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  • Draft Animals

  • Living the Pro Cycling Dream (Once in a While)
  • By: Phil Gaimon
  • Narrated by: Phil Gaimon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking "no" for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world. Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling's highest level.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m a fan!

  • By Terry on 12-04-17

The harsh (and wonderful) reality of pro cycling

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

A very real and insightful account of what its like to be a pro in the world tour. It's not easy, but it is also awesome in many ways. Phil Gaimon captures this paradox with a wonderful array of stories, anecdotes and insider perspectives. As a lover of cycling books, I really appreciated the opportunity to see the pro tour from the perspective of a mid-tier pro. Its different from that of Chris Froome or Cadel Evans. For those who want real juicy insight into what it takes to get the world tour, read/listen to Phil Gaimon's first book first: Pro Cycling on $10 a Day. Then follow it up with this one. It makes for 14 hours of brilliant listening.

  • 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 4,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894

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

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

If you could sum up Peak Performance in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, action-orientated, powerful

What did you like best about this story?

The combination of great research, lively story telling, useful examples and practical application.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clear and easy to follow with great pace.

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

YES

Any additional comments?

Anyone who whats to be more effective in sports, business or life should read this book. It is the best book I have listened to in 2016 (along with Stretch)

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Mile

  • Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It
  • By: Neal Bascomb
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most inpirational!

  • By j & b on 09-05-04

Excellent historical account and great story

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

Reviewed: 07-18-13

Where does The Perfect Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10 of all audio books

What did you like best about this story?

The rich descriptions of the characters and the clear details of their training, their lives and their motivations.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,280
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,224

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Brilliant!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

Where does The Boys in the Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best audio book I have listened to thus far (along with Born to Run).

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

The description of the relationships between the crew members and how they depend on each other and learn to trust each other. The description of "swing" in the eight oared boat.

What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

Very east listening. Good pace and expression.

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

Yes. I would spend more time running so I could listen more (I listen while running).

Any additional comments?

A must must must listen!

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Decisive

  • How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on

  • By GH on 03-27-13

Practical wisdom backed by sound research

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

Reviewed: 04-30-13

Where does Decisive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

What other book might you compare Decisive to and why?

Contagious by Jonathan Berger
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Any additional comments?

Wonderful framework to ensure that you don't get trapped in making decisions.
Practical and empirically sound advice.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Give and Take

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Success
  • By: Adam M. Grant Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Brian Keith Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • recycled material

  • By Matt Dallas on 11-26-15

Great research conveyed through compelling stories

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

Reviewed: 04-30-13

If you could sum up Give and Take in three words, what would they be?

Compelling interesting research

Who was your favorite character and why?

Adam Grant as the author and primary researcher behind the thesis of this book.

What did you learn from Give and Take that you would use in your daily life?

Good guys don't need to come second.
Ones reciprocity style has broad and meaningful implications.

Any additional comments?

Great stories that convey empirically sound research.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Makers

  • The New Industrial Revolution
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: René Ruiz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glimpse Into the Future

  • By John on 01-12-13

Insight and foresight

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

Reviewed: 02-18-13

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

Chris Andersen has been accurate in the past with uncovering important phenomena associated with technology advancement, consumer demand and general business economics i.e. the long tail. I think he is very right again with the potential impact of custom fabrication and DIY design and manufacturing. He brings his ideas to light with many relevant examples.

What other book might you compare Makers to and why?

It does for manufacturing and design what "The Long Tail" did for retail.
Also has similarities to "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscot.

What does Rene Ruiz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not much. Pretty standard narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It just made me think.

Any additional comments?

Great for entrepreneurs thinking about finding an opportunity in an emerging wave of change.

  • My Time

  • By: Bradley Wiggins
  • Narrated by: Tom Watt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant, 'Wiggo' became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation's most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed up chapters. But interesting insights.

  • By David on 12-11-12

Feels like you sitting right next to Wiggo

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

Reviewed: 01-28-13

Would you listen to My Time again? Why?

Yes. The details of his 2012 racing season including his TdF win and Olympic TT gold are vivid and rich. It feels like you sitting in his living room and he is telling you stories of his epic year. Includes detail about training, preparation, his family, the team and all his highs and lows.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bradley Wiggins for obvious reasons. Its all about his road career in cycling.

What about Tom Watt’s performance did you like?

His British accent is awesome for sharing Brad Wiggins' story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The deep insight into how he and his coaches went against tradition in their preparation for the 2012 racing season.

Any additional comments?

It's a great book that cycling fans will particularly enjoy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful