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  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,097

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but flawed.

  • By Nicole S. on 07-25-14

Great book, Good for all ages!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is a great story and easy for all ages to enjoy, say 15 and up. I tried to have my 12-year-old listen to the book and it was just too long for him and he was a bit too young to understand some of the references.

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,673

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Great concepts, good read

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I feel like a broken record myself, but this could have been a 2-hour book. The concepts are good and worth listening to but run the audio at 1.5 and don't expect any surprises after the first half of the book.

  • Traction

  • Get a Grip on Your Business
  • By: Gino Wickman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077

Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you? All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations: personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome system for running a business

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

Great stuff, every business should read this

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is a great book filled with some simple to implement ideas that could really help any small business. It should be on the must-read list for business owners and managers.

  • Crucial Conversations

  • Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
  • By: Kerry Patterson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Grenny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,242

Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There is something useful here

  • By Michael on 11-20-13

excruciatingly long winded....

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

There are some great ideas in this book but I honestly don't see how it has a 4.5-star rating. This is an audio that should have been 60-mins long. How it was drug out to 6.5 hours is beyond me. I could hardly manage to hang on that last 3-hours. There are some nice ideas here, but you can run this at 1.5 speed and not miss anything. And could easily cut the book short at 3 hours and missing nothing.

Good ideas, but like so many of these business books it was as if they were getting paid by the length and felt they had to repeat themselves to fill space.

Good but not that good, and way to long.

  • How to Write a Book That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell

  • The Ultimate, No B.S. Guide to Writing a Kick-Ass Non-Fiction Book
  • By: Michael Rogan
  • Narrated by: Gregory Zarcone
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Learning how to write a book is easy. Learning how to write a book that doesn't suck and can actually make you money - and set you up for a full-time writing career is harder.

But it's nowhere near impossible. And it's far more doable than you can imagine. The trouble is, most books offering tips on how to write a book fail to address two key considersations: 1) Most self-published nonfiction books suck. 2) It's almost impossible to make a living from one self-published nonfiction book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thought organizer

  • By Matt on 10-14-15

Good Ideas but a little rough

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I enjoyed the ideas but found it a bit unnecessarily rough. It is worth the 2 hours of time invested.

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

Great story! If your a techy you'll love this...

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This was a great story, it was very long, at times a bit too long but a must read. Go, Kevin.

  • Blue Ocean Strategy

  • How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
  • By: W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get the actual book

  • By Robert Donoghue on 08-29-06

Great concept! A must read for small business.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I loved the concept, I think of it often now when I'm setting up services for our small business. This book could have been easily 50% shorter and still gotten the message across. The message was good but I found it Had to really hang on for the last half of the book to finish since the message was pretty much fully outlined in the first 30 mins.

Great insight, but unnecessarily long and repetitive. I also find that people are too willing to give 5-stars vs. thinking about the reviews. I would recommend this book to any business minded person, but the audio can be run at 1.5 times speed and much of the end can be skipped due to the repetition of concepts. I did listen to the full production but felt a bit of that time was wasted.

  • Fanatical Prospecting

  • The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling
  • By: Jeb Blount
  • Narrated by: Jeb Blount, Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995

Fanatical Prospecting gives salespeople, sales leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives a practical, eye-opening guide that clearly explains the why and how behind the most important activity in sales and business development: prospecting. The brutal fact is that the number one reason for failure in sales is an empty pipe, and the root cause of an empty pipeline is the failure to consistently prospect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is pure sales GOLD!

  • By Darius on 08-20-16

Great stuff, but to long. Very Repetitive.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I Loved the book and the inspirational ideas, but this book could have been easily 50% shorter and still gotten the message across. This seems to be a theme with these business books. The message was good but I found it Had to really hang on for the last 50% of the book to finish since the message was pretty much fully outlined in the first 90 mins.

Great insight, but unnecessarily long. This would have been a 5-start 3-hour audiobook but the length and repetition really pulled the rating down for me.

  • Giftology

  • The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention
  • By: John Ruhlin
  • Narrated by: Drew Birdseye
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Radical generosity is the against-the-grain secret weapon of real influencers, and it will allow you to boost referrals, retention rates, and ROI like few other strategies. But be warned, gifts with strings attached backfire. There is a right, and wrong, way to give. John Ruhlin has gifted on behalf of everyone from Forbes Magazine to the Fortune 500, and his tactics lead to appreciative responses and wide-open check books. Give wholeheartedly to Giftology and reap the rewards of an expanding business and fruitful relationships, professional and personal alike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept but left me wanting more

  • By Brett on 01-27-17

Great concept, to drug out.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I liked the concept a lot but this book could have been easily 75% shorter and still gotten the message across. The message was good but I found it Had to really hang on for the last 3/4 of the book to finish since the message was pretty much fully outlined in the first 20 mins.

Great insight, but unnecessarily long. This book would have been better if it was 45-60mins long at the most.

  • Purple Cow

  • Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075

What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for all entrepreneurs

  • By Derek on 12-21-09

Great sales and marketing insight, Long winded.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I like Seth Godin's stuff but this book could have been delivered in much less time and still gotten the message across. The message was good, like most of Seth's stuff, but I found it hard to hang on for the last 3/4 of the book, the message was pretty much fully outlined in the first 20-mins.

Great insight, but unnecessarily long. Not to say the ideas aren't worth the listen but it should have been a 30mins piece not 3 hours.