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Palmdale CA
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  • Mental Training: The Art of Life or Death Decision Making

  • Focus Your Mind and Conquer Your Fears in: Sports, Martial Arts, Self-Defense, Business
  • By: Nicholas Black, Phillip Schenkler
  • Narrated by: Don Baarns
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

In life-or-death decision-making scenarios, there's usually only a small list of possible outcomes that are positive. Time is not on your side. Luck doesn't exist. All you have is your training and experience to guide you. You have either one or the other - training or experience.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but falls short

  • By Vail Ave. on 10-17-17

Love both What and Why - Real Experiences

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

A great book. Loved that the theory is backed up with what happened in real life for this guy. You see how real life situations benefit from some mindset preparations. I'll never be an EMT, or bouncer or have people shooting at me, but his situations and experience give me a clearer roadmap for my few life emergencies.

Great mindset, and it helps me prepare. Narration is well done too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fitness Lifestyle: 5 Practices to Stop Fitting Exercise into a Busy Life and Start Getting Fit for Healthy Living

  • By: Nick Cicerchi
  • Narrated by: Donny Baarns
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Do your boss or others at work look out of shape, negative and dejected? Do you stop to think about your own health and wellness, and ask "Is this where I’m headed?” Do you see others living uninspired, unmotivated lives and wonder if this is the way things have to be? Maybe you have neglected the health and fitness of your own body and are afraid you cannot get things under control. Well, YOU CAN.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for Busy People

  • By Dave on 04-07-15

Perfect for Busy People

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

It's not filled with a bunch of fluff. I like that he boils it down to the essentials rather than trying to pad the word count. Actionable items and to the point.

Narrator is very comfortable, easy to listen to. Sounds like a pro.

Hopefully this team does more books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Prepper's Bundle

  • Even More Survival Guides for Every Situation
  • By: Robert Paine
  • Narrated by: Don Baarns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Are you and your family ready to survive the next disaster? Do you worry what would happen to your family in an emergency? If so, then The Prepper's Bundle: Even More Survival Guides for Every Situation is exactly what you need. With this collection you'll get four best-selling guides covering dozens of different aspects of Prepping. With tons of information for beginners all the way to seasoned preppers, this collection cannot be found anywhere else.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration only, NOT TRUE BUNDLE!

  • By G on 12-28-14

Lots of solid information: Good Value

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Certainly a bundle of books I would have purchased individually but I saved money getting the bundle. Some overlap as often happens with a set of books get put together, but it never hurts to get good information repeated a couple times (I rarely remember things I hear only once.)

I've heard this narrator before, he does a great job.

  • The Sports Gene

  • Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
  • By: David Epstein
  • Narrated by: David Epstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epstein writes! He scores!

  • By Cynthia on 08-17-13

I think I'd rather read this one.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Good content, but hard to listen to. I didn't make it all the way.

Maybe if I knew the author already, but too fast and clearly not a polished voice. He tried too hard to imitate different characters and clearly that's not his strength.

Should have been left the voicing to a pro or someone with far more experience.

  • The Prepper's Guide to the End of the World

  • A Collection of 8 Best-Selling Survival Guides
  • By: Robert Paine
  • Narrated by: Don Baarns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Do you worry what would happen to your family in an emergency? If so then you need The Prepper's Guide to the End of the World--now on sale! With this collection you'll get eight best-selling guides covering dozens of different aspects of prepping. Yes, you read that right. Eight guides!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just another re-read of his other bad book, with a

  • By Average Joe on 03-09-16

Great value - Calm comfortable listening

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Nice to get so much info in one package. There is overlap but each guide has it's own slant on things. I suspect one or two of the guides was written by a different author, but that doesn't diminish the value. (Seems like even experts disagree on minor points these days...)

The narration is calm and comfortable. Easy to listen to for long periods.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Winter in Sweetwater County

  • By: Ciara Knight
  • Narrated by: Lisa Baarns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Lisa Mortan's ideal life crumbles when her rich and powerful fiancé demands she ends an unwanted pregnancy. With no job or social support, she flees to a small town in hopes of finding a good family for her unborn baby, but instead finds a man who is as broken as she is. Eric Gaylord returns to his home town for a respite after a tragic loss, but when his spitfire mother takes on an unknown woman as a business partner, he is forced to face the nightmare he'd left behind or risk losing the one woman who could heal his heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This story could have been interesting but

  • By KatrinaD on 06-11-17

My Wife Loved It

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

The eBook had great reviews and I purchased the audio for my wife at Christmas. She loved it and finished it before New Years day. She told me the characters were real, heartwarming, and the narrator just brought it all to life. (This was one of her first audiobooks, I think she's hooked!)

She practically ignored me one evening as she got near the end, so there must be something there.

She told me she's buying the "Spring in Sweetwater" next, so that tells me I selected a winner. (I didn't know it was a series, I guess there are even more...)

I listened to some of it and the narrator is great, but frankly not my style of story, even if it is excellent (per the reviews and my wife).

Very engaging voice, so I can see why it worked well for this story.

  • Entrepreneurship Lifestyle

  • 5 Practices in 5 Minutes to Stop Worrying and Start Living as an Entrepreneur
  • By: Nick Cicerchi
  • Narrated by: Donny Baarns
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Are you an entrepreneur with a business or business idea? Do you want to start, run, and grow your business without worry, doubt, and fear of failure? Maybe you’ve been running one or more businesses, but can’t get over the stress and worry that your business will suddenly fail. Fear not. Derived from tried-and-true principles discovered by some of history's most successful people, this book identifies five practices that, if followed daily for just a few minutes, will help you be successful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen

  • By Caleb McPowPow on 12-22-14

Inspiring - To the Point

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

Reviewed: 11-05-14

Would you listen to Entrepreneurship Lifestyle again? Why?

Yes, while it's short, it's packed with good information. This is one I'll listen to multiple times, and cycle back next year too.

Any additional comments?

I like the story and the narrator. Brings the stories to life.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

  • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,126

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book I wish I had 25 years ago

  • By Jason DeFillippo on 05-08-14

Good book, not my favorite narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

If you could sum up The Obstacle Is the Way in three words, what would they be?

Decent content, difficult to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Obstacle Is the Way?

Some parts were fine, but too much of the time the narration took away from the message. Sounds like he has a cold, and not enough emotion in his voice, relatively flat read. Should have hired a pro narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ryan Holiday’s performances?

Not likely, unless there's a different narrator.

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

Relatable stories with real people and situations.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Kick Your Fat in the Nuts

  • By: T.C. Hale
  • Narrated by: Donny Baarns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

Not only will Tony have you laughing out loud while he reveals the secrets behind weight loss and how the human body functions, you will also learn how to look at your own body chemistry to understand the underlying cause of your weight issues. Since the reasons for weight gain vary from person to person, once you understand what is going on with your chemistry, this audiobook will help you understand what foods, supplements, or lifestyle changes could eliminate your need to continue buying bigger pants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Info, fun listen

  • By Dave on 10-08-14

Great Info, fun listen

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts the most enjoyable?

Nice conversational style, fun and very informative. Packed with info, so this is one I want to hear a few times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kick Your Fat in the Nuts?

I realized I've been doing it wrong, listening to advice that probably works for others, but never has for me.

What about Donny Baarns’s performance did you like?

Very articulate but sounds like he's having a great time. I'd swear he was the author if I didn't know better. He makes it personal and fun.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Creativity, Inc.

  • Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
  • By: Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,215

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen... If you speed up the player

  • By andrea gini on 10-06-15

Pixar, Business and Creativity in a Team Setting

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

Reviewed: 10-03-14

If you could sum up Creativity, Inc. in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, Thought Provoking

Which character – as performed by Peter Altschuler – was your favorite?

Peter Altschuler makes it feel like he's the author, telling his story.