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Thomas J. Olofsson

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  • Kanban: Visualize Work and Maximize Efficiency

  • Your Guide to the Basics
  • By: Gary Metcalfe
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
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    5 out of 5 stars 26
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    5 out of 5 stars 26

Implementing Kanban to your existing organization ensures minimal disruption and allows you to identify strategies to enhance your results and minimize waste. Kanban can help you with missed deadlines, communication gaps, product inconsistency, lack of productivity, rigid frameworks, and much more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great If You Speak Engrish

  • By Thomas J. Olofsson on 11-20-18

Great If You Speak Engrish

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Reviewed: 11-20-18

This sounds like a bad translation from Japanese to English. The sentence structure and syntax are offputting. He poor narrator did not stand a chance. I want to understand this stuff but can not go on listening.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,977

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Steven Casper on 01-24-08

I thought I knew this story.

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Reviewed: 10-12-18

What a terrific book. I am still processing it a week after having finished it. There is deep meaning here.

  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)

  • Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
  • By: Lyudmila Trut, Lee Alan Dugatkin
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs - they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken - imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story, fantastic book!

  • By Illyria on 11-21-17

History of Soviet Genetics Research

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Reviewed: 07-30-18

This book is a great primer on genetics. This book covers the history of genetics research under the Soviet system. In addition, it presents interesting facts about why we like dogs and how a wild dog differs from a domesticated dog. Foxes provide a good example for us as to how dogs became man's best friend.

  • Castigo Cay

  • By: Matthew Bracken
  • Narrated by: Matthew James Bracken
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

While still in his twenties, Dan inherited the schooner Rebel Yell. Soon after, he left the United States to embark on a series of voyages, mostly in pursuit of beautiful women and good times. While he was away from America, new federal taxes were imposed on luxury property, including privately owned yachts. Dan cannot pay these or other new taxes, so he can't return to the States without risking confiscation of his schooner. Instead he must always fly under official radar and earn a living by his wits while staying one step ahead of the IRS and other government agencies.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Bracken

  • By Brent on 07-22-18

Travis McGee is Reborn

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Reviewed: 07-16-18

This was infuenced by "The Deep Blue Goodbye" by John D. McDonald. I loved the original. I like this updated telling even more. The characters are more developed in Castigo Bay. Matt Bracken has an opportunity to revive a literary character and free him to right wrongs for a new generation. McDonald's books are fun but dated. When I read crime fiction from the 1930s I need to keep in mind that fingerprint identification was not yet widespread. Reading McDonald I need to remember that the internet and mobile phones were not every day tools. Bracken's characters must strategize around information freedom, instantaneous communications, and the ever watchful eyes of government. This could lead to interesting stories and hopefully to a series of books revolving around these new characters. I can not wait to see what he does with "The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper."

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,504

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

Wrestling with my brain

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Reviewed: 06-13-18

This simple concept made a difference in my day within hours of starting the book. I have not yet finished it and already I am recommending it to friends and family.

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  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • By: T. E. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Although T. E. Lawrence, commonly known as "Lawrence of Arabia’, died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greatest stories ever told.

  • By Stevie on 01-11-13

History the Way it Should be Written

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Reviewed: 06-07-17

This book is written by an educated man with a superb mastery of the English language. It is a pleasure to listen to. Each detail tells an important story. No boring chest thumping here. Lawrence was a soldier, statesman, and explorer. All of this comes out in his account of the Arab Uprising.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom gives a glimpse into the lives of Arabs as they lived before their world was carved up by the Western powers. T.E. Lawrence passes over some matters in an off-hand way but he never avoids sensitive topics. It is difficult, from our modern perspective, to remember that the Middle East was largely governed by tribal chiefs prior to WWII.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

Garden Softly and Its Almost Like Praying

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Reviewed: 02-19-17

This is a beautifully written and lovingly read book. The simple act of planting a garden becomes, in the hands of Robin Wall Kimmerer, a form of prayer. It is easy to forget that Robin is a scientist, as in PhD scientist.

This book introduced me to the idea that we, human members of the community of Earth, can do more than "leave no trace" or "leave only footprints." We can be active participants in the lives of plants. We can help them be better. Not through genetic tinkering but by using the plants and by helping to defend them against invasive species.

  • Skip Tracing Basics & Beyond

  • A Complete Step-by-Step Guide for Locating Hidden Assets
  • By: Susan Nash
  • Narrated by: Susan Nash
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
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    3 out of 5 stars 13
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    3 out of 5 stars 13

Every chapter of this book mentions skip tracing secrets that have been put to a practical test by thousands of skip tracers nationwide. Discover the tricks of the trade, from an expert who knows things and is not afraid to share them. Get a sneak peek at skip tracing's finer points and discover the skip tracer's magic tricks. Pick up secrets for your bag of tricks. Learn to skip trace like a pro by using techniques like suggestion and autosuggestion, tradecraft and trickcraft, misdirection & logical thinking, roping and deductive reasoning, and the invisible web and operation trust-me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening education.

  • By yisroel ackerman on 07-11-12

Needs a .pdf of resources

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-28-17

There is a needlessly long commercial for a course on skip tracing. Did they sponsor the book? There is no list of resources, that I can find, and going back to re-listen is not practical. This book begs for a .pdf list of resources.

  • Surrender the Sun

  • By: A R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she's barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she's completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Apocalyptic cold snap? Yes please!

  • By Chris on 11-15-16

Great Conclution

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Reviewed: 01-28-17

The characters are compelling. If you liked them in the previous books in the series then you need to listen to this to find out what happens.

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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,976

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Not Just for Bruce Fans

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Reviewed: 01-28-17

Hearing Bruce's story in his own words and from his own lips is worth the time and more than worth the money. If you are not a fan or simply do not know who Bruce is this book is still worth picking up. Bruce shares how he chose band members, how to manage a collection of personalities and how to avoid the pitfalls of wealth. Great stuff.