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Marcel

South Melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    (277)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (230)

    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!"
    "Enjoyable and practical"
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    If you could sum up The Pumpkin Plan in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable and practical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pumpkin Plan?

    Story is well delivered.


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

    His dynamics. He's a good reader and engages with the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Full of practical and fun examples that you will want to put to the test. Good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Masterson
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    If you had the opportunity to work where, when, and with whom you wanted - all while getting paid very well - would you take it? Self-made multimillionaire and best-selling author Michael Masterson did, and with Ready, Fire, Aim he'll show you how to do the same.

    Adam says: "Best Business Book in a Long Time"
    "Can't get past first chapter"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Masterson and/or Sean Pratt?

    Nope


    What was most disappointing about Michael Masterson’s story?

    Too much trumpet blowing.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not the book I expected. I don't need to hear about someone going on about how amazing their life is. Yawn. I should return it. It's bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (945)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Just Listen in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Listen?

    It made sense and I could relate it to everyday life.


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

    Yes but it's best to do it over a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and well read. I'd happily recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (412)

    Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself, The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, and much more.

    Kimberly says: "What's Your Growth Plan?"
    "Was a bit long-winded"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's not suitable for everyone. You need to be into motivational stories.


    Would you recommend The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth to your friends? Why or why not?

    Same question?? LMAO


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't captivating enough for me to keep focused on. Many of the ideas are common sense and you're probably doing them already. The author talks about himself a little too much in a repetitious manner. It's not on par with other books of a similar context but it's not terrible. I'm not likely to listen to it again for while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (751)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Good book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Made to Stick to be better than the print version?

    Not seen print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Made to Stick?

    It was easy to listen and return to each day in small bits.


    Any additional comments?

    It may not be for everyone but there's no unpleasant parts so you should get value from it. It was enjoyable and I will happily listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Richest Man in Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

    will says: "Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life"
    "Nice story and worth a listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Richest Man in Babylon the most enjoyable?

    It was entertaining and not too long.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Richest Man in Babylon?

    The way it unfolded and reinforced the concepts.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Will be going back to this one just for the story. It's written well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (266)

    This audiobook uncovers a myriad of false premises that are at the heart of every uncomfortable relationship issue, and guides you to a clear understanding of the powerful creative Vortex that has already assembled the relationships that you have desired. Abraham will show you how to enter that Vortex, where you will rendezvous with everything and everyone you have been looking for.

    Velanche says: "Different Perspectives"
    "Good overall - just take your time with it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vortex to be better than the print version?

    Not had the print version but the audio one was convenient for me.


    What other book might you compare The Vortex to and why?

    Secret etc


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

    N/A


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Vortex?

    Many good concepts and all easily tried/implemented.


    Any additional comments?

    Just found some repetition which is my only negative comment. The live audience recording was a great inclusion. I really enjoy Abraham and would happily recommend this to those who want to see the bigger picture of how to think and attract the right things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Jantsch
    • Narrated By John Jantsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (165)

    The power of glitzy advertising and elaborate marketing campaigns is on the wane; word- of-mouth referrals are what drive business today. People trust the recommendation of a friend, family member, colleague, or even stranger with similar tastes over anything thrust at them by a faceless company. Most business owners believe that whether customers refer them is entirely out of their hands. But science shows that people can't help recommending products and services to their friends....

    Martha says: "Great book, easy read/listen, huge amount of info"
    "At times I thought I was in an infomercial"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was very generalised and repetitive from chapter to chapter for me. I started other books just to have a break. I wouldn't sit through that again in a hurry. I think the print version may be easier to skim through.


    What could John Jantsch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop repeating things across chapters.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Reader was OK.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Referral Engine?

    No greatly.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect anything more than you could read for free on marketing blogs. It's OK but I didn't think it was anything brilliant. Depends what you need to achieve - it can motivate those who need a reason to try new things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

    Udo says: "Only stories, no evidence"
    "Interesting and entertaining listen"
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    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    Yes, in the future. Not something you need to return to in a hurry.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Habit to and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Great delivery and interesting content. Worth a listen.

    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
    (3519)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1482)

    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!"
    "truly amazing book"
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    What did you love best about The Power of Now?

    it was a book I just couldn't stop listening to - it was inspiring and delivered in such an effective manner


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Eckhart Tolle – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Not often that a book gets my attention to this extent. Last one was a decade ago. This is a great, worthwhile listen. I was fascinated by the author and how he delivered his message - I have been thinking about it ever since. It will be a book I will return to frequently - you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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