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  • Facebook Marketing and Advertising in 2016

  • What Works for My Facebook Page with 2 Million Likes?
  • By: Jerry Banfield, Michel Gerard
  • Narrated by: Jerry Banfield
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

If you want to be successful with Facebook ads and Facebook marketing, you might love this book! You get principles and strategies that will work for you based on my experience building my Facebook page to more than two million likes and finding hundreds of clients for free using Facebook pages. Listen to this book today to take your next step now in getting your best results ever on Facebook!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • After 7 hours the only advice is not to do face book ads

  • By David on 11-24-16

Don't Lecture Me on Why I should want to Market

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

Would you try another book from Jerry Banfield and Michel Gerard and/or Jerry Banfield?

No. I found this to be condescending, stretched out and off topic.

What could Jerry Banfield and Michel Gerard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get right to the point of the book, in the beginning of the book. Keep your liberal vegan issues out of the book. I want to learn about FB Marketing, now what you do for what you think is spiritual.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jerry Banfield’s performances?

Maybe, but highly skeptical now. Speaker sounded immature and weak.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, felt condescended to. I am a meat eater and this guy starts off by talking about how being a vegan is the Why of his life. That is WAY Off Topic and makes me highly skeptical of the remainder of the book.

Any additional comments?

I want my money back. I will apply the refund to a REAL book about marketing. They WHY is to make money, that is why people market hello. FACEBOOK is one of the richest and greediest companies in the world, why not lecture them on the WHY of business. The why is to feed my family. My morals and spiritualty are a separate issue.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sleep Revolution

  • Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

In today's 24/7, fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually harried, and sleep-deprived world, the hunger for sleep is only getting stronger. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on the worldwide sleep crisis and offers a road map for how we can take back our sleep and transform our lives and our world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to understand

  • By FireStorm on 02-10-17

Horrible Reading Voice

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

What disappointed you about The Sleep Revolution?

Arianna is a very impressive and credible person, but the content just went on and on, I was looking for the meat, this is mostly bread. I was happy that she choose someone else to read the book for us. I got confused, I thoughe Arianna was only reading the intro, then I kept waiting for the 'Other Person' to start reading chapter 1... but then it went on and on in that hard to understand grating voice, I realized she hired someone who sounds just like her to read the whole thing, omg so disappointing. What a huge self-ego-serving mistake. Arianna, you are cool, but your voice is really hard for Americans to understand and it can get very annoying. Even my wife and kids commented on how horrible the voice was. I may want to get my money back, I will give it 30 more minutes and really look for content, one last time.

What was most disappointing about Arianna Huffington’s story?

the voice is really annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

get a different voice please.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sleep Revolution?

put more MEAT at the front of the book.

Any additional comments?

change the voice, do an ABRIDGED version.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Marshmallow Test

  • Mastering Self-Control
  • By: Walter Mischel
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a sweet solution pill, but still can be swallowed.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-15

kind of wordy and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I respect Alan Alda as an actor but I was distracted by his voice in this reading. Due to his celebrity I found it hard to disconnect from Alan's voice and stay connected only with the actual authors content. I much prefer books read By The Author.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I have so many other books I want to read that this one just couldn't hold my attention. It felt like they were stretching out what should be a Life Magazine article into a book, so as to sell it. Feel overly clinical and I don't mean hard to understand but I mean excessive in repetitive details that didn't support my intake of the main ideas.

What three words best describe Alan Alda’s voice?

celebrity, familiar, distracting

Was The Marshmallow Test worth the listening time?

no, I felt it was drawn out, overly wordy, not to the point.

Any additional comments?

there maybe some real Gold in this book but the presentation made it too hard to wait for or find. Alan's voice is very clear, strong, measured easy to understand, mostly authoritative, but still too familiar, I couldn't stop thinking M*A*S*H during the reading. Sorry.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,958
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,945

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

This is the core of the core

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

Reviewed: 06-13-15

I would say this is a must read for adult children of alcoholics recovering addicts and alcoholics anyone and anyone who has ever suffered from a low self-esteem. this book has put me on a whole new path. I thank you for being vulnerable for us readers and sharing this with us. also your Ted talks have been very helpful to me I am very grateful for this work.

  • How to Negotiate Anything, Anywhere

  • Winning the Negotiating Game
  • By: Herb Cohen
  • Narrated by: Herb Cohen
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Cohen views the world as huge negotiating table and describes the art of compromise not as a competition but rather as the art of offering choices. His humorous lessons and apt imitations of famous personalities and personal acquaintances are truly hilarious. Listen and you’ll come to view life with a whole new perspective.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hope Herb had a good time reading it

  • By Dale Dreher on 06-05-15

I'm hope Herb had a good time reading it

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Would you try another book from Herb Cohen and/or Herb Cohen?

This book was at first positive and a little motivational, but quickly I found it falling short and lacking in real strategic substance. I don't recall any real techniques or plans of attack, sees like Herb has had good luck with his bubbly personality but can he negotiate with an angry shop owner on a street corner in Los Angeles? Has he had to fight for minimum staffing on a team project in which his greedy bosses would not give him the resources to get the job done? Glad you had a fun life Herb, but I feel your street credibility is paper thin and lacking. I am looking for Negotiation tactics that are specific and measurable, memorable, ideally pneumonic for real use in the field in the heat of battle. Having a magnetic personality is a technique too of course but that's all I found in this book, much to be desired. I felt like I learned very little here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Book of Five Rings

  • By: Miyamoto Musashi, Kenji Tokitsu (editor and translator)
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

The Complete Book of Five Rings is an authoritative version of Musashi's classic The Book of Five Rings, translated and annotated by a modern martial arts master, Kenji Tokitsu. Tokitsu has spent most of his life researching the legendary samurai swordsman and his works, and in this book he illuminates this seminal text, along with several other works by Musashi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best translation I have encountered.

  • By DW on 05-27-16

Blah blah blah blah

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

The voice of the narrator is good but as an American I am not interested in all of the Japanese names and Genuine pronunciations of Japanese terms and names it doesn't matter to me. The writing is very wordy, almost condescending in away for children it feels and the actual Golden nuggets of useful information are few and very far in between I am returning this book for my money back. For this kind of information I will look back to the 48 laws of power by Robert Greene and I will again review The art of war, I think those two books have everything I need

2 of 26 people found this review helpful

A 15-Minute Summary & Analysis of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing audiobook cover art
  • A 15-Minute Summary & Analysis of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. Marie Kondo is a Japanese consultant specializing in tidying. In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo shares her simple method of tidying along with a wealth of insights into clutter, including what causes it and what types exist. Kondo also shares her own personal history and how that history led her to develop and refine her tidying method, referred to throughout the book as the KonMari Method.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Summarized the book jacket, that's it

  • By tamarind25 on 02-23-15
  • A 15-Minute Summary & Analysis of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton

Super useful philosophy!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Now I must hear the source book!
Better than I expected, inspiring!
This is a philosophy which I can apply to other areas of my life too!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers

  • Becoming the Father Your Children Need
  • By: Ken R. Canfield Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepard
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

You can't earn a degree, take postgraduate courses, be certified, or become a master tradesman, but being a dad is the most important job you will ever have. The multitude of suggestions and "should dos" being shouted at you from all corners can be overwhelming. You cannot do them all, but how do you choose which techniques and skills are the most important for raising happy, healthy children?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Written exclusively for Christians

  • By Rick Byers on 06-10-07

This should be read by the Author

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

this kind of intimate information should be read by the author. I really like the content of the book but the reader seems cold and detached from the word by word content and message. The reader is good, but not for this type of material.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I am not at the ending yet, but I am sure it is No SECRET!

What didn’t you like about Wayne Shepard’s performance?

too cheerful and detached, stock, not emotionally dynamic. artificially happy. Is the reader even a father himself?

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

the word SECRETS should not be used in Non Fiction. These aren't Secrets, this is well know wisdom. Should replace SECRETS with the word Guidelines or something. These are not secrets of parenting, these are more like Best Methods....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,024

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

I Wish this was Read by the Author

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

Reviewed: 10-30-14

Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

the content is world class, useful, important, so much so that it's subtleties shouldn't be delegated to someone else's voice. I think I am gonna return this for a more core work by Brene that is read in her own voice. I feel, from the listening of the first 20 minutes of this work that the Reader is not connected to the material the way I am or the way certain the author is. This is spiritual material, it should be read by the author in my opinion.

What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

The Spirituality of Imperfection

Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

Sure but nothing this deep and spiritual.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,864

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Way Too Winded

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

What would have made The Power of Habit better?

I though I was buying a non-ficiton book here, I did, but the anecdotes are ad naseum. Blah blah blah blah, long winded over described with adjectives, etc. Can't you just get to the point. I have listened now for hours and learned nearly nothing about Habits. Seems like the writer of this book should write a flowery novel to get his color and texture palate excercised, then go back and abridge this Non Fiction book. This book desparately needs to be Abridged. It's too long and I need to get to the points not hear a novel with he said and she said softly and with a wimper. Come on, please abridge this book. Way too long and winded. Since I paid for it I will endure, but the payoff of key point to long winded warm and fuzzy story is very small.

What could Charles Duhigg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Abridge it, stop with the cute writing and fuzzy writing style, this is about change, habbits, etc. Not Little House on the Prarie.

Did Mike Chamberlain do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The reading is fine, good quality and voice but the story... It is NOT supposed to be a collection of stories it's supposed to be an educational non-fiction informational book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, for every hour of rambling on, I got like 2 minutes of redeeming information.

Any additional comments?

Abridge this book, it is important subject matter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful