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  1. 9.1 hrs • Mar/14/2017 • Unabridged

    When Peter Drucker wrote Concept of the Corporation in 1946, he revealed what made the large American corporation tick. Similarly, The Art of Japanese Management by Richard Pascale in 1981 explained the unique practices developed by the Japanese to bring that country’s economy out of the ashes. The emerging Chinese juggernauts—the Alibabas, Lenovos, and Haiers—need similar revelation since they are a different breed in their own right. Little is understood about them, how they work, and what makes them such potentially imposing competitors.Now, based on unprecedented access to the people who have created and grown the great private companies of China—the “General Electrics and Sonys" of that country, Michael Useem, Harbir Singh, Peter Cappelli and Neng Liang bring to life the distinctive practices of Chinese business leaders as they invent their own way forward to create world-class companies, and provide a comprehensive look at the leaders and businesses that are the future of the Chinese economy—and major competition to Western companies.Chinese companies are emerging on the global stage as never before, and their leadership lessons are invaluable in understanding and coping with their growing commercial presence worldwide. Company managers everywhere will want to understand China’s distinct way of doing business if they are to compete against the companies that already dominate the domestic Chinese market and are coming to the fore in foreign markets, including the U.S.

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  2. 9.1 hrs • Nov/02/2016 • Unabridged

    In Radio Free Albemuth, his last novel, Philip K. Dick morphed and recombined themes that had informed his fiction from A Scanner Darkly to VALIS and produced a wild, impassioned work that reads like a visionary alternate history of the United States. Agonizingly suspenseful, darkly hilarious, and filled with enough conspiracy theories to thrill the most hardened paranoid, Radio Free Albemuth is proof of Dick's stature as our century's greatest science fiction writer.

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    Radio Free Albemuth

    9.1 hrs • Nov/02/2016 • Unabridged
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  3. 11.1 hrs • Oct/04/2016 • Unabridged

    Social security law has changed! Get What’s Yours has been revised and updated to reflect new regulations that took effect on April 29, 2016.Get What’s Yours has proven itself to be the definitive book about how to navigate the forbidding maze of social security and emerge with the highest possible benefits. It is an engaging manual of tactics and strategies written by well-known financial commentators that is unobtainable elsewhere. You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the social security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but academia’s Kotlikoff, the popular press’ Moeller, and public television’s Solman explain the social security system just as comprehensively, and a lot more comprehensibly. Moreover, they demonstrate that what you don’t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which social security benefits to apply for cost individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year. (Some of those people are even in the book.)Changes to social security that take effect in 2016 make it more important than ever to wait as long as possible (until age seventy, if possible) to claim social security benefits. The new law also has significant implications for those who wish to claim divorced spousal benefits (and how many social security recipients even know about divorced spousal benefits?). Besides addressing these and other issues, this revised edition contains a chapter explaining how Medicare rules can shape social security decisions.Many other personal finance books briefly address social security, but none offers the full, authoritative, yet conversational analysis of Get What’s Yours.Get What’s Yours explains social security benefits through basic strategies and stirring stories. It covers the most frequent benefit scenarios faced by married retired couples, by divorced retirees, by widows and widowers. It explains what to do if you’re a retired parent of dependent children, disabled, an eligible beneficiary who continues to work. It addresses the tax consequences of your choices, as well as the financial implications for other investments. It does all this and more.There are more than 52 million Americans aged fifty-four to sixty-nine. Ten thousand of them reach social security’s full retirement age of sixty-six every day. For all these people—and for their families and friends—Get What’s Yours has proven to be an invaluable, and therefore indispensable, tool.

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  4. 10.8 hrs • Jul/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The hugely popular bestselling authors of The Oz Principle take readers to the next level of experiencing the results of personal and team accountability by revealing the sixteen accountability traits that lie at the heart of success for individuals and organizations. They also provide practical advice on how to “fix it” and get back on track for turning in the kinds of results that make careers and transform organizations.Since it was originally published in 1994, The Oz Principle has become the worldwide bible on accountability. Now Roger Connors and Tom Smith, along with field practitioners Craig Hickman, Tracy Skousen, and Marcus Nicolls, add another important plank in the Oz Principle series.In Fix It, the authors present the startling results of their Workplace Accountability Study—conducted over three years, involving more than forty thousand participants from organizations across the globe: the most comprehensive study on workplace accountability ever conducted.When accountability is not working on the job, in the team or the organization as a whole, everyone is left asking how to fix it. Using never-before-published research and firsthand stories and practices from more than one hundred respected global executives, Fix It provides a practical and definitive guide that will become the troubleshooting handbook of choice, designed to assist the reader in knowing exactly how to fix it and get real results.

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  5. 9.4 hrs • Jul/19/2016 • Unabridged

    A humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist’s desperate attempt to save his career—and possibly, his marriage—by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century agoTen years ago, Bruno Tannenbaum was a passionate food journalist with a respected newspaper column, a popular segment on the evening news, and a bestselling guide to relationships through food. These days, Bruno is a passionate has-been living on his mother’s couch, separated from his wife and daughters, eating his way through an ever-dwindling bank account, faced with the gnawing doubt that he’ll never be the writer he once was.Then Bruno stumbles on the secret to a lost vintage of wine, stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War and presumed lost to the world for good. Recognizing his one chance at reviving his career, he scrapes together his last resources and sets off on an exciting food-filled quest that leads him from the rolling hills of Burgundy to a raucous wedding in Moldova, to a Beaune bacchanal, and the graying walls of a Russian prison, as he attempts to find this extremely valuable wine and prove himself as the writer, father, and husband he knows he can be.Vintage is an exhilarating debut that reads like a delectable food memoir combined with a comic travelogue, including mouthwatering recipes and wine pairings. It is a deliciously scintillating story.

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    Vintage

    9.4 hrs • Jul/19/2016 • Unabridged
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  6. 6.8 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged

    The Leadership Campaign is a playbook for winning in the reality of today’s competitive global business environment. Each of the ten steps it offers was learned on the most intensely competitive global battlefields.Thirty years ago, the authors were top-tier political consultants who could boast of a dozen presidential wins around the world. Candidates hired the authors’ company to apply to their political campaigns what the authors knew about business communication and marketing strategy.Then, in 1984, Steve Jobs asked them to build the “Campaign Model” for Apple, putting Jobs upfront as his company’s perennial candidate. This time, Jobs essentially asked the authors to apply what they knew about political campaigning to business.Continuously improved, the model has kept on working for their clients ever since, from Apple, Coca-Cola, and Citigroup to Verizon, Visa, and the Walt Disney Company.The Leadership Campaign will help you put these winning strategies to work for your company and your career. You will learn:Success-building communications skills used to train political leaders and CEOs around the world.Proven strategies to take control of the competitive dialogue and never let go.How to go for the win, the whole win, and nothing but the win for you and your company.

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    The Leadership Campaign

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    6.8 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  7. 6.6 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged

    For many marketing professionals, “science” is a four-letter word. They see brand-building as an unteachable art guided by their intuition and experience. But at its core, marketing aims to seed ideas into people’s minds, make them feel a certain way, and, ultimately, get them to act.In Brand Seduction, Daryl reveals the latest psychological and neuroscientific discoveries about how our minds process brand information and make decisions, and the important roles our emotions and unconscious play in our selections.Welcome to the new world of neuromarketing.Through simple language, engaging stories, and real-world examples, Brand Seduction shows you how to decode, build, and use these hidden brand fantasies to grow your brand and business. You’ll learn:The surprising unconscious side of brands.The biggest myths about consumer psychology.The real role of emotions in building brands.Practical tools to use neuroscience to inspire better marketing.Everyone seems to have a different idea of what brands are, how they work, and how they are built. Brand Seduction digs deeper into the nature of brands, how they exist and behave in the mind, and how marketers and business leaders can use this understanding to “seduce” customers and grow their businesses.

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    Brand Seduction

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    6.6 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.5 hrs • Jun/21/2016 • Unabridged

    Beginning in the 1980s, Elizabeth Tallent’s work, appeared in some of our most prestigious literary publications, including the New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper’s. Marked by its quiet power and emotional nuance, her fiction garnered widespread praise.Now, at long last, Tallent returns with a new collection of diverse, thematically linked, and deeply powerful stories that confirm her enduring gift for capturing relationships at their moment of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures. Mendocino Fire explores moments of fracture and fragmentation; it limns the wilderness of our inner psyche and brilliantly evokes the electric tension of deep emotion. In this audiobook, Tallent explores expectations met and thwarted, and our never-ending quest to avoid being alone.With this breathtaking collection, Elizabeth Tallent cements her rightful place in the literary pantheon beside her contemporaries Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie, and Louise Erdrich. Visceral and surprising, profound yet elemental, Mendocino Fire is a welcome visit with a wise and familiar friend.

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    Mendocino Fire

    8.5 hrs • Jun/21/2016 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.2 hrs • Jun/14/2016 • Unabridged

    Detective Michael Gideon is used to being handed LA’s oddest cases, but his newest one assigned itself. When Gideon’s K-9 partner, Sirius, rescues a lost dog from a pack of coyotes, the duo tries to return her home—only to discover her owner is missing.Heather Moreland has clearly disappeared under suspicious circumstances, and the more Gideon digs into her past, the more he’s convinced of her abduction.As Gideon strives to help the missing woman, he is also troubled by the suspicious death of Detective Langston Walker, the leader of a support group for families of murder victims. The last time they’d met, Walker told Gideon about a cold case he had reopened, making Gideon wonder if the detective’s demise is the accident everyone believes.In this third book in Alan Russell’s gripping cop-K-9 series, Gideon and Sirius race to save a young woman—and stop another killer from striking again.

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    Lost Dog

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    9.2 hrs • Jun/14/2016 • Unabridged
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  10. 14.1 hrs • May/10/2016 • Unabridged

    The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it’s not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence.It’s called the blockchain.The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of information. The second generation—powered by blockchain technology—is bringing us the Internet of value: a new, distributed platform that can help us reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital currencies, the underlying framework has the potential to go far beyond these and record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certificates to insurance claims and even votes.Why should you care? Maybe you’re a music lover who wants artists to make a living off their art. Or a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from. Perhaps you’re an immigrant who’s sick of paying big fees to send money home to loved ones. Or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business.And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. This technology is public, encrypted, and readily available for anyone to use. It’s already seeing widespread adoption in a number of areas. For example, forty-two (and counting) of the world’s biggest financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Credit Suisse, have formed a consortium to investigate the blockchain for speedier and more secure transactions.As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, the blockchain will create winners and losers. And while opportunities abound, the risks of disruption and dislocation must not be ignored.Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and utterly foundational book about the future of the modern economy. Blockchain Revolution is the business leaders’ playbook for the next decade and beyond.

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    Blockchain Revolution

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    14.1 hrs • May/10/2016 • Unabridged
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  11. 18.9 hrs • May/10/2016 • Unabridged

    Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as The Man in the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and "literature," and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.Adjustment Team is the second installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This wide-ranging collection contains 26 stories and novellas from the extraordinarily productive years of 1952 and 1953, along with extensive story notes. Included here are "The Cookie Lady," an account of a young boy whose relationship with a lonely widow results in a bizarre act of transformation, Second Variety (filmed in 1995 as Screamers), a novella that powerfully evokes a post-apocalyptic society overrun by all-too-human looking robots known as "Claws," and the title story, in which a small accident of timing leads real estate salesman Ed Fletcher to an unexpected confrontation with the malleable nature of a once familiar world. Like its predecessor, The King of the Elves, this new volume offers both an astonishing variety of narrative pleasures and a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of a major American artist.

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    Volume II: Adjustment Team

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    18.9 hrs • May/10/2016 • Unabridged
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  12. 9.7 hrs • May/10/2016 • Unabridged

    On an arid Mars, local bigwigs compete with Earth-bound interlopers to buy up land before the UN develops it and its value skyrockets. Martian Union leader Arnie Kott has an ace up his sleeve, though: an autistic boy named Manfred who seems to have the ability to see the future. In the hopes of gaining an advantage on a Martian real estate deal, powerful people force Manfred to send them into the future, where they can learn about development plans. But is Manfred sending them to the real future or one colored by his own dark and paranoid filter? As the time travelers are drawn into Manfred’s dark worldview in both the future and present, the cost of doing business may drive them all insane.

