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  • The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan: Fourth Edition

  • How to Take Charge, Build or Merge Your Team, and Get Immediate Results
  • By: John A. Lawler, George B. Bradt, Jayme A. Check
  • Narrated by: Darren Stephens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Your first 100 days in a new leadership position are critical, as they set the foundation for your team's success going forward. The New Leader's 100-Day Action Plan helps you start gaining traction even before your first day in a new job. The playbook gives you a concrete strategy for getting a fast start - engaging the culture, setting direction, aligning the team, avoiding common missteps, and delivering results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent advice to prepare for final interview

  • By JayCadiram on 12-06-16

Excellent advice to prepare for final interview

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this book provides excellent advice and concrete examples which will be particularly useful for those who have been asked to prepare for that final interview for a new leadership position by outlining how they will undertake their new role in the first 100 days.

Any additional comments?

It is disappointing that this new version of the book only provides access to the materials and downloads for the previous version of the book. Frustrating and annoying and seems lazy on the part of the provider not to have provided updated links when they are clearly available on the book's own website.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Grace

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 2
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder. No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter - and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death. When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Time to get lost and find yourself in Three Pines.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-09-14

Return to Three Pines

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

In a moment of excitement that catches everyone's attention a woman is murdered in a way to complex that Chief Inspector Gamache doesn't sift through all the clues until the very last chapter. Meanwhile the death of a vagrant, new staff and the return of an unwelcome face complicate matters, to say nothing of an old case which nearly cost the Chief Inspector his career.

The story is fantastic and writing as beautiful as Three Pines itself and the narrator does a wonderful job of conveying the peace and tranquility of this little corner of the world. Each character is distinct and given their own voice and the listener is never confused or at a loss as to who is speaking.

The recording too us clear and well paced, not drawn out as can sometimes happen, and listening to this book at anything but normal speed would rob the listener of a delightful and enjoyable outing to Three Pines.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,431

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Gentle town, cruel secrets

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

Having read, and loved, the print version of this book I was keen to try and audio book and revisit the peaceful, gentle town of Three Pines, a place so vividly described that it becomes a character itself in this cosy murder mystery.

The narration is perfect for the book, gentle and thoughtful with just enough characterisation to distinguish each person and make it easy for the listener to know who is speaking. The pacing, too, matches the rhythm of the writing and the listener will never feel bored or that it is too slow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,807

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

action and zombies

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

This zombie fest never quite takes off. The incidences for zombie attack mostly place in contained environments and are limited to a handful of scenes. If you're reading this for an apocalyptic thrill you'd be best served trying elsewhere. If you're after an action thrill ride with a zombie flair then this book will sate your appetite.
The narrator does a good job with pacing, which has become so rare where reading unutterably slowly seems to be the norm, and each character has their own voice. The listener never gets confused as to who is speaking, and the narrator has also clearly spent some time researching the various accents. A good clear recording and no incidental music also mean that the listener is never pulled out of the experience.

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,573
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,605

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Galbraith does it again

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Another fantastic and enthralling entry in the Robert Galbraith series of books sees a series killer cut too close to home and revelations about Robyn create a rift in the close working relationship between Cormoran and Robyn.
The reader does a great job with all the different characters and each has their own voice - tones and accents are well done and there is a real sense of menace to those who are more shady.
Looking forward to the next installment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,435

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

gripping and excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

this riveting tale is expertly narrated and produced.
the narrator does a fantastic job of presenting each of the characters with this own voice and making them distinct from each other.
the incidental music is appropriate and reading is clear with good sound values.
I would recommend this title to anyone who enjoys The Walking Dead, The Stand or Let The Right One In.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You've Got It, Haunt It

  • By: Rose Pressey
  • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 792

Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion - and a murder mystery to solve! Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It's Vintage, Y'all, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte's ghost appears before her - offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • wrong narrator makes this difficult to listen to

  • By Meep on 05-26-15

unfriendly and unlikable protagonist ruins book

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

What did you like best about If You've Got It, Haunt It? What did you like least?

The story had a naive charm and a quiet country atmosphere which, coupled with the sprinkling of fashion references and tips, makes for a fun setting for a lighthearted murder mystery.

What was most disappointing about Rose Pressey’s story?

The main character is surprisingly angry, antagonistic and unlikable. She immediately take a dislike to the ghost, who is friendly and keen to not only solve her own murder but help the protagonist with her business and love life. This ruins the story, especially when the main character's sheer inability to follow up train of thought comes into play too (she thinks a ghost, who can't touch anything, may lock her in a closet!).

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with Wind Song, the cat who uses tarot cards.

Did If You've Got It, Haunt It inspire you to do anything?

Never to read another book in this series, unfortunately

Any additional comments?

I simply cannot recommend this book to anyone. The unlikable main character simply ruins the entire book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Plum Island

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,762

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

  • By Paul on 12-03-10

Not much mystery in this thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

The mystery in this thriller is minimal but the action and thrills are strong and rewarding. sit back and enjoy the ride as you listen to this fairly predictable story narrated with finesse.
Audio production is high quality and the narrator does a very good job with each character and individualising their voice. My once criticism is that when narrating conversations the reader is too slow - nobody speaks like that in real life unless they are half asleep or half dead.

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  • Orphans of the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

The Jordan Foundation sponsored the Proxima Centauri Expedition in 2119, in attempt to reach the nearer stars of the galaxy. But that was far in the mythic past. The original purpose of the Ship's epic voyage has long been forgotten, and for generations the giant spaceship, lost between the stars, is the only world that the people aboard have known. A strange civilization has evolved, with its own superstitions, savage religion, rigid class structure and mutant outcasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant first half, second half thrown in.

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 01-25-10

clichéd story jumps around

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-15

The plot of this sci-fi piece jumps around so much I had to had to double check that it was indeed an unabridged recording. That aside the story is full of cliches - although, they may not have cliches at the time of writing - and the whole story is really just a bit of a yawn - fest which is akin to a an episode of the classic Star Trek series than anything else.

The narrator does a passable job with the material to hand.

  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

  • Charlie Berlin, Book 1
  • By: Geoffrey McGeachin
  • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won the Austrailian Crime Writers Award for 2011

  • By Anniebligh on 08-06-12

Exciting slice of period Australian life

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

This book caught me by surprise as I knew nothing about it or the author. The story kicks off quickly and the mystery isn't one of the convoluted ones that populate the majority of today's books. the characters are endearing and the time and places well described.

The narration us clear and concise and the reader does a good job with the accents and pacing - a few of the books I've listened to recently have been read with such slowness that it's been jarring to listen to them at times, which isn't the case with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful