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  • You're in Charge, Now What?

  • The 8 Point Plan
  • By: Thomas Neff, James Citrin
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

Getting a new job or a big promotion is like building a house: You need to get the foundation right for both. With a job, the quick-drying cement is how well you do in your first hundred days, since they establish the foundation for long-term momentum and great performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, action-oriented advice

  • By Patrick on 06-06-05

For Non-Management People Too!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This is a review of the audio version from Audible. Overall the information is businesslike; straightforward, clear and concise, with pertinent examples for just about every point made. The narrator does an excellent job with the material. While the target audience maybe CEOs and upper echelon executives, information in the book can apply to non-management personnel as well. For example Chap. 8: The Top Ten Traps for New Leaders can easily be interpreted for brand new employees to an organization at any level. I found many good examples to make notes and will listen to this again. Thank you!

  • Adrift

  • 76 Days Lost at Sea
  • By: Steven Callahan
  • Narrated by: Steven Callahan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I listened all the way through

  • By Christopher on 12-01-08

Authentic 1st Person Account

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

There is really nothing like having the author tell their own story, their way. This seems to be especially so given this account Mr. Callahan's account of sailing solo, having his small ship sink, then surviving by his wits, equipment and his dogged determination for 76 days. I think about stories like this when I'm stuck in traffic or some meeting, and realize I could be in a life or death struggle with the elements and myself - how would I fare? Between constant repairs of his solar stills, repairs of his inflatable life raft, fishing with a butter knife and constant battle to get drinkable water, makes me wonder if I could last a week. I'm glad he survived to tell us the tale of his experiences.

  • An Autobiography: The Story of My Life and Work

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Stan Jenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) was one of the most influential African-American leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born a slave in Hale's Ford, Virginia, Washington moved to West Virginia after the Civil War, where he learned to read while working in a coal mine. After several years of part-time schooling, he enrolled full-time at the Hampton Institute, a secondary school for African Americans, and graduated in 1875.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed, but still noteworthy

  • By James on 03-20-17

Disappointed, but still noteworthy

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

I didn't realize this book was NOT written by Booker T. Washington, though he did correct errors the original author had made. This explains to some extent why there is more focus on the Tuskegee Institute and his work in creating and building, and improving upon it, and not quite as much on his personal life. Perhaps, as it is stated towards the end of this book Booker T. Washington and the Tuskegee Institute are synonymous since he devoted a large portion of his life to that organization - this book therefore does credit to the history of the man as it pertains to the birth and growth of that institution. The narrator's voice is quite deep and sonorous and almost put me to sleep a few times, but is not monotonous to me in anyway.

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  • Planet of the Apes

  • By: Pierre Boulle
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle's chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Monkey Business...

  • By Cage on 05-21-12

Head Scratcher!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

It's interesting how movie makers deviate from the story, and make their own story. However, I can imagine how difficult it might be to translate this original story to screen. The idea of finding a planet quite similar to earth wherein the homosapiens have devolved and the homosimians have superseded humans in all areas must have been shocking. The author does not explain how or why this occurred, but does describe in vivid detail the difference between the humans and the apes on Soror; how the apes are completely superior and civilized as compared to the humans in every way. The ending is as much of a shock as the original 1968 film and the 2001 remake. I wonder how readers reacted when this first was issued. And to think the same author wrote "Bridge on the River Kwai"!

  • Listening

  • The Forgotten Skill
  • By: Madelyn Burley-Allen
  • Narrated by: Madelyn Burley-Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Managers and other employees spend more than 40 percent of their time listening to other people but often do it so poorly that the result is millions of dollars' worth of mistakes, just because most people don't know how to listen. In this new edition of her classic guide to the art of effective listening, Madelyn Burley-Allen tells you how to acquire active, productive listening skills and put them to work for you professionally, socially, and personally.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed

  • By Adryan on 05-11-07

OK, but mixed

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

There's nothing like listening to the author narrate their own book. One reviewer stated the author sounded tired I think, and slow. Well...so are people in real life. So not to negate what that reviewer said, it just illustrated to me, the importance of focusing on the message. I agree with another reviewer who said having a PDF of the appendices would have made listening to the book and following along much easier and more practical. What I found interesting is the author seems to focus more on the listener's bias or point of view of what's getting in the way of understanding the message. I would consider this a companion book, of sorts, to Tony Alessandra's The Dynamics of Effective Listening, also here on Audible. Hope this review helps...if you're not sure - listen to the preview.

