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Your ratings are in—but which books earned your highest marks in 2012? Click on each category below to reveal you and your fellow listeners' five-star favorites in each genre (and overall!) this year.


And to see which books earned the highest marks at the end of each month, check out our Monthly Customer Favorites.

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  • How Will You Measure Your Life?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (287)

    In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness. Full of inspiration and wisdom, this book will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

    Jessica says: "Must Read!"
  • The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Danielle LaPorte
    • Narrated By Danielle LaPorte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (177)

    As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.

    Valarie says: "Loved idea but some of the "passion" was "cheesy""
  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni’s bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion.

    Optimize the Balance says: "More please"
  • Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (166)

    Why do the rich get richer even in a financial crisis? In his new book, the best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad confirms his message and challenges listeners to change their context and act in a new way. Robert Kiyosaki here takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world.

    N'Teasha says: "Repeat of all of his books."
  • Born to Win: Find Your Success Code

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar, Tom Ziglar
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Zig Ziglar’s Born to Win, compresses four decades of life-changing tools and practices into one inspiring, concise, easy-to-use format for people who want to grow and improve the whole spectrum of their lives now!

    Celia says: "YES YES YES!"
  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
  • Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T. D. Jakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Forgive and forget. It should be easy to do—so why don’t we do it? The father who wasn’t always there for us. The mother who punished us. The spouse who betrayed us. The children who will leave us behind. Whoever and whatever the source of hurt, there is always a path to forgiveness. But too often, instead of forgiving, too many of us live with resentments and grudges that keep us stuck, robbing us of joy, peace, and purpose.

    rossana says: "an eye opener"
  • The Traveler's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    This modern morality tale by gifted writer and speaker Andy Andrews teaches seven fundamental strategies for creating a successful life. Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live.

    Georgia says: "Little Heavy Handed but still an uplifting read"
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sean Covey
    • Narrated By Sean Covey
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    An insightful new work from the multimillion-copy best-selling author Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization, based on their work with hundreds of thousands of employees and large companies. It unveils the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals.

    William says: "Excellent information"
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (206)

    Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.

    Elizabeth says: "Bad narrators repeat the same points over and over"
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (380)

    Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself, The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, and much more.

    Kimberly says: "What's Your Growth Plan?"
  • Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Many people feel called to help others and change the world, but they just don’t know how to fulfill their potential. They have the creativity and passion, but often get lost, not knowing how to direct their energies. Now, popular life coach Martha Beck shows how readers can find their calling in service and healing - while realizing their destiny. With a sparkling, compassionate, and often irreverent style, Beck draws from a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace vital skills that may be embedded in our DNA and are now made accessible again.

    June E. Smith says: "Interesting"
  • Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Napoleon Hill
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    Make no mistake about it, listening to and following the principles of Think & Grow Rich will help individuals in all walks of life achieve their goals. For instance, former heavyweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Ken Norton credited his winning ways to Think & Grow Rich. Norton's victory over "The Greatest", Muhammad Ali, in 1973 is a great illustration of how individuals can beat the odds, achieve their goals, and reach their fullest potential using the principles contained in this motivational book.

    Andre Williams says: "Not what you think"
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (164)

    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

    Melinda says: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
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