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  • Perennial Seller

  • The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

How can we create and market creative works that achieve longevity? Holiday explores this mystery by drawing on his extensive experience working with businesses and creators such as Google, American Apparel, and the author John Grisham as well as his interviews with the minds behind some of the greatest perennial sellers of our time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Holiday marketing success, ironically .

  • By Luke on 10-29-17

Ryan Holiday has no idea what Ego is, but...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

While his book on ego is absolutely unreadable because he completely missed the mark on how the mind works in that area (Mind Hacking Happiness nails the published science and practical advice on that topic), in this book Ryan delivers a solid home run on how to create exceptional content that lasts the test of time, and basic fundamentals of how to get it out in front of people. Well done. Recommended.

  • Stealing Fire

  • How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
  • By: Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489

The authors of the best-selling Bold and The Rise of Superman explore altered states of consciousness and how they can ignite passion, fuel creativity, and accelerate problem solving, in this groundbreaking book in the vein of Daniel Pink's Drive and Charles Duhigg's Smarter Faster Better.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing. Not what it promises to be.

  • By R8r on 03-18-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Usually, a very well thought out review with intriguing perspectives is what I provide. But just wow. So deal with that. (Read this book.)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670

The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as "the Sages", "the Magicians", "the Shining Ones", and "the Mystery Teachers of Heaven".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The wait was worth it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-10-15

Any scientist who calls Graham Hancock a pseudo-scientist is the pot calling the kettle black.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

Note to Graham to follow.

For everyone else, I believe this is the perfect case for the rule; "Follow the evidence wherever it leads." I believe this is true even if you have to scrap every bit of your previous theories and throw your whole origin of civilization story out the window. This is an amazing book. I wish there were more Graham Hancocks in the world. I'd listen to Graham read the phone book. Big fan!

Graham, if you're listening, look for Mind Hacking Happiness (coming hopefully this year), which will explain the physiological science behind why people get attached to ideas and why it is so difficult to release them because of how the nervous system works. It also opens the door to be able to select how our minds work, which is a nice bonus (all supported by peer-reviewed major journal science).

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,470

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

A great basic snapshot of the first step to inner peace.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Dan created a great book full of stories, personal insights, and personal struggles on his path of expansion of consciousness. He sounds more than 10% happier, but that's his tag line, so I'm not gonna mess with it. Well done, and interesting throughout.

  • Waking Up

  • A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,909

From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent and Inspiring Listen

  • By Jeffrey on 09-12-14

I don't completely agree. BUT THAT SAID...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Waking Up the most enjoyable?

BOTH spiritual folks AND skeptics need to read this book.The skeptics need to acknowledge the elephant in the room that there is a real phenomenon of expanded consciousness that needs to be studied from a scientific perspective before being dismissed out of hand. And the spiritual folks who don't understand the potential science of "spiritual" consciousness and who think science is an enemy of a spiritual expansion of consciousness... those folks ALSO need this gentle slap to the back of the head. Because spirituality is actually closer to science than it is religion.The reason I love this book is that... as a formerly religious guy who left religion for the contemplative approach to spirituality, I was able to meditate myself into an experience of a complete endogenous 5MeO DMT flush in my brain that catalyzed the dramatic consciousness shift we typically call "spiritual enlightenment". It changed my life. So I'm a completely spiritual guy who is coming into scientific understanding of spirituality from the spiritual side. Sam is simply coming from the other direction, but into the same arena where science meets "spirituality", and they actually coexist happily.While I'm not sure if I agree with Sam that free will is entirely an illusion, I really respect Sam for his open mindedness as a scientist to start to acknowledge something that science has ignored for years out of fear of how to deal with it; subjective experience and subjective data. Subjective experience as seen through a malleable mind is what creates our entire human existence. Therefore the sciences of explaining humanity and our universe should start reflecting this truth, and Sam addresses that elephant in the room eloquently and honestly. Simply put, we DON'T have all the answers to the expanded conscious existence that seems to be beyond the regular operation of brain that we call "spiritual" and that has spawned every major religion on the planet. And it IS rather ridiculous when the religious or new age woo-woo folks start making leaps into trying to link to the quantum sciences to explain their crazy theories about God or consciousness and the phenomenon of consciousness expansion beyond the regular operation of the Default Mode Network in the brain. But there IS something beyond the DMN. We CAN change our brain rhythms and form and function of the brain (and thus consciousness) through our conscious will. That is empirical fact as it has been presented via peer reviewed published studies on plasticity. So we simply need to admit we're at a place where we can neither prove nor disprove how consciousness and shifts in consciousness work, and move to understand the phenomenon with careful and skeptical study on the matter.Yay for Sam! Great book!

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed Sam's no-nonsense perspective.

What about Sam Harris’s performance did you like?

His honesty and open mindedness in discussing what lies beyond waking consciousness from a scientific perspective.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The film tag line for this book should be; "...written by an intellectual bad-ass."

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure who needs this book more; the religiously atheist folks who deny any potential for non-local consciousness out of hand before even considering the data... or the religiously woo-woo spiritual folks who have no clue that science is focusing in on the things we call "spiritual" and is actually suggesting there is a scientific basis for some of the phenomena we call "spiritual" (but with caveats attached which can help us understand our "spiritual" existence better).

84 of 96 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,797

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

This is the biggest sham of something much deeper

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

What disappointed you about The Secret?

The shortsightedness of the metaphysics theories, and the complete misunderstanding of consciousness science.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Bagavhad Gita

What character would you cut from The Secret?

The author.

Any additional comments?

Rhonda Byrne said on a radio show that the tsunami victims in Indonesia in 2004 brought it on themselves...? Enough said.

  • The Thank You Economy

  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866

The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow

  • By Scott T. Hards on 02-28-12

This one is just "okay"...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-11

With all due respect to Gary Vaynerchuk, who I think is a visionary and about 24-48 months ahead of the business world as far as innovation goes... this book needs more meat. Yes, there are business examples, yes, there are some interesting and funny stories... but it just didn't recapture the magic of "Crush It" which is certainly the type of book Gary CAN do, and which I rate 5.5 stars on a 5 star scale. I hope during the time he is writing his next book refocuses his attention on the few projects he wants to do well (to include his next book), because the result of spreading himself too thin could definitely be seen and felt while I was listening to this book. Sorry, but I gotta give this book a paz.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Anatomy of Peace

  • Resolving the Heart of Conflict
  • By: Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Should Read This Book

  • By Colleen on 11-24-09

This had a ton of fake 5 star reviews at Amazon...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-10

...which I didn't know were fake until I downloaded this thing and choked my way through listening to it. (Seriously, go read the 5 star reviews there - 100 of them all sounding like this is the best book ever written, and upon closer inspection, obviously a vast majority of them are fiction - you will agree if you listen to this book). So removing the fact that I was upset that those ratings caused me to buy this thing and waste a credit... my honest review... is that the book itself is a 2 star pretentious pile of poop... with an entirely too long parable that doesn't even come close to delivering on its promises... and that its insights are lackluster and freshman philosophy-ish at best. Download this thing if you hate money, and have absolutely nothing else to listen to. Honestly, I'd rather go talk to a stranger at McDonald's than listen to this thing. And I will never get those hours of my life back. So sad. :-(

3 of 10 people found this review helpful