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  • 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 1,850
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

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. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The author annoyed me a lot, but actually OK

  • By Elena Williams on 08-03-2019

The author annoyed me a lot, but actually OK

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-2019

The author's constant self-promotion and look-at-me-I'm-so-awesome that is interspersed throughout this book actually made me angry.

Around that though, I actually liked the material. The way he breaks things down is good and helpful and I'd actually recommend it with the above disclaimer.

Like so many books in the genre: I wish the author would resist the temptation to go on about themselves. Sure, you can write it to make yourself feel good, but then *edit it out* before print. I'm going to keep giving books that fall in to this trap bad reviews.

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  • It's Who You Know

  • How a Network of 12 Key People Can Fast-Track Your Success
  • By: Janine Garner
  • Narrated by: Janine Garner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Meet the 12 people that can accelerate your success - in business and in life. It's Who You Know is the long-awaited handbook to effective, productive, and influential networking.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Andrew Seidel on 22-10-2018

I got nothing from this book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-2019

I don't know why I bought it and wasted my time. I participate in many "networks" in a technical setting and am connected to many people throughout many networks and events, and maybe I was thinking I needed more structure in this loose but pleasant set of connections.

This book is about some activity I don't understand. It would feel insane for me to ask another technical professional who I consider in my network to be my "butt-kicker" or "cheerleader". I'd feel more comfortable asking them for cold, hard cash than "to be one of my special key 12 people of influence". I think they would also think I was insane. I would be embarrassed to discuss this material with anyone who I respect. Further, that this situation might exist isn't acknowledged in this book.

Lots of hype and super hero/villain names but I retained nothing, I learned nothing. Nothing here applies even vaguely to my social experience. I don't interact with people in a way that has any relation to whatever it is she's talking about.

All the very best to Janine, but I'm disappointed mainly in myself for wasting the time. Not the worst book I've been through, just irrelevant and for me personally tantamount to fiction. This just shouldn't be anywhere near technical non-fiction, that's for sure. I wanted to write this review because I was fooled by the positive ratings/reviews and wanted to spare others (in hindsight I should have ignored 12 of the top reviews as being biased).

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to Philosophy

  • By C. R. Grice on 25-03-2017

Beauty and Truth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Most powerful man on earth in the proper literal sense. Actually killed people with his own hands, surrounded by extremes we can't imagine and as genuine an understanding of having meaningful power as anyone in history, yet so wise, so generous, so deep, so humble, so magnanimous. So great it's difficult to comprehend. A many repeat listen for anyone of substance.

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too vague and generic

  • By Allan on 08-02-2016

What a douche

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-2018

Any additional comments?

This guy says in the book he gets people at his seminars to up-rate his books. Feel like I got conned in to buying and listening to this book. This guy's a total classic SALE!SALE!SALE! guy, if you want any kind of depth, avoid him.

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