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  • Minding His Business

  • 40 Days to Excellence in Church Management
  • By: Don Corder
  • Narrated by: Derek Botten
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In most cases, when a church needs a lawyer, it hires a lawyer. When it needs a plumber, it hires a plumber. But when it comes to making business decisions, most churches convene well-meaning but often inexperienced volunteers to form a committee, then they take a month and vote on the color to paint a door in the nursery. Conducting business this way kills the vision and drains the passion out of right-brained, creative, relational pastors and ministry leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Business focused church leadership

  • By Ryan Rook on 06-28-18

Business focused church leadership

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

this book was exactly what I was looking for. It was a book about managing the business of the church. this book lays out a framework for addressing and managing key issues that church is faced with. I found it to be very informative and plan to use many of the recommendations with my own congregation immediately. I encourage and recommend any church administrator, Church business pastor, church executive Pastor, or anyone involved in a Ministry to take a look at this book to improve the way that they go about doing church activities.

  • The Deep State

  • The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Brian O'Neill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Mike Lofgren is back with a book perfectly pitched for the frenzied circus of the primaries. His argument this time is that for all of the backstabbing and money grubbing of the campaign season, the politicians we elect have as little ability to shift policy as Communist party apparatchiks. Welcome to Mike Lofgren's Washington, DC - a This Town where the political theater that is endlessly tweeted and blogged about has nothing to do with actual decision making.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great survey of our currently dysfunction

  • By Jim D. on 02-16-16

Decent overview, very well written

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I really enjoyed that Mr. Lofgren put together a framework for what the deep state is, and how it operates. I think he lays out concepts that most people who've studied politics understand in a easy to follow manner. Things like the military industrial complex, campaign finance issues, NSA overstepping of privacy. There was no ground breaking insight gleaned, and mostly seemed like his opinion to the topics. I enjoyed reading his perspective and definitely was reminded how costly constant war is to the common tax payer. I guess I was expecting to learn more about the behind the scenes, shadow government, that is not visible or discussed which I felt was not very present in this book. Worth a listen or read, though, and would recommend to anyone interested. It's so well written and he has great use of metaphors.

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  • Rise and Grind

  • Out-Perform, Out-Work, and Out-Hustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life
  • By: Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
  • Narrated by: Sway Calloway, Daymond John
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361

The New York Times best-selling author of The Power of Broke and "Shark" on ABC's hit show Shark Tank explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business and individual, and inspires listeners to Rise and Grind their way the top.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I wasted my time!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-27-18

Good, but wanted more from Daymond

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Big fan of the shark, just wanted more of his story. Book is a good collection of his pals. probably should read the power of broke for my wants. Great connection to learning more about Daymond's thought processes though. Excellent performance by Sway.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,786

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Good beg/end - middle lost me

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I didn't understand the story during the bulk of the middle. It really lost me. It started out so strong, and the ending was very good. I just lost interest for the bulk of the middle, to the point where I wanted to stop listening to it. Perhaps I need to go back to re-listen, but it was tough.

What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

He's one of the best. Love Michael York in this and other works.

Was Brave New World worth the listening time?

Idk...I'm glad to have listened to say that I have. But, was not a favorite and probably will not listen again.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,735

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Michael on 04-23-17

boring

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Audible, please edit out every time he says "new heading" it's a long slow read and couldn't wait for it to end

  • Every Man's Battle

  • Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time
  • By: Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker
  • Narrated by: Dean Gallagher
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

The challenge every man faces...the fight every man can win! From movies and television, to print media and the Internet, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations... but, thankfully, not impossible to confront them and gain victory over them! Millions have found Every Man's Battle the single greatest resource for overcoming the struggle and remaining strong in the face of temptation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing book, it will challenge you

  • By Matthew on 06-02-15

Written for church people, not average man

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

I am an assistant pastor and thought this book was not good. I was shocked at the thoughts of the authors about women. I think this sort of writing will reach people who already know it's wrong to lust after women but I do not think it will be successful with non churched men. it's really vanilla and just too...idk, white. I need something different to approach the issue of teaching this subject.

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  • Getting Ahead

  • Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level
  • By: Joel A. Garfinkle, Marshall Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In Getting Ahead, one of the top 50 executive coaches in the United States, Joel Garfinkle reveals his signature model for mastering three skills to take your career to the next level: Perception, Visibility, and Influence.The PVI-model of professional advancement will teach you to: (1) Actively promote yourself as an asset and valuable person inside the organization, (2) Increase your visibility to gain others’ recognition and appreciation for your efforts and (3) Become a person of influence who makes key decisions inside the organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revived and Focused at work.

  • By TAB on 10-29-12

Okay, but nothing sensational, bad audiobook

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

okay info, would rather have a copy for notes. I think there are some good tips and strategies to implement, but I recommend buying the book to be able to review easier.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,649
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,493

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

So Good!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark Watney, he's the main character in a book about a guy left alone on Mars. Isn't it obvious?

Which scene was your favorite?

When Watney used the various components to map a storm. So brilliant!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His overall will to survive, coupled with his ability to problem solve methodically.

Any additional comments?

Great book, language can be vulgar in spurts, but still great.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,832

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

great book for men and leaders

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

this story is incredible. if you seek adventure, look no further. if you want to read about an incredible journey that brings to light the tenacity of human will, this is a great book.

  • Detroit

  • An American Autopsy
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Avid Reader and Listener on 07-09-13

Excellent story and recent history of Detroit

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Detroit to be better than the print version?

I think the narrator does an outstanding job of getting the voice of Charlie LeDuff out of the writing. For that reason, I thought it was a good version compared to the written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Charlie, because he becomes like a friend - whether you like him or not, he seams like a real person.

Which character – as performed by Eric Martin – was your favorite?

Same as above

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

"Losers"

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for a great story about a guy who was accomplished around the world, then makes his way back to his hometown of Detroit - you'll love this story. Also, if you're looking for a recent historical account of Detroit and explanation of how things got the way they are or an explanation of how things are now in the city - this is your book. Worth the buy.