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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Make Your Bed, written and read by William H. McRaven.

The incredible number one New York Times best seller.

Make your bed to change the world....

'What starts here changes the world' was the university slogan that inspired William H. McRaven to take charge of the small things that could change his life...and even the world. Here McRaven shares the 10 life-changing principles he learned during his 37 years as a Navy SEAL. These 10 philosophies helped him to overcome challenges not only in his career but also throughout his life. What's more anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better....

Begin each day with a simple task, help one another through life, respect everyone, know that your life won't be fair and that you will fail often, take risks, step up when times are tough, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.

Do these things, and we will live in a far better world than the one before it....

Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple and universal wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more even in life's darkest moments.

©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic Reviews

"Superb, smart, succinct." ( Forbes)
"A book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything they can." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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does the job

this book does the job it set out to do, much like its author. mission accomplished

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Short and sweet

The lessons are great, short and sweet. The voice is not that easy to listen to.
The whole book is about the speech that went viral, if you liked the speech you will like the details behind it described in the book.

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Fantastic

This audiobook is very easy to get through and very inspiring. Small decisions lead to big things.

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Never ever quit

This book has touched my life and ispired me not to quit my dreams. Thank you!

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Not fluffy

This is an hour of awesome stuff. Simple and outstanding. Little wonder it is written by a seal- only gold nuggets excellently delivered.

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Simple with great advice

Really enjoyed this book. Very easy to understand and the authors voice really carried the lessons home for me. Wish it was longer. Will no doubt listen to this a few more times

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Very interesting and encouraging.

A rare opportunity to absorb the truest and most honest life lessons from a man who had encountered numerous life-and-death situations where he had to make the right decision, because the cost of making the wrong one could be his own life and the life of the men under his command.
The stories presented by the author, provide the reader with a glimpse into the author's life and struggles - a life of a person who never quit and always finishes what he started.
It is rare to encounter such a set of important life lessons in under two hours of listening.

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Love it! Inspirational!

Was having a bed day, so I thought. Well this has made me think differently.

Amazing.

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  • Steve V
  • 08-07-17

A guide for life

Would you consider the audio edition of Make Your Bed to be better than the print version?

Any book narrated by the author will have an extra "something" compared to the printed version and this book is no different.

What did you like best about this story?

The short chapters make this an easy book to "dip into".

What about Admiral William H. McRaven’s performance did you like?

The Admiral isn't a trained actor or performer but this adds to the authenticity and enhances his genuine respect for those who have guided and influenced his life.

Any additional comments?

I would like to think one day the Admiral will write a more extensive autobiography and share an insider's view of the World we now live in and it's recent history.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-13-18

Less is most definitely more.

No need for flowery prose when the best lessons are simple.

Accent isn't the easiest at first but coming from the author gave the narrative greater authority.

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  • Jo F
  • 08-03-17

Mind blowing!

This book and it's author are both inspiring and incredible. I highly recommend it and look forward to listening again!

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  • H7178
  • 07-06-17

good information that simplify life and thoughts.

it was well contextualised and put things in perspective. could.relate.to the lessons learnt and inherent in the military manner.

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  • Jen R.
  • 05-13-18

Inspirational

Fantastic book, describes each situation so realistically you can totally imagine being there first hand!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-18

Some good stories and points but quite short.

Once you get to the points of do one task like make your bed and never quit there wasn't much else apart from how hard Seal training is. I felt there was more which could of been told.

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  • TrishDS
  • 04-02-18

Very motivating and inspiring

This book exceeded my expectations. Not only did I feel inspired and motivated, I knew I was correct with my personal mantra of "Never give up and never give in".

I have changed my viewpoint. Instead of seeing help as a weakness and something to be ashamed of; it's merely teamwork. After all I have to put effort into the process also.

Now I have HOPE and don't feel ashamed and weak because I have to accept help. It is just part of the process of literally getting back on my feet and at the same time increasing my mental toughness.

A big thank you to Admiral William McRaven USN (Retired) for writing this life changing instruction manual. God bless you and your family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-18

Good story

Good listen and motivational story. A little pro USA which was a little bit cringe.

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  • stephen ryder
  • 01-30-18

outstanding

excellent and inspirational, loved listening to it while on my morning runs. Will be listening to it again soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-17

Keeping singing and drive on!

Great listen, sound advice with an interesting story from a Navy Seal.
"It is the size of your heart that matters"

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  • 08-17-17

great book

Simple, effective and to the point. easy book to take in . great to listen to for a short book

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  • Seeker
  • 07-23-17

Best audio book of all time.

This audio book teaches you 10 simple but very effective ways of improving not only your life but the life's of those around you. Thank you very much Admiral McRaven

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-18

Life changing

I absolutely loved this book! Not only were the stories real, but the narrating had me on the edge of my seat and it had me crying, laughing, and cheering along the way. Although I thoroughly enjoyed it I did find it somewhat confronting at the same time. When someone can relay stories of such unimaginable occurances of some incredible men to get across the morals that are very relevant in your life is crazy! I have learnt alot about myself through listening to this and have identified not only some of my strengths, but also how to deal with some of my weaknesses.
A very powerful story indeed, absolutely loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

great book!

this was an amazing book, such great life lessons and so applicable to every day life. this book has changed my outlook on life and encouraged me to try harder at everything I do.

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  • Jonathan
  • 04-06-18

Excellent listen, the personal stories made it!

I’m not going to be a soldier, let alone SEAL or SAS warrior but the lessons here are timeless and applicable everywhere. As a father, husband, doctor and leader I loved this book.

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  • mitchell
  • 10-30-17

fantastic

you've heard the speech well the book is even better. would recommend this to anyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-17

inspirational

was great concise and an excellent motivator to lift your everyday with a focus on the micro.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-17

Review of Make Your Bed- Kevin Toohey- Australia

Although it's only a short book, it has a powerful message. There are simple life lessons- mainly about not quitting and accepting that life is not always fair and it's up to you to keep moving forward. Being a good person- a good team guy- will have a positive influence on those around you and on yourself. Really enjoyed the book and the message it delivers. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-17

fantastic - definately a must read

loved every moment of this book !! admiral mcraven is fantastic narrating his own experiences which are relevant to all