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  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

Sacred Text

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

All writing is sacred in its intentionality. A lifelong reader of sixty years, I have finally found a text I would put in the category of sacred. Its gifts are too manifold to list. The beauty of the writing may be enough in itself but that is only the bark of a great tree that reaches back in time, offering shelter, sustenance and the magic of photosynthesis. Perhaps others will not find as much meaning and hope in this book. But, for me, it has provided insights that dissolve dread into anticipation. We are out on a limb that is laden with our number and our greed but Robin Wall Kimmerer shows us that we can and must reach for the regeneration of a new language atavistic and wise. There is old wisdom that can guide us if we choose a different path to a greener world. In this book, they are made apparent and accessible.

  • Let My People Go Surfing

  • The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
  • By: Yvon Chouinard, Naomi Klein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Grove, Yvon Chouinard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard - legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. - shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From the Heart

  • By Colin on 10-03-16

Shifting Paradigm

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

We are in a time that will require significant paradigm shifts to save our species and any semblance of our ecosystem. Yvon Chouinard started providing the example long before most of us knew that it might be needed. This is the guru pointing the way forward.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,642

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Kingsolver at Her Best

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

While this is not my favorite Kingsolver book (to be sure all of her books are favorites in the universe of modern writers,) I would say that it is her at her best; nuanced, studied, imaginative, and so well written. It is a commentary on the micro and macro woven in a compelling story that makes you sad to say goodbye to the characters.

  • Dare to Lead

  • Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,266

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? This audiobook answers this question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Similar, but insightful nonetheless

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-18

Probably needs more than one listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This is a bunch of soft and squishy stuff delivered on a convincing platter of science...ish metal. Truthfully she all too often refers to her “research” with little or no explanation of the research. Nonetheless, she delivers a very rational explanation for what is easy to write off as psycho-babble but that is essential to personal and team growth. I will be working to make use of much of this content, which will require more than a distracted listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 if You Need Convincing

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

If you are someone who does not think in checklists or has not put them to use, this is a must-read. The stories are compelling and he is convincing. If, on the other hand, you are someone who uses checklists and are looking for practical information to improve those skills, this will be lacking. He leads you to the edge and then leaves you there. For example, he makes fairly clear that there are important differences in the ways that checklists are used, but he fails to name the variables or go into the difference. He is clearly focused on emergency checklists but he does touch on project checklist without talking about the differences. The one place that he talks about things that checklist should include, it is clearly relevant to emergency or short projects. There is a lot not covered here. But to be sure it is an enjoyable read and very convincing of the power of checklists.

  • Servant Leadership in Action

  • How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results
  • By: Ken Blanchard, Renee Broadwell
  • Narrated by: Natalie Hoyt, Jeff Hoyt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

We've seen the negative impact of self-serving leaders in every sector of our society. Not infrequently, they end up bringing down their entire organization. But there is another way. Servant leaders lead by serving their people, not by exalting themselves. In this collection, edited by legendary business author and lifelong servant leader Ken Blanchard and his longtime editor Renee Broadwell, leading businesspeople, best-selling authors, and spiritual leaders offer tools for implementing this proven - but for some, still radical - leadership model. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Anonymous User on 08-14-18

Not great service

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book is written from a heavily Christian perspective. This seems somewhat ironic because throughout the book the message is to serve all. But because the message is so heavily steeped in Christian mythology it seems to be narrowly focused. The book is like a series of written sermons. There is very little offered in terms of supporting information. This is not the first time I have found myself in an Audible book that is from a considerably narrow Christian perspective. I wish that they would provide labeling for this.

There are many times that this very conceptual approach begs for a broader more researched perspective. The concept of trust is repeated throughout and at almost every mention, I wanted a definition of the way this vague concept was being used. Like so much of American Christianity, there is this sort of absurd character of the humble hero. It is the blue-eyed Jesus, here to provide salvation, even to those who do not know they need it. Despite the projection, it is hardly humble.

