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  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

  • A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny
  • By: Robin Sharma
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Now published in over 70 languages, this number one international best seller gently offers answers to life's biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness and inner peace. This is the incredible story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His collapse brings on a spiritual crisis, forcing him to seek answers to life's most important questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • best book I've ever heard

  • By Shayla Rei Shelton on 09-06-18

Audio equivalent of 'The Secret'

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Visualise, Set Goals, Be Disciplined, Set a Timeframe ..... basic advice, but wrapped in a ridiculous story line peppered with wild and inaccurate assertions so that you can become a 'fully actualised person'.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Our Final Invention

  • Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
  • By: James Barrat
  • Narrated by: Gary Dana
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the "smart" in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence. In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail - human-level intelligence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • unfounded assumptions,biased unsupported opinions.

  • By mike ryan on 07-06-15

Terrible audiobook

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-17

What would have made Our Final Invention better?

There are no facts or figures in this book. It is, instead, an emotional rant with no substance. The narrator is possibly one of the worst I have heard on audible

Would you ever listen to anything by James Barrat again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Gary Dana’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None,

Any additional comments?

Read Noah Harari's 'Homo Deus' instead

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Icarus Deception

  • How High Will You Fly?
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art. Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The connection economy

  • By Neil on 12-07-13

Excellent audio

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Well thought out, written and read. A helpful book for those wanting to move on from dreary 9-5 corporate boredom

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,923

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Mind blowingly good

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

What did you like most about Homo Deus?

The book builds to a crescendo, but spoiler alert, the crescendo it actually a tsunami. I agree with everything here and I wish I did not. This is a very important, yet sobering view of our immediate future. I literally couldn't function for several days after finishing this book. YNH is a genius and Derek Perkins in quite astonishingly word perfect (except for Mi-Hi Chick-Sent-Mi-Hi) :-)

What other book might you compare Homo Deus to, and why?

No comparison but I had to reread 'The Obstacle is the Way' by Ryan Holiday just so I could get out of bed

Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not sure - he is brilliant

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

  • Rich Habits

  • The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals
  • By: Thomas C. Corley
  • Narrated by: Rich Grimshaw
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The Rich Habits are 10 principles created through years of researching the daily success habits of the author's wealthiest clients. These 10 simple principles miraculously transform every individual who comes into contact with them. By applying these principles, you are literally walking in the footsteps of the wealthy. In Rich Habits, Tom Corley provides a step-by-step financial success program that is concise, easy to understand, and even easier to apply regardless of your age, education, or income level.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should listen to / read this book

  • By Stefan Kudev on 03-10-17

This book is a waste of time & effort & money.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book says nothing new and provides little more than a simple to-do list for a morning routine. The list is little more than a wish list of 'what' to do, missing the 'why' and missing the 'how'. Although many of the habits are intuitively sensible, there is no research, no science, no reality. Finally, to say something as incorrect and ridiculous as 'successful people don't sit around and get depressed' is just plain wrong .... like so much else in this thinly veiled advertorial piece for CPAs.

  • The Daily Stoic

  • 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
  • By: Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Why have history's greatest minds - from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson along with today's top performers, from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities - embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great content, TERRIBLE audio delivery

  • By shoesshoesshoes on 23-11-16

Great book - exceptional research

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-17

A book for today, and tomorrow. I love it. My only complaint is the narrator, in that he sounds dated, from a bygone era ... the sort of narrator from a black and white version of Spartacus. Why???? This is a book for 2016, for 2020, for 2030 ... kind of annoying, but not a show stopper

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Wisdom of Psychopaths

  • By: Kevin Dutton
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Psychopath. No sooner is the word out than images of murderers, suicide bombers and gangsters flash across our minds. But unlike their box-office counterparts, not all psychopaths are violent or even criminal. In fact they are fearless, confident, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor-made for success in twenty-first-century society. In this groundbreaking adventure into the world of psychopaths, renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals a shocking truth: psychopaths have something to teach us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Route to the psychopath’s mind

  • By Darius on 24-03-18

Excellent audiobook

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Solid book, great use of research and fantastic narration. Interesting theme that takes the reader off on many paths, then manages to tie everything together and provoke thought and debate.

2 of 2 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

Best Business Book of the year

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

Reviewed: 16-04-15

If you could sum up Scrum in three words, what would they be?

Wow, I thought this would be dry and very technical. Instead its a fantastic, real world how-to book to get better results from teamwork. Its not all business focused and can be applied to just about any team pursuit. Fantastic book and wish there were more like this.

What about J. J. Sutherland’s performance did you like?

Exceptionally well read and presented by Jeff's son (JJ). Very compelling and complete.

  • Learn French with Paul Noble – Part 1

  • French Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

Learn French with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for beginners or intermediate speakers

  • By Louise on 05-11-11

Great introduction to French -

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

Reviewed: 16-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this audio because Paul Noble has such a compelling style. He teaches the easy stuff and quickly moves to (useful) complex phrases. I wish he had been my teacher at school. I learnt more in the 6 hours (Vol 1-4) than I did in 6 years. I feel more confident and now understand how the French put present, past and future tenses together. Magnifique!

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

Great presenter - moves at a manageable pace and covers a lot of ground

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Magnifique

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life in Half a Second

  • How to Achieve Success Before it's Too Late
  • By: Matthew Michalewicz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Michalewicz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

What if there was a proven path to success? A path supported by science and research? A path that led to your goals and aspirations in less time, with less risk? Would you take it? Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first 'fact-based' formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Repetative

  • By BarefootRonin on 14-01-15

Terrible book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Michalewicz has a very broken attitude and philosophy on life. I listened until the point I could take no more, which arrived when he states black youth, wearing gang colours, should own their reality, read more at the library, buy his book, move upstate, work at McDonald's and hang out with millionaires to receive instructive guidance on how to improve their wretchedness.

This book is disgraceful, shambolic and patronizing.

On a final note, writers should realize they *may* be talented scribes, yet terrible narrators. To write *and* read a book means the author is a) multi-talented at writing and narrating b) cheap and/or broke c) a self indulgent sociopath.

Michalewicz gets two points out of three.

What will your next listen be?

Michalewicz has a very broken attitude and philosophy on life. I listened until the point I could take no more, which arrived when he states black youth, wearing gang colours, should own their reality, read more at the library, buy his book, move upstate, work at McDonald's and hang out with millionaires to receive instructive guidance on how to improve their wretchedness.

This book is disgraceful, shambolic and patronizing.

On a final note, writers should realize they *may* be talented scribes, yet terrible narrators. To write *and* read a book means the author is a) multi-talented at writing and narrating b) cheap and/or broke c) a self indulgent sociopath.

Michalewicz gets two points out of three.

Would you be willing to try another one of Matthew Michalewicz’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust

Any additional comments?

Michalewicz has a very broken attitude and philosophy on life. I listened until the point I could take no more, which arrived when he states black youth, wearing gang colours, should own their reality, read more at the library, buy his book, move upstate, work at McDonald's and hang out with millionaires to receive instructive guidance on how to improve their wretchedness.

This book is disgraceful, shambolic and patronizing.

On a final note, writers should realize they *may* be talented scribes, yet terrible narrators. To write *and* read a book means the author is a) multi-talented at writing and narrating b) cheap and/or broke c) a self indulgent sociopath.

Michalewicz gets two points out of three.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful