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  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

Listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life as well as from her friends and the people who have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to life

  • By Lee on 24-01-2016

Amazing

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Reviewed: 12-03-2019

I loved this. It has summed up everything for me about the magic of creativity.

  • Atomic Habits

  • An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
  • By: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Atomic Habits by James Clear, read by the author. A revolutionary system to get 1 percent better every day. People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions - doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • physical copy would be more helpful with this one

  • By Anonymous User on 20-02-2019

Highly Recommended

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Reviewed: 04-01-2019

A great tead. Highly recommended. Easy to understand and apply these ideas and teachings. I will be te- Reading and recommending to my friends.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,106

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, It'll Change Your Life!!

  • By Lyndon on 28-05-2015

I want everyone I know to listen to this

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Reviewed: 20-11-2018

I really loved this. I liked the natural flowing style of the TED talk. Most audio books are read in a wooden style. I think this breaks that format and sets a new fresh bench mark. I read a lot of coaching books. This has been by far the most valuable investment in time. Brilliant. Highly recommended.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,064
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,036

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

This is one of the most important books I have eve

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Reviewed: 17-07-2018

This book is simply extraordinary. Great performance. Absolutely fascinating. Highly recommended.
It has lived on in my thoughts for months afterwards and I have recommended it many times.

  • The Coaching Habit

  • Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
  • By: Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how - by saying less and asking more - you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • inspirational

  • By Rockinman on 23-01-2017

Every coach needs to read this

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Reviewed: 07-02-2018

Like most if us, I have listened to and read a lot if coaching books. This is short and to the point. Very accessible and does not get too bogged down in reiterating the point. A must read. Highly recommended.

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  • Emotional Intelligence

  • By: Daniel Goleman Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities - emotional intelligence - that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • everyone should read this book

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

Emotional Intelligence

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Reviewed: 28-01-2018

Would you try another book written by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. or narrated by Barrett Whitener?

Possibly. Great subject matter and well researched. The voice was a little expressionless however.

Would you recommend Emotional Intelligence to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes but would warn them that it was too long and a little dry and granular in the detail.

What three words best describe Barrett Whitener’s voice?

Soporific.

Was Emotional Intelligence worth the listening time?

Mostly. It was WAY WAY too long and it became an endurance.

Any additional comments?

Too much detail. People with PhDs are possibly not the best editors of their work.

  • What Doesn't Kill Us

  • How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
  • By: Scott Carney
  • Narrated by: Scott Carney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forbears? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hyperventilating? Or cellular hypoxia

  • By Antony on 18-04-2017

This was inspirational

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Reviewed: 25-09-2017

Really well written. Inspiring. Very important work. Life changing. Highly recommended reading. Will be investigating further.

  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Int'l Edit.)
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King, Jr.; Steve Jobs; and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Their natural ability to start with why enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time

  • By clinton on 14-03-2016

Inspiring

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Reviewed: 26-06-2017

Really great simple concepts that are well told. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in self development. Has lots of applications for a wide audience. Good narration.

  • Option B

  • Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • By: Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Ms Elisa Donovan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. 'I was in "the void,"' she writes, 'a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.' Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book up emotionally heavy

  • By Mario on 17-05-2017

Option B — a little indulgent

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

What would have made Option B better?

More anecdotals that were not only about the author's bereavement. There were some really excellent points but if felt a little cathartic.

What will your next listen be?

A Simon Senek title.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was too personal and felt as if it was produced as an part of her grieving process. Very admirable but I wanted to move past that.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and I slogged through to the end. The author is clearly a high performer in a large wealthy corporation. I doubt whether many of the audience would be able to relate to the story.

Any additional comments?

This might be a good book if you were working through a grieving process. But it certainly was not made clear when I began listening to it.