• The School of Greatness

  • A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
  • By: Lewis Howes
  • Narrated by: Lewis Howes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,684 ratings)

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The School of Greatness

By: Lewis Howes
Narrated by: Lewis Howes
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When a career-ending injury left elite athlete and professional football player Lewis Howes out of work and living on his sister's couch, he decided he needed to make a change for the better. He started by reaching out to people he admired, searching for mentors, and applying his past coaches' advice from sports to life off the field. Lewis did more than bounce back: He built a multimillion-dollar online business and is now a sought-after business coach, speaker, and podcast host.

In the New York Times best seller The School of Greatness, Howes shares the essential tips and habits he gathered in interviewing "the greats" on his wildly popular podcast of the same name. In discussion with people like Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and Pencils of Promise CEO Adam Braun, Howes figured out that greatness is unearthed and cultivated from within. The masters of greatness are not successful because they got lucky or are innately more talented but because they applied specific habits and tools to embrace and overcome adversity in their lives.

A framework for personal development, The School of Greatness gives you the tools, knowledge, and actionable resources you need to reach your potential. Howes anchors each chapter with a specific lesson he culled from his greatness "professors" and his own experiences to teach you how to create a vision, develop hustle, and use dedication, mindfulness, joy, and love to reach goals. His lessons and practical exercises prove that anyone is capable of achieving success and that we can all strive for greatness in our everyday lives.

©2015 Lewis Howes (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Buy the book, not the audiobook.

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I love the podcast, and this is a great book. I was really excited when the audiobook came out and exchanged the ebook for it. I'm not sure what happened, but Lewis' narration is bad. Really, really bad. Unless the audiobook is redone, buy the book instead.

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Very disappointing...

This book was one of the most frustrating books, in the personal development category that I've ever read. I was torn between tossing, virtually of course, the book in the trash to hanging on to give the author a chance to change direction. So many things I could mention in this review so I'll just focus on these:
1) Howes never should have narrated this. Worst bit of narration I've come across in awhile here on Audible. It was distracting and took away from my focus on the content. Was he trying to read from cue cards?
2) There truly is nothing new under the sun but after Howes mentioned that he "makes his bed" over 7 different times, the point was lost. I get that he felt this was a true benefit in his life but it felt like he was beating it into the ground. No mom needed here...
3) Howes focused way, way too much on his own perspective. I was looking for that break in his story to truly step out and focus on "how" to apply some of the knowledge he gained from his podcast guests. His attempts to do so left much to be desired. Most of it is just retreads and rehashed "stuff" that's been out there for ages.

Sorry Lewis, this was a very weak piece of work. Nothing personal. This was my first interaction with your work in any form. I'd not listened to your podcasts, or reviewed your "" school of greatness "content. You were mentioned by someone and I thought I'd check out your work. Just my opinion...

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Read the book, don't listen

What did you like best about The School of Greatness? What did you like least?

I haven't listened to the podcast, but I appreciated the content of the book a lot. The reflection and actionable items in each chapter were super helpful. I had trouble though with the cadence of the author's reading. It drove me crazy, actually. It's a great resource, just read it, don't listen.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His. cadence is all. over. the place. I loved the content, almost couldn't get past the narration.

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ego much?

He is not a narrator. Listening to this was torture. He should have spent some of his money on a good voice actor. This book had some good points, nothing you wont find on others. I started fast forwarding after listening to how great he is for the hundredth time. This was written to gain subscribers for his newsletters. Go get anything by Brian Tracy or Ziglar instead.

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I wanted to like this book

But the narration was terrible. I know Lewis gave it his best shot, but he clearly does not have any experience at the difficult task of narrating a book. It really distracted from his message. Overall, there was really nothing new in this book. I enjoyed the stories of people's real life successes.

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Cheesey re-tread book with a horrible performance

What disappointed you about The School of Greatness?

The reading of it was totally amateurish and unrefined. Author admitted that the only reason he chose to read it was to appease his friends and family members.

Has The School of Greatness turned you off from other books in this genre?

Mostly likely yes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lewis Howes’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The School of Greatness?

Almost the entire book was from material that can gained taken from old Wayne Dyer lectures or Deepak Chopra. There is almost no original thought or material.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing book, and the reviews are very misleading. It's unfortunate that Audible seems to edit out bad reviews. It would have saved me a lot of time and money to read diverse reviews of this book, instead of cultivated ones in order to sell more books.

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Worst performance of the 50 I've listed too

Way too much about the author and not enough about the people he interviewed. Absolutely horrible performance. Very disappointed!!!

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I'm Glad That I Listened

When I first began listening, I was sure that I wouldn't finish this book. The performance sounded too much like someone just sitting in a room alone, reading a book out loud. It lacked emotion and was labored. However, I stuck with it and finished the book. Was it loaded with new information? No. Did the performance improve as the tape went on? Not really. But what made this a four star book was the true grit of the author. He opens up about his failures in life and shows how he used them to learn and move forward. I really liked and appreciated his honesty and the depth of the emotion within the message. It left me with the feeling that I would like Lewis if I met him because he seems "real" All in all, I'm glad I listened to this book.

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Narrator needed more energy!

Lewis was a bit stiff. I wish he have been more himself like he is on his videos. Book had good content and I like the story but he needs more practice has a storyteller.

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Well narrated

It is always better when the author narrates their book, and Lewis did a great job.

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