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Oliver

Copenhagen

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  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (9)
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    (11)

    In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel - and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives.

    Oliver says: "Finally a book about productivity that delivers!"
    "Finally a book about productivity that delivers!"
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    This is one crazy interesting book! It's long yes. And some reviewers find it way too long.

    Me? I find it amazingly well-written, well-edited and deep. Daniel explores various concepts and elegantly connects them in a brilliant fashion.

    This is one of those book I hope will never end. Each minute is packed full of info. No fluff in this book.

    Beware though: the book does talk a lot about the various regions of the human brain, their interconnectedness and role in various situations related to procrastination, productivity, organisation, etc. So if you'd rather like a lighter read, this book probably isn't for you.

    But if you like books with more substance, ones that challenge you, and have perhaps read and enjoyed Your Brain at Work: this book will be a surprisingly good listen for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    Overall
    (30)
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    (26)
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    (24)

    "No" is sometimes the hardest word to say. It's also the most necessary. How many times have you heard yourself saying yes to the wrong things - overwhelming requests, bad relationships, time-consuming obligations? How often have you wished you could summon the power to turn them down? This program will help you take back your power by showing that a well-placed "No" can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.

    MAL says: "A Must Read for All Ages and Personalities"
    "100% self-absorbed"
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    This book is weird. And it's one of a kind. One of a kind in the sense that I couldn't listen to more than an hour or so, before giving up. In retrospect, I can't believe it took me that long to realise how useless this book would be to me.

    The book is weird, in that the authors, who are a couple (as suggested by their last name Altucher) reads it themselves. Fine and fair enough, but they really stretch that format, by talking on top of each other. Suddenly having her voice interrupt, or vice versa, after one person talking solo for maybe 15 minutes; feels weird. As if you're in your friends living room, been there for a few hours, and suddenly you realise his partner was also home, sleeping under the sofa. Yes, weird example, but this book IS weird - and you get the idea.

    This book is also mindlessly boring and full of anecdotes that few other people than the authors themselves can get excited about. I'm all for transparency and authenticity, but in this book, it's feels like being at a wedding, positioned between two guests, who also happen to be a couple ("The Altucher's" also know as "The MeMeMe's") that can't stop telling you about their life, in every little detail, and make much grandeur of each and every little event, as if it's the biggest since the birth of Christ.

    Come on.

    I do realise the book may be in a good format for some listeners, just not me. It feels like they just pressed record, started rambling, sent it to a foreign language virtual assistant for editing (meaning that this person couldn't editorially edit it) and pressed the "Publish to Audible" button;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Design Is a Job

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Monteiro
    • Narrated By Mike Monteiro
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
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    (35)

    Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can't afford not to know.

    Oliver says: "Brilliant, bright and extremely useful."
    "Brilliant, bright and extremely useful."
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    Mike tells it like it is. Here's how to sport a healthy web / design business. His advice is sound and valid. I agree a 100% with him, as it's the way I've run my own business and dealt with clients since I started in 2009. It's what has made my business profitable and stable while some of my "best" competitors have burnt their noses on bad clients, big projects that drag on forever, doing too much free work due to lack of clear scope at project initiation etc etc etc.

    He gives great advice on how to deal with problematic clients, how to charge, what to charge, what to look out for, how to work with freelancers, and more. Well, basically it's how to deal with all the stuff most web / designers struggle with.

    I have already recommended this book to three people, all of whom I know will benefit greatly from it. One of them has already praised it as much as I do.

    It's extremely useful and to the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nir Eyal
    • Narrated By Nir Eyal
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (75)
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    Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

    Corey says: "Good Book, Terrible Recording"
    "Good content but bad audio and little overview"
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    The narration is done by Nir Eyal himself. Overall he does it okay, but the microphone he has used must have been really cheap. And post-processing (compression, noise gate, etc) skipped altogether.

    Add to the above that he occasionally stumbles over his words. These mistakes have not been edited out of the audiobook. Not a huge problem, but it leaves an impression of a very unpolished, maybe rushed, audiobook.

    The content itself is good. Nir Eyal certainly knows his stuff. I watched an interview with him on Growthhacker.tv before getting this book. But: the content lends itself much more to a written format. As an audiobook, I miss a sense of overview.

    So I'll be getting this in kindle ebook format instead, and I recommend you do the same;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Brown
    • Narrated By Joe Bronzi
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
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    Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can't focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships.

    Oliver says: "Is this a good book?"
    "Is this a good book?"
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    This book is a collection of case studies covering people with ADHD.

    While the stories themselves are somewhat interesting – but not particularly touching or engaging due to the clinical way they're presented – there are zero actionable advice in this book. Zero specific recommendations for treatment.

    Yes, the author does describe at the end of each case what helped the person. BUT, all of those sections sound alike! He'll say something along these lines:

    "I started Johnny on medication. He benefitted from the added focus the medication gave him. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Johnny. After a while, Johnny improved."

    "I started Anne on medication. She benefitted from the added focus the medication gave her. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Anne. After a while, Anne improved."

    And so on.

