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  • Letting Go

  • The Pathway of Surrender
  • By: David R. Hawkins MD. PHD.
  • Narrated by: Peter Lownds PhD
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author's clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Paschal on 30-01-17

A masterpiece

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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: 30-01-17

This is the last of 11 books written by Dr David R Hawkins M.D. Ph.D. 1927 - 2012 (aged 85).

He headed up the largest psychology practice in New York with 50 psychologists under him so he is an acknowledged expert in his field.

All of his books were written with his intention to help readers move further along in our journey from us being controlled by our mammal brain to us reaching the highest states of consciousness (enlightenment).

This audiobook is 12 hours long which is about double the length of an average audiobook.

Does it need to be 12 hours long or is it one idea with a lot of infill? It needs to be 12 hours long.

It seems to me to be a book for people who are already part of the way along the road away from thoughts and into consciousness.

The further along on this path that you are the more this book will resonate with you.

If you are not into spirituality then maybe you might not get as much from this book. The book mentions God.

It is the most advanced and expert self help book I have ever read.

This book "Letting Go" has so much in it that it is difficult to review without writing another book (:

One point that I haven't read elsewhere is that emotions cause thoughts, not the other way around.

He suggests that if you look at these emotions as they come up (generally fear, guilt or pride) without trying to change them, they will eventuality dissipate.

By dissipating 1 emotion you could get rid of thousands of thoughts around that particular issue.

I highly recommend buying this book.

34 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unknown Man

  • By James Gorman on 07-07-14

Gambler

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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: 15-01-17

This 35 hour audio book is 7 hours longer than the extremely long Andrew Carnagie book that I also listened to.

I preferred this book and I got to like John D more than Andrew.

One would almost need to be retired to get time to listen to these books.

I suppose it is important to be thorough for historical reasons as they are all real people.

It is balanced and shows both sides of this great man.

He was very much a gambler but did not like to take any risks.

  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important text on self-reflection and improvement

  • By James Riley on 02-12-15

A matter of life and death.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

It's amazing to think that Marcus Aurelius was wiser 2000 years ago than most of are today.

I listened to this while I was waiting for news regarding a life threatening disease.

It calmed me.

It helped me realise that whatever happens will be ok.

It is difficult to keep concentrating on the words all of the time but that does not matter because the important things are repeated in many different ways.

It is stoicism in the extreme.

But I like that.

It certainly helps one to keep ones feet on the ground.

And all that coming from a Roman Emperor.

Amazing.

68 of 71 people found this review helpful

  • Self Confidence for Men

  • Become Powerfully Confident in Seven Easy Steps
  • By: Craig Beck
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

We are all born with self-esteem and confidence built in. Without it, you would never have dared to try walking for the first time. However, slowly over our formative years we actually unlearn the confidence mindset and instead develop coping mechanisms such as a fear of rejection and a fear of failure. These new programs in our brain prevent us maturing into the unshakable men that we really want to be.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't learn

  • By Paschal on 07-01-17

Didn't learn

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Unfortunately I did not learn much from this book.

Maybe it's my fault or maybe I've just learned a lot up to now.

I felt that there was nothing new said in the entire book.

Sorry about that, I don't like writing negative reviews.

If you're new to self help it might be fine.

I don't disagree with the bulk of what was written but it just wasn't for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

  • By: Kamal Ravikant
  • Narrated by: Kamal Ravikant
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't believe I wasted my time and money

  • By D. Fenton on 20-11-16

Simple

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Is it too simple? No.

Is it possible to make something too simple? No, as long as it still works, and it does.

Could he have simplified it more. No. That's good because it saves me having to simplify it and pick out the best bits and eventually choose the 1 bit that I hope to remember to use.

The greatest thing is that it doesn't take time to do so that means I was able to begin using it straight away even before I had finished the book.

Is it possible to tweak it slightly to suit yourself? Yes.

The book is 57 minutes long. Is it too short? No. He gets all of the message across easily in that time. Is it too long, for me maybe. There were bits that I won't use because I have slightly different practices that I already like, but if I didn't I'd agree with and do the ones detailed in this book.

Was the book worth the money? Hell yes. It's worth a huge amount more but I'm not complaining about getting a bargain every now and again.

Here's to a simple and improving life.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Good to dip into. Entertaining but not life changing. Good advice from various famous or successful people.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scrum

  • The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  • By: Jeff Sutherland, JJ Sutherland
  • Narrated by: JJ Sutherland
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

By the man who helped invent the red-hot management process known as "Scrum", Scrum unveils what is wrong with the way we currently do work, and how a simple set of principles, applied in exactly the right sequence, can accelerate productivity and quality as much as 1200 percent. Scrum (which gets its name from the formation in rugby in which the whole team locks its arms to gain control of the ball) is the reason that Amazon can launch a new feature on its website every day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scrum is great but...

  • By Zimmy on 13-03-15

Huge

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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: 15-12-16

Part of the way into this book I decided that it wasn't for me. I decided to listen just for entertainment. Then I remembered that the author was probably a lot smarter than me (I often forget that). I listened a second time with an open mind. I am a team leader but it's unlikely that I'll change the way I've been doing things for the last 30 years. People (including me) do not change much. But I found the Scrum system was invaluable for tackling my annual paperwork mountain. I divided it into Scrums and got it done very quickly. This big job used to get procrastinated and therefore hang over me for most of the year but not anymore. For me that is huge.

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  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield: Book Summary

  • By: Book Summaries by FlashBooks
  • Narrated by: Dean Bokhari
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun Tzu for the soul. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor - be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dissolves resistance like magic powder

  • By Ian Johnson on 19-02-16

Every word counts

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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: 23-09-16

This short book summary will be worth a huge amount to me.

I would have purchased the unabridged versio if it was available on Audible.

It deserves focus.

I stopped it constantly and took notes.

I will use it to help me keep my goal to eat more healthy food.

I have been putting it off as I prefer eating the less healthy options.

The book explains that I am feeling resistance.

Resistance causes hesitation or procrastination or fear.

He suggests that we can crush resistance by taking action despite fear.

He says that resistance is in direct proportion to love. The opposite to resistance is indifference. We only feel resistance because we care (love).

What you put in is what you get out.

There are lots of great points + strategies in this little book summary.

For example get organised.

Just because this book summary is short doesn't mean that you can't get a lifetime of knowledge from it.

I feel better armed now to succeed in my daily battles.

The energy you put in = the energy you get out.

The narrator is good with thoughtful pauses.

The author is world class my short notes do not do the book justice.

Listen to the audio sample and you will get a good idea whether this book is for you or not.

I think it's great.

I would highly recommend that you buy it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Small business owners - you must listen to this!

  • By KipSoton on 08-06-14

Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

The author is a great narrator. He is excellent at telling his story.

Even if you didn't own a small business it is an interesting audio book to listen to.

If you do own a small business he talks a lot of common sense which is mostly missing in this world.

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

  • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By Matthew Henry on 16-11-16

Worth listening to

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-16

Anything that quotes Marcus Aurelius is worth listening to.

The book is also worth listening to in that it shows that stoic philosophy is a practical thing to practice rather than just an academic exercise.

It might have been better to just buy Marcus Aurelius's Meditations instead but I think I will enjoy and understand the Meditations more having listened to this book first.

The author is wiser than his years. It's good in some ways when an author read his own work but an older voice with more gravitas might have impacted more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful