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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,944

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

That was a twist I never expected!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This was my first Lisa Jewell listen and downloaded it looking for some new thriller/mystery authors, this book had good reviews from other audible listeners, so I took the chance.

This book was GREAT! It was a little confusing at first (until you got to know each of the characters) because each chapter is written from a different character perspective. Initially I was confused as to who the character was ... finally I realized she was writing from the missing girl's perspective. Once I had that a-ha moment, I was all in on the plot!

Great character development, and some great unexpected twists and turns that I never expected. I even sat in my car in the parking deck at work when I only had 15 minutes left because I just HAD to listen to the end ... with my mouth hanging open! Well done Ms. Jewell, I look forward to listening to another book soon!

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  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,687

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved my Life

  • By Christine on 09-17-08

Must read for ALL entrepreneurs!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This book was recommended to me as I am in the process of purchasing a franchise. The book gave me A LOT to think about, as well as a lot of great questions to ask the franchisor to ensure they have all of the systems and processes needed for me to be successful already built -- and tested.

Gerber does a great job of storytelling his philosophies and concepts by talking through a "real life" example of each of the phases of the entrepreneurial cycle with a bakery.

The biggest parts that I took away were 1) the balance between the entrepreneur, the manager and the technician; 2) building an org chart from the very beginning, even when you are the only employee. Work the role in the lowest box (e.g., sales rep) and process document everything from that role so you can replace yourself in that box with your first hire; then move up to the next box up and do the same thing over again, then hire your replacement, then move up to the next box, etc. 3) the difference of working IN your business and working ON your business. 4) build systems, manage systems

I have already recommended this book to three of my friends; one who has owned his own business for 15+ years, one who is starting her own business and one who is a vice president in a large corporation; but the philosophies of building systems and documenting process will help his team be much more successful - even in the constraints of Corporate America.

I HIGHLY recommend this one for ANYONE who is looking to start (or who has already) started their own business.

  • Deadline

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag as usual

  • By ewock on 03-28-16

Predictable, but enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This was my first Sandra Brown listen, and while I enjoyed the story (especially being set in Savannah, GA) - I had basically guessed the end by the time I was half way through. The story was good and entertaining; but the major plot line was predictable. Not sure if I'll try another Sandra Brown book or not ... most reviews are pretty similar.

  • The Power of Moments

  • Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862

While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember 20 years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to create your own defining moments

  • By A. Yoshida on 12-15-17

Loved the listen so much, I also bought hardcover

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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: 11-14-18

I *LOVED* this book! As a corporate learning professional who is always looking for new ways to make training stick the ideas brought forward in this book really made me rethink my training programs all the way down to the design, purpose, objectives and feelings I want to inspire in the classroom. I also coach leaders to drive results with their teams and the ideas here will also impact the leader of any team.

The four elements to any -moment- to make a huge impact are: 1) Elevation - how is this moment different, bigger, more important than any other moment. 2) Insight - what information or perspective can you share with people that they wouldn't get from someone else 3) Pride - how to recognize others for something they did that really sets the moment apart and 4) Connection - how do you create a shared meaning for a group that they will remember.

The stories of a high school creating a Signing Day (the same premise that ESPN uses for athletes to reveal letters of intent to their college) to celebrate what the students were going to do after graduation, no matter if they were going to college or going to work for their grandpa's corner store or the Magic Castle hotels Popsicle Hotline.

This book will help you be strategic in planning your team meetings, dinner parties, events, training programs, 6 year old birthday party or your parent's anniversary to be a moment they'll never forget.

#ModernWorkplace #SelfDiscovery #Inspiring #Provocative #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Yes We (Still) Can

  • Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
  • By: Dan Pfeiffer
  • Narrated by: Dan Pfeiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,166

 

The Decade of Obama (2007-2017) was one of massive change that rewrote the rules of politics in ways we are only now beginning to understand (which is why we all got 2016 wrong). Yes We (Still) Can looks at how Obama navigated the forces that allowed Trump to win the White House to become one of the most consequential presidents in American history, why Trump surprised everyone, and how Democrats can come out on top in the long run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad Dan read this himself

  • By Debbie Mitchell on 06-20-18

Oh, a fresh reminder of the good old Obama days

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Dan Pfeiffer, communications director of the Obama White House recalls working on the Obama campaign, then later working on the communications team in the WH. He discusses how the raise of social media and twitter changed the way candidates had to campaign, and how today's obsession with getting news from social media, wildfire sharing of propaganda and the inability of people to distinguish real news and fake news enabled Trump to get elected in 2016. If you're a Pod Save America fan, you will love this listen. If you haven't stumbled upon Pod Save America yet, if you loved this book, go download the podcast. #PastMeetsPresent #Inspiring #Nostalgic #politics #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

You won't want to press "pause"

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

In this follow up to Stillhouse Lake (read that one first!) Gwen Proctor is on the hunt for her serial killer ex-husband who has escaped from prison and has his final victim in his sights ... her. She and Sam Cade (the brother of one of her ex-husband's victims) are on the run to find him before he finds her. #suspenseful #mystery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Pretty Girls Dancing

  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,805

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life - a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It's ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Girls Dancing, Great listen!

  • By Linda on 02-06-18

A thriller you won't want to put down

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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: 11-13-18

This was my first Kylie Brant book and I am hooked! (I have since listened to 4 more!). This psychological thriller digs into the dysfunction of families, the stress and walls that are put up, even between loved ones during a crisis. A missing girl revives the talk of the Seven Mile Killer who has been inactive for several years. The local police call in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the lead detective ends up having to dive into an unsolved murder from 7 years ago to investigate this missing girl. #suspenseful #mystery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,072

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Had a hard time getting into ir, but stick with it

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I had a really hard time trying to figure out what was going on in this story as each chapter is following the timeline but from a different character's point of view. Then throw in a few flashbacks and flash forwards to add to the confusion. I listen to books while I'm out on my evening walks and after about 6 days (6 hours in, about half way through the book) I finally started to get where the story was going. When I got about 9 hours in, I was really excited to keep listening, and definitely had the "no way!" moment in the last 5 minutes. Stick with it, if you like a good twist, you'll love it. #thriller #mystery #suspenseful #QuirkyFamilies #Dark #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Facing Evil

  • Circle of Evil, Book 3
  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Kate Zane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

A serial attacker is locked up, and his murderous accomplice has been gunned down. But the true mastermind behind their lethal reign of terror still hasn't been taken in or taken down, so the harrowing case of the Cornbelt Killers isn't closed - and one murderous woman is determined to keep it that way. The only thing more important to her than evading capture is hunting down her hit list of enemies, topped by Iowa's Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott and forensic psychologist Sophia Channing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best trilogy I've ever listened to..

  • By Trish R. on 08-13-16

You'll be begging for more Cam and Sophia

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

In the last book of the Circle of Evil series, Cam and Sophia are faced with a jailbreak, and another killing spree, but this one is unlike the others - revenge and Cam and Sophia find themselves on the hit list again. You'll wrap up this book wanting more from Cam and Sophia. You'll be so entrenched in their lives, you will want them on another case, soon! #suspenseful #mystery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Touching Evil

  • Circle of Evil, Book 2
  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Kate Zane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Forensic psychologist Sophia Channing nearly lost her life to a serial killer. Fortunately, her own quick thinking - and Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott's efforts - rescued her from a horrifying fate. Together, Sophia and Cam jailed the sadistic predator and closed the case on his reign of terror. But when teenagers make a gruesome discovery in the Iowa woods, Sophia and Cam realize they've only scratched the surface of an evil that runs even deeper and deadlier than one madman's twisted desires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a twisty ending!!

  • By CaliReader on 08-01-18

The hunt continues

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

In the second book of the Circle of Evil series, Cam and Sophia keep finding more and more victims of the Iowa serial killers. After Sophia has been rescued and put into witness protection, so she can continue to work the case and build a psychological profile of the killer, who was caught in the act by some teenagers planning on a fun party in the woods. The serial killer now has a new obsession, and it's someone that is near and dear to Cam and Sophia's heart. #Suspenseful #mystery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes