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  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • Written by: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,765
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    5 out of 5 stars 3,394
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    5 out of 5 stars 3,381

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best books I've ever read (listened to)

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-12-05

Third reading, still learning.

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Reviewed: 2019-03-28

This book doesn't motivate me, it drives me. I have been able to make significant positive changes in my life using the techniques and experience that Mr. Goggins imparts. For that, I'm very thankful. Thank you David.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • Written by: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good. An essential read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-08-02

Practical!

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Reviewed: 2019-03-01

Great book full of practical, easily actionable techniques on how to invoke deep work. Narration was well done, finely complementing the subject material.

  • Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • Written by: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST for any and all Leaders

  • By Berk S. on 2019-05-11

Actionable advice, Fantastic Story!

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Reviewed: 2019-01-09

Great audiobook on leadership! Very well narrated and pack with actionable advice! Highly recommend this book!

  • Captivate

  • The Science of Succeeding with People
  • Written by: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date, or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems, and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book! Better in type font.

  • By Alex Gendron on 2018-12-18

Fantastic book! Better in type font.

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Reviewed: 2018-12-18

The content and narration of the book is really well done; however, the book contains checklists, loads of checklists, which I prefer in type font as listening to checklists is painful for me. I will buy the kindle version as the content, while not necessarily new, is definately presented in a new fresh way, puts loads of great hacks together in one place. For some books I wish I can buy the audible and kindle versions bundled together, this is one of those books.

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  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • Written by: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable story and characters

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-26

Are you ready?

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Reviewed: 2018-12-14

Incredible narration for an incredible story. Very well done. I found this book on the Australian Army's top recommended and highly recommend it for those who are, will or want to lead serving men and women.

  • Phantoms in the Brain

  • Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind
  • Written by: V.S. Ramachandran, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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    5 out of 5 stars 5

Neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments - using such low-tech tools such as cotton swabs, glasses of water, and dime-store mirrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!

  • By Alex Gendron on 2018-11-21

Incredible!

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Reviewed: 2018-11-21

An incredible journey into the mind and the nature of self from a digestable scientific perspective. Great narration, very well presented.

  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • Written by: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 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 66

In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most important

  • By Sharon on 2019-03-12

Exceptional!

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Reviewed: 2018-11-10

I really enjoyed this book and the practical insights it provides into human behaviour. Excellent narration, I highly recommend it!

  • Onward

  • How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul
  • Written by: Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
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    4 out of 5 stars 52
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    4 out of 5 stars 52

In 2008, Howard Schultz, the president and chairman of Starbucks, made the unprecedented decision to return as CEO, eight years after he stepped down from daily oversight of the company to become chairman. Concerned that Starbucks had lost its way, Schultz was determined to help it return to its core values and restore not only its financial health, but also its soul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was Okay

  • By Law on 2019-05-03

Fantastic!

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Reviewed: 2018-08-23

Great story about transformation within a large organization. Very well written and narrated. Very much enjoyed with a good coffee.

  • The Boy Who Played with Fusion

  • Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star
  • Written by: Tom Clynes
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor Wilson's extraordinary journey - from his Arkansas home, where his parents fully supported his intellectual passions; to a unique Reno, Nevada, public high school just for academic superstars; to the present, when now 19-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Alex Gendron on 2018-06-20

Fantastic!

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Reviewed: 2018-06-20

Wow! Great story. There're a multitude of life lessons presented that one can reflect on and learn from. The author does wonderful work integrating science facts into this real life story in a way that fascinates.


  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • Written by: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm surprised this book has such great reviews

  • By Exanime on 2017-12-15

Thank you Ray Dalio!

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Reviewed: 2018-03-31

Very highly recommend Principles! Incredible wisdom and amazing practical knowledge on the subjects of leadership and management.