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  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alistair on 16-06-12

Dragged on a bit.....

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

Reviewed: 17-01-14

What did you like best about What Every BODY Is Saying? What did you like least?

Best: Examples given
Worst: It really did go on and on and on and......

If you’ve listened to books by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins before, how does this one compare?

N/A

What aspect of Paul Costanzo’s performance might you have changed?

Lack of tonality.

Did What Every BODY Is Saying inspire you to do anything?

No, not really

Any additional comments?

Best listened to in short bursts, it's very repetitive.

  • Just Listen

  • Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
  • By: Mark Goulston
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read/listen to this book.

  • By Tari on 03-11-12

Gentle if not a little repetitive

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

Reviewed: 17-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Simple and sage advice on the importance of listening.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

When the author shares his experiences.

What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

He was very softly and thoughtfully spoken.

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

Neither, although I could relate t many of the examples given.

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Management in 10 Words

  • By: Terry Leahy
  • Narrated by: Rupert Holliday Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

In his 14 years as CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy not only turned the company into the largest supermarket chain in the UK, but also transformed it into a global enterprise. As a result, Sir Terry is now one of the world's most admired business leaders, widely acclaimed for his drive, flair, and no-nonsense approach. In Management in 10 Words, he draws on his experience and expertise to pinpoint the ten vital attributes that make successful managers and underpin great organisations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent management insights

  • By AA on 31-01-13

Great Business Advice

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

Reviewed: 17-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Beautifully read by Holliday Evans. Leahy never rams Tesco home, rather talks frankly about his life experiences in a way most people will be able to relate to. A huge loss to Tesco when he moved on.

What other book might you compare Management in 10 Words to, and why?

Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Holliday Evans’s other performances? How does this one compare?

NO, although this is expertly read.

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

Laugh on a few occasions. Terry never takes himself too seriously.

Any additional comments?

A really great and easy read avoiding the trap of management talk..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why split the book into two?

  • By Suzanne on 16-05-12

Lord of The Rings Mark 2

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

Reviewed: 17-01-14

If you could sum up Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1 - Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

Magical, Friendship, Epic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brom because he was the storyteller throughout the journey

What does Gerrard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Captures the emotion by using different pitch and tone for the many characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The egg hatching.

Any additional comments?

After a slow start, Eragon just keeps accelerating. An exhilarating adventure for all ages.

  • The Purpose Driven Life

  • What on Earth Am I Here For?
  • By: Rick Warren
  • Narrated by: Rick Warren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Translated into over 50 languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey that has transformed millions of lives. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up and Down

  • By L on 03-02-13

Up and Down

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

On the down-side this book sounds like a very long-winded sermon. It's very black and white and Rick often states opinion as fact...which he tries so very hard to justify by continually saying 'the bible says...' and in all honesty there were a fair few times when I felt instead like throwing the bible squarely back at Rick. In a nutshell, when Rick is on form he is undeniably correct and you wil find yourself at the very least actively nodding in agreement.On the other side, Rick can be infuriating to listen to. When he's right he's spot on...otherwide he's totally off the mark. There's no inbetween or grey. For example Rick states that we are 'slaves to God'..on number of occasions his use of language frustrated and even offended. Three stars though because there is a lot of good in this book....best taken in small doses.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Anyone Can Do It

  • My Story
  • By: Duncan Bannatyne
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

At 30, Duncan Bannatyne had no money and was enjoying life on the beaches of Jersey. He saw a story about someone who had made himself a millionaire, and decided to do the same. Five years later, he had done it, and now he is worth £168 million. In this remarkable book, he explains how anyone could take the same route as he did, if they really want to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Duncan Bannatyne - Super Hero!

  • By Stephen on 28-07-07

Loved it...left wanting for more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Massively entertaining book, helped hugely by such excellent narration from David Rintoul who sounds exactly like Duncan! Very down-to-earth and for the most-part light-hearted. Four stars simply because James Caan's authobiography (which he reads) is much more intimate by comparison.

  • Eat and Run

  • My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
  • By: Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
  • Narrated by: Quincy Dunn-Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - misleading title

  • By MR on 30-08-12

Bit too long otherwise fab!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-13

Don't really know why I got this...in the words of the book's mantra 'sometimes you just do things'. On the one hand this book is extremely ego-driven and some may find this too much. On the other hand, this book managed to keep me completely rivetted for the duration. If ever you need to understand what 'endurance' means then look no further, this book totally defines the word. The reading is exceptional...and to be honest I was just a tad upset when I later found out that it wasn't Scott himself. I'm not a runner and I'm not a vegan....having listened to this I feel compelled to at least seriously consider both. Intelligent, inspiring and honest...although just that little bit too long.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blink

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments, and particular rules and principles. This audiobook shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices, and in everyday life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Average...

  • By L on 12-12-12

Very Average...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Blink is a very successful book which covers the subject of intuition. I expected great things from this and the audiobook got off to a flying start with Gladwell's playful and confident reading style. I kept expecting the audiobook to then ramp up past what was fast becoming a very long-winded introduction...except it wasn't and by now I was onto the third chapter. Whilst providing some interesting examples, this book does little else than state the obvious...again and again and again....it feels like a lot of newspaper clippings all pulled together (which some say is exactly what it is). For such a successful book I had such high expectations and for the most part this book failed to deliver...I found myself becoming increasingly bored.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Real Deal

  • My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons' Den
  • By: James Caan
  • Narrated by: James Caan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 167

James Caan is one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. Dropping out of school at just sixteen, he started his business life with no qualifications and two pieces of advice: 'Observe the masses and do the opposite' and 'Always look for opportunities where both parties benefit'. Armed with just his father's wisdom, his own unique charm and the Yellow Pages, James Caan built a market-leading business with a turnover of more than #130 million from a broom cupboard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Colin M on 10-02-09

So easily well into 5 star territory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Of all the Dragon's in the Den, James was perhaps the one I didn't get the most and so was intrigued to discover both that James has written his autobiography and that he also narrates it. This is a completely spellbinding listen from start to finish. Brilliantly written, frank, intimate and expertly read. Experienced a whole range of emotions listening and overjoyed to hear such sound business advice in this rags to riches journey. A hugely inspirational man and a very highly recommended audiobook.

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,333

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost.....

  • By L on 09-12-12

Almost.....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-12

This book encapsulates capitalism and for the most part whatever your philosophy, the advice is sound...at least from a 'Western' stance. Kiyosaki is clearly very passionate about the subject matter which adds an air of confidence and authority to his book. Some have criticised that the whole,'rich dad' thing is a fabrication...I would suggest that this is an irrelevance. Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that acting 'as if' is often a given. Kiyosaki can get carried away at times and make what I would say are ridiculous suggestions such as education being for mere fools......and this lets an otherwise excellent book down. At times, Kiyosaki apologises for being unfair...and then continues to be just that and there can be a two-faced element to his arguments as a consequence. Narration is always important with audiobooks and Wheeler's approach is impeccable. I'd encourage Kiyosaki to take some time out to embrace some more Eastern practices as money alone whilst important is ultimately a mere fabrication of mankind. Nevertheless a very enjoyable listen...if at times a tad trite.

36 of 42 people found this review helpful