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  • The Laws of Human Nature

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 302

Robert Greene is a master guide for millions, 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing as always

  • By david joel rodrigues ferreira on 08-11-18

Essential life skills/knowledge

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

This is the book I wish Robert Greene wrote first before all his other ones, even though they all great and invaluable too.

Essential lessons, strategies and insights about life and people. Would highly recommend anyone, particularly young people, to read all of Robert Greene’s books, to get an education about what society doesn’t talk about and formal institutes do not teach.

  • The Brain

  • The Story of You
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Dom on 14-01-16

Same as first book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-18

Same as first book but more tightly edited so disappointed. OK for people new to subject.

  • Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

  • By: Noël Janis-Norton
  • Narrated by: Noël Janis-Norton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Simple strategies for a happier home and more cooperative kids. For children aged 3-13.Finally, a revolutionary programme that gives you simple steps to take the daily battles out of parenting. These strategies resolve one of parents' biggest frustrations: getting your children to listen and do what you ask, the first time you ask. When children are at their best, it is easy to get along with them and enjoy them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bit long winded

  • By Big Ears on 27-02-16

Indispensable for parenting, work and life.

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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: 16-11-18

Great for parenting, other relationships and work (after all, their are often adult children in the workplace).

Been applying these techniques in personal and professional life and great changes within myself and others.

Along with Non-Violent Commmunication, this book is an essential for life.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • phenomenal

  • By Luke J Byrne on 12-01-19

Not as great as I hoped

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-18

I know of Jordan Peterson through his YouTube channel. Whilst I don’t always agree with him, I like listening to him and considering his views. I find him to be quite clear in talking about sensitive subjects of the day and challenging political correctness in a healthy constructive way.

I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I expected to. I found myself feeling dragged down with the “struggle and pain of life” that Peterson refers to throughout the book - it comes through very strongly in his reading to the point I found it hard to keep listening. I can imagine the same would happen with reading the book myself.

As for the rules of life: over my four decades of life having applied similar rules in my own life passed down by my elders, sharing experiences with friends and family, I would say at least half of the 12 rules don’t work.

The book does sound like a very conservative, Christian religion/myth based manifesto that a new generation of people knows is outdated and not useful to the planet or anyone living on it.

Having said that, I would say his basic principal of improving an aspect of your life just a little bit, is one worth applying. Apply that to all the rules and you may get some value in your life. There is no magic pill.

I only know of Peterson through his YouTube channel and largely like his work and exchange of ideas. He comes across as a deeply compassionate, rational and open person. The book just didn’t live up to my expectations and the marketing hype.

  • The New Rules of Marketing & PR, 6th Edition

  • How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, New Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly
  • By: David Meerman Scott
  • Narrated by: David Meerman Scott
  • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When it comes to marketing, anything goes in the Digital Age, right? Well, not quite. While marketing and public relations tactics do seem to change overnight, every smart businessperson knows that it takes a lot more than the "next big thing". The New Rules of Marketing & PR is an international best seller with more than 375,000 copies sold in 29 languages. In the latest edition of this pioneering guide to the future of marketing, you'll get a step-by-step action plan for leveraging the power of the latest approaches to generating attention for your idea or your business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting new rules

  • By Sean McCammon on 02-01-19

Very basic

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-18

I was encouraged to read/listen to this book by someone I work with. As a marketer with 20 years experience in several industries and sectors, I found this book, very basic, confused and naive.

The book suggests strategies that I used 10 years ago. Updated content is not very up-to-date in real terms and is what marketers have been doing for years as normal practice.

OK for newbies to marketing.

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  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Trina on 13-04-13

Essential

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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: 14-06-17

I was originally put off by listening to this by another review which said just listen to the TED talk - ignore that and listen to this.

This is essential reading if you associate with being an introvert, parent, are related to, friends with or work with introverts. Having researched facts and tools to use will help everyone involved in the relationships.

  • Irresistible

  • Why We Can't Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching
  • By: Adam Alter
  • Narrated by: Adam Alter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

How many times have you checked your phone today? Why are messaging apps, email and social media so hard to resist? How come we always end up watching another episode? In recent years, media and technology have perfected the lucrative art of gaining and holding our attention. This extraordinary feat has changed the behaviour of billions of people, and especially the young: by current medical standards, we are experiencing an unprecedented global pandemic of addiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We are all addicted to something - and somebody else gets paid for it

  • By stryder on 12-05-17

We are all addicted to something - and somebody else gets paid for it

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Important book for everyone to listen to or read about how addiction can creep up on us in the modern world and how someone is normally profiting from it.

Although the material is not new or original, book is written and read well.

It's not against tech and modern digital life but makes case for us remembering it is just a tool available to us humans

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Creativity Inc.

  • By: Ed Catmull
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: To make the world’s first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream first as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged an early partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later and against all odds, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaking the concrete

  • By Lucas on 17-04-15

Great lessons about business and creativity

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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: 01-05-17

Largely focussed on large corporations (and some unexpected Steve Jobs biog) but useful lessons for small, medium businesses too and for creatives.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,423

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

A fabulous reflection on humanities last, present and future

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

A great book for the mainstream audience. A great look at the human condition and evolution, bridging multiple disciplines and subjects.

Recommended reading/listening for everyone.

It lost a star for me in its lacks of space dedicated to the arts, spirituality and minority cultures, and it was very mind focused.

Everything else seems to have been said on other reviews.

  • Insanely Gifted

  • Turn Your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel
  • By: Jamie Catto
  • Narrated by: Jamie Catto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

From infancy we are taught to edit ourselves, trimming out the darker, weirder, less acceptable parts in order to please others. But this addiction to approval is holding us back. What if we begin to be ourselves, honestly and fully? Insanely Gifted shows how to transform our thinking and turn our inner demons into allies. How to reframe disappointment (because not getting what we want can be as interesting and useful as getting what we want).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and deep at the same time

  • By Karine on 31-07-16

Good for creative professionals and others in the new age of work

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-17

A great summary of tools and techniques that took me years to acquire and benefit my personal and professional lives.

Author is healthy sceptical of new age, self help but, for me, the book is let down by a call to activism and change at the end - diluted the message of the rest of the book.

Still recommended read for creative professionals and anyone needing I pitch and promote for work and business. The heart/patience/self awareness stuff may be too woo-woo for some folk but it's the future of relationships and life and the competitive edge.

Save yourself time on acquiring new self awareness and skills with this audiobook. Make sure your practice.