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  • The Social Animal

  • The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!

  • By Pamela Harvey on 03-13-11

A nice summary of human psychology

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

Reviewed: 12-17-11

I read this book a while ago, but I remember it being a good summary of a lot of the other psychology books I had read. It encapsulates a lot of research and puts it into a very human perspective. Quite enjoyable to listen to.

  • Play Their Hearts Out

  • A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
  • By: George Dohrmann
  • Narrated by: Emily Rose Speer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book, fantastic narration.

  • By Randy on 11-03-10

Great to listen to with your kids

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

Reviewed: 12-17-11

This was quite a long story, and I ended up listening to quite a bit of of it without the kids, but the bits they listened to they really enjoyed. The fact that it is a true story made it more intriguing, and it was a fascinating look into the way youth basketball is played in other countries, which is quite different to hear in Australia.

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  • Boys Adrift

  • Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
  • By: Leonard Sax
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startling, well-researched view...

  • By Kirt on 08-14-08

Well this made me sit up and pay attention!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

Would you listen to Boys Adrift again? Why?

This is a book I will listen to again and I will be referring to all my friends and relatives with boys. It was a great opportunity to stop and reflect on how important masculinity and manhood is, something as a woman and mother I am often too quick to discount in favour of sensitivity and equity.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The anecdotes and case studies made this very real, and I could SO relate to the parents in his audiences who were asking questions and looking for answers.

What about Malcolm Hillgartner???s performance did you like?

The performance was easy to listen to and engaging, and made me want to sit int he car and listen more after I had arrived at my destination.

What insight do you think you???ll apply from Boys Adrift?

I am immediately reassessing the way I manage my boys' screen time and giving myself a pat on the back for going out of my way and spending endless hours taking kids to and from basketball practice and games.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Be Quick - But Don't Hurry!

  • By: Andrew Hill, John Wooden
  • Narrated by: Andrew Hill, John Wooden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Be Quick - But Don't Hurry! tells the story of the friendship between UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and former player-turned-successful television executive Andrew Hill, while sharing the lessons and secrets that hold the key to managing creativity in the idea-driven economy of the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Thomas on 06-17-07

Unexpected honesty

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

When I first started listening to this book I thought it was going to be a character-assassination of John Wooden. I was taken aback at first by the brutal honesty of Andy Hill in narrating his 'Wooden Years'. However, as the book evolved, and Coach Wooden's success principles were discussed one by one and put in the perspective of life experience, I could see where the book was going. It still leaves me a little unsure of 'Coach', but in admiration of his consistency and in awe of the empire he created.

  • Beyond Basketball

  • Coach K's Keywords for Success
  • By: Mike Krzyzewski, Jamie K. Spatola
  • Narrated by: Mike Krzyzewski
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men's basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives. Now, in Beyond Basketball, he offers 40 short, hard-hitting audio essays that will educate and inspire. Each is centered on an important keyword and illustrated with anecdotes from his personal experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little disjointed

  • By Cathy Morison on 11-22-11

A little disjointed

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

I had hoped that this book would engage my basketball mad boys, but they just weren't that into it. I listen to a lot of 'motivational' material, and this was OK, but probably not quite what I had expected. The format - taking a set of key words and talking about what they meant to him and his team - got a bit monotonous after a while. There wasn't a lot of flow, and I found myself in the end looking forward to 'Z' so that I could start the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay

  • Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship
  • By: Mira Kirshenbaum
  • Narrated by: Adriane McNeely
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

To make up or break up? Whether you’re just getting serious or have a long-term commitment, no other question causes so much heartache and self-doubt. Many other books tell you how to fix your relationship. This groundbreaking bestseller is the first one to help you choose whether you should try—or you need to go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gives you much to think about

  • By Nadia on 06-07-10

Hit the mark

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-11

Right from the get-go, this book hits the mark. I felt it delivered what it promised, and for me it was a case of 'right book, right time'. It is very easy to listen to. I would highly recommend it for those in 'relationship ambivalence'. It promises clarity, and delivers. The rest is up to you.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Influencer

  • The Power to Change Anything
  • By: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266

Everyone wants to be an influencer. We all want to learn how to help ourselves and others change behavior. And yet, in spite of the fact that we routinely attempt to do everything from lose weight to improve quality at work, few of us have more than one or two ideas about how to exert influence. For the first time, Influencer brings together the breakthrough strategies of contemporary influence masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book for everyone

  • By Ahmed on 03-16-10

Listened to it twice!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-11

This is the first book in a long time that I have relistened to immediately after finishing the first time around. It covers a lot of information, and I found it very inspiring.
It was long, but I found the content very convincing.
As one previous reviewer said, it may not be for everyone, because it delves quite deeply and can be a bit repetative, but I found myself rewinding and listening to snippets again and again.
Great grist for my particular mill.

  • Life Strategies

  • Doing What Works, Doing What Matters
  • By: Phil McGraw
  • Narrated by: Phil McGraw
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Do you feel capable of more than you are accomplishing? Are you silently enduring an emotionally barren life? Are you frustrated that you are not making enough money? You need a challenge. You need change. You need...a life strategy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mellow Phil?

  • By Edwina on 06-13-03

Love This Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-10

This guy knows his stuff. I go back and read it whenever I need a boost. He is pragmatic, grounded and has a way with words. I even went out and bought the book (paperback) which I hardly ever do.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Healthy Lifestyle

  • Hypnosis for Weight Loss and a Lifetime of Healthy Eating
  • By: Maggie Staiger
  • Narrated by: Maggie Staiger
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Although many Americans lose weight through dieting, few manage to keep it off. This hypnosis download, created by New York hypnotist Maggie Staiger, addresses the long-term changes that are needed in order to make weight loss permanent. Natural images are used to allow the listener to flow with the feelings of hunger, to eat more slowly and consciously, and to replace unhealthy food choices with healthy ones. Suggestions for increased exercise and relaxation complete the transition to a healthy lifestyle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love her voice

  • By Cathy Morison on 12-14-10

Love her voice

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-10

I have been listening to this every night now for about 10 days. I haven't lost any weight yet, but I did start feeling a bit nauseous occasionally not long after I started, and when I managed to listen to it all the way through (without falling asleep) this is the suggestion that has been planted. So I have the confidence that it does (and will) work. Her voice is very hypnotic!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • No Excuses!

  • The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924

Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy this book if you have his GOALS! book

  • By L. Venable on 12-27-13

Didn't finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-10

I have read and enjoyed other Brian Tracy books, but this one was a disappointment. Rather than offering an insight into how to gain self-discipline (for those of us out there struggling with it), he merely tells you to get on with it. Most people 'know' what they need to do, but don't have the tools to make the shift. This book won't provide you with help to obtain self-discipline. It made me feel inadequate.

20 of 30 people found this review helpful