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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,602

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You mean that voice can be tamed - Sign me up!

  • By Russell on 05-11-15
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

I recommend this book!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-15

Very well read and captivating.
It delivers a truthful insight to the benefits of meditation without the useless weight of new age spirituality or pseudo scientific babble.
The first part is descriptive of his personal life and of how he turned into into a mental mess. This part is a bit long but then more than adequately compensated by the narration of his encounter with meditation.
10% happier is a realistic estimate of the benefits of meditation.

  • Why There Is No God

  • Simple Responses to 20 Common Arguments for the Existence of God
  • By: Armin Navabi
  • Narrated by: Dave Richards
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

Why There Is No God provides simple, easy-to-understand counterpoints to the most popular arguments made for the existence of God. Each chapter presents a concise explanation of the argument, followed by a response illustrating the problems and fallacies inherent in it. Whether you're an atheist, a believer, or undecided, this book offers a solid foundation for building your own inquiry about the concept of God.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent overview of atheism.

  • By Jeffrey Schwartz on 01-19-15

Uncomfortable to listen to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-15

The book is in my opinion a good one and the arguments are solid. It summarizes what can be said ti answer the 20 most common pro-belief arguments (some of those are however very old and simple to dismiss).
The reading is too fast and it makes the whole experience almost a stressing one. It feels like listening to quick advertising.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Charisma Myth

  • How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism
  • By: Olivia Fox Cabane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileione
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,845
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,222

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic.

  • By Gare&Sophia on 12-05-12

Worth the listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-15

This is not the most inspiring book I've "listened" to (and maybe it's also due to the narrator) but it's worth the time.

  • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

  • By: Michael Dues, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Dues
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Frameworks

  • By Brendan on 09-21-13

Delivers what it promises

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-15

The course is slightly long and some real life examples are in my opinion a bit unrealistic. These are maybe the only flaws in this otherwise excellent course. The narrator is very good and delivers his points in a way that's easy to remember.
I definitely recommend these lectures.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Game

  • Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,618

Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won't up your Game, but better than reality TV

  • By David on 06-07-15

It's not even wrong

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-15

"It's not even wrong" in scientific jargon means something so outrageous that it cannot even be proven scientifically wrong because no logic or science applies to it.
Like the tooth fairy.
This book is simply ridiculous and shame on me for even having paid for it mistaking it for some sort of credible documentary on a "hidden world".
Now I'll have to live with this forever... (well, I've done worse but this is definitely bad. Avoid it if you can)

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

  • Kind of the Story of My Life
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670

Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING BOOK

  • By duane barker on 02-10-14

Fun, smart and, most of all, honest!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-15

Smart advice come from a guy that basically says from the start "I won't try to fool you, I'm only telling you what worked for me and I hope you might find useful tips for yourself."
I found it very enjoyable and actually pretty smart.

  • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

  • By: Seth Freeman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Seth Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893

The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Negotiating Through Everyday Live

  • By Bror Erickson on 01-12-15

Very well done!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-14

Any additional comments?

I went through the course quickly and effortlessly also thanks to Professor Freeman's human touch. I found it to be a very stimulating course and I have started benefiting from it since the next day at my first meeting. Then I found out it surprisingly useful with my partner and with my teenage son. I will go through the course again.
I recommend these lectures to whoever doesn't live on an island by himself...!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ambush at Fort Bragg

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Edward Norton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism - and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella - an audio exclusive not available in print - Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, turns his penetrating eye and devastating wit on the world of TV news.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Starter

  • By James on 04-03-03

Good made better by Norton

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-14

Would you listen to Ambush at Fort Bragg again? Why?

No, it was good but it's not "inspiring".

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

I expected it having read many of Wolfe's books

What about Edward Norton’s performance did you like?

I think he is an excellent reader just as he is an excellent actor

Any additional comments?

It' not the most inspiring of Wolfe's books. Nevertheless it has his typical signature in the way the language is used to create rhythm and melody and in the overblown egos that hold the main characters on a leash. It's always wonderful to see how Wolfe manages to make the most improbable actors in the drama deliver the most authentic (even if despicable) speech.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1

  • The Mormons
  • By: David Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: David Smalley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them? But that's not all!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and disturbing history.

  • By Bob Killian on 05-22-14

Captivating!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-14

If you could sum up The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

Are they serious?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1?

The story of how this multi-billion dollar hoax came into being as almost a practical joke.

Any additional comments?

As I listened to this very entertaining exposé of the Mormon world I thought to myself that I should make my religious catholic acquaintances listen to this and, when they start snorting with laughter, ask them "where else have you heard anything so absurd?"

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Five Elements of Effective Thinking

  • By: Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their minds differently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be Prerequisite for College!!!

  • By R. Lewis on 07-03-14

Interesting but it could have been shorter

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Any additional comments?

It is an intelligent book and it gives a valuable method to help you learn to think more critically and effectively (of course!). Only one personal setback for me: it uses the word "success" a bit too much and that makes sound a bit like those psychobabble self-help books which it definitely is not.