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  • Triggers

  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

Solid Advice - Lots of Filler

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Would you try another book from Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter and/or Marshall Goldsmith?

Definitely. Marshall has a depth of knowledge and experience not matched by many people in the business world.

Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Triggers?

Everyone because everyone knows how to change, but sometimes we need to hear it from someone such as Marshall to give us that extra push.

Any additional comments?

The majority of info contained in this book will seem like common sense to most people. As Marshall points out in the book, this is intended. If we all know how to change, then why don't we? Sometimes we need to hear it from another person (Marshall in this case) to give us the extra push we need.

I do enjoy the content, however I think this book could have been half as long. I caught myself drifting off countless times because of all the filler between the important points. Nonetheless, if you are looking to make some changes in your life, I do recommend you listen to this book.

34 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • 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 41,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,130

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

Simple but profound keys to leadership mastery

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

What did you love best about Extreme Ownership?

The delivery. Giving both a related military story and a business story to emphasize each point made it easy to remember the important points. I find self help books are usually all over the place, but this one is so structurally organized I feel it stands above all other audiobooks I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jocko - The guy is the definition of an alpha male Navy SEAL bad ass. Fit, intimidating voice, intelligent and he screams leadership. He's also a black belt in brazilian jiu jitsu.

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle scene in Ramadi, Iraq in the "prioritize and execute" chapter. Great story telling that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the idea of extreme ownership really hit me; probably when Jocko took all the blame for the blue-on-blue incident because he felt it was his responsibility as the leader in charge.

Any additional comments?

This book is everything it is cracked up to be and more. Great leadership principles that I will be integrating into my life as soon as possible.

Jocko's and Leif's narrations are incredible - I always find when the authors are the narrators it makes for a much more enjoyable listen.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,682
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,756

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Best Audio book of the Year

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

Yes! Such a captivating story that goes to show how insignificant our everyday problems are compared to that of POW from WWII.

What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

No other book comes close.

Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

Pete. The caring brother who just wanted to see his brother happy and succeed.

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

An Unimaginable Journey of a WWII Bombadier

Any additional comments?

Greatest book I've listened to yet. Such an amazing story of Louis Zamparini who goes from Olympic track star to a POW in Japan's most brutal camps during WWII. This story will make you feel guilty for cursing the traffic on your way to work this morning, for complaining about the missing cream in your coffee you got at Tim Horton's and for all those little things that we allow to disrupt our day. The sub-title of the book is spot on as the words survival, resilience and redemption sum up Louis' journey flawlessly. Listen. To. This. Book. You won't regret it.

  • The Snow Queen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,506
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,580

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 12-19-14

Couldn't Finish It

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys children books.

What could Hans Christian Andersen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

Lots of emotion and a calming voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I thought I had accidentally downloaded a children's book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Proof of Heaven

  • A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife
  • By: Eben Alexander
  • Narrated by: Eben Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,235

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Kelly on 10-27-12

A book that will make you reassess your life!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 3.

What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

I haven't read anything else like this in the past.

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

Since Eben does the reading himself, it adds that extra element of authenticity that you can't get from the book. The way he describes his experience can't be matched from reading words off a page.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

A reminder of how powerful an effect faith can have.

Any additional comments?

This is an amazing book - for both the religious and non-religious folk. Eben had his hands full trying to remove himself from religion when he wrote this book, but I think he has done an excellent job.

This book will make you reassess how you are living your life, showing how quickly it can change. It also makes you think about your purpose in life, making you ask if something is missing from your life.

My only complaint is with the last 6 or so chapters where Eben gets way to scientific and doesn't put it into layman's terms very well. I understand why he has done this (for the nay-sayers), but it really needs to be simplified for the average reader. If it wasn't for that, I'd have given it 5/5 stars.






  • Fixing My Gaze

  • A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions
  • By: Susan R. Barry
  • Narrated by: Barbara Longo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When neuroscientist Susan Barry was 50 years old, she took an unforgettable trip to Manhattan. As she emerged from the dim light of the subway into the sunshine, she saw a view of the city that she had witnessed many times in the past but now saw in an astonishingly new way. Skyscrapers on street corners appeared to loom out toward her like the bows of giant ships. Tree branches projected upward and outward, enclosing and commanding palpable volumes of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By GEDYR on 09-18-18

Hope for Strabismus Sufferers

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

What did you love best about Fixing My Gaze?

How Susan explained all the scientific portions in an easy to understand manner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fixing My Gaze?

When Susan describes the first time she sees in 3D.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Susan describes the first time she sees in 3D.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. You need to take time to digest some of the information so taking more than a couple sessions to finish it is ideal.

Any additional comments?

This is a must read for anyone with strabismus; especially if you have had it since you were a baby. Susan explains the condition in an easy to understand manner and guides you through her transformation from seeing as a strabismic, to seeing in 3D. The journey she takes you on is worth the read in itself, even for someone who doesn't know what seeing with strabismus is like.

I have had esotropic strabismus for as long as I can remember (just like Susan) and have always been told by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists that I will never see in 3D. They have recommended surgery purely for cosmetic purposes and snark at the idea of vision therapy stating there is no scientific evidence that suggests it works. Susan touches on this topic and makes some very good points, especially for someone who is in "the business" herself.

This book gives people like me hope that perhaps there is a "cure" for long-time strabismus sufferers and that it is time the eye care professionals take a second look at vision therapy as that potential cure.