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  • A Head Above

  • A Simple Guide to Peak Mental Performance
  • By: Mansal Denton
  • Narrated by: Mansal Denton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

When 17th and 18th-century Europeans replaced alcohol with coffee, it produced the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment thinking. A simple chemical change can have drastic consequences for our lives and the world. Today, nootropics, smart drugs, and self-experimentation technologies are helping high performers improve their mental performance from Silicon Valley to Wall Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goes Beyond Just Nootropics

  • By Pankaew on 10-11-17

Goes Beyond Just Nootropics

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I bought this book thinking it'd be a primer on nootropics. Mansal not only delivers on the 'Smart Drugs' part of mental performance, but the whole package - diet, exercise, mindset, etc. It's a really well written book with lots of useful info, delivered in a highly edutaining and relatable way. Would recommend.

  • Superhuman by Habit

  • A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time
  • By: Tynan
  • Narrated by: Tynan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

Superhuman by Habit examines habit building in depth. It covers the principles and philosophies of habit building, as well as the practical nuts and bolts implementing those habits. The second half of the audiobook is dedicated to specific habits in every major area of life, covering the pros and cons of each, the path to implementing them, and specific notes about each one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Useful book

  • By Hanne E. on 06-27-17

Fantastic book

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

A fantastic book - best book I've read on habits. Delivery could use some work though.

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insights into the Brain

  • By Tom Johnson on 11-28-12

Get "Spark" Instead

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

Reviewed: 09-14-11

As many other reviewers have said, the reader is just far too monotone and boring. In addition, the content is very basic - If you know anything about performance psychology at all (if you know what a mnemonic is) then you probably won't get much from this book.

I'd recommend getting "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" instead. Much better book on a similar subject.

104 of 120 people found this review helpful

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spark

  • By Kathleen on 11-02-08

The Only Book to Get Me to Exercise

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-11

I've never really managed to stick with an exercise routine until I read this book. As an entrepreneur, my productivity is one of the most important things to me. All the evidence presented in this book essentially turned my "yeah I'd like to exercise" to "exercising is a mandatory part of my life."

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Onward

  • How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul
  • By: Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201

In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but a bit annoying

  • By Carla on 06-13-11

Stellar Book Into the Mindset of a Top CEO

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

Reviewed: 08-07-11

Ignore the reviews about how Shultz "seems to believe what he says too much." What the heck did you expect - A CEO that doesn't believe in his own company?

For me, this book gave amazing insight into how a top CEO selects his top executives, the challenges in turning a failing company around, how he instills the right company culture and handles Wall Street all at the same time.

First class business book, IMO.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chocolate Wars

  • The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers
  • By: Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Deborah Cadbury
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

With a cast of characters that wouldnt be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The World of Chocolate

  • By Jean on 11-05-14

Super Informative, Moderately Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-11

I picked up this book primarily because I wanted to learn about an industry I knew nothing about. I learned a ton about the chocolate industry that I never knew. The book is entertaining at times and not at other times, but it's a great business book in general.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful