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  • The Heart of Leadership

  • Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow
  • By: Mark Miller
  • Narrated by: Jim Manchester
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Like Miller's previous books, this one follows the life, learning, and influence of Debbie Bruster. Here she finds herself mentoring Blake Brown, the son of her former mentor. Rather than answer Blake's questions about leadership directly, Debbie introduces him to other leaders, each of whom shares a unique perspective on what really makes a leader successful. As Blake puts the pieces together, he discovers his problem is not one of skills but of character - that leadership is more about the heart of the leader than the head or hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong, Principled Book

  • By Paige on 06-18-18

Strong, Principled Book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Very good content which is told in an easy to follow story. I would recommend.

  • Building a StoryBrand

  • Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
  • By: Donald Miller
  • Narrated by: Donald Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,549

Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts to Feel Like One Big Ad for Authors Product

  • By ManBearPig on 12-06-17

One of my favorite marketing books

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

This is a great book. Overall simple and practical to implement--you can actually take the book and act on it immediately. There is enough explanation of the reasoning to buy in to the philosophy to want to implement it.

  • 57 Hot Business Marketing Strategies

  • Offline and Online Marketing Techniques, Tips and Tricks from Successful Entrepreneurs
  • By: Tom Corson-Knowles
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Why struggle to "reinvent the wheel" of successful marketing when you can just learn from entrepreneurs who have tried and tested everything you could imagine? Marketing is easy when you follow proven marketing strategies!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good overall

  • By Dmurphy on 02-28-17

Somewhat random compilation

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

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

Not sure.

If you’ve listened to books by Tom Corson-Knowles before, how does this one compare?

It was a random assortment of ideas (many of which the author acknowledges were not his own, for which he gave proper credit). It was also more directed towards retail.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Greg Zarcone?

n/a

Did 57 Hot Business Marketing Strategies inspire you to do anything?

n/a

Any additional comments?

None

  • Habit Stacking

  • 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less
  • By: S.J. Scott
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Discover: How to add dozens of positive changes to your daily routine. Want to improve your life, but don't have enough time? Right now you could easily think of a dozen ways to instantly improve your life. Odds are, these ideas will only take a few minutes apiece to complete. The problem? You might feel like there's not enough time to do all of them. One solution can be found using the power of "habit stacking."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Title is the Book

  • By Debbie on 07-28-14

Different Approach

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

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

Interesting and different approach. Good, easy listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Habit Stacking?

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

n/a

What did you learn from Habit Stacking that you would use in your daily life?

Focusing on changing routines instead of focused on simple actions.

Any additional comments?

No.

  • The Other Wes Moore

  • One Name, Two Fates
  • By: Wes Moore, Tavis Smiley (afterword)
  • Narrated by: Wes Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful lesson in self-determination

  • By Aneesah on 02-04-13

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

What did you love best about The Other Wes Moore?

The premise of the book is very interesting---the juxtaposition of two individuals, who happen to share the same name and several other characteristics, who have dramatically different outcomes.

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

For as much thought as the author gave to what set the two apart, the author seemed to undervalue the tremendous opportunity/change in his course that came from attending military school.

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  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've been hit by a freight train

  • By Dave on 06-23-09

You think you know the story, but you don't.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

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

Yes. It was well publicized at the time, but so much of what came out about this came out later and I did not see it at the time. It will make you angry (to see it as preventable) and make you sad (as you really get to know the individuals).

What three words best describe Don Leslie’s performance?

Good storyteller. The end of the book was a little weak in terms of the telling of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long to do that. I listened on multiple car rides. You need to be doing it in hour plus chunks--not 10-15 minutes--particularly in the beginning because there are so many facts and character details.

  • Peaks and Valleys

  • Making Good and Bad Times Work for You - at Work and in Life
  • By: Spencer Johnson
  • Narrated by: John Dossett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Embrace your peaks and valleys

  • By MzNewton on 12-31-15

A good thing to read at a "peak"

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Peaks and Valleys the most enjoyable?

It does weave it as a story to keep it interesting.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Peaks and Valleys?

It is a reminder that, while the peaks can be crazy, you cannot forget to take the time (which is tough to do) to lay the groundwork to smooth out, or even avoid, the valleys.

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What did you love best about The Checklist Manifesto?

Its simplicity of a solution makes it very doable.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the look at two critical industries as the compelling basis for the theory.

Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

n/a

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

n/a

Any additional comments?

Great book. Easy listen, but definitely worthwhile. You will definitely get your money's worth.

  • This Year I Will

  • How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True
  • By: M. J. Ryan
  • Narrated by: M. J. Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rapid fire information

  • By Sara on 01-13-14

Well Done in an Area that is Overdone

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

What made the experience of listening to This Year I Will the most enjoyable?

It was realistic and non-judgmental. It recognized that failure and the human condition are part of the process.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

N/a

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Again, that failure is part of the process and does not have to be the end of the process.

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  • Boys Adrift

  • Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
  • By: Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startling, well-researched view...

  • By Kirt on 08-14-08

It will make you stop and think

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

If you could sum up Boys Adrift in three words, what would they be?

Thought-provoking, reasonable, realistic

What did you like best about this story?

It dealt with realistic issues in raising young men.

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

N/A

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That one has to really consider the long term effects of addressing (non-dramatic) behavioral issues with drugs.