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  • Building Engaged Schools
    Building Engaged Schools Gary Gordon
    Narrator:
    Malcolm Hillgartner
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    Can America’s public schools, long resistant to change, meet the challenges of globalization and new educational alternatives? Not by doing what they’re doing today. So argues Building Engaged Schools, a book that challenges the faulty assumptions that guide American public education.In our efforts to create the best possible schools for America’s kids, we’ve allowed process concerns such as standards, curriculum, and testing to overshadow the importance of people. But the fact is, what we’ve come to think of as the “soft” aspects of education are actually what make truly effective learning possible. Building relationships, nurturing student and teacher talents, fostering engagement ... these are what motivate great teachers and inspire students.Indeed, if schools can learn anything from the business world, it’s this: The “soft” stuff drives results. Corporate leaders have realized that the best way to improve productivity is to tap the talents and motivation of their human assets. This approach is even more critical in the classroom. An overemphasis on process reforms has set the education system at odds with both teachers and students. Too many students are lethargic or alienated; too many teachers have become disillusioned and cynical. We must find a way to bring public schools back to life, and to tap the enormous potential that exists in America’s classrooms.Drawing on decades of Gallup research, Building Engaged Schools offers a fresh approach: Leverage student and teacher talent, on a school-by-school basis. Focusing on talent may lack the political appeal of process reforms, which can be implemented in broad strokes. This approach is surely more complex. But the return on the time and effort invested is far greater. In fact, that return is no less than a more fully engaged society, and a better future for America’s children.
  • Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter
    Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter Dave Stone
    Narrator:
    Tom Parks
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    Hear what others are saying: Dave’s book is full of no nonsense, common sense suggestions, and biblically inspired truth. As a parent of two “under construction” children still finding their way in a fallen world, I am keenly aware of the importance of living a life of faithful integrity in order to actually teach it to my kids. I, of course, have failed miserably on occasion. But then, I didn’t have Dave’s book like you do! - Kathie Lee Gifford Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter shares practical tips on how your family can achieve a close-knit love for one another and become each other’s best friends! - Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar, TLC’s 19 kids & Counting This book is an incredible guide, especially for mothers, to help create that godly atmosphere around our families and in our homes. The example Dave and his family sets proves that his walk is even more powerful than his talk. - Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000 As a mother of three small children, I found this book to be a wonderful tool full of timely and practical advice. I will re-read it often over the next few years as my husband and I strengthen our family ties with faith, love, and laughter. - Natalie Grant, four-time dove award winner
  • Building the Fit Organization
    Building the Fit Organization Dan Markovitz
    Narrator:
    Todd Blecher
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    Shingo Award-winning author Markovitz outlines a powerful plan to help business leaders improve the competitive “fitness” of their companiesThe 7 Habits of Fit Companies gives executives a distilled, jargon-free method for attaining the benefits of lean management under real-world conditions. The corporate landscape is littered with companies that have failed to achieve success by mirroring the Toyota Way, but this audiobook distills the lessons from the Toyota Production System into six core concepts and presents them in the easily understandable language of physical fitness and athletic excellence.You can easily create a dynamic, constantly improving, profoundly customer-focused organization with this revolutionary guide’s realistic game plan, complete with case studies and interviews highlighting how lean principles were used at actual companies as well as self-assessment checklists in each chapter for evaluating corporate “fitness” at any type of institution.
  • Built for Growth
    Built for Growth John Danner
    Chris Kuenne
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    John Danner
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    A Wall Street Journal best seller Are you a driver, an explorer, a crusader, or a captain? Many factors shape the success or failure of a new business, whether it's a stand-alone start-up or a venture inside a larger corporation. But the most important and least understood of these factors is the personality of the entrepreneur - the particular combination of beliefs and preferences that drives his or her motivation, decision making, and leadership style. And your builder personality is the one resource you can directly control in growing a business that wins. Simply put, who you are shapes how you build for growth. Built for Growth decodes the interplay between builder personality and new business success. Using a patented analytic methodology, authors Chris Kuenne and John Danner discovered four distinct types of highly successful entrepreneurial personalities - the driver, the explorer, the crusader, and the captain. Each is motivated, makes decisions, manages, and leads their businesses differently. Kuenne and Danner blend pioneering research and exclusive personal interviews to illustrate how each type handles the five dynamic challenges in building a business of lasting value: converting ideas into products, galvanizing individual talent for collaborative impact, transforming buyers into partners, aligning financial and other supporters, and scaling the business. With assessments and tools, including a brief Builder Personality quiz and in-depth profiles of each builder type, Built for Growth is the ultimate guide for how to play to your strengths, complement and compensate for your gaps, and build a successful business - from start-up to scale-up. Its vivid stories and practical advice show how you can unlock the potential of your builder personality to shape your business, your team, and your ability to win in the marketplace. Please visit builtforgrowthbook.com to learn more and access the Builder Personality Discovery tool.
  • Built on Bones
    Built on Bones Brenna Hassett
    Narrator:
    Laurence Bouvard
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    The city has killed most of your ancestors, and it's probably killing you, too - this book tells you why. Imagine you are a hunter-gatherer some 12,000 years ago. You've got a choice - carry on foraging or plant a few seeds and move to one of those new-fangled settlements down the valley. What you won't know is that urban life is short and riddled with dozens of new diseases; your children will be shorter and sicklier than you are; they'll be plagued with gum disease and stand a decent chance of violent death at the point of a spear. Why would anyone choose this? But choose they did. Why? This is one of the many intriguing questions tackled by Brenna Hassett in Built on Bones. Based on research on skeletal remains from around the world, this book explores the history of humanity's experiment with the metropolis and looks at why our ancestors chose city life and, by and large, have stuck to it. It explains the diseases, the deaths and the many other misadventures that we have unwittingly unleashed upon ourselves throughout the metropolitan past and, as the world becomes increasingly urbanised, what we can look forward to in the future. Built on Bones offers accessible insight into a critical but relatively unheralded aspect of the human story: our recent evolution. It tells the story of shifts in human longevity, growth and health that have occurred as we transitioned from a mobile to a largely settled species. Beginning with the very earliest experiments in settling down, the narrative moves slowly forward in time, with each chapter discussing a new element of humanity's great urban experiment.
  • Built to Grow
    Built to Grow Royston Guest
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    Royston Guest
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    'This book is straightforward, factual and to the point. Any Leader responsible for business growth should read it! A blueprint full of practical ideas and tools to inspire you into action.' (Craig Donaldson, chief executive officer, Metro Bank, ranked number one in Gglassdoor's Highest Rated CEO 2016) If you asked a cross-section of business leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs what their biggest business challenge is, you would probably hear the same recurring thought: growing their business in a sustainable, predictable, yet profitable way - quickly. It's a reality that most businesses and individuals never reach their full potential, always yearning for the thing that will catapult them into significance, but never really finding it. Whether you're an entrepreneur starting out or a director, executive, or business leader climbing the corporate ladder, the building blocks of Built to Grow are universally applicable. Developed in the real-world laboratory of thousands of businesses in 27 countries spanning over two decades, Built to Grow is a proven, time-tested model to unlock the real potential in your business. Avoid the common pitfalls of a trial and error approach to business growth. Built to Grow is full of practical strategies, tools, and ideas, backed up with real-world case studies to illustrate what can be achieved - leaving you equipped to transform your businesses performance and drive tangible results. Built to Grow is destined to become your handbook, your go-to guide, your road map to accelerated, sustained, and profitable business growth.
  • Bull from The Sea, The
    Bull from The Sea, The Mary Renault
    Narrator:
    Kris Dyer
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    This second instalment in the story of the legendary hero begins with Theseus' triumphant return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur. Having freed the city of Athens from the onerous tribute demanded by the ruler of Knossos—the sacrifice of noble youths and maidens to the appetite of the Labyrinth's monster—Theseus has returned home to find his father dead and himself the new king. But his adventures have only just begun: He still must confront the Amazons; capture their queen, Hippolyta; and face the tragic results of Phaedra's jealous rage. Piecing together the fragments of myth and using her deep understanding of the cultures reflected in these legends, Mary Renault has constructed an enthralling narrative of a time when heroes battled monsters and gods strode the earth.
  • Bull God
    Bull God Roberta Gellis
    Narrator:
    Lisa Wolpe
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    Momma doesn't talk about that party… When gods still walked the Earth, a king could pray for a sign and have a white bull rise from the sea to confirm his claim to the throne. But a god's price was high, and when Minos did not keep his promise to the god Poseidon, the god meddled with Minos' wife...and the Minotaur, a child with the head of a bull, was born. The question is, did Poseidon intend his son to be worshiped as a new god, or is he the god's curse on Knossos, a monster that will destroy it? Ariadne—the Minotaur's half-sister—was the only one who would touch him and care for him when he was born. She was also high priestess of Dionysus, sworn to interpret his Visions, but one Vision destroys her peace. Dionysus Sees that the bull-head must die or bring disaster upon the realm. Can Ariadne agree to the slaughter of the deformed half-brother who clings to her as the only one who cares for him? Can she protect the Minotaur in defiance of Dionysus' vision and dare the god's wrath? Should she?
