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  • The Power of Purpose

  • How to Create the Life You Always Wanted
  • By: Les Brown
  • Narrated by: Les Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,342

All of us have what it takes to make it in today's competitive and changing world. You may have doubted your ability to get the job done in the past, but something else may have been getting in the way of your success. The key to ultimate achievement has very little to do with your education or skill level. The secret to accomplishing great things is simple: Find and pursue the kind of work you are meant to do - your "purpose."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Marcus on 01-23-15

Amazing motivational speaker!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

I was surprised when I started listening to this audiobook that it is a collection of recorded "live" workshops, not an actual narrated book.
Nevertheless, I found it very enjoyable. I must also say at it gets much better in the end, some last chapters are really nice to listen to.
I would definitely like to listen to the actual books written (and narrated!) by Les Brown himself. He is an amazing speaker and motivator.

  • Mastery

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,097

In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Focus on passion=Less stress and more success

  • By Mark on 05-04-15

One of the best of its kind

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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: 04-22-19

This is one of the best books in the category of personal development. It is full with interesting and motivating background stories of many people that made their mark in the world. Most importantly, it is convincing in that everyone can be successful and influential if they follow the steps to become masters of their field/area of interest.

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,296

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awakening book

  • By Hassan on 04-13-18

Factfulness is...

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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: 12-20-18

...recognizing that there is a very good reason this book has so many positive reviews. But do not just believe it blindly, check it for yourself. There is a chance it might completely change the way you look at things...

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

  • By: Joseph Campbell
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Lee, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good if hungry for more Campbell

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-16

Not an easy journey

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I got interested in this book, as it was recommended by Elliott Hulse on Youtube. I must admit I did not find in it exactly what I was looking for, yet it was still a worthy listen.
One thing to keep in mind if you are interested in getting this audiobook is that there are plenty of myths the author is referring to, and although important passages are narrated, some more background information would be useful. I was simultaneously listening to the "Great Mythologies of the World" audiobook from the Great Courses collection, and it was an excellent complementary material which helped me to appreciate Joseph Campbell's book much more. If you are not familiar to those myths, you should consider doing so.
Also, the structure of Campbell's book can be hard to follow. Oftentimes I found myself lost and I wished I had a printed version of the book for a quick reference. If you truly want to appreciate the book to its fullness, get yourself a paper version.
All in all, hero's journey is not an easy one. Neither is listening through this audiobook. But if you manage to complete it, you will undoubtedly feel rewarded.

  • The Power of Full Engagement

  • Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to Performance and Personal Renewal
  • By: Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

We live in digital time. Our pace is rushed, rapid-fire, and relentless. Facing crushing workloads, we try to cram as much as possible into every day. We're wired up, but we're melting down. Time management is no longer a viable solution. Managing energy, not time, is the key to enduring high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance. The Power of Full Engagement provides a powerful, step-by-step program that will show you how.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It works if you try it.

  • By Matt on 02-04-05

Profound ideas

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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: 06-21-18

Manage your energy, not time. Based on this idea, full of examples how small changes can lead to big improvements, this audiobook gives plenty of clues how each one of us can make our lives better and more satisfying.
My only complaint is the lack of unabridged audiobook version.

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  • The Science of Energy

  • Resources and Power Explained
  • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959

To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Overview

  • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

Excellent course on energy!

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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: 05-28-18

This is an excellent overview of energy sources, history and trends. The author can get a bit too technical at some points which might confused some non-technical people, but in general it is a great course that anyone (and especially those interested) should listen.
Eyes opening and very interesting!

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant classic.

  • By nulli on 04-22-17

Thoughts provoking and intense

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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: 03-30-18

Starting slowly, the book builds up the tension by delevoping the idea of the "enslaved" society. Towards the end it grabs you tightly when all the unexpected things start to happen. This is where the audiobook start to shine, as the narration is really amazing and keeps the tension until he end.
Dark, grim and sad. But knowing the real historical events behind it (although one could argue the book precedes them!), this is a must read for everyone.

  • The 8th Habit

  • From Effectiveness to Greatness
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice". Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new audiobook of next level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next level understanding!

  • By Rhett on 11-16-04

Another brilliant Covey's 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: 03-30-18

If you are thinking of reading the 8th habit, it probably makes sense to ready 7 habits of highly effective people first to fully comprehend and take most of this book. If you liked 7 habits, think no more - this book is as good if not better in helping you develop your personality.
You can read as many reviews of this book as you want, but paraphrasing one of the most important ideas of the book - to know that the book is great but not to read it, is really not to know it!

  • The King Within

  • Accessing the King in the Male Psyche
  • By: Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette
  • Narrated by: David Dukes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

In this contribution to the emerging men's movement, Robert Moore, a Jungian psychoanalyst and Douglas Gillette, a mythologist, examine the inner King - one of the four archetypes on the male psyche. The inner King integrates power and nurturing, firmness and caring, courage and creativity, self-affirmation and self-sacrifice. From his central position between the world of imagination and the world of action, the King within challenges every man to take up his own scepter, to dream and to make them come true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Psychology

  • By John on 10-12-11

For the roadmap to the inner King, very confusing

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

In accordance to some previous reviews, it is not enough to listen to this book once. On one hand, it is because the book deals with complicated psychological analysis of the human psyche. On the other hand, the language used in this book is very complex. Sometimes I felt like the authors cared less about conveying the message clearly, than trying to sound "cleaver". As according to authors this book is the roadmap to the inner King, it is not very clear roadmap. It is confusing and makes you feel like you lost the main path.
The narration does not help here either. It is fast paced and there is no much emphasis on the key statements and ideas.
Overall, The King Within: Accessing the King in the Male Psyche is probably one of those books that is better to read than to listen. Maybe then also I will be able to access my own inner King...

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not disappointed in this book!

  • By Nicolas Paul Dunbar on 05-28-15

Get it, listen, and maybe then read "real" bible

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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: 12-04-17

Overall, the book is amazingly written. And narrated. This review could end here...
...but while listening to it I could not make up my mind if I should read whole "real" bible myself to really try to understand what's written there myself. Well, after listening to the epilogue and now that I know how much time and effort the author put into shrinking whole thing down into this little book, I decided that I will trust the author's interpretation. It means that I both had a great time listening to it, and it helped me to choose which parts I want to read myself from the "real" bible, and which parts I'm fine skipping.
Get this book yourself - then decide if you want to spend 100x times more on the "real" thing.