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  • 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 709
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 610

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
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Errors on central points

  • By Anonymous User on 03-17-18

Very Drug Out, Learned Extreamly Little!

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Reviewed: 06-28-18

I made myself get through the whole book, as a result I know maybe 3 or 4 new words. So not worth it. Very light on content, not helpful, very little new words are taught (probably so you have to buy 20 books to get anything out of it). In the end you are only taught a handful of sentences. NOT worth the time investment. I sought out podcasts that could teach me more Spanish. (I did find a really good one. For anyone interested it's Spanish Vocabulary by LightSpeed Spanish, or they have others that are not vocab focused.)

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • 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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading, but informative

  • By Jordan Swezey on 08-28-17

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.

2 of 3 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 15,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,737
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    4 out of 5 stars 13,758

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
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    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 :)

  • The Mermaid’s Mirror

  • By: L. K. Madigan
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Lena has lived her whole life near the beach, walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves. The problem is, she's spent her whole life just watching. As her 16th birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf. But her father, a former surfer himself, refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he can't bear to let Lena take up the risky sport. Yet something lures Lena to the water - an ancient, powerful magic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh!!

  • By Heather on 07-10-11

Not very good: all about ripping apart families

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Reviewed: 11-25-17

The core of the story is about breaking parents' hearts, ripping apart those who love each other, and breaking families. Not a very good tale.

  • Of Neptune

  • Syrena Legacy, Book 3
  • By: Anna Banks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together - alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma's grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune. Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn't sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn't bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating to the very end!

  • By elizabeth on 11-16-17

Captivating to the very end!

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Reviewed: 11-16-17

After the second book you could see how things could be wrapped up...But with this third book, the adventures started all over and this time they were bigger and bolder than before! I loved all the twists and turns. I especially appreciated how the ending was NOT just bluntly severed leaving you feeling unsatisfied. Instead, it was a nice, well explained ending that was beautiful and a very satisfying "close" to the plot.

  • The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received (Unabridged Selections)

  • By: Liz Claman
  • Narrated by: Jason Singer, Staci Snell, Liz Claman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
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    3 out of 5 stars 3
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

To research this unique, invaluable guide, CNBC business journalist Liz Claman took a long, hard look at her extensive list of financial contacts and invited only the smartest and most respected investors and business leaders to contribute to this audiobook. Now, for the first time ever, and in their own words, America's top moneymakers reduce their winning investment strategies to their most fundamental points, divulging what they believe is the most important advice they can give.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very surface level advice

  • By elizabeth on 10-22-17

Very surface level advice

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Reviewed: 10-22-17

The advice was generic and generalized. It did not feel very actionable. I also think it was probably hard for the contributors to think of their best investment tips on the spot for this book. I bought this book because I love Suze Orman, but I had to wait until 20 mins to the end until her part finally came on!! Her advice was nice though (don't make investing so complicated just jump in and get your feet wet). narration was awful! So dull!!

  • Women & Money

  • Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
  • By: Suze Orman
  • Narrated by: Suze Orman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money? Suze Orman investigates the complicated, dysfunctional relationship women have with money in this groundbreaking new audiobook. With her signature mix of insight, compassion, and soul-deep recognition, she equips women with the financial knowledge and emotional awareness to overcome the blocks that have kept them from making more out of the money they make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You WILL get a straight-forward action plan! :)

  • By elizabeth on 09-01-17

You WILL get a straight-forward action plan! :)

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Reviewed: 09-01-17

You will love Suze Orman's style of giving financial advice; it's straight-forward, direct, and extremely helpful. She does not talk in high-level general terms, she does not say "it depends", she tells you exactly what to do! This book gives you an action plan you can actually follow. I've been following her plan and seeing results. My retirement accounts are doing great. Thanks, Suze :)

I also love how this book is directed at women. The beginning of the book was slow, but after finishing the whole thing and reflecting back on the intro, it was ok (not great, but ok). But at the time I was tempted to fast forward to get straight to hearing about the action plan.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Basic Black

  • The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)
  • By: Cathie Black
  • Narrated by: Cathie Black
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

No matter where you are in your career, Basic Black offers invaluable lessons that will help you land the job, promotion, or project you're vying for. Throughout the audiobook, Cathie offers fascinating glimpses of media and business personalities, but at the core of it are her candid, personal stories. Basic Black provides a close-up look at the keen judgment, perseverance, and optimism that have propelled Cathie Black to the top of her game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read/Good Tips

  • By Ivy on 02-24-08

full of stories that made it fun to listen to

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Reviewed: 07-28-17

full of stories that made it fun to listen to for hours at a time.