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  • The Alter Ego Effect

  • Defeat the Enemy, Unlock Your Heroic Self, and Start Kicking Ass
  • By: Todd Herman
  • Narrated by: Todd Herman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 167

A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Want to slay your dragons? Here’s how

  • By Kat and Dogs on 02-07-19

Good concept but...

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

The alter ego is a good concept and I am a believer. However, I found that there was a lot of unnecessary, superfluous information that made the book much longer than it had to be. In summary, if you need the confidence to start a business or present in front of your peers (just a couple of many examples), develop the necessary skills (or focus on your existing skills, interests, values) and assume the persona or alter ego, and pretend you are that person and research demonstrates that you will perform better. For the most part, that’s the book.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Summary of The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

  • By: Book Avenue
  • Narrated by: Leanne Thompson
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

This is the audio summary of The Laws of Nature by Robert Greene. This concise summary will help you better understand the main concepts of the original book.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an extremely well written.

  • By B. Ranson on 12-12-18

If only life was so simple!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

First, the summary is difficult to follow because the author explains the concepts in a way that comes across as disjointed. Second, the author is taking psychological concepts and offering simple solutions. Life is not an either or proposition. If you want to really understand human behavior, pick up Influence by Robert Cialdini or The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson.

  • 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 106,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,098

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

Pop psychology in a box!

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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: 10-08-16

Beware of anybody who can offer you one to two solutions for all of life's problems. I do think that some of his advice concerning happiness has some Merit. For instance, chasing happiness won't deliver happiness. However, his overly simplified advice around things like relationships tends to be ridiculously simplistic. Remember that relationships are complicated and two quick fix solutions will not mean that you will be "fixed." I gave it three stars because he was able to repeat some empirically based science, although I did not hear him give credit where it's due as to where the original findings came from. If you need someone to tell you how to life, then buy this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Introvert's Way

  • Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World
  • By: Sophia Dembling
  • Narrated by: Rose Itzcovitz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

This clever and pithy audiobook challenges introverts to take ownership of their personalities...with quiet strength. Sophia Dembling asserts that the introvert’s lifestyle is not "wrong" or lacking, as society or extroverts would have us believe. Through a combination of personal insights and psychology, The Introvert’s Way helps and encourages introverts to embrace their nature, to respect traits they may have been ashamed of and reframe them as assets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Introvert heard

  • By Claudia on 12-27-16

Common Sense Fluff

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

I was totally unimpressed with this book. I found the book to be filled with fluff. If you want to read a real book about introverts, purchase the book quiet. The book Quoet has a lot more substance to it relative to those folks who are introverts vs other behavioral styles. The narrator sounds like she's about 18 years old and I found it hard to digest taking advice from her.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hacking Your Education

  • Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will
  • By: Dale J. Stephens
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

In Hacking Your Education, Stephens speaks to a new culture of "hackademics" who think college diplomas are antiquated. Stephens shows how he and dozens of others have hacked their education, and how you can, too. You don't need to be a genius or especially motivated to succeed outside school. The real requirements are much simpler: curiosity, confidence, and grit. Hacking Your Education offers valuable advice to current students as well as those who decided to skip college.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unschooling for adults

  • By Niall on 05-31-13

Arrogant Book

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-13

Would you try another book from Dale J. Stephens and/or Kyle McCarley?

No

Has Hacking Your Education turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It wasn't the narration but the arrogance of the book itself

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, it gave a different perspective of the self made individual

Any additional comments?

What the author should have noted was that those who do not attain an education stand a remote chance of making it in the real world. Those people who really do well, without an education, aren't the norm. Yes, they exist but your chances of doing well, especially in business, requires a decent education. He almost attacks our educational system because he is self made. True, our educational system needs change. However, leaving school is typically not the answer.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0

  • By: Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,023

Knowing what emotional intelligence is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management—to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Self-assessment is subjective

  • By A. Yoshida on 03-07-18

If you are living on this planet, read this book

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

Would you listen to Emotional Intelligence 2.0 again? Why?

I have several times and I own the hard copy.

What other book might you compare Emotional Intelligence 2.0 to and why?

Goleman's Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership

What did you learn from Emotional Intelligence 2.0 that you would use in your daily life?

Take the assessment and work the online goals.

Any additional comments?

This should be a must read for every business professional. Too many people have no clue regarding the major areas of emotional intelligence: self awareness, self management, relationship management and social awareness. This book proves that YOU can control your reactions to events in your life and you can enhance your skills within the four domains.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,947

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clamorous Praise for "Quiet"

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 12-10-13

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

The author does an excellent job of articulating the differences between introverts and extroverts. More importantly, she describes how little people understand introverts and the lack of credit that is given to them!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Introverts want human connection just like extroverts; they just demonstrate it in a different way.

What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

Great job with the narration.

If you could give Quiet a new subtitle, what would it be?

Introverts should never be overlooked in an expressively driven society!

Any additional comments?

I would suggest this book for anyone who doesn't understand why introverts behave the way they do and the differences between styles (extroverts and introverts).

  • Just Listen

  • Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
  • By: Mark Goulston
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064

You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great information and interesting

  • By Amy on 01-11-12

Excellent Resource!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-12

If you could sum up Just Listen in three words, what would they be?

This book is not only a good read but a great resource!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite part of the boob dealt with the process of acknowledging your emotions through the process Goulstein details in a step by step process. I found the book to be a great adjunct to the subject of emotional intelligence.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Goulstein's book will keep you engaged and teach you at the same time.

Any additional comments?

My recommendation is that the reader consume this book for all it's worth. The reason is that our educational system totally fails to teach us many of the learnings that are in this book. Most people have no clue how to diffuse a volitile situation or effectively deal with emotiona crises. This book will help you-if you put his processes into practice-to achieve a more productive and happier existence.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,479

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Excellent Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-12

If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

Innovative, Genius, Bastard

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve was my favorite because you never knew when he would act out, create a scene or cry because he did not get his way.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The book is very good but long.

Any additional comments?

It is an interesting read because the author did a nice job of being fair and objective about Jobs; The author did not pull any punches about Job's antics. It is also a great testimonial that you can be an innovative genius and possess no emotional intelligence (to the extent that Jobs was kicked out of the company that he and Wozniak founded). The emotional highs and lows are described to the extent that you really feel like you are in the book. There are a lot of gems in the book as it relates to: emotional intelligence, innovation, family, wealth and most of all-loss. In short, I highly recommend this book!!!

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  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • By: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,253

Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally Mind-Altering

  • By John on 09-08-15

We Get It!!!!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-12

What would have made Mindset better?

It was very, very rudundant.

Has Mindset turned you off from other books in this genre?

Many of these books steal from basic psychological principles and add their own twist. This is clearly one of those books.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

I did not the narrator; she was sugar sweet, to the point of annoying.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sure, the central theme that your mindset affects your entire life. Of course, the author breaks it down ad nauseum.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money on this book! Pick up a book on cognitive psych and you will get some real advice on how your thoughts affect your feelings and how to deal with distorted thought patterns.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful