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  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,129

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

brilliance in a tale

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

Reviewed: 11-04-13

What made the experience of listening to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team the most enjoyable?

the story, explaining how an actual principle plays out as a play is a powerful delivery tool

Who was your favorite character and why?

Catherine, she is a star

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nice try, you will have to pay me first. that being said, if this was a movie I am mostly likely going to watch it.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more

  • By Hamada on 08-28-13

I want more

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

Where does The Power of Habit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is probably in the top 10%

Any additional comments?

The book is such a tease!! hold on, it is probably not fair to say that. the book is really valuable it offers great insight into the mind and how it works, into how habits form. but I need more.

1) there is so much around us that take advantage of how habits form, in a way that is sometimes (in my view) unethical. it makes me question a lot of the marketing that takes place. also made me wonder who has access to my habits and how do they use it. SCARY

2) the book offers no recipe for change. it tells you change is possible, it tells you the ingredients of the habit which can be potentially used for affecting change but it still leaves you wondering how to portion out the ingredients. not intentionally but just because of the nature of habit and the nature of individuals and how divers they are. it makes me want more.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

  • By: Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gary Chapman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,685

Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Brilliance

  • By Vanessa on 02-08-07

Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

What made the experience of listening to The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts the most enjoyable?

recognising that as a feeling expressed in action needs to be translated. If you don't have the right translator you might be reacting to the wrong message.

also recognising that the delivery of love is just as important as its very existence cause otherwise it really doesn't matter how much love is there if not realized through appropriate delivery

What did you like best about this story?

real people, real stories and real life scenarios

Have you listened to any of Gary Chapman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this is his first performance, I love the way he read it and I could relate to what he says better knowing it is him who wrote the book. so it was like having a private session with Dr Chapman

What did you learn from The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts that you would use in your daily life?

my spouse's love language :) I would use that a lot :)

Any additional comments?

Worth the time and Money

  • Is Counselling Training for You?

  • By: Val Potter
  • Narrated by: Geoff Barham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Every year thousands of people train in counselling, but a large percentage that start training drop out. This informative guidebook is designed to help you decide if you want to be a counsellor, and if you do, tells you how to go about it. It spells out the training necessary, provides a useful 'menu' of counselling approaches, and helps you to decide if you have the right qualities to succeed and enjoy it. Val Potter draws on her own experience to help you get the most from the compelling process of becoming a counsellor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very English

  • By Hamada on 08-28-13

Very English

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

If you could sum up Is Counselling Training for You? in three words, what would they be?

Informative, and intriguing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Counselling Training for You??

No spoiler comments but I like the objectivity of the author, asking questions and sharing views more than telling and directing.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Geoff Barham?

Maybe, if the Author is male maybe. otherwise Geoff can be confusing cause he is almost using the same voice across all the different personalities of the book.

Any additional comments?

the Book is very British focused, which isn't bad if you live in England. it references a lot of associations and institutions in England that are irrelevant if you don't live there. other parts of the book are very valuable nonetheless.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Brown at his best

  • By Garry on 06-20-13

Fantastic Story, Horrible ending

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

Reviewed: 06-10-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

i was captivated by the book for most of it with the exception of some parts with lengthy historical background. the thrill grew to the edge towards the second half of the book, (no spoilers) but i am always eager to find out what is going to happen next. Certainly enjoyed this part.

the ending however was disappointing and not clear, it didn't answer my questions and didn't leave me hungry for more either. i was like .... really? and what about?? what was the whole problem the were worried about to begin with? and why is it not a problem any more? didn't like that much

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Paul is Awesome!! I love how he changes his tone, pitch, and speed of speach to show differences between different players in the story. makes it so easy to follow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,302

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Amy on 06-19-04

maybe the movie will be better

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

Reviewed: 01-25-13

What would have made Digital Fortress better?

Everyone in the movie pause a long while, sat a long while, waited a long while, unenjoyable repetition.

The story was predictable from the start.

It wasn't very clear where the directors loyalty isToo much use of foul language.

Excellent reading performance

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

  • ScreamFree Parenting, 10th Anniversary Revised Edition

  • How to Raise Amazing Adults by Learning to Pause More and React Less
  • By: Hal Runkel LMFT
  • Narrated by: Hal Runkel LMFT
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

Parenting is not about kids; it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-30-07

worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 10-06-12

Would you consider the audio edition of ScreamFree Parenting to be better than the print version?

Totally, I don't read and having an Audio book is the best way I get access to such ideas

What did you learn from ScreamFree Parenting that you would use in your daily life?

Don't react emotionally

Any additional comments?

the book is great though some of the ideas seemed simplistic to me but I believe they are very valuable for many parents around me and I hope all parents learn to control their emotion reactivity and take matters in their own hands as they go about their life as parents

  • Paris Talks

  • Addresses Given by `Abdu'l-Baha'i in 1911
  • By: Abdul-Baha
  • Narrated by: Brian W. Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

This collection of inspiring and uplifting talks documents an extraordinary series of public addresses ‘Abdu’l-Baha'i gave on his historic trip to the West in the early 20th century. Despite advanced age and poor health, he set out from Palestine in 1911 on a momentous journey to Europe and North America to share the teachings and vision of the Baha'i Faith with the people of the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was very enlightening.

  • By Sina Serati on 04-09-15

Who am I to review the work of the great exampler!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Would you listen to Paris Talks again? Why?

Yes, cause it is full of valuable insights for the ills of mankind today and how to treat them

What other book might you compare Paris Talks to and why?

Some Answered Questions by AbdulBaha

4 of 4 people found this review helpful