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  • To Sell Is Human

  • The Surprising Truth about Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

In this new book from the best-selling author of Drive, Dan Pink explores the ways in which we can all improve our sales skills in every area of our lives and identifies the three personal qualities and four essential skills necessary to move people. Relying on science rather than platitudes and analysis instead of exhortation, Dan builds on his own sales experience and on the profiles of some of the world's best salespeople - and makes us look again at our own sales skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To persuade, divine

  • By Mark on 17-02-13

Tons of great info, could be shorter.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

There is a *lot* of really great psychological info here and practical advice on how to get you selling better but my goodness does it take a long time to get into the real business book. One of the author's contentions is we're all "selling" someway or other, and that it is becoming a more, not less, necessary skill for more and more people. Which is true, but he labored the point over the first third of the books length, which was far too much given it's reasonable to assume if you've bought a book on selling, you don't need to be convinced of its continued relevance.

Once it gets to the main meat however - there is a lot of awesome stuff here. The author obviously shares my interest in psychology and offers an approach to selling that is much smarter, more cooperative, and less confrontational than the stereotype of a salesman most of us have been brought up with.

Narrator is fine.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially life changing...

  • By Jim Vaughan on 02-12-12

Just read it.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I can't think of what to say that doesn't trivialize this brilliant work. It is an attempt to answer some of the most fundamental questions about human existence. The true story of a man who lost literally *everything*, from everyone who he cared about, to the last rags on his back, to any hope of a future life: and endured the worst physical and mental torment imaginable - but who managed to find reasons to go on living, find meaning in his experiences, and retain his essential humanity.

I cannot think of anyone in any circumstances or from any background who would not benefit from hearing what Frankl has to say. If he can find purpose in the living hell of Auschwitz, then anyone who has ever experienced any kind of suffering can hope to do so as well.

The narrator does a good job with the difficult subject matter.

  • The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing

  • Do's and Don'ts to Protect Your Financial Life
  • By: Phil DeMuth, Ben Stein
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

It's been a tough year for investors. Many have seen their retirement accounts dwindle dramatically and are looking for a safe way to protect what they have and make back some of what they've lost. That's why the bestselling author team of Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth have created The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strange little book this.

  • By Mr on 24-05-18

Strange little book this.

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

Whoever said Americans don't understand sarcasm, clearly never met the authors of this book.

There's quite a bit of good advice on a wide variety of subjects from value investing, to which college subject to pick, to "don't do drugs". It's all good advise, but it's an unfocused mess which switches from one subject to another without any apparent reason.

The narrator seems oddly comatose.

  • Slaving Away

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Narrated by: Miranda Kane, Jon Holmes, Hugh Dennis, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

Meet Miranda. She is a cheerful and happy-go-lucky single girl who just happens to be a dominatrix with a dungeon in her flat where she services clients with flogging and extreme correction and (if she's lucky) gets the occasional slave to pay her for the honour of doing her vacuuming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly Funny

  • By Bradley on 08-04-18

Well, I laughed.

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

Reviewed: 17-05-18

I feared the basic premise for this show might wear thin after the first episode, but I have to admit the series kept me amused for all of its roughly 6 hours. It's very well voiced by the cast, and despite occasionally trying a little too hard to "educate" you, it manages to make the main characters more than simple stereotypes.

This is *not* for the squeamish! It's not at all shy about discussing various kinks in quite explicit detail. Some of them frankly made me cringe, but for Miranda - it's all just another day at the orifice. . . . . .

Wouldn't mind a second series Audible.

  • Hardcore History

  • The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW
  • By: Scott E. Williams
  • Narrated by: Karl Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

ECW was one extreme contradiction piled on top of another. It was an incredibly influential company in the world of professional wrestling during the 1990s, yet it was never profitable. It portrayed itself as the ultimate in anti-authority rebellion, but its leadership was, at various points, working covertly with the two wrestling giants, the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Most of all, it blurred the line between real life and the fantasy world of professional wrestling like no other company before it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spot on !

  • By jam on 20-03-17

Great book about a short lived star of the biz.

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I'm a casual rather than dedicated wrestling fan, and wasn't around for the ECW when it was on air. But I still thoroughly enjoyed this. William's has an obvious passion for the subject, has done his research, and manages to articulately convey the promotions history, why it was popular, and its context in the broader industry and cultural landscape. I particularly enjoyed the chapters concerning ECWs weird afterlife as part of Vince McMahon's empire, and his complex relationship with founder Paul Heyman.

It's a well-written history of the company, and a warm tribute to those who made it happen. It really conveys just how dedicated wrestlers have to be, (especially the a"hardcore" variety), and how difficult it is to consistently make money in the wrestling business.

The narrator is good too.

  • And on That Bombshell

  • Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR
  • By: Richard Porter
  • Narrated by: Richard Porter, Ben Elliot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

For 13 years, 22 series and 175 shows, Richard Porter was script editor of Top Gear, from the first faltering pilot episode in 2002 until the very last show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015. Along the way they destroyed cars, sparked diplomatic incidents, set fire to caravans, almost killed one of the presenters, and somehow transformed Top Gear from a shabby BBC Two motoring show into an Emmy-winning, record-breaking, planet-straddling behemoth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but it feels like it was rushed

  • By Adam Buckler on 22-11-15

Good fun for fans of the show.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

I enjoyed this a lot. It's a great "behind the scenes" book that will interest and amuse fans of the show, and explores many of the on and off screen issues that affected the series over the years. Including its complex relationship with the BBC and the media.

It's written by a guy who was at the heart of it from beginning to end, who isn't afraid to admit the show's failings, and who obviously "gets" that for so many of us, it was more than just a hour of silly television. It was a little respite from reality.

Narrator is fine.

  • The Fearful Rise of the Markets

  • Global Bubbles, Synchronized Meltdowns, and How to Prevent Them in the Future
  • By: John Authers
  • Narrated by: Joe Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Authers reveals how the first truly global super bubble was inflated - and might now be inflating again. He illuminates the multiple roots of repeated financial crises: a massive shift in investing power from individuals to big institutions; the migration of key decisions from banks to capital markets; the wholesale financialization of many asset classes; and fundamental failures of both theory and policy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing history of the financial crisis.

  • By Mr on 07-05-18

Absorbing history of the financial crisis.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This is not a "casual" listen, but if you're a finance nerd like me - it's a great book. It's a sober, detailed and well outlined account of the "super-bubble" of the early 21st century, and explanation of the factors that caused so many previously uncorrelated markets to all move together. Such as perverse incentives for money managers punished caution and rewarded recklessness, and blindingly complex risk-assessment models based on pure fantasy.

I enjoyed it very much. The narrator is fine.

  • The Little Book That Still Beats the Market

  • By: Joel Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Now, with a new Introduction and Afterword for 2010, The Little Book that Still Beats the Market updates and expands upon the research findings from the original book. Included are data and analysis covering the recent financial crisis and model performance through the end of 2009. In a straightforward and accessible style, the book explores the basic principles of successful stock market investing and then reveals the author’s time-tested formula....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • long term strategy

  • By Joshua on 16-08-16

An OK introduction to value investing.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This book is a light-heated summery of Benjamin Graham's methods for long-term investments in corporate equities. It's clearly designed for absolute beginners, and has plenty of Greenblatt's sense of humor.

It was a bit too basic and short on details for my taste. But if you're totally new to the field, it'll probably do the job in a more fun way than many beginners stocks books out there.

Narrator is fine

  • A Maniac Commodity Trader's Guide to Making a Fortune

  • By: Kevin Kerr
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Kerr dispels the common myths and misconceptions about these markets as he explains all the basics: how these markets function, how locals in the pit work, what those strange-looking acronyms mean, and which markets are thinly traded and tightly controlled, as well as delving into the all-important psychology of the market. So, whether you're a novice or an experienced trader, his down-to-earth, clear-cut guidance will make you more savvy, more confident, and more able to jump right in.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • OK for what it is, but it didn't really grab me.

  • By Mr on 30-04-18

OK for what it is, but it didn't really grab me.

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

This is a basic introduction to commodities trading, and to various connected subjects like options. It falls into the trap a lot of commodities books fall into of making predictions about the future which have not whethered well. As with so many trading books, it assumes the reader is an absolute beginner, and comes off as a trifle patronizing sometimes IMO. There is good information and advice here, it's just done better in other books IMO.

It also assumes you will be telephoning a broker and spends quite a lot of time explaining this to you, as well as the nature of open-outcry pit-trading. I suspect this is not going to be relevant to most people anymore.

The narrator was not my favorite.

  • How to Stop Over-Trading

  • By: LR Thomas
  • Narrated by: Wayne Chin
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

How to Stop Over-Trading is the latest book in the trading psychology series of books by LR Thomas. This book zeroes in on the specific reasons traders take trades outside their trading plans and offers simple solutions to stop over-trading forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Practical and insightful.

  • By Mr on 27-04-18

Practical and insightful.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

I preferred this one to Thomas' other book. Although they're the same length, this feels more fleshed out and information dense, with plenty of useful insights and practical suggestions of how to over-come compulsive trading. I could recognize most of the scenarios he describes, and have found several of his suggested strategies for countering them helpful.

Worth a buy.