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Matthew L. Creech

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  • 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 41,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,105

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

Surprisingly insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I was expecting war stories and battlefield analogies, which the book provided in troves. But I wasn't expecting them to be as insightful and applicable to business and life. Though the authors learned their leadership lessons in extreme warfare conditions, they've done. a great job of extracting the core elements that apply to human nature as a whole, rather than just to soldiers or strict military-style organizations.

  • You Are a Badass at Making Money

  • Master the Mindset of Wealth
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,042

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a refreshingly frank and entertaining step-by-step guide to overcoming the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success out of reach and to giving yourself the permission to make the kind of money you've never made before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Falls Short of Expectations

  • By Gabriel B. on 02-14-18

Wanted to like it, but pulled down by froo-froo

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I feel like Jen has some really good points in this book around personal motivation, the power of mindset, how we unconsciously self-sabotage, etc. Unfortunately it's mixed with so much self-help woo that it's hard to get excited about or really internalize the material, unless you're the kind of person who's already been to Tony Robbins conferences. Each time there's a good metaphor, or a funny joke that makes me get on board, it's followed by some references to "universal intelligence" (basically god, or your spirit animal, or whatever), or to "manifesting money" for yourself. It's also heavily biased toward the kind of person whose dream is to quit their barista job & make a living as a life coach, vs someone with an existing career that pays well and that they enjoy.

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  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,992

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Handful of Good Scripts

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-28-18

Great for amway salesmen, not self improvement

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The "magic words" used by the author to reframe, influence, and subconsciously tilt conversations are undoubtedly effective. But while a few are useful for just overcoming social friction or psychological hang-ups, most feel like they're geared solely toward selling bullshit by duping people into agreeing with whatever you propose (sidestepping merit entirely).

I'm sure this book is great if you're a used car salesman, multilevel marketing fan, or con artist. For folks seeking genuine ways to get their ideas across or communicate more effectively, look elsewhere.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,780

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

Controversial and too religious, but insightful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I can see why Peterson takes flak for several of his views, given how easily they're construed to support the sorts of prejudices & injustice that have been endemic to our culture for so long. But his points are clear and well-articulated, and his views, though perilously close to validating wrong-headed ways of thinking on the far right, are nonetheless reasonable and I think he argues for them well.

My primary criticisms aren't around the ideology that he's been publicly known for, but around the deeply religious and dark themes on which he fixates a bit too strongly. Some discussions of theology are enlightening along the path of understanding shared, timeless aspects of our psyche; but in other parts he's quoting Bible verses randomly, apparently for illustration or allegory but to unclear ends. Similarly the fixation on the extreme evils of Hitler, Stalin, etc. helps to drive some points home, but is over used and gets a bit tiresome.

Overall an enlightening read though, and a fresh perspective on several subjects typically considered taboo for serious reasoned discussion.

  • The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

  • By: Gucci Mane, Neil Martinez-Belkin
  • Narrated by: Guy Lockard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,062

For the first time, Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive - a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past. Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Dee on 12-09-17

Exciting atmosphere but lacking content

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Started out fairly strong -- exciting world of drugs & crime, rich details that can only come from a first hand account of someone who's lived that life. But the novelty wore off, and the remainder of the book started to feel more like a combination of juvenile "look at all the crazy stuff I've done" + an uncompelling feel-good story about lessons learned. Overall: entertaining, but not compelling and I didn't come away with much other than a few laughs and slightly more background about the lives of a few rappers.

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,788

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idea-meritocracy/Principles Reference

  • By Patrick Eberle on 06-30-18

Fantastic book about relentless self-improvement

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

"Principles" captures several of the life lessons I'd absorbed over the years, but have never been able to articulate clearly. By doing so -- breaking down an effective approach for decision-making and interacting with others, and illustrating the role of radical honesty and openness in constantly improving yourself -- Dalio shows how those lessons/princioles can be applied to any domain in work, personal finances, romantic relationships, family, or even major life decisions. It's a long read, but your time is well compensated with a rich understanding of how to build your own principles.

  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

  • By: Robert A. Glover
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Keefe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732

Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Things that make you go Hmm...

  • By Nigel on 01-26-16

Eye-opening look at modern men's mindsets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This book was a captivating read. Early examples of "nice guys" are a bit extreme or describe people with serious relationship it emotional problems, so I didn't quite identify; but as the author goes on to describe the nice guy's thought processed, subconscious tendencies, and how those affect his life, I had a "come to Jesus" moment in realizing he was describing me precisely. An excellent read for understanding the nice guys in your life (and/or yourself), and learning how to help them/you become freer and more interesting people.

  • The Lessons of History

  • By: Will, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must for every Educated Person

  • By BradleyBurr on 10-29-07

Dated but insightful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Commentary has occasional eminders that the authors' views on religion & politics are quite dated (remarks about loosening morals, etc.) but on the whole their summary of the lessons history is remarkably insightful & balanced for its time.