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Eric C. Boughman

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  • Stone's Rules

  • How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style
  • By: Roger Stone
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

At long last, America’s most notorious political operative has released his operating manual! A freedom fighter to his admirers, a dirty trickster to his detractors, the flamboyant, outrageous, articulate, and extraordinarily well-dressed Roger Stone lays out Stone’s Rules - the maxims that have governed his legendary career as a campaign operative for four American presidents, from Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knowledgeable and informative

  • By Anonymous User on 06-01-18

Interesting anecdotes with a touch of humor

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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: 02-19-19

Lessons learned through colorful stories of an interesting political career. Informative with the righ amount of humor.

  • Born for This

  • How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

Chris Guillebeau, the best-selling author of The $100 Start Up, has created a practical, actionable guide that can help you turn your passion into paychecks - whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Concepts That Might Be Difficult To Do

  • By Gillian on 02-06-17

Lessons in entrepreneurship

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I enjoyed this book and think it would be very good for someone starting their career. While not necessarily earth-shattering advice, it's well thought-out and confirmed many beliefs I acquired during the first 10 or so years in the workforce. Recommended for young entrepreneurs and business people.

  • NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming

  • The 10 Most Powerful Tools to Re-Program Your Behavior and Maximize Your Potential
  • By: Derren Myles
  • Narrated by: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Are you tired of being stuck in the same negative habits, but don't know how to change? Do you feel like old fears and unnecessary limitations and are holding you back from getting extraordinary results in your life, but you don't know how to break free? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Neuro Linguistic Programming may be just what you need to create drastic positive change in your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • short and to the point!

  • By Jonas on 02-21-18

Fast and well covered topic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-03-18

I found it covered the NLP material quite well and at rapid pace. The examples are excellent. Well done.

  • Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence

  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Surviving AI is a concise, easy guide to what's coming, taking you through technological unemployment (the economic singularity) and the possible creation of a superintelligence (the technological singularity).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Overview

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-16

View into our future

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Reviewed: 10-09-18

The author presented a nice view into our future using artificial intelligence. I found it interesting and thorough, however toward the end it was a bit philosophical, but overall very good.

  • Future Crimes

  • Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Marc Goodman
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Marc Goodman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346

One of the world's leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes listeners deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you - and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book for all of us to help protect us

  • By Sandeep on 10-12-15

Covered subject well

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Reviewed: 09-21-18

The author provides a thorough view of threats and makes some interesting points, however it seems exaggerated on the scare side. To paraphrase.... There are significantly more good people than bad in this world.

  • Giftology

  • The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention
  • By: John Ruhlin
  • Narrated by: Drew Birdseye
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Radical generosity is the against-the-grain secret weapon of real influencers, and it will allow you to boost referrals, retention rates, and ROI like few other strategies. But be warned, gifts with strings attached backfire. There is a right, and wrong, way to give. John Ruhlin has gifted on behalf of everyone from Forbes Magazine to the Fortune 500, and his tactics lead to appreciative responses and wide-open check books. Give wholeheartedly to Giftology and reap the rewards of an expanding business and fruitful relationships, professional and personal alike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept but left me wanting more

  • By Brett on 01-27-17

No bonus but an okay story of gift experiences

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I found it to be a somewhat interesting story, but nothing overly exciting. There is value in the content but the author is short on details and rather sends you to his website for "bonus information" about 10 times throughout the book. I actually went looking for this promised bonus information, and after having to register for the newsletter, unfortunately couldn't find it. I feel a bit cheated.

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  • Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

  • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers. Now, this 36-lecture series takes you deep into the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures, revealing the core teachings, and thoughts of each, and shedding light on the historical processes that underlie their phenomenal, enduring impact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant introduction to those 4 great teachers

  • By Curdy on 11-21-13

Interesting and unique research

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Reviewed: 07-10-18

I enjoyed the story/research. The author did a very thorough job, often overly-thorough and a bit long, but overall a nice compilation. However, I often found the accounts of Confucius and Buddha difficult to follow as I had no previous knowledge of them. I will likely go over Jesus and Muhammad again in the future as I found the author's depictions unique and very interesting.

  • The Game

  • Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207

Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won't up your Game, but better than reality TV

  • By David on 06-07-15

Good story...quite entertaining

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Reviewed: 06-20-18

I enjoyed the story and appreciated the author's honesty, in what could appear to others as immature or ruthless behavior. While some time is spend on game tactics, the majority is the story of the author's experience. Fun and well written/read.

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  • Crippled America

  • How to Make America Great Again
  • By: Donald J. Trump
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Donald J. Trump - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174

The audiobook will explore Trump's view on key issues including the economy, big CEO salaries and taxes, health care, education, national security, and social issues. Of particular interest will be his vision for complete immigration reform, beginning with securing the borders and putting American workers first.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Straight forward

  • By M. Miller on 01-05-16

Trump's road map for America

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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: 05-29-18

Excellent content that every American should know about. After listening, it's quite obvious why he won. Hope he wins again in 2020. America needs him.

  • Chasing Daylight

  • How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life
  • By: Gene O'Kelly
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

At 53, Eugene OKelly was in the full swing of life. Then in May 2005, Gene was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and given three to six months to live. Now a growing darkness was absorbing the bright future he had seen for himself. He would have to change his plans, quickly, and capture what he could of his last diminishing days. Chasing Daylight is the account of his final journey. Starting from the time of his diagnosis and concluded upon his death less than four months later, this book is his unforgettable story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've read in forever!

  • By Stacy on 01-05-15

Listened twice and still thinking about it...

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-28-18

I listened to this over 2 or 3 days and then listened again. Then, I asked my wife to listen. Then, we'll listen again, together. I could feel Mr. Kelly speaking to all of us.

Now a critique...

This is not meant so much as a negative directed to the author or story, but simply an observation of the consequence of the circumstances under which the story was written. It stops rather abruptly - as if in the middle of the story. I wanted Mr. Kelly to share something profound, but the story just kind of stopped, mid-stream. But as I think about it, that really drives home the message, doesn't it? Here we are going through life, thinking we've got things to get done, people to go see, stories to tell, makeup dates with our kids, etc., etc., etc... but then life just stops. And, that message is most profound of all.

As you can see from my review, I'm still trying to figure out what to make of this book. And how to learn from it and apply the message. At one point, Mr. Kelly says "Do it now... Do it now..." And, gosh, I can hear his words and I'm almost friggin' tearing up as I write this.

If one way to judge a story is by how much you continue to contemplate its message after you finish it, then this book rates at the top of my list.

Thank you to Mr. Kelly for writing it. And, thank you to his wife, Mrs. Kelly for finishing.