• Thrive

  • The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,026 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Arianna Huffington's personal wakeup call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye - the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, one of the fastest growing media companies in the world, celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she found herself wondering, is this really what success feels like?

In Thrive, she has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. In a commencement address she gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, Arianna likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we're going to topple over. We need a third leg - a Third Metric for defining success. In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and two daughters - of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse - and to her "aha moment". Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

©2014 Arianna Huffington (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Pleasantly Surprised - HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Highly.

Would you listen to Thrive again? Why?

Absolutely. The truths shared were so vast and varied, there is simply no way to take it all in one time through.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thrive?

The multiple personal shares from the author's own experiences and "aha!" moments that lead her to write this.

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

The tone and sound of the author's native tongue.

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

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I am not a liberal in political terms - and because of this, I believe I had a predisposition to pass over this book, had I not heard wonderful things about it from multiple sources. I was thoroughly shamed in that I would have missed such a treasure had I held to this rigid mindset.

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Anecdotal Content, Distracting Accent

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those who view Ms. Huffington as a role model and simply want to learn about her life and personal experiences would enjoy this book. I was hoping for more grounded principles that I could apply to my own life, not just stories from a successful entrepreneur.

What was most disappointing about Arianna Huffington’s story?

With the word "Metric" in the title, I was hoping for substantive wisdom based in studies, psychology, or something concrete or principled. Instead, it was mostly anecdotal advice based on one person's experience.

How could the performance have been better?

The selected narrator has a slightly distracting accent, and may not be a native English speaker. The sample audio serves as a good example. It became a little bothersome after several hours. I wanted a poised, articulate narrator. (I pre-ordered the book and was unaware that the narrator would struggle with some of the language.)

What character would you cut from Thrive?

I would have chosen a narrator with a less obtrusive accent, perhaps even a native English speaker with a more pleasant tone, cadence, and articulation.

Any additional comments?

This book fell short of my expectations. It's not a well-written book by a soon-to-be-discovered luminary; this is an underwhelming book from an already-famous personality who is selling a somewhat-unrefined, anecdotal book under the auspices of her fame and reputation.

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Couldn't Get Past the Accent

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I purchased because the story was interesting to me. I will stick to buying Biographies that are narrated by the AUTHOR ONLY!

Would you ever listen to anything by Arianna Huffington again?

Only if she is the narrator.

What aspect of Agapi Stassinopoulos’s performance would you have changed?

Her accent and her pace when speaking. Was just too hard to follow for me. And I am very good usually with accents. This one I just couldn't get past.

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Interesting

I enjoyed the book enough but I did feel that a lot of sections were much longer than they needed to be, e.g. The ones on meditation and death.

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A. H. makes it difficult to THRIVE!

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

I would recommend they read it in hard copy

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Her conclusions are solid, the need for balance, etc. is critical to our society and nice to see a major employer espousing this viewpoint.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

her voice/accent was distracting. It was difficult when I was processing her accent to follow the narrative. Her voice is interesting in interviews, but when listening hour to hour it was too much to try to listen to. I gave up.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Thrive?

I already knew much of what she was saying, was looking at her book as a comparison to my own work.

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Worthwhile book and a note about narration

I appreciate the lengths that Ms Huffington has gone to present a third metric for success - it was done well! I so agree with the values in the book, and it has helped me recommit to sleep, serving others, and reducing my exposure to tech.

And for those of you complaining about the "heavy accent" of narrator Agapi Stassinopoulous - please question yourself about why someone with an accent is a problem for you. And, I have to ask, do you even realize that Ms Stassinopoulous is Ms Huffington's sister? They sound identical. And their accent is lovely because it is perfectly WHO THEY ARE.

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underwhelming

I expected deeper revelations from this power house. What she said was relevant but not new.

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helpful step back, to rethink priorities

What I loved about this book is that it was Ms. Huffington's own story. However, there was more than the scent of a sales pitch for the business she is building based on the Third Metric.

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Are you kidding?

Why would you choose a person with such a strong accent to do voice over?

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great lessons but too long

the book is a good read had a lot of researched information that gives you pause to think about why you should get more sleep however I think some of the concepts could have been done with less verbage and making the book a little shorter

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