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  • Influence

  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book. You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gulp, gulp: Here's my review

  • By Jerry L. Cook on 04-10-18

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Lots of great information in this, but it beats a dead horse with the amount of time spent covering the same thing. The narrator can be quite annoying at times. I heard what I can only describe as "mouth sounds" when there was otherwise silence. He also has big heavy breaths, both inhaling and exhaling at the start or end of sentences, and sometimes even in the middle.

Even with the narrator distractions its still a good book.

  • Ask

  • The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy...Create a Mass of Raving Fans...and Take Any Business to the Next Level
  • By: Ryan Levesque
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

The "mind-reading" system that is revolutionizing online business. Do you know how to find out what people really want to buy? (Not what you think they want, not what they say they want, but what they really want?) The secret is asking the right questions - and the right questions are not what you might expect. Ask is based on the compelling premise that you should never have to guess what your prospects and customers are thinking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the first half

  • By Samuel on 11-08-15
  • Ask
  • The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy...Create a Mass of Raving Fans...and Take Any Business to the Next Level
  • By: Ryan Levesque
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks

bonuses link is 404

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

bonus link to content that should make the book easier to understand is a dead link now, so this audio book is junk now. I would suggest passing on at least the audio version of this book, but for what I know about the author this kind of douchbaggary is to be expected.

  • Your First Listen

  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34,430
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,606
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,753

Your Audible adventures begin right here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great

  • By aareal on 11-23-08

Why can't I delete this?

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

What disappointed you about Your First Listen?

I'd really like to be able to completely delete this so I never see it again.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'd love to listen to someone tell me how to delete this

How could the performance have been better?

by letting me delete this.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Your First Listen?

This book from my library.

Any additional comments?

Delete this book from my library.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,718

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

great book

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

the story was great, but the performance was what really made it wonderful. I have to say that I look forward to future books from this author. what got me interested in the book was an interview he had on star talk, a podcast. he talked about how the science in this book was even more accurate than his other book, the Martian.

  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was not so persuaded

  • By Ryan R. Wixom on 02-13-18

I'm done with Scott Adams books.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Adams tries to connect a to c, but b doesn't seem to fit. his a and c seem believable, but how he gets there is a trip through fantasy land. I couldn't finish it and it's the 2nd book of his I've returned. I won't get another of his books unless Dilbert is the main character.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • How to Talk to Anyone

  • 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
  • By: Leil Lowndes
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Leil Lowndes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,554
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,532

What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It could do with some editing

  • By Gudrun on 04-29-16

Just awful, complete rehash of How to Win Friends

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Would you try another book from Leil Lowndes and/or Joyce Bean and Leil Lowndes ?

Just awful, complete rehash of How to Win Friends & Influence People. I just listened to the other book before this one and she starts off talking about the other book and she might as well have just started reading this book. One of the few books I am going to get a refund on.

Has How to Talk to Anyone turned you off from other books in this genre?

It will make me look harder to make sure the book I'm buying is not an inferior rehash of a book written 80 years earlier.

Which scene was your favorite?

When I stopped playing it and went onto a different book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment in the un-originality.

Any additional comments?

Don't get this book.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • How to Bake Pi

  • An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics
  • By: Eugenia Cheng
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 230

What is math? And how exactly does it work? In How to Bake Pi, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic of mathematics - sprinkled throughout with recipes for everything from crispy duck to cornbread - that illustrates to the general listener the beauty of math.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mathematics is easy, life is hard.

  • By Bonny on 08-06-15

7 minutes

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

I hated the book that I stopped listening 7 minutes in. I disagreed with a few minor points in that time but what really made me return it was the narrator. I could not stand to listen to her.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

  • Kind of the Story of My Life
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining - but not too Coherent

  • By David J. Hudson on 04-17-14

love Scott Adams, but hated this book

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

I hated it so much it was the first audible book I returned. I'd pass on this if you have anything better to do, even listening to the dead air where an ad would have been on the rush Limbaugh radio show would be a better listen.

  • The Psychology of Selling

  • Increase Your Sales Faster and Easier Than You Ever Thought Possible
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

Brian Tracy, one of the top professional speakers and sales trainers in the world today, found that his most important breakthrough in selling was the discovery that it is the "Psychology of Selling" that is more important than the techniques and methods of selling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this most certainly works

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-24-15

The performance killed it for me.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-15

What did you love best about The Psychology of Selling?

There were some good tips. It was not 80/20 good, but there were still some things I wrote down.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Tracy?

Someone that was not doing the recording in their home. I thought the person that did the narration was fine as far as they read, it is all the annoying distractions that I could hear, beeping, page turning that really killed it. It sounded like it was recorded at someones home and not like the other books I've bought from audible.

Any additional comments?

There are a few time, and by a few I mean +15 times where it sounds like the start of the sentence was said from within a box and mid way through it he removed the box. There are also beeps or buzzes that you can hear throughout the recording. The most common sound to hear was paper being turned. I am assuming that this was the script that was being flipped. I have no idea why none of this was caught in editing and rerecorded.

As for the actual story I did find some of it useful and do plan to implement it into what I do. If ever there was an update to the book I really hope they take out the several parts where it wants us to say things about how great we are. He tells us to do this at a minimum 4-5 different times.

I do plan to listen to the book again to make sure my notes are complete, but I do not see this being a book I reread or listen to over and over like the 4 hour work week.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Tarkin: Star Wars

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,756

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly…. and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, but not earth-shattering

  • By kalei on 11-20-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

In a few places the music makes it difficult to hear the story. Other than these few times it was a great story and great performance.