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Oscar Abarca

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  • Soccer Training: A Step-by-Step Guide on 14 Topics for Intelligent Soccer Players, Coaches, and Parents

  • Understand Soccer, Volume 1
  • By: Dylan Joseph
  • Narrated by: Dylan Joseph
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This is a high-level overview of the areas that can take a player from being a benchwarmer to MVP. In a day and age where many so-called experts' advice is to improve your conditioning, get more touches, try harder, and want it more, this audiobook stands out on delivering the steps to turn any player into a great performer.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quick and easy listen for this weekend's game

  • By Kevin on 03-21-19

What an amazing book

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Reviewed: 04-10-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I am so impressed with the clarity of this book. All skills and drills explained in this book are supported by the additional materials that this book includes. I am a very visual person so having those materials have really helped me coaching my team. I think that both parents and coaches alike will benefit from listening to this book. All the chapters include special considerations that parents and coaches can take in order to support the players better. I am really looking forward to listening to the other volumes.

  • Stop Procrastinating!

  • A Simple Guide of 5 Proven Methods to Solve Your Procrastination Equation, Learn How to Cure Your Laziness and Master Any Goal Today!
  • By: Brian Meadows, Tracy Scott
  • Narrated by: KC Wayman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4 out of 5 stars 11

If you want to learn how to solve your procrastination problem for good and reach any goal on time, then check out this audiobook. Even if you’ve spent your entire life procrastinating and never really achieved any of your goals, you can learn how to start today moving toward any goal you want.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you’re a procrastinator- You Need This!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-04-19

Basic methods to stop procrastinating

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Reviewed: 03-25-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I found this book very interesting. I found this book had some interesting basic information on why and how to stop procrastinating things. Didn't find anything that you would not be able to read or learn in a professional development training or anything similar. I found the narration very compelling and made me stay listening.

  • Empathetic Leadership

  • 47 Practical Tips for Leading with Kindness, Courage, and Confidence in an Age of Disruption
  • By: Michael Brisciana
  • Narrated by: Matyas Job Gombos
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Are you looking to raise your leadership game and have a deeper and more sustainable impact on your team, your organization, and your career? Are you interested in learning time-tested principles that help you engage more fully with team members, improve individual and team performance, and are aligned with your values? If so, leading with empathy may be the perfect leadership style for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Ideas for people in Leadership

  • By margaret on 03-07-19

Decent read if you are interested in suggestions

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Reviewed: 03-07-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I found this book very interesting. It includes several tips for an "empathetic approach" for different leading situations. However, other than some good quotes on leadership and a couple of good examples of good leaders, I didn't find anything that "wowed" me. I was expecting more of the psychological side of empathy in leaders and groups in general and how this translates into success in an organization. I didn't feel like there was a theoretical foundation that would support the experiences shared. I felt it was more like a "suggestions and tips from my experience" type of books. I have to say that I have listened to a couple of books narrated by Matyas Job Gombos and he is the best. It doesn't matter the topic his narration can keep you listening.

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  • After Watergate

  • The Renaissance of Richard Nixon
  • By: Michael A. Endicott
  • Narrated by: Benjamin McLean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    4 out of 5 stars 7

This is a story about politics, history, and power. But, most of all, this is a story about a working-class kid from the south side of Tacoma, Washington, who became a Secret Service agent and traveled the world, building a relationship with one of America’s most controversial Presidents, Richard Nixon, and Mrs. Nixon. This is a story about perseverance and friendship - and a story no one else can tell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another side of the President

  • By Kingsley on 02-22-19

You have to listen to this book

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Reviewed: 03-01-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Former President Nixon is mostly known for the bad decisions that he made during the presidency that pushed him to resign to the Presidency. This book is an amazing intimate view of former President Richard Nixon shared by one of his closest confidants several years after resigning to the presidency. Mr. Endicott was one of the secret service agents in charge of the protection of Mr. Nixon after Watergate and established such a close relationship with him that became his personal security after Nixon decided to wave completely his secret service protection The stories are mindblowing and it definitely helps us understand better the personality and experience of the Nixons behind closed doors. Mr. Endicott's experience with the Nixons is one that no one ever had with the former president. I wonder sometimes how such public and powerful people struggle to establish close relationships. I am very surprised this book is not making a bigger buzz in the news considering the current political climate. I wish that we could see more of the real person and avoid the nasty partisanship that is destroying our capacity to listen to each other's differences. Great read!

  • Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

  • A Beginners Guide to 16:8
  • By: Robert Paxton
  • Narrated by: Bill Burrows
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

What if low calorie diets are the reason you can’t get results? Imagine feeling sexy and confident in your favorite clothes without sacrificing the foods you love. Picture feeling confident, sexy, and vibrant without counting a single calorie! Being overweight my entire childhood, all of my teenage years, and the better part of my 20s left me longing for a body I could feel confident in; and envious of everyone getting results on diets I barely dropped a pound on. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for this IF beginner

  • By Oscar Abarca on 03-01-19

Great for this IF beginner

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Reviewed: 03-01-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Am I addicted to sugar? I asked my wife, and it seems like we are. I found this book extremely helpful to understand the basics of intermittent fasting and how to boost our weight loss. My wife and I have found fasting a good tool in the past (Spiritually and physically) but the concept of using it for weight loss was mindblowing. We have made our goal to follow the 4-week program starting with our 48-hour fasting (:S).

  • The Prince and the Princess in the Forest

  • Fairy Story Shorts
  • By: Clive Johnson
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

 

A prince and princess from distant lands are destined to marry but must face many dangers and overcome trickery before they can finally be wed. Robbers, trolls, wild beasts, and more all feature in this delightful retelling of the classic Danish fairy tale. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing is so strange as the unfamiliar

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 02-26-19

Clive Johnson never dissappoints

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Reviewed: 03-01-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. My kids and I have listened to other Clive Johnson's stories and we've loved them all. The prince and the princess in the forest is not the exception. I would totally recommend parents to get their books and use them constantly with their kids instead of Ipads and videogames. Thank you, Clive for your efforts to strengthen kids imagination and creativity with your books

  • The Happiness Paradox

  • By: Richard Eyre
  • Narrated by: Paul Stefano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5

New York Times number-one best-selling author Richard Eyre contends that the three things today's society desires most - control, ownership, and independence - are, paradoxically, what bring the most discouragement and unhappiness in our lives. Providing a mind-changing exploration of the inherent problems with our fixation on material possessions, control over our lives, and independence from others, Eyre responds with a unique and engaging counterpoint of how to switch to the joy-giving alternatives of serendipity, stewardship, and interdependence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must-read

  • By Paul B Estrada on 05-08-19

I got dissapointed half way in the book

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-01-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I am always hesitant to give a negative review, but I think it is better to be honest in this review. This book caught my attention since I have always liked self-help books and thought this book would leave great teachings. The book is divided in two parts, the first part (Happiness paradox was pretty good. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I was happy to hear a couple of scriptures and references to my church's teachings. I believe the authors are members of my church. However, they lost me in the second part, starting with the concept of spiritual serendipity? I honestly lost interest after an hour of listening to the second part and stopped listening. Hope this feedback is helpful.

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  • The Thriving Introvert: Embrace the Gift of Introversion and Live the Life You Were Meant to Live

  • By: Thibaut Meurisse
  • Narrated by: Joshua Alexander
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
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    5 out of 5 stars 7
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    5 out of 5 stars 7

Feeling annoyed when people think you are shy? Tired of being told you should be more outgoing? No, you don’t lack anything. No, you don't need to be "fixed". You are an introvert. And you're full of amazing qualities that are greatly needed today! As an introvert, you have a valid role to play, so stop trying so hard to be an extrovert. This audiobook is a wonderful invitation for you to embrace your introversion and grow comfortable in your own skin. It’s a call to live the life you were meant to live as an introvert, without guilt or shame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good to hear I'm not weird...

  • By Linda S. Cord on 07-02-19

If you are an introvert...

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Reviewed: 02-22-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. For some reason, this book caught my attention and decided to listen to it. I have never considered myself an introvert, but as I listened to the book I realized that I do share a lot of the attributes of introverts. I have always wondered why extroverts are rewarded more for their performance and personalities. If you've never thought about listening to a book about introversion (like me) this book will be an eye-opener for you as it was for me. My favorite quote from the book is at the beginning of chapter 5 from Susan Cain author of "Quiet". "You've downplayed your strengths for too many years, you've tried so hard to be an extrovert... you are as powerful as an extrovert. you can become a leader for everyone around you. Your passion is your strength, your ideas are your weapons"

In a sense, the strategies and suggestions on networking and how to deal with an extrovert spouse were the most useful for me in this book. Every chapter includes practical introspective questions that can help you understand better how to fulfill our potential.

Introversion is a gift! And if we all learn how to take advantage of it we can be very successful. Thank you for writing this book and educate more on how valuable are the contributions of introverts to the world.

PS. Start listening to chapter 17. This is a questionnaire that will help you evaluate if you are an introvert or not.

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  • Hygge Living: The Practical Guide to Creating a Simple & Cozy Lifestyle the Danish Way

  • By: Thomas Nielson
  • Narrated by: Matyas J.
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

What if there was another way to live besides the rat race - a cozy, straightforward life built not around pursuing material goods but on being content with what already makes you happy. All you have to do is reach out and take it! Yes, the simple secret to a peaceful, happy lifestyle is waiting for you just around the corner. And that is living the hygge way. Simple yet effective living! Did you know Danes are consistently voted the happiest people in the world, and once you understand hygge, it’s no mystery why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Overview of Danish Mindful Living

  • By Ammon on 03-25-19

Very practical book

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Reviewed: 02-19-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This is the second book I about Hygge from this author. The greatest thing about this book is that is a very practical guide to help you walk around your home and really think deeply about the adjustments you can make to create a more Hygge-friendly environment. One of the greatest hits of Thomas Nielson's books is the narration. Matyas does a great job sharing the Hygge message during the books. I think more people should listen to this book, so go ahead and get it!

  • A Bedtime Meditation for Kids: A Read Aloud Outer Space Story to Help Children Fall to Sleep

  • Bedtime Stories for Children, Book 5
  • By: Ashley Joseph
  • Narrated by: Rod Johnson
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Does your child struggle to fall asleep easily? Then this story about an adventure in space might be just the thing they need to help them fall asleep themselves. Your child will take a journey in their imagination, far up into the night sky, and into outer space itself. If your child loves space stories or fun adventures, they'll love this bedtime meditation - and you'll love it, as the the story can help them relax and get ready for sleep. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Guided Meditation for Children

  • By Teresa on 02-17-19

My kids listened to this book last night

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Reviewed: 02-19-19

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This book was definitely a hit... This is not the first bedtime meditation book my kids listened to. If the kids approved I approve. I am really looking forward to listening to more of this author. The narration is great and it really transports the kids to outer space. There is "nothing better than listening to a book like this before going to bed," said one of my kids! Thank you for creating these books!

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