  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,195

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

Truman - Worth the Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

When I first purchased this I didn't realize or remember perhaps that it's a 54 hour listen. I continued to avoid it because of its length, and focused on other items. Finally, I began what I thought would be an ordeal, but instead turned out to be an incredibly rich delight.

McCullough's biography is very thorough and begins with Truman's forebears arriving in Missouri decades before, describing their attitudes and beliefs and those became part of the Truman as president we read & hear about. The scope of the book is all of Truman's life, not just his presidency; from his days running the family farm, artillery officer in WW1, haberdasher, judge, senator, vice-president and president, and his post-presidency.

I guess if you think about it, Truman really was one of the greatest leaders the United States has had. He became president during an extraordinarily tumultuous time in world history - the final chapters of WWII, the use of the atomic bomb, the beginning of the cold war and the UN/US action in Korea. But he was just an ordinary man and he knew it - McCullough captured this vividly in any number of passages, and Nelson Runger, the narrator, does a great job with the material.

In truth, though I dreaded started this 54 hour book, I was actually sad it was over. I wish we had more politicians like Harry Truman. Thank you David McCullough.

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  • Spycatcher

  • By: Matthew Dunn
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153

Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West’s most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel. Featuring deft and daring superspy Will Cochrane, Dunn paints a nerve-jangling, bracingly authentic picture of today’s secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheap....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ehhh . . . I want my time back

  • By john on 08-02-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-03-14

I don't normally write reviews. The narration and voice characterizations were good, if not great, considering the caliber of the writing. However, there is the writing - it seemed stilted and awkward at times and repetitive as in: he decided this, he decided that, then he decided this. I understand this is fiction, but some aspects just seem absolutely outlandish - how could someone get shot in the torso 3 times, and basically be up and fully functional in a few days, get shot in the shoulder, a bullet grazed his head - all within 5-6 weeks and ignore pain, be so in control of his body and emotions, but kick the ground in frustration and anger when he gets some bad news here & there towards the last third of the book. I'm reluctant to venture into book 2 of the series. The story was interesting, but the writing seemed to get in the way or muddy it up - thank you very much to Rich Orlow and his narration work.

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  • The H. L. Hunley

  • The Secret Hope of the Confederacy
  • By: Tom Chaffin
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In a tour-de-force of document sleuthing and insights gleaned from the excavation of a remarkable vessel, distinguished Civil War-era historian Tom Chaffin presents the most thorough telling of the H. L. Hunley's story possible. Of panoramic breadth, this Civil War saga begins long before the submarine was even assembled and follows the tale into the boat's final hours and through its recovery in 2000.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunley's Secrets

  • By James on 04-07-12

Hunley's Secrets

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

Reviewed: 04-07-12

I enjoy history and this book revealed significant chunks of information on the birth, life and death of the submersible H.L. Hunley. If you enjoy history and warfare, especially Civil War and Naval Warfare - you will enjoy this exploration into the idea, manufacture and deployment of the Hunley.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dexter in the Dark

  • By: Jeff Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different Direction

  • By James on 03-01-09

Disappointing, but...

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

Reviewed: 08-25-11

I have to agree with some other reviews in that I was disappointed in the exploration and explanation of the Dark Passenger. The exposition reminded me of the 1998 film "Fallen" with Denzel Washington, or the original Star Trek episode "Wolf in the Fold". There is plenty of acerbic and dry humor. The apprenticeship of Aster and Cody is a bit outlandish, but not necessarily so - would have been nice to have more background here on the their relationship with their original dad and what happened with them to help explain all this. Maybe Dexter's dry spell is akin to "writer's block" and he's just working his way through it as best he can.

  • Master and Commander

  • Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrick O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Choice of Narrators

  • By Frank R. Adams on 04-23-10

Very enjoyable introduction to the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-11

This is superlative historical fiction. The only thing that would make it better for me is a glossary that addressed all the 18th century naval terms. Patrick Tull provide an excellent narration with phrasing and emotion that help make my morning & evening commutes something I look forward to just to listen to his voice. I plan to acquire future volumes to continue the story, and not just to survive my rush hour commuting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful