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  • The Productivity Project

  • Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
  • By: Chris Bailey
  • Narrated by: Chris Bailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream - to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world's foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book on Personal Productivity

  • By Bob W.. on 02-26-16

A Series of Blog Posts

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

Any additional comments?

My main complaint about this book is that the author tested out methods of being productive by measuring his productivity while writing a book about productivity. There is just a huge disconnect there with the real world. I guess if you are a millennial blogger this book would be more useful, but for those of us with "normal" jobs many of the items simply are impossible to implement. Most people can't just get up, leave the office, and go work in a coffee shop to avoid procrastination. With that said, there is some high quality content in here. If you are unwilling to dive into the rabbit hole of productivity articles available out there then this book is an excellent substitute... a "greatest hits" album of productivity techniques.

There is a chapter in this book about outsourcing some tasks, and the author would have been well served in outsourcing the narration of the audiobook. He was just not very good.

  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good content, rough narration

  • By Matt Lavallee on 02-03-18

Excellent First Half

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Any additional comments?

The first half of this book offers great recommendations that could apply to any workplace, but the second half is dedicated to specific recommendations for large corporate workplaces. This might cause you to lose engagement if you don't work in that type of environment, but it was still fairly interesting. The quality of the first half of the book alone makes this one worthwhile.

I think this audiobook would have benefited from a professional reader or from more editing, as the reader (the author) stumbled over her own words at times and was a little unclear at times.

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  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

Better as a book.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

The pace of the reading combined with the wordiness of the content makes it nearly impossible to pay attention.

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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 13,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,961

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

Title should be "Longer, Longer, Longer"

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

My commute is about 35 minutes in each direction. There were days where I went to and from work listening to the same ridiculous anecdote without the author offering any actionable advice whatsoever. When advice is offered it is a couple of sentences and at that point of you are still paying attention the congratulations to you.

Spoiler alert: at one point you literally listen to a play by play of a poker hand and it takes half an hour. Poker is boring to watch on TV, never mind listen to. And the extent of the advise you get for enduring this? I have no idea. I honestly don't remember and I listened to it yesterday. I think it was use probability. Real great advice.

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  • The Compound Effect

  • Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
  • By: Darren Hardy
  • Narrated by: Darren Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,024

Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of Success magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small actions repeated add up huge

  • By Jeff Currey on 06-19-15

Some Good, Some Bad

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

The first half is pretty good. He outlines a pretty simple concept but does so effectively.

The second half seemed totally unnecessary and was not very engaging. I think this is an audiobook that would have benefitted from being too short.

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  • Your Money or Your Life

  • 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
  • By: Vicki Robin
  • Narrated by: Vicki Robin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

Now more than ever-given today's uncertain economic climate-a transformed relationship with money is the key to a happy and healthy life. Vicki Robin offers Your Money or Your Life, an original audio adaptation of the New York Times bestselling book that has helped more than 600,000 people worldwide gain greater financial freedom. Join this acclaimed author for hands-on tools and insights that will help you reach new levels of comfort, competence, and consciousness around your personal finances.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS NOT THE BOOK

  • By Matt O on 12-16-11
  • Your Money or Your Life
  • 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
  • By: Vicki Robin
  • Narrated by: Vicki Robin

This is a podcast. A bad one.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

I couldn't make it through half of this podcast masquerading as an audiobook. The author's rambling reminded me of and aunt who thinks she has figured out the secret of money - only that secret is to just be happy not having a lot of it.

  • Scrum

  • The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  • By: Jeff Sutherland, JJ Sutherland
  • Narrated by: JJ Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,645

By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1200 percent. Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but...

  • By punkmasta on 08-31-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

About half way through this audiobook I started to feel like I was listening to an infomercial for Scrub consultants. Perhaps it is my fault, but I believed this book would be about personal productivity. It is not. Instead, it is about how to create a viable product in the shortest, cheapest manner possible. There's almost nothing in this book about how to increase your personal productivity, and it's messages about improving team productivity could have been delivered in a much more concise manner.

What's more, on top of the shortcomings mentioned above this book does almost nothing to explain how to actually implement the system!

If you are looking for a book on how to increase your personal productivity this is not it. If you are looking to increase team productivity this book will give you a lot of examples of times the author succeeded in doing just that, but vague details on how it is actually done. But if you are looking for a list of times the author seemingly overcame seemingly impossible odds to save the day then this is the book for you.