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Not a fan.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I found this book to be very boring. Not sure who would benefit from it, but I did not.

The 5 Second Rule audiobook cover art
  • The 5 Second Rule
  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins

This book is a gimmick!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I'm obviously in the minority here, but I am so shocked that people are happy with this extremely simplistic message. I feel like Mel Robbins is using her name & fame to make some easy money. She uses phrases like "inventing this technique or rule' and it's 'based on science' etc. Seriously, it's literally counting backwards from five. I'm glad it helped her get out of bed in the morning, but come on!
Need courage? Want to start exercising? Stop smoking? Stop yourself from committing suicide? And, yes, need help getting out of bed in the morning? All you have to do is count backwards from five.
Lots of success stories - Mel fills up a lot of this book with her 'I love Mel, fan mail'. There is no substance here whatsoever and I feel like she's preying on those who need to be told that they can solve their problems and change their life forever by just counting backwards from five.
Sorry to sound a bit harsh, but I was very disappointed to have listened to this book in it's entirety - hoping for something meaningful or impactful, anything other than 'just count backwards from five'. It was insulting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This was a Sleeper.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

I had a very hard time getting through this book. I honestly don't know what I expected to learn about coal, but the performance made it difficult to stay engaged with this book. Not a very interesting story and a very monotone reading of the book. I know we're just talking about coal here, but I feel like this could have been done much better. Sorry, I cannot recommend this.

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Couldn't put this book down

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Great listen!
This fascinating, inspiring story reads like a novel. Elon Musk is a brilliant visionary, risk taker and certainly a very unique individual. Whether he's trying to save the world or just following his interests - I think it's amazing how he has challenged the status quo with great success - against insurmountable odds. I'm glad he has created new innovation and thousands of jobs in America. And what's a success story without some drama along the way.
I think there is something here for anyone interested in space exploration, renewable energy, taking chances & following your dreams and business leadership.
Great book!
Great story!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Complete

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

I enjoyed this combination of history, medical science and the human & emotional side of cancer. It was insightful and inspiring. I do not have cancer but this book provided me a more thorough comprehension of the disease and so much more respect & understanding for those affected by cancer. I feel more connected to them, as a fellow member of the human race, and motivated to support those working tirelessly for a cure. There have been many gifted pioneers who have contributed so much to the understanding of cancer and its treatment and eventual cure. I thank you all, for all you do.
We have come a long way - let's continue our efforts at curing this ugly disease.

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Boring

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

Maybe it's the subject matter, but this was a sleeper. I am an introvert, and for some reason I thought this book would provide insight on better understanding both introverts and extroverts. It was too basic and not at all useful or interesting to me.

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Not Worth the $$ (in my opinion)

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-13

A couple of OK sections on Plants that actually had a story behind them and there relationship with spirits, but for the most part, I found this to be very boring. It was like listening to someone read out of a dictionary. My book downloaded into hundreds of chapters - each a very short (just a few minutes) definition of the plant, botanical classification, and how to make a drink with it. I can Google plants too. I was hoping for more botanical history and fun, informative plant/spirits trivia, not a hundred plant definitions & drink recipes.
At the risk of sounding too critical, I did not care for the narration. Her loooong pronunciation of vowels and emotion in her voice was more suited for a Romance Novel.
Overall, I did not care for this book.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't get through this fast enough

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

I just wanted to learn more about Richard Nixon, his presidency and the history of the United States during that era. This was a very boring and overly detailed account of Nixon's political life, with so many details that provide little to no educational substance. Maybe better suited for a Political Science grad-student, than someone interested in political/presidential history. This is not a historical account of the Nixon years nor is it a biography.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great American, Ok book.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

A little disappointed considering the topic and all of the great reviews.
Good book for his close friends and family members who can appreciate all of the detailed conversations he had with various people he interacted with over the years, as well as, all of the details about his many jobs in the military.
I was looking for more of a historical - non fiction - novel type of book about his air combat missions, the pilots that served with him, and the role of air combat in WWII & Vietnam. These topics were barely covered as the author details Robin Olds' life from college through 30 years of military service and all the many jobs he held. I might have enjoyed an abridged version.
With that said, Robin Olds was an amazing fighter pilot and our military needs more soldiers like him and David Hackworth. Search Robin Olds on YouTube for reenactment videos of his air combat missions against MIG fighters.
Narration was superb.

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Fun Book!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

I really enjoyed this book because I learned a lot about many cars, the people behind their creation and what impact they had on society. I don't consider myself a huge car enthusiast (although, I do own a restored sports car from the 60's), but there wasn't a single car in this book that I didn't enjoy reading about. It is amazing how cars can define a culture, make or break an economy, and even have an effect on our political system. The only bad thing about this audio-book, is that there are no pictures. I was constantly looking these cars up on-line to see what they looked like. I'm sure this would be a great coffee table book because I'm guessing it has some great pictures.