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Sean Tulien

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  • Take Control of Your Life

  • How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 324

Mel Robbins is back! The international bestselling phenomenon and creator of The Five Second Rule and Kick Ass with Mel Robbins returns to help you tackle the single biggest obstacle you face: fear. This life-changing Audible Original features a powerful mix of one-on-one life-coaching sessions and a personal narrative with vital take-aways that you can start using immediately.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stop living in fear

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-19

Silence Your Fears

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

From a young age, many of us were taught to look on the bright side whenever life beat us down. But according to Mel Robbins, staying positive might actually be causing the beatings life keeps handing out. Mel engages six fear-avoidant friends in deep, honest, and difficult discussions—six living, breathing case studies on silencing lifelong fears. In doing so, every listener becomes a participant in a greater, more meaningful conversation—one that will stick with you long after you're done listening.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,357

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

  • By Christine on 12-01-18

Action Creates Motivation

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

To put it mildly, David Goggins has lived an intense life. From the terror of growing up under the thumb of an abusive father to military training so breathless that you’ll be gasping for air right along with him, Goggins knows extremes like few others. It even shines through in his phrasing; for example, "taking a soul" and "callusing the mind" are key aspects of his personal philosophy—and they’re just as ferocious as they sound. But his ethos is far more than endurance; rather, he advocates a hard, deep look at your flaws, fears, and emotions as a necessary and terrifying first step toward the emotional and physical resilience that will propel you forward instead of holding you back.

  • Kill Monster

  • By: Sean Doolittle
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the Steamship Arcadia from a Kansas corn field, a buried creature awakens - a mindless brute made of accursed earth, shaped like a man, but in no way mortal. A century and a half after its creation, the golem’s sole mission resumes: to assassinate a savage pro-slavery guerilla commander named “Bloody Bill” Wolcott. Wolcott, of course, is long dead, but his closest surviving descendant - a corporate IT burnout named Ben Middleton - is quite available.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did You Try Turning it Off and On Again?

  • By Sean Tulien on 01-24-19

Did You Try Turning it Off and On Again?

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Once in a great while you get to listen to a book that resonates with you like a literary tuning fork—and boy, oh boy, are my ears ringing after finishing Kill Monster. If this book’s premise doesn’t make you giggle, then we can’t be friends: After a centuries-long dirt nap, an ancient, relentless, and murderous golem returns to un-life with one fixed goal in its simple mind—kill a middle-aged, underachieving IT guy named Ben Middleton. Of course, Ben is the victim of a technical error; the monster’s true target was supposed to be Ben’s long-dead ancestor—but you try reasoning with a clay-brained, mythological monster that can’t stop, won’t stop until your entire bloodline is ancient history. Ears not ringing yet? Then give Vikas Adam’s mirthful narration a listen, my friend, and we’ll be on the same wavelength in no time.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,004

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Embrace the Pain (Sometimes)

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

A few years ago, I was diagnosed as sensory defensive. Suddenly all those things I'd beaten myself up for over the years had context. Being hyper sensitive to light, sounds, smells, tastes, etc no longer felt like weakness. Instead, it felt like a part of me—something I should embrace and manage instead of push through and disregard. As I sit here at my desk at work with a baseball cap on to give my eyes a break from the harsh overhead lighting, I wonder how my life would be different if I’d been kinder to myself about my sensitivities. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck helped fill in the remaining gaps of my self-image in this regard, and I've listened to it three times now to try to absorb as much of it as I'm able. The concept of caring less but more specifically has really changed my life; I no longer feel guilty for apathy toward various causes that others champion. As a result, I have so much more bandwidth to invest my emotions and energy and effort into causes I identify with on a personal level. I'm more effective and less affected, if that makes sense. But what part of Manson's audiobook REALLY opened my ears/eyes? The concept that action creates motivation! Instead of wondering why I rarely felt compelled to do much of anything outside of work, I started just DOING things. And sure enough, my motivation returned in full force.

It's easy to nod your head and say "That makes sense" as you're listening to Mark talk about his philosophy. It's harder to embody it and install it into your daily life. But except for the diagnosis I received a few years back, this audiobook has done more to move me forward in life and be more patient and understanding with myself than anything else.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,006

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

On Point and In Deep

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I've sometimes (okay, quite often) felt that Ronson's books veer away from the central theme to the point where it almost feels tangential. Inevitably I've dropped off 2-4 hours in the story as a result. Admittedly this is a subjective and personal issue for me; I'm less able to tolerate divergences of that nature because I start to lose the sense of context for the larger story that I absolutely need to remain engaged. But for The Last Days of August, I raced through it. Jon's focus is laser-like; it's clear that his level of intrigue was fed by the primary narrative and he rarely felt the need to look for new, exciting content adjacent to the central point of the story. I listened to the entire book in two sittings, several hours of which were on my couch in the dark, listening to Jon guide me through the web of intrigue he found himself in. And there's a LOT to like here. The intrigue borders on True Crime levels of epiphany and revelation. I found myself viewing the characters in varying lights; gradations of skepticism and empathy wavering back and forth until the resolution. I cannot recommend this listening experience enough.

  • We Found a Hat

  • By: Jon Klassen
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Cristopher Curry
  • Length: 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated trilogy, with a deadpan finale and a surprising new twist. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where the Wild Turtles Roam

  • By Sean Tulien on 12-20-18

Where the Wild Turtles Roam

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

A thoughtful, heartwarming, and playful production of Klassen's awesome conclusion to his Hat trilogy. The music captures the mood perfectly and even elevates the kind, irreverent nature of the story. Unlike the other stories in the trilogy, this audiobook is a perfect standalone listening experience that does not require the physical book for full enjoyment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Want My Hat Back

  • By: Jon Klassen
  • Narrated by: Daniel Pinkwater
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Bear's hat is gone. None of the animals have seen it. He is starting to become despondent, until his memory is sparked by a deer who asks just the right question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Read-along Production

  • By Sean Tulien on 12-20-18

A Perfect Read-along Production

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

A significant departure from candy-coated or happily-ever-after picture books, I Want My Hat Back lets the reader come to their own conclusions about the fate of a meddling woodlands creature. In so doing, Jon Klassen demonstrates how subversiveness and open-ended storytelling can absolutely resonate with children if handled smartly. If you haven't experienced a live listening and reading of this book with a classroom of kids, you're missing out—especially regarding the inevitable, lively debate that's sure to ensue when the story is finished. (This audio experience should absolutely be paired with the physical book for maximum enjoyment.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened

  • A Mostly True Memoir
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,043

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Alas, Poor Jenny...

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

From the cover featuring a taxidermized, Yorick-like mouse to the silly asides peppered throughout the listening experience, Let's Pretend This Never Happened is always on-brand, awkward, and hilarious. Jenny performs the narration herself (emphasis on "perform"), adding personal flourishes which truly make this book sing—quite literally in that she belts out the chapter titles like a manic, singsong opera star. Sound effects and musical transitions further add to the absurdist charm, elevating the horrible yet hilarious stories from her childhood to larger-than-life status. Because Jenny is so genuine, intimate, and vulnerable, you'll be laughing with her—not at her—and possibly to the point of tears (I'm looking at you, "Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel"). This audiobook is the perfect gift for anyone who grapples with anxiety or other neuroatypical issues—but it's also a great choice for the minimally afflicted individuals in your life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

You're Going to Mars! (Whether You like It or Not)

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

From the “Everpresent Stink” to the eight-generation cycles of indentured servitude, the reality of You’re Going to Mars! is not one I’d choose to inhabit. But after a few chapters side by side with Paper and her triplet sibs, Rock and Scissors, I think I would happily endure it. By turns vibrant and muted, narrator Khristine Hvam draws out the mirth and emotional depth evident in Dircks’ characters, creating an appealing contrast to the dystopian setting; this also gives the novel more than a fair amount of crossover appeal to sci-fi and YA readers alike.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful