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Brad Gillespie

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  • Gary Player's Black Book

  • 60 Tips on Golf, Business, and Life from the Black Knight
  • By: Gary Player, Michael Vlismas, Lee Trevino
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Gary Player's Black Book contains 50 questions and detailed responses from 18-time major winner Gary Player. The book, divided into three parts, focuses on specific scenarios and problems that arise in golf, life, and business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to live life, with a little on golf mixed in

  • By Brad Gillespie on 07-10-19

How to live life, with a little on golf mixed in

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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: 07-10-19

If you want to explore Gary players philosophy on life, hear his stories and learn about golf, a little bit, you picked an excellent audiobook.

I highly recommend this book unless you’re looking to play the game like Gary with specific technical tips. If you listen carefully you might hear the ups and downs of calming your mind on the golf course and in the business world.

You will get many specific and useful philosophical tips, plus things that have helped him over many decades of golf. I especially like hearing the stories from the 50s and the 60s that he helps me see as if it was yesterday.

The sections on how Gary Player helped South Africa through difficult transitions impressed me. It is hard to make good choices even when you know you’re right.

I especially liked that the book was read by someone who has a similar South African accent and can add that little extra bit of detail.

  • Parisian Charm School

  • French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi
  • By: Jamie Cat Callan
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Filled with advice and insights from Parisian women, this delightful guide shows listeners how to cultivate charm and mystique in the age of Tinder and OKCupid - to find lasting romance and connection.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious and disappointing

  • By Bethany Wilhelm on 05-06-18

Understanding your fabulous French woman

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-10-18

A very good friend of mine recommended reading the books by this author. It is like getting the secret code book to women of French heritage.

Men, if your woman is listening to this audiobook or reading it I highly recommend you Immerse yourself in joy a few hours and come to understand her a little bit better.

I highly recommend this audiobook.

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,906

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world", he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Make time for this Audiobook

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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: 06-18-17

I made my bed today.

Tomorrow you will too if you make the time to listen to this short, yet powerful, audiobook read by the author. I have watched the 2014 speech that this treatise is based on. I was skeptical of that I would get more. I received more than I expected, and I expected a lot. The detail fills out the ideas.

Make time. Now.

To the author: Thank you to you and all under your command that stayed awake while I slept. Thank you.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,625
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,610

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Excellent - similar to Call me Ted

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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: 02-26-17

If you liked "Call me Ted" the book about Ted Turner you will love this book. The detail of the hard times and the personal times stood out to me.

Warren Buffett called "Shoe Dog" his favorite book in his annual letter to shareholders. I will not disagree.

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insights into the Brain

  • By Tom Johnson on 11-28-12

Hard "read", worth the time, at double speed

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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: 02-24-17

I will recommend this audiobook with the caveat that because the situations are done twice, the wrong way then the right way, I had to increase the speed too 2.0 to keep my interest.

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  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,521
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,507

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

A path we all will walk

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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: 08-01-16

The author does an excellent job explaining and expanding a path we will travel. How we die is as important as how we live. Listen to this audiobook before emergencies bring hard choices, or quickly if you are facing them now.



I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • All By My Selves

  • Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me
  • By: Jeff Dunham
  • Narrated by: Jeff Dunham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

All By My Selves is comedy superstar Jeff Dunham's story as told by Jeff himself! This unique comedic audio release takes fans behind the curtain to explain how he turned a tired, vaudevillian art form into something truly modern and hip. Not only will Jeff reveal how he developed his act and lovable characters over the years, he'll also share the details of his life as working comedian and family man on the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Enjoyable

  • By Michelle on 12-11-10

Read by Jeff and the guys

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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: 07-08-16

Jeff does an excellent job reading the book. The guys pipe up occasionally and make it more like one of his live shows than a book. You will love it.

Thanks Jeff.

And, for those that know Jeff's act, if you don't listen to this audiobook Achmed told me to tell you:

"I keel you!"

  • Bull's-Eye

  • The Power of Focus
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,570

Clarity, Focus, and Concentration: Three strong attributes needed to hit the bull's eye! And just as you can develop your physical muscles through hard work and concentration, you can develop your mental muscles through continuous repetition. Bull's Eye will teach you how to unleash your powers for success and accomplish more in the next few months than many people do in a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Step-by-Step

  • By Gillian on 06-15-16

On target, still!

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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: 06-17-16

I have listened to Brian Tracy for more than 25 years and he still has it! This audiobook is clear, concise, and on target. I could say there is nothing new, yet it has the freshness with up-to-date examples and contains solid action item.

Over the years, when I have done what Brian teaches I have get results. When I stray... I get his next audio program and get back on track.

Get it now!

  • Eat to Live

  • The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
  • By: Joel Fuhrman M.D.
  • Narrated by: Joel Fuhrman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

When Mehmet Oz has a patient whose life depends on losing weight, he calls on Joel Fuhrman, M.D. In Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Dr. Fuhrman offers his healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding radical amounts of weight quickly, and keeping it off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The facts of what's healthy, and what's killing us

  • By Joseph on 07-02-10

If you are all in!

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Reviewed: 08-09-15

Clearly a better way to live and eat, for long-term health. In the beginning of the book the author says, "There is no try." Halfhearted effort will not do. If you have a high level of discipline or motivation, and want to go all in, I highly recommended this audiobook.

Works for me.

  • Fearless Facilitation

  • The Ultimate Field Guide to Engaging (and Involving!) Your Audience
  • By: Cyndi Maxey, Kevin O' Connor
  • Narrated by: A. Savalas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

As the workforce ages and younger trainers and managers emerge, facilitation skills take on a new importance and, with the increased use of social networks, new facilitation skills are needed. Written by two facilitation gurus, this book shows how to make any learning environment come alive. It outlines proven guidelines any trainer can use to unify groups, inspire creativity, and get audiences, teams, and colleagues to speak up, talk back, participate, and engage in meetings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Brad Gillespie on 08-02-15

Excellent!

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Reviewed: 08-02-15

As a speaker and trainer for the last 18 year I can highly recommend this audiobook. It brings useful, practical, and actionable ideas.

Things like having three clear points to get across, and specific deeper levels of preparation are shown in context of real world facilitations.

Get it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful