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  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,581
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38,461

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

Best Self Improvement Book I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is an excellent book that is innovative in its audible format, which is run like a Podcast with the Narrator periodically interviewing the Author.

The content is RAW and unfiltered, which must have taken Goggins a lot of courage to get out. He is his own self-critic and overall, his story is inspiring on many levels that continue to inspire you well after you have finished this book.

This is a self improvement book that should be on everyone's "mandatory must" list of books to read, and I have recommended it highly to my friends and colleagues. As a Physician, I have found a lot of inspiration I can take from this book that can help the people I serve.

Bottom line - you don't need to "think about it" with this book. Just buy it. You will not regret it.

  • Right Here, Right Now

  • Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption
  • By: Stephen J. Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Harper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76

The world is in flux. Disruptive technologies, ideas, and politicians are challenging business models, norms, and political conventions everywhere. How we, as leaders in business and politics, choose to respond matters greatly. Right Here, Right Now sets out a pragmatic, forward-looking vision for leaders in business and politics by analyzing how economic, social, and public policy trends - including globalized movements of capital, goods, and services, and labor - have affected our economies, communities, and governments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book on Politics for Canadians AND Americans

  • By John Fernandes on 10-19-18

Excellent book on Politics for Canadians AND Americans

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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: 10-19-18

This is a very well presented comment on politics in general, and it’s connection to business and ultimately the common voter and worker, be they a citizen or immigrant. The material is very mature, surprisingly non-partisan and objective as well as appropriately self-critical. I am very glad I read it. Harper is a surprisingly good audible reader and performer. This book should be mandatory for all high school Social Studies students.

I am glad that there are people in the world like Harper, and I hope that he is inspired to continue to write more of such excellent material.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Space Chase

  • Star Watch, Book 5
  • By: Mark Wayne McGinnis
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

At first, young Ryan Chase thought it was no big deal. A minor space collision with a creepy-looking, refurbished Paotow Tanker. Hey, these things happen-right? Sure, unless the one you have plowed into is a murderous psychopath, who has been lying in wait for the young Consignment Freight delivery pilot. The relentless cat-and-mouse galactic chase is on, and Ryan must either match his pursuer's cunning or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful storytelling

  • By John Fernandes on 04-14-17

Wonderful storytelling

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Great book - enjoyed it immensely. Fun introduction to new characters in the Star Watch universe. Can't wait for the next one.

  • A New Earth

  • Awakening Your Life's Purpose
  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,674
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,569

Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life-changing book

  • By John Fernandes on 01-30-16

A life-changing book

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

I'm a successful over-educated cynic.

And this book changed my whole outlook on everything and made me a much happier person.....and I was happy to begin with!

Unless you are at a certain stage of life/education/maturity - you will not "get" this book. Once you are ready for this book, however; it will astound you and open your eyes to a way of looking at the world and existence that you never suspected.

The performance of the reader is just fine. It is not obtrusive and seems to be less "important" than the message that is being delivered. In my whole life, this is the ONLY book I have now read to/listened to more than once.

I did not expect this.

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • How to Raise the Perfect Dog

  • Through Puppyhood and Beyond
  • By: Melissa Jo Peltier, Cesar Millan
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

Based on Cesar's own detailed experiences raising individual puppies from some of the most popular breeds, How to Raise the Perfect Dog is like having Cesar right beside you, as your own personal expert, coaching you and your dog from the first day of your life together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book if you are getting a new puppy!

  • By Morran on 12-31-12

A great primer on dog psychology

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

This is the world's "go to" for understanding dog psychology. This is a must-read for any dog owner. It is NOT a training book. It is rather a manual to how your dog's brain and psychology work - which will set you up for success in training.

I would definitely recommend this to everyone that wants to raise a dog.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Cesar's Way

  • The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems
  • By: Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Really Works!

  • By L. Worthington on 07-14-07

Great book on dog psychology

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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: 01-30-16

The truth of training a dog is that no manual will help unless you first have some idea as to the psychology of a dog. This book really shines with that. If you understand the psychology of a dog, you will be much more successful at training it. I'm glad I read this in preparation for training my pup.

  • Puppy Sleep Training: Step-by-step Guide to Getting Your Puppy to Finally Sleep the Entire Night!