    No specific details about *which* medications worked, and which didn't etc. In that sense, Daniel Amen's recently revised Healing ADD is a much better, more useful book.

    And don't be misled by the title of this book. "Smart" gave me the impression it was about those with ADHD who are gifted with great intelligence, matching and even superseding non-ADHD people. Due to the high level of intelligence, their surroundings never saw, understood, or believed ADHD to be present in these people. Hence a life full of challenges. Add to that the fact that intelligent people (broadly speaking) tend to "think more" and therefore trouble and burden themselves with way too much stuff, every day, in every possible way... Then you'll have the kind of ADHD person I thought this book was about.

    It's not.

    Rather, it's about regular teens, who are "smart" in the sense that they're not dumb, but need some treatment and care, to live a normal life.

    ... Which is also fine. Just not what I thought the book was about.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Flirting Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Hall
    • Narrated By Eric Yves Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    There's no one right way to flirt, but how you flirt says a lot about your chance at love. Dr. Jeffrey Hall's groundbreaking survey, the "Flirting Styles Inventory," caused a media sensation when it pinpointed five different flirting styles. First sampled exclusively with eHarmony members, it has since helped tens of thousands of people discover their flirting style and provided a wealth of information on how your style affects your love life.

    Oliver says: "Valuable information"
    "Valuable information"
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    It opened up a new understanding of myself and other people, courting- and dating-wise.

    Worth a listen.

    The narration is also fine... apart from his, at times, sporadic pace / pauses in sentences. Plus: the audio-processing lacks mid-range and treble, making it difficult to hear what he's saying, if there's any kind of traffic around you (traffic drowns out the remaining low-end area of the spectrum).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Derek Sivers
    • Narrated By Derek Sivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
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    When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

    Richard says: "Short and poignant"
    "Disturbed by the cover – won over by the content"
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    Short book. Okay values Derek has. Ones that I can agree with. He has heart and integrity in what he does.

    Nothing earth-shattering. More about him than about your business – if you catch my drift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edit Better: Hollywood-Tested Strategies for Powerful Video Editing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Bartsch
    • Narrated By Jeff Bartsch
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    Edit Better was made for video editors who consider themselves advanced hobbyists or growth-minded professionals, artists who know that the tools of editing matter far less than the knowledge of how to use those tools powerfully. This audiobook does not illuminate the workings of Avid, Final Cut, or Premiere, and is not a meditation on film editing. What it is: a provocative, wide-ranging collection of strategies and tactics for the creative application of TV and video editing, no matter your editing tools.

    Oliver says: "Finally an audiobook about editing video!"
    "Finally an audiobook about editing video!"
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    I have been looking for exactly a book of this kind for months now. All of a sudden; there it was in the New Releases section.

    The narration by Jeff is great – he's fresh and frank – not too much, not too little.

    What excites me the most, is this books focus on what makes an edit (i.e. the individual cut between two clips) work – or not work.

    It's exactly the book I've been looking for.

    I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the fact that I only give 5 stars for out of this world, life-changing books (like for example Nathaniel Branden's 6 "Pillars of Self-esteem" and such). On a regular scale, this book is definitely 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being You, Changing the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dain Heer
    • Narrated By Dain Heer
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    This is a very different book: It is written for the dreamers of this world - the people who KNOW that something different is possible - but who have never had the tools before.... This is a Handbook for Generating Infinite Possibilities and Dynamic Change. For you. And the world. Ten years ago, Dr. Dain Heer started as a chiropractor in California, USA. Seemingly successful and happy, Dain Heer was on the verge of suicide when he came across Access Consciousness. With this modality, based on question and choice, Dr. Heer's life began to expand and grow with more ease and speed than even he could have imagined possible.

    Mary says: "Find out how to Be and Express the BEST YOU!"
    "Hmmm. Challenging. Outstanding. Overwhelming?"
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    This is one of those rare books that really isn't like any other book out there. And "out there" it is. Dain is a radical thinker. He has an interesting view on life and us as human beings.

    I agree with most of his words – and he covers a lot in this book. But... I somehow got disturbed by his story of being molested as a child. Not the incident(s) itself, but rather the way he has ended up coping with it (which I won't spell out here). Basically it's one of acceptance ... Maybe it's just me, but I felt his take on it was absurd. You gotta hear it to know what I mean.

    The narration, by Dain himself, is top-notch.

    Oh, and then there's the affirmation / mantra he's repeating over and over throughout the book... Kinda disturbing – feels redundant / superfluous – but hey: I can live with it.

    All in all worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Timothy A. Pychyl
    • Narrated By Timothy A. Pychyl
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

    Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment.

    Oliver says: "A true gem for procrastinators!"
    "A true gem for procrastinators!"
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    This book is short and somewhat comprehensive, yet still very concise and structured. Timothy is a wonderful speaker and narrator. One can't feeling rapport with him.

    Key takeaway from the book:
    Don't give in to feel good now. Do the work now – and feel good later.

    It's one of those books that despite being simple, is one I'm looking forward to relistening to again, in a few months.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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