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  • Knowing Your Value

  • By: Mika Brzezinski
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

It's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In Knowing Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empowering, Inspiring, and Motivating

  • By HollywoodsHill on 11-19-14

Insightful and Honest

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I appreciated hearing her story, even though it's a tale of how advocating for your value was not done successfully. I also liked that she talked to so many other women about their experiences, so her book includes there stories and advice as well. Would have loved a summary at the end with the advice all nicely bulleted out like an action list or reminder list.

  • Drop the Ball

  • Achieving More by Doing Less
  • By: Tiffany Dufu
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Dufu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually she discovered the solution: letting go.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Even Finish It

  • By TD on 01-29-18

Mostly just a book about the author's life :/

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Reviewed: 12-02-18

I'm an hour and a half in and she is still talking about her own life! I bought this book because I wanted to hear about the topics the summary promised! Not getting any of that, ugh. Also, narration is rough! Super melancholy and scratchy voice.

  • The Source

  • Witching Savannah, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

  • By MrsT on 06-05-14

Awesome Ending!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

A lot of bad things happened, but I'm glad that in the end I wasnt mad about the plot outcomes.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,763

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

So dang good! Realistic, eye-opening suggestions.

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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: 11-29-18

My summary of action items collected from this book plus ideas it inspired me to add:
#1: Distractions. Recognize that you are allowing yourself to be distracted (constantly checking in on your phone, email, Instagram). Set boundaries for your distractions; set a block of time for distraction-free deep work; have a piece of paper nearby to write down any distracting thoughts that pop up, then keep working. Quit/drastically reduce social media usage. Embrace boredom which trains your brain to stay on one track (and go deep).
#2: Make It a Daily Ritual. Schedule a block of time for deep work everyday and make it a ritual. start with 1 hour and work to increase it.
#3: Shut-Down Ritual. Perform an evening shut down ritual (like revisiting your to do list and making plans for tomorrow) after work and/or before going to bed.
#4: Attention Residue. Don't give in to multitasking or you'll suffer attention residue; where your attention on the new task is still smeared with thoughts of the other tasks.
#5 Ruthlessly say no to as much shallow work as possible. Rid as much shallow work from your daily set of obligations as you can (meetings, phone calls, emails, chatting, admin tasks). Unsubscribe from as many emails as possible. Choose to not reply to emails that dont meet the criteria described in the book. Get out of meetings that dont really need you there. Let coworkers chat with you a few mins but then tell them that you (or you both) need to get back to work. Take a hard look at your to do list, are there some tasks you can just not do and the world will still go on?

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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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    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

[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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1 out of 5 stars
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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 :(

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

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
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    3 out of 5 stars 2

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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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

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 2,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

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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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

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
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

"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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5 out of 5 stars

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
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    4 out of 5 stars 780
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

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!