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Thomas

Sewell, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (475)

    Through Dale Carnegie's seven-million-copy best seller, recently revised, millions of people have been helped to overcome the worry habit. Dale Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas you can put to work today, formulas that will last a lifetime!

    C. Mitchell says: "Excellent Read"
    "Yes, if you worry, listen."
    Overall

    Great classic on this topic and if you listen and understand the message, maybe a few times, some of it will sink in and help. I mean after all, who doesn't worry, and who doesn't need some reminders on how to deal with it. If this helps you even a little, the return is far worth the credit. Good basis for the self help series to have under your belt. I am do for a reread. You are due for your first. "Listen to the inexpensive self help books first before you take any expensive self help courses."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Become a Magnet to Money Through the Sea of Unlimited Consciousness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michele Blood, Bob Proctor
    • Narrated By Michele Blood
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    Going beyond The Secret, Become a Magnet to Money covers the basics right through to the highest levels of consciousness - a must for anyone's personal success library. Years from now you could be looking back at your small investment in this book as the wisest decision you have ever made. Become a Magnet to Money delves deeply to open your consciousness to the truth of what wealth really is.... more deeply than you may have ever experienced before.

    Thomas says: "Sadly, my worst recommendation - Not Recommended"
    "Sadly, my worst recommendation - Not Recommended"
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    More of a chatty poorly scripted talk show segment than a profession audio book based on the hard copy, so Not Recommended. Sloppy, drifted from the book, with lots of rambling conversation. Title is purposefully misleading, as hardly any of making money is in the content. Bob Proctor was just in the beginning sections, so again more misleading the consumer by the producers. Poor and sloppy editing. Long gaps of silence. Supposedly new age/quantum/law of attraction advice, but continous and increasingly repetitive references to god, god spirit, etc. Cheap back door reference to not listen to other authors such as the "Hicks" products, because of use of an entity, but then goes right into constant god references. Also noted some content rehashed from "Hicks" presentations of the theme, but poorly replicated. Frequent off the path rambling by author. Scattered, briefly touched upon topics, into many diverse areas without any substantial explanations or foundations. Suppossedly 5 levels of enlightenment, which really turned out to be several vague levels of elitism, sublimially promoted in constantly growing religious "christian/christ" theme. One would have to be already well versed in the real topics to understand what was poorly presented, so I would recommend other avenues to learn about the subject. (Which again, is not even described in the title or beginning of the work.) Poor construction of material and presentation. More of a friendly non focused off the cuff discussion by author - not a well prepared audio version of a book. Author lost the point on many occasions, and simply joked through it. Needed frequent redoing or editing, but left as is, in poor draft quality. I would be fired for producing such poor work. 45 minutes of promotional product selling at the end. Now, I did appreciate the informality of the product, but not the sloppy production, which is unfortunately what you'll remember. Now the author sounds like a nice person, very bubbly, down-under, sexy, sincere, and excited about the presentation, but that's now why you pay full price for a professional audio book. So this is overpriced simply because of poor quality, lack of editing/redoing, and unfocused presentation. The blatent scattered rambling/selling of products at the end, was a bit embarrassing to listen too. It would be OK if you knew about this when purchasing and still purchased, but being mislead to purchase this sloppy product, makes this a not-recommended product. Just a poor product, riding on the tail of "The Secret." You can do so much much better for yourself with other authors and products. Sorry to the author and producers, but they should have never released something that is clearly only in early-draft quality, as a finished full-priced audio guide. Embarrassing.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (730)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "An about everything kinda book, with a slight bias"
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    This one is ok, presented well, and I liked the presentation and the author, and narration of the team. Breaks it up from having one speaker the entire book. Appreciated the effort of gathering the knowledge presented, and when to say "I don't understand."

    Now this tells you about the DNA, Universe, religion, myths.... type thing. Giving the science side of the house. All valid stuff and good. So if you've never listened to one of these "everything about everything" volumes then I recommend it, and learned a few more things. The slight bias is to describe how the science point of view is correct, and once you get past the stories, myths, and non-logic of the other beliefs, the science presented is "what's really true." But that is what their theme is, so its on path with the sub-title. So, between the vast amount of science info, intermixed with the stated bias, its a lot of info and an interesting listen. I follow the science side of the house myself, but I also know that, 'what you believe is what's true for you and how you perceive the universe,' so... there's that. Enjoy, I recommend it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Steps to a Better Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Ron White
    • Narrated By Ron White
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Learn to give speeches without notes, memorize chapters of books, retain training, remember names, improve grades, and recall information from seminars or notes! Tap into the great resource of your memory!

    Mr. Ned D. Ferguson says: "Good, but lacking"
    "Never finished - So far."
    Overall
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    Interesting. I listened to the first half, then realized I listened to that part once earlier, then remembered it was about the same stuff I listened to in the short review months ago. The first real exercises are good, I wrote them down at work. Then forgot and relistened and did them in my head, listening in the car. I've been meaning to get back to it, and I will. I just keep forgetting. I know that its not funny, but that's reality. I will listen to the rest, and do the rest of the exercises. I need it and I think it can help. Then I'll give a follow-up, if I remember to do both. I gave it half stars until I finish it all, but the first half should have all 5 stars for every category. I'm working on it Ron!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3464)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1961)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Interesting and OK"
    Overall
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    I expected something slightly different, but then again how would I know what to expect from this. It covered a lot of areas and topics and not just about what happens to your body right after you pass. What they do with donated bodies was interesting and a big part of the story. But it really helped my perspective on this topic and gave me a better knowledge base. It has some typical filler and conversation within, but I think the author did the work required to investigate the subject well, and its appreciated. If you're interested, then go ahead and get it. It will be enlightening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winner's Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Brown, Mark Fenske, Liz Neporent
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    Developed by two Harvard brain experts-a scientific, accessible approach to achieving success by retraining your brain to win. Ever wonder why some people seem blessed with success? In fact, everyone is capable of winning in life-you just need to develop the right brain for it.

    Roy says: "Elementary"
    "Modest, with some flaws at the end."
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    If you haven't read anything about the brain, layout, and functions, then this would be an interesting first introduction. Performance was a little dull after about halfway through. The story was ok, because it was more story and discussion, then step by step. Generally the same info I've heard before so I'm biased I guess. I would have preferred more on the How-To in more detailed steps, with reinforcing info on how to accomplish 'the strategies.' Ya know, sometimes I wonder if there is some service that sells authors 'canned' examples and history stories of cases and people because I've heard some of this in other books. Towards the later parts of the book, I think they got tired of doing it, and just filled in general info. Seemed to be a drag to the ending. With the extremely unending examples of BBKing and his career as a great brain example to follow, I was sort of wondering if they had much ammo left. Then the last quarter was just endless repeats of the same info summaried over and over and over again. Some clear mistakes of repeating the same examples for fillers. I didn't totally trash it, as noted from my first comments, but I wouldn't mind if all the neurons associated with this one, would disconnect so I can forget it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Reading People Celebrity Edition: The Body Language of Your Favorite Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sanjay Burman
    • Narrated By Sanjay Burman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The secret to knowing whether a person is telling the truth or notisn’t from their words, but from their actions! Body language will always tell the truth no matter how much a person may try to hide it. Now you can learn when a celebrity, politician or even someone around you is being honest! Is that person telling the truth if they lookyou in the eye? No. That’s a myth. Learn the truth and dispel the myths to get a better read on your boss, friend, family or even the people you watch on TV

    Thomas says: "Sure, get this."
    "Sure, get this."
    Overall
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    It's just what you think. Discussing facial and body language and some tips and tricks to interact with it, and use it. Typical stuff of naming a star when discussing a certain body language trait, and going deeper how this depicts their lifestyle then I would have thought. Then he adds in some deeper stuff about how it reflects parts of the viewer. The last section is almost like a few afterthought hightlights thrown in that could have been more chapters and a longer book. I gather its some rehashing of earlier stuff, with the Star thing added in to promote the book. However, I liked it, liked the extras, and recommend it. Unless you are already beyond the level of this book, and therefore, you wouldn't be reading this review anyway. Fast easy listen, well spoken, and produced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Howard S. Friedman, Leslie R. Martin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    For years we have been told to make lists and obsessively monitor when we’re angry, what we eat, how much we worry, and how often we go to the gym. So why isn’t everyone healthy? Now based on the most extensive study of long life ever conducted The Longevity Project reveals what really matters across the long run—the personality traits, relationships, experiences, and career paths that naturally keep you vital.

    Thomas says: "Good info to know about"
    "Good info to know about"
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    Overall, I recommend this listen. If you got here, you have some interest in the topic, so its worth it to go all the way and order it. Some dry spots, and dry case studies, but overall good info spread across the book. You'll get your first longevity key earlier on, and a good summary at the end. This description, summary, and modern update comment, to the previous 'longevity study' has some surprising outcomes. Now this book doesn't tell you how to go about changing yourself to be like the personality types that did the best (lived longest). That would take several other guides and a lot of effort. But this book does tell you the types and behaviors of those people that lived longer. Its always up to you to make changes accordingly. The book makes some suggestions for society and hopes that lessons learned will be incorporated, but I wouldn't wait for the outside world to do that. There is enough in this guide to help you in a more correct path to living longer. And the common pitfalls of incorrect thinking and info you think you already have. Plus its interesting. I'll wait a week or so then replay the summary. Go for it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • What the Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Arntz, Betsy Chase, Mark Vicente
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (187)

    With the help of 14 leading physicists, scientists, and spiritual thinkers, this book guides listeners on a course from the scientific to the spiritual, and from the universal to the personal. Along the way, it asks such questions as: Are we seeing the world as it really is What is the relationship between our thoughts and our world? How can I create my day every day? What the Bleep answers this question and others through an innovative new approach to self-help and spirituality.

    Henrik says: "Attacking straw men"
    "Its a good followup to and about the movie."
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    Granted, not a whole lot new, but stuff that went on in the creation of the movie and how they went down the process of making the movie, even using some of their own techniques. If you are into it, and you liked "The Secret" and this Movie, then get the book and have fun listening. The technical underneath it all is still in there. And even most in science don't know what to make of this new understanding of life and what this book touches on. And if you are indeed into "it," you will want to have listened to this. No one can tell you what you can get out of it but you. If you haven't seen the movie, you have to first of course, before this book, or you may be lost. Do both. If you already get "it" get this too.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Myth of Stress: Where Stress Really Comes From and How to Live a Happier and Healthier Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Bernstein
    • Narrated By Andrew Bernstein
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Where does stress come from? Financial pressures? Looming deadlines? Conflicts at work or at home? For more than half a century, we’ve been told that stress comes from circumstances like these, that it’s a by-product of our ancestors’ fight-or-flight response to danger, and that the best we can do, given the fast pace of life today, is to breathe, try to relax, and accept that life is hard. All of this, according to Andrew Bernstein, is wrong.

    Thomas says: "Great, so get it."
    "Great, so get it."
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    The scope is focused and its helpful. I mean any bit of stress you can manage, relieve, or become aware about (which is what this book is about) is worth its weight in gold. The worksheets that you can get are simple and work. This will help you understand stress and breakdown what the stress is really all about, helping you move away from it, and recognize it for bad thinking, and how to get around it. How much effort you put into the work afterwards is always up to you. A nice companion website I recommend and the discussion/message forum is good for support. The author will even respond to you on its facebook page. Time for me to listen again and do more of the work. Get this one if you are looking for improvement.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Brand New You: Become the Best Version of You! With a Little Help from our Experts

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Tony Wrighton, Michael Heppell, Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Tony Wrighton, Michael Heppell, Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (321)

    Are there aspects of your life you would like to change?Do you want to feel like the best version of yourself? Brand New You is designed to make you feel motivated and inspired to take the steps you need to change your life and achieve your goals.Brand New You is brought to you by Audible and our team of experts

    Thomas says: "Get it. I mean its even Free!"
    "Get it. I mean its even Free!"
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    Get it and listen for yourself. Its free and worth the short story that you can listen to on the commute home in one day. Really, just get it.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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