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  • Verbal Judo, Updated Edition

  • The Gentle Art of Persuasion
  • By: George J. Thompson PhD, Jerry B. Jenkins, Lee Fjelstad - foreword, and others
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123

When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control. Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kept thinking it was already started

  • By Kim Dushinski on 05-24-17

Should be required reading for everyone

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This book is not about how to fight verbally. This book is about how to talk to people. The author gives several examples from his own experience as a former police officer to make his point of empathy in the conversation. These little stories help you understand what he's talking about and then you can relate those situations to similar situations in your life.

It was shortly after beginning this book that I realized how much I need this book. As I went on, I realized how much everyone should be reading this book. The conversational techniques and tactics will begin reaping benefits immediately. Staying focused, engaged in the moment, and dedicated to the conversation using empathy as your primary tool, you'll find resolutions to situations that in the past you would have thought may have required a different level of engagement.

Spectacular book. Well narrated. #SelfDiscovery #Empathy #AngerManagement #Educational

  • Creative Quest

  • By: Questlove
  • Narrated by: Questlove, Fred Armisen, Tariq Trotter, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he's heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise listeners and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics - what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Questlove once again is my fairy godmother

  • By Richard on 04-26-18

Found some good ideas for encouraging creativity

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical about this book. I'm a musician myself and I have had no problems with creativity. However; I am the curious type of musician who's interested in the creative process of others and I'm always looking for good ideas and new methods to add to my own creativity. This book did not disappoint me.

I enjoyed hearing how Quest Love developes his work and what has influenced him along the way. He gets into detail of starting the creative process as well as breaking "writer's block" in anyone's creativity. Quest explains not only his own creative process but others he learned from over the years.

The book has it's quirky moments but if you understand creativity then you understand why. Sometimes there may be some musical bridge to the chapter or in the middle of a point he's making. Maybe he'll make a phone call or maybe give a drum beat to drive a point home.

The book isn't so much about teaching how to be creative as it is about encouraging a process that allows an individual to be creative. The book is well-written and the audible version is well narrated. #Creativity #Quirky #Inspiring #SelfDiscovery #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

Nice primer to his other books

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This was a good overview or introduction to the author's work. It describes how and why he got into his line of work. I was interested in the topic and thought to pick this up as a sample. I will likely grab his other books based on this.

This was interesting and the author makes no bones about sharing any credit due him for the book with his wife. I thought this was a personal touch that added to my enjoyment of the listen.

Recommended if you're thinking about picking up his longer work. My only criticism would be the narration can sometimes be too close to the mic or too far. They are short moments that are noticable but not irritating.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,658
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,265

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

A Great Listen With A Great Cast

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I found this original audible play reminiscent of a dramatized radio production. The story engages the listener in a way that had me listening to it all in one sitting. A good story with spurts of humor, moments of emotion, and a star studded cast to pull it off. Excellent work by all involved. #Funny #Quirky #Performance #Tagsiving #Sweepstakes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Escaping the Rabbit Hole

  • How to Debunk Conspiracy Theories Using Facts, Logic, and Respect
  • By: Mick West
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Author Mick West shares over a decade's worth of knowledge and experience investigating and debunking false conspiracy theories through his forum, MetaBunk.org, and sets forth a practical guide to helping friends and loved ones recognize these theories for what they really are. West puts his debunking techniques and best practices to the test with four of the most popular false conspiracy theories today (chemtrails, 9/11 controlled demolition, false flags, and flat Earth) - providing road maps to help you to understand your friend and help them escape the rabbit hole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ammunition for an Information War

  • By kevinf on 11-08-18

Ammunition for an Information War

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Part of the book does focus on some specific conspiracy theories. Flat Earth, 9/11, and chem trails top the list but there are references to others like the matrix, JFK and moon landing.

I don't consider myself a conspiracy theorist. My purpose for getting the book was to learn how to talk to those people that have started down the rabbit hole with regards to politics and fake news. I was happy the author touched upon these factors before the end of the book.

I found the same conversational tactics that are used for conspiratorial theories can be used in the fight against fake news and the political rhetoric it is sometimes surrounded by.

