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Best book i never knew i needed. William Shatner really delivers.

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Reviewed: 21-11-2019

Undeniably the best audiobook of the year

I am almost certainly going to listen to this again, possibly even straight away. I was going through quite a low period in my life where it felt like nothing was panning out the way I wanted, and i tend to steer away from traditional self help for solutions but I found great solace in this audio. The oaky delight that is William Shatners voice is a delight to listen to. He has lived a long and fulfilling life and continues to work as hard as he can, to fight to the last minute , to see and feel as much as he can. His energy renewed my energy, and it even unlocked the answer to a big problem i had in my life.

Mostly this book is about pursuing passions, work ethics, making peace with yourself and others, understanding relationships, growing older, death and us being part of something much bigger! Loved it.

I work for Audible, but all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

Delicious.Like a fine wine and your favourite meal

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-2019

Now deeply in love with Adam Savage's voice. He is so passionate reading this book that the act of listening to it felt like I was sitting down to eat my favourite meal of spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread and washing it down with a class of pinot noir. So in other words, I couldn't get enough of it!!! When it was done I wasn't hungry, I felt content ( but i did then google what else he has narrated to know there is more in the future..)

I wouldn't say i'm a crafter in the sense that he is, but i certain create and enjoy cosplay - not to the epic degree he has but it certainly gave me great joy to hear about his passion projects over the years. I also loved that Nick Offerman, also famous for "making and paddling his own canoe" in life featured in the book, although did not narrate that section. Nice cross over.

I would recommend this book to anyone who makes and creates, with their hands or their minds.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Consumable and detailed listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-2019

This is my eighth or so book on Obama, and the majority of them have been quite light (David Litt/Alyssa Mastromonaco/Dan Pfeiffer / Beck Dorey-Stein etc) with unique takes on his presidency - this one is BY far the most dry one yet, it mostly not read by the Author which I really felt disappointed with, I like it when it feels more authentic - like someone is telling me personally about their time in the White House.

Still, I did however learn a lot more than I did in the other books due to the level of depth in here, and so if you are looking for more of a blow by blow account of policy changes etc then this is for you - I also enjoyed being able to tune out a little and still say connected to the story because of how detailed it was.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Really enjoyed this bite size take on it all

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Reviewed: 14-05-2019

Perfect for the commute, although i did kind of what more in this series. I have always wondered how these methodologies should co-exist and this covers a little of that how and why.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Amazing! Loved this guys humour and narration

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Reviewed: 14-05-2019

Having just listened to Michelle Obama's, Alyssa Mastromonaco book's and Beck Dorey-Stein's for their take on the "Obama years" at the Whitehouse I needed MORE MORE MORE Obama. haha. What can i say? I have an Obama problem!

This memoir was great to listen to!

The narrative was quick, punchy, interesting and it was LOL funny in places, what an absolute breeze to get through - I felt genuinely bummed when I took my headphones off that I was leaving his world and going into mine (not that mine's bad! I stress I love my life!) but wow, what an experience to have been there at the time and made a significant impact on the output.

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in the Obama years from a light perspective (i.e not too heavy on the politics more the events) probably also good if you liked Elon Musk / Steve Jobs memoirs with a view on how to establish yourself in the world after university.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

A sound follow up

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-2019

Look I didn't think the story was as great as the first one, but i'm glad there was more because i really really enjoyed her first book. She has a great narration style and I loved hearing her candid stories on her Obama years, IBS and periods and not having jackets on motorbikes in freezing cold Japan, its like listening to an old friend only a REALLY interesting one who has lived a life a billion times cooler than most of your actual friends. haha.

A easy one, not great on the substance but good for your soul.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Sugary and delicious

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-2019

This was very enjoyable initially, it's like the listening version of eating CAKE - it looks good, it offers maximum sugar but empty calories, it feels good at the time but midway through you begin to feel a bit sick.

This is basically all about her affair with a staffer that was not good for her that she kept doing again and again and again and it felt like you wanted her to be one of her friends so you could shake her and be like HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR YOURSELF LADY at the same time wanting to hug her deeply and tell her to get the hell'outta that situation.

She is an amazing narrator and the story is enjoyable, she makes some great points going into the Trump administration but that chapter is very short leaving me wondering if she will write another one. I wished for a better ending, not just because of Trump but personally as well and selfishly for me - it would have made for a better narrative.

A must listen for those wanting something after Alyssa Mastromonaco or David Litt's book on "Obama years"

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Some good stuff in here..

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-03-2019

Initially I thought i'd find her voice annoying because it doesn't sound so natural like a lot of narration i listen to, but actually the more I got into it I found it was endearing and authentic ..

It was interesting hearing about her start in life, her evolution and who she is now - she doesn't sugar coat anything and talks deeply and rawly about a whole level of subjects you will not find in a book by any of her other peers. I am a reasonable fan of her, aka not a massive massive fan but there was still a lot in this book for me - from the stalker she had to the experience of being a woman in the music industry it was all very interesting. Worth a listen!

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

This was a great idea!!

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Reviewed: 10-03-2019

SO good! Loved listening to this after listening to Michelle Obama's book "Becoming" cos it felt like it was in-keeping with the theme. I'd never heard of her before and honestly as an english chick living in Australia my interest in american politics starts and ends with Obama. My only criticism is it felt a little short and i wanted to hear MORE MORE MORE about her time at the whitehouse.

What is there is good though, and she really has a great narrative style and it kept me at the gym longer than i normally would so i could listen some more. I think listen to this if you liked Michelle Obama's book or Sheryl Sandbergs Lean in.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

Enthralling, captivating & fascinating listen

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Reviewed: 27-02-2019

Apart from the beginning bit - I dunno why but i just get bored to tears when it comes to childhood stories but stick with it, it really (obviously) sets you up for the rest of the book. Regardless of the slow start I enjoyed and devoured this audiobook, I cried on the bus listening to it (so embarrassing!! no sobs just tears haha) more than once when she talks about her dad passing, hurricane Katrina and sandy hook i couldn't help it it was like reliving the horror of hearing of about those events.

It was fascinating hearing about she met and fell in love with Barack, way back before everyone else fell in love with him too!

There is nothing controversial in here really, as you'd expect from the Obama's but it was really enjoyable... Boy did it make me miss them, it took me right back to 2008 when so much felt possible...

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.