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  • Courageous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (196)
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    Four men, one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift....

    Jennifer says: "Excellent!!"
    "The world needs more fathers"
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    The message of being a father to our children is often lost in today's society. So many people believe a child does not need to have both parents involved in their lives; that they'll turn out just fine. While at times a child does turn out "fine", the truth is that the odds are significantly stacked against them. This story really drives home the fact that we, as father's, are not just "sperm donors." We have a moral, and even more a spiritual, obligation to raise our children so that the decay of society does not fill that vacuum should we choose to not be part of our children's lives. While the story in this audiobook gets a little long in some places, it's still a truly inspiring story that should remind and motivate us as father's to make the proper raising of our children one of the most important goals we could ever set for ourselves.

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  • Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Napoleon Hill
    Overall
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    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"
    "Timeless and solid information"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a good foundation for someone trying to make real, lasting change in their lives. Don't be put off by the recordings being decades old. Most of the information can still be applied today. I've mentioned in previous reviews, there are motivational and personal development books. There are differences. Motivational will fire you up for a bit. Personal development will create lasting change. This program is more on the personal development side, which I enjoyed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill?

    There wasn't any specific moment. Most of it is to the point and easy to understand. I can say I've always appreciated Mr. Hill's voice. I'm not sure everyone would agree with me. There's just something very engaging about it for me.


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

    I really couldn't say because I believe this presentation is only in audio form, with no book being available. But if I had to choose something, again, it would be his voice along with his very simple, succinct delivery. He rarely "wanders off." He just makes his points and moves along.


    What did you learn from Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill that you would use in your daily life?

    That it's not always about money. So many books, and even portions of Mr. Hill's publications, make money such an important goal. While I have no problem with others making that a target, it's just not for me. I appreciate using the information to improve my personal and professional lives.


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  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
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    (306)
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    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "Fascinating insight into a great leader's mind"
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    What did you love best about The Art of War?

    The way the information was broken down. No long, winding explanations of the steps Sun Tzu believed were necessary to be successful. Just small, bite-sized nuggets of insightful information and strategy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Appreciating the fact that information in "The Art of War" is still used today, thousands of years later.


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

    No, I haven't so I can't credibly make any comparisons between his works.


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

    No real extreme reactions. A lot of "wows" when hearing the strategies.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this book is a must for those in the cutthroat world of business and athletics. My work is not in those arenas so there aren't a great deal of ideas that I can utilize. It was a fascinating listen nonetheless.

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  • Step Into Your Greatness (Live)

    • ORIGINAL (48 mins)
    • By Les Brown
    • Narrated By Les Brown
    Overall
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    High-octane speaker Les Brown advises to stop playing it safe and start creating what's truly possible in life by stretching yourself, taking risks, and surrounding yourself with positive, nourishing people.

    Mark says: "Straight_Arrow speaks"
    "May motivate, but won't significantly develop you."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm leaning slightly on the 'no' side. While I love Les Brown's story and enthusiasm, there's nothing deep and sustainable here.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Going a little more into what actual steps and actions he took to be successful. What I took away was Les got where he is/was by just passionately speaking with people. God bless him for being able to make a living that way, but most people are looking for actual steps that can take to make lasting, positive change in their lives.


    Which character – as performed by Les Brown – was your favorite?

    I did appreciate the TD Jakes' story where he said to a group he was brought in to work with, "As soon as I know more than you, you're fired."


    Could you see Step Into Your Greatness (Live) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's important to keep in mind there are major differences between motivational and personal development speakers. Les brown may fire you up for a little while. However, someone like Stephen Covey will help you get to more lasting, significant change. So, if you're looking for a little fire and someone instructing you to chant mantras, then this program is for you. But if you're looking for actual "meat on the bone," look elsewhere.

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  • Living an Exceptional Life (Live)

    • ORIGINAL (47 mins)
    • By Jim Rohn
    • Narrated By Jim Rohn
    Overall
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    Jim Rohn knows the secrets of success in business and life. Jim's compelling presentation will awaken the unlimited power of achievement within you.

    Jaydeep D Kanetkar says: "Very Inspiring & Practical"
    "Classic Jim Rohn"
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    Would you listen to Living an Exceptional Life (Live) again? Why?

    Yes. While it's bit heavy on the business/financial accumulation side, the essence of the advice can be applied to almost anything. So, I believe I will always find a nugget of knowledge in there every time I have a listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love Mr. Rohn's voice. It's so unique and interesting.


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

    Yes, I have. I would say it's about the same. Mr. Rohn found a niche in the personal development arena and consistently delivered the same message, often in the same story. But, that's how we get good at something. By hearing and trying over and over again until we make improvements.


    What did you learn from Living an Exceptional Life (Live) that you would use in your daily life?

    I personally enjoyed one of the suggestions at the end of the presentation about never leaving a mailbox empty. It may not make sense in my review but the story in the audio program is very cool.


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  • The Stress-Free You: How to Live Stress-Free and Feel Great Every Day, Starting Today

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth O'Brien
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Stressors are everywhere. Each and every day, we run into situations that constantly test us, rob us of our patience, strip us of our sanity, impact our focus, and cause us to lose control of our days. Although stress can be challenging, it can also be easy to handle if you have a system to deal with it. This system would knock out these stressors, shut down your anxiety, and curb fear so you can take back control of your life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not just a 'do some deep breathing' book"
    "Not just a 'do some deep breathing' book"
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    If you could sum up The Stress-Free You in three words, what would they be?

    Doable, comprehensive...and oh yeah, doable.


    What other book might you compare The Stress-Free You to and why?

    I haven't really read any other relaxation or stress-reduction books. So in all fairness, I couldn't make any comparison to other books.


    Have you listened to any of Wendy Tremont King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she has a great voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "I feel the need, the need to breathe!"


    Any additional comments?

    It's a very good book. As I mentioned, it's very comprehensive. I was a bit put off at first because of a slow start. As I continued to listen, it became more interesting with some great reminders of things I already know to do to relax, but also some new and creative ideas. I'm putting these to use immediately. Great book!

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  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Arnold Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
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    (52)
    Story
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    This classic personal time-management book, originally published in 1908, has inspired generations of men and women to live deliberate lives. Not just another collection of timesaving tips, this book is more of a challenge to leave behind mundane everyday concerns, focus on pursuing one's true desires, and live the fullest possible life. Reflection, concentration, and study techniques make it easier to accomplish more truly rewarding undertakings than anyone ever dreamed possible.

    Lauren says: "Well written, well read."
    "Sarcastic, biting humor makes this a good one."
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    Would you listen to How to Live on 24 Hours a Day again? Why?

    Absolutely. First, I really appreciated the humor. Second, the narrator is great. Third, the information, even though written more than a century ago, is still applicable today. Finally, enjoyed how it turned the axiom of "time is money" upside down. You have to hear the first few minutes to really appreciate how the author did this. I would do it no justice if I tried to express it here in words. It's really quite brilliant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Live on 24 Hours a Day?

    I enjoyed the line, "You can always turn over a new leaf in the next hour."


    Which character – as performed by Eric Brooks – was your favorite?

    There really weren't any specific characters performed by Mr. Brooks, However, he himself, was excellent.


    What did you learn from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day that you would use in your daily life?

    I like how it encouraged me to look at 24 hours as just that...24 hours. It's not like money. I can never go into debt by using too much. Outside of my dying, I get the same amount deposited into my account tomorrow. And EVERYONE is treated equally and given 24 hours everyday. While simple in it's story, it's fairly impactful.


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  • The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to Be One

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Peter B. Kyne
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    In The Go-Getter, Bill Peck, a war veteran, persuades Cappy Ricks, the influential founder of the Rick's Logging & Lumbering Company, to let him prove himself by selling skunk wood in odd lengths - a job that everyone knows can only lead to failure. When Peck goes on to beat his quota, Rick hands Peck the ultimate opportunity and the ultimate test: the quest for an elusive blue vase.

    Amazon Customer says: "Go get it...even if it takes breaking the law."
    "Go get it...even if it takes breaking the law."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not exactly for a couple of reasons. One, the implied message that breaking the law/social norms is permissible. Two, blind loyalty to the service of another is not always a good thing; The story's message is blind loyalty is expected. I could appreciate the message it was trying to convey, but the manner it which the message was being presented was not to my liking.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I figured that would be how the story ended. The path the main character took was a bit contrived and over-the-top.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jason McCoy?

    I'm not "in-the-know" on the narrator's out there, so I couldn't recommend another one. Jason McCoy has a good voice, but his reading of the story was painful. The one thing that was bothersome about his style was his literal reading of every word, specifically non-verbal, vocalizations. Two examples would be "tut tut" and "harumph". He actually read those words instead of vocalizing them. It was annoying and made the reading of the story less warm and authentic.


    Was The Go-Getter: A Story That Tells You How to Be One worth the listening time?

    No.


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  • Self-Reliance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Jordan says: "DO NOT BUY"
    "Okay, just not great."
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    Would you try another book from Ralph Waldo Emerson and/or Peter Johnson?

    Oh, yes. I would surely read more from Emerson. I can appreciate his no nonsense approach with his subject-matter and writing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    While I wasn't too impressed with the story, many others in the world are. So, I wouldn't change anything about it so as to leave it as is for those who more fully appreciate the story. It's like me saying let's move the nose on the Mona Lisa a little more to the left. It is what it is and I'm not going to touch it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    There was nothing significant one way or the other with the performance. I guess I would say the narrator's subtle and simple approach, nothing over the top.


    Did Self-Reliance inspire you to do anything?

    It motivated me to continue with my personal belief system that we are all responsible for ourselves in this world. Other than God's hand on my life, I am responsible for taking care of me. Some may call me selfish, but the reality of the real world is I cannot not rely on others to provide or care for me.


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  • The Way to Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Kent McKamy
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
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    The first American book on personal finance, The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to Poor Richard's Almanack, this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning and saving, money and debt.

    Amazon Customer says: "You'd be better off just reading the book"
    "You'd be better off just reading the book"
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    Would you listen to The Way to Wealth again? Why?

    No. It's essentially just listening to affirmations and for me, that can be painful as I then struggle with just focusing on one that touched me at that moment.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The information, when you distill it down is really good. The way the narration is presented is bothersome. Very choppy and robotic, in my opinion.


    What didn’t you like about Kent McKamy’s performance?

    As I said, very robotic and choppy.


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

    No extreme reactions one way or the other. Just disappointed in the presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    As my headline says, just read the book. It's short enough and broken down into manageable bites so that it's easy to ready and make part of your life.

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  • 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
    (116)
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    (101)
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    (103)

    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!"
    "Not too heavy on sales and money...thank goodness"
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    Would you listen to Born to Win again? Why?

    Probably. I'ts not too long or short and has some simple and easy to implement ideas that you can get started on immediately. Plus, Mr. Ziglar's ideas have proven to remain relevant and effective for a number of decades.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Win?

    I really appreciated the story he told of his daughter's death and their faith in God and how it kept them grounded and focused on focusing on the positive. I hope to never know the death of my child prior to my demise, so I have significant respect for Mr. Ziglar's sharing their story and how they got through it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    While I understand Mr. Ziglar's speaking style was down-to-earth while still being dynamic, the narrator was a tad over the top in his attempt to mimic Mr. Ziglar's style.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Success is knowing who you are, and Whose you are."


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