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Ernest Kiwele

Midrand, South Africa
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  • Wishes Fulfilled

  • Mastering the Art of Manifesting
  • By: Wayne W. Dyer
  • Narrated by: Wayne W. Dyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227

Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores, for the first time, the region of your highest self and definitively shows you how you can truly change your concept of yourself, embark upon a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible - and “all things” mean that nothing is left out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You Dr. Dyer...My Highest Recommmendation

  • By SweetForgiveness on 07-09-12

Masterful!!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

You may need to be open-minded to be welcoming to the message of this book... But you don't need that to realize how expertly it's been transmitted.

Wayne Dyer has some of the best ways of making it easy for you to get the message, to agree, or to disagree. I respect this very much and hope more authors like him bless us with their mind and heart...

  • Customer Success

  • How Innovative Companies Are Reducing Churn and Growing Recurring Revenue
  • By: Nick Mehta, Dan Steinman, Lincoln Murphy
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

The subscription business model is hot - from software to music to movies to diet programs, investors and public markets want businesses that create recurring payments from unlimited customers. The old sales and marketing methods can handle attracting new customers for growth; however, only in the last five years has a discipline emerged that views growth in relation to retention, not just sales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well structured and highly informative

  • By Ernest Kiwele on 01-15-18

Well structured and highly informative

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

What did you love best about Customer Success?

The book delivers on the promise of its cover. It became a little too technically practical for me, but that's only relative to my expectations. Those looking forward to actually implementing the concepts in organizations will love it even more.

What other book might you compare Customer Success to and why?

The 1-page marketing plan. Like that book, this one follows an outstanding structure that demonstrates research and masterful content organization.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration is good. There are some questionable passages where we learn phrases such as "Business to company" (after hearing "business to business"), or "Subscription as a service", ... This may be the author, the narrator, or the listener (me), but maybe that's also where a printed book makes particular sense.

Any additional comments?

The author combines good technical knowledge with real experience to lift the concept of customer success to the level of intuitive and practical knowledge for the reader.

How each chapter is organized and how all chapters are sequenced form a refreshingly pleasant and effectual way to write a book that's more and better than an outpouring of reference content.People in the software industry will be more likely to take more out of this book, as that is the author's background and that didn't escape the pages of the book. Most examples and even whole new concepts are grounded in the software delivery system. That, however, is just about predisposition, because the book makes the point of contextualizing in dedicated sections/chapters the applicability of customer success to businesses outside the (subscription-based) software paradigm.

I have learned to appreciate books that make a census of all that's related to their subject matter and set out to specifying it in light of all that it has to be contrasted with. It's a pleasure following such a book reading journey, it is a pleasure following this book's journey.

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  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,927

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

Pedantic runt

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would if I had friends doing psychology in college. I don't have any.

Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Cuddy? Why or why not?

Probably not

Was Presence worth the listening time?

Yes, but the "actionable usefulness" ratio doesn't exceed 0.2.

Any additional comments?

I particularly felt compelled to write a review for this book because it is of high quality and it is replete with rich information.

The author has a clear intention of bringing her technical expertise to the average mind in an understandable and relatable way. There is one enormous problem with the content, though, and here's what I'd say to the author for her next book, and to those who edit and type book descriptions:

1. I estimate 80% of the material is technical, about field researches that founded studies in psychology. Well, this is okay. However, no one can anticipate this by merely reading the subject, subtitle, or even the description of the book. Is that OK too?

2. The book is categorized as "Business / Leadership". There are many ways for things to make sense. There is no way I can imagine that as sensible. Is that just me? This is raw psychology vested in slightly layman-friendly language.

3. On the content: the author takes her time to detail (high-quality) content on researches that demonstrate what is hypothesized in the book. Don't get me wrong, I respect that. However, please be transparent and give readers a chance to anticipate/expect the right thing.

4. The actionable content of this book can be managed by a page: be in the moment of your challenges, enjoy the journey by being authentic while not neglecting preparation. Adopt power-enhancing habits through body language awareness; learn that your body can tell your mind what state to be in. Now the volume of the book is simply inordinate for that.

In short, this is a book that I'd otherwise respect. Had I known what I was going for, I'd have picked the printed version. The actionable part of this book is valuable but ridiculously dwarfed by the pedantic brouhaha that does little more than give the author a chance to exhibit results of her valuable, extensive researches. That unfortunately leaves too little for the common, average reader that could be attracted by the the book's labels.

  • The 1-Page Marketing Plan

  • Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd
  • By: Allan Dib
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330

To build a successful business, you need to stop doing random acts of marketing and start following a reliable plan for rapid business growth. Traditionally, creating a marketing plan has been a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why it often doesn't get done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You haven't read any marketing book like this one

  • By Ernest Kiwele on 11-08-16

You haven't read any marketing book like this one

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Where does The 1-Page Marketing Plan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among business books? Right there at the top. Among books? Surely in my top 10.

Any additional comments?

Most of us have read dozens of business books that attempt to teach us about sales and marketing.
They even go as far as saying that marketing is key. Well, this book doesn't do just that, it explains how marketing is up there in priority with the very design of your business.

It doesn't just contrast positioning with product-focused theories, it debunks some and sets others exactly where they belong.

Invaluable lessons to be learned on what a prospect is and how to treat him, how to craft your offer, how to make competition irrelevant (like that: make direct comparison to competitors an apples-to-oranges comparison), how gain the most out of your relationship with your customer, how to avoid the hell of commodity-based offers... And a ton more practical guidelines on how to change your mindset from an ad-for-sale business to one that's value, authority, and trust-based.

No book I've read on marketing comes near this one. It's simple for the rest of us, it doesn't get lost in the technical details of the marketing field, it is completely connected with the rest of what you have to learn as an entrepreneur.

It's an invaluable resource and I'll be sure to read it many times over.

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  • 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 4,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,930

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

A ton of blunt truth and transparency

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Where does How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the top 20.

What did you like best about this story?

Scott's eagerness to share as much information as possible, despite the number of potential setbacks to that.

What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator sounded like a true character of the book. Perfect voice to match the author's tone.

Any additional comments?

This is not just a book about some form of resilience to failure, it rather is a book about lessons learned along a life of rising back from failure and defeating obstacles.

The book would typically fail a "just enough content" test, but the "kind of the story of my life" subtitle would make up for that. You'll read about psychology, motivation, diet, and more; all from a self-proclaimed "not an expert at anything". It's interesting that all this apparently extraneous material didn't seem unnecessary. You may have read about all this in other books, but the context of this life story makes these lessons enjoyable in a completely different light.

The top lesson of course is about not letting anything be between now and the desired life, or making the most out of barriers. About that, this book doesn't disappoint.

A number of concepts will fail your quick test of reason (you'll think), but, hey, they're from a cartoonist!

  • Take the Stairs

  • 7 Steps to Achieving True Success
  • By: Rory Vaden
  • Narrated by: Rory Vaden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402

Do you ride the escalator or do you take the stairs? No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world", one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end - and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take the stairs they have my advertising

  • By Lpcemt-p on 07-07-15

Actionable advice, lost in author's background

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The most prominent thing I'd change in this book is the enthusiasm with which the author exposes some audacious assumptions.

Although most people would agree that divorcing one's spouse is rather a sign of of indulgent thinking (me included), I find it too bold for the author to have this supposed when easily classifying it as an "escalator mindset" thing to do, just like that.

There are many values he assumes, making the book too transparent, and making him seem sectarian to a considerable extent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The mother who robbed her own house.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this book is an experience with many up and down moments. The content frequently switches between great, insightful advice and very facile, light anecdotes or agenda items resembling a propaganda for his upbringing or training. Both of these sides can be seen as good or bad, making the book very fickle.

Other than this characteristic, I found it to have very actionable and practical advice highly substantiated. His persistence and focus on basic notions on self-discipline will make you think with your head above your shoulders.

There's a lot that I'm taking from this book, although I'm almost annoyed by the idea of listening to it again...

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  • Dream Year

  • Make the Leap from a Job You Hate to a Life You Love
  • By: Ben Arment
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

What if someone could guide you, step-by-step, as you identify, plan, and launch your dream career - in just one year. That's what Ben Arment does in his transformative coaching class, which has helped hundreds of people reinvent their lives to enjoy greater enthusiasm and fulfillment while also making a living. Now he's sharing his best insights, advice, and inspiring true stories in Dream Year. You'll find out how people just like you are discovering (or rediscovering) what they were truly born to do, then following a proven process to make it real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than I expected

  • By Melena on 03-01-16

Ben knew what he was talking about

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

Where does Dream Year rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20.

Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Sean Pratt is unique, and he delivers each time. Great narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Your dream, your life, your burden...all in your hands

Any additional comments?

This book, although being about "dreams", is very realistic. The author has found the perfect balance between motivation and practical guidance.Before even finishing the early chapters, you will realize that "this guy knows what he's talking about."I specifically appreciated the level at which Ben has mastered the subtle ups and downs of the journey, his understanding and easy anticipation of problems and setbacks.This book will motivate you, educate you, give you foresight, and support you. I found it very informative even after reading many other books on the topic.

  • Find the Good

  • Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer
  • By: Heather Lende
  • Narrated by: Heather Lende
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182

As she was digging deep into the lives of community members, Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her tiny hometown newspaper in Haines, Alaska, began to notice something. Even the crustiest old Alaskan sourpuss who died in a one-room cabin always had Halloween candy for the neighborhood kids, and the eccentric owner of the seafood store who regularly warned her about government conspiracies knew how to be a true friend - his memorial service was packed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life, Death, Grace & Humor

  • By Gillian on 06-22-16

Almost failed to find the good in this book

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The book has a lot of heart-touching stories and has been performed brilliantly. However, it fails to evince the point of "finding the good", as the title of a book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The top feature of this book is that it's both written and narrated by her who went through the task of engaging with people during somber times. She relates these moments with a sense that doesn't betray the depth of their ambient emotions, while stopping at the right time not to depress the reader.

What does Heather Lende bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Absolutely all it takes to make the difference. This isn't a perfunctory reading of the book, it's stories being told, songs being sung when their section is reached.

Do you think Find the Good needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. This book definitely contains the (bare) idea of "finding the good". It unfortunately lacks any notion on how she shifts perspectives or overcomes our common judging nature.It would really be good if she included more actionable lessons for those of us who still have to find the good.

Any additional comments?

If you love stories, you will not be disappointed after reading this. But beyond that, there is little to be read in this book as advice to help you find the good or even to catch yourself failing to do so.Beside this, your reading time will not be wasted as you will doubtlessly have the storytelling skills as well as the excellent narration to admire.

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  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • By: Mignon Fogarty
  • Narrated by: Mignon Fogarty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar - but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. More than seven million episodes have now been downloaded, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Olya on 05-19-15

So, sooo focused on what matters...

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Where does Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

4/5. The book is informative; I found it useful, but it certainly didn't cross the gate to my top 10.

What other book might you compare Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing to and why?

Slips of Speech (by John H. Bechtel). The approach, the tone, and the depth of their respective contents set both books on an island of handy grammar/usage/style books.

Which scene was your favorite?

I particularly loved the Dirty Words section, although this may be more connected to the shape of my knowledge before reading the book than to the content itself.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes you need to gain actionable and practical understanding of a subject. When that happens, you often have to swim your way to knowledge across seas of ponderous reference material or too good books written by know-it-all and eager-to-say-it-all writers.

This book has been written to serve as a reference in daily situations, without degrading content quality. It will make you aware of errors you've been overlooking and teach you in a down-to-earth manner to walk your way out of the grammar shame land. I have learned a ton of rules, debunked some spurious ones, and reinforced many more. Other than a few short sections on writing, which I found extraneous, this was a substantial read throughout.

Its accessible pace made it easy to digest and I'm sure I'll listen to it several more times to make it stick. Being read by the author, the book was performed with additional insight that would have otherwise prominently lacked for a book on grammar.

  • Teachings of the Buddha

  • Revised and Expanded
  • By: Jack Kornfield (editor), Gil Fronsdal (editor)
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book that necess focus

  • By Ricardo on 04-15-16

Powerful Words

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

What did you love best about Teachings of the Buddha?

It's a collection of pithy sayings that can distend one's mind. They can be read in minutes but can nurture thoughts that span days.

Which scene was your favorite?

The story of the goddess that swaps identities

Any additional comments?

This book goes straight to what it advertises to be about. It doesn't have extraneous comments and feeds you teachings that can reorient many of your approaches to and understanding of life and/or yourself.

It's needless to say that this is a book to be listened to several times. It is a great collection of inspirational ideas.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful