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  • Everybody Wins

  • The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing
  • By: Dr. Gary Chapman
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

This guide provides a simple blueprint for achieving solutions to everyday disagreements without having to have a "winner" and a "loser". By learning how to listen empathetically, respecting each other's ideas and feelings, and understanding why some issues are so important to your spouse, not only will those daily problems be worked out successfully, but both of you will end up feeling appreciated, respected, and loved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not about winning, it's about compromising.

  • By RethaJ on 03-29-12

Everybody wins when you use common sense

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The anecdotal stories used in the various sections. They're hokey, even corny and annoying.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Honestly, I can't recall anything that was most or least interesting. It's a fairly vanilla, straight-forward, common sense pile of ideas.

What didn’t you like about Maurice England’s performance?

I like his easy going vibe, but the way he told some of the stories, specifically how he narrated the voices of the couples Dr. Chapman worked with, was quite irritating. Just a little too country for me.

Do you think Everybody Wins needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really. As I mentioned earlier, it's basic information and common sense ideas. There were some good reminders. It's just not in need of a sequel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Use a Journal

  • By: Jim Rohn
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Jim Rohn's insights and guidance show you how to use a major tool he has used over the past 39 years for gathering and collecting ideas and experiences. Your journal could be one of the most important legacies you leave behind, so learn how to craft it and use it to achieve your dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The great Jim Rohn

  • By Sumayya on 01-27-17

Inspiring, enlightening, and motivating

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

What made the experience of listening to How to Use a Journal the most enjoyable?

Jim Rohn's voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Use a Journal?

Mr. Rohn giving an outline of what to write in a journal including your location, the weather, and key words to use as an index for future reference.

Which character – as performed by uncredited – was your favorite?

Jim Rohn as himself.

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

Yes and I did.

  • A Curious Mind

  • The Secret to a Bigger Life
  • By: Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman, Brian Grazer - introduction
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 907

From Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes a brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly "curiosity conversations" that have inspired Grazer to create some of America's favorite and iconic movies and television shows - from 24 to A Beautiful Mind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Me,Me,and Me

  • By Don Rankin on 07-12-15

Curiosity never killed anything...not even the cat

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

What did you love best about A Curious Mind?

It's simple, yet straightforward approach to improving your ability to be more curious. Not esoteric, just very simple.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the short story about Princess Diana at the end of the audio book. She came across as human and not this fragile, delicate image that many others wanted to believe she was.

What does Norbert Leo Butz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Norbert's easy going and casual tone continually made me believe the author, Brian Grazer, was actually reading the book to me. He's very good.

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

Yes, because the series of anecdotal stories were very interesting.

Any additional comments?

Don't expect a lot of skills and tricks to be learned from this book. The stories serve as inspiration to rediscover being more curious about the world and the people we surround ourselves with every day.

  • The Tipping Point

  • How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,886

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sociology for the masses.

  • By Dean on 10-28-10

Selective data with a push for limits on freedom

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

What did you like best about The Tipping Point? What did you like least?

The story behind "Sesame Street" and "Blue's Clues" was interesting. The stories about the suicide rates in Micronesia and smoking & children were presented with limited data and advocacy for restricting freedom. Mr. Gladwell's presentation of the data regarding the suicides in Micronesia is simplistic and very surface level with no real concern or dive into other stressors for the spike in teenagers taking their own lives. Mr. Gladwell pins most of the blame on fantastical and magical reasons for kids killing themselves; more than likely this does not really explain the increase. As for the smoking section, he casually passes over the addictive quality of smoking and spends most of his time discussing one study of mice and how they theorize their genetic make up is the primary reason for if and how much nicotine they ingest. And to conclude that section, he subtlety advocates for telling private businesses (tobacco in this case) how much nicotine should be placed in their products to mitigate any potential for kids to become addicted to the product. All this based on one study with mice.

Would you recommend The Tipping Point to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I know this book came out some time ago and it was wildly successful. I really didn't see how this book became so popular. My guess would be it's popularity among those with limited experience in the psychology and behavioral health fields. The data presented are limited and should be scrutinized closely if you choose to read this book.

What three words best describe Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

Love his voice.

Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Tipping Point?

Those who would like to improve their critical thinking skills.

Any additional comments?

I was extremely disappointed as I've heard and seen Malcolm Gladwell speak in other venues. He's brilliant and engaging. I was just disappointed when I finally got around to this book.

  • The Word of Promise Audio Bible - New King James Version, NKJV: Complete Bible

  • By: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Narrated by: Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
  • Length: 98 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,440

This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely...needs a section guide. I made one

  • By A. Lee on 08-29-16

Simply amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-19-14

What did you love best about The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV?

That it was actually a performance of the Bible and not just a bland reading. The voices, music, and sound effects made for an amazing experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

For some reason, the voice of the main angel really caught my attention. A very soothing and calm tone that was just engrossing. And it goes without saying. God and Jesus were outstanding.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Something about a British accent that keeps your attention. His narration was brilliant and flawless.

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

While it would have been nice to, it's too long and thought-provoking to consume in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Get this audio book!

  • Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill

  • By: Napoleon Hill
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Hill
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

Make no mistake about it, listening to and following the principles of Think & Grow Rich will help individuals in all walks of life achieve their goals. For instance, former heavyweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame Ken Norton credited his winning ways to Think & Grow Rich. Norton's victory over "The Greatest", Muhammad Ali, in 1973 is a great illustration of how individuals can beat the odds, achieve their goals, and reach their fullest potential using the principles contained in this motivational book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved My Life

  • By Wish on 11-15-16

Timeless and solid information

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a good foundation for someone trying to make real, lasting change in their lives. Don't be put off by the recordings being decades old. Most of the information can still be applied today. I've mentioned in previous reviews, there are motivational and personal development books. There are differences. Motivational will fire you up for a bit. Personal development will create lasting change. This program is more on the personal development side, which I enjoyed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill?

There wasn't any specific moment. Most of it is to the point and easy to understand. I can say I've always appreciated Mr. Hill's voice. I'm not sure everyone would agree with me. There's just something very engaging about it for me.

What does Napoleon Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really couldn't say because I believe this presentation is only in audio form, with no book being available. But if I had to choose something, again, it would be his voice along with his very simple, succinct delivery. He rarely "wanders off." He just makes his points and moves along.

What did you learn from Think & Grow Rich - Lectures by Napoleon Hill that you would use in your daily life?

That it's not always about money. So many books, and even portions of Mr. Hill's publications, make money such an important goal. While I have no problem with others making that a target, it's just not for me. I appreciate using the information to improve my personal and professional lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War

  • The Strategy of Sun Tzu
  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Mike Borris
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise change

  • By Kwinsee on 07-23-12

Fascinating insight into a great leader's mind

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

What did you love best about The Art of War?

The way the information was broken down. No long, winding explanations of the steps Sun Tzu believed were necessary to be successful. Just small, bite-sized nuggets of insightful information and strategy.

What did you like best about this story?

Appreciating the fact that information in "The Art of War" is still used today, thousands of years later.

Have you listened to any of Mike Borris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't so I can't credibly make any comparisons between his works.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No real extreme reactions. A lot of "wows" when hearing the strategies.

Any additional comments?

I believe this book is a must for those in the cutthroat world of business and athletics. My work is not in those arenas so there aren't a great deal of ideas that I can utilize. It was a fascinating listen nonetheless.

  • Step Into Your Greatness (Live)

  • By: Les Brown
  • Narrated by: Les Brown
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

High-octane speaker Les Brown advises to stop playing it safe and start creating what's truly possible in life by stretching yourself, taking risks, and surrounding yourself with positive, nourishing people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Straight_Arrow speaks

  • By Mark on 08-29-07

May motivate, but won't significantly develop you.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm leaning slightly on the 'no' side. While I love Les Brown's story and enthusiasm, there's nothing deep and sustainable here.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Going a little more into what actual steps and actions he took to be successful. What I took away was Les got where he is/was by just passionately speaking with people. God bless him for being able to make a living that way, but most people are looking for actual steps that can take to make lasting, positive change in their lives.

Which character – as performed by Les Brown – was your favorite?

I did appreciate the TD Jakes' story where he said to a group he was brought in to work with, "As soon as I know more than you, you're fired."

Could you see Step Into Your Greatness (Live) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

It's important to keep in mind there are major differences between motivational and personal development speakers. Les brown may fire you up for a little while. However, someone like Stephen Covey will help you get to more lasting, significant change. So, if you're looking for a little fire and someone instructing you to chant mantras, then this program is for you. But if you're looking for actual "meat on the bone," look elsewhere.

  • Living an Exceptional Life (Live)

  • By: Jim Rohn
  • Narrated by: Jim Rohn
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Jim Rohn knows the secrets of success in business and life. Jim's compelling presentation will awaken the unlimited power of achievement within you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rohn delivers as always

  • By Sean on 06-28-14

Rohn delivers as always

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

Reviewed: 06-28-14

A nice, simple distillation of the many techniques and ideas Jim Rohn has taught over the years. His easy going, folksy delivery always makes listening to him a treat.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stress-Free You

  • How to Live Stress-Free and Feel Great Every Day, Starting Today
  • By: Elizabeth O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Stressors are everywhere. Each and every day, we run into situations that constantly test us, rob us of our patience, strip us of our sanity, impact our focus, and cause us to lose control of our days. Although stress can be challenging, it can also be easy to handle if you have a system to deal with it. This system would knock out these stressors, shut down your anxiety, and curb fear so you can take back control of your life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Basically for beginner's Not good for me but okay.

  • By jason on 02-16-15

Not just a 'do some deep breathing' book

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

If you could sum up The Stress-Free You in three words, what would they be?

Doable, comprehensive...and oh yeah, doable.

What other book might you compare The Stress-Free You to and why?

I haven't really read any other relaxation or stress-reduction books. So in all fairness, I couldn't make any comparison to other books.

Have you listened to any of Wendy Tremont King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but she has a great voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"I feel the need, the need to breathe!"

Any additional comments?

It's a very good book. As I mentioned, it's very comprehensive. I was a bit put off at first because of a slow start. As I continued to listen, it became more interesting with some great reminders of things I already know to do to relax, but also some new and creative ideas. I'm putting these to use immediately. Great book!