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  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction), Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excessively abridged

  • By R. Beauchamp on 10-17-08

Worth Every Minute

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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: 12-20-17

The story is inspiring and the narration was excellent. This book should be required reading for any student of American history.

  • Drive

  • The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as A Whole New Mind

  • By Michael on 04-30-10

Excellent

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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: 12-11-17

Worth your time if you are a manager or want to understand what motivates others.

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,039
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,068

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

Captivating

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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: 11-16-17

Amazing, life-changing fable that should be read over and over again. Excellent narration made the story come alive.

  • Fighting Terrorism

  • How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorism
  • By: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

In this newly revised edition of Fighting Terrorism, Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of Israel's Likud Party and a noted authority on international terrorism, offers a compelling approach to understanding terrorism. Netanyahu's points are "soberly and clearly made," says The New York Times, and The Washington Times calls the book "an excellent primer on the groups, motives and methods of the current terrorist threat."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Perspective

  • By Matt on 12-15-03

Spot On

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

Netanyahu is spot on, despite the time that has passed since this book was released.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to put this to work-track needs editing

  • By Bret on 07-26-13

Great story!

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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: 03-01-17

Excellent presentation of a great leadership story. Nice to hear the captain himself narrate the book

  • Wins, Losses, and Lessons

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Lou Holtz
  • Narrated by: Lou Holtz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 265

Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story about an incredibly successful coach

  • By James on 04-30-12

Awesome Story!

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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: 12-13-16

Thanks Coach for sharing the story of your life! A very inspiring book, definitely packed with takeaways for anyone wanting to make a difference in life. Great to have Coach Holtz as the narrator! Gave more life and meaning to the book.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,111

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Great Insight in Layman's Terms

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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: 10-17-16

Excellent read on how to be effective in negotiations. Literally I felt energized to go and do.

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  • Blink

  • The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,286

In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read with contradictory messages

  • By Danny on 04-21-05

Inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-16

Very engaging topic and delivery. I am inspired to consider the effects of snap judgments in my own life.