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  • The Miracle Morning

  • The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life - Before 8AM
  • By: Hal Elrod
  • Narrated by: Rob Actis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,563

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any - or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any - or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great program, AWFUL book

  • By Jessica on 05-31-13

Solid, but it could be summarized into an article.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

The book can be summarized into two bullet points:
- the miracle morning is made up of the 6 "life s.a.v.e.r.s.":
Silence,
Affirmations,
Visualization,
Exercise,
Reading and
Scribing (i.e. writing)

- if you perform the 6 "life savers" (not necessarily in that order and not necessarily in the recommended duration of 60 minutes altogether), your day will be off to an awesome start and you will experience life-changing results.

Although I already implement all of these practices early in the morning, I haven't experienced "life-changing results", though I have seen and felt a significant improvement in several segments of my life. Though the book blows this out of proportion, I think. Nevertheless, the suggestions are valid and supported by the occasional anecdote and vague reference to some study (this could be much more specific!). But what bothered me most was that the whole book was scattered with self-promotion on behalf of the author such as mind-blowing reviews of his courses, positive reviews of the book/method and so on. But if one were to ignore these parts and only focus on the 2-3 relevant chapters of the book and use them as a stepping stones to further reading material and deeper practices in all 6 of the "life savers", you could say the book was useful.

  • How to Be an Imperfectionist: The New Way to Self-Acceptance, Fearless Living, and Freedom from Perfectionism

  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Perfectionism is a naturally limiting mindset. For example, kids are taught to color inside the lines, and any color outside the lines is considered a mistake that must be corrected. Imperfectionism frees us to live outside the lines, where possibilities are infinite, mistakes are allowed, and self-judgment is minimal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please read 8,100,352 times

  • By Sandra Makuch on 10-16-16

Not particularly impressive, but still useful.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

This is one of those books that didn't quite leave an impression on me, though that's probably because I had high expectations for it in the first place. I think I'll have to give this another listen to be able to implement the author's suggestions fully and really get a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Some of the suggestions in the book were a bit extreme and somewhat absurd (such as lying down in public just to put yourself out there), though some were quite concrete and were nicely summarized in the final chapter of the book.

  • 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 4,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540

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?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the First 3 Chapters

  • By John on 07-20-18

Better to read than to listen to

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Although nothing extremely new is expressed in the book (it seems as though most of the ideas have already been discussed in a large number self-development and productivity books), the ideas are configured in a very systematic way that allow the reader to internalize them through examples and tasks. This is precisely why I believe this is one of those books that it's best to actually read (not listen to in audiobook format) and possibly take notes on, especially since there are interactive parts (questions/tasks) at the end of each chapter.

  • Hyperfocus

  • How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction
  • By: Chris Bailey
  • Narrated by: Chris Bailey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed as it is today. Many of us recognize that our brains struggle to multitask. Despite this, we feel compelled to do so anyway while we fill each moment of our lives to the brim with mindless distraction. Hyperfocus provides profound insights into how you can best take charge of your attention to achieve a greater sense of purpose and productivity throughout the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern way of just getting more out of Life

  • By Mac Family on 08-31-18

Full of precious gems

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Bailey did not disappoint me, as I expected. Apart from the many interesting findings and statistics he includes in the book to support his ideas and personal experiments with productivity (kudos on that!), I greatly appreciated the sections that explain the benefits of meditation for increasing focus and the suggestion to divide your work into the intentional-unintentional-purposeful-distracting diagram, which could greatly improve the way we look at tasks and prioritize them. There are, of course, many other gems in the book.

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  • Atomic Habits

  • Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,747
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10,088

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personal 2018.11

  • By Robert F. Jones on 11-10-18

Everyone has been raving on about it for a reason!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I can see now why everyone has been raving on about this book. I heard it explained as (and I'm paraphrasing here) the instruction manual for applying Duhigg's book The Power of Habit, and that really makes sense. I'm definitely going to have to read this again and use the spreadsheets that come with it. Clear really has done some wonderful work with this book and I think it will help so many people really regain control of their lives and habits.

  • The Calorie Myth

  • How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better
  • By: Jonathan Bailor
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Bailor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

In this revolutionary weight-loss program informed by more than 1,200 scientific studies, fitness and diet expert Jonathan Bailor offers concrete evidence that the calorie-counting model of weight loss doesn't work. In fact, cutting-edge science supports a radically different approach to weight loss and health, proving that by focusing on food and exercise quality - rather than calorie quantity - you can burn fat and boost health more easily and enjoyably that you ever thought possible.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • go to his website, for the love of God

  • By Michael S. Dunbar on 05-14-17

Nothing more to say apart from: life-changing.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Nothing more to say apart from: life-changing. It's was refreshing to come across a book about food and exercise that's written in a very fact-based, no-nonsense way, rather than your typical motivational and empty (albeit well-meaning), rah-rah kind of book. I've started implementing the suggestions the author gives mainly in my diet and partially to my exercise regimen (which is already established basically) and after only a few days, I feel more energetic and happier than I've been in months. I can't wait to see what the results will be after a longer time period!

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  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Every weekend, in basements and car parks across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it's only the beginning of his plans for revenge on the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enticing and, of course, better than the movie.

  • By Dora D on 10-17-18

Enticing and, of course, better than the movie.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

As usual, the book was better than the movie (at least in my personal opinion), especially when it came to the more dramatic, psychological moments.

  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the VERY Best!

  • By C. Freeman on 05-08-16

It covers every aspect of public speaking

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

A book that is definitely worth the time of anyone interested in public speaking and general presentation prep. Not only does Anderson go into detail about public speaking and the usual aspects of it (such as how to use your voice, your body language, etc.), he also goes into the topic of crafting speeches and even making presentations (a LOT of useful tips there!) and, at the very end, suggests innovative ways to really make your speech stand out from the rest. Many of the suggestions, however, are a bit "out there" and might not be well-accepted in an academic setting, but seeing as this is based on TED speeches, innovation like this is to be expected. It's useful to watch some of the speeches mentioned in the book just for additional reference. Also, I would not that anyone reading the book should be aware that they will probably have to adapt (learn to pick and choose) what they learn to their own needs and public speaking engagements.

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,826

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been better as a motivational poster

  • By andrew on 05-12-17

So simple, but extremely effective when applied.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

On the surface, the 5-second rule is banal and seemingly much too simple to call for an entire book that explains it. Yet we need it as a source of motivation and as a reminder that it actually works. Sometimes the simplest solutions in life are the most effective, and the 5-second rule is proof. I started implementing it as soon as I read the basic principles explained in the initial chapters and saw a positive effect immediately. The only issue with it that I can see in the future is actually sticking to it and reminding myself to apply it when things get tough. But it really is a life-changer, as long as you dedicate yourself to implementing it as it was intended.

  • The 12 Week Year

  • Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
  • By: Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough meat.

  • By Steven on 12-27-15

It got me excited to use Excel!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This is the first book I've read that's gotten me excited to plan things in Excel/Google Sheets. Enough said?

But just to add to this, even though I've yet to implement everything I've read in this book, I can see why everyone is raving on about it. The explained system isn't that revolutionary, but it's concise and truly actionable. What's more - it seems achievable from the get-go. This last factor (or rather the lack of it) is what turns people off many similar ideas which are based on annual planning (or even longer periods of time!). The 12-week year plan is strategic, simple and short.