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Teri Ambrose

Mesa, AZ, United States

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  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (761)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Narrator makes a good book bad"
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    I'm going to have to return this one and buy hardcopy. Totally prefer to "read" audibly, but this narrator is painfully annoying to listen to. Every. Single. Line….is said with such overdrawn earnest that it becomes incredibly distracting to absorb what's being said. I gave 5 stars on the story simply because the content that I was eventually able to get through was quite good. I'm projecting that had the narration been better this would have been a terrific book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (688)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "what a disappointment"
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    I struggled thru the poor writing hoping for at least a reprieve in the ending. What a disappointment on every front.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (618)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Douglas says: ""Telling The Truth..."
    "Inspirational, quick read"
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    I'm writing this review months after listening. I enjoyed the book at the time, but what has me inspired to come back and write a review is the fact that the general premise of this book has stuck with me so well. I used to routinely tell seemingly innocent lies to grease the wheels of easy social interaction. Small things, not big boldface lies. Morality totally aside, the author contends that everyone would benefit from committing to being truthful. Personally, I now find that I really enjoy the authenticity of owning and saying the truth in even the smallest of circumstances. I don't mean hurting people's feelings or anything like that. There is certainly diplomacy and kindness to consider, too. This book argues for the premise that it's just plain smart, emboldening and genuine to be an honest, straightforward truth-teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2706)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1326)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Greta says: "Get the "Paper Book" instead."
    "Good, but possibly outdated"
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    If I had read this book 10 years ago I would likely be giving it a higher rating. Definitely a beneficial book in many ways, but some of the main organizing strategies felt a bit outdated to me. For example, creating file folders of projects and to-dos. Not computer file folders, but actual manilla file folders. Not a bad book, just somewhat old-school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1131)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Completely enjoyable as well as informative"
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    Whether you are a fan of the Stephen King thrillers or not, this non-fictional book about the craft of writing is a must-read for those who have interest in developing, or strengthening their skills as a writer. Much practical advice, yes, but also very entertaining. The narration is quite good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1338)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "Some good stuff, some questionable"
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    Would you recommend The Power of Now to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. There was some content that resonated with me, but not enough to recommend.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eckhart Tolle?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    While much of the book resonated with me and contained, in my opinion, solid truths, there was simply too much far-reaching content that simply had no basis whatsoever except for the author's opinion. Tolle stated these opinions as absolute truths, but without any substantial backing. For example he would take verses from the bible and give his version of what they mean. That's fine....lots of biblical interpretations out there. His, however, were soooo obscure and far-fetched that you'd have to simply blindly believe that he had some direct-connect to the truth. Many didn't make much sense and I found myself thinking "how on earth did you interpret this verse to mean that?" I'm not a bible purest whatsoever, I just don't see how he can make the interpretation claims that he makes.

    That said, there was certainly some very thought provoking and worthwhile content. For me, about 50% interesting, enjoyable and worth considering. The other 50% ho-hum to highly questionable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (536)

    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Brittany says: "Life-changing literature."
    "Basic book for newbies of the genre"
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    Was The Magic of Thinking Big worth the listening time?

    For me, not really. If you've listened to more than a handful of spiritual or psychological self-developement books, you may already be beyond the content here. Nothing new.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mike Michalowicz
    • Narrated By Mike Michalowicz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (202)

    After reading an article about a local farmer who had dedicated his life to growing giant pump­kins, Michalowicz realized the same process could apply to growing a business. He tested the Pumpkin Plan on his own company and transformed it into a remarkable, multimillion-dollar industry leader. First he did it for himself. Then for others. And now you.

    S. Hansen says: "This one made my top 3 books on business!"
    "Valuable content, great narration."
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    Would you listen to The Pumpkin Plan again? Why?

    Yes, I certainly will. Very relevant, interesting and insightful content. Action-oriented and thought provoking.


    Have you listened to any of Mike Michalowicz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but bring it on, Mike. I'm sure I'd enjoy other audio books by this author.


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

    No, not practical. There's much to ponder, act on and absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    High marks all around. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like a Real Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Best-selling author of The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind and leading authority on the wealthy, Dr. Thomas Stanley uncovers the truth that few people become rich by way of a high income, and even fewer high-income people are truly rich. The good news is that almost anyone can become wealthy - even without a super high income. Just stop acting...and instead start living like a rich person.

    Robin Olson Mayberry says: "The Millionaire Next Door's Outtakes"
    "Waaaay to repetitive"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There's about 20%, if that, of solid content here. The rest is the same topics hashed over and over. Seriously, how many ways can you say that the wealthy wannabe's overspend on their preferred liquor brand? Apparently plenty if you find different ways to say it and various stories to weave it into. Same for cars, watches and houses. The book's premise culled down to one statement? Don't spend above your means. The end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas J. Stanley again?

    I liked his first book, The Millionaire Next Door. If you've read that book, you're good. There is absolutely nothing new in this one.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Stella – was your favorite?

    n/a


    What character would you cut from Stop Acting Rich?

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sharon L. Lechter, Greg S. Reid
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (104)

    This remarkable business allegory tells a fascinating story in presenting the key principles of Napoleon Hill's revolutionary best seller Think and Grow Rich. While you follow a struggling young entrepreneur through a life-changing series of encounters with some of today's foremost business leaders and inspirational figures, you'll find encouragement and motivation to believe in yourself, discover your own Personal Success Equation, and to never give up. You are just three feet from gold!

    Cheryce says: "I'm Truly Motivated"
    "Wasn't fond of story telling format"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It didn't really give any new information, it simply presented the concepts of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich in a story-like format.


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

    I would have not made it a story at all, but rather a more solid presentation of how today's successful business people became so successful, whether through Hill's principles and/or others.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    haven't heard any others from Dan John Miller.


    Could you see Three Feet from Gold being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I supposed it could be a schmaltzy movie on Lifetime or something.


    Any additional comments?

    I noticed that this book has received many high marks. Obviously, it is resonating with many people. I think the more familiar you are with success principles, the less you'd enjoy this type of story-telling presentation. There is good substance in there, to be sure, but nothing you haven't heard before if you are a fan of Napoleon Hill already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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