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  • Play It Away

  • A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety
  • By: Charlie Hoehn
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Do you live in constant fear? Do you worry that something terrible is about to happen? Do you have trouble breathing, relaxing, and sleeping? Do you think you're losing control, and that you're going to die? Are you trapped in your own personal hell, and don’t know how to get out? I've been there, and I know what it’s like. Shallow breathing, tension in the gut, chest pains, rapid heartbeat... Every moment is exhausting, crushing, and painful. Anxiety destroys your confidence, your productivity, your relationships, and your ability to enjoy life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful for anxiety

  • By ArashE on 04-28-16

The first workaholic book I've read, and holy sh*t

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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: 09-29-17

As a physician working with dying patients, I sometimes get stressed out, anxious, etc. But my bigger reason for reading this book was knowing that I'm a workaholic. I've never read a book by workaholic, about workaholism, etc. This just floored me. Maybe more a reflection of my lack of exposure to literature on the topic then on the groundbreaking nature of the book, but I was still blown away. I'm no stranger to self-help literature having read probably more than 100 books in the genre, which was one of the reasons I put off reading this book for so long. I did not expect to find anything new in it. To be fair, there are some classic suggestions in here that were not new, but the premise of the book "go play" was presented an engaging and convincing way and the action items were clear and straightforward. It's only 2 1/2 hours, but I stopped and bookmarked at least five different spots in the book and said out loud "holy shit, this is me, I need to do __suggestion from the book___".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summary: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

  • By: Readtrepreneur Publishing
  • Narrated by: Donna A Motta
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. This is a book summary of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quick book

  • By Scottie Beaver on 10-06-17

Worst narrator I've heard

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

My audible library is 200+ books and this is the worst narrator I've heard. Also the recording has two total errors in it (a sneeze or something and a complete repetition of a sentence). First time I've ever heard either...and this is only 1.5 hrs long. Content isn't terrible, stays organized with the book. Listened to this before reading the book to get a sense of the structure to come, so can't say if it's a well done summary of the book or not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Option B

  • Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void,'" she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Books is ok but completely misadvertised

  • By Alex Carpenter on 10-08-17

It's a memoir first, an informational book second

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

This was a good memoir about a very difficult time in her life. It was well written and thoughtful, but as memoirs often are it was much more free-flowing than I expected. I thought this would be much more similar to Angela Duckworth's "Grit". Organized and informational with a narrative to tie things together a little bit more. It was much more focused on her healing process than on an organized set of principles to help others do the same (although these principles certainly were there). I have a newfound respect for Cheryl Sandberg, and I wish her and all of her efforts (along with Adam Grant's, both of whose books I've read and thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from) the best. I just don't think what was advertised was delivered to the level I thought it would be.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100,975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,493

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pulp fact-ion?

  • By Liloots on 12-08-18

"Holy shit this was a good book"

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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: 01-07-17

The above title is the first thing I said when I finish the book. A few hours later I reflected on the book and said the same thing out loud, only later realizing that that's exactly what I said before. I laughed many times. I cried a couple times. I was riveted the whole time. There is not a bad section of this entire book. I've never seen a book with more than 10,000 ratings and an average rating of 4.9. I read it for that reason alone (I'm not necessarily fan of Trevor Noah… before this book, that is). But it certainly deserves every single one of those points. I did not think I could read a memoir better than Amy Schumer's. This one certainly is in the same ballpark, and may actually be better, albeit a little less funny.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,931
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,113

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Genuine

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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: 10-14-16

Phil Knight is so genuine in these pages. So humble. So grounded. What a squared away, all American, yet certainly human individual. Understanding how close he was to dying for almost a decade gives me hope and perspective that my own pursuits (one eight years in the making, and yet to turn a profit) are not necessarily doomed, and that the real gift of journeys like these is the journey itself (which is been unspeakably rewarding).

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but Way too Long

  • By Jennifer on 02-21-17

Beautifully written

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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: 10-06-16

Such a beautifully painted picture in every scene. When the book was over I wanted to cry, just because being that immersed felt so good. It makes me want to more deeply commit to the one or two rewarding hobbies I have very inconsistently participated in in my life.

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,147

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Reminds me of Stephen Pressfield's work

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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: 12-13-15

I'm a huge fan of the war of art and turning pro. I have a copy of each sitting on my desk at all times. This book worked in a similar vein but with more thorough explanations and deeper explorations of each concept. Very inspirational, and helped in explaining what "being creative" truly means… And ultimately in helping me get past the barriers that exist in my mind and heart to being creative myself.

  • Humans Are Underrated

  • What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will
  • By: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: Geoff Colvin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

In the economy of a few years from now, what will people do better than computers? Technology is rapidly invading fields that it once could not touch, driving cars better than humans do, predicting Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, packing boxes, identifying faces, scurrying around hospitals delivering medications, all faster, more reliably, less expensively than people. In a world like that, how will we and our children achieve a rising standard of living?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humans are underrated

  • By yancy whittaker on 08-20-16

Great big idea book

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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: 10-04-15

So insightful. This is the type of thing you need to wrap your head around in order to feel supremely confident in your future if you have a big chunk of your career ahead of you. Really fun to read and very applicable.

  • Rework

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,559

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice

  • By Paul on 06-18-10

Quick read. Very actionable

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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: 09-27-15

You can read this book very quickly and come away with new things every time. I've already read it twice and way with different ideas, that I put to work immediately

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,879

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

Inspirational.

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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: 09-27-15

She is such a good and pure hearted girl. I hope that she continues to share her message and is able to effectively be a politician she wants to be.