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Martyn

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2010

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  • The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dan Buettner
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Award-winning author and researcher Dan Buettner has traveled the world to meet the planet’s longest-lived people, and learned nine powerful yet simple lessons that could put you on the path to longer life. Where did he find them? In the Blue Zones....

    Martyn says: "Excellent audio book with great supporting website"
    "Excellent audio book with great supporting website"
    Overall

    The message is one of hope and practical advice on how to maximise both length and quality of life. An excellent book, well read and easy to listen to, with great supporting website. At first I thought the findings might be summarised more quickly, and wanted to just go to the last chapter. Perhaps I would have if I had a paper copy. However, in hindsight, I have the concepts more firmly committed to memory by listening to the case studies. Like church sermons or university lectures, the stories serve me as hooks on which to pin the lessons.

    I love the way the reader attempts to use appropriate accents for the different nationalities of the people he refers to. I am a Kiwi, and so had to laugh a bit at his New Zealand accent attempt, but then I am sure he would laugh at my take on an American accent. Good on ya mate for having a crack at it!

    Is it easy to put this advice into practice? I would say yes. I bought a bag of Almond nuts and enjoying this new addition to my diet. My own recommendation is whole grain porridge with sultanas and apple mixed into it.

    Read it today ... you will get this time investment back many times over I expect. Cheers.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nick Vujicic
    • Narrated By Nick Vujicic
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Life Without Limits is an inspiring book by an extraordinary man - Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs but overcame his disability to live not only independently, but to live a rich, fulfilling life that is a model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, his key message is letting people know the importance of finding your life's purpose - even through pain.

    Candace says: "Love It"
    "Outstanding for a guy with no legs"
    Overall

    This guy is amazing. I love the way he enables his audience to feel comfortable with him though his clever use of humour and straight-up address of his physical limitations. The message stands on his lack of limbs, yet could equally have impact if delivered from a person with all four limbs. His enthusiasm and frankness are truly inspirational. Great work Nick! If you are having a day where you need some encouragement, start listening to this book right now. Better than chocolate and without the calories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Guber
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Today everyone whether they know it or not - is in the emotional transportation business. More and more, success is won by creating compelling stories that have the power to move partners, shareholders, customers, and employees to action. Simply put, if you can’t tell it, you can’t sell it. And this book tells you how to do both.

    Geff Fralick says: "I didn't mind the listen but..."
    "Pretty boring for a book with this title"
    Overall

    I have not got past the first chapter. Very boring for a book that is meant to be about telling a story well. Perhaps it will get better, and I hope to persevere with it sometime. The power of this book seems very hidden to me....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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