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scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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  • Time to Get Tough

  • Making America #1 Again
  • By: Donald J. Trump
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

America is in serious trouble, and our days as a superpower are numbered, argues businessman and entrepreneur Donald J. Trump in his blockbuster new book. With his trademark candor and charisma, Trump reveals his hardline, commonsense solutions to the problems plaguing us today and shows how we can put our country back on the path to greatness. Nobody is better at achieving spectacular success than Donald Trump. Here, Trump shows how America can do the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant!

  • By Simon on 09-09-12

Absolutely Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-12

Say what you like about Donald Trump, but the guy can write a book. No question. This is a very honest book full of things that we wish the politicians would just come out and say! Although its all about the USA there are many similarities to the situation faced by the UK too. I just wish there were more people in the government with a Donald Trump approach. I suspect it was written to somehow gain popularity for his possible run for office but never the less I really respect him for having the courage to say what is in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, not least because the narrator Malcolm Hillgartner does his usual fantastic job communicating Donald Trump's aggressive, no nonsense style.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Adam on 01-11-11

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-12

This book is fantastic. I am a massive Apple fan and I was expecting this book to sing the praises of the icon that was Steve Jobs. I was looking forward to hearing what a wonderful person he was and listen to accolades of his achievements to back up my assumptions about him. What I got instead was the most honest and revealing book I have ever read (or rather listened to!). It is a very surprising and entertaining book with a level of honesty about Steve that I wouldn't have expected him to allow. It destroyed my beliefs about him and then rebuilt them all in the space of one book. It gave me a better understanding of him as a person and the an insight into the reality of Apple. Brilliant read / listen, I highly recommend it.

Simon

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Your Brain at Work

  • Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
  • By: David Rock
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beethoven on a Kazoo

  • By M. Russell on 23-08-11

Really Really Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-11

I really enjoyed this book. Excellent subject matter and novel way of delivering the content.

The narrator is a little difficult to get used to at first, quite dry and slow paced, but once you become accustomed to his style its a good listen.

I especially liked the ending when it culminated in the SCARF acronym. I wont ruin it by expanding this but I found this to be very insightful and actually an enlightening view on human psychology.

All in all a good listen. I would have given 5 stars but the narrator was not quite to my taste.

Simon

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The Happiness Advantage
    The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
    
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        Shawn Achor
    
    


    
    
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        Shawn Achor
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    276 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Happiness Advantage

  • The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical positivity that lasts

  • By Mark on 24-09-11
  • The Happiness Advantage
  • The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
  • By: Shawn Achor
  • Narrated by: Shawn Achor

Good Content But Boring Style

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-11

I am over half way through this book and I am struggling to pay attention!

The content in general is quite good but the monotonous style of the narrative is a bit mind numbing. I keep finding myself drifting off and thinking about something completely different and then phasing back in to the realisation that the narrator is still talking! This is unlike me as I have a good attention span, especially for things I find interesting. This is a subject I normally would enjoy.

The author / Narrator has also tried to inject comedy into the content, this in itself is a good thing, but the delivery is so flat and monotone that you don't even realise it was supposed to be a joke!

A final criticism is the intense amount of statistics being quoted. Its like the author expects the listener not to believe what he is saying so he feels the need to bombard you with far too many statistics. Key statistics are helpful and re-assuring but this many is just annoying!

Simon Pheasey

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Goals! How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible

  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Hundred of thousands, even millions, of men and women have started with nothing and achieved great success. Renowned leader Brian Tracy presents the essential principles you need to know to make your dreams come true. Here is the simple, powerful, and effective system for setting and achieving goals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book but needs an easier structure

  • By Simon on 27-04-11

Excellent book but needs an easier structure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-11

The content of this book is excellent, I love Brian Tracey's style and delivery. The content is profound stuff only effective if you actually DO what is being said (like all self help material). That said it would be better if the book was broken down into smaller chapters that you can easily navigate through and are appropriately named. This book seems to have multiple topics all nested under single chapters, helpfully named 'Chapter 1', 'Chapter 2' lol.

Like a lot of these books, the content is great but the usability from a re-use / navigation point of view is terrible. In a book you can write in it fold pages down etc. Audio book structure needs some consideration for this.

Simon

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

What are the habits all successful people share? In this audio presentation, Stephen R. Covey answers that question and teaches you how to make the Seven Habits a part of your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great refresher of a great book

  • By Dawn on 20-05-10

The fantastic Stephen Covey as always

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-11

Great listen!

I have long been a fan of the 7 habits since a friend gave me a CD with an hour long seminar of the principles.

I have listened to many of the audio books since and this one is great. Just enough detail and not too long. Not for everyone as Stephens slow explanation I know annoys some people. I for one like it as you get chance to contemplate what he is saying and identify with the material.

Simon

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How to Build a Fortune

  • Your Plan for Success From the World's Most Famous Businessman
  • By: Donald Trump, Trump University
  • Narrated by: Donald Trump
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Learn from a true master of wealth how to create your own personal fortune! Self-made multi-billionaire Donald Trump offers you a complete eight-week course on how to get rich. This is your plan for success from the world's most famous businessman - a total step-by-step program for transforming your financial future, Trump-style.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very over priced for what you get.

  • By Simon on 11-04-11

Very over priced for what you get.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This audio programme is not so much bad, as it does have some good content, but not enough to justify its price.

I am a subscriber so didn't pay full price but having listened to it there is no way I would pay even the current discounted price of ?14 odd. I have other Donald Trump books and have enjoyed them and found them useful. But I have noticed a definite trend that Donald Trump has inflated prices for his material. I think its over valued compared to other authors equally as qualified to offer such 'profound knowledge' (so to speak). Guess that's why hes so rich!

If you are absolutely adamant that you want a Trump audio book I would recommend 'Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life'. I have both and this one is much better! and presently cheaper too!

Simon

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

The Knack
    How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up
    
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        Norm Brodsky,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Sean Pratt
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    10 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • The Knack

  • How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up
  • By: Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, terrible title

  • By Mr. R. D. Cox on 16-10-11

THIS IS FANTASTIC!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This is probably my favourite audio programme I have listened to from audible (and I have many!).

The narrator is fantastic and reads at perfect pace. The content is brilliant with just enough detail and the chapters are laid out so you can easily jump between them and instantly know which subject is being discussed (something often overlooked in some audio books)

Great audio book, I HIGHLY recommend.

note: Don't be put off by the length, its so engrossing you don't even notice!

Simon

  • Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack

  • By: Napolean Hill, Jamie McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Jai Hutcherson, Bob Hennesy, Jamie Nesvold
  • Length: 44 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Love Think & Grow Rich? Then get this Mega Audio Pack! It is simply the #1 Think & Grow Rich audio pack available in the world today. You get: > Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich updated for the 21st Century, What I Didn’t Learn At School But Wish I Had, Time Rich, What I Didn’t Learn From Google But Wish I Had; all these audio books for one low price!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Take a chill pill!

  • By Simon on 11-04-11

Take a chill pill!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-11

I agree with the first reviewer. This guy speaks at 500 miles an hour. Its actually tiring. you don't get time to contemplate or take in what is being said, even though what is being said is quite profound. I'm not sure how much more I can take, I'm sort of enjoying it but at the same time getting frustrated with its pace. There is no need for it to be that fast. Its almost as if they have edited it post production to fit into a certain time allowance. In addition, this book is in 7 parts and after downloading it there doesn't seem to be any labels for which book is which. Just 7 files of different lengths all just called 'Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack'. Are we supposed to just guess? Even on the commentary it doesn't tell you which book you are actually listening to! I find this a bit ridiculous when its a 44 hour audio programme!

In summary, good content (I think) but read too fast and very difficult to figure out what you are listening to.

Simon

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Branding for Profit

  • Build Your Brand to Increase Sales and Customer Loyalty
  • By: James Burgin, Jon Ward, Trump University
  • Narrated by: James Burgin, Jon Ward
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

If you have a business, you have a brand, and it could be your most valuable asset. An effective brand can increase profits, grow revenue, and even improve employee morale. In this audio course, two branding experts show you how to find your brand's values and personality, promote them, and then profit from it. Whether you have an established business or are creating a new one, this course is for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!! Simple and Educational

  • By Simon on 01-09-10

Fantastic!!! Simple and Educational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-10

This is great stuff! Perfect timing for me also as I was undergoing a project at work regarding our brand in the market place. This is a fantastic introduction into the intricacies of branding and brand marketing. Very informative and educational with some brilliant info on existing brands and how they market themselves.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful