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  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

  • Written by: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relax while you transform

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-13

Intriguing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-09

The topic of mindfulness is in fashion these days. Intrigued, I wanted to learn more about it and I wanted to do so in a detailed and in depth manner. This course delivered. Well structured, engaging and with ample opportunity to apply what is being taught. I enjoyed the learning very much. The concepts of impermenance and acceptance and the practice of sitting and walking meditation covered in the course, especially resonate with me. Great course indeed.

  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • Written by: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael, Robert Greene
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 119

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions of listeners, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, understanding, and mastery. Now he turns to the most important subject of all - understanding people's drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Compendium of Wisdom

  • By Josh on 2018-11-14

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-21

Even though I don't necessarily agree with all the advice and conclusions of the author, I am impressed by the depth of thought, the variety of subjects and the sheer volume of research and insights in this book.

Chapters starts with an engaging story of a historic figure (Channel, Queen Elizabth, Rockefeller and many more). The story is then analyzed and followed by insights and advice on how to manage the aspects of human nature seen in that figure.

Brilliant!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 10X Rule

  • The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
  • Written by: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i recommend this book 10x

  • By Justin on 2017-12-15

The Antidode to Analysis Paralysis

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-20

True to form Cardone delivers his message with conviction and lots of energy. The book is what I would call "Antidode to Analysis Paralysis".

It is a bit simplistic in its message. Basically a bias to action is always preferable to inaction.

I don't know about that. Read the Art of War to see what I mean. Timing and being in a state of readiness is as important as taking action when called for.

There is no rush to do the wrong things.

I think Cardone took an extreme stance because of the prevelance of procrastination and excuse making. So he wanted to counterbalance with his 10.X message.

Not a masterpiece, but worth the read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dare to Lead

  • Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
  • Written by: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? This audiobook answers this question.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Rumble with Platitudes

  • By MMH Toronto on 2018-11-11

Rumble with Platitudes

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-11

I did not feel the author is sincere. This is especially disappointing in a book which discusses vulnerability in leadership. I found no flow, no real substance or depth of thought or innovation in the entire book.

The author shares her personal trials which consist of missing her child's game and arguing with her husband about ham sandwiches. That's it? Either she has lived a very privileged life, or she's holding back.

Jam packed with self promotion, platitudes and read in a contrived tone. I forced myself to finish the book hoping that at some point there will be something worth learning. Unfortunately, this is not the case, at least not for me.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Brain over Binge

  • Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good
  • Written by: Kathryn Hansen
  • Narrated by: Lydia Wente
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Brain over Binge provides both a gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. The author, Kathryn Hansen, candidly shares her experience as a bulimic and her alternative approach to recovery. Brain over Binge is different from other eating disorder books which typically present binge eating and purging as symptoms of complex emotional and psychological problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must absolutely read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-11-14

You are not powerless!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-24

First, the good, the book chronicals the recovery of the author from binge eating disorder. An engaging read, she is genuine and shares her vulnerability with the reader in a touching story. The argument that acting on urges is what causes over eating and that we need not wait for some transformation and the complete resolution of "underlying causes and emotions" to stop destructive behavior is refreshing. A message that the "disease care" industry does not want us to believe. In this sense the book is empowering.

The less good, the semantics around Overeaters Anonymous (OA) referring to a higher power (God) as we understand him vs the author referring to her higher brain, is a convoluted attempt at distancing her theory from OA. There are similarities.

Finally, a pet peeve, does the book really need to repeat the word binge this many times? I know it's the topic of the book, but saying "... act on my urges ..." is sufficient. No need to say "...act on my urges to binge ...". In some sections it felt like every other word is binge.

All in all a good book. Glad I read it and I did learn from it.

  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life

  • The Kaizen Way to Success
  • Written by: Dr. Robert Maurer
  • Narrated by: Robert Maurer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Discover the potent force of kaizen... and use it to easily, effortlessly achieve any goal or make any change you want to!We've been programmed to believe that change is a "battle" - something hard fought and hard won, something that demands struggle and sacrifice. But as anyone who uses the technique known as kaizen can tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. With kaizen, it's effortless, simple, and inevitable to change your life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Isaak on 2018-01-24

Great Listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-16

Available only on Audible, this is a collection of recorded lectures with commentary added here and there.

The latter part of the book digressed a bit, but it covers interesting topics nonetheless, so that's easily forgiven.

After listening to it, you will have a fundamental understanding of Kaizen and (at least in my case) a new appreciation of how impactful small steps can be in reaching a larger goal.

Recommend read.

  • The Heart of Leadership

  • Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow
  • Written by: Mark Miller
  • Narrated by: Jim Manchester
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Like Miller's previous books, this one follows the life, learning, and influence of Debbie Bruster. Here she finds herself mentoring Blake Brown, the son of her former mentor. Rather than answer Blake's questions about leadership directly, Debbie introduces him to other leaders, each of whom shares a unique perspective on what really makes a leader successful. As Blake puts the pieces together, he discovers his problem is not one of skills but of character - that leadership is more about the heart of the leader than the head or hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Leadership book!!!!

  • By Nate Feller on 2019-01-10

This should've been an article...

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-24

Too short for a book, too long for an article, the publication is lost somewhere in the middle.

A few good concepts, but nothing really new or innovative.

Storyline is irrelevant and annoying. It mostly serves as filler. The book has cheesy cliches scattered throughout.

A disappointing read.

  • Great Expectations

  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' novel depicts Pip's development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Theater

  • By MMH Toronto on 2018-08-22

Audible Theater

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-22

Entertaining story, a bit long winded, but enjoyed it non the less. Not so much an audible book at it is audible theater.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You can't hear the story

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-06-06

Great Classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-19

Growing up in the Middle East and attending a German school, my education incorporated a mix between Arabian and Germanic literature.

I decided to expose myself further to some of the English literary cannon and picked Charles Dickens to start.

Glad I did. Entertaining and engaging book and story. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to use my imagination and to visualize what the author is describing.

Great Expectations next ...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Why 2

  • Answers to Questions About the Universe, the Unknown and Ourselves
  • Written by: Jay Ingram
  • Narrated by: Jay Ingram
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Best-selling author and commentator Jay Ingram is back to explain the magic and mysteries of the world around us. Jay takes listeners on a tour of the universe, exploring wonders big and small. From the farthest reaches of space to the most perplexing historical riddles to the marvels of who we are and what we're made of, Jay answers the important questions, such as: What's inside a black hole? Will machines ever learn to feel? And how much pee is in the average pool?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun & interesting listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-18

Fun Facts

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-10

Packed with fun science facts. An entertaining book.

If you always wanted to know how a black hole works, how much pee is in a pool and if AI will be taking over the world soon. Read on.