Even if you're not concerned about the conspiracy theories in the book, you'll find the same strategies used to flesh them out can be used in an information war on many topics. Well written and well narrated. #Conspiracy #FakeNews #SelfDiscovery #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Trumpocracy

  • The Corruption of the American Republic
  • By: David Frum
  • Narrated by: David Frum, James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Best-selling author, former White House speechwriter, and Atlantic columnist and media commentator David Frum explains why President Trump has undermined our most important institutions in ways even the most critical media has missed, in this thoughtful and hard-hitting book that is a warning for democracy and America's future. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoughtful and intelligent work

  • By David P. Burke on 02-26-18

Nice Rundown

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

This book was a nice run down of how we used to do some things in government and how things are different under a Trump Administration. It was enlightening to hear how a genuine conservative before the Trump administration sees how government can be eroding and corrupt from within.

David's timelines we're especially informative from my perspective. He goes through who knew what and when they were saying different... or knew differently while being a part of public policy.

The author did a nice job of describing the consequences of a Trump administration and a complicit Republican party. David makes a good case for a nation to come together and to recognize a democratic system in distress. The book is well written and Audible version is well narrated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Risk

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’ brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward and Disappointing

  • By Amit M on 10-04-18

A Warning Flare

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

The book does a good job of outlining the problems we will see in society with regards to science and weather if we continue under the conditions the Trump administration has set... or purposefully ignored in favor of it's own agenda.

I would say half the book is dedicated to defending the science and people of the national weather service. Deservedly so... however there were a few things Michael touched upon in the book that I had hoped to get more details of regarding EPA and Energy departments. Not surprising considering these department's tight lipped and under the radar policies though.

Overall a good book and well narrated. #Multgenerational #Science #Politics #Tagsgivng #Sweepstakes

  • Steal the Show

  • From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life
  • By: Michael Port
  • Narrated by: Michael Port
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you're speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More self-absorbed than authentic

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 12-09-15
  • Steal the Show
  • From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life
  • By: Michael Port
  • Narrated by: Michael Port

I found Michael highly knowledgeable

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

There is so much more to this book than the title. The author does a great job of laying out what you need to take over a room, how to grow confidence, and how to respond in the moment.

The book is told from an actor's perspective but Michael goes beyond that point of view. I believe he wants to help people give the performances of their lives in every aspect of their lives, not just on the stage or in public speaking.

Although Michael never mentions it, I believe this book will help anyone looking to start some kind of podcast or radio project. It has helped me enormously and I will likely listen to the book a few times to fully embrace all the information.

The book is well-written and the audible version is well narrated (by the author himself). #Multigenerational #SelfDiscovery #Confidence #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business

  • How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash
  • By: Michael Parrish DuDell, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and others
  • Narrated by: Michael Parrish DuDell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170

From the ABC hit show Shark Tank, this book - filled with practical advice and introductions from the Sharks themselves - will be the ultimate resource for anyone thinking about starting a business or growing the one they have. Full of tips for navigating the confusing world of entrepreneurship, the book will intersperse words of wisdom with inspirational stories from the show.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shark Tales

  • By Tim on 11-25-13

Helpful Guide

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This book was helpful in understanding what it takes to get a business started. There are a number of "Shark Bites" (interjected words of wisdom from the sharks) and "Shark Tales" (short stories from successful entrepreneurs of Shark Tank) to help tell this story. I thought this book was more of a guide than a handbook for starting a business.

I found this book to be more of a beginner to intermediate business learning medium. The book was helpful but if you take the books own advice and read two business books a month (as I was already somewhat doing), then you will find this information along the lines of what other business books already tell you.

What differentiates this book from others is the tips from the sharks and success stories from the show. A decent book for those starting out in business looking to become better entrepreneurs but not the last book on business to be read. Book is well narrated.

  • The Art of the Start 2.0

  • The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
  • By: Guy Kawasaki
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Whether you're an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur, or a not-for-profit leader, there's no shortage of advice on such topics as writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital, and branding. In fact there are so many books, articles, and websites that many startups get bogged down to the point of paralysis, or they focus on the wrong priorities and go broke before they discover their mistakes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a collection of about.com articles

  • By Lee on 06-15-15

Informative and Explanatory

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

The book can be used as a handbook for starting any project. The author explains what needs to be done from the ground up to make an organization successful. He deals with philosophies, people you should surround yourself with, and ways forward to become successful and growing.

While I would describe the beginning of the book that way, the rest of the book I would describe as Guy assuming you are a startup company and dealing with issues involving fundraising, investing, and partnerships.

I enjoyed the FAQ sections at the end of the chapters and found the author to be slightly witty at times and very knowledgeable. His recommendations for dealing with scenarios that I've never been in... I found to be tremendously valuable.

The book is well written and the Audible version is well narrated. #Entrepeneur #Business #Inspiring #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes