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  • Make Your Bed

  • Small things that can change your life...and maybe the world
  • By: Admiral William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: Admiral William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

'What starts here changes the world' was the university slogan that inspired William H. McRaven to take charge of the small things that could change his life...and even the world. Here McRaven shares the 10 life-changing principles he learned during his 37 years as a Navy SEAL. These 10 philosophies helped him to overcome challenges not only in his career but also throughout his life. What's more anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book of all time.

  • By Seeker on 23-07-2017

My Bed Is Square - The most Inspirational Book.

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

Reviewed: 18-03-2019

Make your Bed by William McRaven, in my opinion, is one of the best on Audible. A must listen to and a book to replay and replay.

I have done a lot of what McRaven has written about and should be on everyone's list.

Out of interest for young McRaven, Hammerheads are more dangerous than great whites.

My bed is square.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this book.

  • The Bush

  • By: Don Watson, Hamish Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Don Watson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

An enthralling journey, showcasing Watson's trademark literary gift and sardonic wit, through the Australian landscape and character. While most Australians live in cities clinging to the coastal fringe, our sense of what an Australian is, or should be, is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by 'the bush', and how has it shaped us?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories and very interesting details

  • By Rodney Wetherell on 04-12-2017

A Rambling Mosaic of Australian Rural Life

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

Reviewed: 17-03-2019

This is without exception one of the best Audible books I have bought and I bought it on sale.
The Bush is a must listen for all Australians and those who want to understand what it was to be Australian.

It rambles through many different areas of bush mythology and in doing so carries you in your imagination from the early days to the present. From sheep to indigenous relations, from the bushmen to the hardships of Australian countrywomen. I lived this life. I reconnected with my life through this book.
Australia for Australians and those who want to understand the Australian Psyche of old.
I regret today we are a different nation or are we. Listen and tell me.

The Bush is a must listen to :)

  • King Solomon's Mines

  • By: Henry Rider Haggard
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

First published in 1885, with billboards and posters around London announcing "The Most Amazing Book Ever Written". It became an immediate best seller. The genesis of the Lost World literary genre! The search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers, led by Allan Quatermain, for a missing brother, lost while searching for the mythical mines of King Solomon. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa. The novel has been adapted to film at least six times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, The Original

  • By W*BvK on 15-02-2019

Brilliant, The Original

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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: 15-02-2019

Extremely well read and written, although it shows how social norms have changed. I cringed at the hunting of animals. in this original edition. Luckily it does not go on about hunting and soon leads into the classic that is King Solomon's Mines.
Well worth listening to....

  • Giftology

  • The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention
  • By: John Ruhlin
  • Narrated by: Drew Birdseye
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Radical generosity is the against-the-grain secret weapon of real influencers, and it will allow you to boost referrals, retention rates, and ROI like few other strategies. But be warned, gifts with strings attached backfire. There is a right, and wrong, way to give. John Ruhlin has gifted on behalf of everyone from Forbes Magazine to the Fortune 500, and his tactics lead to appreciative responses and wide-open check books. Give wholeheartedly to Giftology and reap the rewards of an expanding business and fruitful relationships, professional and personal alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read With A Grain of Salt

  • By W*BvK on 26-11-2018

Read With A Grain of Salt

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

Reviewed: 26-11-2018

Though interesting and has some merit. Read with a grain of salt.

Many major companies have corporate governance policies that executives cannot accept expensive gifts. Note the Royal commission into Doctors gifts in Australia. It became illegal to do some of the things in this book.

Gifts with a corporate logo in Australia are tax deductible whilst gifts without and are expensive attract Fringe Benefits Tax. In the USA you will remember (one of our customers) Oprah had problems with TAX on cars that she gave away.

A Well stated book but pushing his company a little too much. John is correct in that one should show appreciation to Customers, Staff and Suppliers. I do it all the time, but things that do not elicit a Fringe Benefits Tax. nor compromise corporate policy. And not often,

A lot of major Blue chips do not allow executives to accept extravagant gifts.
You can do well with inexpensive gifts that have meaning. example the Pixel3 Shirt. Its a collector's item.

If I bought my wife a single rose, she appreciates it, If I bought a dozen, she becomes suspicious.

Check corporate governance policies before investing.

  • The Virgin Way

  • How to Listen, Learn, Laugh, and Lead
  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Richard Branson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In September 2012, a YouGov poll conducted in Britain found that the person British workers would most like as their manager was Sir Richard Branson. With over 40 years in business, Richard Branson is an inspiring pioneer of humanitarian projects and an iconic business leader. In The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead, Richard shares and distils his secrets of leadership and success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Expected more polish, Richard phoned this in.

  • By W*BvK on 22-11-2018

Expected more polish, Richard phoned this in.

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2018

Abraham Lincoln once said "I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." so I have.

I expected to be dazzled but wasn't. A little self-indulgent and seemed Richard did it as a first read.
If he worked for me, I would send him back to edit and put some excitement and involvement in his performance.
Excellent for tips but definitely not a "How to Make Friends and Influence People in The Digital Age" or "Never Lose a Customer Again" By Joey Coleman standard.
Disappointed young Richard.
Expected to be inspired and motivated.
Information was good. Concepts good. Enthusiasm and involvement not evident.
Worth listening to but..........


  • Entrepreneurs Always Drive on Empty

  • The Ultimate Business Bible
  • By: Benjamin P Bonetti
  • Narrated by: Benjamin P Bonetti
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Over the last 10 years, Benjamin Bonetti, serial entrepreneur and successful business coach, has assisted and guided thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners through their journey for success. Within this book, Bonetti has included his “never heard before” secrets, theories, and psychological techniques, which have massively changed the dynamics of thousands of business ventures, from small concerns to major corporations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Crap audio, boring narration and nothing new.

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-2016

Brilliant for getting back to basics.

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

Reviewed: 13-11-2018

I have been in business for over 35 years and this book is brilliant for getting back to the basics. Like a pro golfer, you practice your swing. This book reminds you of what you forgot and should be doing. If you are just starting out. It should be your bible
Highly recommended.
W*Bvk

  • Never Lose a Customer Again

  • Turn Any Sale into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days
  • By: Joey Coleman
  • Narrated by: Joey Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Coleman offers a system designed to dramatically increase customer retention and as a result, the bottom line. He identifies eight distinct emotional needs customers undergo during the 100 days following a purchase, whether it's as small as a new drink at Starbucks or as big as a house. If you can understand and anticipate these phases, you can use a myriad of techniques - in-person, email, mail, and video - to cement a long and valuable partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly loved it!!

  • By Sarah k on 11-02-2019

Must Listen for Any Business Owner

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

Reviewed: 10-11-2018

Must listen to the book. Easy listening, friendly and inspiring. It is helping me greatly.
I'd rate this along with How to Make Friends and Influence People in The Digital Age. Simple little ideas that make a difference.
10/10 W*BvK