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Bilgin Esme


  • 7 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "Especially Europe and USA parts are brilliant"

    I've read or listened to nearly half of the Bryson's books. No need to mention that I'm a fan of his. This collection is composed of three separate books. The first one is about Britain. I think it's the faintest book of Bryson. Though, it's not bad after all. Maybe it contains too much local information that's too alien to us. It's not about being familiar with Britain. I've never been to Australia for instance, but I loved his book "In a Sunburned Country".

    But the others are just brilliant. I bet you'll listen them again and again. The one in Europe makes you feel like you're traveling those places with a best possible travel companion. And the last one will make you understand better what an Ordinary American's life is like.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Many people have difficulty figuring out the difference between science, borderline science, and just plain nonsense. When is a theory a fact, and when is it just conjecture? Michael Shermer, a leading science author and skeptic, divides knowledge into three classes: science, based on factual evidence; borderline science, based on scientific conjecture; and nonsense, where anything goes (e.g., Bigfoot).

    Ethan M. says: "Unabridged Indeed"
    "Like a mosaic"

    The title may be deceiving. The book is like a mosaic, never gets focused on some specific area. It was a great joy to learn lots of valuable details on "History of Science" from my favorite author M.Shermer. But I think, I expected something more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles Your Therapist Never Told You

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Carlson
    • Narrated By Richard Carlson

    Most of us believe that our happiness depends on the outside world - and that by solving our problems, improving our relationships, or achieving success, we will find contentment. In You Can Be Happy No Matter What, Dr. Richard Carlson shows that happiness has nothing to do with forces beyond our control. His simple and practical guide teaches 5 principles for discovering a new mode of living that doesn't repress natural emotions, yet where feelings and thoughts don't overwhelm us.

    Bilgin Esme says: "Important information with"
    "Important information with"

    Well, this title is not as brilliant and vibrant as "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!. It's rather like a textbook on a good topic. But if you give it a fair chance, you'll get as much stuff as Richard Carlson's masterpiece works. His approach for "handling stress" in later chapters is quite original. I simply loved it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • What's your Purpose?

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Jacobs
    • Narrated By Richard Jacobs

    Whatever changes you are looking to make, knowing and living your Purpose will bring you to a new level of dynamic effectiveness. As well as growing your abilities, it will also take your self-confidence to a new level. Full of stories, exercises, and anecdotes, this highly engaging series takes you to a point of clarity and deep insight, and will put a smile on your face.

    Bilgin Esme says: "Worth trying"
    "Worth trying"

    After giving some basic instructions on "purpose in life", the author applies a 7-question assessment. I applied to myself and this experience gave me valuable insights for my own purpose. Don't expect miracles, but I think it will also be useful for you. Two more things: 1) I advice you to read/listen some basic self development books before this, 2) There are some references to religion, though they're not so disturbing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Practical Spirituality

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Arthur Ray
    • Narrated By James Arthur Ray

    If life were to come with an owner's manual for creating wealth, health, contentment, and spiritual connection, this would be it! Have you ever felt like you needed to stop the life you're living, make a few adjustments, and start over? Do you ever feel like you are working too hard for the results you are getting? Have you ever had a nagging feeling that there really is something to this "spirituality thing"? If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, you're going to love this audiobook.

    Martha says: "Very"
    "Helpful book but ..."

    First of all, this is a good book and I recommend you. But it would be much better if the author had avoided inaccurate and misleading scientific references (unfortunately, this is a common flaw of nearly all spiritual authors). Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and found many good ideas to contemplate.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Tymber Dalton says: "Excellent listen!"
    "Not only procrastination"

    Though the summary tells that the book is on "overcoming procrastination", it provides more than that. Centered to "procrastination", Brian Tracy summarizes all his productivity tips in 21 titles. It's my fifth audiobook of Tracy and this one also succeeded to bring me new ideas. I highly recommend it.

    139 of 147 people found this review helpful
  • Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell

    Lots of books claim they can change your life. But how many actually teach you how to take the many small steps that lead to success each and every day of your life? Now in Today Matters, motivational teacher and best-selling author John C. Maxwell shows you how to seize the day. In this hands-on and inspiring guide he offers twelve daily practices to help you control your daily agenda, make time for people you love, and find success in your career.

    Mark says: "Pragmatic, Pithy and to the point"
    "Solid work"

    First of all, you won't be disappointed by purchasing this book. Previously, I've listened to "Roadmap for Success". It changed my life for good. If "Today Matters" was my first John Maxwell book, it would make nearly the same effect. The only negative thing is overemphasize of religion. It's just my opinion of course.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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