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  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

Great listen. Love the adlib footnotes!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-17

Brilliant when the author can do their own narration well and Eddie Izzard does a great job. This is often not the case when authors self-narrate. Really interesting guy and a great entertaining story. Lessons in there for all of us - especially the importance of thinking that you can to give you a chance of succeeding at something.

  • The Progress Principle

  • Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
  • By: Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer
  • Narrated by: Sharon Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

What motivates employees? As a manager, you need to know why people come to work every day, what makes them stay - and what drives them to perform at their best. According to Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, the best leaders are able to build a cadre of employees who have satisfying inner work lives: consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues. To do this, you must create forward momentum in meaningful work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for people managers

  • By Shayne on 07-06-17

Essential reading for people managers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Blows the lid off old skool tough management styles and how ineffective they really are. If you want to manage people well, read this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and innovative

  • By Konstantin on 19-09-17

Inspiring!

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Reviewed: 17-12-16

This is easily the best book about how to construct and prepare talks and presentation that I've read. And I've read a few! It bottles up 20 years of Chris Anderson's experience curating TED and all the many different types of speakers who've been on that platform - good and bad. A must read for anyone who (like me) writes and edits presentations for other colleagues to deliver.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Good Strategy/Bad Strategy

  • The Difference and Why It Matters
  • By: Richard P. Rumelt
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Developing and implementing a strategy is the central task of a leader, whether the CEO at a Fortune 100 company, an entrepreneur, a church pastor, the head of a school, or a government official. Richard Rumelt argues that the heart of a good strategy is insight - into the true nature of the situation, into the hidden power in a situation, and into an appropriate response. He shows you how insight can be cultivated with a wide variety of tools for guiding your own thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 3

  • By Original Ronaldo on 30-09-16

Actually explains strategy and how to create it

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Reviewed: 23-03-16

Best strategy book I've ever read. No fluff. To the point and instructive. One of the few business books it's worth reading cover to cover.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

  • By: Mignon Fogarty
  • Narrated by: Mignon Fogarty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar - but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. One year ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. More than seven million episodes have now been downloaded, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting story

  • By T on 12-10-13

Useful

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

Reviewed: 24-10-15

Easy to follow and great explanations. Would skip the web convention part but everything else is well done.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful