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  • 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 3,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly written

  • By Dan_H. on 03-07-18

Not much new

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Most of the material here is a repeat of material from other books and research. If you read much about human behavior, such as "Predictably Irrational", this is nothing new. Otherwise, well written and easy to consume.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Seeing What Others Don't

  • The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
  • By: Gary Klein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Insights—like Darwin's understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick's breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA-can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know very little about when, why, or how insights are formed—or what blocks them. In Seeing What Others Don't, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Klein unravels the mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough actionable ideas

  • By Blair on 02-24-15

Too many stories

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

normally, stories help me remember details by tying lessons to an allegory. in this case, the author provides so many stories from military history science and personal experience that it became too difficult to recall the stories or their key points.

  • How to Talk to Anyone

  • 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
  • By: Leil Lowndes
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Leil Lowndes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,378

What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It could do with some editing

  • By Gudrun on 04-29-16

Trite and petty

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-17

While there are some decent tips in here, much of the content is petty tips based on the apparent assumption that successful people (big cats in the author's parlance) are self-important, hyper-critical, far too busy, and readily dismissive. I got all the way to the 60 something tip before I couldn't take it any more.

Skip it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 87,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76,469

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

Better than it first seems

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

The book opens with a stream of profanity and crass disjointed metaphors. Almost lost me, but I decided to venture on. I think the message could be delivered without the profanity, but the sincerity actually proved refreshing, reminding me of my 30s when I gave less of a fuck. ;)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unlimited Power

  • By: Anthony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Anthony Robbins
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936

Yes, you can do, have, achieve, and create anything you want out of life. Anthony Robbins has proved it. Robbins, the undisputed master of the magic of mind power, shows you in this audio program how to harness yours. He demonstrates passionately and eloquently that whatever you think will be, that your state of mind determines what you can and can't do, and that all successful results can be modeled and duplicated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I like Tony Robbins a lot but this is not a "book"

  • By Tom on 11-11-11

Paid full price for a 50 minute intro

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I purchase this book at full price Expecting The Complete Book. it never occurred to me I would need to check the length of the book. disappointed.

  • 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 5,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,988

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

Infomercial

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

The book is informative, but the consistent subtle mention of a specific investment firm in which the author is a partner gave this a distinct infomercial feel.

  • The Coaching Habit

  • Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
  • By: Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,103

In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how - by saying less and asking more - you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • practical application, not theoretical

  • By Scott on 08-26-16

Lacks substance

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Many of the stories are too long and the actual content is too short. The reader is regularly referred to a website for more information.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,270

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read the last chapter first

  • By A. Yoshida on 04-29-16

Good stories, well told.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Through stories, we learn how people overcame challenges to achieve a goal. We learn how they approached the challenge and what strategies worked for them. At the end of the book, the author mentions the 8 key strategies discussed. I can recall maybe 3 of them outright. But I do recall several of the stories and can derive from those the strategy.

  • The Open Organization

  • Igniting Passion and Performance
  • By: Jim Whitehurst
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, one of the world's most revolutionary companies, shows how open principles of management - based on transparency, participation, and community - reinvent the organization for the fast-paced connected era. Whitehurst gives listeners an insider's look into how an open and innovative organizational model works.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost interest, pushed through

  • By Doc Norton on 04-18-16

Lost interest, pushed through

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

An account of Redhat's CEO learning to become less of a command and control leader. A decent book, but nothing new for me, nor particularly compelling in the tell of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Teaming

  • How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy
  • By: Amy C. Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today's companies face. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work. In most organizations, the work that produces value for customers is carried out by teams, and increasingly, by flexible team-like entities.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Important content, very difficult to listen to.

  • By MEBL on 07-31-17

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

This is my second reading of this book. I realized several pages in that I'd read it before, but had no alternative available. A few chapters in and I realized that on second read, I was picking up on ideas is missed the forest time around. There is arguably little new or novel in this book when contrasted to the multitude of books on teams and learning organizations, but this is one of the first on the subjects that I'd recommend.