steps, what makes great service really great. And I think this is a very impressive accomplishment. What is so great about one service experience, as opposed to another, can seem rather mysterious to me. And yet, he manages to lay it out as a series of steps.

Furthermore, any notion of customer service as lip service, as some inauthentic business process, devoid of relationship to the authenticity of the human beings involved, and their actual feelings, is not here in this book. This is a book about truly living these principles, and the amazing things that can result—in business and in life in general.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Uplifting Service?

The clear articulation of what makes one guarantee meaningless, and another one really meaningful.

What about Adam Danoff’s performance did you like?

Enthusiasm and clarity that match the author's.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Service Can Transform the World.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Far Journeys

  • By: Robert Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

The sequel to Monroe's Journey Out Of The Body is an amazing parapsychological odyssey that reflects a decade of research into the psychic realm beyond the known dimensions of physical reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You are more than your physical body . . .

  • By Diana on 12-14-14

Terrific, consciousness expanding book

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Great narration. Mind blowing. Totally engrossing, and believable (in a sense)... Loved it.

A journey through some very wild territory.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,708

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

I see why everyone gave this such high marks

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, but Jeremy Irons' delivery is just perfect. He's so into it. He does such a great job, and cares about the story very much. The tone of his delivery lets you know he loves a fable, and knows just how to tell one.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but now I will

Any additional comments?

This is an all-around wonderful tale. While keeping to simple language and themes, it goes right to the heart of many of the key issues in life.

  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,030

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved my Life

  • By Christine on 09-17-08

Life Changing, I Gotta Say

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-09

I had heard about this book for years, but Gerber's writing style, with its endless dependent clauses, bothered me. However, when I got the audio book, and heard him reading it, and got the way it was meant to be taken in, I got it.

This book has radically helped me in the past month and a half since I read it, and dramatically changed how I look at my (*CURRENTLY*) one-person business. I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who started a small business without any entrepreneurial training or experience.

42 of 45 people found this review helpful