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  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book highly recommended !!!!

  • By Igor on 11-05-2017

Where are the female outliers?

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-2019

The absence of women in this book provides evidence for an unspoken point that women have not been afforded the circumstances to prevail as outliers. Rather than leave this unaddressed and simply provide a playbook of male leaders, surely a chapter noting why women are absent from the book, is warranted?

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Popular blogger Cal Newport reveals the new key to achieving success and true meaning in professional life: the ability to master distraction. Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves their attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term deep work on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good point- didnt need 70000 words to explain it!

  • By Anonymous User on 21-06-2017

A motivating and instructional read

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-2019

This book is true to its purpose. it helped clarify my deep work commitment and learn from inspiring examples of others who've had great success through deep work. I found some of the suggested tools unsuitable for my work style- not every suggestion will suit every reader trying to establish a deep work regime.

  • Gut

  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So easy to understand a very complicated subjects

  • By dolly on 19-03-2016

Interesting communication of academic work

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-2018

Listened to this to get a sense of what makes successful research communication, as Giulia's book heralds from academic research. Interesting storytelling approach. documentary like, where the human microbiome is the specimen inst analysis. Many relatable anecdotes, which eventually got a bit tiring. Learned a thing or two about the gut

  • Quarterly Essay 68: Hugh White on Fading America and Rising China

  • By: Hugh White
  • Narrated by: Hugh White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Our region is experiencing a momentous transition. The US-led order is fading, and China has become ever more powerful. Today the question we face is not whether we fancy living in an Asia in which power is shared between the United States and China. It is how we feel about living in an Asia in which America no longer plays any significant strategic role. In this controversial and gripping essay, Hugh White looks at what has happened to the US globally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Janice on 20-04-2019

An insightful and motivating essay

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Reviewed: 02-01-2018

Hugh White's account of China's evolving influence, mediated by USAs waning influence, bears many valuable lessons for Australian policy makers.

  • Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers

  • Harry Potter 1
  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Bernard Giraudeau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Orphelin, Harry Potter est élevé par un oncle et une tante qui ne l'aiment pas. Le jour de ses 11 ans, son existence bascule : un géant l'emmène à Poudlard, l'école de sorcellerie ! Voilà son incroyable destin : être sorcier. Jeter des sorts, utiliser des pouvoirs, ensorceler les trolls... À la maison Gryffondor, il rencontre Ron et Hermione, s'initie au Quidditch, un sport pratiqué sur un balai. La vie est excitante, mais Voldemort, Celui-Dont-On-Ne-Doit-Pas-Prononcer-Le-Nom, refait surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • C'est toujours de la magique

  • By laura on 25-10-2017

C'est toujours de la magique

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Reviewed: 25-10-2017

Great listen if you want to practice your french with a familiar story. Trop nostalgique

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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

  • By: Sarah Knight
  • Narrated by: Sarah Knight
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 681

A brilliant, hilarious homage to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, showing how to shed your mental clutter for good. Aimed at overachieving but dissatisfied people everywhere. Sarah's inspirational two-step 'NotSorry' program shows how unleashing the power of not giving a f**k will help you shed unwanted guilt and obligations to redirect time, energy and enthusiasm to your true priorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Cosmin Florescu on 14-08-2016

A self gratifying easy read

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-2017

Entertaining but likely leveraging is success not from its own content but the spin off of Marie Kondo. Wouldn't really recommend.

  • 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 2,345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,061

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

Enriching and enlivening with universal appeal

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Reviewed: 02-09-2017

I learned, reflected, cried and laughed. Will be recommending to everyone I know. Thankyou Brené

  • The Elements of Style: 60 Minutes to Better Writing & Grammar

  • By: Professor William Strunk Jr.
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This is the original "Little Book," without add ons by later writers. This is a treasure to writers because it "omit(s)" needless words" and subject matter Professor Strunk did not believe was core to better writing. The brevity encourages relistening to deepen one's knowledge of the subject, the point made by Professor Strunk to his students: "the knowledge comes from rereading" or in our case, relistening. This unabridged version has 25 tracks: 1. Preface. 2. Introduction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book but perhaps better suited to text

  • By laura on 28-06-2017

Excellent book but perhaps better suited to text

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2017

Great to have the opportunity to digest this classic book's lessons in audio format. Well delivered but what's missing is the ability to index the lessons. Not possible in the audiobook format.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anonymous User on 11-02-2019

My first foray into the work of Bill Bryson

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-03-2017

My first foray into the work of Bill Bryson. Love the mix of non fiction, storytelling and irony. Will definitely be back for more.