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Valarie

Beverly Hills, US | Member Since 2009

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 126 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1028)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Great Book by a Decorated General in War of Art"
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    This book was a really helpful tool for me because for the first time, I actually heard someone put in to words a lot of the forms of resistance that I deal with on a daily basis.

    Hearing someone else talk about my often unnamed demons reinforced the reality of my experience.

    It was a fun book with lots of great ideas to help me push through some of my self-imposed limitations. I've definitely noticed an increase in personal productivity since starting this book. Will likely listen to it many more times.

    I read one review that complained about the age of the narrator. Silly comment. It was written by a person who has lived a full life and accumulated lots of experience in his area of expertise. It would have sounded ridiculous being read by someone much younger sounding. It was just a reminder that so many people are so erroneously youth obsessed.

    I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with resistance in creative pursuits in the arts or even in starting a new business.

    Good stuff!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Murphy
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    Here is the complete, original text of the millions-selling self- help guide that reveals your invisible power to attain any goal-paired with a compelling bonus work, How to Attract Money.The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, one of the most beloved and bestselling inspirational guides of all time, shows how changing your thought patterns can produce dramatic improvements in your life.

    Ralph says: "THe is a MUST Have Audio Book!!!"
    "Start with this one!"
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    I listen to inspirational/motivational books every day while driving to keep me from bursting into flames while engulfed in road rage on the streets of Los Angeles. They help. Really.

    Many of the them are repetitive and I catch myself being lulled into a sort of dance like state by the materials. Not a bad thing, I guess, especially considering that it keeps me from ramming my CRV into nearby motorists.

    This book was different. It was... more.

    I heard about the book when a kooky, older man came in to the bar where I work. he struck up a conversation and started telling me things about myself like he was psychic. I later learned that this was his job. All well and good but i was not paying someone to tell me that I wold meet a tall, handsome stranger after he saw my ringless finger.

    This man told me that I was on a life changing journey and in year 6 of a 7 year cycle. This was the year I would "regain my power." Okay. And what does this have to do with anything?

    Anyway, he told me that a lot of the changes that were going on in my life were necessary at this time but then said that if I really wanted to see a big difference in a short period of time then I should check this book out. " It's life altering." ( I later found out that this guy was an advisor for Tony Robbins for many years.)

    I was looking for a new book. This recommendation came the day before my monthly credit came in so it was right on time.


    I read the reviews and saw how long the book had been around. It was worth a shot.

    I just have to say that I was so pleasantly surprised by the logic and flow of how the material was presented. Although I like books that inspire positive thinking and encourage visualization. I cannot stand airy fairy books with rambling babble that sound like yoda wrote them. Give it to me straight but give me a little reason with my "faith."

    This book was great! It is the grandaddy to books like "The Secret." It was a million times better than any of its offshoots.

    I noticed an immediate change in my productivity and attitude. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

    It is definitely worth the price. I know I will be listening to it repeatedly!

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (2365)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1070)

    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.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Good simple book that will get you moving"
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    Brian Tracy is really good at telling it to you in simple, practical terms.

    I highly recommend this book if you have some lingering tasks on your to do list and just can't get it together to get them done.

    One of the most effective, and amazingly simple things, I got from this book was to make sure to prioritize your goals. You will never get everything done so focus on doing what absolutely must be done.

    I also like the idea that you should make a point to get those important things done first. I am a productivity and motivational junkie and a lot of authors suggest that you start with smaller items to build momentum. Since making an effort to "eat my big frogs first," I have found myself to be much more productive.

    Great, easy read. Very helpful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Danielle LaPorte
    • Narrated By Danielle LaPorte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (182)

    As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.

    Valarie says: "Loved idea but some of the "passion" was "cheesy""
    "Loved idea but some of the "passion" was "cheesy""
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    I really liked and agreed with a lot of what she said. Some of the ideas were dead-on. The problem for me was that it often felt a little forced. Some of her pseudo quirky asides were majorly annoying. I wanted to love all of it. I would have loved to give the concepts 4 stars but their execution a 3 1/2. It's like a Forever 21, or Wet Seal version of a cool outfit that you might see. It felt a little budget in places.

    She's a wise woman but it's just a little annoying to hear a little canadian girl say stuff like " mamma you treat yo' self real fine" and then say "about" in that canadian way that sounds like " a boot." I cringed too many times to count. It would be like Oprah doing a hip-hop review. Not quite what I wanted to hear.

    The ideas were pretty good and most of it was fine but those random " I think I'm so hip" moments were like fingernails on a blackboard for me. I would recommend it to a friend but warn her that it might be better to read it in paperback rather than listen to it.

    What's really funny about that is a friend told me about this same book but almost begrudgingly. She'd read it in paperback and while it sounded interesting, something about it made her almost not want to recommend it. ( I had to pull the title out of her.) When I got it as an audio book and commented to her about the author's little quips trying a little "too cool" she said " I had a hard time finishing certain sections because of it." I don't just mean the writing either.

    At times, the author's unnecessarily breathy delivery make it sound as though she may have just taken a puff from a clove cigarette while doing a reading at a coffee house open mic.

    Some suburban folks who like Harlequin romances and only listen to top 40 will probably not even pick it up. These are the folks that can hear the words " passion" and "uh-mazing" a million times and not want to puke. If my comments make no sense to you, then you will probably ADORE the PASSION ignited by this AMAZING book.

    Worth reading, but just keep these comments as a warning label.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (397)

    In Excuses Begone! Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking patterns that prevent you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health. You may know what to think but find it terribly difficult to change thinking habits that have been with you since childhood. This business of changing habituated thinking patterns is really the business of eliminating the same old tired excuses.

    Joel says: "Life changing book"
    "Loved it!"
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    I'm a huge Wayne Dyer fan and have many of his books in audio form. It makes a wonderful solution to drive time listening. I focus on something positive and lose the road rage. I love his reading style because he sounds so conversational and not like many authors who don't seem to know their own writings. I highly recommend it.

    I read a review that commented that he read to fast. I disagree and guess that's a matter of taste. I would also say that one of the great things about an audio book is that you can rewind if you don't get it the first time. I usually listen to my "positive thinking" books more than once because I always seem to get more with repeated listening!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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