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  • Better Than Before

  • Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

The author of the blockbuster New York Times best sellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Amy on 03-28-15

Learn to adjust habits to your personality.

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Reviewed: 08-23-18

Good listen/read. Read by author herself who did a great job.

You'll learn a lot about fitting your personality to the habits you want to create it break. Also, many examples of how habits have affected the author and friends/family alike.

Get it if you'd like to looking to tackle the subject of habits and commit to application.

  • Crushing It!

  • How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too
  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk, Rich Roll, Amy Schmittauer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,185

Four-time New York Times best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands. In this lively, practical, and inspiring audiobook, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 85% fluff and 15% value.

  • By Michael Bowie on 04-09-18

Read It!

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Reviewed: 04-27-18

Read this must-read great read! Now don't waste anymore time reading reviews and just read the book!!!

  • The Disorganized Mind

  • Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents
  • By: Nancy A. Ratey, John Ratey MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Virginia Wolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

For the millions of adults diagnosed with ADHD, The Disorganized Mind will provide expert guidance on what they can do to make the most of their lives. The inattention, time mismanagement, procrastination, impulsivity, distractibility, and difficulty with transitions that often go hand-in-hand with ADHD can be overcome with the unique approach that Nancy Ratey brings to turning these behaviors around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it, thank you

  • By Liza on 10-14-17

very clear and practical for add'rs.

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Reviewed: 11-24-17

add friendly. followable. and understandable. the whole book was read by a female, even the parts by John.

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  • Driven to Distraction

  • Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
  • By: M.D. Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes - from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming - and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you or a loved one has ADHD, this is a must-read.

  • By Matthew S. Taylor on 12-18-16

Great book on the subject of ADD.

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Reviewed: 09-25-17

Greatly written. Super informative. Plain English. Clear examples. Thorough. Learn about the history and science. And most importantly, practical. Narrator was very good: clear and great to listen to.

  • 1421

  • The Year China Discovered America
  • By: Gavin Menzies
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was to "proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America 70 years before Columbus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rational Explanations for Historical Mysteries

  • By Dennis on 02-21-14

Will change your view of the New World.

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Reviewed: 09-12-17

the last third (1/3) of the book is where the meat is! the eye opening Revelations occur there.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,890

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Turns out.. this book is about addiction.

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Reviewed: 08-18-17

Worth the read if you want to look at perspectives of leadership. You'll learn other things as well. Like what the 12th step is in Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • 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 2,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053

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

Super informative Brain Lectures

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Reviewed: 07-12-17

Engaging. Insightful. Lots of Brain science. The presenter/professor is knowledgeable and presented the course in an entertaining fashion while backing up the info with data and studies. He is opinionated, but transparent in his opinions.

  • Decisive

  • How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on

  • By GH on 03-27-13

You get something out of this book.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-13-17

Decisive is full of anecdotes, but relevant. Ultimately, it is packed with tips/strategies on decision making. It is worth the read.

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]
  • By: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An overly long Nudge in the right direction

  • By Jay on 06-08-13

Genius Authors. Insightful book. Full of ideas.

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Reviewed: 06-13-17

Great book for anyone wanting to open up their minds to new ways of thinking (socially) and seeing the world. Data geeks would love this! So would those with interests in psychology, sociology, and innovation. enjoy!

The New Psycho-Cybernetics audiobook cover art
  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics

  • By: Maxwell Maltz edited by Dan S. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Since its publication in 1960, Dr. Maltz's seminal text has inspired more than 30 million readers to enhance their lives and achieve life-changing goals - from losing weight to excelling in sports to dramatically increasing their income. Now revised for a new millennium, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's visionary approach and proven groundbreaking techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth every dollar.

  • By Ryan on 08-27-03

Life Changer!!!

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Reviewed: 05-11-17

I have been reading this book over and over since 2003. Now I'm listening to it.

For a book published in the 1960's, still finding new nuggets with every read. The book is timeless, which is why Dan Kennedy was able to revise, or "modernize", it so fluidly.

It will show you how to imprint a new view of yourself. And in doing so, effect the change and success you seek in your life.

Just one more thing: When you read this, dont forget ACTION!