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  • The Greatest

  • My Own Story
  • By: Muhammad Ali, Richard Durham
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like Ali is reading this to you!

  • By Mario on 23-06-2017

Feels like Ali is reading this to you!

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2017

This autobiography is truly captivating and will leave you wanting to know even more about the man who became a legend and the undisputed heavyweight GOAT.

The voice acting is brilliant, providing an atmosphere and level to the story that sucks you in and makes you believe that you are really listening to the great man himself.

Exploring the racial and political aspects of Ali's career, this book gives you an insight into what drove him to make the decisions he made with his career and personal life and what drove him relentlessly forward to earning the World Heavyweight champion title.

A great listen, can not recommend enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

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

Great book up emotionally heavy

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

Reviewed: 17-05-2017

This is a great book to learn some tactics and strategies to overcome adversity and building resilience in a framework of grieving.
I would highly recommend this for people who are learning to deal with grief due to the loss of a loved one or helping someone who has lost a loved one.

Some of the strategies and tactics can carry over to other aspects of facing adversity and building resilience but this book offers little in situation examples other then in the context of loss of a loved one.

The book is quite emotional and could potentially be triggering for some people - I personally had some nights of rough sleeping thinking about the concept of loss and grief.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bigger Leaner Stronger

  • The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
  • By: Michael Matthews
  • Narrated by: Michael Matthews
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

If you want to get muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, extreme dieting, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym...regardless of your age...you want to listen to this book. Here’s the deal: Building muscle and burning fat isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-2019

Great foundation for strength training

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

Reviewed: 24-01-2017

This was a great book which covered all the basics you need to know to put you on the way to being stronger and leaner.
Nothing over complicated and hard to follow - just common sense training advise packaged in a way that is easy to follow.
Worth the listen for those starting out.

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finished rather abruptly but otherwise a nice book

  • By Anthony on 08-12-2017

Absolutely love this book

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

Reviewed: 23-01-2017

This is one of my favourite books of all time and the audio book version does it justice. The narration is amazing and captures the essence of the story perfectly, conveying the many layers of the story and capturing the listeners attention effortlessly.

  • The 4-Hour Work Week

  • Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
  • By: Tim Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

If your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management or just living more and working less then this audiobook is the blueprint.Forget your tired, old retirement concepts and throw out that deferred-life plan - there's no need to wait and every reason not to. You can have it all! This audiobook is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Start living now!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good ideas but it's not for everyone.

  • By Michael on 27-06-2014

Amazing book, motivating and eye opening

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2016

I am late to jump on the Tim Ferriss band wagan but this man is amazing as is this book.
It is super easy to follow and to learn from - imparting some really basic yet effective ways to launch your own side hustle.
I took these lessons and was able to implement my own project - did it work, no - but it felt amazingly empowering knowing that this is not something mystical that is beyond the realms of my power and I just need to keep trying to find the right idea.
Highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Insight Into Indian Life and Spirituality

  • By meredith on 29-06-2015

Entertaining story, thought provoking theories

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2016

This is a great book! Sir Ben Kingsley does an amazing job of narrating the the life of Yogananda.
The story itself is very very interesting and the lessons convey are interwoven into the story of Yogananda's life but also explicitly told in other parts.

Some areas did become a bit dull at times but this was few and far beyond in this 12hr + book.

Would recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unwritten

  • Reinvent Tomorrow
  • By: Jack Delosa
  • Narrated by: Jack Delosa
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Unwritten is a book about becoming more of you. A book of unconventional wisdom for growing into your best self. A book of untold principles that shed light on how to live a life that aligns with your purpose. A book of unwritten stories that show you how to shape the world around you. Unwritten is a book about making your life an example for those who want to do the same. The future is unwritten. Reinvent tomorrow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh dear

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-10-2016

Good motivational book but pretty low on substance

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2016

This book is a pretty good but standard motivational book - really forgettable as it does not go in depth to the various theories and topics. A good listen but i wouldn't rush to get it.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

A short history of all the science

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

Reviewed: 25-05-2016

Any additional comments?

This book is VERY science heavy - it covers a history of the world (literally the planet and universe) in terms of Chemistry, physics, biology and every science inbetween and beyond.

Has some interesting bits of trivia and facts but also has very long spells technical jargon which I just couldn't stay alert too.

Overall an alright book but would not recommend unless you are wanting to learn heaps of science trivia that you might remember inbetween long spells of sleepiness.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful