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  • Ep. 13: The Russia Thing (The Rant is Due)

  • By: Lewis Black
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4 out of 5 stars 8
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

[Contains explicit content] Pondering Trump's foreign policy practices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very smart loud gentleman.

  • By dlb on 02-02-18

Horribly stupid

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Reviewed: 10-28-18

I wish i could remove it from my library altogether, but now since i downloaded it and gave it a chance it's going to forever show up in my library :(

  • How to Design TED Worthy Presentation Slides: Presentation Design Principles from the Best TED Talks

  • How to Give a TED Talk Book 2
  • By: Akash Karia
  • Narrated by: Matt Stone
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

How to Design (and Deliver) TED-Worthy Presentation Slides is a short, practical and step-by-step guide to creating sexy slides. It is based on an extensive analysis of some of the best TED speakers, such as Brene Brown, Daniel Pink, Amy Cuddy, Larry Lessig, Seth Godin, Bill Gates and many, many more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great no nonsense course :) straight to the point!

  • By Micaela on 02-23-15

An ok book. Very repetitive.

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Reviewed: 10-12-18

There were some solid suggestions for slide design basics. I do wish the audiobook was less repetitive though. In print format maybe it made sense because you could scan headings and it doesn't matter as much if under the headings it says the same thing. but in narration many things were repeated one after the other which is a time-suck.

  • How To End our Speech with Confidence

  • 5 Closing Methods to Finish Like A Pro
  • By: Mark Davis
  • Narrated by: Dan Culhane
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

Every speech has to end. How will our audience talk about our speech tomorrow? What do we want our audience to remember? Do we want our audience to remember a good speech or a bad speech? The good news is that we can manage what our audience remembers by controlling how we end our speech. When our audience feels our message is complete, finishing our speech will be easy by following one of the five basic methods in this book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Should Be Titled "How To Close a Sales Pitch"

  • By elizabeth on 10-07-18

Should Be Titled "How To Close a Sales Pitch"

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

I'm not a salesman, so this book was not for me. it was PURELY about closing a deal. like giving a presentation about a time share and at the end you need people to sign up. its NOT about any other types of speeches. you will NOT learn how to close a speech with something inspirational, motivational, or educational. this is not what I was looking for. the title and summary of the book are misleading.

  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the VERY Best!

  • By C. Freeman on 05-08-16

Narrator was horrible! but content was great

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

Poor selection of a narrator! not professional in his delivery. when he read quotes he said them with disdain in his voice, like he was put off having to read it. and he read the quotes different depending on who said it based on his personal feelings of the speaker. for example the MLK I Have a Dream speech he read better and then directly following he read another snippet of a speech with that rushed disdain. that made it appear as though you were getting a glimpse into the narrator's personal feelings about the credibility of these speakers. very rude.

the content of the book was good though. the author had a very well organized flow and great tips.

  • Your Brain on Love

  • The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships
  • By: Stan Tatkin PsyD
  • Narrated by: Stan Tatkin PsyD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

"Understand your brain, improve your relationships." That's what Stan Tatkin has learned from his leading-edge work as a researcher and couples therapist. In this complete audio learning program, he merges current insights from neurobiology and attachment theory to help us shift out of conflict and into deeper and more loving connections. Listeners first learn to identify attachment styles - the patterns of intimacy that begin in our earliest years - both in ourselves and in those around us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relationship Essential

  • By Martin on 08-31-14

Eye Opening and Insightful

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Reviewed: 10-07-18

so many good points. things I didn't know. great analogies. would love to listen to the conclusion summary again :)

  • The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

  • By: John R. Hale, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John R. Hale
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
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    4 out of 5 stars 635

Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers. Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Learn from history's success stories.

  • By Ron W. on 06-16-14

Supremely engaging content, examples, and delivery

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Reviewed: 09-17-18

Very engaging content and delivery. Wonderful examples, with the "guest professors". Supremely well organized. Nice summary of takeaway at the end of each lesson which are great to go back to when crafting and practicing your own speech (I appreciate it all being in the downloadable PDF). I actually learned a lot and will be putting it to use this weekend!

  • Collins Spanish with Paul Noble - Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1

  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775

Collins Spanish with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product.No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not so good: Difficult to revise.

  • By Judith on 03-19-16

so slow, learned nothing

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Reviewed: 06-28-18

so slow, I learned very little. very repetative. I would instead recommend you listen to the podcast called "light speed spanish" particularly the "light speed Spanish vocabulary" series. a MILLION time better. and free!

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  • Learn Spanish

  • How to Learn 1000+ Spanish Words in 1 Hour and Impress Your Colleagues by Using 7 Simple Vocabulary Tricks
  • By: Garcia V. Ammons
  • Narrated by: Yardena Reese
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
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    4 out of 5 stars 73
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    4 out of 5 stars 72

You've probably been wasting time studying. If you've been using traditional language learning tools like classes or software to teach you Spanish -- I can almost guarantee it. These classes focus on memorization, basic vocabulary, routine phrases and conversations. And, naturally, these are all important. But, here's the thing -- most traditional Spanish classes are missing critical information that could save you hours of time and effort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sooo enjoyable

  • By Scottie Beaver on 05-22-17

This is NOT the hour in which you will learn words

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Reviewed: 06-28-18

It's just all about how you COULD learn a lot of Spanish words in an hour, but this is not the hour in which you WILL. Will be returning this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,039

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Such creativity! I can't believe it's all made up

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Reviewed: 12-27-17

So many twists and turns and unexpected suprises. Such creativity with the plot, characters, details, all of it. Great book; I plowed through it :)

  • Antonio and the Ceiling Fan

  • A New Mexican Christmas Story
  • By: Dan Otero
  • Narrated by: Sabina Zuniga-Varela
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3

Antonio and the Ceiling Fan: A New Mexican Christmas Story is a short story set in rural northern New Mexico. It is a holiday story of magical realism, focusing on a teenager coming to realize the power of his family, his mother, and the mortality that we all face. He also has a talking ceiling fan. Disclaimer: This short story contains a fair amount of Spanish dialog, most of which is described in context.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming, heartwarming, quirky story with...

  • By NMwritergal on 12-15-17

A delightful tale with multiple facets

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Reviewed: 12-15-17

The fact that the ceiling fan turned out to be a character in itself (of sorts) was actually really clever and symbolically relatable! At the begining, I thought the tale would be about the internal dialog the fan represented, but turns out the story was about something compleatly different in the end. It was a wonderful turn of events and a great ending that reminds us to continue being grateful for what we have. The narration with multiple voices, accents, and spanish snippets really gave this tale an authentic New Mexico feel! Loved it :)