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  • You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News

  • Shocking but Utterly True Facts
  • By: Cracked.com
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 960

You're going to wish you never got this audiobook. Some facts are too terrifying to teach in school. Unfortunately, Cracked.com is more than happy to fill you in. Think you're going to choose whether or not to buy this book? Scientists say your brain secretly makes all your decisions 10 seconds before you even know what they are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Fit

  • By Dam Duck on 10-17-14

Bunch of facts and thoughts compiled in a book

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

It's an interesting audiobook though it is quite hard to follow in a straight run. You might want to listen one chapter at a time to make this book more enjoyable.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,899

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Very interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

+ Gives a good picture of who Elon Musk is
+ Interesting and well written book
+ He's a great man

- Not to much information about early and middle life, the book mostly covers the "first businesses to now" time period.

  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution

  • Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
  • By: Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, Jim Huling
  • Narrated by: Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, Jim Huling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

The 4 Disciplines of Execution provides a simple, proven formula for achieving the goals that every individual or organization needs to reach. From Marriott to the U.S. Navy, Covey and his team have worked with more than 200,000 people in hundreds of organizations to improve performance, identifying and honing four secrets of perfect execution: Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on the Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; and Create a Cadence of Accountability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a must read for every leader

  • By Erik T Frank on 09-06-16

Good overview of the method

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

+ The speaker is very engaging
+ The material is easy to assimilate, well written
+ Something that could actually be useful to our society

- Spends a lot of time bragging / trying to demonstrate credibility
- Mostly looking from the 'high management' perspective

  • The Fundamentals of Public Relations

  • What It Is and How to Do It Well
  • By: Joseph Harasta
  • Narrated by: Bob Dunsworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Fundamentals of Public Relations: What It Is and How to Do It Well gives listeners a complete understanding of the essentials of the discipline and teaches them how to apply and practice them successfully. While many standard textbooks concentrate on explaining what public relations is, The Fundamentals of Public Relations also emphasizes how to conduct public relations and initiate successful public relations tactics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good for startups, business owners

  • By Michael on 08-29-17

Good for startups, business owners

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

The audiobook was very instructive albeit the monotone and somewhat uninspiring narration. It provides a very good overview on what PR is and how to use it within your organization.

By listening to this audiobook you will learn:

+ Why is PR important for your business
+ What PR can do and cannot do / misconceptions
+ Who PR deals with
+ Your PR opportunities
+ What is the relationship between medias and PR - quite long and informative chapter
+ How should your PR behave
+ What skills is required for effective PR
+ Some useful rules to follow

I think the whole book lacks to understand its target audience and doesn't give enough examples, or at least real world business-related examples. It however remains an easy to understand book that covers the topic in-depth.

It's a great addition for those interested in startups books or for curious minds desiring to have a kick start in PR. I don't think the book would be a great for academics who already studied in that field - go with the marketing equivalent instead.


TL;DR; the book won't give you advanced mind-controlling techniques and ninja PR skills. Read it if you'd like to understand what's PR all about (the title says it all).

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  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,925

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theory and Practice merged

  • By Peter on 11-23-15

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This is the story of an IT manager who inherited a CTO position and learning how to manage property his team. Interesting story and well narrated. Puts emphasis on mistakes and how to fix them.

  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,733

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Billy G. Gruff on 05-14-16

The PDF isn't required..

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

This audiobooks makes me think of the book How to Win Friends and Influence People. It's pretty much the same thing but with different concepts.

It's well-read, interesting and quite good. It does refer to the (non included) PDF a few times but if you have imagination you won't need the book.

Recommended listen.

  • The Brewer's Tale

  • A History of the World According to Beer
  • By: William Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Christopher Sutton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

The Brewer's Tale is a beer-filled journey into the past: the story of brewers gone by and one brave writer's quest to bring them - and their ancient, forgotten beers - back to life, one taste at a time. This is the story of the world according to beer, a toast to flavors born of necessity and place - in Belgian monasteries, rundown farmhouses, and the basement nanobrewery next door. So pull up a barstool and raise a glass to 5,000 years of fermented magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good insights!

  • By Michael on 03-08-16

Good insights!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Covers the history of beer and give information on certain types of beer (abbey, lambic, seasons, IPA..). It's well explained and very insightful.

If you're looking into specific techniques or technical information, I'd recommend YouTube videos. Else, this gives a good overall feel of brewing.

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  • The Spontaneous Healing of Belief

  • Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits
  • By: Gregg Braden
  • Narrated by: Gregg Braden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, you will discover that you are not limited by the laws of physics - nor by the laws of biology...and that the DNA of life is a code that may be changed and "upgraded" by choice!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener!

  • By Rebecca Park Totilo on 04-02-12

Correlation is not causation

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What disappointed you about The Spontaneous Healing of Belief?

While quantum mechanics and living inside a computer are somewhat new concepts, I don't think these should be used to explain the content of this kind of audiobook.The author doesn't seem to understand these andvanced concepts. He even tries to adapt them to support his thesis. You can't just take experimental science and distort it to support your pseudo facts. It just doesn't feel right and if you know a little about quantum mechanics you will not like this book.

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

By listening to this book, I felt anger and disappointment. I feel that there are a lot of good concepts and insights concealed in Gregg Braden's work but I dislike how he assumes that the very things we don't know are actual facts for his theory.

Any additional comments?

Frankly, you too can read about science and develop your own theories. Go pick a buddhist book and a quantum mechanic book. Mix them together and voilà.. you'll see the world differently. Too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Astronomy

  • Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'
  • By: Philip Plait
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scullin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Answers to the astronomy questions that matter.

  • By Steven on 12-07-10

Knowledge is power

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

Reviewed: 01-08-14

A very good audiobook about science and misconceptions about astronomy all around the world. Even though the story is starting to be a little bit old (written in 2002), only the last chapter of the book will feel a little bit odd.

Philip Plait does a great job explaining the misconceptions and doesn't dwell in unecessary science details. He's very factual and straight to the point.

I liked to listen to this book. The narrator was convincing and very engaged. If you're looking for a fun and instructive book about astronomy and science without the technical stuff.. well this is for you.

  • Made to Stick

  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Very good material!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-13

The book is well written and gives a lot of insightful examples. I definately recommend this book to someone who wants to learn how to make an impact in your environment.

At first I hesitated to buy this book. After listening to it for about an hour, I began learning new stuff and seeing things differently.

It's a must buy if you want to learn new communication skills.