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  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, 10th Anniversary Edition

  • Follow Them and People Will Follow You
  • By: John Maxwell
  • Narrated by: John Maxwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,002

If you've never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you've been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you'll love this new expanded and updated one. Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better. Seventeen new leadership stories are included and two new Laws of Leadership are introduced. New evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths - and weaknesses....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incomplete

  • By Yolanda Charles on 09-30-18

very dense and detailed, but accessible

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

The best thing about this book is that John Maxwell narrated it himself. And once you finish the book and reflect on that it would be completely hypocritical of the values he espouses if he didn't.

The book is liberally peppered with anecdotes of his own business/leadership experiences. And this gives his book an authenticity and credibility. Plus he liberally peppers the book with examples illustrating how a law was applied beautifully - or when it was misapplied and the resulting consequences. Many of these examples are familiar to us from the news/media, and that makes the book very accessible.

This is a book though that needs to be listened to many times - for me I'd say I'd have to listen to it at least twice more - because it's a very dense book. You certainly get your money's worth in terms of advice. He doesn't hold back.

I took one star off because, for me, I don't feel that it's worth the investment of another 7-10 hours of further listening.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Introductory Literature; Lousy Production

  • By Rich on 12-11-15

quite like nothing I've read before, loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I admit I only bought this book because it was inexpensive, and yet 3+hrs long. I started listening to it in bed, when I had a cold - and quickly became interested. Normally I listen to audio books when I am going for my daily walks.

I truly loved this book. I've never read anything written from a dog's perspective, and so I wasn't expecting much. However to me the book is truly unique. The story starts with Buck living a pretty average dog's life, then it's swiftly changed to a very physically and psychologically tough life. Then it changes to a completely miserable existence. And then changes again to a life of happiness and mutual love.

The final transition takes Buck to where the title alludes: to finding himself, the dog, and where he's meant to be. I don't want to give spoilers - so I am being deliberately vague.

The trajectory of the story was engaging, believable, satisfying - and very well done.

This is a book I will listen to again and again.

  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running

  • A Memoir
  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,581

From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is what it says it is

  • By Rick on 03-10-09

perfect ratio of running and writing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I bought this book to listen to with my husband, since we are both lapsed runners. I thought it would be interesting to hear the personal history of a long-distance runner - who's been running for 25+ years. And it was interesting.

It wasn't a dry training record, listing races and times and training regime. Though the book was peppered with bits of that, in enough detail for the listener to get a really good (honest) insight into his caliber as a runner. Murikami did call a spade a spade, if he had a bad race he owned it.

But Murikami is more than a runner, he's also a writer, and someone who thinks about things. I really enjoyed how he wove stories about his writing, his lifestyle, his marriage into the memoir. He also shared a lot of personal philosophy - which is also something I've always liked to read, from any writer.

When the book ended I felt that I had a nice insight into Murikami as a person - a runner, and a writer. Without the writing he'd not have become a runner, and without the running he'd not have been a writer of the caliber he is.

  • High Performance Habits

  • How Extraordinary People Become That Way
  • By: Brendon Burchard
  • Narrated by: Brendon Burchard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893

After extensive original research and a decade as the world's highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits and you win. Neglect them and life is a never-ending struggle. We all want to be high performing in every area of our lives. But how?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the First 3 Chapters

  • By John on 07-20-18

helps the ordinary person (like me) achieve more

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

This is a very dense book. Brendon offers concrete strategies to implement for every habit. There is almost too much to implement. I have listened to this book twice - and it's been a fascinating journey.

I suffer from depression, and found that listening to Brendon's audio book made a positive impact on my mood on low days. Brendon is the narrator, and he comes across as very genuine. I feel that he really does want me (the reader) to improve the quality of my life, improve my productivity, and move closer to realising my potential.

After listening to the audio book twice, I have now begun reading the physical book. I am highlighting the important-to-me parts. And I have started a journal to work on implementing each of the strategies.

I like reading self-development books, and I like learning from other people's experiences. Brendon collates the experiences of successful people - to help the ordinary person like myself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manage Your Day-to-Day

  • Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
  • By: Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor)
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,970
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,616

Are you overextended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda by the time you leave the office? The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amid chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for creatives!

  • By M. E. Donnelly on 07-16-13

I wasn't their target audience

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This book is written for people who work in creative industries. And I am sure that the credible contributors to the book offer great advice for those folk. But for me it wasn't what I needed. The audio book did miss the first syllable of every chapter - which was shabby editing of the audio. That made me not want to listen to it a second time to see if I could get more from the advice offered.

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

cleverly put together, and insightful

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I learned a lot about how serving in the military (in a wide range of roles) can affect individuals. The comedy was insightful - and I found the comedian's/veterans' stories very interesting. I was impressed at how the piece was put together, and this added to the enjoyment. It was funny, interesting and at times uncomfortable listening. This was well worth my time listening to, and it'd be great if it were in general circulation for non-Audible folk to hear. I think many people could benefit from hearing these stories.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Self-Discipline Blueprint

  • A Simple Guide to Beat Procrastination, Achieve Your Goals, and Get the Life You Want
  • By: Patrik Edblad
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Certified mental-trainer Patrik Edblad has helped hundreds of coaching clients and thousands of people beat procrastination and achieve their goals. In this audiobook, he lays out the complete step-by-step guide to developing relentless self-discipline.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen.

  • By MA521 on 01-03-19

I got so much out of this book

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I am so glad that I bought this book. What I like about it the most is that it's entire content is a long list of practical tools (strategies) to employ to improve self-discipline. There's a small amount of theory to preface each tool, and that's helpful for folk like me who like to know why I should try something out.

The 15 tools provided are helpful - and they are realistic and do-able. I have listened to the book three times, and have one-by-one implemented the tools that appeal to me (manage your time, commitment devices, protect your times, measure your progress). There are a few more I'll introduce in time. Most importantly we are told we must show up, and do the work.

The part of the book that I like the most is the setting the foundation. The tools are very valuable. However without setting the foundation it is naive and unrealistic to think that you'll either implement or maintain them. As a result I've spent time and effort setting up the practices of eating better, getting good sleep, exercising daily, and managing my stress (deep breathing).

I like that that book is only 2.5 hours long. It's a manageable length of time - and meant that I listened to the full thing over 5 days (during my 30-minute walks). It's a great book, and it's a valuable collection of tools.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,383

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but the volume was all over the place

  • By Charles Johnson on 12-17-16

The story and performance were fabulous

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I am not at all familiar with this book - having not read it as a child or adult. I've heard of it, but knew nothing of the story. I bought the book because it was on promotion for only a few dollars. So I thought I'd give it a go.

Michael York's narration was fabulous. He has a lovely speaking voice for the general story narration. And he has a wide range of voices for the different characters - all of which I loved.

The story itself is so interesting and engaging and different from anything I've read (I don't normally read childrens' books). I loved every minute of it. I can see why it's a classic. I went to wikipedia afterward to read about the history of the book and CS Lewis. When I listened to the book a second time I got a lot more out of it.

I enjoyed it so much, and will certainly listen to it again one day.

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • By: Katherine Paterson
  • Narrated by: Robert Sean Leonard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together, they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By R. G. Pickering on 09-16-16

This much-loved book just wasn't for me

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I was excited to listen to this book. I am not familiar with it, but I read the enthusiast reviews in Amazon and know that it's a much-loved book. Also that fact that it has frequently been banned piqued my interest. Maybe without all the build-up I'd have enjoyed it and appreciated it more.

I usually listen to all my audio books at least twice. Alas with this book I didn't feel inspired to do that. However if I do listen again, and I get something more out of it from a subsequent reading I'll come back and change my ratings.

  • The Upward Spiral

  • Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
  • By: Alex Korb PhD.
  • Narrated by: David deVries
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this audiobook offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towardsa happier, healthier life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical & Positive

  • By Sara on 07-05-15

Helped me to avert a major depression relapse

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I got a lot out of this book. I suffer from nasty Major Depression - which I do my best to manage with light medication and healthy lifestyle habits. However when my mother died I was very worried that grief would spin off into a psychological meltdown because of my underlying depression. I needed extra help.

Even though I feel I'm pretty switched on with things that help support good mental health (sleep, exercise, healthy diet) this book provided lot of extra suggestions that I could implement. I added smiling and laughing (they don't have to be real), stretching, head-up-shoulders-back, being in the company of people (library, coffee shop) when you feel like isolating, writing a daily list of things to be grateful for. I made a list of 12 things to add. They do make a difference.

The pain of losing my mother is real - and avoiding a relapse into Major Depression is helping me to grieve fully.