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  • The Spirit of Kaizen

  • Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time
  • By: Bob Maurer, Leigh Ann Hirschman
  • Narrated by: Bob Maurer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone that wants to achieve.

  • By Patrick on 01-08-14

Better not in Audiobook format

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

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This was really difficult for me to listen too. I kept spacing out and found it extremely difficult to focus. I think this book is better off being read in a traditional format.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,889

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Beautiful. Deeply Moving.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

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This book brought me to tears. What a beautiful and brave depiction of facing ones last years here on Earth will such bravery and insight. I really think that everyone should read this book.

  • Love Warrior (Oprah's Book Club: A Memoir)

  • By: Glennon Doyle
  • Narrated by: Glennon Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,569

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage. Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Leah B on 09-08-16

I Couldn't Stop Listening...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

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This is a beautiful book. I so appreciated the authors transparency and willingness to be vulnerable with such intimate aspects of her life. It's a reminder to me that we are all fighting our own battles. Some knowingly, some unknowingly. I recommend this book to anyone grappling with that sense of disconnect and loneliness.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,758
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108,074
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,554

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repeats parts of story

  • By Richard Palmer on 09-01-17

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

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This book was such an interesting read from start to finish. Trevor did a great job narrating and it really felt as if you were immersed in his life. I would definitely recommend this to any Trevor Noah fans. For those who don't know about him, take the time to listen. You won't be disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hourglass

  • Time, Memory, Marriage
  • By: Dani Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time - abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning - a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Synthesis of Memoir meets Philisophy

  • By Carolyn M. Kell on 05-08-17

Visceral & Lovely

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

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This book was a great listen. I appreciate the way that the author goes back and forth between the moments in her life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wait

  • A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love
  • By: DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson, Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment and former Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and award-winning actress Meagan Good have learned sometimes all we can do is wait for "the one" to come into our lives. They spent years crossing paths, but it wasn't until they were thrown together while working on the film Jumping the Broom that their storybook romance began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wait Caused Me To Change

  • By Bernard on 05-02-17

A Decent Listen...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

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If you have never considered abstaining from premarital sex and would like a testimony from someone who did, this is a good book to read. I expected a little bit more depth, but this book does the trick for the audience that this is intended for.

  • The Snowball

  • Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
  • By: Alice Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 36 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,337

Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2,220 well-invested minutes!

  • By BogKid on 01-07-09

Thoroughly Enjoyable...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

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I was definitely a bit concerned that a biography would be able to hold my attention for almost 40 hours. But, I have to say I really enjoyed this journey. The author does a really wonderful job of capturing the nuances of Warren Buffett, his family, and his peers. I think they did an awesome job of depicting him in a multi-faceted way which made him relatable on some levels. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing more about this man.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,025

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Just okay for me...

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

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I have to be honest when I say that I had really high expectations for this book. I had read and heard so much about it, I may have set myself up for a disappointment. To be clear, this is light enjoyable reading. But, it didn't really "stick to my bones" the way I anticipated. To me, the storyline was fairly predictable and I wasn't overly invested in any of the characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

Took me a while to get into

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

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This book got off to a slow start for me. At one point, I was considering returning it and then the story got going. The author did a good job of leaving quite a bit of mystery to the very end. Once I thought I had everything figured out, there was another huge plot twist that I sent the story in a totally different direction. Overall though, I enjoyed it.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,352

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Entertaining & Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Any additional comments?

This book was a really enjoyable read. The author did a beautiful job marrying together all of the characters and the intricacies of their lives. It definitely leaves you wondering what you would do, given the situation the main character finds herself in. Overall, I'd definitely recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful