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  • 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 104,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,866

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

Straight to the Point

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This is a book that gets right to the heart of the matter and doesn't pull punches. Mark Manson does an excellent job of addressing the human condition and the struggles most all of us face every day. His opening analysis of the folly of materialistic and narcissistic pursuits as a means of obtaining happiness is spot on. I also enjoyed his take on living in the here and now. I've encountered many people who are so busy chasing the future that they forget to live in the present. Finally, an author who points out the absurdity of such a practice.

If you're looking for a sugar-sweetened approach that tells you the answer to life's challenges is just to "think positive thoughts", this probably isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a common-sense approach to acknowledging and overcoming life's struggles and not letting the little things take you down, it's definitely worth a listen. Some may find Manson's approach to be negative and stifling at times, but I found it to be a refreshing analysis of areas in life where I waste negative energy that could be put to positive use. This is a practical, straightforward book that challenges the reader to develop a greater awareness of where they spend valuable resources like time and mental energy. Unlike many "motivational" books, this is not a positive-thinking band-aid that just covers the problem, but an approach that requires true introspection.

  • The Secret

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,320

It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction

  • By Elisabeth on 01-08-08

A Good Start, but Doesn't Go Far Enough

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

The premise of the book is a good foundation for changing thinking patterns and developing a positive, attractive attitude, but is sorely lacking in the other half of the equation. Positive thinking is great, and nobody will argue that one needs it to succeed, but positive thoughts aren't much without positive goals, positive plans and positive hard work. I don't buy the notion that if you just think happy thoughts, checks will magically fly into your mailbox. Positive thinking without action to back it up is like having a million-dollar check with no funds behind it. Ms. Byrne almost vaguely touches on this point at certain junctures in the book, but she falls far short of pointing out the obvious. If you're looking for a book to improve your perspective on life and put you in a better mood, it might be worth a listen. However, if you're looking for a more practical approach to success, you'll probably want to search out something else.

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  • The Oz Principle

  • Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability
  • By: Roger Connors, Tom Smith, Craig Hickman
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

The Oz Principle is the groundbreaking work that demonstrates the vital role of accountability in the achievement of business results and the improvement of both individual and organizational performance. With more than a half million copies sold, The Oz Principle has emerged as one of the most influential and useful business ideas of recent times. The Oz Principle shows how to overcome The Blame Game that is so prevalent in organizations today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, but repetitive

  • By Samantha on 05-28-15

Straight and to the Point

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

This book was recommended to me by a colleague, and I was not disappointed. Mr. Connors outlines, in the simplest of terms, what must be done to experience happiness in all areas of life. Implementing the principles outlined in this book may not be easy, but it's simple. Connors does an excellent job to point out the characteristics of below-the-line thinking, and shows the steps to defeat it. I didn't realize until I heard this book how much of my own time and energy I was still wasting blaming outside circumstances for my own problems instead of taking control to confront them head on. If you're not open to self-change, you will likely find this book to be a waste of your time, but if you are, it provides a great foundation to begin.

  • Becoming a Sales Pro: The Best of Tom Hopkins

  • Made for Success Collection
  • By: Tom Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Tom Hopkins
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

You want to be in the top percentage of income-earners in your company. In order to do that, you need to learn what the top pros know and how they work. Master sales trainer Tom Hopkins has been building sales champions for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YOUR INCOME WILL TRIPLE

  • By Shane on 02-16-11

Hopkins Hits Another Home Run!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

If you're in sales and marketing, or even considering it for a career, this is a must-have for your arsenal! Hopkins hits it out of the ballpark with logic, honesty and common sense (which, as we know, is not at all common), Even if you're not in this field, Hopkins offers excellent techniques and strategies for interacting with people in every situation while keeping our own thinking on-track. The key is to be coachable and willing to learn. Personally, I find this audio to be a great opportunity to learn from someone who has been where I am, and has gone to where I want to be. Great listen!

  • Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,267

Whether it's selling your company's product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can and should be treated as a sale. And as sales expert Grant Cardone explains, knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind. In Sell or Be Sold, Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sales Book

  • By Darrin on 02-02-17

Has its Ups and Downs

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

Reviewed: 08-28-14

What disappointed you about Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life?

Cardone's style was very sales-like, so when I discovered he was a former used car salesman, I wasn't surprised. The best sales professionals, IMO, are those who don't come across as salesmen (ex: Tom Hopkins). Also, didn't appreciate the chapter-long infomercial for his system and materials, or all the other stuff you could "call his office" to get. That's fine if the ad comes via media like a podcast or blog, but not in a book I've already dropped money for. I'm not paying for the author's book so he/she can just pitch more of their wares to me.

If you’ve listened to books by Grant Cardone before, how does this one compare?

This was the first book I've listened to from this author.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Haven't read the hard copy yet, but I might do that just to see how the information comes across without the personality interjected.

What character would you cut from Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life?

The guy who advertises more stuff he wants the reader to buy. Bought a book, not a commmercial.

Any additional comments?

Judge for yourself. I don't think it's a terrible listen, but it's not stellar either. Cardone offers some great advice, especially early in the book. A lot of it is common sense you'll hear in any sales book, so it comes down to whether Cardone's style resonates with you. Not exactly my cup o' tea, but your results may vary.

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  • You Can't Fillet a Nibble... It's the Catch That Counts

  • By: Gary Coxe
  • Narrated by: Gary Coxe
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

When someone shows an interest in your opportunity, you feel hopeful for that nibble to become a catch. But you can't fillet a nibble. This book will help you turn that nibble into a catch... and you can definitely fillet that! Gary reveals the tools he has used for decades to make millions of dollars in sales and how you can turn your own nibble into a catch. His step-by-step, no-nonsense approach will make a dramatic difference in how you approach your selling proposition and increase your sales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positive impact you can't not take with you...

  • By Mel A. on 05-01-17

A Must-Have for Anyone in Sales

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

What made the experience of listening to You Can't Fillet a Nibble... It's the Catch That Counts the most enjoyable?

Gary Coxe puts the sales process in a positive and practical light. This is not a book of "rah rah feel good" cliches, but a step-by-step guide for dealing with the ups and downs experienced by anyone who has ever worked in a commission-based field. Gary discusses how to effectively navigate the emotional rollercoaster that is sales, and make it a much smoother ride.

What did you like best about this story?

The key point of the book resonated best - we can't let our emotions drive our drive to resolve to succeed in business or life. It's so easy to get excited by a nibble, and just as easy to feel disparaged when the nibble doesn't convert to a catch. Gary cites example after example of why it's important for a sales person to keep their emotions in check, and not write stories in our head when we don't know the facts. I also enjoyed his take on persistence vs passiveness, and why persistence, even with its negative short-term side effects, always wins out long-term.

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

I have subscribed to Gary Coxe's daily videos for some time, so I knew I would enjoy hearing him read his book. He brings an enthusiasm and sincerity to the audiobook version that I'm not sure I would have enjoyed by just reading the hard copy, although I do recommend having the written version for reference.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Gary's personal story of starting a highly-successful business as a teenager, losing it all and starting over again is a true lesson in the power of persistence. Many people would have given after such a downfall, but this author never gave up on himself and what he could accomplish with the right mindset, which makes the information he offers in the book more than credible.

Any additional comments?

This is a must-listen if you want to improve your people skills and develop an effective strategy to move ahead in business and in life.

  • The Party Is Over

  • How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • By: Mike Lofgren
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk - they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties - those halcyon, post-Nixonian glory days - for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Analysis

  • By Dan D on 09-04-12

A Great Analysis

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you listen to The Party Is Over again? Why?

It explains, in detail, why we only have one political party disguised as two in this country.

If you could give The Party Is Over a new subtitle, what would it be?

There is No Difference.

Any additional comments?

This is a great listen for anyone who still believes that there is still a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are betrothed to big corporate interests and their lobbyists (not to mention the world banking oligarchs who control the Federal Reserve), both favor big government in one form or another, and both have sold out to the American people. Politics in America has become a big football game, and the fans in the stands are paying the price. Problem is, no matter who has the ball, we all lose. It's far past time for a third party.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful