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  • The End of Growth

  • Adapting to Our New Economic Reality
  • By: Richard Heinberg
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humanomics

  • By Margaret on 12-14-13

Great message, Well told

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

Would you listen to The End of Growth again? Why?

Absolutely. Very relevant to anyone trying to garner how the future may play out. Suggest readers also read ABUNDANCE - The Future is Better than you Think, as it offers a more positive aspect to this story.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven Is for Real

  • A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
  • By: Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: Dean Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,772
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,006

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, yes. Believable? Um...no

  • By AudioAddict on 03-28-15

Robbed by the interview at the commencement of the

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I bought this book for my young son. He loved the interview, but hated the story, as he believed he already had the key information from the interview.

Would you be willing to try another book from Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent ? Why or why not?

No. This killed it for me

How could the performance have been better?

This is a childs story. Get a child story teller to convey it in a manner that opens a childs mind to the fabric of the story "in their brains", not an adults.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Content is there, It is lost in the delivery.

  • Groundswell

  • Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
  • By: Charlene Li, Josh Bernoff
  • Narrated by: Josh Bernoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

A groundswell is sweeping through your customers. Right now, they are writing about your products on blogs and recutting your commercials on YouTube. They're defining you on Wikipedia and ganging up on you in social networking sites like Facebook. These are all elements of a social phenomenon - the groundswell - that has created a permanent shift in the way the world works. Most companies see it as a threat. It's time to see it an opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tried...so help me I tried.

  • By Justin on 05-15-09

Very dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

What disappointed you about Groundswell?

The book offered no insights that I did not already know. I found it very frustrating.

What was most disappointing about Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff ’s story?

I found this book did not captures the digital reality, rarther it is something I would expect from a research company that learns about the real world through hindsight garnered through consultancy; to address problems that fast moving companies learn through fast, immediate, mistake led action. A book for those of the big corporate past.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Communicated in the manner of a consultatnt, rather than someone who actually lives the reality of the digital moment.

  • The Challenger Sale

  • Taking Control of the Customer Conversation
  • By: Matthew Dixon, Brent Adamson
  • Narrated by: Matthew Dixon, Brent Adamson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456

What's the secret to sales success? If you're like most business leaders, you'd say it's fundamentally about relationships - and you'd be wrong. The best salespeople don't just build relationships with customers. They challenge them.The need to understand what top-performing reps are doing that their average performing colleagues are not drove Matthew Dixon, Brent Adamson, and their colleagues at Corporate Executive Board to investigate the skills, behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes that matter most for high performance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Phil on 11-27-13

Would have preferred the powerpoint version

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

What disappointed you about The Challenger Sale?

Told in far too aggressive manner and is just a new version of an old story told with different words.

Has The Challenger Sale turned you off from other books in this genre?

I dont like reading books that can be better conveyed in a simple powerpoint presentation, supportted by a small training program. I do appreciate people who may not be well versed in sales, marketing and distribution getting some value out of this book, but to a seasoned sales person, it offered no new insights and it did not get me excited at all.

The best salespeople have always been, and always will be, those who are genuinely interested in people. Full stop. All the rest is pure common sense.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Matthew Dixon and Brent Adamson ?

no recommendation

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

dissapointment

Any additional comments?

no

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Harbinger

  • The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future
  • By: Jonathan Cahn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cahn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860

Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This will make you think

  • By Aaron on 11-08-12

Appalling piece of fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Would you try another book from Jonathan Cahn and/or Jonathan Cahn?

never

Has The Harbinger turned you off from other books in this genre?

absolutely

How did the narrator detract from the book?

hard to convey such a poorly constructed piece of fiction

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Harbinger?

the lot

Any additional comments?

In such a story the author should be compelled to tell the reader up front what they are trying to convey. I felt completely misled and ripped off by this poor story of fiction.

9 of 22 people found this review helpful