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  • Into the Black

  • Odyssey One
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664

Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too unrealistic for me...

  • By Joshua on 08-26-14

Fresh take on military sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

This author really impresses me. He takes the time to answer posts on his Facebook page. And he's Canadian. :) His idea of a "Transition Drive" is a great new take on the traditional FTL / Hyperspace concept. The universe he creates nicely illustrates what might happen if humanity does indeed achieve peace for a millennium. We would be woefully ill-prepared to repel an invasion force. The author also does a good job of showing that different technology can defeat what might be considered more advanced technology. Good pacing, believable characters, and a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,816

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Good premise, too much repetition, weak examples

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

Reviewed: 04-14-12

Simon Sinek does seminars as well, they last about an hour. And that's how long this book should have been. Instead, he re-hashes the same material over and over again. And over again. Some of his examples don't even seem to prove his point. They are a bit of a stretch. Not recommended. You can find one of his videos on YouTube. Listen to that for free, and you don't need to buy this book.

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

  • By: Dale Carnegie & Associates
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303

Celebrating the 75 anniversary of the original landmark bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, comes an up-to-the-minute adaptation of Carnegie’s timeless prescriptions for the digital age. Dale Carnegie’s principles have endured for nearly a century. Since its original publication in 1936, his timeless classic How to Win Friends and Influence People has gone on to sell 15 million copies. Now, introducing new listeners to Carnegie’s words of wisdom, comes How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age, a new guide for a new era.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • As titled, it brings the orig. to the digital age.

  • By Klokfixr on 04-04-12

Modern take on an old Classic

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

For some reason, this updated version does not have the same appeal for me as the original. Yes, updated verbiage and examples are nice, but it's missing that special mannerism that was unique to Dale himself. It's not what you say, but how you say it. For that reason I give it a 3/5.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • The Knack

  • How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up
  • By: Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical Advice with Real Life Examples

  • By morton on 10-24-08

The Essential Guide for Small Businesses

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

I've read a ton of books about entrepreneurship, and this is by far the best one. If you have a small business or micro-business, this book is for you. You'll find advice from someone who's been there and done that. No fluff, just practical advice. Stuff you won't find in text books. After listening to this book, I went out and bought a hard copy (called "Streetsmarts" now).

  • Onward

  • How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul
  • By: Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191

In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but a bit annoying

  • By Carla on 06-13-11

Too sales-y

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

Reviewed: 12-23-11

The audience of this book is people who work for Starbucks. It's a way to reinforce corporate dogma. For everyone else (like me) it's hours and hours of sitting through a corporate sales meeting. Very little strategy, business planning, marketing tips, or anything else. Also the book jumps back and forth through time and it all becomes very confusing. Furthermore, the narrator reads very slowly. Definitely thankful for the 2x speed on my iPhone.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Spin Selling

  • By: Neil Rackham
  • Narrated by: Bob Kalomeer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

With wit and authority, Neil Rackham explains why traditional sales models don't work for large sales. He shows how conventional selling methods are doomed to fail in major sales. And he unfolds the enormously successful Spin strategy, using real-world examples and informative cases. The methods are controversial, and they often go against the grain of conventional sales training. But the powerful evidence Rackham presents will convince and convert you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly practical

  • By Konstantin on 01-18-06

Unbearable

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

Reviewed: 12-23-11

The narrator is soooo annoying that I could not get through this audiobook. Material is also presented in such a dry, uninteresting way. NOT RECOMMENDED.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,126

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Had to Listen...Glad I Did

  • By Joel on 05-21-12

Decent story, horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

Thank goodness for the 2x speed on my iphone otherwise, this audiobook would have been unbearable. Horrible horrible narrator.

I was disappointed to see how so much of the book was devoted to Steve's early years and not so much in the later years. The last decade of his life was rushed through so fast.

This is unfortunate because it's arguably the best part of his life from an Apple fan's point of view. He accomplished so much in the last 10 years that I really wanted to understand the thinking and the person he had become. Fortunately, some of his persona can be glimpsed from the TV interviews and keynote speeches elsewhere.

Overall, a good story from Walter Isaacson, but you can tell that his publishers rushed this thing through due to the untimely death of Steve. The book could have used a bit more seasoning.

  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

  • By: Bill Murphy Jr.
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 707

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mark on 11-04-10

Keys for every entrepreneur

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

Reviewed: 10-26-11

This is a must-read for any aspiring Entrepreneur. The lessons are based not on academics, but on real-life examples. This is not theory on how to start a business. It's how these people got from their humble beginnings to owning (and selling) multi-million dollar businesses. Business schools will teach you the mechanics of it, but they can't teach the character, drive, and resolve that this book will. Pay special attention to the lessons on sales. Very key. The round-table discussion at the end was also very insightful as you hear from the characters in the book in their own voices.

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,692

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spark

  • By Kathleen on 11-02-08

Waaay too technical.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-11

Great theory and supporting research. It just goes waaaay in-depth with the science and technical terms. Reads like a thesis/research paper. So it depends on if that's your thing or not. I hit fast forward a lot through those sections when the author cites other work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gypsy Morph

  • The Genesis of Shannara, Book 3
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089

Eighty years into the future, the United States is a no-man's-land: its landscape blighted by chemical warfare, pollution, and plague; its government collapsed, its citizens adrift, desperate, and fighting to stay alive. Survivors in fortified compounds hold the line against wandering predators, rogue militias, and hideous mutations spawned by the toxic atmosphere. But from around the country, allies of good have been summoned to challenge the rampaging evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost...

  • By Anonymous User on 09-07-08

Disappointing Ending to the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-04-11

After investing so much time in the first 2 books, the last half of this book was horrible. It was like Terry Brooks couldn't find a suitable way to end it. The series as a whole was an enjoyable, epic journey. It just lets you down at the end. Also the denouement drags on forever.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful