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Brian A. Shenk

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  • Power Moves

  • Lessons from Davos
  • By: Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Adam Grant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,937

Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media. These former pillars of traditional power have been replaced by networks of informed citizens who collectively wield more power over their personal lives, employers, and worlds than ever before. So how do you navigate this new landscape and come out on top?  Adam Grant, Wharton organizational psychologist, went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the epicenter of power, and sat down with thought leaders from around the world, to find out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disorganized

  • By mike a on 01-16-19

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This was a good listen. I don't have anything negative to say, but it wasn't life-changing either

  • Stop Saying You're Fine

  • Discover a More Powerful You
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Right now, over 100 million Americans secretly feel frustrated and bored with their lives. If you've come to regard yourself as your own worst enemy; if you constantly daydream and wonder, "Is this all there is?"; if you have a tendency, when asked how you're doing, to just say "Fine," you may be one of them. If this sounds familiar, there's clearly something missing from your life. This book will help you discover what it is, and how to win it back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • STOP and buy The Five Second Rule instead.

  • By Ryan Healey on 07-19-17

Helped me start doing the things I'd put off

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

The book is great in its explanations of why we are stuck in our current behavior and has useful steps to use to help, with examples of others in similar situations.

I just have one complaint, and it's a big one, although it doesn't detract from the message the book has to offer. The author uses the word "prove" WAY too many times when talking about the results of psychological experiments.

Don't get me wrong, I'm overjoyed that she was well researched on the topics and included the research findings in the book. However, it's not okay—nor is it even necessary—to exaggerate research findings just to sound more conclusive. That's just spreading misinformation. Say it like it is instead, "An increase in x has been shown to be correlated with an increase in y." That doesn't mean x CAUSES y, and people don't need to be mislead that in order to understand the implications.

  • 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 104,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,755

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

Most important book I've listened to all year

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

No description will adequately describe how necessary this book is for me at this moment so I will simply leave a quote of how I portrayed it to a friend of mine when I was about halfway completed:

"A breath of fresh air from all the usual self-help that leaves you feeling inspired to tackle your biggest problems. This one breaks it down and shows you how much of a fuck up you really are, and then pats your head telling you it's okay."

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  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some parts good, but be careful

  • By Brian A. Shenk on 12-05-16

Some parts good, but be careful

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

There was some great content in here, but it was surrounded by far too much pseudoscience and throwing around individual studies' results as "truth." You know it's not trustworthy when you keep hearing things being thrown around as fact, such as with the word "causes," rather than "correlates with."

The author was really easy to listen to, however. The only other thing I got tired of is how often he said to check out more info in the bonus resource guide. I bet there's more in that "bonus" guide than this whole book (for better or worse)

212 of 231 people found this review helpful