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  • 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 2,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506

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

outstanding book. I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I love this book as a Navy veteran, I loved it as a leader, and I loved it as someone who is trying to change their organization and Empower people to do more than they ever thought they could or would be allowed.

  • 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 4,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145

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

inspiring and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

if you find your leadership needs a shot in the arm, this is an excellent book

  • Wooden

  • A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court
  • By: John Wooden, Steve Jamison
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, Bill Walton, John Wooden, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 142

Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gold

  • By A. Sanders on 07-30-18

inspiring and instructive<br />

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

if you ever felt like your leadership was needing a shot in the arm this is the book for you

  • Head On (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps", robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS is why I read SciFi! Scalzi gets into your head (be it on or off)

  • By C. White on 04-17-18

super good

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I liked everything about it. especially agent Vans dialogue. a good story doesn't matter if you don't have characters that are interesting and enjoyable to follow. John does a good job creating those type of characters.

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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,826

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Coolio

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I just wish that it didn't end with an abrupt "to be continued." for that reason , they don't seem like stand-alone novels

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  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late-night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this one.

  • By NanaReads on 08-30-17

I was only interested to see how it connected

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

the story was fine. I was only interested to see how it connected to the Dark Tower series. as always, the author's character development was outstanding but the ending was merely sufficient

  • The Android's Dream

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,336

A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams

  • By James on 07-26-11

Good Story, Snappy Dialogue

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

I am rapidly becoming a John Scalzi fan. his dialogue reminds me of Robert B Parker whom I enjoy very much. I also enjoy the elements of a legal thriller overlayed atop of a science fiction story. the characters are likeable and draw you in. the narration adds to the story and does not distract from it.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,894

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

I didn't know what to expect but I was happily sur

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

story had a nice engaging Pace all the way through. I will definitely read more by this author

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,615

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Jumps The Shark ... Too Late

  • By JayDub 1000 on 05-29-18

great story in the Twilight Zone tradition

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

just got done listening to it for the second time. I think I enjoyed it even more

0 of 6 people found this review helpful