  • By: Carl Bambino
  • Narrated by: Howard R. Wilson
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Crate training a new puppy to sleep through the night in his crate in 7-10 days isn't really that hard. It's gonna take some work; in some cases, a lot of work. But you can do it! But the good news it, the nighttime approach to crate training your puppy is basically the same as the daytime with a few differences. This book will teach you everything you need to know.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly bad - I suspect this is a knock-off

  • By John Fernandes on 01-30-16

Shockingly bad - I suspect this is a knock-off

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

Reviewed: 01-30-16

I don't think that this is an actual audiobook. Somehow, Amazon got convinced to publish this for sale on their site, and that is disappointing; as I trust Amazon to NOT let cheap Chinese knock-offs like this book to get sold to the unsuspecting public.

There is simply nothing nice to say about this book. The one 5 start review was obviously a fake that was made by either the Author or his designate. The language and grammar in the book is fraught with mistakes that are typical of those who speak Cantonese natively. There are lots of issues with plurals, use of Pronouns and sentence structure that make the fact that this book is a fake Chinese knock-off more likely.

I also don't think that the reader is human. The voice inflections are completely off, inappropriate and robotic. The "empty space" between words in addition to the complete lack of normal breathing and "giveaway human" traits are totally absent to the point that it seems that somebody took considerable effort to make it sound like the book is being read to you by an uneducated black man with poor grammar (I am not in the least bit racist - you'll know what I mean if you hear it). It sounds like some street punk from "the hood" is trying to use modern "black" street colloquialisms, but really has no idea how to use them.

The information in the book is also terrible. The first half of the book talks about why the book is so awesome, and the last half of the book talks about why the title of the book is so important....but there is almost no information in this book at all.

Amazon should screen the books that it sells on its site better in order to prevent such drivel from deteriorating its brand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,505

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Wow! A refreshing self help book that WORKS for the sceptic!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

I had no idea who this guy was. He talked about something called "GMA" like I was supposed to know in the very fibres of my being that it was an acronym for "Good Morning America" - a morning tv show on the ABC network. Personally, I only watch intelligent programming like "The Simpsons".

Back to the book: basically, he distilled the essence of the best of the best of self help books out there - and presented the wisdom gleaned in the context of his own chaotic and complex life. Tinged with humour and a charming self deprecating manner, he takes the reader through his very cynical thought processes and ends up giving you something very.....well, the best word Incan come up with is "credibly useful".

I read somewhere that he is now a Father. I'd love to see a follow-up to this book at how he fits the immense joy and responsibility of Fatherhood into his extremely complex life. As I'm sure he found out: just when you think you are starting to figure out life....you become a parent......

I'd recommend this book very highly. I have 25 years of formal education and I got a lot out of it. Not much more to say.



  • Brilliance

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,452

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Written like a movie script

  • By Pam on 04-23-15

Pretty good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 08-08-14

Overall an interesting concept. The world building is not as detailed as one would expect, and once you are used to high end world building with engaging stories and complexly detailed character development (see anything by Alan Dean Foster), you get quite spoiled. This author is good, but he's not great. Perhaps the editor "overdid" the job, but there is a lot of room for improvement. The novel is great in concept, but could have been made amazing by better Novelization skills. Hopefully this Author will improve their game. I'll certainly try more of their stuff in the hope that they get better.

  • Trans-Human

  • Post-Human Series, Book 3
  • By: David Simpson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

In this sequel to Post-Human, humanity will be forced to face a future more advanced than it could have imagined if it wants to survive. Nineteen months have passed since the A.I. turned against humanity and was subsequently destroyed. In the meantime, James Keats has turned over the A.I.'s powers to a non-intelligent, easily controlled operating system. He and Thel have left the planet and spent six months vacationing on Venus, which has been newly terraformed without the consent or knowledge of the Governing Council.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well narrated

  • By Nitesatin on 02-27-14

Fantastic idea development

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-14

The Author really takes advanced philosophy and presents it in a way that is very enjoyable to read and which really does expand ones' mind to consider things that one would never normally consider. Amazingly well done piece of science fiction in the whole series. The Narration by Ray Chase appears to be consistent, but very weak in inflection and style. Downward intonations at the ends of woodenly performed sentences and quotations remind me of those incredibly boring and uninspired, long winded sermons my parents made me sit through in Catholic Church so many years ago. The narration is really actually irritating for this reason, but made bearable as a result of the fantastic mind expanding storyline.