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  • The Energy Bus

  • 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,178

In the mode of other best selling business fables The Energy Bus, takes listeners on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Everyone faces challenges. And every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple but Profound

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-17

Nothing original in this book

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

It's a business 'parable' to teach the 10 rules:
1. You're the driver of the bus.
2. Desire, vision and focus move your bus in the right direction.
3. Fuel your ride with positive energy.
4. Invite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.
5. Don't waste your energy on those who don't get on your bus.
6. Post a sign that says 'No Energy Vampires Allowed.'
7. Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.
8. Love your passengers.
9. Drive with purpose.
10. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

The content isn't particularly original nor motivational. The rules are probably more applicable to life than the work environment.

  • Buy a Bullet

  • An Orphan X Story
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127

The Nowhere Man is a figure shrouded in secrecy - a near legendary figure who helps those lucky few who are given the means to reach out to him. Before he was the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak was a highly trained government operative known to a few as Orphan X. This is the story of Smoak's first outing as the Nowhere Man, where after completing a mission in Northern California, he happens to spot a young woman at a coffee shop....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would Love to know someone like this!!

  • By shelley on 01-03-17

Very Short

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

It's a VERY short book. It could have been the first 4 chapters of book 1 of the series to give the background of how Evan Smoak became the Nowhere Man. If you liked the first book, this is just as enjoyable.

  • Measure What Matters

  • How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs
  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational, inspirational, entertaining, ~dry..

  • By James S. on 05-08-18

More of a Memoir

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

The title suggests that it will guide you in defining objectives and key results. However, it's more of a memoir of how this method had worked for the many companies that the author was involved with (hence, the negative reviews for self-aggrandizing). The few important lessons from the book are select 3-5 objectives every quarter (specifically 'what' has to happen to increase business value), identify the key results needed ('how' to reach the goal - what are the incremental outcomes that will get you closer to the goal), and share/discuss/commit to the OKRs. The idea of the book is good, but the execution is poor. The author worked with all these great companies, yet he uses a football analogy to explain how to formulate an OKR. A business objective is not so clear cut like sports where all the teams' goal is to win the game.

  • I'd Rather Be Reading

  • The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
  • By: Anne Bogel
  • Narrated by: Anne Bogel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads people to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them who they are today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick fun read, for readers

  • By Lili on 09-30-18

Short But Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

It's a very short book. It should have been either twice as long or half the cost. With that caveat out of the way, it's a book that readers would like. As C.S. Lewis wrote:

Friendship... is born at the moment when one man says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'

If you're an avid reader, there will be topics that resonant with you. And you'll be tickle to know other people have thought the same things, like:
* You realize halfway through a book that it's part of a series, and you inadvertently began with book four.
* You finish a book with a cliff-hanger ending... and realize the author hasn't even begun writing the next installment.
* You realize halfway through a boring flight that your new ebook purchase didn't download.
* Your 'To Be Read' list is unquestionably too long to finish before you die.
* You have countless unread books at home, but you can't resist buying one more.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,771

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Short But Engaging

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

It's a novella... I'm sure the first of a series to come. Obvious being short, it doesn't have the depth expected from a novel with more background and character development. However for as short as it was, it was still engaging.

  • Finding Your Own North Star

  • Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
  • By: Martha Beck
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

As the creator of Life Designs, Inc., Martha Beck has helped hundreds of clients find their own North Stars and figure out how to fulfill their potential and create joyful lives through her lectures, seminars, and one-on-one counseling. In this book she shares her step-by-step program that will guide you to fulfill your own potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich source of practical content

  • By Sandra Sellani, Vegan Cookbook Author on 07-01-17

Skip the Beginning

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I would skip Chapters 1-4. The introduction is slow. The metaphor of finding your north star is obvious. It isn't necessary to go into an explanation about Stella Polaris and how sailors find their way home by locating the North Star. Also, some of the stories might turn off readers. The author talks about clients who have quit their soul-crushing jobs and are expressing their authentic selves and enjoying a richer, fuller life. Most people can't afford to hire a therapist to guide them and can't afford to quit their jobs to test out options that might bring them greater fulfillment. When the author gets into the actions, the content is more useful and the stories are more relatable.

  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work

  • 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance
  • By: Marcus Buckingham
  • Narrated by: Marcus Buckingham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Marcus Buckingham jump-started the Strengths movement now sweeping the work world with his first two blockbusters. Now, he answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths through a six-step, six-week experience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book on personal development

  • By Philip on 02-09-08

Good idea but book could have been better

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

The idea makes sense - build on your strengths rather than work on your weaknesses. This way, you go from good to great in using skills you enjoy. Most managers focus on addressing employees' weaknesses, which just brings that particular skillset from terrible to bad. The book expands on these steps to put your strengths to work:
1. Bust the myths (for example, you will grow by working on your weaknesses).
2. Get clear on what your strengths are.
3. Free your strengths (make the most of what strengthens you).
4. Stop your weaknesses (cut out what weakens you).
5. Speak up (let others know what your strengths are).
6. Build strong habits (continually build on your strengths).

It's unfortunate that the book isn't better written and has better real-life examples. Also, it uses mneomics that are forced to work, like 'SIGN' (which isn't memorable):
Success: Which activities do you do most successfully?
Instinct: Which do you feel like doing most intuitively?
Growth: Are you continually getting better in these activities, in an almost natural way?
Needs: Do these activities matter to you, making you feel fulfilled and content?

  • The ONE Thing

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • By: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,950

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Helpful Book!

  • By Marisela Gutierrez on 04-01-17

Focus On One Thing Each Day

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

It is surprising that focusing on one thing to get done in a day can have more impact than working on a top 10 list. The six lies (beliefs) keeping you from success are:
1. Everything matters equally.
2. Multitasking
3. A disciplined life
4. Willpower is always on will call.
5. Balanced life
6. Big is bad.

The theme throughout the book is doing the one thing, "what is the one thing that I can do today that by doing it, everything else will easier or unnecessary?" Identify one goal to increase your success at work. Do one thing for yourself to be happier. Do one thing to improve your relationship with your family. Block time on your calendar to focus on your one thing in each of these areas. You have to be willing to commit to this routine to achieve extraordinary results.

Chapters on finding purpose and mastering your one thing are concepts covered more in depth in other books like "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek and "Peak" by Anders Ericsson. There are resources available at www.the1thing.com to help with identifying your purpose, setting goals, and tracking your progress.

  • Total Focus

  • Making Better Decisions Under Pressure
  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain, Brandon Webb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Over his four deployments as a Navy SEAL sniper, Brandon Webb learned all about performing while experiencing heart-pounding stress. After returning to civilian life, he started his first business venture - and failed miserably. He realized that his big mistake was neglecting to apply what he already knew about focus under pressure. By drawing on the lessons of his SEAL training and early business struggles, Webb went on to build a second business, a media network called Hurricane.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Biography/ sales pitch.

  • By Dennis on 01-10-18

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

This is a great motivational book. The key point is to pick one thing to be EXCELLENT in and focus on DOING that one thing well. There are also other skills that entrepreneurs need to develop (but tend to ignore). An important one is 'know your number' - meaning knowing exactly how much revenue is required to be profitable, what are the sources of that revenue, and what is everything costing. Don't depend on someone else to track the numbers because the task seems too daunting. If you don't know the number you need to reach, how will you know what it takes to be successful?

Other benefits of this book is there are several chapters that profile individuals who faced obstacles and difficult decisions to make, took the risks, put in the hard work, and came out stronger for it. While the advice is typical, the real-life stories give readers something to relate to and help them envision their own path to success.

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,337

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

Plot Ambles Along

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This book is like an adult fairy tale - boy meets girl tale, witches and fanciful creatures, and a few dark scenes. The plot ambles along, not filled with a lot of exciting action. It's okay as a leisurely read.