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  • I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It?

  • The New Science of Self-Discipline
  • By: Nick Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

You might think laziness, lack of willpower, and/or low motivation are to blame for the fact that you aren't achieving your goals. But fascinating research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology has revealed another, far more likely possibility. One with the potential to transform your life in a dramatic way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kimberly on 04-26-16

Great for a Psychologist...Useless information!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

First of all one should have a working understanding of biology or half of this book won't make sense. The speaking portion of it is good and can keep you engaged, but it is full of what I consider worthless information. I did go through the whole book as there are some nuggets within it, but I did contemplate returning it. In addition, I don't believe it's really a book. It's taken from live speaking seminars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest Salesman in the World

  • By: Og Mandino
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,806

What you are today is not important, for in this runaway best seller you will learn how to change your life by applying the secrets you are about to discover in the ancient scrolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to revisit and listen to

  • By Terry on 11-02-16

Was Worth Listening To, but Not Great

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This has high ratings and contains some good information. Written in the style of the Richest Man in Babylon, I found this book to be ok just not great. I may listen to it again just to see if it was my mood that didn't really get captivated by it. Probably best suited for someone starting out in sales.

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,026

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

At The Top of My List

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

If you could sum up Extreme Ownership in three words, what would they be?

Engaging and Insightful!

What did you like best about this story?

The book is very well written and is very engaging due to the war stories. How the war episodes are then translated into business examples is excellent. I have recommended this book to several people and all found it to be one of the best books they've read. I've now read it twice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Actually, every principle they deal with is applicable. I am very impressed with all aspects of this book.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite books I've ever read. It is excellent!

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,741

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

Good Book But....

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Where does Deep Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The content is good, but more text book style and not engaging. It was hard for me to listen to this, but I did gain some good points out of it. Overall, it would rank low compared to other books I've listened to.

  • The Warrior Mindset

  • The Secrets of Learning How to Be Assertive and Go From Victimhood to Warriorhood
  • By: D. C. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Have you ever felt that you are doing your best, trying your hardest, yet never seem to come out a winner? Maybe the problem isn't what you are doing, but what you are not doing. Frequently, what we think is more important than what we do. What we think actually determines our actions. So, in order to win in life, you need to develop the correct mindset. You need a Warrior Mindset.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How do I give less than 1 star? Save yourself the credit

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-05-17

This Was A 50% Book - Half Good!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

What did you like best about The Warrior Mindset? What did you like least?

What I liked best and what was excellent is when he talked about the mindset, emotions, and the contrast between a warrior and a victim. What I did not like was when the author tried to make application of the outstanding principles. One in particular was money mangement. There were many solutions, but they all were of a poverty mindset, like shopping in Thrift Stores for clothing to save money. A warrior, if he wants to wear a $200 shirt will figure out how to make the money that will support his life decisions.

Would you be willing to try another book from D. C. Johnson? Why or why not?

At this time, I am not sure. In addition to my writing about what I liked and disliked it seems the recording was done economically. There is a whistle in the readers voice that I believe is just a microphone or mixing issue that could have been cleaned up. It was annoying.

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,169

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

What did you love best about Einstein?

I learned things about Einstein that I did not know. His life was interesting and I thought the story line flowed well. At times it gets bogged down in Physics, which I wasn't as interested in, but since that is his life I guess it would be hard to tell his story without it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Leadership & Self-Deception
    Getting Out of the Box
    
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    Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    3,712 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Leadership & Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,264

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • struggled

  • By Misty on 01-24-17

Mixed Feelings On This One

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Would you listen to Leadership & Self-Deception again? Why?

Actually I have it slated to listen to again. The reason is that I don't think I got everything I needed to out of it. It has some great content in it, but for me it was hard to stay engaged. It seems to me that they wrote this after the style of The Richest Man in Babylon, but is not as compelling.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding Trump

  • By: Newt Gingrich, Eric Trump - foreword
  • Narrated by: Newt Gingrich, Eric Trump
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

Donald Trump is unlike any president we've ever had. He is the only person ever elected to be commander in chief who has not first held public office or served as a general in the military. His principles grow out of five decades of business and celebrity success - not politics - so he behaves differently from traditional politicians.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Brenda Hughes on 07-11-17

Newt's Brilliant But It's Not The Title

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

What made the experience of listening to Understanding Trump the most enjoyable?

Newt is brilliant and probably understands the world better than most anyone on the planet. However, the book would be better served to be called "Understanding What Trump Needs to Do."

I bought the book as I wanted to gain insight to what makes the man tick. Only about 30% of the book deals with this. The rest of the book talks about what is going on in the world, what Obama did wrong, what the Dems have done worng and how Trump should handle it. In fact, many times I would think that Newt wrote this hoping President Trump would read it so he would understand how to handle the world. Just my take. I'm not saying it's a bad book (I actually supported Newt while he was running). I love the way he thinks. I just think the title is misleading.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Trump Never Give Up

  • How I Turned My Biggest Challenge into SUCCESS
  • By: Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver
  • Narrated by: Steve Blane
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

During his long business career, Donald Trump has known astonishing highs and lows. In Never Give Up, the world's most famous businessman talks candidly about his own biggest challenges, lowest moments, and toughest fights - and how he turned those setbacks into new successes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His title says it all

  • By Matt Y. on 06-01-10

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Would you listen to Trump Never Give Up again? Why?

Yes, while on one level this reads as a bragging book I'm not sure he could havr done it differently as it was about not giving up and seeing things through to success. It's the first Trump bookI've ever read and I was pleasantly surprised.

  • Josephine Earp: The Legendary Life of the Wife of Wyatt Earp

  • By: World Watch Media
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Deavers Moore
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Josephine was born in New York City to a Prussian Jewish household; her daddy was a baker. They transferred to San Francisco, where Josephine went to dance school as a lady. When her daddy had trouble discovering work, the household relocated with her older sis and brother-in-law to a working-class tenement. Josephine escaped, potentially as early as age 14, and took a trip to Arizona, where she had an "experience." She might have shown up in Prescott, Arizona as early as 1874.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative But Boring

  • By David on 05-14-17

Informative But Boring

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

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

No! There was some informative information, but the book was overall boring. Good thing it was short.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful