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Mary

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  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage.

    Robert says: "What makes a great commander?? Read this book"
    "Grant's Memoirs - incomparable!"
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    Would you listen to Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant again? Why?

    Yes. It is so mush more entertaining than I expected. A first hand account of history, yes, but also just a really good book. I will listen to it over and over again because it's so chuck full of information presented in a down to earth manner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant?

    When I realized what a talented author Grant was. The book isn't dry as one might expect from a military man.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me appreciate how lucky this country is to have had Grant lead the troops in the Civil War. The book isn't dry because of Grant's self deprecating humor. He made me laugh throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5034)
    Performance
    (4251)
    Story
    (4222)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Very effective book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Habit the most enjoyable?

    I'm generally not into self-help books but 2 friends recommended this. I too recommend it. While it has numerous case studies, they are interesting and to the point. They aren't just filler. The advice is sound and the book actually motivated me to make some changes in my life. Highly recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It offers useful advice with examples that back up the advice. It enabled me to gain control of some situations that I had allowed to lead me.


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know since I didn't read the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It motivated me to make some changes that needed to happen. The book gave evidence for what we do and why we do it so it was easier to implement the advice. Wish I'd read something like this years ago.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to get control of your life, read this book, or rather listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1057)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Waste of money"
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    What disappointed you about The War of Art?

    This book goes off course into a lot of mumbo jumbo. A waste of time and money. Narration was fine. Content was pathetic. If you are looking for a boost to your creative production, try The Power of Habit. It was much more helpful.


    What other book might you compare The War of Art to and why?

    The Power of Habit offers sound advice and examples, not some nebulous new age bilge.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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