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Mrs L from Atl

MrsLfromATL

Georgia | Listener Since 2009

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  • The Foundation for Successful Change

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Author, international speaker, and personal development trainer, this versatile authority is considered the leader in motivational coaching and personal growth. Subjects include failure as an event - success as a process; hope as activator; how to do something now!; and radical changes in minute steps.

    Paul says: "This is a great kick!!"
    "Always motivating, can listen repeatedly"
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    If you could sum up The Foundation for Successful Change in three words, what would they be?

    Motivating, entertaining, inspiring. Although it is similar in content to some of Zig's other material, he is always very good.


    What other book might you compare The Foundation for Successful Change to and why?

    Any of Zig's other books (See you at the Top)


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

    Yes. He is a stellar presenter.


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

    Hoping it will help to change some habits.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity SystemThe Ultimate Simple Productivity System

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Leo Babauta
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    Zen To Done (ZTD) is a system that is at once simple, and powerful, and will help you develop the habits that keep all of your tasks and projects organized, that keep your workday simple and structured, that keep your desk and email inbox clean and clear, and that keep you doing what you need to do, without distractions. This book was written for those who want to get their lives organized and actually execute the things on their to-do list by changing existing habits.

    Miroslaw says: "The simplest and right version of GTD. Recommended"
    "Too many acronymns; assumes prior insight"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends.. The speaker uses many acronyms and references to other goal-setting material, and the content assumes that the listener already has all of this knowledge. It takes perhaps halfway through the book before some of it starts to make sense. If someone had prior knowledge of some of these terms that the author uses (like GTD) then sure, I would recommend. But not for just picking up off the shelf.


    Would you recommend Zen to Done to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends.. The speaker uses many acronyms and references to other goal-setting material, and the content assumes that the listener already has all of this knowledge. It takes perhaps halfway through the book before some of it starts to make sense. If someone had prior knowledge of some of these terms that the author uses (like GTD) then sure, I would recommend. But not for just picking up off the shelf.


    What aspect of Fred Stella’s performance would you have changed?

    The speaker's tone was soft and lilting, not high-performance nor energetic. I suppose this is to play on the "zen" idea, but if I am looking for goal setting motivation, I'd expect to hear energy and excitement in the speaker. His delivery was more spa-like.


    Was Zen to Done worth the listening time?

    I suppose. I will listen to it again for some of the nuggets that were worth learning.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Challenge Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Bob Proctor
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When you step forward into growth, you won't only be challenging your potential - you'll be met by two opposing forces. One is an outside force (your environment of family, friends, and situations) and the other is an inside force, your old conditioning that whispers sweet horribles in your mind. Here's how to conquer both with effective action steps.

    Adrian says: "Very good! Inspiration at its BEST!"
    "Dated but still motivating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If someone is looking to feed their mind with positivity and needs encouragement for stepping out, this is a good one to add to the library.


    What other book might you compare Challenge Your Potential to and why?

    Some of the Zig Ziglar presentations. Not quite as lively a speaker but still good. Not too long either.


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

    Emphasis on encouragement and motivation.


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

    Not that I recall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2 Second Lean

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul A. Akers
    • Narrated By Paul A Akers
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

    Jon says: "Not just another flavor of the month"
    "More applicable to mfg industry"
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    Would you listen to 2 Second Lean again? Why?

    I liked the concepts. But much of what was shared was more for the manufacturing industry and less for a general corporate environment. There were good nuggets but wasn't really what I was looking for.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I suppose it would be motivating if I were in a similar environment to the speaker.


    What about Paul A Akers’s performance did you like?

    Energetic, engaging.


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

    Could, but not necessary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Strategic Planning for the High Performer

    • ORIGINAL (32 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    High acheivers and peak performers attain their goals through strategically planning every move. Learn how to set and attain goals to become your personal best. Only the top 2% performers have a plan, now you can develop a plan of your own.

    Mrs L from Atl says: "Misleading title, only about financial wealth bldg"
    "Misleading title, only about financial wealth bldg"
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    What would have made Personal Strategic Planning for the High Performer better?

    The title of this and the description are very misleading. This is not for personal goal setting or personal performance. This is specifically about building wealth and setting personal financial goals. This needs better labeling and a better publisher's tag line.


    What could Brian Tracy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If I had been looking for this kind of thing it would have been fine, but it wasn't targeted for what I was expecting. It wasn't bad, just was poorly categorized.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Brian Tracy?

    I guess, if it was on the subject I wanted to hear.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Personal Strategic Planning for the High Performer?

    Nothing really needs to be cut, it just needs to be better labeled.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (706)

    According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

    Teresa says: "A statement or two could summarize this book"
    "Overly basic; poorly narrated."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has small children and who has never ever considered the notion that getting up earlier means you get more done.There were several good suggestions about priorities for parents of young children, and perhaps young parents would glean more.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Vanderkam’s story?

    The narration was horrendous. It sounded like it should have been a children's book. The first few minutes were so bad I almost stopped listening. The content was also incredibly elementary. People do a lot early. Not a new concept. Some of the research and studies were interesting, but they would be more tolerated if read in their original outputs.


    What didn’t you like about Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Inflection and emphasis would be more appropriate for children as an audience. Incredibly slow in the sentence to sentence transitions. Had to speed up my Audible narrator speed to 2x just to get the content to what I would call normal. There is a reason authors are not narrators by trade, and this just does not work at all. The author sounded sleepy, and there was no passion at all in her tone. The nature of this content should be narrated by someone who is energetic and enthusiastic, not lilting and sing-song.


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

    Frustration, impatience, and much eye-rolling.


    Any additional comments?

    If someone truly has never considered the notion that go-getters and winners get up earlier than others and make choices to accomplish big tasks early, this would be a good introduction to the topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (680)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Bridgette says: "Missing Something..."
    "Perhaps I'm unaccustomed to female narrators"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Lost interest halfway through. Took awhile to get used to a female narrator as this was my first. A female narrating male dialogue was a little strange.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have liked James Patterson's other books.


    What three words best describe January LaVoy’s voice?

    It was okay


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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