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    Martian Time-Slip

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    9.7 hrs • May/10/2016 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.1 hrs • Apr/26/2016 • Unabridged

    Raised in a lower-middle-class, nonreligious family, Fred Sievert lived the American dream by exercising a strong work ethic with the classic symptoms of a type-A overachieving personality. In the process, he often neglected his family and friends as he doggedly pursued his socioeconomic ascent. But God revealed Himself to Fred in a profound way early in life and remained present through many difficult personal and business struggles, challenges, and decisions.The power of the stories in God Revealed and the extent to which God was with Fred throughout his young life and business career only became fully apparent to him after retirement as he reflected on his life, his family, and his successes. The underlying theme of God Revealed is that all of us encounter God in unanticipated ways. Sometimes we simply don’t recognize where His influence and guidance are constantly manifesting themselves.God Revealed invites listeners not only to watch vigilantly for messages from God in their daily lives, but also to reconsider experiences from their past, realizing that those overlooked encounters often carry messages that can, with recognition, strengthen their faith and enrich their future.

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    God Revealed

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    8.1 hrs • Apr/26/2016 • Unabridged
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  14. 6.7 hrs • Apr/26/2016 • Unabridged

    The modern day youth sports environment has taken the enjoyment out of athletics for our children. Currently, 70% of kids drop out of organized sports by the age of 13, which has given rise to a generation of overweight, unhealthy young adults. There is a solution. John O’Sullivan shares the secrets of the coaches and parents who have not only raised elite athletes, but have done so by creating an environment that promotes positive core values and teaches life lessons instead of focusing on wins and losses, scholarships, and professional aspirations. Changing the Game gives adults a new paradigm and a game plan for raising happy, high performing children, and provides a national call to action to return youth sports to our kids.

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    Changing the Game

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    6.7 hrs • Apr/26/2016 • Unabridged
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  15. 8.6 hrs • Apr/04/2016 • Unabridged

    The average customer spends less than 5 percent of their time engaged in the buying of products and services … meaning that sales professionals who focus solely on the moment of the sale have made a fatal miscalculation.Featuring instructional case studies from companies including Panasonic, Hilton, Merck, and Honeywell, this evidence-based book provides readers with a proven methodology for driving success before, during, and after every sale. Embracing the entire customer life cycle, Beyond the Sales Process reveals twelve essential strategies including:Study your customerGive them compelling reasons to engageBuild a vision for them of their own successUnderstand your customers’ drivers, objectives, and challengesAchieve alignmentCreate and realize valueLearn from your results to cultivate lasting—and mutually beneficial relationshipsReinforced by research from DePaul University, CSO Insights, Aberdeen Group, SAMA, and others, this book will help you to grow with your customers—and take your sales performance to a whole new level.

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    Beyond the Sales Process

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    8.6 hrs • Apr/04/2016 • Unabridged
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  16. 9.1 hrs • Mar/29/2016 • Unabridged

    We’ve all heard that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. The rich are getting richer by rigging the system in their favor, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we’re told that we need to fight inequality through tax hikes, wealth redistribution schemes, and a far higher minimum wage.But what if that narrative is wrong? What if the real threat to the American Dream isn’t rising income inequality but an all-out war on success?In this timely and thought-provoking work, Don Watkins and Yaron Brook reveal that almost everything we’ve been taught about inequality is wrong. You’ll discover• why successful CEOs make so much money—and deserve to,• how the minimum wage hurts the very people it claims to help,• why middle-class stagnation is a myth,• how the little-known history of Sweden reveals the dangers of forced equality, and• the disturbing philosophy behind Obama’s economic agenda.The critics of inequality are right about one thing: the American Dream is under attack. But instead of fighting to make America a place where anyone can achieve success, they are fighting to tear down those who already have. The real key to making America a freer, fairer, more prosperous nation is to protect and celebrate the pursuit of success—not pull down the high fliers in the name of equality.

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    Equal is Unfair

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    9.1 hrs • Mar/29/2016 • Unabridged
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