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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,764

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

Great, but way to L O N G...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

15 hours is too much time for the author to take making his points. I agree with others that those points are quite good. The challenge is... The author tells so many stories between each of his rules that I found myself thinking, "What was the point here?". There are just so many stories or anecdotes jumbled together that his points sometimes get lost. The author should have taken more time organizing his thoughts and editing this book to be much shorter and follow a more logical direction. With this said, there are enough gold nuggets scattered through it to make it worth listening to. You just need to exercise some patience. The performance was good.

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

  • By: Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” ( Parent Magazine). Now, this best-selling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not ideal in audio, but good none the less.

  • By R on 03-16-15

Great book

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a wonderful book packed full of how-tos and practical advice on how to implement the advice given. Interestingly enough... This books advice works well when dealing with adults too!

Great narrator! Very happy I read this book!

  • The Power of Self-Confidence

  • Become Unstoppable, Irresistible, and Unafraid in Every Area of Your Life
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Why are some people more successful than others? Self-confidence! What one great goal would you set if you knew you could not fail? What wonderful things would you want to do with your life if you were guaranteed success in anything you attempted? Your level of self-confidence determines the size of the goals you set, the energy and determination that you focus on achieving them, and the amount of persistence you apply to overcoming every obstacle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Quality Recording

  • By Denene on 09-13-13

Add this one to the list

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Brian Tracy has a number of really good books out there and a few others that seem to more, well, repeat much of what has already been said. This book, I'm happy to say is one truly worth listening to. It offered a number of nuggets that I had not heard before. I will likely listen to it again.

The only negative was the quality of the recording. During the first half of the book, the volume seemed to fluctuate, making it somewhat difficult to listen to. I found myself turning up or turning down the volume as needed to compensate for some of this. The problem did go away after a while. This was the reason for my 3 star performance rating. The balance of the book was an easy 5 stars.

  • The ONE Thing

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • By: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,701

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Helpful Book!

  • By Marisela Gutierrez on 04-01-17

Nothing new, but still good

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

The author did a good job of pulling together information from a number of sources, many of which I've already read, and creating an actionable plan.

It's hard for me to judge how much I would have enjoyed this book, had I not already read or listened to many of the sources mentioned. This author did not go as deep into explanations on certain topics, such things as willpower, as the book Willpower did. I've actually listened to both Willpower books prior to listening to The One Thing. Because I already had the background, the author's point likely made more sense to me than it may have with others.

All in all, I found this to be a good book for connecting the dots and offering something that was actionable.

  • The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting

  • Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown PhD
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,881

On The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, Dr. Brené Brown invites us on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike. Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents ten guideposts to creating what she describes as "wholehearted" families where each of us can continually learn and grow as we reach our full potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good refresher, but not her best book.

  • By Filazafer on 06-06-15

Outstanding Book!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

This is my first real parenting book. It's incredibly helpful, well thought out and to the point. Appropriate for parenting a wide age range of children. I will definitely read more books from Brene Brown.

  • The End of Alzheimer's

  • The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline
  • By: Dale E. Bredesen MD
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

In this paradigm shifting book, Dale Bredesen, MD, offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Revealing that AD is not one condition, as it is currently treated, but three, The End of Alzheimer's outlines 36 metabolic factors (micronutrients, hormone levels, sleep) that can trigger "downsizing" in the brain. The protocol shows us how to rebalance these factors using lifestyle modifications like taking B12, eliminating gluten, or improving oral hygiene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both exciting and frustrating

  • By RealWoman8 on 10-16-17

The First Book to Read...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

This is the first book I would read on Alzheimer's. I've spent 15 years as a caregiver to a mother and brother with Alzheimer's Disease. This book did a truly wonderful job of laying out the causes of the disease, the science behind it and how it might be actually be treated. In short, it provided understand and hope that others will not have to live the life I've led. More important to me is that I now have hope that I personally have actions I can take to help prevent this terrible disease from robbing my later years.

This is an absolute MUST READ! And, Thank You to the author for making the effort and sharing this information. You are truly providing a wonderful service by publishing this book!

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  • How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People

  • By: Les Giblin
  • Narrated by: Pat Reilly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Taking a brass tacks approach to communication, How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People explains how to interact with others as they really are, not as you would like them to be. The goal is to get what you want from them successfully - be it cooperation, goodwill, love or security.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a must read<br />

  • By Anonymous User on 10-18-18

More to the Point than How to Win Friends...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I like Les Giblin a lot! What this book does quite simply, is share Dale Carnegie's message in How to Win Friends and Influence People in a more to the point and understandable way. Comparing the two books, both of which I've listened to, I got more out of and enjoyed this book more. The messages are the same IMO, and equally good.

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  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,628

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Should be in everyone's library...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Others have already shared the merits of this book, of which there are many! My one problem with the author's style is his somewhat laborious story telling. The stories are pertinent and interesting. They just go into too much detail. This book should have been at least a little shorter.

Bottom Line: The points he makes are 5 star material. The length it takes for him to make those points can be a bit trying and my reason for knocking a star off my rating. The narrator is good.

  • Skill with People

  • By: Les Giblin
  • Narrated by: Pat Reilly
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Are you having problems with the boss? Wishing you could be a better spouse? Not communicating well with your employees? Having trouble building business relationships? Or would you just like to improve your people skills and your ability to make strong, lasting impressions on the men and women you meet every day? The solution is Skill With People! Les Giblin's timeless classic has what you need to get on the fast track to success at home, at work, and in business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very short but to the point

  • By A. Z. on 01-28-15

Really good review tool for other books...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I like Les Giblin very much. He says the same thing that Dale Carnegie says in How to Win Friends and Influence People in Les' book How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with people. Although, I think Les gets more to the point with less storytelling. Both mentioned books are equally worth reading. Truth be told... I enjoyed Les' book more.

This book, Skill with People, is a good review of those previously mentioned books without having to reread either. I'm not sure this book stands on it's own very well. Had I not read the others first, this book would have left me wanting more. As it stands, I feel like this book is a really good and quick review tool, but nothing more. The narrator was good as well.

  • Get inside Her: The Female Perspective

  • Dirty Secrets from a Woman on How to Attract, Seduce and Get Any Female You Want
  • By: Marni Kinrys
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

Do beautiful women pass you by? Do you become nervous, anxious, or frustrated at the thought of approaching a woman? Do you wonder why great guys like you end up alone when grade A jerks score all the hotties? Maybe you are one of thousands of men rejected for absolutely no reason, or find yourself on the receiving end of lame excuses (especially when women never call you back)? Unlock the secrets women will never tell men!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Respect

  • By Looshbaby on 08-05-15

Solid advice worth hearing

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I think the advice given in this book is as good as I've gotten from other books, and worth listening to. I also felt that this author was able to clarify some information and add more that wasn't included in books by other authors. Negatives, if there were any: The narrator was good, but with a bit of a squeaky voice. There was a fair amount of advertising for the authors website and services. This did not affect the quality of the information given, but got a bit annoying toward the end. The first 5-10 minutes were poorly spent with the author trying to separate herself from the PUA community. The way she did it left me feeling concerned about the quality of the book. Once past that initial few minutes, the book got into what seems like good quality insights into the opposite sex that I was happy to learn.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful