From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs. Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as ´´Brick,´´ ´´You Don´t Know Me,´´ ´´Rockin´ the Suburbs,´´ and ´´The Luckiest,´´ and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he´s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock antihero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance. In the title chapter, ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs,´´ Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream-and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In ´´Measure Twice, Cut Once´´ he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. (´´There will be plenty of time for the limitations of the real world to impose themselves on your creation.´´) In ´´Hall Pass´´ he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood and the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting, and in ´´Cheap Lessons´´ he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way-but that luckily didn´t kill him. Folds also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multidecade, multifaceted career in the music business. In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you´ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.
An exposé on how the rise of China will affect the American way of life, The End of Cheap China is a fun, riveting, must-listen audiobook not only for people doing business in China but for anyone interested in understanding the forces that are changing the world. Many Americans know China for manufacturing cheap products, thanks largely to the country´s vast supply of low-cost workers. But China is changing, and the glut of cheap labor that has made everyday low prices possible is drying up as the Chinese people seek not to make iPhones, but to buy them. Shaun Rein, Founder of the China Market Research Group, puts China´s continuing transformation from producer to large-scale consumer - a process that is further along than most economists think - under the microscope, examining eight megatrends that are catalyzing change in China and posing threats to Americans´ consumption-driven way of life. Rein takes an engaging and informative approach to examining the extraordinary changes taking place across all levels of Chinese society, talking to everyone from Chinese billionaires and senior government officials to poor migrant workers and even prostitutes. He draws on personal stories and experiences from living in China since the 1990s as well as hard economic data. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of China´s transformation, from fast-improving Chinese companies to confident, optimistic Chinese women to the role of China´s government, and at the end breaks down key lessons for listeners to take away. The End of Cheap China shows:How rising labor and real estate costs are forcing manufacturers of cheap Chinese products to close, relocate, or move up the value streamHow a restructuring economy moving away from exports to domestic consumption, and rising incomes will create opportunities for foreign brands to sell products in China rather than just producing thereHow Chinese consumption will bui 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Roberts. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004855/bk_adbl_004855_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jim McCann has spent his career talking. For McCann, the founder and CEO of the world’s leading florist, 1-800-Flowers.com, being open and ready to speak to a variety of audiences is his most powerful leadership tool. In Talk Is (Not!) Cheap, McCann illustrates how the art of conversation leadership - the process he developed to engage others and create forward momentum in the workplace - can be used to inspire, innovate, and win. Using a blend of how-to and insightful personal stories, this audiobook argues that the gift of gab may just be the most critical (and undervalued) skill set in today’s workplace. Lessons include how to overcome hesitation when diving into conversation with strangers and knowing when to just ´´shut up and listen!” McCann’s practical advice comes from 20 years of experience as the voice of small business, and from meeting and exchanging ideas with other influential business leaders around the world. Whether you’re interacting with customers, pitching new business to a client, or seeking to be heard within your own company, Talk Is (Not!) Cheap will strategically transform the way you communicate and listen. With McCann as your guide, this important audiobook will teach you how the art of conversation leadership can improve and joyously change your life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mel Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/005783/bk_brll_005783_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Today´s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is a look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin! 1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women´s clothing: ´´He is laced up in corsets!´´ 1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that ´´if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!´´ Full of sleazy anecdotes from every presidential election in United States history, Anything for a Vote is a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren´t), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all - political campaigning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/005311/bk_tant_005311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the trademark riffs and solos of the famed Texas trio with this book/CD pack. Author and guitar expert Dave Rubin examines in detail a dozen of ZZ Top´s biggest hits, providing thorough analysis, helpful lessons and demonstrations on CD. Songs: Cheap Sunglasses * Francine * Gimme All Your Lovin´ * I Thank You * Jesus Just Left Chicago * La Grange * Legs * Sharp Dressed Man * Sleeping Bag * Stages * Tube Snake Boogie * Tush. Includes an introduction and notes on Billy Gibbons´ gear.
From the genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs. ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell.´´-Sara Bareilles Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as ´´Brick,´´ ´´You Don´t Know Me,´´ ´´Rockin´ the Suburbs,´´ and ´´The Luckiest,´´ and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he´s an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. In the title chapter, ´´A Dream About Lightning Bugs,´´ Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream-and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In ´´Measure Twice, Cut Once´´ he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. In ´´Hall Pass´´ he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in ´´Cheap Lessons´´ he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way-but that luckily didn´t kill him. In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you´ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds. Advance praise for A Dream About Lightning Bugs ´´Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn´t put this book down-and not just because I taped it to my hand. Ben takes us into his mind and into his process from the very beginnings of his childhood to where he is today-one of the greatest musicians and writers that has ever graced the art.´´-Bob Saget ´´A masterfully written memoir, and so much more. Folds imbues this literary work with keen insight and humor to create an elegant and moving tribute to art and life itself.´´-Daniel Levitin, author of #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind
Good public relations is no longer just icing - it´s a strategic imperative more important to your competitive success than even advertising or marketing. This is true whether you´re a century-old multibillion-dollar corporation or a penniless startup. In Rethinking Reputation, public relations guru Fraser Seitel and John Doorley, founder of the Academy for Communication Excellence and Leadership at Johnson & Johnson, examine a fascinating new set of case studies - including the BP oil spill and the launch of CitySlips - to glean the PR dos and don’ts for the new media world, covering both standard reputation maintenance and crisis management. They also show start-up companies and entrenched organizations how to use the power of word-of-mouth to jump-start business like never before. This is a wake-up call from two industry legends - for public relations professionals as well as entrepreneurs, CEOs, and anyone else tasked with representing their organization to the world. These new media lessons include: Remember that research is cheaper, and more critical, than ever. Don´t let the perfect be the enemy of the good - launch your idea before someone else does. Don´t get so excited about social media that you forget about traditional media. In a crisis, you are never offstage. Never lie, never whine, and never try to predict the future! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000828/bk_gdan_000828_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Surveillance. It is used by every tyranny to lock in place an uneven arrangement of power. When the mighty know all about you but common folk know little in reverse, then without accountability you can only have despotism, as shown by 6,000 years of recorded history. But new technologies do not have to lock in perpetual Big Brother. The spread of tools like cheap cameras and instant sharing might lead to the antidote against Big Brother. That is, if we learn the lessons taught by both history and science. The answer is not to hide from elites but to hold them accountable with light. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Brin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027309/bk_adbl_027309_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Down the street, a dog is running around a lamp post on a leash. I feel like I’m on a similar trajectory. Sam Bennett is the last of a dying breed, a former Mad Man, now made redundant after 30 years at the same advertising agency. Left with his awards and a case of Bulgarian whiskey (which he still can’t remember buying), Sam retreats to his home, awaits the summer arrival of his daughter and crazy son-in-law, Muller, is plagued by panic attacks and has an incident involving a pressed ham on a liquor store window with a young security guard named Max. With the ground feeling like a trampoline, Sam sets out to do the one thing Mary, his wife, wants more than anything else - a grandchild. It won’t be easy with Muller, his suicidal son-in-law, jumping off roofs and drinking green paint, but life is full of surprises. Meanwhile, Muller wants Max’s mom, and Max’s dad, Otis, has the craziest online show in Chicago called, Otis Cries for You. As Sam’s doctor Krupsky tells him, ´´Life’s a crapshoot. At least you filled the cheap seats.´´ Sam is about to learn the greatest lessons in life, even if it means stealing his neighbor’s pot, and getting more people stoned than he ever imagined possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bernard Clark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020147/bk_adbl_020147_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.