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Thrive

The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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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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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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  • Andy
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  • 04-14-14

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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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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Enlightening

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got so much more than I could ever imagine. A lifetime of wisdom and clarity. Now I need to start to thrive!

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It felt like reading a magazine

It has all the trend topics regarding this new era, but nothing really new, nothing extra. Yes a good advice to get in an article. The title I felt it too pretentious to what you get. Worth reading yes worth the price and time no.

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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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  • 06-06-16

Are you kidding?

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

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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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A Must Read! Great narration by her sister!

Wonderful stories and references to give one much to ponder and suggestions for further readings and implementing change for wellness in one's life!

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