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  • Summary: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

  • By: Summary Station
  • Narrated by: Michelle Murillo
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Over nine chapters, Gawande makes a detailed and persuasive argument for the use of checklists, not only in surgery, but also in other fields where their use is not as widespread, such as aviation and construction, which have made checklists mandatory. As a consequence of his interest in implementing checklists during surgery, the World Health Organization put Gawande in charge of a team which investigated a trial of surgical checklists over eight countries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful narration

  • By SAMANTHA LAWS on 18-10-18

well narrated - perfect lace

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Great time of speaker. easy to digest. needed greater awareness of the topic without having to read the full book. thank you

  • Who's Pulling Your Strings?

  • How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life
  • By: Harriet Braiker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Millions of people, both men and women, can become involved in relationships with manipulators, people who control through emotional manipulation, insults, and mind games. These "toxic" relationships erode self-esteem and make life miserable for the victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life saver!

  • By Miss on 26-01-19

perfect

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

Reviewed: 14-06-17

narration very clear. slightly robotic but was fine. good length of book. listening for a second time.....

repetitive storyline but very effective in repeating the same problem and solutions in varying formats. works for me.

  • Angry All the Time

  • An Emergency Guide to Anger Control
  • By: Ronald T. Potter-Efron MSW PhD
  • Narrated by: Bob Dio
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This book contains a powerful and straightforward system for taking control of your anger and your life. This program is not easy, and it might even be painful at times - but it works. The book will teach you how your anger escalates and what you can do to change your angry thoughts and behaviors. Then it's your turn. When you make and keep that promise to yourself to stay calm no matter what, the happier, safer life you want will become a possibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stategies for successful anger management

  • By TGW on 27-09-16

Stategies for successful anger management

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

If you could sum up Angry All the Time in three words, what would they be?

Great Anger Management

What did you like best about this story?

Four things:

1. I can choose whether or not I accept an "invitation to anger" from others. The answer these days is, No Thanks.
2. Resentment is no good for anyone
3. It can be fun to take a look at your own anger whether passive or outspoken, and come up with ways to control it
4. The narrator did a great job of bringing the book to life, which is actually written with comical prose

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

No

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

Not really, mainly the part about recognising that I don't have to accept invitations to anger anymore.

Any additional comments?

Personal Takeaways:

Don't have to accept invitations to anger from others or events

  • The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel

  • By: Carmen Acevedo Butcher (translator)
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

This anonymous fourteenth-century text is the glory of English mysticism, and one of the most practical and useful guides to finding union with God ever written. Carmen Acevedo Butcher’s new translation is the first to bring the text into a modern English idiom - while remaining strictly faithful to the meaning of the original Middle English. The Cloud of Unknowingconsists of a series of letters written by a monk to his student or disciple, instructing him (or her) in the way of Divine union.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beaufitul

  • By TGW on 27-09-16

Beaufitul

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cloud of Unknowing: With the Book of Privy Counsel to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book, but I tried reading the original and it was too sticky for me, and couldn't get my head around the old English language, however, this version is fantastic, and loved every word that I listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

God - because he is the centre of everything! :)

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Describing the Cloud of Forgetting and how to use it to literally forget everything during contemplation...

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

Nope - it was poetry all the way through.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to anyone just starting to try contemplation.

Personal Takeaways:

Anyone can try contemplation - it is not reserved for monks
Focus on the cloud of unknowing - it looks dark and gloomy but that is where to be
Get comfortable in the cloud
Resist all thoughts about things and people and focus on one syllable words, Sin, God, Love, etc to bring the focus back on the subject
Don't overdo repeating the word you choose
Don't analyse why you chose that word, and it's origin
Play a game with God - don't show God how much you really want him, and he will come to you
don't be a greedy greyhound, chasing after God more and more and more, He will come
Don't lunge for God
Spending time in the Cloud of Unkowing will help towards increasing in virtue as a by product

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • No Limits

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Ian Poulter
  • Narrated by: Paul Mendez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Ian Poulter is one of golf's most charismatic figures, with an appeal extending way beyond his sport. Here he tells his inspirational story, from his early rejection as an Spurs youth player, right through to his match-winning contributions to successive European Ryder Cup Triumphs. Poulter went from an Assistant Professional staffing the club shop to a global superstar, turning pro when he still had a handicap of 4 but the drive and self-belief to make it to the top.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly read

  • By david wells on 15-03-19

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator didn't quite fit, and I felt that the accent was forced, perhaps a different voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom - I wasn't overly inspired. I didn't know much about Ian beforehand, but thought that listening could help with my own performance. It just didn't fit. I think for avid golfers and fans of the sport would be the main target market.

  • The Joshua Principle: Leadership Secrets of Selling

  • By: Tony J. Hughes
  • Narrated by: Michael Bonner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

This unique business novel captures the essence of sales leadership. Everyone in business or professional selling should read it to learn how to become truly strategic and more effective in positively influencing others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Dev on 14-08-17

Challenged my thinking around sales

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

If you could sum up The Joshua Principle: Leadership Secrets of Selling in three words, what would they be?

Challenges old ideas

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joshua's mentor Damion. He carefully managed the mentoring process and used his wisdom to pass on the complex selling secrets to Joshua in such a way, and in the the way that the story is told, that it left you wanting more, and wanting to know Damion's reactions to Joshua's emails.

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

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, there's a lot to take in. I listened on 1.25x speed, in 1 - 1.5 hour slots (long car commutes), and that was enough. I wanted to stop listening and move on to another book, but I persevered and I'm glad I did. I felt connected to Joshua and the relationship with his father pulled me in. I felt so relieved when he started to make real progress with the bid for new business

Any additional comments?

Well narrated, although some dogdy accents in there by the speaker, but on the whole very well recorded. Would recommend to anyone looking to step up from commodity / transactional sales to complex selling process. It was a humbling book to listen to.

Personal Takeaways:

The need to identify and be in communication with the key influencers and decision makers
The importance of identifying whether a company is growing, in crisis or in status quo and the effect that has on the proposal you present
Why understanding the buying process of the prospect is crucial to bidding for new business
Don't think that because you have a great product you are guarunteed the win
Know the company and your contacts inside out
Get a mentor!
Learn from those who have trodden the path
Stop selling and start consulting to truly understand the motives behind using/not using your products and services