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  • Sleep Better

  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Jade Alexis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

By now you know that getting enough sleep is one of the fundamental keys to overall health and well-being. But, achieving optimal shuteye and truly winding down at night are skills that few seem to have mastered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it .....but

  • By sweetclynbrite on 11-30-18

Great content, didn't find the narration relaxing

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The pace and the background music were good, and the content seemed to have potential. But I honestly didnt find the narration relaxing. Jade"s pronunciation and inflections were jarring to me. 😕

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

Good info, great narrator, some science is dated.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I'm a fan of this type of information, but one must realize that even a recent book is going to recognize its 'scientific' info is quick to become dated. The author is down on saturated fats (not entirely considered bad anymore) and touts the 'benefits' of canola (rape seed) oil, which is already thought to be detrimental to health. Take the bad with the good and recognize science is constantly updating what we know and can trust.

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,887

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Bad sequel after a strong start.

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

My buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series - strong characters, decent plot evolution, great narration. I have no idea what happend with this sequel, but it'll be the last I'm reading in this series.

The author seemed pandering to folks who like easy, deliberate writing. It seemed to want to appeal to young readers (think tweens or even younger). The story's 'reveals' were too obvious, too cliche. It's as if the author got feedback from a minority of audio book listeners and catered his story writing to the medium, but in a bad way.

It presented (read) like a teleplay of sorts. Some of the goofy tendencies which I disliked in the first book were carried forward and amplified. There were several instances where I groaned out loud it was so cliche and pandering.

**spoiler**

I almost gave up when I got to about the six-hour mark when he decided to have one of his characters invent ... the wheel. Literally, the wheel. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Then it got markedly worse as they then invented archery and writing. I could only shake my head.

I like strong female characters, but this book was too much and seemed overdone with exemplifying the role/type. We get it, enough already. I'm truly surprised this made it past editors and other readers in this state and was released. Maybe I'm just cynical and jaded, maybe.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 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 106,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,932

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

Don't fall for the glowing reviews

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Even though it's just over 5 hours long, there's about 20 minutes worth of substance here. The best part of this 'book' is the clever title. In reality, it's recycled fluff with nothing new to see (hear). A lot of it seems to be the author touted how unique and special he is.

Heed the warning; don't fall for the same hype I did.

  • Mini Habits

  • Smaller Habits, Bigger Results
  • By: Stephen Guise
  • Narrated by: Daniel Penz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

One afternoon - after another failed attempt to get motivated to exercise - I (accidentally) started my first mini habit. I initially committed to do one push-up, and it turned into a full workout. I was shocked. This "stupid idea" wasn't supposed to work. I was shocked again when my success with this strategy continued for months (and to this day). I had to consider that maybe I wasn't the problem in those 10 years of mediocre results. Maybe it was my prior strategies that were ineffective, despite being oft-repeated as "the way to change" in countless books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks Things Down Into Tiny Do-able Bits

  • By Sara on 11-26-14

Short book, yet still entirely too long

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

The idea behind this book is solid, and I appreciated the insight. That said, the whole message of this book, including the relevant details could be delivered in about 20 minutes. The other three hours are superfluous - the author just repeats himself. Yes, it was only $5, but considering its lack of content, even this was too high.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,101

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Set massive goals and take massive actions

  • By A. Yoshida on 04-06-16

Should have heeded the negative reviews

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

What would have made The TenX Rule better?

Substance. This is attempted empty motivation without anything to back it up. And Grant's accent bugged me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Grant Cardone’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Eye rolls, sighs, and turning it off.

Any additional comments?

4.6 stars (at the time I bought) would typically signify a marvelous book. Live and learn.

246 of 290 people found this review helpful

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,219

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Good information - if you can suffer through

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

What did you like best about Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement? What did you like least?

Good information, albeit pretty basic if you've listened to any other brain course.

Would you recommend Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The delivery is bad: over-the-top inflections, drawn out analogies, slow, almost pandering. Overall, I felt that I couldn't finish this one - I kept cringing and rolling my eyes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor John Medina’s performances?

No thank you.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Ha ha, no.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this style works for some people. I listen to a lot of the Great Courses, and I can't remember another I simply had to give up on.

15 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Blogging

  • What to Write about, How to Promote Your Blog, & How to Make Money Blogging
  • By: Mike Fishbein
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Blogging can be tremendously valuable to both individuals and businesses. The benefits of blogging include business marketing, personal and professional development, business networking, making money online, and more. There has never been a better time to start a blog! Digital marketing is a new frontier and blogging is at the forefront. The Ultimate Guide to Blogging covers everything you need to know about starting a blog, growing and promoting your blog, making money blogging, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Only about 40 minutes worth of content and...

  • By Robert on 12-19-14
  • The Ultimate Guide to Blogging
  • What to Write about, How to Promote Your Blog, & How to Make Money Blogging
  • By: Mike Fishbein
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes

Only about 40 minutes worth of content and...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

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

The author made the same points over and over again. If another section of the text referenced an idea he brought up already, he just wrote about it again. Sometimes using the same phrasing, like he didn't realize he'd already covered it. This book was a bit basic for me. The fundamentals are good for anyone, but it's not entirely practical in its methods of earning money via blogging. And the shameless self-promotion got old really fast.

Has The Ultimate Guide to Blogging turned you off from other books in this genre?

Instruction/education - you win some, you lose some.

What didn’t you like about Steve Barnes’s performance?

He read slowly, almost like he was milking it. He was very clear and articulate, just painfully slow. And when you read a URL, you really don't need to read, "H, T, T, P, colon, slash, slash"

What character would you cut from The Ultimate Guide to Blogging?

If the reviews are in a Q & A for format, there should really be distinctions between fiction and non-fiction.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Digital Start Up Workbook

  • The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Succeeding Online from Start Up to Exit
  • By: Cheryl Rickman
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

From the best-selling author of The Small Business Start-up Workbook, Cheryl Rickman brings you a thoroughly practical guide to starting up a digital business, covering the full journey from idea to exit, with easy-to-implement strategies to make your online venture an on-going success. With a combination of tips, exercises, checklists, anecdotes, case studies and lessons learned by business leaders, this workbook will guide you through each step of digital business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent if you have an idea and plan to fund it.

  • By Robert on 10-05-14

Decent if you have an idea and plan to fund it.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-14

Would you listen to The Digital Start Up Workbook again? Why?

I would listen again, once I was in a place to actually need to steps and planned to go "all in" with a solid idea. Rickman has done this (more than once) and knows her stuff. The books contents are a bit dated, only because the technologies evolve so quickly, but on the whole it's still solid and (mostly) practical advice.

Any additional comments?

The 'review questions' should be specific to the type of book. A novel is very different than an instructional book :P

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,983

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Seemed interesting, then just wanted it to be over

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

Reviewed: 09-28-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Possibly the narrator. I love Wheaton, but he misfires on this one by not differentiating the characters' voices.

What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

The codas. The books itself was short and the resolution was abrupt. The 'codas' felt like fillers and writing exercises in narrative. The mechanism is a bit derived, and it seems the author deflects potential criticism by calling himself out.

Did Wil Wheaton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Not remotely.

Do you think Redshirts needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I couldn't suffer through the last coda as it was.

Any additional comments?

Just felt lazy. I don't know that we'd still be calling them 'phones' four centuries from now. Why make up something like 'Gawker', but still mention Facebook? And apparently in the future, everyone shares the same sarcastic sense of humor. The characters' motivations weren't always believable - no one needed much 'convincing'. Finally, the dialog delivery styles were SO repetitive. I liked that there was lots of dialog and not much description, but it needed variety.