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  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,424

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Men behaving badly

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

This audiobook is a short no holes barred account of an elite soldiers struggle to be the man he wants to be. The unnecessary scrapes he gets himself into are at odds with the professional training he received in the military. I found those stories less interesting than the valuable lessons learned from being a member of a team and eventually leading the team. I enjoyed the book and the advice imparted.

  • Difference

  • The One-Page Method for Reimagining Your Business and Reinventing Your Marketing
  • By: Bernadette Jiwa
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Jiwa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Marketing is not a department - it's the story of how you create difference for your customers. We spent $500 billion globally on advertising in 2013. Every year we're spending more money, to interrupt more people, more often, with messages they don't care about and don't pay attention to. We've come to believe that the way to succeed is to have an advantage - by being different or better, more visible, or just plain louder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finding value and meaning products and services

  • By DEREK on 26-08-17

Finding value and meaning products and services

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

Where does Difference rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a terrific book that provides some very good business case studies to underline the point of Difference. Jima also provides a useful template to analyse your own business, services, and products, as well as others.

Have you listened to any of Bernadette Jiwa’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Well narrated

  • Walking with Jack

  • A Father's Journey to Caddy for His Son on the PGA Tour
  • By: Don Snyder
  • Narrated by: Graham Rowat
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Celebrated for both his novels and memoirs, Don J. Snyder is also the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship. A story of love and dedication, Walking with Jack chronicles Snyder’s dream to caddie for his son Jack's pro golf tour debut. At nearly 60, Snyder left Maine for Scotland - the birthplace of golf - where he learned the game and earned his spot as a full-time caddie. His journey would finally coincide with Jack’s own struggles in one of the PGA’s toughest qualifying events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chasing Your Dream

  • By DEREK on 25-07-17

Chasing Your Dream

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

An interesting account of the relationship between a father and son as they aspire to qualify for the professional golf tour. It's about life sometimes getting in the way, sometimes clarifying the way, but ultimately relationships and resilience. I enjoyed it more because my 16 year old son is a low handicap golfer with his own dream. If golf isn't your thing, the last third of the book, a blow by blow account of competitive rounds of golf, may be a bit tedious. Overall, I connected with a father wanting more than anything that his son could one day reach his goal. It's was a great listen.

  • Why Good People Can't Get Jobs

  • The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It
  • By: Peter Cappelli
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Peter Cappelli confronts the myth of the skills gap and provides an actionable path forward to put people back to work. Even in a time of perilously high unemployment, companies contend that they cannot find the employees they need. Pointing to a skills gap, employers argue applicants are simply not qualified; schools aren't preparing students for jobs; the government isn't letting in enough high-skill immigrants; and even when the match is right, prospective employees won’t accept jobs at the wages offered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The apparent myth of the skills gap

  • By DEREK on 14-05-17

The apparent myth of the skills gap

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

Would you listen to Why Good People Can't Get Jobs again? Why?

Yes. Terrific insight.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs?

The book made me think more about why young graduates need to look for jobs with companies that will invest in them through CPD programmes. Companies need to see the dividend in employee CPD training, even if only plan to employ those staff for short fixed term contracts. Do employees today want the same job for life? Do employers want the same employees for life? No they don't. So how do employers and employees create a win win? Listen to this book and find out.

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

The book is a good listen on your daily commute.

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

This is not a funny book, more a useful reality check.

Any additional comments?

Great listen. I'll certainly look for more Peter Cappelli audiobooks.

  • Ubuntu!

  • An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration
  • By: Bob Nelson, Stephen Lundin
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Here is a powerful story about the African philosophy of teamwork and collaboration that has the power to reshape our workplaces, our relationships with our coworkers, and our personal lives, written by the best-selling coauthor of Fish! and the best-selling author of 1001 Ways to Reward Employees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Team work only works when you function as a team

  • By DEREK on 14-05-17

Team work only works when you function as a team

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

Would you try another book written by Bob Nelson and Stephen Lundin or narrated by Dominic Hoffman?

Yes. This book was a gentle reminder to find value with colleagues through collaboration.

Would you recommend Ubuntu! to your friends? Why or why not?

Possibly

What aspect of Dominic Hoffman’s performance might you have changed?

The performance was good.

Do you think Ubuntu! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. I could see how the authors could illustrate the Ubuntu philosophy through other applied scenarios.

  • Mystery Man

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

He’s the Man With No Name and the owner of No Alibis, a mystery bookshop in Belfast. But when a detective agency next door goes bust, the agency’s clients start calling into his shop asking him to solve their cases. It’s not as if there’s any danger involved. It’s an easy way to sell books to his gullible customers and Alison, the beautiful girl in the jewellery shop across the road, will surely be impressed. Except she’s not – because she can see the bigger picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just get it

  • By Caroline on 28-04-13

Intermittently enthralling and funny

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

Reviewed: 28-04-17

Where does Mystery Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A bit of slow storyline that eventually gets going. Then you are intermittently hooked to find out what happens next. Frequently meandering. Frequently hilarious. I enjoyed this murder mystery and will look for more books in the series.

What other book might you compare Mystery Man to, and why?

Belfast Noir.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The hospital scene with the hypochondriac and the story of the once covered chocolate peanuts.

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

The emerging romance was engaging and very funny.

  • Not Your Parents' Workplace

  • Critical Lessons for Interns and Young Professionals
  • By: Nathan Tanner
  • Narrated by: Nathan Tanner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Millennials are walking into a very different business environment than the one in which our parents worked. We can't rely on the stability of a linear career path within a single company. To be successful in this new world, we must take a proactive approach to managing our careers. Not Your Parents' Workplace shares an intimate account of the highs and lows I've experienced as a young professional....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great career development guide for all students

  • By DEREK on 17-04-17

A great career development guide for all students

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

What did you like most about Not Your Parents' Workplace?

Tanner takes the listener on the highs and lows of his interesting career development journey. This is a no nonsense illustration about how his commitment, hard work and persistence eventually pays off. It is a terrific life lesson for all students, not just business and finance majors. Build your business network early. Create your own opportunity. Never give in.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Your Parents' Workplace?

Tanner provides accounts of having to work extremely long hours to contribute and survive. First as an intern, then through a series of different jobs, he learns why it is essential to stay the course. Any graduate coming out of university who thinks they are now owed a living should read, or listen, to this book. It's an important reality check for students looking for internships and employment.

Which character – as performed by Nathan Tanner – was your favourite?

This Tanner's career development story.

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

Admiration. I'll now use examples from this book in my professional practice lectures. I will recommend this book to all my students.

Any additional comments?

Shame you cannot access the end of chapter take aways and appendices as downloads with this Audible.com audiobook version. I'll have to write to Nathan Tanner to get them.

  • Frustration: Dealing with Anger and Irritation

  • By: Christian Olsen
  • Narrated by: Adam Phillips
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Do you have a hard time dealing with frustration? Or is someone else in your life frustrated all the time? Frustration is a normal, common, human emotion, but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with it. Find out now what to do when you're constantly focused on those changes in life you want and they just don't happen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the most frustrating book ever!

  • By DEREK on 15-04-17

Possibly the most frustrating book ever!

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

What would have made Frustration: Dealing with Anger and Irritation better?

This book is very low in quality. If you want a comprehensive list of frustrations, many of which I didn't even know were options, then this book might be for you.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christian Olsen again?

No. I should have known from the book cover that this was a very low budget production.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is particularly culpable in making this short book seem like an endurance test. The audio sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom. My frustration increased as I listened.

What character would you cut from Frustration: Dealing with Anger and Irritation?

The author and narrator.

Any additional comments?

Can I have my money back? I love Audible.com but, I fear I will never fully trust the book reviews section again. How anyone can award it any stars, never mind five, is just too unbelievable.

  • DeLorean

  • A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Glenn Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michelle Fairley, Richard Dormer, Rhys Dunlop, and others
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Northern Ireland was a very dark place in the 1980s. A hunger strike was looming, street violence and tit for tat murders were an everyday occurrence, but in a small corner of West Belfast something extraordinary was happening. In a factory in Dunmurry a unique new sports car was being built, a DMC 12, a style icon for the late 20th century. For 2 years John DeLorean brought hope to communities flattened by the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The one that got away.

  • By DEREK on 13-04-17

The one that got away.

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

Reviewed: 13-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of DeLorean (Afternoon Play) to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version but, I enjoyed this audiobook very much.

Would you recommend DeLorean (Afternoon Play) to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely. For anyone brought up in Belfast at the time of the Delorean car factory, this book is in part a nostalgic trip down memory lane, but also a reminder of what could have been. The apparent togetherness in a workforce who never previously had thought it was acceptable, never mind possible.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hearing the Alternative Ulster, Stiff Little Fingers, musical intro blasting out of my car stereo brought a smile to my face while I was listening. Same at the end with Here Comes The Summer, by the Undertones. I enjoyed hearing about the secret messages scribed into each of the cars before they left the assembly lines. Even if I don't agree with the political symbolism, I love the idea of the subversive signature on every car, while they wind their way down highway 101 in California or somewhere exotic.

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

I still remember the car transporters passing my school on the Lisburn Road as they made their way to the Belfast docks and the tremendous sense of excitement. I'm not sure if John Delorean was ever, or could ever be, considered an honourably Ulsterman, but 36 years later his car still evokes great pride. God knows, we needed something good to promote Northern Ireland in the early eighties.

  • Cal

  • By: Bernard MacLaverty
  • Narrated by: David Threlfall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

For Cal, some of the choices are devastatingly simple.... He can work in an abattoir that nauseates him or join the dole queue; he can brood on his past or plan a future with Marcella. Springing out of the fear and violence of Ulster, Cal is a haunting love story in a land were tenderness and innocence can only flicker briefly in the dark.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human need over sectarian bigotry

  • By DEREK on 12-04-17

Human need over sectarian bigotry

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Cal to be better than the print version?

Not having read the book, I really enjoyed this audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cal?

The underlying tension of not knowing how or when Cal's past would come back to bite him.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The story is set in Northern Ireland. Someone should have reminded the narrator. The character accents he created where really poor. How could he have got them so wrong? The IRA terrorists sounded more southern Irish and country bumpkin than in any way sinister and threatening. Marcella was supposed to be from Portstewart, on the Antrim coast, not some part of upclass England. I found the accents were so far off the mark they were very irritating. Sorry. Maybe if I wasn't Northern Irish I would not have been so hung up on this throughout the great storyline.

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

The sectarian bigotry and backdrop was a disturbing reminder from the past throughout the book. The main characters in the book manage to rise above it in a ways that may seem normal to everyone who did not grow up during the troubles in Northern Ireland. I found this aspect of the storyline to be moving. Basic human need is ultimately more powerful.

Any additional comments?

This book is a quick listen and terrific listen. I was so absorbed that I didn't realise how close I was to the end. So when it did, I couldn't believe how abrupt the ending was. I'll listen to it again, and forgive the narrator again. Not even he could ruin a brilliant story.