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  • The Ultimate Introduction to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life

  • By: Richard Bandler, Alessio Roberti, Owen Fitzpatrick
  • Narrated by: Owen Fitzpatrick
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Richard Bandler - the world-renowned co-creator of NLP who has helped millions around the world change their lives for the better - has teamed up with Italian NLP Master Trainer Alessio and co-founder of the Irish Institute of NLP Owen, to craft a simple yet engaging story of one man’s personal change and discovery, to help listeners understand the remarkable principles of NLP. Inspiring and easy to listen to, this fable recreates the experience of being at a workshop with Bandler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NLP overview of technology for effective communica

  • By William on 08-09-13

MADDENINGLY INEFFICIENT

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I was expecting a book with this title to be textbook style, with clearly delineated sections, each with subsections addressing theory, explanation, and examples. The title says 'complete guide', therefore I was expecting an instruction guide or manual format. Instead, it was a 3 hour ad for one of Richard Bandler's Intro to NLP seminars. It was narrated as the story of a group of 6 or 7 different first time attendees (characters, not real people, with commensurately superficial problems), and how they each attained breakthroughs while taking part in their first Richard Bandler seminar.

So much of it was just unrealistic imaginary conversations and terribly longwinded segues.
i just clicked a totally random location to give an example, but the entire book is like this:

"he proceeded back to the seminar room and found himself a place to sit; by the time richard took the stage he was smiling away, already looking forward to the next few meetings. feeling better about them was an excellent start, but he also knew he needed to learn the most effective way of communicating with his clients and colleagues. he was full of anticipation as richard began to speak . . . 'now this morning you learned not only that you can take more control over what you feel . . . " etc. by the way, this is midway through chapter 4, not chapter 1 . . . that's how slow this book is to get anywhere.

There was good information contained in this book, but it would have been better at 1/5 the length or even shorter, delivered in a bullet point format, and illustrated with real-life examples rather than the superficial problems of imaginary characters. My mental energy was exhausted trying to keep track of the cast of characters and glean from the narrated parts of Bandler's speech which of his stupid expressions actually conveyed an important concept (ie. yoghurt knows yoghurt!), so much so that I didn't grasp or remember anything useful from this book even as I was in the process of listening to it.

I had read on various blogs that Bandler was the king of repackaging and reselling the same old concepts in every imaginable variety, so I was already unsure which of his books to buy (he has 130 books on amazon!). This one seemed to have the most straightforward title, so I chose it. I regret it. The outline, format and content could have been so much better.

  • Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist

  • How to End the Drama and Get On with Life
  • By: Margalis Fjelstad
  • Narrated by: Dawn McKelvie Cyr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

People with borderline or narcissistic personality disorders have a serious mental illness that primarily affects their intimate, personal, and family relationships. Often they appear to be normally functioning at work and in public interactions, and narcissists may even be highly effective, in the short term, in some work or social situations. However, in intimate relationships, they can be emotional, aggressive, demeaning, illogical, paranoid, accusing, and controlling - in the extreme.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Helpful

  • By AutumnDawn on 07-09-16

Extremely helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-16

I particularly liked chapter 12, which introduces the Yale communication method.

As the daughter of a borderline/narcissist, I wish I had read this book 15 years ago.

Highly recommend!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • #GIRLBOSS

  • By: Sophia Amoruso
  • Narrated by: Sara Jes Austell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657

The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story, Inspiring - but not practical

  • By Angela on 05-01-15

Motivating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-16

A lot of this was boring (I don't care what you wore each year of high school!) but in toto it motivated me to get off my ass and start executing some ideas that have been banging around my head for a while. Positive tone, I recommend this.

  • Rapid Italian: Volume 1

  • By: Earworms Learning
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

By listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Italian and English a few times, you pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but will be burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cognitively Infectious

  • By Kathryn A Brehe on 02-06-06

Good tool, great price

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Compared to the price of something like pimsleur these are great! Not as thorough, but gets you some of the phrases you'd need for a vacation. I'm a fan of ear works overall.

