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Eric A. Williams

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  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

Good balance of application and technical explanation

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

The science behind presence was well explained without the over-explanations typical in this type of book. The practical application and direct benefits were easy to understand with an appropriate number of examples. The performer was clear and understandable throughout, while conveying appropriate expression.

I recommend this to anyone struggling to find their confidence; shy people; and business professionals interested in appropriately displaying confidence without being cocky.

  • Duped

  • Compulsive Liars and How They Can Deceive You
  • By: Abby Ellin
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

While leading a double life would seem to be the exclusive domain of psychopaths and undercover agents, thousands of 'regular people' keep extraordinary secrets from those closest to them. Duped is an investigation of compulsive liars - and how they fool their loved ones - drawing on Abby Ellin's personal experience. From the day Abby went on her first date with The Commander, she was caught up in a whirlwind. Within five months he'd proposed, and they'd moved in together. But there were red flags: strange stories of international espionage, involving Osama bin Laden and the Pentagon. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading

  • By Eric A. Williams on 02-14-19

Worth reading

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

He lied to you....time to move on. Aside from that, it’s a decent compilation of stories. There are a few fantastic ones inside and a few insights to go with. I didn’t a lot of new information but I was entertained.

Give it a go if you are interested in the darker corners of humanity but aren’t looking for the science behind it.

  • Multipliers, Revised and Updated

  • How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
  • By: Liz Wiseman, Stephen Covey - foreword
  • Narrated by: Liz Wiseman, John Meagher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

We've all had experiences with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always need to be the smartest people in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the top 5 business books I've ever read...

  • By Alan Kemper, DBA on 02-06-18

Mandatory Reading for Leaders

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

If you could sum up Multipliers, Revised and Updated in three words, what would they be?

Understand Leadership, Sucka!

What did you like best about this story?

It provides a framework for leading different personalities and enabling their inherent talents.

What about Liz Wiseman and John Meagher ’s performance did you like?

Clearly presented and fluent. Honestly, I did not realize it was the author since many audible books are professional voice actors.

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

Turning opposition to symbiosis

Any additional comments?

This book discusses Multipliers and their opposite, euphemistically named Accidental Diminishers. The Multipliers portion seems obvious, while the Deminisher side was eye-opening. Assuming the readers are mentally stable, invested in their company, and have a genuine desire to lead a successful team, applying the principles to your workplace will improve the culture.

My only negative is the excessive "name dropping" and repeated mention of accolades. We purchased the book, you've already sold us and you are awesome! Don't try so hard ;)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of the Argument

  • Western Civilization's Last Stand
  • By: Stefan Molyneux
  • Narrated by: Stefan Molyneux
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787

The Art of the Argument shocks the dying art of rational debate back to life, giving you the essential tools you need to fight the escalating sophistry, falsehoods, and vicious personal attacks that have displaced intelligent conversations throughout the world. At a time when we need reasonable and empirical discussions more desperately than ever, The Art of the Argument smashes through the brain-eating fogs of sophistry and mental manipulation, illuminating a path to benevolent power for all who wish to take it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too bad

  • By Jason on 09-11-18

Arrogance abounds as arguments are almost absent

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

The writer uses strong auditory delivery to mask poorly developed content. About 15 percent of the book is consistent with the title. The rest is a dramatic presentation of self aggrandizement. The author is clearly intelligent (because he tells us repeatedly). It was like listening to a mock version of The Dating Game comprised of three bloviating members of Mensa (sorry/not sorry to let the secret out).

Save your money or buy Bo Bennett’s Logically Fallacious.

43 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Code of Trust

  • An American Counterintelligence Expert's Five Rules to Lead and Succeed
  • By: Robin Dreeke, Cameron Stauth, Joe Navarro - foreward
  • Narrated by: Robin Dreeke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The Code of Trust is based on the system Dreeke devised, tested, and implemented during years of fieldwork at the highest levels of national security. Applying his system first to himself, he rose up through federal law enforcement and then taught his system to law enforcement and military officials throughout the country, and later to private-sector clients. The Code of Trust has since elevated executives to leadership and changed the culture of entire companies, making them happier and more productive as morale soared.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a PDF

  • By W. Plante on 06-22-18

Great book.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Very interesting content. This should be recommended reading for all leaders, managers, and businesses practitioners.

Leadership is a social contract and the system only works if trust is both given and received. This book tells you how to build it. Intelligent Disobedience by Ira Chaleff tells you how to maintain it from a subordinate's perspective and Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team tells you how to maintain it from the boardroom.

The performance was good but there are some noticeable hiccups. I would also like to see some companion documents for a few key pages.

The author is brilliant and you will enjoy the audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Team Genius

  • The New Science of High-Performing OrganizationsThe New Science of High-Performing Organizations
  • By: Rich Karlgaard, Michael S. Malone
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Combing vivid reports of the latest scientific research, compelling case studies, and great storytelling, Team Genius show managers and executives how to look at their teams in a radically new way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Information, needs a .pdf

  • By Eric A. Williams on 07-29-16

Great Information, needs a .pdf

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Honestly, a portion of the book is the teamwork makes the dream work pep talk and then it transitions to a long audio recitation of a questionnaire....rinse, repeat.

The information between derailments is phenomenal so if you can deal with the format issues, it's worth listening. 🤓

Go, Team!!

  • Pricing Beauty

  • The Making of a Fashion Model
  • By: Ashley Mears
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Sociologist Ashley Mears takes us behind the brightly lit runways and glossy advertisements of the fashion industry in this insider's study of the world of modeling. Mears, who worked as a model in New York and London, draws on observations as well as extensive interviews with male and female models, agents, clients, photographers, stylists, and others, to explore the economics and politics - and the arbitrariness - behind the business of glamour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Insider Stories Read

  • By Casinos and Destinations Website on 01-10-18

Great Modeling Primer

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

This book offers a great overview from the perspective of a model in a "primary" market. Though it lacks a little depth in overlooking secondary markets (the place where most models start) and constantly speaks about poor wages per job. It shows the author may be slightly out of touch with the realities of poverty.

It's a little disjointed in its transition from industry knowledge to dissertation but there is some excellent incite on model/scout/booker/client relationships.

For anyone curious about modeling, it's absolutely worth reading!

  • Willing Accomplices

  • How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness, Obama's Hate-America-First Political Platform, and Destroyed America
  • By: Kent Clizbe
  • Narrated by: Douglas R. Pratt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

CIA case officer, Kent Clizbe, analyzes counter-intelligence details to demonstrate that KGB covert influence agents in American education and academia, Hollywood, and the media inserted the anti-American payload that became Political Correctness (PC). The KGB officers suffered death in Stalin's purges. Their American accomplices, not needing guidance, built the elite mindset of "reflexive loathing of the United States and its people," that defines PC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How did we get here? Your education begins here.

  • By Allan on 11-30-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

In concept, this book represents a very interesting topic. In practice, this book represents an extreme caricature of American conservatism. I cannot speak to the accuracy of content but it's primarily personal conjecture rooted in skewed source data.

I suppose this book represents a side of propaganda battle, though it comes off as propaganda itself.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful