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  • Don't Bite the Hook

  • Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 170

Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children - and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always learning from Pema

  • By Kimm Harris on 05-23-18

Pema.....when you need tough love.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-24-18

When I need to be told what I already know Pema always seems to say it in a way that impinges but doesn't enflame.

Not the very best intro to the subject. It's a reading and extrapolation of an old text. Start elsewhere. But if you could use a good, firm reminder grab it.

  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies

  • By: Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Narrated by: George Thomas, Robert DeRoeck, Aaron Silverbook
  • Length: 49 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

What does it actually mean to be rational? Not Hollywood-style "rational", where you forsake all human feeling to embrace Cold Hard Logic, but where you make good decisions, even when it's hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your fuzzy intuitions and emotions, rather than trying to discard them. In Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky explains the science underlying human irrationality with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content. Some chapters should be re-recorded.

  • By Geordie on 03-13-18

Must read, for those who are ready.

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Reviewed: 07-04-18

This is a long and winding book covering many topics with the obvious theme of being more rational as a human despite our flawed machinery of cognition.

If you don't know Yudkowski (I didn't) I would recommend kicking around on the Less Wrong website to get familiar with his style and theme. This book is not right for everyone.

This is NOT a good introduction to the topic. Its math heavy in parts. It rattles the very foundations of your belief system in others and, oh yeah, it's 50 hours long.

That said, if you got here because you are engaged in the life long business of ridding yourself of flawed thinking and have read considerable then I would HIGHLY recommend it.

A background in AI, heuristics and biases, basic philosophy, and familiarity with Beyes Theorem would help a lot. I didn't really have the tools to fully understand it. But I still gained a lot.

A willingness to rethink your most cherished beliefs is probably the strongest prerequisite. If you're not in possession of that trait, don't waste your time.

For me, it's fair to call the book life altering and believe that it has strongly affected the way my life will turn out. It made me rethink quite a few things. That's good. Because, as Eliezer is fond of saying "that which can be destroyed by the truth, should be".

Reading this will definitely red pill you if you are ready.

  • The Undefeated Mind

  • On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self
  • By: Alex Lickerman
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Sigurd on 08-05-14

Science meets enlightenment.

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Reviewed: 12-19-17

The author is a Doctor and a buhhdist. He draws generously from the wisdom of his particular firm of buhhdism, without the unsubstantiated claims that pervade and (to me) corrupts most "spiritual" books.

You get the wisdom and the practice without the woo-woo. Everything is backed with studies and science when possible and when it can't be he readily admits it.

I first read this in the spring-time of an opportunity in my life. It was good. I relistened to it in the "winter" and it rang much truer. It is very good.

If you're trying to get though a tough time, buy it. It will give you a nice mix of empathy and compassion mixed with wisdom and perspective. It helped me. I'm glad I listened.

  • How to Own Your Own Mind

  • By: Napoleon Hill, Don Green - introduction
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Locked in a vault since 1941, here is Napoleon Hill's definitive lesson on how to organize your thinking to attain success! In How to Own Your Own Mind, you receive a one-of-a-kind master class in how to think for success from motivational pioneer and author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. In three compelling chapters, Hill demonstrates how to organize, prioritize, and act on information so it translates into opportunity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think and grow rich for skeptics.

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-17

Think and grow rich for skeptics.

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Reviewed: 12-08-17

This is a transcript of the original interview with Andrew Carnegie that Hill did. In it you see that Carnegie, the genus of the philosophy and the world's then richest man, had no woo woo in his thinking. All the principles are there, but without the "Secret" style pontificating about "manifesting".

Action! He repeated this word emphatically and at the end of every point.

I think Carnegie might have preferred a book called "Act and Grow Rich." That would be an apt title for this too.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Way of the Wolf

  • Straight Line Selling: Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success
  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Jordan Belfort
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

For the first time ever, Jordan Belfort opens his playbook and gives listeners access to his exclusive step-by-step system - the same system he used to create massive wealth for himself, his clients, and his sales teams. Until now, this revolutionary program was only available through Jordan's $1,997 online training. Now, in Way of the Wolf, Belfort is ready to unleash the power of persuasion to a whole new generation of listeners, revealing how anyone can bounce back from devastating setbacks, master the art of persuasion, and build wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can’t believe he wrote this book

  • By Brett Ritchison on 10-04-17

Surprisingly good and ethical.

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Reviewed: 11-22-17

I didn't find a single ethically objectionable technique. Of course, some find the very idea of persuasion unethical, but that's a philosophical discussion. It is as clean as pretty much everything else out there.

This really is a "system" as in all the pieces work together in a specific way and a specific sequence. I haven't mastered it yet, but it definitely follows a logical path and intuitively I feel it would be VERY persuasive if mastered.

The one thing to know is that this is best for a one-call-close type scenario over the phone. This would probably make you an absolute beast. The closer to that model the more it will be an exact fit. It would be very useful, for instance, for a two step close in person too.

It doesn't too much touch on the complex, multi-call close with many decision makers where the actual decision happens when you are not present. He alludes to it, but has no real advice beyond making it as few calls as possible.

That said, there will be value for you if you have to persuade people on the phone or in person in any capacity. Honestly, the chapter on tonality was good enough to justify the price and listening time. He could make a whole book on that and I'd definitely be a buyer!

The book is good and does have some unique insights. I got a lot of value out of it.

Now, I am going to actually attempt to implement the entire system. I will try and remember to update this when I've completed that.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Fanatical Prospecting

  • The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling
  • By: Jeb Blount
  • Narrated by: Jeb Blount, Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479

Fanatical Prospecting gives salespeople, sales leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives a practical, eye-opening guide that clearly explains the why and how behind the most important activity in sales and business development: prospecting. The brutal fact is that the number one reason for failure in sales is an empty pipe, and the root cause of an empty pipeline is the failure to consistently prospect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is pure sales GOLD!

  • By Darius on 08-20-16

No fluff.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-17

What to do and how to do it to fill your pipeline and keep it full. No sugar coating it. It's mostly boring, scary grunt work.

An extensive treatment on the basics of phone and face to face prospecting with a solid primer on the supplementary channels of email, snail mail, social and even text.

It's a complete game plan. As a newbie to outside sales and being asked to create my own leads for the first time, this book was exactly what I was looking for.

Highly recommended for people who need to generate their own prospect list. This book is a keeper written by a real pro.

Get it.

  • New Sales. Simplified.

  • The Essential Handbook for Prospecting and New Business Development
  • By: Mike Weinberg
  • Narrated by: Mike Weinberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 283

No matter how much repeat business you get from loyal customers, the lifeblood of your business is a constant flow of new accounts. Whether you're a sales rep, sales manager, or a professional services executive, if you are expected to bring in new business, you need a proven formula for prospecting, developing, and closing deals. New Sales. Simplified. is the answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now read by the author!

  • By Ryan on 07-09-17

Actionable, practical, hard-won, experience shared

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Reviewed: 10-22-17

This is a guy who's feet are on the ground. He obviously has been there.

This is a focus on the basics. The theory behind what makes new business happen and the things to do to implement a workable strategy.

So many sales trainers want to say "sales has changed...." and it has, as the author acknowledges. Then they try to reinvent the wheel. But, people are people. Business is business and the basics don't change that fast.

This book does a great job of accepting the not-alway-pretty reality of the sales world and wresting a few really deserving babies (sales basics) from the bathwater of the old school high-pressure selling.

Really, this is just what I was looking for.

I think anyone who wants to nail the process of opening new accounts would have something to learn. I highly recommend it.

  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

  • By: Robert A. Glover
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Keefe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738

Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Things that make you go Hmm...

  • By Nigel on 01-26-16

If you need this book, you NEED THIS BOOK!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

This is not your typical self help book. This is a deep dive into the roots of a particular type of disfunction. If you're a "nice guy" this is what you need.

This book is true like a punch in the stomach and while just reading it was like therapy in its self, the exercises are the power.


I expected a version of "Hey, you deserve better! Stand up for yourself!". Instead I got a version of "you are a wounded and dysfunctional person and this is how you fix it". The first statement was what I wanted to hear. The second was what I Needed (really needed) to hear.

This isn't going to make you feel good about yourself. But, it's going to reveal some things you need to face and probably once you see them you'll be unable to tolerate them.

This is the genesis of all change, isn't it?

Get The Book if you want to change. Seriously.

  • Smile at Fear

  • Awakening the True Heart of Bravery
  • By: Chögyam Trungpa, Carolyn Rose Gimian (editor), Pema Chödrön (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Karen White, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Chögyam Trungpa offers us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being. Drawing on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, he explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. "The ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are," writes Chögyam Trungpa. In this audiobook, he offers the insights and strategies to claim victory over fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential & Powerful

  • By Sara on 12-18-14

Overly.... Utterly metaphorical.

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-29-17

Looking for my next Audible title, I was awake and drinking coffee in the enlightened forest excited for the next leg of my journey. I was standing in the damp wood before dawn. I wanted to find a field. Here I knew that the bright rays of the eastern sun would be raising. It would dry my mental loincloth.

I stood, as always, in contemplation regarding which region of the landscape of mental discourse I would explore.

Would I go west, and pluck from the young but abundant branches of modern science? This fruit is always so uniform. It undergoes rigorous inspection after all. Each grower having two jobs, as they do, one of growing their own fruit and the other of inspecting for flaws in the neighborhood crops.

No! Today I would go to the east. To the old wood. Here, the trees are so mature. No genetic modification and they have proven nourishing for countless generations. This is the very origin of the seeds grown in the west. Perhaps having a worm here or there. But utterly delicious to a mind whose teeth are rotting from the perpetual dose of high fructose mental corn syrup in our modern discourse and discord.

I selected this field. It was compelling. Offering the fruit for which I have been searching and seems so rarely to be found.

But alas..... If you find this style of writing irritating you won't like this book. It's not that the metaphor is indecipherable it's just continuous and seems a little superfluous. Sometimes a metaphor helps and sometimes (called Most) you can just say it.

But Chogyam Trungpa doesn't agree with me there.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,290

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Content, Awful Sound

  • By Anita on 03-24-14

Most accessible book on practical spirituality.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

If I could start my journey over, this would be the first book I'd read.

He really makes what sometimes seems esoteric or incomprehensible seem more like common sense. There's this "well obviously!", sort of reaction at times, in a good way.

This book is short on dogma and idealogy and more about what to DO than to believe. I can tell you from experience, these practices are the way out of the morass of life.

Naration was excellent too.

Get this book. Don't believe it but do it. Do it like your life depends on it (it does) and then judge it.

It really is what you need to know to free yourself from the tyranny of the mind.