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  • Finding Flow

  • The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
  • By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware of and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: During much of the day, we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, and during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent material, strong concept

  • By @insurancebillvj on 06-08-18

Flow is the way

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Flow is invaluable in nature, manufacturing, economy, relationships and, as Mihaly demonstrates, in our inner lives. This is a fantastic contribution to self-development, and delivered beautifully by the narrator. Highly recommended for anyone seeking higher levels of performance!

  • Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever

  • Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over
  • By: Karen Hough
  • Narrated by: Karen Hough
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Karen Hough doesn't want you to be "perfect". People fear public speaking because they worry about having to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. It's authenticity and passion that win people over, she says, not "polish". But you can't be authentic if you're following guidelines that drain the life and personality out of your presentation. Hough debunks over a dozen myths about presenting to make it more fun and natural for everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will get worse!

  • By Adail Retamal on 03-05-18

You will get worse!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Thanks to Karen’s brilliant contribution, I’m getting worse as a typical presenter! I keep forgetting the “essential” normal rules and techniques, and assuming more “bad” ones. I’m warning any future reader/listener of this book! Don’t open it, or you will get worse as well! “Because I’m bad! I’m bad! You know it!” Michael Jackson

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,933

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Best time travel ever!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

I could have written this story, and apart from being rich, most of it would be my autobiography! Of course it would not be as captivating and thrilling as Cline did so well, so kudos to him!
If you lived on that golden era, make sure you listen to it! Wil did a phenomenal narration! I will surely listen many more times!
A million thanks to my lovely game designer and adorable daughter, Stella Maris, for referring this book to me! Yes, darling, you will write stories and create games so engaging and memorable as this one! Love you always!

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  • Maimonides

  • The Life and World of One of Civilization's Greatest Minds
  • By: Joel L. Kraemer
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

The first definitive biography of Moses Maimonides, one of the most influential intellects in all of human history, illuminates his life as a philosopher, physician, and lawgiver. Recalling such bestsellers as David McCullough's John Adams and Walter Isaacson's Einstein, Maimonides is a biography on a grand scale, brilliantly explicating one man's life against the background of his time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Distracting pronunciation errors.

  • By Rabbi Eitan Levy on 04-06-09

The man behind the legend is really nice!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-15

My appreciation for Maimonides has been multiplied by this book, after learning about his life and achievements beyond the religious aspects. The man behind the legend is very interesting and amazing, giving the times and circumstances. Really worthwhile!

  • Wizard

  • The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius
  • By: Marc J. Seifer
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,642

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched book; a bit overwhelming

  • By Robert on 05-18-13

This account does justice to Tesla's life

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

I really enjoyed the honest and open way that the author approaches Tesla's life. And the narrator did a great job using different voice inflections and tones to characterize the many interacting people while reading their letters. This book inspired me to appreciate even more the contributions of this amazing Engineer and Inventor, particularly because he was portrayed as a human being, someone I can relate to. I strongly recommend it!

  • Start-Up Nation

  • The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
  • By: Dan Senor, Saul Singer
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and worth the time

  • By Nili on 12-10-09

Very good book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-15

With the very good explanations, that this book offers, of Israel economic miracle, one can learn a lot about entrepreneurship

  • A Beautiful Mind

  • By: Sylvia Nasar
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of 30, dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians. But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its a biography of a mathematician.

  • By TheHasselhoff on 08-15-12

A Beautiful Book!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

If you could sum up A Beautiful Mind in three words, what would they be?

Worth the listening!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, Nash himself, but his wife Alicia played a crucial role over all the plot, so she deserves a lot of credit for his remission.

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

The narrator changes the voice intonation when quoting a man's voice, and Nash's voice in a special way, so it's really entertaining and it helps following a dialogue!

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

Comparing to the movie, it's much better (as usual) and portraits the real issues and struggles.

Any additional comments?

It's not only about Nash's life, but the way the author contextualizes every relevant moment, providing background on places, people, science and world history, causes you to really immerse in that period of time, so you will be able to understand why and how the things developed the way they did. Great general knowledge update!

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  • Search Inside Yourself

  • The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)
  • By: Chade-Meng Tan
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

Early Google engineer and personal growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world... and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The narration is intolerable

  • By Michael Davis on 09-29-13

Good overview, practical and funny! :)

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

Reviewed: 05-22-12

Would you listen to Search Inside Yourself again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to it again sometime in the future, while commuting. I have the paper version as well to get the detailed instructions for the practices.

What other book might you compare Search Inside Yourself to and why?

Roughly to other meditation and self-improvement books, but this one is a good compilation of what's out there, in a good mix and match way.

Have you listened to any of Nick Sullivan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time and I found it very good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It got me laughing in the streets, which was good to cause others to smile as well.

Any additional comments?

Definitely recommended!

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