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  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,452

In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting firsthand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this audiobook is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Inspiring, informative, action-oriented. Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Of the many, many books I've read, listened to, or both, Extreme Ownership for me ranks in the rarefied air of maybe 5 to 6 books I'll re-read several times a year until I own its valuable information.

It gives you clear, actionable instructions that work in many, if not every facet of personal and business life. What's more, it does so with compelling battlefront accounts that understandably relate to everyday life.

Thanks to the authors for their service as Navy Seal soldiers and for their service thereafter in sharing their knowledge through this invaluable book. We can't (and won't) all be decorated and revered Navy Seals, but we can all be our best selves. This book is a must-own, must-read and re-read for anyone looking to improve and begin at the source - one's self.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,630

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

Single best motivational read in years. Awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-17

(Update: I've now been thru this book, Un-F-yourself, several times. It's magical! Yes, magical... It cuts through the fluff and helps the reader get perspective thru a reality check, and hope thru not only better thinking but linking thought to action with no room for excuses - getting leverage over yourself, in other words.)

Like many of you, I read and listen to a lot of books, too many maybe. Still, only a handful of the many reads standout as fundamentally useful and transformative. Un-F-yourself is in that small group of useful and transformative reads. And at that, it's the single best book on action, motivation, defining priorities and overcoming procrastination. It's my no. 1 book on those books among many,others, that specifically deal with these subjects.

It's not only a must read in my mind, but one of the few books that I plan on reading and rereading (or listening to) 5-6 times a year... forever. It's awesome!

  • 1-2-3 Magic

  • Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (6th edition)
  • By: Thomas W. Phelan PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but every family faces challenges that can be frustrating and overwhelming. For more than 25 years, internationally renowned clinical psychologist Thomas W. Phelan's 1-2-3 Magic has helped millions of parents, teachers, and caregivers raise independent, emotionally intelligent children and build happier, healthier families - all through an easy to understand program that you'll swear "works like magic".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for all parents!

  • By Les. W. on 10-03-16

Really is like magic!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Written with love for children, parents and family above all, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. If love and genuine respect are missing then even the best efforts break down. Again, these are the very reasons why I think the advice given in 1-2-3 Magic works so well.

So in addition to solid advice on love and mutual respect between parent and child, the conversation is also entertaining and lively. I found myself not only learning but laughing out loud at some of Dr. Phelan's witty takes on the challenges of parenting.

Most important of all the advice just works. In 1 short week of implementing 123 with my very headstrong 10 yr-old, the results are unmistakable... My 10 yr-old knows who's in charge and even seems to like the transference of power as if inherently knowing all my child ever wanted was the right kind of firm but loving direction. As for how it works on my even younger kids? Magic for the younger kids too.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a 3% Man

  • By: Corey Wayne
  • Narrated by: Corey Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937

My book covers both the dating world and long-term relationships. You will learn how to meet and date the type of women you've always dreamed of. The best part is you can do this while remaining who you truly are inside. The book teaches you how to create sexual attraction in women and get women to chase and pursue you! It takes you step by step with easy-to-follow instructions. You will be able to meet women anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. This will give you choice with women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 3% MAN

  • By Anonymous User on 07-07-17

Full of spot-on and truthful "how-to" advice.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-16

I loved this book.

Never has a book on how to attract women been so plainly delivered in step-by-step fashion… Full of details of not only "how to" attract women, but also insightful male, female dynamics, explaining the logic behind "why" these steps work.

Similar to another great book, "Models" by Mark Manson, but more in depth in the area of the actual step-by-step mechanics of action leading to attraction.

Finally, Corey Wayne, true to his own advice, speaks from the heart, gives thanks and credit where it's due to his mentors and sources, and adds his own wealth of common sense (which is not so common) and knoeledge.

Worthy of many re-reads! I highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Models

  • Attract Women Through Honesty
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Austin Rising
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029

Models is the first book ever written on seduction as an emotional process rather than a logical one, a process of connecting with women rather than impressing them. It's the most mature and honest guide on how a man can attract women without faking behavior, without lying and without emulating others. A game-changer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The content is great but the reader is awful

  • By Mark Speener on 06-24-14

A rare, insightful take on personal independence.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-16

I've read and reread many well known psychology books on codependency, narcissism and healthy interdependence (aka "good relationships"), and Models for me takes its place as one of the best, how to fix yourself, books I've ever read.

Sure, the premise is about attracting women from a man's perspective, but that's just the hook as this book accurately describes the need for honesty with one's self and honesty with those we interact with and especially with women. In explaining why honesty empowers you and why honesty matters, I found many useful insights into personal independence that parallel many psychology self-help books by PhDs and experts. Take out the chapter on sex and one night stands (not that the author is wrong for including these topics) as they are a bit of a detraction, and you have one of the most practical self-help books I've ever read for needy, and/or codependent "nice guys."

Models is a great book for men in general.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • I Declare

  • 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
  • By: Joel Osteen
  • Narrated by: Joel Osteen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 928

Broken into 31 segments, this audiobook defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations will affirm God's blessings in the area of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and Uplifting

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-12

One of my top three books in the last decade!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-16

For any believing Christian or believer in a benevolent universe (and all points in between), this book is a gift of positivity, hope and self-empowerment. For Christians especially, Joel Osteen uses biblical scriptures to teach a God of hope, abundance, and action. I have personally read, listened to, and annotated this book probably 30 times. The message is both simple and deep; believe in yourself because God believes in you. Think, speak and do good and the cosmos (God) will answer in kind. I've read many of Joel Osteen's very good books, but no other book of his (or anyone's for that matter) hits home so clearly in so few words. Not only a must-read, but a must-reread, over and over!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists

  • Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
  • By: Eleanor Payson
  • Narrated by: Cathryn Bond Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

This ground-breaking book offers hope and help to those who have been drawn into these devastating relationships. She includes illuminating case studies that identify the problems that occur in the different types of relationships, from co-workers, to friends, to parents, to lovers. Listeners employing these insights and skills will find new abilities to identify and protect against the narcissist's manipulations and take back control of their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem,a must read, it fulfills all expectations

  • By Sonia on 12-03-12

Material that delivers a lifeline of sanity!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-01-16

When reading material in the psychology realm it's easy to get lost in clinical terms and dry material. The Wizard of Oz... takes clinical material, important and heady material, and breaks it down not only in an understandable way, but in a way that allows the reader to actually implement and benefit from the material. The author also offers hope for all sides of the NPD equation; the codependent spouse or child, while simultaneously doing the same for the narcissist.

Most NPD reading I've done had been heavy on the "beware of the NPD" rhetoric... Eleanor Payson wants to throw a lifeline to all including the narcissist, while making it very clear that the narcissist may never grab ahold of the line... at least here it's understood and offered. This book has helped me immensely. The chapter summaries make for some of the best psychological material I've ever read.

All in all for me, I don't know where my personal journey will take me given my 18 yr marriage to an NPD spouse, but I do feel better equipped to not repeat my own mistakes thanks to this wonderful book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,136

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

The title is the best part of this new-age mess.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I wanted to like this book and going in I had high hopes for a good, if not great, read... Hopes dashed as this book, in my opinion, deserves to be exposed as one of the more over-hyped books ever.

Early on in this HIGHLY REPETITIVE psychodrivel my own self talk kicked in over and over, making it almost impossible to do as the author suggests... "Don't think, just listen." Thanks to the glaringly ridiculous narrative of the author's own life, (2 yrs living on a park bench! Say what?), the aforementioned repetitive nature of the content and almost incoherent logic, I found it difficult... no impossible, to "not think, just listen."

Honestly, if you contemplate the title of this book (The Power of Now) and how the moment at any given time can hold power and why, that meditation alone will do more for you than wasting your time with this new-age mess ever could.

Parting jab: The book was recommended to me twice. First by a friend and again by a family member, both of whom I hold in high regard. I had to call each about half way into the book and confess, "I must be missing something." Both admitted that they ignored the vast majority of the clunky content and focused on the simple idea of living in and embracing the moment. Wow. Can you say hype confirmed?

(Did I mention it's highly repetitive? Yes, I did. And it bares repeating as the repetition makes for a particularly painful read or listen.)

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Now Habit

  • By: Neil Fiore Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Neil Fiore Ph.D.
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A keeper

  • By Ron on 03-17-07

Great, practical skills. A self-help gem!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-16

I really appreciated this book! Great, practical deconstruction of what causes procrastination and useful tips, views and exercises on how to counter procrastination.

The negative reviews hitting on the reader's (author's) performance are overstated in my opinion. And the many useful exercises in this gem of a self-help book should not be missed based on these overstated criticisms.

Unlike many books that deal with the psychology behind behavior that are written by self-appointed experts, Dr. Foote has actual case studies of hundreds of clients as well as a well of clinical experience from which to draw his premises , conclusions and recommendations.

I found this book to be extremely helpful in understanding much of my own issues with procrastination and therefore extremely useful in applying, successfully, many of its exercises in countering the procrastination habit.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Virtue of Selfishness

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: C.M. Hernert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rand Lovers Only

  • By Scott on 05-06-13

Timely, rational warning against collectivism.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-08-15

The title, The Virtue of Selfishness, is purposefully provocative. Don't allow the title to keep you from reading this gem of rational essays making the case for capitalism, individualism, and individual rights. While Rand is clearly critical of religion (my only real quibble with her philosophy of objectivism) this collection should be considered the antidote to the progressive/liberal playbook, Olinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Timely and full of the soul of the nation's founders.