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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74,049

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Reeks of arrogance and fakery.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

It's basically the musings of a 14 year old. Extrapolate all the things you learned as an adolescent, and you could write this book too. So could your parents. And their parents. This book puts fresh packaging on age old ideas. The few original concepts in this book are baseless, faulty, and unreliable. So if you're 13 you could learn a lot from this book, or just wait a year and it will come to you.

  • 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 2,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927

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?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes. Wayyyyyyy too much useless fluff.

  • By Michael Kim on 11-08-17

Read by a short circuiting crackhead robot.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

The reader performance makes this book impossible to listen to. And it takes waaaaaay too long to get ti the point. This book might be okay to read(probably not), but it is pure hell as an audio book.

  • King Me

  • What Every Son Wants and Needs From his Father
  • By: Steve Farrar
  • Narrated by: Chris Fabry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Using kings of the Old Testament as character studies, Steve Farrar examines the critical role a father plays in preparing his son to become a godly man. What separated the good kings from the bad kings was a father who made time commitments to mentor his son, by modeling biblical manhood. Do you want your son to become a man of regal character? Then this book is for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EVERY Man and Boy Alive Should Read This!!

  • By jasonstuff on 07-20-12

Shaky theology

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Seems to misrepresent some very basic Bible truths to make a point. Kind of puts the rest of the book in question for me. Not a very interesting listen either way, so no big loss.

  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars 8,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,763

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Badass 2.0

  • By Kathleen on 04-25-17

Horrid reading, cringe worthy witt. Never on topic

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Im sooo glad that I can get rich without working! Just trust the universe as the author preaches!

Hey Sigmund Freud. Will you PLEASE get to the point. You are not a psychologist, you give obvious and/or terrible advice about human behavior. Like a cross between Dr Phill and an arrogant community College student.

This book is why authors should NEVER read their own book. Ugh. Kill it with fire!

Over two hours into this book and I feel dumber. She has not made a single point that is not basic common sense. But I guess that's how you sell a lot of books.

And OMG the jokes, witt and humor make me want to vomit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Real Artists Don't Starve

  • Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age
  • By: Jeff Goins
  • Narrated by: Stu Gray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

Best-selling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Classic!

  • By Emmanuel on 06-11-17

Terrible reading, terrible advice.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

As a FT working artist I think this book is terrible across the board. Terrible advice, terrible case studies. If you are thinking about being a full time artist, PLEASE do not read thus book. The author's embarrassingly bad reading makes an already terrible book even worse.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

  • The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs
  • By: Kevin Kruse
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kruse
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Kruse presents the remarkable findings of his study of ultraproductive people. Based on survey research and interviews with billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs - including Mark Cuban, Kevin Harrington, James Altucher, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes - Kruse answers the question: What are the secrets to extreme productivity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Brobot on 06-02-17

Terrible reading

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

I would rather stick pins under my finger nails than listen to this reader. Terrible basic advice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Billion Dollar Painter

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light
  • By: G. Eric Kuskey
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

G. Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade and close friend until the artist's death in 2012, tells Kinkade's story for the first time, from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. It's a tale of addiction and grief, of losing control, and ultimately, of the price of our dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening - pun intended

  • By Julie B on 11-12-14

Wow

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Really well written, and very good narration. Amazing story. I couldn't turn it off. Thanks

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Dad

  • Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be
  • By: Jim Daly
  • Narrated by: Jim Daly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is an expert in fatherhood - in part because his own 'fathers' failed him so badly. His biological dad was an alcoholic. His stepfather deserted him. His foster father accused Jim of trying to kill him. All were out of Jim's life by the time he turned 13. Isn't it odd - and reminiscent of the hand of God - that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a kid and son were pretty messed up?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read for new or old parents.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-14-15

Just an autobiography

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who wants to hear Jim Daly talk about his childhood.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by Jim Daly

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Daly?

Anybody

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Good Dad?

The entire book, or just retitle it as an autobiography

Any additional comments?

This book has zero fatherhood advice 2 hours into it. Every detail is about Jim's bad childhood. Not what I was expecting. Returned.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Making It in the Art World

  • New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money
  • By: Brainard Carey
  • Narrated by: Peter Drew
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

Learn how today’s artists survive, exhibit, and earn money, without selling out! This book explains how to be a professional artist and new methods to define and realize what success means. Whether you’re a beginner, a student, or a career artist looking to be in the best museum shows, this book provides ways of advancing your plans on any level. Making It in the Art World is an invaluable resource for artists at every stage, offering readers a plethora of strategies and helpful tips to plan and execute a successful artistic career.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my style

  • By katie on 09-07-15

outdated all around. Reader is suicide inducing.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

What disappointed you about Making It in the Art World?

Want to know how a 70 year old sold art 15 years ago? This is your book!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of the Start 2.0

  • The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything
  • By: Guy Kawasaki
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

Whether you're an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur, or a not-for-profit leader, there's no shortage of advice on such topics as writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital, and branding. In fact there are so many books, articles, and websites that many startups get bogged down to the point of paralysis, or they focus on the wrong priorities and go broke before they discover their mistakes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like a collection of about.com articles

  • By Lee on 06-15-15

For Silicon Valley only

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Stanford students

Any additional comments?

The author explicitly states that his advice is given assuming, "you want to start the next Google." And also, "assuming you are building a tech startup."
That is really the only world the author knows. He went to Stanford and stayed in the Valley for most of his career. His advice is stone cold tech startup silicon valley thinking. I'm sure it would benefit others, but not as much as other books.