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Graham Keegan

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  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Speculative but sometimes interesting

  • By Stuart on 09-10-14

Content excellent but narration dreadful

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Well researched book on the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. Historical content is very informative and interesting. What lets this book down in the narration. A good many words the narrator, who is the author, can’t pronounce properly. An American accent is one thing but just plain odd pronunciation is another. This was a distraction to the point of being annoying. If you are a Brit probably best you get the written version.

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, toil, tears and sweat...

  • By FictionFan on 19-11-14

A great read

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

Very much enjoyed this book. Boris's style is engaging - you can hear his voice in the words. This book has been widely acclaimed - rightly so.

  • The God Argument

  • The Case Against Religion and for Humanism
  • By: A. C. Grayling
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A house divided

  • By Je suis Charlie on 26-07-17

Excellent book dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

Razor sharp insight as one would expect from AC Grayling - an excellent book. The narration leaves a lot to be desired. My theory is that the narrator was given the wrong script at the recording studio and read Gayling's book rather than the Flintstones cartoon he was hired to do.
Buy the paper book not the audio version.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Eat That Frog!

  • 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How to Write a List

  • By Geordie Girl on 17-09-14
  • Eat That Frog!
  • 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy

5 out of 5

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is my 5 question system for appraising business and management books. It isn't perfect but it works for me, I hope you find it useful...

1.Have I incorporated in my business or how I run my business any learnings from this book? Yes.

2.Did feel I wanted to understand really understand the book in depth, make notes and apply the content? Yes.

3.Is it a book I’ve gone back to in order to check I really get the ideas and concepts so I can apply them? Yes.

4.Is it a book I keep to hand on my mobile, where space is at a premium, so I can re-listen as and when? Yes.

5.Finally, is it a book that has brought insights and moved me forward? Yes.


Comments...
A great little book. A simple concept but invaluable.

  • Crunch Point

  • The 21 Secrets to Succeeding When It Matters Most
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It's inevitable: no matter what industry, no matter how well run the company or department, unexpected problems emerge, setbacks occur, and crises arise. The difference between success and failure during these crucial moments is in how (and whether) one rises to the occasion. In Crunch Point, success expert Brian Tracy lets readers in on the secrets to shining in the kind of tough situations that make others fall apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4 out of 5

  • By Graham Keegan on 08-03-14

4 out of 5

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is my 5 question system for appraising business and management books. It isn't perfect but it works for me, I hope you find it useful...

1 Have I incorporated in my business or how I run my business any learnings from this book? Yes.

2 Did feel I wanted to understand really understand the book in depth, make notes and apply the content? Yes.

3 Is it a book I’ve gone back to in order to check I really get the ideas and concepts so I can apply them? Yes.

4 Is it a book I keep to hand on my mobile, where space is at a premium, so I can re-listen as and when? No.

5 Finally, is it a book that has brought insights and moved me forward? Yes.


Comments...
A great book - one can never go wrong with something from Brian Tracy.

  • The Inner Game of Selling

  • Mastering the Hidden Forces That Determine Your Success
  • By: Ron Willingham
  • Narrated by: Ron Willingham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Forget everything you've been taught about selling: forget the hard sell, forget negotiation strategies, forget those closing techniques. In The Inner Game of Selling, Ron Willingham debunks the familiar myths about "sales skills", showing that those tired methods are too shallow and manipulative to do anything but alienate potential customers and drain you of energy and dignity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 out of 5

  • By Graham Keegan on 08-03-14

5 out of 5

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is my 5 question system for appraising business and management books. It isn't perfect but it works for me, I hope you find it useful...

1 Have I incorporated in my business or how I run my business any learnings from this book? Yes.
2 Did feel I wanted to understand really understand the book in depth, make notes and apply the content? Yes.
3 Is it a book I’ve gone back to in order to check I really get the ideas and concepts so I can apply them? Yes.
4 Is it a book I keep to hand on my mobile, where space is at a premium, so I can re-listen as and when? Yes.
5 Finally, is it a book that has brought insights and moved me forward? Yes.

Comments...Excellent book. Very insightful. The title inadvertently restricts the potential audience - wide application for all not just sales people.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The ONE Thing

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • By: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A re-hash of the original '7 Habits' !

  • By Mark B on 18-07-14

5 out 5

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Any additional comments?

This is my 5 question system for appraising business and management books. It isn't perfect but it works for me, I hope you find it useful...
Have I incorporated in my business or how I run my business any learnings from this book? Yes.Did feel I wa nted to understand really understand the book in depth, make notes and apply the content? Yes.Is it a book I’ve gone back to in order to check I really get the ideas and concepts so I can apply them? Yes.Is it a book I keep to hand on my mobile, where space is at a premium, so I can re-listen as and when? Yes.Finally, is it a book that has brought insights and moved me forward? Yes.Comments...Stick with it - I found it was literally 2 hrs in before it really got going. I have changed my goal setting system based on insights from this book. The narration is a touch irritating and the "musac" jingle but don't that put you off.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful