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Oliver

Copenhagen

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  • Manifesting Change: It Couldn't Be Easier

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mike Dooley
    • Narrated By Mike Dooley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    Author and international speaker Mike Dooley illuminates exactly how to move beyond the law of attraction to the next level: manifestation.

    In his most powerful and comprehensive work to date, Dooley reveals his master guide for following your heart and taking action on your dreams.

    Tanya says: "Perfect for me"
    "Lacks critical thought"
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    What disappointed you about Manifesting Change?

    While this book is very well narrated, and the stories are well told, I couldn't help thinking "it sounds like he's just pulling all this out of thin air". There's little critical thought.

    Additionally, it's superficial. I'm not interested in another Osho talking about all his expensive cars and whether the author should get a Ferrari or not. I'm not jealous, I simply just don't care.


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

    Research more. Tell me more than i already know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Daniel Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of one of the most influential artists of the 20th-century - a man widely regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced. Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein frames Dylan against the backdrop of four seminal concerts - all of which he attended. Beautifully written, The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a unique, eye-opening portrait of an artist who has transformed generations and continues to inspire and surprise today.

    L says: "Excellent book, excellent narration"
    "Not a Walter Isaacson biography, that's for sure"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Couldn't get into this. It's scattered and feels like as if the author found all anecdotes and news articles on Bob Dylan, threw them all up in the air, and used the resulting structure. That is: there isn't one. No structure. Additionally, the author can apparently read the minds of the people he's writing about.

    It makes it very very uninteresting to listed to. Imagine sitting next to an ego-tripping person at a wedding or birthday dinner. That would be almost unbearable, listening to such a person talk and talk and talk, for around 3 hours.

    This book, is 15 hours. THAT is unbearable. Even at 2x speed;)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brene Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (725)

    Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

    Laura says: "Really powerful"
    "I really, really, REALLY can't get into this book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's like being at a dinner / party, with this self-absorbed, rambling girl, who just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...

    But – and this is in no way meant as a snarky remark: the book might be best suited for women.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not one from Brene Brown. Who by the way seems to have written like... a million books? I don't believe a person can write so many books, without lots of it being filler content.

    The less books someone has written, can almost be seen as a positive sign that it'll be a positive, interesting listen/read. Paradoxically.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As another reviewer noted: Use a de-easing filter/effect on the voice track. The sibilance didn't help me get through this audiobook. Painful almoSSSt.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sterling Biographies: Albert Einstein: The Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tabatha Yeatts
    • Narrated By A. C. Fellner
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Featuring kid-friendly explanations of the scientific principles, this compelling biography follows Einstein from his childhood through his early career struggles, and on to the theoretical breakthroughs and groundbreaking writings that won him the Nobel Prize. Equally important, we get a complete portrait of the man, who - deeply affected by the Holocaust - dedicated his life to pacifism and equal rights for all.

    Oliver says: "A short, nice biography"
    "A short, nice biography"
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    Where does Sterling Biographies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was surprised to learn that Einstein was a flirtatious guy, with good humour and a very moral, loving view on life and living creatures. He wasn't exactly an angel either though, when it comes to his personal relationships. But hey - nobody's perfect:)

    This book gives a balanced, engaging look.


    What about A. C. Fellner’s performance did you like?

    Narration is top notch.


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

    Oh yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
    • Narrated By Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

    Michael Williams says: "Do this and you have the answer."
    "This one surprised me!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Much much much better than expected. Everything is perfect about it:

    1. Doesn't promote more stress and overwhelm. You're not asked to make lists, overwork yourself, etc – as it's often the case in other books in this genre.

    2. It's so well-written. Engaging.

    3. It's so well organised. Easy to follow and digest.

    4. The method is sound and logical.

    5. Perhaps related to point number three, but the music between the chapters add a positive note (pun intended) to the presentation and overall experience.

    Such a keeper, this book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Todd Henry
    • Narrated By Todd Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (105)

    Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we'll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we're often left asking ourselves "did the work I do today really matter?" We feel the ticking of the clock, but we're stuck in first gear, unsure of the path forward and without a road map to guide us.

    Oliver says: "Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
    "Deeeeep sigh. And a tired one at that."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Todd is probably well-meaning and sincere. I believe he is. But I'm just as well-meaning and sincere, when I say this book truly made me stressed. It doesn't feel organised, and just like my issue was with Todd's previous book "The Accidental Creative", this one quickly propels into manic overdrive mode, encouraging you to make a list of this, make a list of this, build this into your routine, and hey - you also need to do this and this and this and this.

    I'm by no means against doing exercises, thinking and contemplating, but the more I read and think about productivity, the creative process, and life in general; it becomes more and more evident that 99% of "us" (as in "the western, young to middle-aged knowledge working class") are way too stressed and overworked.

    We are getting too far away from what's really important in life. And another list, brainstorm, habit, goal: does *not* alleviate that problem. Quite the contrary: it *is* the problem.

    One of the biggest "villains" in that tale, is David Allen. I was following his GTD methodology for years, and can wholeheartedly say that it's downright wrong in many of its concepts on human productivity and stress. Will not go into detail about that here, just say that Todd sounds like a GTD by-product. David Allen also endorsed his book with a glowing testimonial.

    Lists are not a cure for a stressed out life. Lists are part of the problem. You can always think up more ideas, more projects, more tasks and note them down on a gazillion lists. But it will *not* make you more productive. Just overwhelmed.

    Brain science doesn't back up the claims of GTD.


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

    Okay narration, but too overworked, in my opinion.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Die Empty?

    Tighten it up. Balance it out.


    Any additional comments?

    Read The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte, for a more mindful, healthy substitute for Die Empty. One that will make you happy. Now - and at your deathbed.

    I also highly recommend Autopilot by Andrew Smart, and Your Brain at Work by David Rock.

    37 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Brandscaping: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Andrew M. Davis
    • Narrated By Andrew M. Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Brandscaping is a big, infectious idea - a new marketing methodology that begins with one simple observation: A rising tide lifts all ships. In this groundbreaking book, media and marketing visionary Andrew Davis shows you how to partner with other brands and undiscovered talent to create content that drives demand for the products and services you sell. Davis dishes up dozens of case studies showing how all types of individuals, companies, and brands have tapped into the power of brandscaping to achieve unparalleled success, often using resources already at their disposal.

    Oliver says: "I wanted to like and apply this book, but..."
    "I wanted to like and apply this book, but..."
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    What would have made Brandscaping better?

    The countless stories aren't very well strung together. I couldn't feel the backbone of the book. It lacks structure.

    The problem with some books in this genre, is that the authors seem to believe "stories are good" and "stories help people remember and relate to new learning material".

    However, the full truth is:
    *Good* stories are good.
    *Good* stories help people remember and relate to new learning material.

    Stories have to be good, to be engaging. Simple, yet so many authors in the business and self-help area, tell story after story after story.

    Another thing: I can't see how what he's describing is new. Co-branding has many forms. He talks about the difference shortly, in the book, but his explanation of the differences, didn't win me over. It all seems very common-sensical.

    Overall, both of the above taken into account: I think the book lacks aha-moments.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brandscaping?

    All the case stories, but that would leave a pamphlet in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was good. The author is very enthusiastic about the subject. I believe he has something on his heart in this area. His next book might be better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (308)

    The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

    Glenn says: "Delivers on its Title"
    "This one surprised me!"
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    What did you love best about The Five Elements of Effective Thinking?

    It's short, simple and straightforward. Doesn't try to tackle too much.

    I didn't expect much from it, based on reviews and summary, but all in all, it's a good book I'll re-listen to again at some point in the future, where I might need some encouragement for my inner genius.

    You see, the book describes what geniuses and alike are doing, to be and do what they are and do. They argue that anyone can mimic those elements of thinking. The elements ring true for me, because I've always been thinking that way: asking challenging question, being deeply curious, etc. So in a way, I'm "a natural talent/genius" and doesn't really need this book. But, it's good to know that what it extols is true. At least it is, based on my own experience, as well as the traits I see in other entrepreneuers, inventors, thinkers, creatives, I've come across.

    Steve Jobs for example, exhibited all these 5 elements to a very high degree.

    Go on and get yourself some genius:)


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sexy Little Numbers: How to Grow Your Business Using the Data You Already Have

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dimitri Maex, Paul B. Brown
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Imagine if you could identify your business's most profitable customers, craft a better marketing strategy to communicate with them, and inspire them to buy more? Well now you can. And the best part is that you can do it using the data you already have. Today, everything we do creates data, and the volumes are enormous. Virtually every time someone views something online, enters search on Google, or even surfs the web on a smart phone, another chunk gets added to the trove of data.

    Gabe says: "Not ideal for an audio book"
    "Not a bad book but..."
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    What disappointed you about Sexy Little Numbers?

    This isn't a bad book. And it isn't a boring book. For what it is, it's good. But only if you're:

    1. Working at the top of a big corporation or large advertising agency.

    2. Enjoys math.

    If you fulfill the above two criteria, it's a good book for you. It ain't fluff, it's packed with concrete advice on using data to boost the bottom line of your client or company.

    But it isn't applicable to small or medium sized business.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Steve Kramer?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Autopilot: The Art & Science of Doing Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Andrew Smart
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Andrew Smart wants you to sit and do nothing much more often - and he has the science to explain why. At every turn we’re pushed to do more, faster, and more efficiently: That drumbeat resounds throughout our wage-slave society. Multitasking is not only a virtue, it’s a necessity. But Andrew Smart argues that slackers may have the last laugh. The latest neuroscience shows that the “culture of effectiveness” is not only ineffective, it can be harmful to your well-being.

    Oliver says: "One of the best books this year"
    "One of the best books this year"
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    What made the experience of listening to Autopilot the most enjoyable?

    I buy quite many audiobooks in the genre of productivity, business, self-improvement and so on. This book is one of those rare few, that really made me listen. It will (already has) changed the way I see, and wanna live, my life.

    In it, the author goes into detail about the neuroscience of ADHD, and introduces some quite novel concepts that were new to me. I've never encountered "stochastic resonance" before. Now I have.

    It's a well-written book, super well narrated, and a book I can't wait to listen to again, from the beginning. It's like the focused version of Goleman's recent book Focus, which is a mishmash of anecdotes. Meanwhile, this book is clearly written by an individual who really thinks (!) about the stuff he writes about. No fluffy Gladwell / Heath brothers crap here.

    In addition, I think the book points out some major problems of our modern society. Everyone should read this book.


    What other book might you compare Autopilot to and why?

    Your Brain at Work, which is another really great book that deserves more attention than most other books in the productivity genre.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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