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  • The Motivation Myth

  • How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
  • By: Jeff Haden
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

It's comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of us. When a co-worker loses 20 pounds, or a friend runs a marathon while completing a huge project at work, we assume they have more grit, more willpower, more innate talent, and above all, more motivation to see their goals through. But that's not at actually true, as popular Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden proves. "Motivation" as we know it is a myth. Motivation isn't the special sauce that we require at the beginning of any major change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd Listen To Ray Porter Read Me Math

  • By Kim on 04-09-18

Not a typical self help/productivity book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I picked this up because Ray Porter is narrating. It's the best self help book I've ever heard. Jeff gives you his basic theory about motivation. Motivation is the result of actions that lead to small victories.

1. Have a goal.
2. Come up with a daily routine that will help you achieve the goal.
3. Forget the Goal.
4. Focus on the routine.
5. Track the routine on a daily basis.
6. adjust the routine as necessary.

Then he goes a step further and gives some specific routines that have worked for him. I highly recommend the book.

  • Kill the Farm Boy

  • The Tales of Pell Series, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 967

A plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, and the Dread Necromancer Steve....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A forgettable story with none of the iron Druid charm

  • By Adam on 07-23-18

Loads of fun. Hard to follow at times.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

There are a few times where audiobook producers know what they're doing and they pair a narrator with an author. This is what has happened with Luke Daniels and Kevin Hearne. This book is a laugh out loud riot from the beginning. Luke Daniels should get an award for his performance. This story honestly remind me of Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

My only problem is that it takes one-third of the novel for all the threads to come together. Luke Daniels narration makes the story entertaining until then. You just have to hang in for the beginning of the novel. Hence 4 stars on the story.

  • Orbital

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

For astronaut David Dixon, sneaking aboard a Russian space station and stealing a nuclear bomb was the easy part - now he has to survive re-entry on an untested inflatable heat shield and then deal with the aftermath of being the most wanted man on Earth. When a clandestine intelligence agency offers David the chance to return to space and probably not get killed - he finds himself in a world of intrigue when a secret mission takes an unexpected turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Sequel that continues the series

  • By T. Bennett on 07-16-17

A Decent Sequel that continues the series

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. I liked it. It has everything you'd expect from a sequel. More world building. More covert space missions. More extreme space problems. I enjoy the series, but book one pulled me in and didn't let go. This one was slower to start and less of a thrill ride.

If you liked the 1st book you'll like this one, it's a solid sequel. I just wish it was as fast paced and WTF as the first one from the beginning.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Station Breaker

  • Station Breaker Series, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 806

Astronaut David Dixon's first mission to space goes horribly awry when a gunfight breaks out on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth. Desperate to unravel the plot he's found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon's survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but frustrating

  • By Fred G. on 12-21-17

A SciFi Thriller that won't let go

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

My mistake was starting this at night. It took a real effort of will to pause when I did because I had to sleep. Once you start this roller coaster, you won't want to get off. Great setup for a series. I hope Andrew writes the sequel!

This is the best original scifi I've read in years. The science is very believable and doesn't bog down the story. Dan Dixon is an everyman you route for from the beginning. This is a self contained story that really enjoyed. The ending was thin but everything was wrapped up, and I actually didn't guess the ending before it happened. Thanks for surprising me Andrew!

If you want a great hard SF thriller that you can't put down and demands a sequel, I recommend this book.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • King Arthur: History and Legend

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

These 24 spellbinding lectures reveal the full scope of the Arthurian tradition, from its beginnings in post-Roman Britain to its extraordinary trajectory across the centuries and its latest incarnations in modern times. Your pathfinder in this world of mythic adventure and romance, Professor Armstrong, is one of the world's leading Arthurian scholars and the current editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twelve Hours in Camelot

  • By Carole T. on 04-26-15

An interesting review of Arthurian Literature

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I would have liked more information on the History of King Arthur rather than the different retellings of the legend. But that's just my preference. There is a lot of information here covered very well.

  • The Ables

  • By: Jeremy Scott
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852

It wasn't the sex talk he expected. Phillip Sallinger's dad has told him he's a custodian - a guardian - and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He'll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he's assigned to a special-ed class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reading was way too fast! I love this book.

  • By javion on 05-18-15

Entertaining story worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

You've listened to all your favorite authors/narrators books at least once. You like superhero stories, but is this one worth your time? Yes. Yes it is. The characters are genuine. The story is entertaining and well told without being original.

My only complaint is the narrator read too fast. But if you're a fan of superhero stories, coming of age stories or well told stories you'll like this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Be Obsessed or Be Average

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,749

We're in the middle of an epidemic of average. So-called "normal" people get up every day, go to work, do what's asked of them, leave promptly at five, and return home to sit on the couch and watch TV. Society tells us that this is what it means to lead a balanced life. Don't stress too much or work too hard. Your career isn't everything. But Grant Cardone thinks this preoccupation with balance has really just given an excuse to be mediocre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of intense emotion without much helpful advice.

  • By Stephanie Danielle Hanson on 12-05-16

Tap Into Your Greatness. Get Obsessed!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

What I love about the audio versions of Grant's books is he performs them rather than just reading the text.

When you buy an audio book Grant Cardone you're getting a unique experience. If you like music, it reminds me of the difference between buying an album (the print version of the book) and buying a concert ticket. In the audio version Grant's energy and authenticity really shines through.

Grant is my favorite success expert. I'm disabled, and all my life people have made excuses for me not being able to achieve what they see as success. Grant understands that everyone has the seed of greatness inside them. All they have to do is choose to activate everything they have, and they will enter a world where all things are possible.

I've read hundreds of self-improvement books. This is the first book I've read that shows anyone how to start from where you are and achieve anything worth achieving.

This book shows you how to harness your obsessive energy, directed into positive paths and reinvent yourself. This is the instruction manual for anybody who wants to tap into their greatness. Listen to it. Be inspired. Get obsessed. Dominate your reality!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 8-Minute Writing Habit

  • Create a Consistent Writing Habit That Works with Your Busy Lifestyle (Growth Hacking for Storytellers)
  • By: Monica Leonelle
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Monica Leonelle digs into the best literature on forming habits and shares the top strategies professional authors are using to make sure they write each and every day. Each tip is easy to implement and will get you writing more in the "in-betweens" - the inactive moments of your life where you are commuting, waiting in line, or otherwise physically stuck with your brain unoccupied!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Gold!

  • By Adam Bailey on 02-09-16

More Than Just Setting up a Routine...

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

This book is about more than developing a daily writing habit. It's about finding ways to deal with the thoughts in your head that keep you from actually writing words on the screen. That's why this book over delivers.

Monica also gives you pointers on setting up a daily writing schedule is. (I personally find my fastest dictation speed is when I do five minute writing sprints rather than eight.)

I recommend this book to any new writer who wants to write something but can't seem to silence the critical voices in their head.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The War of Art

  • Winning the Inner Creative Battle
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,924

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-have for anyone creative (or not)

  • By kimberly on 02-01-12

How to Turn Pro

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

If you're an artist who struggles with self doubt. This book will show you why that is and how to do your work. The best book on conquering writer's block I've ever found.

  • Fiction Writing Demystified

  • Techniques That Will Make You a More Successful Writer
  • By: Thomas B. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Thibeault
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

At last, a how-to book that explains the nuts-and-bolts of writing solid, entertaining, commercial fiction, written by someone who's been there. Practical, filled with examples and no-nonsense, take-'em-to-the-bank nuggets, Fiction Writing Demystified shows how the imperatives of effective storytelling translate readily to narrative fiction, genre or literary, screenwriting, even to nonfiction, poetry, sermons, or business documents - techniques that will make anyone's writing come alive!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - don't pay attention to weird reviews

  • By amity_chief on 08-22-14

Hands Down The Best writing book out there

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

I've spent thousands of $$$ on creative writing courses, seminars and books. This has everything in it, It covers outlines, plot, characters and dialogue. It covers scenes and how to write them.

Why is this book so good? Because the author has spent his life teaching writers how to write, and being paid when he succeeds. He's been a producer on murder she wrote and other shows. If you want to write a novel or screenplay read this first.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful