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  • The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition

  • A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
  • By: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,073

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees sim­ply as the Chairman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Bill Busch on 02-26-16

Inspiring, How Business and Relationships Should Be

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This book was recommended to me by a mentor and friend that I now see personifies the values in this book. She’s kind, successful and serves like nobody’s business. I’ve seen the values work before I read the book. Looking forward to giving :)

  • Finish What You Start

  • The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline
  • By: Peter Hollins
  • Narrated by: Gregory Sutton
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Finish What You Start is a unique deep dive into the psychology and science of accomplishment, productivity, and getting things done. It takes a thorough look at why we are sometimes stuck and gives detailed, step-by-step solutions you can start using today. Every phase of finishing and following through is covered, and even productivity pros will be able to learn something new. Above all else, this is a guide to better understanding your brain and instincts for optimal results. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough to Finish Ironically

  • By Dale on 10-01-18

Couldn’t Finish! Oh the irony...

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I find it hilarious and ironic that I couldn’t even Finnish this book. It obviously doesn’t work lol. (Just as an FYI, I have finished many other books).

  • My Morning Routine

  • How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired
  • By: Benjamin Spall, Michael Xander
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, full cast
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Part instruction manual, part someone else's diary, My Morning Routine features interviews with 64 of today's most successful people - including three-time Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone, and General Stanley McChrystal - and offers advice on creating a routine of your own. Some routines are all about early morning exercise and spartan living; others are more leisurely and self-indulgent. What they have in common is they don't feel like a chore. Once you land on the right routine, you'll look forward to waking up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insights

  • By Maria G. on 05-23-18

Interesting, but perhaps a bit overkill

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I liked the book and hearing about various morning routines, but 6+ hours of just listening to different individual’s routines with minimal commentary/tips gets to be a bit much. Overall interesting, but not quite a 5 star book.

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,387
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,289

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best of a Brilliant Series

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-21-15

Incredible Story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

So happy I decided to give Harry Potter a chance as I don’t typically enjoy fiction. The story holds one’s attention throughout with cliffhangers, lightbulb moments and the narrator is quite impressive. On to the next book :)

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 78,083
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70,894
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70,855

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I typically read strictly nonfiction, but decided to try Harry Potter due to its overwhelming popularity and I’m happy I did. Excellent book. I’ll definitely be listening to the rest.

  • The Wisdom of Sundays

  • Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations
  • By: Oprah Winfrey
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,721

Oprah Winfrey says Super Soul Sunday is the television show she was born to do. "I see it as an offering," she explains. "If you want to be more fully present and live your life with a wide-open heart, this is the place to come to." Now, for the first time, the aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a beautiful, cherishable, deeply affecting audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow- profound

  • By M.Reeves on 10-18-17

Beautiful, Inspirational & Insightful

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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: 11-20-17

What a gift the interviews in this book are! I'll definitely be reading/listening to this again & again.

  • Timeless Beauty

  • Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great
  • By: Christie Brinkley
  • Narrated by: Christie Brinkley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

From tips on which skin-care products really make our skin look younger to which foods cut inflammation to a fitness plan with easy exercises to keep us strong and our waistlines lean, Christie Brinkley draws on her years of experience maintaining her supermodel appearance to help listeners look and feel their youthful best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!!!!

  • By kelle on 11-20-15

Great read

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Overall a good book. My favorite was that she included specific brand recommendations. (Some jokes were a bit corny, but oh well).

  • The Millionaire Real Estate Agent

  • By: Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Kyle Hebert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749

Anyone who wants to turn their real-estate practice into a highly successful business must understand the fundamental models that drive the best real-estate agents in the industry. In The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, these models are revealed and explained. This book from Keller Williams represents the culmination of decades of real-estate experience, research, and consulting, with case studies from some of the top millionaire agents in the U.S.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where were you Gary?

  • By Leslie on 01-19-09

Sounds like an infomercial

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I can't even finish this. Really disappointed because I was very interested in the topic and the overall reviews were good, but no. Maybe the book would be ok if it weren't for the narrator, but I guess I'll never know because I've given up on this one.

  • Shark Tales

  • How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
  • By: Barbara Corcoran, Bruce Littlefield
  • Narrated by: Barbara Corcoran
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

In Shark Tales, Barbara shares her hilarious stories about growing up, getting into trouble, failing miserably, and then starting over again. In each chapter, she comes back to one of her mom's unconventional lessons, and how it applies in the real world of business. Whatever your calling, the homespun lessons that work for Barbara will help you use what you've got to create success in your life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Kathy on 07-20-12

Wonderful Rags to Riches Story

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Down to Earth, relatable, honest & fierce. Barbara's refreshing story inspires and oozes with gratitude & creativity. Highly recommend.

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,180

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Interesting, but slow in parts.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

The examples given are quite fascinating (and chilling); however, in between these it becomes slow and difficult to pay attention to.