Though disappointed in this bias and unresearched perspective, one cannot help but be drawn to the concept of Servant Leadership. Like a sermon, one can be inspired by some of what is here, even if filtered through a heavy dose of cynicism, as it was with me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Conversion Code

  • Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales
  • By: Chris Smith
  • Narrated by: Chris Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

The Conversion Code provides a step-by-step blueprint for increasing sales in the modern, Internet-driven era. Today's consumers are savvy, and they have more options than ever before. Capturing their attention and turning it into revenue requires a whole new approach to marketing and sales. This book provides clear guidance toward conquering the new paradigm shift towards online lead generation and inside sales.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long form sales, get to the point

  • By Strat Parrot on 01-24-18

Very Actionable

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

If you don't like books that are aggressively self promoting, as I normally don't, you will need to get over that because this book has a lot of great actionable material. His presentation, that at first seems unprofessional, soon becomes endearing.

More important than the single nuggets are the ways that they fit together to create a comprehensive system. After listening to the book I immediately bought a hardcopy and am meticulously going through it to improve marketing and sales in my company.

I listen to approximately one business book a week and have for several years. For sales and marketing, this one is at the top of the list.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • An Everyone Culture

  • Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization
  • By: Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey, Matthew L. Miller, and others
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

What if a company did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone could overcome their own internal barriers to change and use errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth? Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey have found and studied such companies - deliberately developmental organizations. A DDO is organized around the conviction that organizations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people's strongest motive, which is to grow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great message, but a dreadful listen

  • By Paul on 08-08-18

An Everyone Culture May Not be For Everyone

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-17

It seems likely that the vast majority of companies would be completely uninterested in this approach. I'm pretty Kumbaya and it was often a bit too much for me. For one thing these companies are medium to large businesses, meaning that they can distribute extra overhead over a lot more sales. For another thing, this is a deep dive into psychological development. It is rare to find people with tolerance for this, much less whole companies that can inspire it.

Nonetheless, most companies should be interested in development at some level, even if it is only skills training, and this book lays out a framework for the meta structures that make a learning community more possible.

While this is unlikely to be an approach that most companies, especially small companies, will want to embark on, I have ordered a hard copy and will seek to undertake much of this in my small 10 person company, with the idea that it is best to set such cultural standards as early as possible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Play Bigger

  • How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets
  • By: Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, Christopher Lochhead, and others
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428

Winning today isn't about beating the competition at the old game. It's about inventing a whole new game - defining a new market category, developing it, and dominating it over time. You can't build a legendary company without building a legendary category. If you think that having the best product is all it takes to win, you're going to lose. In this farsighted, pioneering guide, the founders of Silicon Valley advisory firm Play Bigger rely on data analysis and interviews to understand the inner workings of "category kings".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most impactful new thinking of the year

  • By Chris Guest on 12-21-16

Very Silicone Valley

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-17

This is one in the crowded category of how to be The Best. In that sense, they failed to create a new category, which is largely the subject of the book. Nonetheless, they do a fairly nice job of laying out the components of creating a category. While their focus is on Google, Facebook, Uber, etc., it is not hard to translate this to more humble setting that that are the lives of most people taking in the book. I would have liked a bit more of the application to companies and lives that are not going to start new industries or liberate India, but there is is plenty here to work with.

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,927

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

High Drama Low Value

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

This book was written by the guys who sat in the back of algebra class, not paying attention and drawing war pictures. It is actually sort of comical; even their speaking comes out as machismo staccato burst of gunfire.

If you like war stories with lots of oorah, you may well like this book. If you are looking for smart business content, not so much.

Their formula is to tell a war story, relate it to a business principle and then tell a corresponding business story. The war story part makes up about 80% of each chapter. It is war porn with lots of bravado and oft repeated superlatives of brotherhood and bravery. The principle takes up about 5% of each chapter and the business story about 15%. Sadly the principles are sophomoric. If you eliminated the war stories from this book it would have almost the same value and it would not be rated very well by anyone.

There are other business books written by military folks that are excellent, such as Turn This Ship Around by L. David Marquet.