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  • Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
  • By: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Overwork is the new normal. Rest is something to do when the important things are done - but they are never done. Looking at different forms of rest, from sleep to vacation, Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang dispels the myth that the harder we work the better the outcome. He combines rigorous scientific research with a rich array of examples of writers, painters, and thinkers - from Darwin to Stephen King - to challenge our tendency to see work and relaxation as antithetical.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • take naps

  • By samsamcan on 01-25-18

All we need is Rest

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-15-18

Rest is a great book. We have to take time away for leisure, which is different from idleness. We need to know how to relax, to recharge our batteries.

  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the best of all times

  • By Neuron on 02-25-18

Excelent Book!

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Reviewed: 09-09-18

My favorite book of 2018. Gives a great vision of today’s world. Deep and insightful!

  • Solve for Happy

  • Engineer Your Path to Joy
  • By: Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by: Mo Gawdat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

In 2001 Mo Gawdat realized that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would: examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness. Thirteen years later, Mo's algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation—and it saved them from despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to sound immature but...

  • By Amazon customer on 05-06-17

It can change your life

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-10-17

Solve for Happy is another book I recommend. It is from a Google X engineer who lost his son due to a medical error in Dubai and struggle to find the formula of happiness. What to take out of your life, what points of view to modify and what to add to be happier. It's a pretty good book till the last few chapters when he tries to discredit the theory of evolution. If you put that aside, it's a great book, beyond a shadow of a doubt!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Michael Jordan

  • The Life
  • By: Roland Lazenby
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By eduardo on 03-02-15

Good to remember Air Jordan

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Reviewed: 03-03-17

Another good biography. A little bit long, 708 pages, with a slow start (why beginning with the life of his great grandfather?), that gains speed after the 50th page and demystify many things about a great athlete. I had a clear perception that luck played a big role in his life, but consistency, persistency and work ethic were more important by themselves. Basket all is a game of habits.
An able person and always critic of himself and of others. He could score constantly more than 30 points a game, and many times more than 50.
The greatest NBA superstar, full of charisma. The man that inflated NBA earnings in billions of dollars a year.
Very good to remember NBA's golden time, and its king, Air Jordan.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,742

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

The Soul of The Super Achievers

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-22-16

I have been studying ways to improve myself and my kids for almost a decade. I've read and listened to many books that talked about grit. And I searched many times for "Angela Duckworth and grit". Well, what a beautiful surprise to find this excellent book and to listen to it twice already, in the month of its release. Angela Duckworth is the main scientist that studies GRIT. And in this book she delivers all her knowledge in a very profound yet comprehensive way.
But, instead of writing only about grit and her researches, she goes beyond and talks about play, deliberate practice, flow and many other important topics of the psychology of success.
I will try to highlight the message, but I recommend you to read the book at least once.
Grit is a consistency of effort and practice. A gritty person have the attitude of never giving up, have an obsession and go for it, try to be the best in the world and always search for ways to improve; A gritty person has passion and perseverance.
Having grit is better than having talent (but better to have both). To have grit is to have a laser bean focus (specially on your weaknesses) to achieve what you desire, to get feedback from others and from yourself and use it to make adjustments to be more competent.
A terrific book with plenty of sound advices. Read it and share with others that the ultimate book of success has arrived.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,844

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Worth every penny

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Reviewed: 04-04-16

I liked Charles Duhigg's first book, so I read this second one with enthusiasm. What called my attention is that the book is very practical and useful.
What worked for him, to write this book, works for virtually everyone.
Here are his key concepts to become more productive and work smarter, faster and better:
First: prove to yourself you are in control (when answering to e-mails, write short sentences then fill in).
Second- ask Why you are doing this (marines)- affirmations of our deeper values and goals.
Third- two kinds of aims: stretch goals (to spark big ambitions) and a smart goal - to form a concrete plan- write to do lists with overarching ambitions and subgoals (plans) and timeline- did you do in a week what you planned? If not, change plans
Fourth- maintain focus- what to expect to see (envision once a week or every day)- mental model of what to ignore or go after (a story inside his head)
Fith: decision making, when confronted with the unexpected- envision multiple futures beforehand- wiser decisions

Definitely a great book, worthy of listening to.

128 of 143 people found this review helpful

  • Diagnosis: Mercury

  • Money, Politics, and Poison
  • By: Jane M. Hightower
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

One morning in 2000, Dr. Jane Hightower walked into her exam room to find a patient with disturbing symptoms she couldn’t explain. The woman was nauseated, tired, and had difficulty concentrating, but a litany of tests revealed no apparent cause. She was not alone. Dr. Hightower saw numerous patients with similar, inexplicable ailments, and eventually learned that there were many more around the nation and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Watch out for he poison we eat!

  • By ANDRÉ on 02-19-16

Watch out for he poison we eat!

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Reviewed: 02-19-16

I am a doctor since 2002. I've never had a patient that had been diagnosed with mercury intoxication. Until I started to feel brain fog, fatigue, irritability, tremors, problems with my vision (photophobia, difficulty following fast objects...), headaches and muscle twitches. I did 3 blood tests last year, a ct scan, a brain and back MRI. Everything was normal. My colleagues though that I was stressed out. But I felt like I was poisoned. My memory was bad, I had trouble finding words. Until I finally closed the diagnosis: mercury poisoning. Within 20 days of chelation I was almost 100%. I love fish! I always thought that fish was good for me and for my patients. Mercury? What mercury?
So I end up with this book. And it is very well researched and easy to understand. Despite more than 10 hours, it is very fast paced (I listened to it in 3 days) and should be more widespread. We have the right to know the poisons we are eating (mercury poisoning is a big deal), and the right to choose an alternative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Five Keys to Mindful Communication

  • Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals
  • By: Susan Gillis Chapman
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

Good communiation is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it's between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers. In this book Susan Chapman, a marriage and family therapist and a longtime meditation teacher, explains how mindfulness can be brought to bear in the way we speak and listen to each other so that we can strengthen our connections and better accomplish our goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delivers on message, in a Clear and Meaningful Way

  • By LCNanny on 12-22-15

Soothing

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Reviewed: 02-03-16

I bought the book because I was very jumpy, stressed out. And the book gave me a calming effect, similar as chamomile tea. And also I started meditating, thanks to the author.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

The Book for Optimal Health

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Reviewed: 10-12-15

I've read many diet and health books in the last 5 years. Some, I believed in parts, like Wheat Belly, some I disregarded, like bulletproof diet. But the China Study deserves our attention. The author, Dr Campbell, is a renown scientist, who introduces a new concept, at least for me, that animal protein is bad. I am a doctor, a cardiologist, and I've never heard that animal protein could be one of the causes of heart disease, auto-immune diseases, and cancer. The arguments that he uses are reasonable, so I started to change my diet.
Read it, it's worth the time and money. Health always in first place.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Positive Dog

  • A Story About the Power of Positivity
  • By: Jon Gordon
  • Narrated by: Jon Gordon
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 980

Discover the benefits of being positive. We all have two dogs inside of us. One dog is positive, happy, optimistic, and hopeful. The other dog is negative, mad, sad, pessimistic, and fearful. These two dogs often fight inside us, but guess who wins the fight? The one you feed the most. So begins the story about a negative mutt named Matt and a big dog named Bubba who teaches him how to feed himself with positivity each day and in the process Matt transforms his own life and the shelter they call home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • possibly the worst book I've ever read

  • By Amy on 07-26-15

My daughter loved it

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Reviewed: 07-19-15

Today we spent time listening to this book. We both became more positive and had fun together.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful