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Joss

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  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1912)
    Story
    (1887)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "A very interesting listen"
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    Where does The Willpower Instinct rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite well off.
    I love the detail that is included in the book and that it is very practical, but also great simply for information without the need to take particular action.


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

    I have not, but I quite like this one and therefore may look for others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not all in one sitting because it is a little long, but if you really wanted to, you certainly could.
    It is great for a listen through just for informational purposes, but also great to go back and listen to over and over so that you can implement/try out some of the specific techniques mentioned.


    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10783)
    Performance
    (5999)
    Story
    (6045)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Wow! What a story and wonderfully read too."
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    What did you love best about Life of Pi?

    The rich descriptions of things happening, the reading - Jeff did a wonderful job!
    The arguments were presented really well and the whole story was just enthralling. I couldn't draw myself away.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi - definitely. Even his conversations with himself were amazing.


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

    No I haven't, but I'm considering going to find more of his because he read so well.


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    'The Tiger, the Indian and the Life Boat'...no, not really - Life of Pi works really well.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first few pages of the printed book and was very disappointed. But after reading reviews from others, I decided to listed to the Audio Book.
    I'm not sure if it was Jeff's excellent reading, or what, but I loved every second of it! So much so that I will encourage others to read it, and would rate it as one of the best books I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (592)

    Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate Friday's level of contentment and joy every day of the week. Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows listeners how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o'clock on Friday.

    A User says: "Life Changer"
    "Love Joel Osteen!"
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    What did you love best about Every Day a Friday?

    I love Joel Osteen, his message is always great and it's so nice to have him 'speak' for an extended period of time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Every Day a Friday?

    Joel's jokes are always great, but really the whole message of this book was great. I don't think I can really pin point one part which was better than the rest.


    What about Joel Osteen’s performance did you like?

    Joel is a great speaker and although his message would be the same if someone else read it, hearing it directly from him just adds so much more to the book. It's as if he is not reading a book but just speaking directly which is nice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, you could. I often listen to his sermons which go for between 30 mins to an hour, and they never seem long enough. What we have here is essentially an extended sermon and it's long enough to satisfy, and certainly someone you could come back to after hearing it already.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Joel's sermons, you'll love this book. And if you've never heard Joel's sermons, this is a great place to start!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (236)

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    Dusty says: "The content is much better than the title"
    "Nice to hear the author read the book"
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    What did you love best about I Will Teach You to Be Rich?

    I found that although I'm an Aussie and a lot of the book does not apply to me due to the types of bank accounts and investments we have available, I still really enjoyed the listen and got a great deal of useful information out of it. I had a bit of fun too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the humor that was a part of the book. I fit really well and made the book really enjoyable.


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

    It's always nice to hear the author read their own book. I feel it added so much more to the book. To hear a phrase said exactly how the author wrote it to sound is so cool and I wish I could have this experience with more of the books I read.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from I Will Teach You to Be Rich?

    It's just another block in my financial intelligence.
    Also that money or finances does not always need to be boring - it can be quite fun to think about and learn about.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the read, both for the information and also for the fun of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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