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  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (768)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "A great read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Compelling insight, honesty and self-awareness in this storytelling. Excellent composition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'm Feeling Lucky?

    "When were we ever wrong? Not often, but not often is not never."

    "Smart people, motivated to make things better, can do almost anything."


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for this book! As an engineer myself, I am hoping it will help me to be able to better explain to my husband (a non-engineer) how an engineer's brain works and why it is so hard to not be a perfectionist all the time.... It has already helped me to better understand how foreign an engineer's thinking can be to someone with a non-engineer's mindset - by seeing this directly through Mr. Edward's eyes. A true eye opener in this regard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Tony Schwartz
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    Increasing your energy capacity is the best way to get more work done faster and better. From the October 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review.

    Carolyn says: "Everyone Should Read This!"
    "Good but limited"
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    What made the experience of listening to Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time (Harvard Business Review) the most enjoyable?

    The author definitely knows their subject


    Any additional comments?

    Not a lot of practical guidelines, due to the briefness. The Power of Full Engagement gets in a lot more depth.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Now Habit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Neil Fiore
    • Narrated By Neil Fiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (291)

    If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

    Ron says: "A keeper"
    "Really good sound and practical advice"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Now Habit the most enjoyable?

    The substance of the advice


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Now Habit?

    The Unschedule - already doing it!


    Any additional comments?

    The performance had a few flaws - a bit slow, some repeat errors that could have been fixed with editing, but it was a very authentic author's read, undoubtedly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don't, and How to Make Any Change Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Dean
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (213)

    Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically? The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a leading psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and underappreciated processes in the brain. Although people like to think that they are in control, the vast majority of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

    Karen says: "Small steps really do add up..."
    "Excellent, in-depth, research supported insight"
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    What made the experience of listening to Making Habits, Breaking Habits the most enjoyable?

    The objectiveness, the worldly points of view; examining all sides of the matter in a very convincing and mind-opening way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Making Habits, Breaking Habits?

    "We need the habit to raise above itself."


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Making Habits, Breaking Habits?

    Hopefully the one regarding happy habits....


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent performance! A great listen that has left me with many inspiring and hopeful thoughts.

    5 of 5 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
    (873)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (725)

    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"
    "Prayer and bible? Really?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Religious people?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Vanderkam? Why or why not?

    Never say never, but probably not.


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

    Dragging and laboured to keep to, what seemed to be, an enforced slow pace, and choppy at times as a result. Was this done to perhaps stretch the material in a certain pre-defined length of time....? Found myself waiting for the next word to come.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some good pieces of advice that could be used in practice


    Any additional comments?

    Some good points, but way too many references to religion, which can be, as we all know, insulting to many people's open-minded intellect... I remember there were some such references in her book 168 Hours - You Have More Time than You Think and, while these were red flags, there weren't too many of them, and it was not difficult to disregard them and still focus on the many good points the book contained. But in this very short Guide to making over mornings, these references took a lot of the space, and it made it harder to focus on the objectiveness of the advice for the obvious reason that religious thinking is as far you one can possibly get from objectiveness....

    A definite step down from 168 Hours. Please have some respect for the ever growing number of agnostics and atheists in the modern world - the same way respect was given to religious folks.... There is a very easy way to do it - leave religion out. It has no place in a book about time management.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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