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  • Give Yourself the Gift of Done
  • By: Jon Acuff
  • Narrated by: Jon Acuff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949

Acuff knows the reason why many writers' novels go unfinished - it's the same reason why gyms are filled in the first week of January and empty by the end of the month and why people stop learning a new language once they get past the easy parts. It's not just that people lose momentum or get distracted. People give up on projects when they fail to live up to their own high expectations and decide that if they can't do something perfectly, they won't do it at all. If you're going to finish, you have to kill perfectionism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and read this book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-17

Perfect for perfectionist!

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Reviewed: 09-26-17

I'm not a perfectionist. I'm more on the mediocrity+ train. But I know a lot of perfectionist and the tips for finishing in the book are great for any personality type. Well done, Mr. Acuff!

  • Barking up the Wrong Tree

  • The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
  • By: Eric Barker
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,194

By looking at what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them - and find out, in some cases, why it's good that we aren't. Barking up the Wrong Tree draws on startling statistics and surprising anecdotes to help you understand what works and what doesn't, so you can stop guessing at success and start living the life you want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable wisdom. I just wish I were the author

  • By Celso Relvas on 03-21-18

The best book on success I've read all year!

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Reviewed: 08-29-17

Most books on this subject go rather long into one particular area, and tend to stretch it out far longer than need be. Eric Barker keeps the subject of success very fresh by using fun illustrations from various people who are far more exciting than the statistics that are often quoted. We get to hear about Pirates and geniuses and robots and ninjas and so on, so the book feels much more like a story on success rather than just the particular details on the percentages of people being happy in some area or another. All in all, it's a fantastic read and pulls together information that you can find in probably a dozen other books but does it far better than you will find anywhere else. Well done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lean Startup

  • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • By: Eric Ries
  • Narrated by: Eric Ries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,624

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, mature but not original or essential

  • By Jason Comely on 02-19-13

Exactly what a start-up needs to know!

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Reviewed: 08-15-17

Eric Ries does a masterful job of breaking down the details of lean as it pertains to people in the unique situation of being a startup. This book is now on the top of my list for new business owners to read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Search for God and Guinness

  • A Biography of the Beer That Changed the World
  • By: Stephen Mansfield
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

The history of Guinness, one of the world's most famous brands, reveals the noble heights and generosity of a great family and an innovative business. It began in Ireland in the mid-1700s. The water in Ireland, indeed throughout Europe, was famously undrinkable, and the gin and whiskey that took its place devastated civil society. It was a disease-ridden, starvation-plagued, alcoholic age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God Bless Guinness

  • By RUAble on 02-20-18

Great example of good character and business

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Reviewed: 07-24-17

While a bit long on the particulars of Guinness history in some parts, overall this book provides an excellent example of the generational impact character, Godly pursuits, and setting a high bar can have. The Guinness story is one every business should know by heart, and their generosity one they should emulate.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nathan Coulter

  • By: Wendell Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

This, the first title in the Port William series, introduces the rural section of Kentucky with which novelist Wendell Berry has had a lifelong fascination. When young Nathan loses his grandfather, Berry guides listeners through the process of Nathan's grief, endearing the listener to the simple humanity through which Nathan views the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, well read

  • By Jenna Moon on 08-16-10

Another beautiful work...

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Reviewed: 10-16-16

Wonderful slice of life by Mr. Wendell Berry. He's a master at telling the slow story and keeping you hooked the entire time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better as an Adult!

  • By Rick on 01-10-17

Brilliant in every way!

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Reviewed: 09-27-16

Nick Offerman does this classic tome more than justice. He's the perfect match for Twain's wit and boyhood tales. I hope he'll tackle anothern'.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Quest for Meaning: Values, Ethics, and the Modern Experience

  • By: The Great Courses, Robert H. Kane
  • Narrated by: Robert H. Kane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Is there an ethics that we can all agree on without stifling pluralism and freedom? What would such an ethics look like? Most important, how should you, as a thoughtful person, find your way among the moral puzzles of the modern world and its cacophony of voices and opinions? These are just some of the engaging and perplexing questions you'll tackle as you join Professor Kane for this thought-provoking, 24-lecture examination of the problems surrounding ethics in the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, Virginia, there is an objective truth.

  • By "unknown" on 07-17-14

Phenomenal!

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Reviewed: 08-02-16

One of the best lectures I've heard on any subject! Easy to listen to and covers some deep questions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Reason

  • A Response to the New Atheists
  • By: Ravi Zacharias
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

In The End of Reason, Zacharias underscores the dependability of the Bible along with his belief in the power and goodness of God. He confidently refutes Harris's claims that God is nothing more than a figment of one's imagination and that Christians regularly practice intolerance and hatred around the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a book that everyone needs to hear!!!!!!!!

  • By Dinosaur Dungeon on 12-17-14

Succinct and brilliant

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Reviewed: 07-01-16

Great book with a number of memorable points. Ravi tackles some big philosophical questions and does so with apparent ease. Even if you've not read Harris's book, this is still a great read for anyone asking the important questions in life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Business Secrets from the Bible

  • Spiritual Success Strategies for Financial Abundance
  • By: Daniel Lapin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

It's safe to say that nearly everyone is seeking a happier, more successful life. So then why do so few attain it? Business Secrets from the Bible proposes a new way to view and approach success—one based upon key concepts from the Bible that are actually surprisingly simple. Written especially for those seeking success in the realms of money, relationships, and spirituality, this book encourages listeners to realize their common mistakes, come to terms with them, and turn those mistakes into future triumphs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad philosophy, short on theology

  • By Michael on 06-14-16

Bad philosophy, short on theology

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Reviewed: 06-14-16

I had high hopes for this book, knowing the Bible has a great deal to say about the practical matters of life. However, I just couldn't keep listening to this. There were two instances that stood out to me that really made me question the author's biblical view and moral view. First, he used divorce as an example of change and how change can be positive. He said that he often encourages couples who are not compatible to go ahead and divorce and accept the change. What? The second is his ambiguous understanding of basic honesty, saying you should lie to a friend if it spares their feelings. Once again, what? Thou shalt not lie? While the book may usage some good advice for business, I would prefer to find that advice from someone I can trust.

65 of 71 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 41,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,096

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

One of the most engaging books on leadership ever!

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Reviewed: 06-10-16

Jocko and Leif did a fantastic job narrating their book, but more impressive is the straightforward and concise delivery of a host of critical tools to help leaders lead. Excellent work!