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Michael

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  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated By Oliver Burkeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. What they have in common is a hunch about human psychology: that it’s our constant effort to eliminate the negative that causes us to feel so anxious, insecure, and unhappy. And that there is an alternative "negative path" to happiness and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

    Brett says: "Self help for the real world"
    "fascinating and truly enlightening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is always pushed on you from an early age how positive thinking is the only way, how you must believe in success and failure is 'a failing'. I have never believed this and have never believed in the fallacy of the self.
    The concepts within the book can free you from the stress of peer pressure and allow you to just be and succeed by just being here and now.
    It really flies in the face of all the ridiculous books and courses and money-making seminars in such a realistic, cognitive way that is is a breath of fresh air.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Antidote?

    It is all very interesting, there are too many to say.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The initial part about the meditation course


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

    yes absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, the narration is beautifully done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

    Carla says: "Interesting, but a bit annoying"
    "Great book"
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    Where does Onward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Howard Schultz, his determination to stick with his principles despite the obvious influences of American finical institutions and the embedded this is how it is done for wall street.


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

    He has interesting way of reading and it keeps you listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (336)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "very good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shatner Rules to be better than the print version?

    Yes because it is narrated by him therefore the true Shatner atmosphere is created.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    errr, William Shatner


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All very funny


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    He never fails to be entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1015)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Way way too long"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with a lot of time to waste


    What was most disappointing about Joshua Foer’s story?

    It was too long, it could be condensed into half the time and it would be then interesting


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Very good narration, nice intonation


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom and disappointment really


    Any additional comments?

    An abridged version might be better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1097)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Content interesting but Narration poor"
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    Would you try another book from Olivia Fox Cabane and/or Lisa Cordileione?

    Maybe by Olivia Fox Cabane but not if read by Lisa Cordileione!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Charisma Myth?

    The subject matter is very common but it is all very educating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Cordileione’s performances?

    No. Unfortunately whilst she has a nice voice for the purpose of Narration very little effort has been put into rehearsing the structure. She leads sentences that need pauses into each other and ones that require to lead there are gaps. It is like it has been written with random punctuation. I am shocked really that the Author didn't listen to it before it was released considering the subject matter. Even the producer/editor should have picked up on it .It makes the Author seem very unprofessional and does not inspire you to seek further works.
    Why would a professional narrator do such a shoddy job? Does she not want any more work?


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Charisma Myth?

    Anyone who likes interaction between people really would benefit and anyone who wants to know how not to read aloud.


    Any additional comments?

    Redo the narration, same person but done properly

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3417)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1397)

    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.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Very inspiring and interesting but..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Now the most enjoyable?

    I was led to this book after listening to Oliver Burkeman's book 'The Antidote' and whilst I am totally inspired by Eckharts revelation about the self and the influence our mind has over our perception of the world and I have a real empathy with his teachings it is spoilt in a major way by the publishers complete loss of the point with her totally ego driven introduction. There is no need for the inane comments and it put me off for over a week before I continued listening only doing so because I had nothing to do. Everyone I recommended it to switched off after these comments with the feeling it was just another 60's all we need is love crap. PLEASE REMOVE IT. All that is needed is Eckharts introduction and an explanation of the format of Q & A. Otherwise the message is just lost before it starts as the open minded listener has been biased.

    I am very happy that I continued to listen and I recommend the book but don't be put off by the first few minutes please, It is beautifully spoken by Eckhart and he draws you in with the real sincerity of his personality and conviction.

    I would recommend listening to 'The Antidote' to Chapter 5 then break off to this book then back to the other.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complete conviction and honesty expressed by the Author and the gentle way in which he expresses himself


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

    His voice and warmth of calm teachings


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

    Every moment that brought a new understanding building on the one before


    Any additional comments?

    REMOVE THE SPOKEN COMMENTS AT THE BEGINNING BY THE PUBLISHER PLEASE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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