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  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

  • By Sara on 11-26-14

Tedious at times, but a worthy read

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

My gripe with this books is the author's continuous self-promotion. I kept expecting him to say, "Wait, there's more! It slices, it dices, it's MINI HABITS!"

I needed the meat of the idea enough that I kept resisting my urge to smash the delete button and call Audible customer service for a refund. Glad I didn't.

The narrator does not help the matter, having that kind of overenthusiastic voice that makes a person feel like being sold rainbows. But, that might just be my preferences to a slow, wispy kind of approach to narration. He's a talented reader, no doubt.

In the end, I'm glad I rode it through. The concept of small steps and focusing on the process rather than the outcome or circumstances is powerful and well represented in this book. I really needed this book when I read it. It has helped with my writing habit as well as two other small habits. There's good science in this here as two why these small habits are more effective to pushing their way into the long-term program of the brain. That's the key. Just as slow, patient repetition and precision are important when learning an instrument, taking daily steps that are so small as to seem insignificant do good work at building a foundation that will form a lasting habit.


Go ahead, buy it.

  • Walking Home

  • A Poet's Journey
  • By: Simon Armitage
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain’s version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not necessarily what you might imagine

  • By John S. on 03-02-15

Better the second time through

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I agree with what other reviewers have said, it takes a bit for this book to take hold. I read the hardcover when it came out, enjoyed it, but forgot about it pretty fast. Then I saw this audiobook and went in for a second journey. The narrator helped bring this book to life for me and I've very much enjoyed my second take on the book. The prose is wonderful, descriptive and takes that British tradition of poking fun at oneself to heart.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • The Snow Leopard

  • By: Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Peter Matthiessen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Z en Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait

  • By Robert on 04-13-14

Requires a little patience, but so worth it

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Any additional comments?

Peter Matthiessen's reading is slow and intimate, a true experience to hold and cherish. It is not, like most audible books-- and what I prefer--an easy book to listen to while driving or fiddling around the house. Matthiessen speaks slow and sometime faintly, making headphones and concentration helpful. My initial reaction was to return the book, though I am happy that I sat through that reflex. His reading is full of character, I felt, once I got past my expectations. What I do still want, however, is an unabridged version of the book expertly performed.

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