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  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

  • By: Erika L. Sánchez
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for Chigonas who audible.

  • By Bexy77 on 05-21-18

I am not the perfect Mexican daughter I'm #3.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

The book was great, it reminded me of how many very Mexican cultural traits are in me both good and bad. I think this book is significant in light of our DREAMER (DACA) situation in the US. As a first generation American from parents that immigrated I recognized the themes in my upbringing, in the difficulties my parents experienced. I was reminded of my own coming of age and the conflicts of my Mexican culture and growing into an American woman. I also have a perspective of a mental health professional and the book hit relevant mental health issues some may or may not be typical in a Mexican household. I would give more details to but I don't want to give the story away. It was a good listen and it touched my heart.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Productivity Project

  • Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
  • By: Chris Bailey
  • Narrated by: Chris Bailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream - to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world's foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book on Personal Productivity

  • By Bob W.. on 02-26-16

How many ways can I not be lazy.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I liked this book. It had science supporting many things we know we should do but don't always know why. By presenting them in that way I was able to shift my perspective. I think we can all challenge ourselves to get to a super productive state for a season. I think Baily did a great job of exposing the various ways we fall into bad habits, use coping strategies too much and simply give up. However, I am in agreement we need to have breaks, I think we need them more than Bailey states and possibly cut away more of that which is taking up our time.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,914

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Ideal Leaders Should Starve Themselves

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Simon Sinek expands further into what leader ship need to be. If this book were an instruction manual for leaders many would not make the mark and not understand why. Being a truly humble leader can't really be measured I think it depends greatly on the workforce. I love the book it gives me a direction to strive towards not only in large noticeable ways but in small self fulfilling ways. In these areas my mindset and soul can be adjusted.

  • How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

  • Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority
  • By: Clay Scroggins
  • Narrated by: Clay Scroggins, Gabe Wicks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010

Every leader, young or old, resonates with the dead-end feeling of not being in charge. Too often the lack of authority paralyzes leaders, leaving them believing they must wait to be in charge until they can lead. One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority to lead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't what I expected, but pleasantly surprised.

  • By Wade on 11-04-18

Restart!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

What did you love best about How to Lead When You're Not in Charge?

It was easily listenable. It is from a Christian perspective but not overwhelming nor were there opinions forced on you. Scroggins life is in ministry and he does a great job on giving his perspective on leadership which is a Christian perspective. It is non offensive for a non Christian,--no fire and brimstone preaching, --it is a holistic look at work. Leadership books don't necessarily include the spiritual aspect of work. The perspective is founded in purpose and developing oneself to 100%. Where do you belong? I felt the book speaks to those who are younger who might not know how to behave or take action. It also speaks to those who are possibly stagnant in their career. It is a helpful guide to a jump start and look for a perspective shift.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Lead When You're Not in Charge?

I think in certain parts he deals with acceptance of the situation that is not going anywhere. Aims at diplomacy. Self evaluation and owning your part.

Have you listened to any of Clay Scroggins and Gabe Wicks ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed

Any additional comments?

It would be nice to hear how he deals with extreme and very difficult situations. Like glass ceilings or discrimination gender bias. Not looking at very difficult issues did not take away from the book at all, it was just not in the scope of the book.

33 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • The Schmuck in My Office

  • How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work
  • By: Jody Foster MD, Michelle Joy
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Everyone has a "schmuck" in their office - a difficult, disruptive person who upsets the workplace, confuses their coworkers, and causes concern. No one is safe from a schmuck. They come in many sizes and shapes. In her new audiobook, Dr. Jody Foster explains the entire spectrum of schmucks and how they can decrease productivity and generally make everyone else unhappy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Terminology

  • By Aileen on 07-01-18

Shmucks!? You might be the schmuck!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Would you listen to The Schmuck in My Office again? Why?

It is a very easy listen and gives insight to personalities in the workplace. It gives both high level psychology & lower level psychology. It can be a simple how too. It can also bring to light things about oneself and others we might not see or are not ready to face in a workplace setting. Worth a listen or purchase.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Schmuck in My Office?

Not one memorable moment but I like how the author seeks to thread the need to really work with others to resolve and reconcile. It shows the need to regard others not just fire them.

Have you listened to any of Christina Delaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No..

  • Good to Great

  • Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
  • By: Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,073

Built To Last, the defining management study of the 90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning. But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, over-the-top narration

  • By Anaxamaxan on 08-31-10

Good to Great is just good

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Analysis and studies are interesting, I would like to learn more about them. However, the author seems to want to create an ideology. Much if it is business 101 and general IO/Psychology & leadership.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was listenable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It was listenable. He made it sound too preachy, like this was the only perspective business leaders should take.

Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Good to Great?

Those starting to dive into the understanding of leadership, company culture and self awareness in the workplace.

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,877

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Info and entertainment - useful info

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Easy to listen to. Gives you insight into personality types. It is a good beginning into learning how sociopaths operate.

  • Childhood Disrupted

  • How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal
  • By: Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults but also affects our physical health and overall well-being. Scientists now know on a biochemical level exactly how parents' chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical "fingerprints" on our brains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • some disturbing content, overall very imformative

  • By Tryintolivenatural on 11-12-15

Must read for Psych Professionals & those healing

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Would you listen to Childhood Disrupted again? Why?

Yes, there is so much information it was hard to keep track of it all. Plus as a mental health worker it was important to understand how even an incident that might be considered small can have adverse effects on the body and mind.

What did you like best about this story?

Lot's of information in the form of research, many testimonies from those who have overcome the effects of trauma. Solutions were provided for those who need answers. The trauma/stress link to our body and mind is incredible and somewhat grim. Society has a long way to go when correcting this problem.

What about Callie Beaulieu’s performance did you like?

She was easy to listen to and was not over embellishing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Having freshly finished the book I am mostly in shock at my own condition.

Any additional comments?

The ACE test is the baseline tool for understanding trauma. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a key to maintaining wellness.