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  • Universal Harvester

  • A Novel
  • By: John Darnielle
  • Narrated by: John Darnielle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It's a small town in the center of the state - the first a in Nevada pronounced ay. This is the late 1990s, and even if the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an existential threat to Video Hut, there are still regular customers, a rush in the late afternoon. It's good enough for Jeremy: It's a job, quiet and predictable, and it gets him out of the house, where he lives with his dad and where they both try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignancy dipped in nostalgia

  • By Anonymous User on 22-10-2018

Great start until it got boring

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

Reviewed: 09-06-2018

PART 1 OF THIS BOOK: this creepy mystery story had me hooked.

PART 2 OF THIS BOOK: the tonal shift from mystery to family drama was very jarring. It made the story's mystery less interesting.

PART 3 OF THIS BOOK: I was still recovering by the tonal shift from part 2. This chapter didn't help me regain my initial excitement for this story. So, I stopped listening to the rest of this audiobook.

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  • Anything You Want

  • 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
  • By: Derek Sivers
  • Narrated by: Derek Sivers
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quick and direct loved it!

  • By alison harley on 18-12-2015

Worth listening to just for Sivers' voice alone

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

Reviewed: 04-06-2018

A story about how Derek Sivers accidentally built a business that ended up becoming one of the most profitable in the music industry. Also, the book contains short personal development essays every second chapter. Apart from the soothing sound of Derek Sivers' voice, these were my favourite parts of the book

Worth reading if you're a business person or wanting to get into the world of business

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Anecdotal and Boring

  • By Dom Bodie on 02-07-2017

Useful

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

Full of fascinating and enlightening success and failure stories involving various celebrities' and historical figures' relationships with their egos.

There's a good interview at the end with Ryan Holiday from 'The Tim Ferriss Show'. Only problem I had with this interview is when they start talking about people being easily offended because they can't manage their emotions. Things like this annoy me because I hate it when people confuse their lack of empathy with having a "no BS view of the world". This is a very nitpicky criticism but it's all part of a toxic culture that feels very present in today's day-and-age.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unmissable masterpiece

  • By Davide Gaido on 17-06-2015

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 20-01-2017

Frankl makes a compelling point throughout the book about finding meaning in your suffering. Frankl goes into detail about said point when he, in the first chapter, discusses his hellish experiences in a Nazi labor camp. In the second chapter, he goes into further detail by talking about his form psychotherapy, known as Logotherapy, where patients learn how they can find meaning in their suffering in order to live a more fulfilling life.
Although the second chapter does drag a little at times, 'Man’s Search for Meaning' is still a book that I highly recommend, especially if you ever find yourself going through many challenging situations in life.

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  • The Art of Learning

  • An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  • By: Josh Waitzkin
  • Narrated by: Josh Waitzkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging.

  • By Jenny on 10-05-2017

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 18-01-2017

Josh Waitzkin's story is a riveting and inspiring one. One that's made me realise the beauty of focusing on one skill at a time.

  • Constructive Wallowing

  • How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them
  • By: Tina Gilbertson
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Mintz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Constructive Wallowing is the first book to cut right to the chase, bypassing descriptions of Eastern philosophy and meditation techniques to teach listeners how to accept and feel their feelings with self-compassion for greater emotional health. It’s tempting to turn away from menacing, uncomfortable feelings like anger, grief, or regret; however, ignoring them just seems to make them stick around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In hindsight, I’d rather just read a hard copy

  • By Stella on 05-09-2018

A very important read

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2017

Where does Constructive Wallowing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks as one of the best. It's an entertaining and insightful read about the importance of being true to your feelings, no matter what

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's a how-to book. So, I can't say I have favourite character.

What does Kimberly Mintz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She's a good narrator

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many moments to choose from.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the most important personal development books you'll ever read

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

  • By: Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all - his fortune, his reputation, and his job - in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quite entertaining but convoluted

  • By Anonymous User on 02-07-2018

Good

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

Reviewed: 16-01-2017

What did you like best about What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars? What did you like least?

I loved the lessons on how to not lose money and how they can be applied to everyday life rather than just investing.

What other book might you compare What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars to, and why?

Don't know

What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

Very assertive voice

If this book were a film would you go see it?

If it's different to the book and is universally acclaimed, then absolutely!