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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 2,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109

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

Nothing I didn't already know

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

My headline pretty much sums it up. This may be a good book for someone who has no people skills whatsoever or need to improve their ability to communicate.

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,827

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

In your face, take responsibility, reality check

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Just get the book, then challenge yourself to be among the 2% who will actually be tough enough to apply it's contents without excuses.

  • On Combat

  • The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
  • By: Dave Grossman, Loren W. Christensen
  • Narrated by: Dave Grossman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581

On Combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle and the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measure warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. A brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of domestic violence in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed.

  • By Jonah on 03-21-17

Should be required reading for all LE officers

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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: 10-06-18

Informative, sobering, chilling and all entirely necessary for anyone tasked with making life and death decisions as a part of their job...if you carry badge and you chose not to listen to this audio book, it's time to quit.

  • Way of the Warrior: The Philosophy of Law Enforcement (Superbia)

  • By: Bernard Schaffer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Now mandatory in Police academies, FTO programs, and universities! The number one law enforcement philosophy series. Written by full-time Police Detective, and author Bernard Schaffer, whose new hardback novel The Thief of All Light will be available from Kensington Publications in bookstores everywhere. Whether you're a hard luck grunt working the street or a white shirt administrator who'd need a GPS to find it, Way of the Warrior is for you. Equal parts biography and instructional guide, Way of the Warrior focuses on the core of the individual officer: the warrior spirit. It discusses how to successfully uphold the law and not lose your mind in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🏆🎧 ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 11-27-17

Almost a home run

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Bernard Schaffer is clearly a passionate officer with great insight in so many areas of the job. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall material Det. Schaffer covered and how much of the book was dedicated to the high level of ethics and integrity to which police officers must be held. Furthermore Det. Schaffer strongly emphasized how no officer can ever be too prepared for the dark reality of finding oneself in an active shooter situation with his sobering list of cases spanning the early 20th century to 2014. However, I simply cannot agree with Det. Schaffers opinion that criminal investigators, who have a belief in God, are immediately unqualified to be fact based case solvers. As he puts it, "You cannot serve 2 masters" you either place your faith in tangible, provable facts or you place your faith in the tooth fairy, both on and off the job. He equated investigators with a faith in God to having the same mind set as believing in psychics and fortune tellers...pretty ridiculous actually. In the final chapter, "The Red Pill", Det. Schaffer states he is an atheist which of course is his absolute Right. That being said, he is way out of line to insist that police officers who believe in God are less capable at performing their duties with clarity for "facts" than officers who are atheist. In addition, Det. Schaffer spent more time than was needed outlining his tumultuous relationship with his father, also a police officer, often stating his disapproval of his father's style and techniques on the job. That's pretty bad to throw your own father under the bus, in a book no less, with out giving him his own chapter in the book to explain his side.