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  • Becoming

  • Written by: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,922

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • inspiring

  • By sheena on 2019-02-18

Brilliant First Lady, Brilliant Book

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-08

If you want to read this book to learn more about Barak Obama, don't. You will get some insights into the man's character and his story from the perspective of a loving wife, but that's anout it. This not what the book is about.

Mrs. Obama describes her journey and her family's journey eloquently and honestly. She shares enough to show you a glimpse into her life, but not so much as to endanger her family's privacy.

Throughout the book, I felt that I am listening to a brilliant mind, to a Harvard educated lawyer, to a loving wife and to "The Mother in Chief". Always compassionate, grounded, reasonable and caring.

My only gripe is that I wish the narration would have been done by a professional narrator. Mrs. Obama does great, but it could get a bit monotonous at times.

  • Atomic Habits

  • Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
  • Written by: James Clear
  • Narrated by: James Clear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 558

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving - every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results. If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ultimate 'how to change your life' manual.

  • By kanwal sekhon on 2018-12-08

Great Advice

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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: 2019-03-13

An easy read, the book is a good follow up on Duhigg's "The Power of Habit".

Duhigg discribed how habits work.

Clear goes further, he describes how we can leverage systemic changes (small, compounding changes) to establish and cement the habits we all wish we had.

I learned a lot from the book. Interesting, relevant and engaging.

  • Law School for Everyone

  • Written by: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
  • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Keep a note book nearby.

  • By Anonymous User on 2017-12-06

Comprehensive and Informative

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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: 2019-03-05

This is the third of the great courses I complete. My experience with the series has been consistently positive.

The law school course offers a university level comprehensive and intriguing introduction into varied areas of law.

These courses require a time commitment of several weeks to complete. However if you are interested in a subject and are willing to spend some time on it, then I recommend this course specifically for law and the Great Courses series on other topics in general.

  • Eat, Move, Think

  • The Path to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier You
  • Written by: Shaun Francis
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Doctors everywhere have the same goal: healthier and happier lives for their patients. And yet, no two medical professionals give the same advice. Eat, Move, Think breaks down the fundamentals of living a long and healthy life into three sections: nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. Drawing upon the expert advice of world-renowned doctors and medical professionals, this book captures the innovative strategies of the world’s highest performers - Navy SEALs, cutting-edge researchers, professional athletes - in one handy guide to everyday healthy living.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good advice ... but ...

  • By MMH Toronto on 2019-02-13

Good advice ... but ...

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-13

It's good advice overall, but the book lacks originality. It's more or less a rehash of other peoples research and recommendations.

  • 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 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

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
  • Brilliant

  • By MMH Toronto on 2018-12-21

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!

5 of 5 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 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

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.

32 of 36 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 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

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
  • Helpful

  • By Alexa Z on 2019-04-24

You are not powerless!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
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 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

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.