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  • Canada

  • By: Mike Myers
  • Narrated by: Mike Myers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 53-year relationship with his beloved Canada. Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But, as he says, "No description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian". He has often winked and nodded to Canada in his outrageously accomplished body of work, but now he turns the spotlight full-beam on his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book by my favorite comedian

  • By Spencer cox on 09-21-17

I had no idea this book would be so ... great!

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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: 08-28-18

I just bought this because it was on sale on Canada Day and I needed a family book for an upcoming long drive.

I learned more about Canada and being Canadian from Mike Meyers than I ever learned in school, from TV, or elsewhere.

I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to all my fellow Canucks.

Great job, Mike!

  • Summary of Influence: by Robert B. Cialdini | Includes Analysis

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Robert B. Cialdini's Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion examines the compliance methods by which marketers, salespeople, and others, such as cult leaders, pressure people into doing things they would not otherwise do. There are six basic compliance tools: reciprocity, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. Listeners can learn specific techniques to resist each.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • you get what you pay for

  • By Patrick on 08-15-16

Very good summary

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Reviewed: 12-28-17

This summary was well-written and narrated.

Glad I listened and will buy Robert Cialdini's book now.

  • Summary: Robert Cialdini's 'Influence'

  • The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition
  • By: Ant Hive Media
  • Narrated by: Chrystianna Robinson
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

This is a summary of the original book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini. The book is an authoritative work on the art of persuasion. It discusses the mental attitudes that make you say "yes", and, more importantly, explains how to use these. The author walks you through six universal principles and explains how to be a skilled influencer, while at the same time knowing how to shield yourself from negative persuasions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The narration is terrible

  • By SRF on 06-19-17

Can't recommend

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-17

This summary is written in a very stilted style. This detracts from its value as a summary.

I couldn't finish listening. This summary might be salvageable with some editing, though.

I found the Instaread summary to be much better.

  • Radical Acceptance

  • Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
  • By: Tara Brach
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807

"Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering," says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork - all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach's 20 years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime Guidance

  • By Rich on 11-21-15

I’ve read good things about the author, but ...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I wanted to like this book and finish it, but I found listening to it a bit arduous. About halfway through I felt lost so I decided to start from the beginning. I found I couldn’t bring myself to re-listen to it, though.

I’ve read good things about its author, but the book just wasn’t for me.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Positivity

  • Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace Positive Emotions
  • By: Barbara Fredrickson
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." With Positivity, you'll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, poorly delivered

  • By Joao Coelho on 12-13-11

This book’s main claim was proven false years ago!

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Reviewed: 06-29-17

This book was recommended to me as interesting and useful. I listened once and found the author's claims compelling. I usually listen to non-fiction once at high speed and again more slowly if it’s intriguing. I was going to listen again, but decided to search for a summary first.

That’s how I learned the main claim of this book --the “critical positivity ratio”-- was discredited in 2013. The claim is there is a 3:1 ratio of positive to negative emotions separating "flourishing" people from "languishing" people. It turns out that’s bull hockey. The journal, “American Psychologist”, formally retracted the mathematical modeling elements of the author’s related 2005 paper as invalid.

Apparently the print version of this book were revised appropriately, but not the audiobook for some reason.

I’m returning this book as I find I have lost faith in the author’s other claims. She and her publisher should have demonstrated some integrity and either pulled the audiobook or revised it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Hurry Up and Meditate

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

In his thought-provoking and entertaining book, David Michie explains the nuts and bolts of meditation. As a busy professional, as well as long-term meditator, he also gives a first-hand account of how to integrate this transformational practice into everyday life. Combining leading edge science with timeless wisdom, Hurry Up and Meditate provides all the motivation and tools you need to achieve greater balance, better health and a more panoramic perspective on life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why meditate?

  • By Jenny on 02-26-14

Does This Author Have No Shame or Sense?

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-04-17

I really enjoyed this book at first because it explained different types of meditation in a secular, appealing, and reasonable way. The author noted most people's lives are very busy and assured the reader meditation was still possible. That was comforting.

He also spent a lot of time listing the benefits scientific studies have suggested meditation brings. He would list a benefit and then refer to the supporting study. That was commendable.

But then the author asserted that meditation can cure cancer. That is nonsense. Unsurprisingly, he conveniently forgot to refer to any scientific studies underlying this claimed benefit. This should surprise no one because, to the best of my knowledge at least, no such studies exist.

To give cancer sufferers and their families this sort of false hope is incredibly contemptible, stunningly stupid, or both.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Law of Attraction

  • The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
  • By: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Narrated by: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757

This abridged audiobook presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Abraham (speaking through Esther Hicks) reveals how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe: the Law of Attraction ("That which is like unto itself is drawn").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Understand So Much

  • By Joyce on 03-25-07

Nonsense on Stilts

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Reviewed: 06-03-17

I bought it because two people recommended it and told me to overlook the “presentation” and listen to the “message”. I found both of these things to be ludicrous, though.

The authors purport to be “channelling” Abraham. Which Abraham? The Abraham from the Old Testament. How did they get in touch with Abraham? Using that favourite 1970s party novelty, the Ouija Board. Yeah, seriously! Apparently, God approves of the use of this dime store toy as a tool for spiritual telephony. (I wonder what the Pope’s Ouija Board looks like… and why churches don't’ hand them out.)

What message does Abraham send forth from Heaven? Is it peace on Earth? Love your fellow human? Be good custodians of God’s creation? No. Apparently, Abraham wants you to be rich and successful! My, that seems like a bit of mercenary message for biblical titan to want to convey… Wait, it gets better.

How does he want you to do this? Through the so-called “Law of Attraction”. You know, the nonsensical notion that if you want money or success or whatever, you just have to want it hard enough and --POOF!-- it appears in front of you! If it doesn’t work for you, it’s your fault. You just weren’t wanting hard enough. Riiight.

Did Bill Gates use the “Law” of Attraction? No. Did Warren Buffett? Michael Bloomberg? Ted Turner? Oprah Winfrey? Steve Jobs? Steven Spielberg? No, no, no, no, no, no, and no. Coincidence? No.

This book is 200-proof garbage mixed with 100% foolishness and three heaping bushels of shameless con-artistry.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Mindfulness

  • A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
  • By: Ronald Siegel, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ronald Siegel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even more worthwhile with these study aids

  • By Cluelass on 07-19-15

Best. Lectures. Ever. -- Seriously

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-27-17

I say that because this is the most useful, practical, helpful, exciting, enlightening, and amazing lecture series I’ve listened to. And I’ve listened to many.

The material is mind-blowing, frankly. And Dr Siegel is great to listen to.

I’ve recommended “The Science of Mindfulness” to friends and family and continue to do so.

I highly, highly recommend it even if you are just slightly interested in the many ways meditation can actually improve your life.

You’ve got little to lose and lots to gain!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Chrysalids

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

The Chrysalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction - unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch post-apocalyptic tale!

  • By Nothing really matters on 01-05-17

Top notch post-apocalyptic tale!

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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: 01-05-17

(No spoilers.) This is a post-apocalyptic story which I enjoyed immensely even though it seems to have been aimed at a young adult audience (and I’m not young).

I read John Wyndham’s “Day of the Triffids” before “Chrysalids”. I really enjoy this author’s writing style and, while both stories were excellent, I enjoyed Chrysalids a bit more. It’s has less horror and more adventure. Both are, btw, excellently narrated.

I liked this story so much that as soon as I finished it, I convinced my oldest son to listen to it and I then enjoyed it a second time with him.

I highly, highly recommend this book and its author.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • We

  • By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history, prose a little outdated

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-30-11

Before Brave New World and 1984, there was We

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Reviewed: 01-05-17

This book, published in English in 1924, was George Orwell’s inspiration for “1984” (1949) and likely Aldous Huxley’s inspiration for “Brave New World” (1931). I guess that makes it the grandmother of all dystopian novels that followed

I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Partly because, as others have noted, Grover Gardner’s narration is excellent, but also because it’s a really good sci-fi story.

I also really enjoyed the initial historical information. It helped me enjoy the book more. I highly recommend this book to fans of sci-fi, and possibly others.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful