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  • How to Eat More Vegetables: A Concise Guide to Help You Eat and Enjoy the Most Important Food for a Fulfilling Life

  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Don’t just eat your veggies. Love to eat them - every day! You know that vegetables are good for you, but you’re still struggling to eat them regularly. You would like to take better care of your health, but there’s always something standing in the way: little time for shopping and cooking, a lack of knowledge of what to eat, or your taste buds protesting the change. Eating veggies doesn’t have to be hard, and you too can learn to love eating them every day. It all comes down to some simple, but powerful actions you can take today to transform your health.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's just a long list

  • By Lily Silvester Wood on 01-07-19

Good book, although I think I prefer the kindle version

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This is a solid book, but know what you are getting. It’s a primer on ways to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. There aren’t any recipes or anything like that, but the author does provide many ways to increase your vegetable consumption. My favorite take-away was the concept of striving to eat 1 pound of vegetables a day. I’ve read books that recommend eating a certain number of servings of veggies a day, or eating from multiple color groups of veggies, or starting each meal with vegetables. Somehow those all turn out to be too complex to track and maintain. Aiming for one pound a day is a simple way to do it, and so far has been working as a goal for me. Although I like the audio book, I think the kindle version is a better purchase as the book is heavily footnoted and those don’t transfer over to the audio book. Sometimes Martin hits on a topic that you wasn’t to delve more into and the footnotes make that easy to do.

  • Again to Carthage

  • By: John L. Parker Jr. Jr.
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Quenton Cassidy thought he had left his athletic career far behind as he built a successful professional career in south Florida. But as several personal tragedies and the wear and tear of life began to weigh upon him, he wonders if perhaps he hasn't given up a special part of his life too soon. His return to the world of competitive running is dramatic and revelatory to both the protagonist and the listener, as is his desperate, all-out attempt to make on last Olympic team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Again to Carthage

  • By Gerard on 08-12-10

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

There aren’t a ton of fiction books on running. This is one of the better ones I’ve heard.

  • Self-Disciplined Producer: Develop a Powerful Work Ethic, Improve Your Focus, and Produce Better Results

  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Results are what matter the most to you. You want to be a reliable producer of value in your chosen domain: whether it's your career, business, sports, studies, non-profit endeavors, or any other undertaking requiring intense focus. If that's you, Self-Disciplined Producer is for you. Written with high performers in mind, it's a concise guide covering the most effective techniques to improve your productivity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Re-Energizing Refresher on the Power of Focus

  • By Ian P. on 04-09-18

Good audiobook companion to kindle

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I like this audiobook quite a bit, although I think the narrator could be more engaging. The book itself is solid, and worth a read or a listen. I enjoy Martin Meadow's books quite a bit, but go back & forth between whether I prefer the audio or kindle version. For this book, although you can't g wrong with either one, I lean towards the kindle version. I found myself better able to process the content with the kindle.

However, the book is fantastic & you'll get a lot out of whatever format you purchase it in. My favorite tip from this book was the Zero-Second rule. It's basically the concept of making a rule that whenever you notice you are postponing work, that you immediately start working again. I don't want to steal all the thunder on the concept, but it's definitely worth the read. The audiobook is quick (under 2 hours) & you could easily knock it out in one day. There are plenty of take-aways that you can start using immediately.

  • 365 Days With Self-Discipline

  • 365 Life-Altering Thoughts on Self-Control, Mental Resilience, and Success
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

You need to exhibit self-discipline 365 days in a year. What if you had a companion who would remind you daily to stay disciplined and persevere, even when the going gets tough? 365 Days With Self-Discipline is a practical guidebook for embracing self-discipline in your life. You'll learn how to do this through 365 brief, daily insights from the world's brightest minds, commented upon by best-selling personal development author Martin Meadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audiobook/ possibly better than the kindle

  • By mkral on 01-20-18

Great audiobook/ possibly better than the kindle

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

I enjoy the kindle version of this book and was excited to see the audiobook version come out as well (the kindle version has been out for several weeks). While I usually buy either the audio or the kindle version of a book, this is one of the exceptions where it might make sense to own both. I like to read 'a thought a day' books on various topics, but I generally start a bunch of them, and only keep up with a very few. I like the audiobook as it allows me to quickly listen to today's thought while I'm driving into work. I like having the kindle version as well, as there have been a few times where I wanted to highlight something, and while you can do that in the audiobook, I never find those bookmarks useful, whereas I reference the kindle ones often. All in all, a great book. It's pretty straightforward, if you are looking for a 'thought a day' type of book, and are interested in the topic of self-discipline, this is a great choice.

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  • From Failure to Success

  • Everyday Habits and Exercises to Build Mental Resilience and Turn Failures into Successes
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

How many times did you fail and gave up out of frustration or discouragement? How often does failure ruin your resolve and send you back to square one, only to fail over and over again, with little hope anything will ever change? Written by best-selling author Martin Meadows, From Failure to Success reveals what failure really is and how to deal with it in a constructive way that will help you achieve success. The author has suffered through multiple failures in his own life. In the book, he shares his vast experience of how he turned failure into a friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book!!!

  • By DIY manAmazon Customer on 01-09-18

Good book, and I enjoyed the audiobook even more

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I have enjoyed Martin Meadow's books for a while now. Most of them are short books on a particular area of acheivement (dieting, exercise, etc). His last book, and this one are slightly different in that they are longer books that go a little more in depth on a topic. I enjoy audiobooks as a wheel and listen to a lot of them, but with Martin's shorter books, I felt that the kindle version was easier to digest than the audiobook (although I enjoyed both many times). With this book being longer form, I'd suggest the audiobook, as I found it to be more to my liking to listen to the book. If you prefer to read books, the kindle version is fine, but if you prefer Audio, there is no reason to forego it here. The narrator does a fine job as well. I do't enjoy self-help books where the narrator is overly animated. This narrator does not succumb to that. All in all, a great listen.

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  • The Ultimate Focus Strategy

  • How to Set the Right Goals, Develop Powerful Focus, Stick to the Process, and Achieve Success
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Discover four steps to permanently eliminate distractions and focus on your goals in the long-term. How do you feel about investing years of your life into achieving an important goal - your time, energy, money, blood, sweat, and tears - only to give up and throw it all away? If you constantly switch your attention from one thing to another, dabble in multiple projects, and give up on your goals whenever things get hard, you'll eventually fail - absolutely guaranteed!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid book on the concept of achieving your goals

  • By mkral on 04-26-17

Solid book on the concept of achieving your goals

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

If you could sum up The Ultimate Focus Strategy in three words, what would they be?

concise, focused, to-the-point

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a.

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

Not much honestly. He does a fine job reading the book, but I also have the book on my kindle and I don't feel that the narration added anything the book didn't contain on it's own. It's a great book & the narrator does a fine job, but I don't feel there is anything missing from the kindle/paperback versions.

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

My favorite part of the book was Rule #1 in Chapter 6 The Three Golden Rule for Sustainable Success. Rule #1 is Discern Between Needs and Wants. In it, Martin discusses the importance of letting certain things go, and sacrificing for the sake of your goals. This was a different take than many books today that teach you that you can have everything, which tends to leave people feeling stressed out at what they are missing.

Any additional comments?

I also own the Kindle version of the book and wrote a review on there as well, which gives my thoughts on the kindle version. I like the book enough to have acquired both kindle & audio versions. If I had to pick just one, I'd probably go with the kindle version over the audio because there are concepts I was able to highlight & go back to, which is easier done on the kindle, but both are great editions, and I'd make my decision based on which format you prefer. I don't think you can go wrong either way.

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  • Self-Discipline for Entrepreneurs

  • How to Develop and Maintain Self-Discipline as an Entrepreneur
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

If you are an entrepreneur or want to become one, self-discipline is one of the most important skills you need to develop to achieve success. Entrepreneurship is a wild rollercoaster. It will test your willpower and persistence time after time. Get yourself ready for that ride by listening to Self-Discipline for Entrepreneurs. Drawing upon my own experience of successful entrepreneurship and scientific research, this book covers the many challenges you will face in your entrepreneurial life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly often heard tautologies.

  • By S. Douglas on 05-03-17

Worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

If you could sum up Self-Discipline for Entrepreneurs in three words, what would they be?

Concise, insightful, worthwile

What was one of the most memorable moments of Self-Discipline for Entrepreneurs?

I think the 5 Negative Habits to Avoid at all costs was my favorite part of the book

Which character – as performed by John Gagnepain – was your favorite?

n/a

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

n/a

Any additional comments?

All in all this was a worthwhile listen, summing up a lot of good advice. If I had to choose between the audio & the kindle/paperback versions, I would probably choose the kindle/paperback, as I found myself highlighting several section for later reference. Fortunately Martin offers a discount on the audible version if you buy the kindle version first, so it's pretty inexpensive to get both.

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  • Clandestine

  • Ethan Galaal, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: Grant Richardson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Officially, Ethan Galaal doesn't exist. Very few people can do what he does, and do it well. Maybe a handful in the entire world. As the DIA's most valuable undercover operative, his missions span multiple roles that blur the lines between case officer, private investigator, kidnapper, and assassin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Islamic State on the front lines

  • By AdaChaDad on 06-27-16

Good book in the genre

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

Any additional comments?

Overall, this was a good book. This isn't my normal genre, but I love books, audio and paper/kindle. I received a copy of this for free, in exchange for an honest review, so here goes. I liked the book quite a bit, even though this isn't the type of book I normally listen to. The description of the book kind of says it all. It's an military action book about a spy who is fighting against the Islamic State. There's a lot of action, although there is also quite a bit of the book that is not action packed. Not a criticism, but I didn't find the intelligence gathering to be 'edge of your seat' exciting. That being said, they definitely added to the book, and made it a better read. All in all, it was well worth the listen, especially if this is your genre of books. If I had a criticism of the book, it would be the narrator. He has a fine voice, but I didn't feel like he was the right guy to narrate an action book, I feel like he'd be better off narrating a business or self-help book. Still, it was worth the listen, although if you're choosing between the audio or the kindle/paperback version, I'd go for the kindle version.

  • How to Have More Time

  • Practical Ways to Put an End to Constant Busyness and Design a Time-Rich Lifestyle
  • By: Martin Meadows
  • Narrated by: John Gagnepain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Time is your most precious commodity - everyone has only so much - so why do you spend it like you have an unlimited supply? When the Grim Reaper finally comes for you, will you smile, remembering all the experiences you had that made you happy, or will you think back with a tear at all the "what ifs" you missed because you just "didn't have the time"? How to Have More Time will help you reclaim your time for you, your goals, and your sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 thumbs up!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-27-16

Good book on the subject

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I also have the kindle version and read most of the book, rather than listening to it. I think both are valuable, but if I had to pick just one version, I'd go with the kindle version as I made several highlights in the book and those are always easier to review in the kindle app than re-listening to in the audible app. The book is kind of like a cliffs/spark note version of the subject. Martin reads a lot on the subject matter and then produces a quick to read, heavily footnoted book on the subject (He's written a lot of books and all of the ones that I've read follow this same format). I like it as it introduces me to a lot of different texts on the given topic, and also links to them, so I can read more on any that I find interesting. He offers a lot of good advice and the book stands up well by itself without reading any of the additional texts he highlights. I do feel that the book is most applicable to those looking to start their own business or freelance. He does offer advice of those who have regular jobs, but does tell you right up front that as long as you work for someone else, your time will be more limited than if you worked for yourself. That being said, there are still valuable tips for those who work traditional jobs. If you're trying to decide between the audio book and the kindle book, I'd recommend the kindle version, but he does offer a deal where you can get the audible version for a reduced price ($2 if I recall correctly) once you've purchased the kindle book, so the cost to acquire both is pretty minimal.

  • Bad Twin

  • By: Gary Troup
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer Gary Troup. Bad Twin was delivered to the publisher just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815, which was lost in flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles in September 2004. He remains missing and is presumed dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By mkral on 05-04-06

good book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-06

I purchased this audiobook because I'm a fan of the Lost TV show, which this book is affiliated with. I figured that it would be an ok book that would offer clues to the TV show. I was right about the clues, but the book has far exceeded my expectations. It is a well written detective mystery. I am curious as to who the author is though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful