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  • Peak Performance

  • Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
  • By: Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but

  • By Luke on 06-09-18

Simple concepts

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Some great practical advice on areas to improve on.
Applies to many different areas of life.
Basic premise is simple, but some great suggestions on how you can improve.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Have you ever found yourself struggling with information overload? Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised? Do you ever feel busy but not productive? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is to become an essentialist. In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, CEO of a leadership and strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing stuff

  • By Anonymous User on 10-02-18

Less is More

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Essentialism is a great concept and well explained and described in this book. Lots of examples and ways to include it in your life.
It is a different mindset and will take a while to implement and incorporate. I read this book with Deep Work, they compliment each other.
Highly recommend.

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,724

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Any additional comments?

Interesting perspectives on a lot of new ages ideas. Takes a bit to get going as he goes through the back story. Some part a bit long winded but over all worth a listen.

  • Creativity Inc.

  • By: Ed Catmull
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: To make the world’s first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream first as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged an early partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pixar's history

  • By Demetrios on 09-27-18

Top listen

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Any additional comments?

A brilliant book. Very accessible. It coves many aspects of encouraging and maintaining creativity in an organisation and it uses Pixar movies as an example. Highly recommend.

  • Great by Choice

  • Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
  • By: Morten T Hansen, Jim Collins
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another ground-breaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's a presentation rather than a reading

  • By Joseph Di Stefano on 06-11-12

Great by audio

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Any additional comments?

Great book that extends the previous research and looks at what is needed to thrive in a constantly changing world. Examples from different areas of life are used as well as business examples. Some interesting insights some are counter intuitive. Highly recommend.

  • Scrum

  • By: Jeff Sutherland, JJ Sutherland
  • Narrated by: JJ Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,462

By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1200 percent. Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 7 hour sales pitch "made for why, not how"

  • By Austin on 10-24-15

Great ideas - worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Any additional comments?

A great book that's filled with lots of real word examples to get its many practical point across.
An eye opener for project managers.
The practices have been around for over 20 years, but haven't been widely known outside software development.
Highly recommended.

  • The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Bill Bryson's hilarious memoir of growing up in middle America in the Fifties, complete, unabridged and read by the author. Born in 1951 in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved it!

  • By Robin on 08-22-11

The 50's were dangerous

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Any additional comments?

Obviously this type of book benefits greatly by having the author read it and this was very enjoyable. Wow the 50's were dangerous, its a wonder anyone survived. A great romp through Bill Bryson's early life, growing up in the 50's. If you like his other books you will like this one. It has some wonderful over and understatements throughout. He captures a kid's perspective with great skill.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,572
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,486
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,328

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

Great narration, different characters portrayed excellently. Story was great - many ups and downs and great humour.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Everything - brilliant!

Any additional comments?

One of the best audio books I have listened to.

  • Goon Show

  • Parkinson Interviews - The Goons & Peter Sellers
  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In more than 500 episodes of Parkinson between 1971 and 1982, Michael Parkinson interviewed some of the greatest show-business talents. In his interview with The Goons, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe remember their "love/hate; let's get one over the BBC" relationship. Spike Milligan joins them from his sick bed in Australia. Amid the hilarity, the authentic voice of Peter Sellers emerges, as he talks about his childhood, early career, and achievements.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and sad

  • By Neale Blackwood on 11-30-13

Funny and sad

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

Reviewed: 11-30-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Goon Show to be better than the print version?

Its a pity Peter Sellers died so young.

Any additional comments?

Some funny moments but it is better to listen to a Goon Show.

  • David and Goliath

  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

David and Goliath is the dazzling and provocative new book from Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw. Why do underdogs succeed so much more than we expect? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey through the hidden dynamics that shape the balance of power between the small and the mighty.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gladwell is a one trick pony.

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 07-09-16

Big vs Small

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

Reviewed: 11-30-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very interesting stories - many sad - he's tells a good story and know the power of stories to convey an idea.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Shows that was is obvious isn't always obvious and what is a limitation can be an advantage.

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen maybe not quite as good as his previous books - but it is still good.