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Angela

Hammond Park, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
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    (253)
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    (244)

    Napoleon Hill, born into poverty in 1883, began writing as a reporter for small town newspapers while just a teenager. When industrialist Andrew Carnegie commissioned him in 1908 to interview over 500 successful men and women to help prove his theory that success could be distilled down to a clear-cut formula, Hill met with hundreds of the richest and most famous people of the time.

    morton says: "An Incredible Audio!"
    "Eighty years later and it's still relevant"
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    Although the longest audiobook I've listened to to date, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Of course, the classic book from Napoleon Hill is just a goldmine of useful information, but the narration by Grover Gardner was spot on. 24 hours is a long time to listen to the one voice (I listen whilst commuting and it took two weeks to get through) but Gardner spoke with such ease and familiarity that it was as though he wrote the book, unlike some books where you can tell the narrator has no idea of that of which he is narrating. Well worth it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amway Forever: The Amazing Story of a Global Business Phenomenon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathryn A. Jones
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
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    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Not just a business, but an opportunity for personal success and achievement, Amway has spread the old-fashioned American dream across the globe-from South America to the Pacific Rim. This definitive history of Amway delves deep into the heart and soul of the organization. It is an inspirational, motivational chronicle of the company as a whole - its ideology, goals, beliefs, ethics, and sense of values - filled with uplifting stories of people around the world whose lives have been totally transformed by the Amway philosophy.

    Angela says: "Pretty accurate - not for Amway employees."
    "Pretty accurate - not for Amway employees."
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    I was really curious about this book because I have a family member who joined Amway about 5 years ago and we all became somewhat concerned about her involvement with "the business". I was expecting a juicy expose written by a disgruntled former insider, but this is a well researched book. Amway is not a company with a spotless record and has been likened by many as a type of cult and a pyramid scheme (for good reasons, by the way). Anyway, Amway Forever gives a very detailed background into the company and it's full 60-year history, and does not gloss over the somewhat unsavoury practices and methods Amway uses to make money. If you're a loyal Amway distributor you won't like this book. For everyone else, the rumours that have gone around for years appear to be true. If you're looking for reasons to join Amway, don't read this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My LIfe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kevin Sorbo
    • Narrated By Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day it all came to an abrupt end. Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder and was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old.

    Patricia says: "Easy Listening"
    "Really interesting story"
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    I was aware of Hercules but never watched the show, still I found this book really interesting. There are some funny behind-the-scenes tidbits on how the TV/film industry works, but most of the book is about Sorbo's recovery from some strokes he suffered in the 1990s. I am impressed at his honesty about how hard the recovery road was; in fact his honesty about everything makes this book much better than it could have been.
    Sorbo does a really good job of reading the book and puts on voices for different people in an entertaining, not irritating way. The book is fairly long (9 1/2 hours) but I enjoyed the whole thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenge into SUCCESS

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver
    • Narrated By Steve Blane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    During his long business career, Donald Trump has known astonishing highs and lows. In Never Give Up, the world's most famous businessman talks candidly about his own biggest challenges, lowest moments, and toughest fights - and how he turned those setbacks into new successes.

    Angela says: "Not his greatest book success."
    "Not his greatest book success."
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    I'm a big Trump fan and have rated many of his other books five stars. However, this book was just a rehash of the Art of the Deal, and not as interesting. One would expect from the title of the book that it would be an analysis of problems Trump has encountered and the strategies he employed to solve said problems. Instead, he lists out some obstacles he's encountered, says he worked really hard even though to the outside world it may have looked easy, and that everything worked out for the best; sometimes even better than he'd expected. I thought the book was kind of glib, and was glad it was only 4 hours. Disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2066)
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    (305)
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    (314)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Very funny, even if you don't follow politics."
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    I'd never heard of Al Franken (no SNL in Australia) and bought this book on sale because of the high ratings. I really enjoyed it. It's all political anecdotes and him lampooning lying liars who have annoyed him at some point. As it was written in 2004 it's not so contemporary, but most people will know the people talked about in this book. Anyway, I couldn't care less about politics but I found this book very amusing and interesting. If you are a hardcore (or even softcore) republican you'll hate this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Body Language: How to Succeed in Every Business and Social Encounter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tonya Reiman
    • Narrated By Tonya Reiman
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (170)
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    (168)

