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  • Do the Work

  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by best-selling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work. Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerhouse of Motivation

  • By Sara on 08-02-14

Life Saver for Creatives

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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: 01-11-19

This book goes straight to the core of the battle creatives go through in the process of bringing a dream to life. Steven’s voice is resolute and direct. He does not beat around the bush. He speaks with the authority of someone who has been in battle and prevailed. His proven principles have been a life saver to me as I work on my projects. If you are a writer, artist, or entrepreneur this book is a must.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

A Classic

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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: 11-16-18

Great listen. This book is long (over 1,000 pages/40 hours) but it is worth it. An interesting look at freedom, entrepreneurship and competence through the objective eyes of Ayn Rand. The reading is phenomenal, helping you keep track of each character. The recording is old and the sound is not spectacular. Still, a fantastic audio-book, definitely worth the time. If you are new to Ayn Rand you might start with The Fountainhead, which she wrote before this. A friend recommended this order and I enjoyed this sequence.

  • The Courage to Be Disliked

  • How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real Happiness
  • By: Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin, Graeme Malcolm, January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous best seller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates how to unlock the power within yourself to be the person you truly want to be. Using the theories of Alfred Adler, one of the three giants of 20th-century psychology, The Courage to Be Disliked follows an illuminating conversation between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher explains to his pupil how each of us is able to determine our own life, free from the shackles of past experiences, doubts, and the expectations of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By yoguinha on 09-30-18

Life Changing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I read a lot and listen to a lot of audiobooks, from classic literature to contemporary biographies, philosophy, psychology and the latest in non-fiction. Seldom do I find a book that surprises me. This one did. Though very familiar with the thoughts of Freud and Jung, I had never heard of their colleague Alfred Adler until I came across this book, interestingly enough through the recommendation of a guy I don’t like. The thoughts of Dr. Adler opened new possibilities and pointed to solutions of problems I have been grappling with for years. His original way of thinking and his method truly can change ones’ life. Even though the questioning young man in the audio version irritated me at times (maybe it was supposed to) the content is so good that I could not turn away. If you are interested in personal growth and how to better navigate the journey of life, allow yourself to get immersed in Adlerian thought through the voice of the philosopher. Chances are, it will change your life as it did mine.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Stein on Writing

  • A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies
  • By: Sol Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent advice and examples for better writing.

  • By Jane on 06-22-12

A Classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-29-18

Sol Stein’s On Writing is a classic that still speaks. Sol shares his experiences as a successful editor in a clear, methodical, and applicable manner. Though primarily written for fiction authors, the book is also relevant for non-fiction authors. In fact, he points out at the beginning what chapters apply to each group. Even though I am primarily interested in non-fiction, I found the entire book very interesting, filled with great examples, analyses based on published texts, many of which were edited by Sol himself. Listening to the insights of an editor with his experience is priceless info. If you are serious about writing, this book is a must. Narration is exceptional and easy to follow.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,625

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Could not stop listening

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This is a compelling story of personal transformation, beautifully written. I just could not stop listening. Tara’s journey is filled with courageous choices, heart breaking moments and powerful realizations. Family, religion, fanaticism, love and self respect are a just a few of the themes that come into play as this brave young lady finds a way to rise above the darkness of an abusive upbringing to build a life based on reason, kindness and hope. Education means much more than academia for Tara Westwood. It is the power to fully embrace one’s true self.

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,673

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

From the heart

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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: 05-29-18

Stephen King takes a fresh approach as he shares his wisdom on writing. Not surprisingly, he uses his master storyteller skills to breath life into what could have otherwise been a boring manual. The mix works. He is able to do the impossible conveying technical information with precision in an entertaining manner. This is now a classic, a must read for aspiring writers. While Mr. King is not a professional narrator, having him read his own text is priceless. It works because he obviously cares about the work. Highly recommended.

  • On Photography

  • By: Susan Sontag
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews

  • By Deb on 10-18-13

An Essential Book on Photography

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This book has deeply impacted me many years ago and has become a constant reference. I find myself going back to Susan Sontag’s profound text over and over again. This is the first time I hear it in audio form and I thought it was very good. Narration is clear, paused and deliberate so that it is easy to listen to and follow the complex thoughts and reflect as you go. If you are a photography lover or interested in philosophy and contemporary issues Sontag’s essays won’t disappoint.

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,967

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

A fantastic Life!

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Reviewed: 07-06-17

The name Einstein evokes wonder and curiosity. The unique combination of other worldly genius and earthly humanity makes him a rare person indeed. Isaacson was able to capture both in this tender life account. The biography is elegantly narrated and a pleasure to listen to. Anyone curious about this incredible personality is likely to enjoy this bio.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: John Ventimiglia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Brought to Life

  • By yoguinha on 11-25-16

A Classic Brought to Life

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Reviewed: 11-25-16

This edition is as authentic as it gets. The text is exactly what Kerouac first wrote on the legendary single spaced typed scroll. The presentation is excellent, making it easy to follow the story and insights of the author. The clean, straight forward narration style served the content well. Great audio book.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World

  • By: Daniel Goleman
  • Narrated by: Daniel Goleman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

For more than half a century, in such books as The Art of Happiness and The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Inner Peace, the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In A Force for Good, with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Intelligence, the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Highly recommended.

  • By Chad on 09-16-15

Informative and inspiring

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-12-16

This book is a well written and carefully researched manifesto that seeks to convey details about he Dalai Lama's vision for our world. Not every word is his. However, the author is very careful to stay true to the vision expressed by the Dalai Lama through his words and deeds. A solid and worthwhile read. The audible version is well produced. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful