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  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,983

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Same as the previous books

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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: 01-18-19

I enjoyed this series, so I'm giving this book the same rating as the previous three books. Yes, some of the characters are stereotypical fictional cop/federal agent (tough person with tragic past, could have been successful in any profession but choose to fight crime). The character development has already been done in the previous books. This book is just about finding the clues to solve the case.

  • Who

  • The A Method for Hiring
  • By: Geoff Smart, Randy Street
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Geoff Smart and Randy Street offer a simple, four-step method for hiring with confidence, designed for everyone from the CEO on down. Who shows you how to avoid the most common pitfalls of hiring, how to identify "A Players" - people who can perform their job better than 90 percent of the candidates in their field - and how to make sure the best candidate will be excited to join your organization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but need PDF of Scorecard material

  • By Nancy Walsh on 10-17-12

Hire More People Like Your Best Employees

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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: 01-15-19

Think of the best person and second best person on your team. What would happen if they left? It would be a disaster. What would happen if everyone on your team was like them? You wouldn't have to worry about work because the right people are getting it done. The fastest way to improve a company's performance is to improve the talent of the workforce.

After getting past the first chapter of this book (which is a sales pitch on this method), it then goes into a lot of useful advice on hiring:
* Scorecard: Create a list of outcomes that the candidate would need to accomplish and list of competencies that the candidate need to possess (such as efficiency, honesty, integrity, intelligence, analytical skills, and commitment).
* Source: Stay connected with people you want on your team. So when there is a job opening, you have the right candidate in mind.
* Select: Conduct a series of structured interviews. Don't waste time with different individuals asking the same question or with trick questions (that is irrelevant for the job).
* Sell: Make the position attractive to the ideal candidate. If a candidate rejects the job offer because of a counteroffer from the current employer, you just lost the opportunity to hire an A Player.

  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

  • By: C. Nathan DeWall, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: C. Nathan DeWall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 986

Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't skimp on this one

  • By DaemonZeiro on 07-11-13

Basic Tips for Self-Control

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This course does not contain 'secrets' for self-control. I think it's well known that temptations can deplete your ability for self-control. And as the day continues and you're bombarded with temptations, it becomes more difficult to control your impulses. Some tips include getting sufficient amount of sleep, eating breakfast to get the metabolic boost for self-control, removing temptations, monitoring your activity (like tracking your spending), and having a plan to meet your goal. There are studies that support these tips. For example, people who weigh themselves every day (monitoring) have been more successful in losing weight.

  • Finish

  • Give Yourself the Gift of Done
  • By: Jon Acuff
  • Narrated by: Jon Acuff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703

Acuff knows the reason why many writers' novels go unfinished - it's the same reason why gyms are filled in the first week of January and empty by the end of the month and why people stop learning a new language once they get past the easy parts. It's not just that people lose momentum or get distracted. People give up on projects when they fail to live up to their own high expectations and decide that if they can't do something perfectly, they won't do it at all. If you're going to finish, you have to kill perfectionism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-17

Good motivational book to sticking to resolutions

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

There are a few good tips in this book. For example, perfectionism stops most people from finishing their goals. For example, we start going to the gym regularly in January. But then after missing a few days, we quit 'I blew it. I can't meet this goal.' Or even before we start, we pick the 'perfect' goal, like 'run a marathon by the end of the year' (although we have never ran 5K).

The steps in the book are basic but still good advice:
* Think back to other goals you've attempted. Were they too big? Too perfect (e.g., 'I can't start writing the book until I've read the top 50 books in that category')?
* Write down a number associated with your new goal (e.g., declutter 4 rooms or lose 20 pounds, not clean the house or get thin).
* Decide whether you can cut your goal in half or double the timeline. (If after January and you're only 5% there, cut your goal in half. Now, you're 10% there! Good pace for the month.)
* Share your goal with someone you trust. Ask the person if it's too extreme.
* Make it fun to get it done. For example, make a bet with your friend. Whoever meets their target weight has to buy the other person a gift.

  • Secondhand Souls

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,859

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

  • By withherownwings on 09-24-15

Like the first book

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This book is very much like the first one. Many of the characters and villains reappear so it feels like battle #2. It's a little slow in some parts when the ghosts on the bridge are telling their stories. What is the point? None really. Those are stories within this story. If you enjoyed he quirkiness of the first book, you'll probably like this one.

  • Relentless

  • From Good to Great to Unstoppable
  • By: Tim S. Grover
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,622

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: You keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In "The Relentless 13", he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book is legit

  • By James on 04-28-18

Motivational for basketball players

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

It's mainly about the author's experience in training professional basketball players. The guidance doesn't apply to other areas like business. For example, he talks about how a player needs to train until the actions becomes instinctive. Under pressure, the player just reacts (no thinking, no wasting precious seconds to come up with a plan). That advice doesn't really work in business; only in sports.

The author has three categories for the players:
* Cooler: Follows the leader (win a game; worries about the competition).
* Closer: Plays under pressure (has a season; studies the competition).
* Cleaner: Is relentless (has a career; makes the competition study them).

It's supposed to be catchy with all the terms starting with a C but using 'Cleaner' doesn't evoke an image of a relentless player. Most of the content is motivational talk without specific actions and some of it is even contradictory. For example, the Cleaners are addicted to winning. They make a lot of sacrifices and put in a lot of effort to have a successful career. However, they don't let their addiction control them. What?! Isn't the fact that it's an addiction mean it's become a dependency that they can't control?

  • Be a People Person

  • Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships
  • By: John C. Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Being a leader means working with people, and that's not always easy! Whether in your office, church, neighborhood, or elsewhere, your interpersonal relationships can make or break you as a leader. That's why it's so important to be a "people person" and develop your skills in tapping that most precious of all resources: People.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for leadership

  • By Christine Richards on 04-29-15

This book is part guidance, sermon, and wisdom

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This book is part guidance, sermon, and wisdom. When people have a bad experience with a product/service, rarely will they inform the company. Yet they will tell a dozen friends about the bad experience and persuade many of them not to purchase from that company. This is why it is so important that leaders learn to be a 'people person' and encourage employees to do the same. Becoming a people person starts with treating people like how you want to be treated:
* Encourage people (you did a good job)
* Appreciate people (thank you)
* Forgive people (all is forgiven)
* Listen to people (what is your opinion)
* Understand people (I want to know you better)

The author is also a pastor and he has included bible references and parables, which may not appeal to everyone. Also, much of the content is common sense about how to treat people. It is a good book as a reminder, but not so much for learning anything new about interpersonal skills.

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,107

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another interesting life experience

  • By MelJoy on 12-07-18

Not much of a point to this book

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

It starts with some people whom Alan Arkin had met and whose stories of miracles/supernatural give different perspectives on beliefs. Then it's about Arkin's journey in challenging his long-held beliefs, learning meditation, and adopting Buddhism. There isn't much of a point to this book. It's more like a Arkin having had a spiritual experience and stops you to say, 'Let me tell you about this great experience I've had.'

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  • Building a StoryBrand

  • Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
  • By: Donald Miller
  • Narrated by: Donald Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,248

Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts to Feel Like One Big Ad for Authors Product

  • By ManBearPig on 12-06-17

Every company follow this guide for clear messages

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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: 12-17-18

The book gets straight to the point about the framework for creating a clear message to your customers on the value of your services/products. It is comprised of 7 elements, which the author refers to as StoryBrand 7 (or SB7). The story of your company is analogous to a movie, which draws in customers and keeps them engaged through these 7 elements:
1. View the customer as the hero (not your services/products).
2. Identify the problem for the hero (void that your services/products fill).
3. Be the guide to the hero (knowledge on those types of services/products).
4. Give the a hero a plan to resolve their problem (how to decide).
5. Give a call to action for the hero (how/when to purchase).
6. Define what is a stake (cost of not acting).
7. Provide a vision of success (experience/benefits from the services/products).

Anything that doesn't fit into one of the 7 elements needs to be removed from the message/marketing to the customers. It's just noise, not adding any value to the story.

  • The Introvert's Edge

  • How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone
  • By: Matthew Pollard
  • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

Sales is a skill anyone can learn and master - and introverts are especially good at it once they learn how to leverage their natural strengths. Introverts aren't comfortable with traditional tactics like aggressively pushing a product or talking over a customer's objections. That's the beauty of The Introvert's Edge: it doesn't focus on the sale itself but on a sales system that helps introverts feel sincere instead of sales-y.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relates to me perfectly

  • By Eric Sczuka on 01-04-18

Excellent Advice!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

To be a good lawyer, you have to study the law. To be a good doctor, you have to study medicine. So why do people think that to be a good salesperson, it's matter of being born with the right personality for it? This book lays out a system for being a good salesperson. It starts with finding the script that works for you, such as "Before we get into the details of exactly what I can do for you and how I can help, I'd like to ask you a few questions. That way, I can craft a solution that is tailored to you. Is that okay?" This script lets the customers know what to expect. You're being a consultant - understanding their problems and offering solutions (not a seller trying to peddle your products). And you're asking the customers if it's okay to proceed this way, so they feel in control (not pressured into a hard sell). The book gives a lot of great advice. The only deficiency is that it could have included some more scripts for different situations. The author used a lot of examples from his experience in selling telecom plans door to door.