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  • Meee in a Minute: 60 Ways to Improve Your Life in 60 Seconds

  • By: Sid Madge
  • Narrated by: Sean Antony
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Meee in a Minute - 60 Ways to Improve Your Life in 60 Seconds is a book of 60 short punchy chapters that each take one minute to listen to. It is a collection of life hacks, advice, insights, science, stories, short exercises or thought experiments and quotes that can help you improve your life in a minute.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Returned within an hour

  • By Paul on 19-04-19

Returned within an hour

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Reviewed: 19-04-19

I don't buy audiobooks to do written work, I buy them to lose myself -- this is the main reason I am returning this within a couple of hours of purchase.

  • Niacin: The Real Story

  • Learn about the Wonderful Healing Properties of Niacin
  • By: Abram Hoffer MD PhD, Andrew W. Saul PhD, Harold D. Foster PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Many illnesses are caused by too little niacin, and many illnesses can be cured with high doses of niacin. The authors of Niacin: The Real Story are advocates of orthomolecular (nutrition-based) medicine, supporting an approach to wellness that involves substances that naturally occur in the human body. This book makes the case for the widespread use of niacin for the prevention and treatment of health problems. In Niacin: The Real Story, listeners will discover how to take niacin, with detailed recommendations on forms and therapeutic doses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly pro-vivisection

  • By Paul on 12-04-19

Disappointingly pro-vivisection

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-04-19

Niacin is an interesting substance that I'm currently experimenting with -- you may find this a good reference if you're on the same path.

However, while this book contains a lot of useful information it continually refers to experiments and tests carried out on innocent animals -- and that is something I cannot support for any reason, because it's been proven to be ineffective so many times.

I may return this book for ethical reasons.

  • The Power

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe: The Power to have anything you want. In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life. Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real gem of a book

  • By Astrid on 10-03-11

The audio equivalent of a "positive thinking" meme

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Reviewed: 12-03-19

I generally love this kind of stuff.

It is a bit like The Secret, but if you've watched, read or listened to The Secret then you know it's good to be reminded -- and with this you get more of the same, with a slightly different approach and fewer narrators.

I mean, it's flawed; I found myself picking it apart at times, but also realise that I had to re-frame the context to make it work.

For example, I was wandering back to my home in central London whilst listening to this and looking at the amazing buildings -- the type of things that Rhonda claimed were all created as an act of love -- I found myself cynically thinking "yeah but what about the workers who built them, what about exploitation of the labour force?" and so on. Similar thoughts popped up when thinking of all the other acts of love that could have been created on the backs of exploitation.

So yes, it's not perfect, but it's meant to uplift and so I put my cynicism to one side and just listened blissfully to several hours of feel good positivity.

To make it work you need to switch off any doubt and allow yourself to be guided through a message of good vibes and positivity.

Good things come to people who are open to good things coming -- getting your mindset straight is a big part of this!

You are an unlimited being!



  • Man Up

  • How to Cut the Bullshit and Kick Ass in Business (And in Life)
  • By: Bedros Keuilian
  • Narrated by: Bedros Keuilian
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Author Bedros Keuilian, founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp and known as the "hidden genius" behind many of the most successful brands and businesses throughout multiple industries, will teach you how to break out of the sea of mediocrity, get singularly focused on your purpose, and do what it takes - not only to achieve but dominate your goals.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lacklustre and uninspiringly similar

  • By Paul on 11-03-19

Lacklustre and uninspiringly similar

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Reviewed: 11-03-19

I'm a couple of hours in and finding it hard to understand why this has had so many good reviews. It seems like the reviewers are either very new to self-development, or just making stuff up.

Firstly it's more autobiographical than it is motivational -- he keeps waffling on about how he was just a poor boy from a poor family (see what I did there?) and how he worked hard, blah blah blah.

OK that's valid I guess, but it also includes a load of the same tired old self-help stuff about overcoming fears, finding purpose, adding value etc. all delivered with such a lacklustre narration that it hardly leaves you brimming with enthusiasm.

I dunno, I just didn't get it - it doesn't seem that well put together; no goal setting, no pivotal moments, no turning points, just a parabolic upward curve of success and ego, all packaged into something a little bit boring.

I could easily fall asleep listening to this - but instead I'm writing this review, ready to give it another hour or so to see if I can change my mind.

If I don't change this review it's because I've sent it back.

  • The Science of Self-Empowerment

  • Awakening the New Human Story
  • By: Gregg Braden
  • Narrated by: Gregg Braden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In one of the great ironies of the modern world, the science that was expected to solve life’s mysteries has done just the opposite. New discoveries have led to more unanswered questions, created deeper mysteries, and brought us to the brink of forbidden territory when it comes to explaining our origin and existence. New York Times best-selling author and 2018 Templeton Award nominee Gregg Braden crosses the traditional boundaries of science and spirituality to answer the timeless question at the core of our existence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too important not to know

  • By Vitalija Kosovaite on 07-11-18

Unconvincing and somewhat unscientific

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-19

This book seems to cover a lot of old material as if its groundbreaking news. Like, we've known for a long time that neanderthals were a separate species to homo sapiens.

Generally he has some interesting ideas, but in this book I found myself thinking "this isn't correct" on a number of occasions -- for example, the idea that the eye could not have evolved on its own sounded a bit off -- so I went off and did some research and discovered that we know quite a bit about the evolution of the eye.

Generally I still like Gregg Braden, but I will be returning this, disappointed.

  • Your Brain on Porn

  • Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction
  • By: Gary Wilson
  • Narrated by: Noah Church
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

When high speed Internet became widely available a few years ago, growing numbers of people began to worry that their porn use was running out of control. Far from preparing them for fulfilling relationships, viewing an endless stream of porn videos led to unexpected symptoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Everyone take note

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Reviewed: 03-03-19

This is a good book.

The only criticism was in the presentation - it could have benefited with a different narrator when quoting the multitude of useful testimonials.

I don't watch porn now, but it hasn't always been that way -- and the 2012 Ted Talk (The Great Porn Experiment) by the same guy was one of the reasons I made that decision to stop -- not morality or politics, but science and common sense.

Of course, I do think there are moral reasons for avoiding pornography, but there are so many grey areas and "what ifs" in the moral argument that they're not really enough on their own -- they were never enough for me.

This book covers the mental health aspects, it gives a good explanation on what happens to the brain when regularly engaging with porn, especially high speed Internet porn, and talks about the potential and actual long term damage that happens as a result. Damage to ourselves, our personal potential, and to our relationships.

Most importantly, it offers simple advice to anyone wishing to quit, with information on what to expect through the various stages after making that decision, including the long term benefits.

Abstaining from porn should really be the default setting for humanity, but in today's society it really isn't -- and I promise the benefits of getting back to a pre-porn state of mind are an absolute positive.

Please consume this book.

  • The Porn Myth

  • Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography
  • By: Matt Fradd
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The Porn Myth is a non-religious response to the commonly held belief that pornography is a harmless or even beneficial pastime. Author Matt Fradd draws on the experience of porn performers and users, and the expertise of neurologists, sociologists, and psychologists to demonstrate that pornography is destructive to individuals, relationships, and society. He provides insightful arguments, supported by the latest scientific research, to discredit the fanciful claims used to defend and promote pornography.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking

  • By Paul on 01-03-19

Lacking

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Reviewed: 01-03-19

Speaking personally I am anti-porn -- but I know enough about life to understand that it isn't all about the woman being victim to some predatory male need, which is the overall impression that this book seems to give.

Being written from a feminist perspective it largely ignores how men too can be victims of porn, how men are also commodified (and disposable) in the industry and also ignores that porn is not always heterosexual or professional.

There's very little in the way of advice available for people who wish to escape porn addiction.

All in all it's well presented and easy to listen to, but there were many times I found myself shaking my head at the overtly moral perspective that seemed to paint all women as weak victims.

Porn is not healthy, but there are far better resources out there that can give you a far better perspective.

  • The Beta Male Revolution

  • Why Many Men Have Totally Lost Interest in Marriage in Today's Society
  • By: Alan Roger Currie
  • Narrated by: Alan Roger Currie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

For male listeners, author and professional dating coach Alan Roger Currie goes into detail explaining the difference in the appeal of an Alpha male versus a Beta male in the eyes of women and how each type of man satisfies different needs for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Need to Stick to the Script

  • By ⚙️🦁🌿UrbanSmash 🇬🇧🇬🇩🇩🇲 on 12-08-16

Returned within a couple of hours

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Reviewed: 25-02-19

I have no idea what he was waffling on about in this book, but it's not a patch on previous material -- except when the material got repeated.

My discontent with this may just me being in an impatient mood, but I didn't get like this with his other work.

That story about the Island in the beginning was as dull as dirty dishwater.

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  • The Unchained Man: The Alpha Male 2.0: Be More Happy, Make More Money, Get Better with Women, Live More Free

  • By: Caleb Jones
  • Narrated by: Caleb Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Because of rapidly changing technology and cultural norms, for the first time in history a man can live truly as he desires. He can truly be free, both in his business life and woman life, even if he's committed to one special girl. In The Unchained Man: The Alpha Male 2.0, you will learn specific, step-by-step techniques to: Design a low-work, high-income business you can run from anywhere with no employees. Design the perfect type of relationship for you: casual, very serious and committed, or something in between.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very well written audio book

  • By Davcio85 on 20-03-19

Prescriptive nonsense

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Reviewed: 24-02-19

A real man is this, a real man is that, blah blah...

He's saying things that are a bit, well I dunno really, but I'm just over an hour into this and have enough life experience to know he's talking rubbish.

There are a lot of books out there about male empowerment, some better than others - this is one of the worst and I have no idea why it has so many positive reviews.

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I've purchased.

  • By "tenerife1" on 13-02-15

Good for anyone just starting a spiritual journey

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-02-19

This book isn't bad, but it is really for people new to spiritual development -- if you've been on the path for a while then you'll know most of the material in this already.

So, I recommend it for people who are open to a new way of looking at the world; detaching from thoughts and mind-chatter and generally trying to live more "in the now".

Generally I find audiobooks better when narrated by the actual author; this isn't and it shows by being a bit lacklustre.