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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,987

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Concise and to the point with poignency

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Just the right amount of "stripping through the bullsh@t" combined with practical lessons to help direct behaviour. Great listen, but for practical growth should probably be read and practiced.
Aimed at a slightly younger audience than the Gen-Xer that I am, but enjoyable nonetheless

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,698

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration.

  • By Walter W. Quinn on 07-05-18

Tough Read

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Brilliant in its satire, but tough read. When will we learn to build rather than destroy?

  • Your Best Year Ever

  • A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals
  • By: Michael Hyatt
  • Narrated by: Michael Hyatt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

We all want to live a life that matters. We all want to reach our full potential. But too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the day-to-day. Our big goals get pushed to the back burner - and then, more often than not, they get forgotten. New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt wants listeners to know that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, he thinks that this is the year listeners can finally close the gap between reality and their dreams.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn’t make a good audio book (IMO)

  • By Dirk on 01-10-18

Same stuff neatly packaged

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

chances are if you're into self improvement you won't learn anything new here. And as Michael rightly says, it's not about how or what to do but actually doing it that achieves success.

I did like the focus on all domains of life, actionable strategies, and quick read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,679
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,854
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,591

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

Best Book in 2018 so far

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

So glad I listened to this. Totally opposite your traditional "self improvement, mindfulness, visualisation, gratitude" book. Don't get me wrong, these are all covered, but in a gentle, easy, funny manner that helps you realise your triggers (and triggers you create) and become the whole hearted person you can become. Not how to's, rather about being. This will become about my most recommended book I teckon

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,499

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Loved this enough to just smash through it

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Usually I listen while I walk. But I loved Artemis enough to just keep listening and smash it in a couple of days.

It has the usual first person, cocky humoured protagonist (this time a female) that I guess is becoming a Weir trademark. Throw in a great backstory, some hard SciFi, and ramping thriller tension, and you have the recipe for a gripping yarn.

Then add Rosario Dawson's voice and you're right there on the moon, in Artemis.

Brilliant

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,232

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable wisdom. I just wish I were the author

  • By Celso Relvas on 03-21-18

simple, fun, and transformative

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Another book on self improvement. Not only is this one backed up by science, it is easily accessible and lighthearted fun. Some great, simple and effective techniques to help you get on your way

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,609

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By Megan Carr on 01-31-18

Great Principles for Kife

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

finally I figure out how I've been making decisions, why some of them are so vexing and how to overcome them. This is a great book.

  • Captivate

  • The Science of Succeeding with People
  • By: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date, or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems, and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Practice After Each Chapter

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-09-17

Social Psychology for the rest of us

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

I love that the latest research is distilled into what one can actually do in a given situation to captivate. Great tools well explained.

  • Do You Talk Funny?

  • 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker
  • By: David Nihill
  • Narrated by: David Nihill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change.

In what doesn't sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be a comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Textbook for a Take Action Program

  • By Brian Ball on 03-07-16

Tweaking the Funny Bone

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Even after decades of presenting and studying stand up, David provides refreshingly original tips. Gold

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unshakeable

  • Your Financial Freedom Playbook
  • By: Tony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,005

After interviewing 50 of the world's greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a one sentence summary....

  • By Martin on 03-04-17

delivers on its promise

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Great quick book that unearths timeless prinicples to become unshakeable no matter what and financially independent.

I just widh it weren't so US centric