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  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Well... he's enthusiastic?

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

If you want a no-frills course on the brain and how to improve it, look somewhere else. The reader feels like the spaztic weirdo who tries to explain things using too many pop culture references, exploding into random with a poor imitation of Aladdin's genie trying to recreate one of the scenes of the movie. It's almost thirteen hours but it ends up being the following: eat healthy, sleep well, socialize more, try learning something new. There's a bit more detail than that but this audiobook is rather annoying so you will probably zone out when he does get into some of the details when he tries to explain something using pop references.

  • Iron John

  • By: Robert Bly
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

In this national best-seller, Robert Bly explores the idea of the missing father in contemporary society. He draws upon a cornucopia of legend and literature - as varied as the poetry of William Blake, Jungian psychology, and Sioux initiation rituals - to encourage men in their pursuit of the “inner warrior.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To grow one more Step and be an Aware man.

  • By Raymond on 02-02-14

what was the point?

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

The entire book is dragging out a 20 minute tale into an odd parallel to the modern day. While it cites how certain characters may represent something, it's so wordy and stretched out that you wonder if there was even a moral to the story or what the author of the analysis was even trying to say. Jocko let me down with this book recommendation.

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  • It Starts with Food

  • Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
  • By: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever-and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food-accompanied by stunning health improvements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super informative and easy to digest!

  • By Shaina on 03-26-15

don't eat processed foods

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

There. I just saved you hours of time with one sentence. This is one long infomercial for the Whole 30 Diet

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,471

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun nonsense

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Enjoyable but the hype?

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I enjoyed listening to this book but I honestly didn't end it understanding what all the hype was about. The reader speaks clearly and fools around with their voice but the humor really only had a couple of great parts. The majority of the humor was forecast from miles away and it just kinda... ends. Not that it's bad. It's a fairly light-hearted romp through a sci-fi land with some amusing dialogue.

  • Relentless

  • From Good to Great to Unstoppable
  • By: Tim S. Grover
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,042

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Tim Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: You keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In "The Relentless 13", he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book is legit

  • By James on 04-28-18

A good basketball book

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

The author states it's not a basketball book and then uses basketball for 99% of his examples. He discusses mindsets but not necessarily how to achieve them. He just gives a brief description of what a "Cleaner" thinks and asks if you think that way. Despite the fact I don't care about sports, this book is a good listen, if only to serve as a motivational speaker vs providing any concrete way to up your game.

  • How to Catch a Russian Spy

  • The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Self-Taught Double Agent
  • By: Naveed Jamali, Ellis Henican
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn't really over. It had just gone high tech.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious egotism

  • By David on 07-24-15

A cool story told by an annoying author

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Overall, it was interesting to hear his experience interacting with the FBI and Russian spy. On the other hand, it was just so irritating to hear him praise himself and talk about everyone else like he was the only smart guy in the room, despite it is obvious his role was overinflated. He has multiple tantrums at both sides that only sound like immaturity in spite of how he tries to spin it. He says how important everything is and then complain how everyone is just trying to use him. He desperately wants to be involved and rants the moment he "thinks" he's getting pushed out, then whines later about how desperate he wants it over with. Toward the end it's a non-stop masturbatory self-five that I ended up skimming the last two chapters.

  • The Greatness Within You

  • By: Les Brown
  • Narrated by: Les Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 254

In this all-new program from Nightingale-Conant, The Greatness Within You, you'll hear Les at his very best - inspiring you to tap in to the incredible potential for achievement, happiness, and influence that is lying dormant, just waiting to be unleashed!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but repetitive

  • By Lee M. Crowell, Esq. on 03-19-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I'll probably be keeping this one to listen to again for more inspiration. This is a few speeches Les Brown gave to different groups so there's some overlap in the chapters but this guy has a great speaking voice with passion that is hard to beat. I really enjoyed this.

  • 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 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

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

It's a very heavy read.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Overall, the book presents extremely simple concepts but Hill and Carnegie explain the main points with unnecessary complexity. Let's explain a meeting of the minds by making it an analogy of organic chemistry. It's also feeling so dated as the concept of habit forming describes it as a force of mystery that just happens. So yeah it just gives very simple rules for cooperations, habits, and other topics but chooses to over-explain them to the point you almost get lost.

  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy the audible version.

  • By Tamara on 09-14-17

Fascinating for most of it.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

It's very interesting to see my anxious attachment style laid out like it was in this book and some of the scenarios looked like they came right out of my personal life. I also saw how I could better handle these things from this book. However, this book is about three styles and I found myself almost zoning out during the discussions about avoidant or secure styles. I would have preferred this book as separate, shorter books.

  • The Innovator's Solution

  • Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
  • By: Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
  • Narrated by: Joel Leffert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book...Drone Narration

  • By Pat on 06-11-13

Dated but still applies!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Given the author uses examples like blackberry and palm pilot and Kodak as examples of good enterprises, you can still understand the theories of what helped them take off. Those same theories the author goes into also let's you figure out, today, what appears to have happened to each. It's a dry read geared toward executives but the theories are still fun to think about if you are not one.