  • Bull Street
    Bull Street David Lender
    Narrator:
    Nick Podehl
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    Bull Street is the story of Richard Blum, a naïve, young Wall Streeter who gives a jaded billionaire the chance for redemption, as they team up to bring down an insider trading ring before they wind up in jail or dead.Excerpts from Trojan Horse, The Gravy Train and Vaccine Nation, David Lender's other thrillers, follow the text of Bull Street.
  • Bull's-Eye
    Bull's-Eye Brian Tracy
    Narrator:
    Brian Tracy
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    Clarity, Focus, and Concentration: Three strong attributes needed to hit the bull's eye! And just as you can develop your physical muscles through hard work and concentration, you can develop your mental muscles through continuous repetition. Bull's Eye will teach you how to unleash your powers for success and accomplish more in the next few months than many people do in a lifetime.
  • Bulldog Drummond
    Bulldog Drummond Sapper
    Narrator:
    Roy McMillan
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    Demobilised officer, finding peace incredibly tedious, would welcome diversion. Legitimate if possible; excitement essential. When Captain Hugh Drummond, DSO, MC placed that advertisement, he was looking for adventure. What he finds is an international plot headed by the greatest criminal mastermind in the world. For the sake of the beautiful Phyllis, he faces murderous schemers, acid baths and even wild animals in his attempts to save her father—and his own life. In this, his first appearance, Bulldog Drummond is charming, undaunted and endlessly resourceful: the template of the modern action hero.
  • Bullet Beach
    Bullet Beach Ronald Tierney
    Narrator:
    Ric Jerrom
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    PI Deets Shanahan takes on the search of his lifetime. When seventy-one-year-old private investigator Deets Shanahan learns from a snippet of news on the Internet that his brother – who disappeared when they were kids – could be somewhere in Thailand, he immediately sets out, accompanied by his lover, Maureen, to find his errant sibling. But it turns out that this is much more than finding a missing person who wants to stay missing, and treasure, deceit and murder soon interrupt their search on the streets of Bangkok and on the beaches of Phuket...
  • Bullet for Cinderella, A
    Bullet for Cinderella, A John D. MacDonald
    Narrator:
    Jim Roberts
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    HER VENEER WAS BIG CITY...But one look and you knew that her instincts were straight out of the river shack she came from. I watched her as she toyed with the man, laughing, her tumbled hair like raw blue-black silk, her brown shoulders bare. Eyes deep-set, a girl with a gypsy look. So this was the girl I had risked my life to find. This was the girl who was going to lead me to a buried fortune in stolen loot. A POW in the Korean War, Tal Howard returns to find himself restless. He is haunted by the tale told to him by a friend who didn't make it home: a stolen fortune that was hidden away in the soldier's hometown with the only clue a girl named Cinderella. Tal decides to leave everything behind and try to find the money. He arrives to discover another POW has the same idea, a man who was feared in camp for his ferocity. Tal is mistaken by the local law enforcement as an unwanted private investigator, falls in love with a local girl, and needs all the help he can get to find 'Cinderella.' This gripping story will keep you on the edge of your seat until MacDonald puts all the pieces in place for a satisfying ending. A Bullet for Cinderella is one of John D. MacDonald's earlier works, but nonetheless is a brilliant piece of writing.John D. MacDonald went on to write more than 50 novels and created the fabulous Travis McGee series.
  • Bullet Park
    Bullet Park John Cheever
    Narrator:
    Marc Vietor
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    In this dark suburban drama, Cheever concerns himself with the two neighbors: Eliot Nailles, who loves his wife and son to distraction, and Paul Hammer, who, according to Nailles, is a bastard named after a common household tool. The pair soon become fatefully linked by the mysterious binding power of their names. As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of John Cheever's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview added to your library.
  • Bullet Proof
    Bullet Proof Avery Flynn
    Narrator:
    Noah Michael Levine
    Carly Robins
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    From Liliana Hart's New York Times best-selling MacKenzie family comes a new story by best-selling author Avery Flynn.... 'Being one of the good guys is not my thing.' Bianca Sutherland isn't at an exclusive Eyes Wide Shut-style orgy for the orgasms. She's there because the only clue to her friend's disappearance is a photo of a painting hanging somewhere in Bisu Manor. Determined to find her missing friend when no one else will, she expects trouble when she cons her way into the party - but not in the form of a so-hot-he-turns-your-panties-to-ash former boxer. Taz Hazard's only concern is looking out for himself, and he has no intention of changing his ways until he finds sexy-as-sin Bianca at the most notorious mansion in Ft. Worth. Now he's tangled up in a missing person case tied in to a powerful new drug about to flood the streets if they can't find a way to stop it before it's too late. Taking on a drug cartel isn't safe, but when passion ignites between them, Taz and Bianca discover their hearts aren't bulletproof either.
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