  • Rapid Turkish, Volume 1

  • By: earworms Publishing
  • Narrated by: Neslihan Özsenler, Marlon Lodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Simply by listening to these specially composed melodies with their rhythmic repetitions of Turkish and English a few times, the sound patterns are indelibly burned into your auditory cortex. You will have successfully learned the Turkish phrase and have the correct accent ringing in your ears. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing: while jogging, in the car, in the bath, doing the ironing… you can be learning Turkish at the same time! This volume deals with the essentials for your visit abroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great way of tutoring Turkish

  • By Jihad Ahmed Mohmmad on 04-23-16

Wonderful for a beginner

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Very helpful phrases for a tourist- I'd like a coffee, there's a problem with the room, etc. the catchy music really does help! Great explanation of grammar too. Highly recommend, great value.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,805

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Too little too late

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

The only new hot tip I got out of this was the folding advice. Unfortunately I think I've learned everything else through trial and error over the past ten years of living as an adult. Everything in this book is good and true, just wish the book had been available when I was a chaotic college student rather than a mid-career together professional.

  • At Home with Madame Chic

  • Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life
  • By: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

When Jennifer arrived at Madame Chic's Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Madame Chic took her under her wing and tutored her in the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living. Years later, Jennifer was back in California with a husband, two young daughters, a dog, and her first home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a robot.

  • By Jo on 08-25-15

How to be the perfect housewife

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Loved this book, all the advice, all the details. I am a single woman who has really struggled with having a barely functioning apartment, forget a smoothly running peaceful home like the author describes. This book has already been a great help- just this morning I used several of her tips: do Sisyphean tasks with a positive attitude, listen to peaceful classy music to begin your day on the right foot, wake up an hour before you normally do if you always rush too much in the morning, say affirmations, spend quality breakfast time with your loved ones . . . I will be listening again and again. My only issue with this audio book was the French pronunciation of the narrator, which was rather poor. There are a couple phrases which are repeated several times, so it became irritating.

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 754

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

Not witty

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-15

What would have made Primates of Park Avenue better?

If the author didn't imagine herself smarter than both the women surrounding her and those reading her book

What was most disappointing about Wednesday Martin’s story?

It didn't go anywhere

Which scene was your favorite?

Birkin telephone

What character would you cut from Primates of Park Avenue?

The dead baby. Bwahaha, that's so macabre only an actual New Yorker would write it!

Any additional comments?

Not worth my credit, but maybe it hits too close to home. This might be interesting if you aren't raised in the culture she describes, and thus aren't wincing throughout.

  • Wait for Me!

  • Memoirs
  • By: Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote when Deborah was born, "How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl." Deborah's effervescent memoir chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood in the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her controversially political sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to the second son of the Duke of Devonshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The last of the Mitford Sisters

  • By Irene on 01-11-11

WHY

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Some people should not write memoirs. The highlights of her life seem very interesting! As told here, they are not.

What does Anne Flosnik bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing, sorry. The worst is her impression of Churchill. STOP. IT.

Do you think Wait for Me! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There are so many Mitford sisters books discussing the same events more or less, written by the admittedly undereducated sisters themselves. So, one could argue it already has prequels and sequels.

Any additional comments?

You'd have to be REALLY enamored with the English aristocracy to listen to the endless trivialities depicted here. This would have been better at 1/3 the length.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Goal Diggers Guide

  • How to Get What You Want, Without Giving It Up
  • By: Baje Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Baje Fletcher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

A self-help audiobook for single, financially savvy women; It outlines how to dress, present yourself, what subjects to get educated in, and what type of places to visit in order to meet and attract wealthy men. It not only gives pointers on how to get financial favors from your suitors without giving it up but it also gives pointers on how to make the money you accumulated work for you in the future. The author shares the lessons she's learned over the years and inspires women around the globe to never lose sight of their goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I still read/listen to this book 5 years later

  • By Africangordita on 03-15-16

Thanks!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-15

Love it, excellent advice. Thanks for teaching us what our mothers, sisters and friends fail to even understand!