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André

I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

ORLANDO, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Gare&Sophia says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "Maybe the best book I've read in 2012"
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    I follow Robert Greene's work since I've read the great "Art of Seduction". By the way, I married my wife BECAUSE she read it almost in the same time as I did (we didn't know each other at the time), and, I found the book in her cabinet mini library. When I opened it, it was just like mine-- full of highlights and written observations...
    But since then no other book from Robert Greene was as great. Until Mastery!
    Buy this book and find out how to be a master, with many interesting characters and a very good trip to past and present... Worth the ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Giving: How Giving Back Enriches Us All

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Azim Jamal, Harvey McKinnon
    • Narrated By Joe Geoffrey
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    This practical and visionary guide helps you discover that the more you give, the more you have. The Power of Giving provides a wealth of down-to-earth ideas, exercises, and real-life stories that reveal to each listener the unique gifts he or she has to give, including kindness, ideas, advice, attention, hope, and more, and the many ways you can benefit from giving them, from better health to better job prospects.

    André says: "Giving to others is powerful"
    "Giving to others is powerful"
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    Can you give to others part of your time, part of your money or part of your knowledge to help others? The authors argue that you can and have lots of reasons to do so. It is a good book, with scientific researches and real meaning to life. Give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Get Up!: Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James A. Levine
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson, Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
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    That the average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their day sitting is no surprise to anyone who works in an office environment. But few realize the health consequences they are suffering as a result of modernity's increasingly sedentary lifestyle, or the effects it has had on society at large. In Get Up!, health expert James A. Levine's original scientific research shows that today's chair-based world, where we no longer use our bodies as they evolved to be used, is having negativeconsequences on our health.

    Dean says: "Great motivation to get moving."
    "Fantastic!!"
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    Get Up! Is a great book! There is a lot of scientific data backing it up and the story itself is compelling. Why are we sitting so much and playing so little? Get up and exercise, and have fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
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    Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers-especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world-influences their music?After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way, your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life.You'll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss-ultimately to produce total deafness-and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors.But you'll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world.

    Daniel Neal says: "The strangest rabbit hole yet!"
    "Excellent Biography!"
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    This Great Master: Beethoven-- His Life and Music is a great find. The biography is non linear, told by a prizewinner professor, Robert Greenberg. The professor is a great enthusiast of Beethoven, and that shows in his lectures. He accompanies the biography with Beethoven music, and points out why that sonata is good, or not so good, and what was happening to him in that time. Great listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Guise
    • Narrated By Daniel Penz
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    One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

    Sara says: "Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits"
    "Mini Habits May Work for You (and Myself)"
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    Although it is a small book and the writer tries hard to fill it up with scientific knowledge, the soul of Mini Habits is simple: create few-- up to 4-- mini habits, even laughable ones (like do one push up), and follow the script (or don't break the chain).
    And yes, it may work.
    I did something like that when I was writing my first book. At the time I was a resident at a cardiology hospital, my wife was pregnant, and I told myself: write one page a day and please don't break the chain. Most of the days I wrote 3 pages, and couldn't get hold of myself. I completed the book before my daughter was born.
    Now for my second book I cannot write one page a day-- It seems too much effort. I have 2 kids, many patients to see, well, almost impossible (or so I think). And I postpone. I know that I could find time to write. Maybe if I told myself: "write 5 LINES each day" I could had completed my second book years ago.
    Good idea, Stephen Guise!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Jacobus says: "A quality production of a gripping tradegy"
    "Brilliant Night!"
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    Night, by Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is great book to read. His words are gentle, but he speaks of destiny, cruelty, disease, death. The ignorance about the diabolic nazi, the ghetto, the deportation, the cattle car, the starvation, the injustice, are still ringing in my ears, as well as to many who had read the book. I've got in touch with the book when I was a naive teen, but the audible version is much, much better.
    The narration by George Guidall, at first sounded strange, hard to listen, but, when I got accustumed I reconsidered, and thought that it fitted just right with the gloomy atmosphere of the story.
    The crude reality of a tragic war told by a gifted writer, and very much worth listening and never forgotten.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
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    It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

    Anna Dresner says: "Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing"
    "Slowing Down Time Itself"
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    Sometimes we gotta listen to something like that: soothing, motivational, relaxing, healthy. Better, we gotta listen to it on a regular basis. The book focus on concentrating in the moment, instead of thinking about the past or wondering about the future. We have to listen to our body, learn how to breathe, being fully there.
    Jon Kabat-Zinn has a penetrating voice that convinced me to practice mindfulness.
    Great book!

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter C. Brown
    • Narrated By Qarie Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head and will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

    André says: "FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN"
    "FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN"
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    Make it Stick, I think, is the best book that teaches how to learn-- the strategies, what really, really works, not only empirical data, but the researches, the scientific data. Do you think that reading all over again is a good plan to ace tests? Think again. There is so much good information that in the middle of the book I had to buy the written version. But don't be mistaken, the audible version delivers it all.
    Make it stick is a must! Everybody who wants to increase brain power, that has a limited time to study, has to listen/read it.
    Excellent book!

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    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Hurley
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, Smarter penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that "fluid intelligence" - the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things - can be increased through training. But is it all just hype?

    robospierre says: "Monontonous and lacking engagement"
    "SEEKING WAYS TO INCREASE INTELLIGENCE"
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    I enjoyed Smarter-- I view it as the author's quest for choosing the right formula on how to increase his fluid intelligence. He meets a lot of great scientists, many who say that intelligence is immutable; others who insist that it is changeable and can be increased, reads lots of scientific papers, ponders, doubts,and then prepares his own regimen, mixing ingredients that he believes will augment his brain power.
    Well, could he do it?
    Read it and find out.
    At least he "FEELS SMARTER"!-- good ending.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cracking the Code: Breaking Through Your Self-Imposed Limitations

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By R. L. Adams
    • Narrated By Bruce A. Lorie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
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    We all want to live a better life. We all want to achieve a certain set of goals we set out for ourselves. But, when it comes down to it, we simply get stuck. We're stricken by things like procrastination and the inability to act. So why is that we say we want something, but when it comes down to it, we don't do what it takes to achieve it? Well, if you've set goals in the past, and you found yourself giving up, then this book is for you.

    Scott says: "Useless cliche's paraphrased and regurgitated."
    "Great, from beginning to end"
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    I read "Cracking the Code" in one seat, or better, while doing groceries and cooking dinner. It is a great book: small, energetic, enthusiastic and fast paced. Go ahead and listen to it. You will love it too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Commit to Win: How to Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Heidi Reeder PhD
    • Narrated By Heidi Reeder PhD
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    What do you need besides motivation and willpower? In Commit to Win, Heidi Reeder, PhD, unpacks over forty years of research by psychologists and economists to show that the key to reaching any goal, whether it’s to hit the gym more often or to finally quit that dead-end job, isn’t motivation, willpower, or determination. It’s commitment. Busting the myths most of us believe about commitment, Reeder shows that it all comes down to four variables.

    Kevin says: "Gives EXACTLY what it promises"
    "Practical, but misses passion"
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    Commit to Win almost enchanted me. It is practical, well researched, objective, but something slipped from the author's view: I think it lacks passion. Heidi Reeder knows a lot about the subject of commitment and gives us the element to "going all in" or an alternative if it isn't working out (get out of the commitment without being ashamed or guilty), but the vast knowledge couldn't extrapolate to the pages with heart beating words. 4 stars, not five, but a good book after all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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