    The Power of Body Language is your practical, personal playbook for getting what you desire from others—and zoning in on what others are saying to you without words. In an insightful and engaging narrative peppered with fascinating facts, nationally renowned body-language expert Tonya Reiman illuminates the hidden meaning behind specific gestures, facial cues, stances, and body movements, giving you a life-changing, career-saving, troubleshooting skill.

    morton says: "Helpful in All Areas of Life"
    "Interesting and useful tools."
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    This book was really interesting. It has some great information that could really give you an edge in your communication skills - if you could just remember it all! This book probably deserves a couple of listens if you actually want to benefit from the knowledge. Tonya Reiman's reading is good and gets better as she progresses through the book. This book is much more interesting that some of the other books about body language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

    L. Standridge-Santopietro says: "Totally Honest and Brave"
    "Very funny, but not for sensitive ears."
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    I think Joan Rivers is hilarious. I love the way she is no-holds-barred, taking a swipe at everyone, including herself. The title of the book it pretty accurate: Joan does hate everything. This book is a very, very long list (borderline rant) of Joan's pet peeves. It's not for people who can't abide very colourful language and if there is anything that offends you it's probably in this book. There are also a number of crude jokes. However, Joan's reading of it is fabulous. I can't imagine anyone else being able to do this book justice. You'll laugh out loud all the way through (and probably blush a few times as well).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (374)

    From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

    Anastasia Burke says: "DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!"
    "Interesting, a bit serious though."
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    I really enjoy popular neuroscience books. Mindsight is an interesting listen. I found Daniel Siegel's reading okay, but a little heavy which means by the end of the book (almost 12 hours) I was happy for it to end. That said, there are some patient cases that I've thought of a few times and when some concepts have appeared in other books I've understood them better because of this book. Worth the listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (646)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Fascinating story about Madoff"
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    I thought this book was fascinating. I was astounded at the greed of individuals and the gross incompetence of the SEC. Harry Markopolos has written and read this book well. It's kind of long, but this didn't bother me and I managed not to lose track of what was happening. I found myself getting frustrated at the uselessness of the SEC along with the author. It was also interesting to hear a different perspective of the financial services industry. I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speak to Win: How to Present with Power in Any Situation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    The art of speaking can be systematically learned, and if you have the desire, discipline, and determination - not to mention one of the world's greatest presenters as your teacher - you too can become a persuasive and powerful speaker. Tracy reveals time-tested tricks of the trade you can use to present powerfully and speak persuasively, whether in an informal meeting or in front of a large group of people.

    Jeff says: "Disappointing"
    "Ironically, he could have read it better"
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    This book has some really good tips for presenting and I enjoyed the content. However, I was a little surprised at how stilted and somewhat bland Brian Tracy's reading of his own book was, especially considering the title. You could also hear him moving the sheets of paper that he is reading from, which was annoying. I've also listened to Eat that Frog!, which Tracy reads much better, so it's the performance of this book that's average. In all honesty, I don't think Tracy reading his own book added a whole lot of value here and it could have been better read by someone else. But the book is still helpful for people who want to improve their presenting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (251)

    This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

    Tonja Shelton says: "Outstanding narration"
    "Much better than expected"
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    Apart from loving Boston Legal, I haven't had much to do with William Shatner (not a Star Trek fan). I bought this book largely based on the ratings. I'm glad I did because the book is really good. Shatner's had quite a fascinating life and I always find Hollywood insider information really interesting. Shatner is open and honest which makes that book real and believable. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars for the reading is sometimes Shatner almost mumbles and it's hard to make out what he's saying. But I still enjoyed the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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