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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,740

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

No More Shame

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

The trouble with Peterson is that he's long winded, but won't stop saying meaningful things, won't stop speaking truth, and won't sugar coat reality to make us feel better, and is therefore impossible to stop listening to. That's good.

It's so disturbing to hear a grown man cry during a reading, because it forces us to encounter vulnerability and strength and breaks apart our denial of reality as a place of suffering. That's good.

Only listen to this book if you want direct blunt reality, wisdom, and odd encouragement. Only listen if you want life to never be the same. This book has helped to initiate me as a man, because, perhaps for the first time, I don't feel ashamed of my masculinity, and so have lost some of the guilt around being a man in western culture.

I think this book will mark a turnaround for men (and perhaps women) everywhere who feel disillusioned with life, because here, implicitly, he calls out the gold in men by telling them, "You have something to offer the world." Now I know there is something worth fighting and suffering for, a better tomorrow for me, and for those around me, because I've realized that because I'm a man, I can make a little more chaos into order.

359 of 450 people found this review helpful

The War of Art
    Winning the Inner Creative Battle
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    10,849 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • The War of Art

  • Winning the Inner Creative Battle
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,306

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-have for anyone creative (or not)

  • By kimberly on 02-01-12

Read it Now.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

If you want a kick in the pants, and to feel the heat of your destiny, The War of Art will push you to do what you were born to do.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,380

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

Rosario Dawson is not a narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

So far I'm just into the book, but it's abundantly clear she's not a narrator. The same voice for every character, her own, even for the men. Please, find a narrator who performs the book instead of just reading it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil

  • The Secret to Freedom and Success
  • By: Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller, Phil Gigante
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,590
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,576

In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the most powerful information of your life

  • By Chelsea on 10-13-11

Annoying Annotation

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

The lady coauthor drops into the book all the time to voice her thoughts. I would prefer to hear Mr. Hill alone.

  • Acquired Needs Theory

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Length: 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

According to acquired needs theory, there are three kinds of people: those who seek power, those who seek adulation, and those who seek accomplishment. All people desire all three, but in any given person one of these desires predominates. The identity of the dominant desire is fixed by one's innate psychological constitution, but the exact manner in which one goes about fulfilling this desire is determined by experience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Ideas but only 2 minutes long

  • By Levi Johnson on 07-22-17

Interesting Ideas but only 2 minutes long

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I expected at least an hour or two of content for the price, but it was 2 minutes. I would have liked it to go into far more detail.

What could J.-M. Kuczynski have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More detail, longer analysis.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

N/A

Did Acquired Needs Theory inspire you to do anything?

To write this review.

  • How to Write a Book That Doesn't Suck and Will Actually Sell

  • The Ultimate, No B.S. Guide to Writing a Kick-Ass Non-Fiction Book
  • By: Michael Rogan
  • Narrated by: Gregory Zarcone
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Learning how to write a book is easy. Learning how to write a book that doesn't suck and can actually make you money - and set you up for a full-time writing career is harder.

But it's nowhere near impossible. And it's far more doable than you can imagine. The trouble is, most books offering tips on how to write a book fail to address two key considersations: 1) Most self-published nonfiction books suck. 2) It's almost impossible to make a living from one self-published nonfiction book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thought organizer

  • By Matt on 10-14-15

Made me laugh so hard people turned their heads!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

I've been floundering in obscurity about how to write a book, then it dawned on me, why don't I ask other writers?
Enter this book. Extremely informative, direct, and hilarious.
I would like to hear some more of his stories, and the pause between sections is too brief, but otherwise I highly recommend listening to it.
A truckload of concentrated, valuable information in a tiny package, I took tons of notes for all the actionable points. If you want to stop procrastinating and get a book done, buy it and use it.

  • Destined to Win

  • How to Embrace Your God-Given Identity and Realize Your Kingdom Purpose
  • By: Kris Vallotton
  • Narrated by: Kris Vallotton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 240

Pastor and cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry Kris Vallotton walks Christians through the profound process of discovering their true identity and experiencing the wonder of their kingdom purposes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lives Up to Its' Title

  • By Levi Johnson on 02-08-17

Lives Up to Its' Title

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

What did you love best about Destined to Win?

Having sat under the teaching of Kris for years in Bethel Church, I've appreciated his simple and blunt, yet humble style of communication. Destined to Win continues in his genuine vein of imparting truths designed to being awareness and freedom to ones life, which implicitly gives people permission to be human, yet calls them to nobility. I love this about his words, and this book.

What other book might you compare Destined to Win to and why?

I might compare Destined to Win with The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey, in that they both focus on helping individuals and organizations maximize their innate potential, but Destined to Win is much more explicit about the role God plays in making this happen.

Which scene was your favorite?

Kris's candid admission of his personal style of external processing was one of my favorites. In addition, his discussion of the Nobility "bus", or group of people helped me to to discover my voice in a new way. Now I realize why it often has taken extra work for me to connect with others. Learning about this is very cathartic and helps me to see that I need to put forth more effort to connect with others of my "tribe", and gives me hope that there is a group of people to which I belong, dispelling the notion that I'm alone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It's mix of principles with concrete stories and illustrations made it relatable and interesting, although to get the most out of the book there are certain question posed by Kris which one might be interested in answering to discover more about themselves and their organization.

Any additional comments?

It's a strong book that was certainly worth the purchase price, especially since I'm Christian and am cut from the same clothe as Bethel Church. However, this does not preclude others from getting a lot out of Destined to Win since his simple and direct language doesn't use too much "Christianese."

I would add that the ending, though valuable, is not a strong finish. I look for books to have a strong, memorable ending, but Destined to Win unfortunately neglects this formality of writing. This mistake notwithstanding, if read and applied, this book would surely change the life of anyone who read it and give them the tools and courage to change their world.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling

  • By: Frank Bettger
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 941

When Frank Bettger was 29, he was a failed insurance salesman. By the time he was 40, he owned a country estate and could have retired. What are the selling secrets that turned Bettger's life around from defeat to unparalleled success and fame as one of the highest-paid salesmen in America? The answer is inside How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling. Bettger reveals his personal experiences and explains the foolproof principles that he developed and perfected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Classic

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-30-16

Superb

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

If you want a better life, read and act on this book, whether you're in sales or not.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bait of Satan

  • Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
  • By: John Bevere
  • Narrated by: John Bevere
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,300

Escape the enemy's deadly trap! The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God - offense. Most people who are ensnared by the bait of Satan don’t even realize it. Don’t be fooled! You will encounter offense, and it’s up to you how it will affect your relationship with God. Your response will determine your future. If offense is handled correctly, you will become stronger rather than bitter. John Bevere shows you how to stay free from offense and escape the victim mentality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forgiveness is the KEY

  • By shannon on 11-06-11

Forever Lifechanging

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

Before I started this book, I didn't realize the extraordinarily deep extent to which offense had become part of my life. After reading this book and releasing all offense and unforgiveness, my life will never be the same. Very powerful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Promised Land

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
  • By: Ari Shavit
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too important to be ruined by its narration!

  • By James on 10-13-14

Israel at Its' Most Terrible and Glorious

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

If you want to understand intimately the history of modern day Israel, from start to present day, and grasp its' culture from a big picture level, listen to this book.