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  • Thank & Grow Rich

  • A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy
  • By: Pam Grout
  • Narrated by: Pam Grout
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

Thank & Grow Rich is for anyone interested in hooking up with the magnanimous energy field of the cosmos. Author Pam Grout, who likes to call herself the Warren Buffet of Happiness, says it all starts with getting on the frequency of joy and gratitude. Thanking (rather than thinking) puts us on an energetic frequency - a vibration - that calls in miracles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IT IS OKAY!!!

  • By Amanda Smith on 10-20-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

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

Someone unfamiliar with the self-development concepts.

Would you recommend Thank & Grow Rich to your friends? Why or why not?

No, I didn't like the idea of making it all "party games". It was cheesy.

What didn’t you like about Pam Grout’s performance?

Nothing in particular, I just didn't enjoy the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's perhaps a good start for someone who's never read the Abraham-Hicks books. But if you have, then this is not new or groundbreaking. But it may be more accessible because some may find the fact that AH is channeled to be off-putting. It's fine with me, but this book may be more their style.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • You Are a Badass

  • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
  • By: Jen Sincero
  • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,819

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly new age garbage and bad financial advice!

  • By Wayne on 05-25-18

Always great when an author narrates her work

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Where does You are a Badass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved it because her voice is exactly the way her writing is. There's a cohesion that isn't always present in audio books.

What did you like best about this story?

That Jen could be a dear friend talking to you on the phone.

What about Jen Sincero’s performance did you like?

She's funny, witty and wise.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Lead with your Crotch. lol.

Any additional comments?

This book is a fantastic read - easy, fun, with some real pearls of wisdom.

  • The Little Book of Big Change

  • The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit
  • By: Amy Johnson PhD
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Mary Carthy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Little changes can make a big, big difference! In The Little Book of Big Change, psychologist Amy Johnson shows you how to rewire your brain and overcome your bad habits - once and for all. No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're ready to change, this is the book

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 08-17-16

Nothing new here

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

What would have made The Little Book of Big Change better?

I didn't get anything from this read other than, "Habits happen because you get something of value," - which most of us know, right? Then to forgive yourself for having bad habits. Okay, that's not at all transformative. But perhaps I missed the point of the book.

Has The Little Book of Big Change turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. I love to learn and develop myself. I just found this one to be disappointing.

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

Meh

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There

  • How Successful People Become Even More Successful!
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth it

  • By Robert on 06-03-07

Required Reading for Being Human

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Would you consider the audio edition of What Got You Here Won't Get You There to be better than the print version?

No, it's very good as is.

What other book might you compare What Got You Here Won't Get You There to and why?

Just Listen because it touches on the same idea that we overestimate our contributions, and can learn much more when we truly listen.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Most of the ideas in this book are worth remembering; but one that stands out is our need to win. It's a perspective shift that is important and potentially a game-changer.

  • The ONE Thing

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • By: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good ideas, but.. production poor.

  • By Karryn Ransom on 01-24-17

Good ideas, but.. production poor.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

What made the experience of listening to The ONE Thing the most enjoyable?

The narration sounded like he was trying to 'act' his way through an informational book. His intentions were clear; he wants to entertain us, but it detracted from the text, and ultimately annoyed me.

What did you like best about this story?

Simple ideas are usually the best ones.

How could the performance have been better?

Don't separate chapters with music. It's the same musical interlude 24 times. Please don't.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The book contains valuable wisdom, but the production (narrator, music) annoyed me so much that I had to listen in stages.

Any additional comments?

Any audio book that includes graphics, graphs, figures etc, should come with a warning in the description. I've returned books before simply because I want to learn while listening, and would have bought the hard copy book if I need reference materials. "In figure nine, you'll see a blah blah blah..." This drives me crazy because, no, I DON'T see it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 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 22,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,871

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

The title is true

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

What made the experience of listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the most enjoyable?

"Life-changing" is quite a claim. But this book deserves the title. Marie Kondo's wisdom permeates every part of one's life. What superficially appears to be simply, "Tidying up" actually becomes a meditation. Her words will transform how you approach your home and your life - because if you practice her methods, you WILL change your life. From her, I have learned the elegance of simplicity. What you own becomes more cherished because it has 'made the cut'.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It wasn't my personal preference - it sounded a bit bored.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

It has been ten years since my mother's death. She left so many unfinished projects as well as "things". It was impossible for me to part with anything that was a memory of her until I read this book. Konmari showed me that her memory is inside me, and I am more free to live without being tethered by the memories of death.

Any additional comments?

If you have an open mind, and you yearn for greater simplicity, you will enjoy this book. I bought this in order to put my house in order; having it affect every aspect of my life was an unexpected and lovely surprise.

  • Kate: The Future Queen

  • By: Katie Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Katie Nicholl, best-selling author and royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday, gives us an inside look into the life of the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton. Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton has captivated fans of the royals around the world. Now Nicholl delivers the story of her early life, first romances, and love with Prince William. Nicholl will reveal new details on Middleton's initiation into royal life and, of course, her first pregnancy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Casual read

  • By prettyinparadise on 06-06-18

Fawning

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Would you try another book from Katie Nicholl and/or Sue Pitkin?

Probably not.

What was most disappointing about Katie Nicholl’s story?

Kate is lovely and inspiring to many. So her story seemed like it would be interesting. It wasn't. A privileged girl enters the privileged set then the poor thing has to deal with being famous. The fawning narrative had the opposite effect and turned me off.

I truly wanted to understand the fascination - but this book is like a really long press release.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Sound more matter of fact and less fawning.

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

No.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful