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  • Unlocking Potential

  • 7 Coaching Skills That Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations
  • By: Michael K. Simpson, Dr. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith - foreword
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster, Michael K. Simpson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

Michael K. Simpson, a senior consultant to FranklinCovey, has spent more than twenty-five years training executives to become effective coaches, mentoring and guiding leaders and managers to encourage and develop the talent of their people - the most important asset in any organization. In this guide, you will acquire the skills to coach your personnel from the ground up, maximizing their potential on a personal level, as members of the team, and as contributors to the organization as a whole.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing l've not heard before.

  • By Thomas Magney on 01-30-17

The Essential Coaching Handbook

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Simpson has assembled the essential factors of coaching in an organized and easy to follow guide. It is useful to the beginner professional coach, business leader wanting to coach internally, or as a refresher for the experienced coach. While the examples are based on corporate scenarios, this is equally applicable to coaching for personal strategic planning, individual performance improvement, and self-employment. Don't skip the epilogue. It would be better named "Creating Your Toolbox."

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,971

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Moving biopic

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Moving biopic of an important time in world history that tells more of the individual struggles than geopolitics.

  • Sleeping with Paris

  • A Paris Romance
  • By: Juliette Sobanet
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Charlotte Summers is a sassy young French teacher two days away from moving to Paris. Love of her life by her side for those romantic kisses walking along the Seine? Check. Dream of studying at the prestigious Sorbonne University? Admission granted. But when she discovers her fiancé's online dating profile and has a little chat with the busty redhead he's been sleeping with on the side, she gives up on committed relationships and decides to navigate Paris on her own. Flings with no strings in the City of Light - mais oui!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully slow & predictable

  • By DW on 10-08-17

Painfully slow & predictable

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

... and the story far too repetitive. Save yourself the time; you already know the ending.

  • Pastel Orphans

  • By: Gemma Liviero
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse, Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

In 1930s Berlin, young Henrik, the son of a Jewish father and Aryan mother, watches the world around him crumbling: people are rioting in the streets, a strange yellow star begins appearing in shop windows, and friends are forced to move - or they simply disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Family over anything"

  • By ILoveMyAngels on 08-06-15

A poignant retelling of a tragic era in history

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Bear with the slow and and elementary start as the story begins, as it is aptly described through the voice of a child. You will feel the astonishment, fear, outrage, anger, and sorrow in this moving story, beginning in a small village in Germany.

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing Mystery in Small English Town

  • By Debbie on 01-08-15

As many twists as the back road itself!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

This story is loaded with characters and at no loss for suspects for every misdeed, of which there are many. The plot is strong with many subplots. However, combining that with the many characters and lack of clear differentiation of voices, it is difficult to follow in some spots in the audible version. It is still very much worth the read. Enjoy!

  • Leaving Blythe River

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Will Ropp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 556

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he's barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it's up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he's his father's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Jennifer on 05-31-16

A great read for adolescents and adults alike.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

A lesson in the fallacies of our judgement and expectations of others, at any age, and the ability to grow in the face of adversity.

  • Reason to Breathe

  • Breathing, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Donovan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great story

  • By Tonya on 07-17-13

Powerful reminder of the truth for too many.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

This book was written with heart and reflecting courage in the face of the harsh reality experienced by too many others. The actual actions may be different, but the result is all too often the same.

  • A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

  • Long Beach Homicide, Book 3
  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 206

On a sweltering September night, Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime scene at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. A defenseless homeless man has been burned to death by three teenagers with gang ties. The suspects are already in custody, and the evidence is overwhelming - but when one suspect’s brother is targeted for murder, Danny starts to think there may be more to this seemingly clear-cut case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Dull and Boring Hallelujah

  • By Larry on 09-11-14

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-16

The story was slow and anticlimactic. the reading was uninspired and left me zoning out.

  • Almost Like Love

  • By: Abigail Strom
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Television writer Kate Meredith is having the day from hell. First, her show was canceled. Then her fiancé left her for another woman. Now, she's courting disaster by flirting with the hard-bodied, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy of her dreams… who also happens to be the man who fired her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable okay story. Great Narration.

  • By Tracy T on 02-21-17

A fun read, even though a predictable story line.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

A fun read, even though it is a somewhat predictable story line. It is well performed.

  • Defection Games

  • Dan Gordon Intelligence Thrillers, Book 5
  • By: Haggai Carmon
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Covert CIA agent Dan Gordon is used to sleeping with one eye open, but when his new assignment lands him in the dangerous crosshairs of international clandestine warfare, subterfuge reaches a whole new level. Gordon’s latest task is to rendezvous with a high-ranking Iranian General integral to the country’s nuclear weapons program who plans to defect with a trove of state secrets, but when the general doesn’t show, the night ends in a maelstrom of confusion and gunfire, leaving Dan bruised, bloodied, and with more questions than answers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Save yourself the time and just go to sleep.

  • By DW on 09-08-16

Save yourself the time and just go to sleep.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I love espionage books, and I have listened to Dick Hill before, but this was boring and poorly performer. He often dropped the accent mid sentence and the story itself was mundane and grueling to listen to.