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Oliver

Copenhagen

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  • The Plateau Effect: Getting From Stuck to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Sullivan, Hugh Thompson
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    The Plateau Effect is a powerful law of nature that affects everyone. Learn to identify plateaus and break through any stagnancy in your life - from diet and exercise, to work, to relationships. The Plateau Effect shows how athletes, scientists, therapists, companies, and musicians around the world are learning to break through their plateau - to turn off the forces that cause people to “get used to” things - and turn on human potential and happiness in ways that seemed impossible.

    Oliver says: "Heath"
    "Heath"
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    If you could sum up The Plateau Effect in three words, what would they be?

    Anecdotes, curiosities, aha-moments


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

    Nothing. While I like Don Hagen, I would have preferred the authors reading the book. Don is a bit too mellow and laid back.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part about perfectionism and what to do about it.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I didn't think this book contributed much to me, apart from various anecdotes. But I must say I got quickly through it, despite the 9 hours it takes. Why? Because, while the book could use more substance and concrete, actionable advice, f.e. some sentence stems to finish, it did turn out to be quite interesting.

    It's like the authors want to be the Heath brothers (authors of Made to Stick) but actually exceeds them. The book has had an impact upon my view of the world. So while not perfect, I do recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War for Small Business: Defeat the Competition and Dominate the Market with the Masterful Strategies of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Becky Sheetz-Runkle
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    At the core of this classic treatise is the message that sledgehammer approaches can backfire, and size alone does not guarantee wins. Strategy, positioning, planning, leadership - all play equally significant roles, making Sun Tzu's teachings perfect for small business owners and entrepreneurs entrenched in fierce competition for customers, market share, talent - for their very survival.

    Oliver says: "Ruined by Narration"
    "Ruined by Narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better choice of narrator.


    What could Becky Sheetz-Runkle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Structured it a bit better. The anecdotes felt haphazardly thrown in here and there, and repeated / referred back to, every now and then.I may get the kindle version instead.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author should have read it herself. Karen Saltus can ruin any audiobook. She's a better fit for speaking infomercials and alike. There's zero passion in her voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of the advice is very common-sensical. I.e. treat your employees well, understand your competition, etc etc.

    Just because a book (The Art of Way by Sun Tzu) was written many years ago in a difficult to grasp/decipher tone, does it mean that it's especially wise. If the advice in this book is what can be extracted from The Art of War – it's a sign (to me at least) that it's overrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shamanic Visioning: Connecting with Spirit to Transform Your Inner and Outer Worlds

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sandra Ingerman
    • Narrated By Sandra Ingerman
    Overall
    (21)
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    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Everything is alive, everything has a spirit - and wisdom to share. Shamans throughout history have known that we all have the capacity to connect with plants, animals, natural forces, and helping spirits for guidance and healing. With Shamanic Visioning, Sandra Ingerman presents a complete audio training course in powerful techniques for tapping into the boundless creative energy of the unseen world.

    Oliver says: "A very special experience"
    "A very special experience"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shamanic Visioning to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It's narrated by Sandra Ingerman herself. While I think some may feel she's not a great narrator, she is very authentic.


    What other book might you compare Shamanic Visioning to and why?

    It's in a league of its own. But maybe Knowing Your Shadow. That one also has frequent meditations, that breaks the flow of regular text. I like that apporach a lot. Works well for those two books. It makes it feel like a journey. It's a complete process.


    What about Sandra Ingerman’s performance did you like?

    I very much appreciate the authenticity she delivers her material with.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some very profound insights to be found in this book. Listening to it gave me goosebumps sometimes. She's very true and honest. The way she talks about out purpose here on earth, the direction we're going... It's touching, and I agree 100% ... Sandra Ingerman puts it very well!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bob Maurer, Leigh Ann Hirschman
    • Narrated By Bob Maurer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    UCLA psychologist and organizational consultant Dr. Robert Maurer provides a simple and proven effective technique for making major changes with minimal disruption. Applying the operational concept of kaizen - small, continual improvements - to common management challenges, managers can drive major improvements with a series of well-planned techniques for boosting quality, innovation, sales, and morale.

    Patrick says: "A must for anyone that wants to achieve."
    "Yadda yadda yadda"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's not for me. No actionable advice. Just anecdotes.


    What could Bob Maurer and Leigh Ann Hirschman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Include some actionable advice. And target it a tad more broadly, so it's not just for leaders of big corporations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (222)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    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.


    1 of 1 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
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    Amazon Customer 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 Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (966)

    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?

    A. Yoshida says: "Feel good therapy session"
    "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
    (117)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    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.


    5 of 5 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
    (280)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (245)

    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.

    49 of 53 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
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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

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