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  • Driven

  • The Never-Give-Up Roadmap to Massive Success
  • By: Manny Khoshbin
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Behind every entrepreneur's success story, there's a never-ending list of gut-wrenching failures, missed opportunities, and jaw-dropping setbacks. Real estate mogul and serial entrepreneur Manny Khoshbin is one of those entrepreneurs with a story of perseverance that will make you believe in the American Dream all over again. Driven: The Never-Give-Up Roadmap to Massive Success goes beyond Manny's personal ride through the entrepreneurial journey to deliver the habits, mindset, and insights aspiring entrepreneurs need to turn dreams into reality. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a roadmap

  • By Mariner on 12-03-2019

Not a roadmap

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2019

90% life story, 10% insights. He's a wealthy guy that's done well and assumes that there must be something in there worth teaching. Most of the insights derive from his bouncing back from mistakes, mistakes that don't exactly point to uncommon intelligence. It would have been easier to follow had he chosen a different reader for the passages where his wife, employees and favourite charity talk about how great he is. It's sometimes difficult to tell apart from the rest. But he means well and is quite likeable all the same.

  • 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 1,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

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

Worth a book?

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2019

Great concept. Probably could have been delivered in a shorter form. Examples we're good but not numerous. Still worth it though.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable first experience of Wilde

  • By Anna on 10-06-2016

So good I listened to it twice!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-2017

I was unfamiliar with all but the basic premise. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a fantastic gem that more than lived up to expectations. I'm sure that I will return to the book again in the future. The great performance was the icing on the cake.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • buy this

  • By Nafees on 02-03-2016

Pretty good

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2016

Not the easiest book to listen to compared to reading. I kept getting distracted easily. A bit like being one of the belittled characters. Got through it quite quickly though.

  • An Instance of the Fingerpost

  • By: Iain Pears
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Roger May, Christopher Oxford, and others
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Set in Oxford in the 1660s – a time and place of great intellectual, scientific, religious and political ferment – this remarkable novel centres around a young woman, Sarah Blundy, who stands accused of the murder of Robert Grove, a fellow of New College. Four witnesses describe the events surrounding his death: Marco da Cola, a Venetian Catholic intent on claiming credit for the invention of blood transfusion;

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting historical references

  • By Mariner on 08-04-2016

Interesting historical references

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2016

The book is structured as four contemporaneous accounts. With each account you discover a little more of the full story. Brilliantly crafted and full of interesting historical references, solid performances transport the listener. Well-worth persevering despite the length.

  • The Wasp Factory

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

The Wasp Factory is a bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath - one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Out there & compelling

  • By Grace Less on 25-04-2016

Gruesome but well written

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-2015

Pretty gruesome in places and may disturb animal lovers. But a good story and well written. The narrator seemed a little strange at first but improved as the book went on.

  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indeed a classic

  • By Anthony Wyatt on 07-08-2018

Not bad

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-2015

Not bad. Not familiar with Hemingway's other work. Quite melodramatic in parts which is strange given the short sentences.

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