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  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By ReadingWild on 25-11-15

Wonderful & Affecting

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Reviewed: 12-10-18

A wonderfully affecting and beautiful account of Patti Smith’s journey. A unique insight into the life, times, and personalities of the arts scene in NYC and beyond from the 60s through to the 80s. Incredibly immersive with every line painting detailed scenes in the imagination. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. I have to say I had a few false starts when reading, but once I got through the first few chapters I couldn’t put it down.

  • The Dip

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 456
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
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    4 out of 5 stars 345

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't beat a bit of Godin...

  • By CA Weir on 26-06-07

A quick and impactful read - highly recommended

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Reviewed: 09-08-18

A thoroughly enjoyable and insightful read, particularly for those who lack focus / motivation or those who are serial quitters. My only criticisms would be 1) the lack of applicable takeaways 2) the lack of evidence to support the theory, very much anecdotal and opinion based than empirical. A great read though, less than 2 hours in duration too.

  • Summary of Ego Is the Enemy: by Ryan Holiday | Includes Key Takeaways & Analysis

  • By: FastReads
  • Narrated by: Kelly McGee
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday explores how the poison of ego shrouds everyday life and hinders mastery and success. He defines ego as the child inside each of us that insists on getting its way and becoming superior to everyone else. Ego keeps you from forming meaningful relationships, from realizing the extent of your skills, from learning and from discovering the opportunities around you. Guarding against ego requires constant practice. The payoff is in becoming a happier, balanced, content, humble and selfless person. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - I wish all book summaries were this concise and useful!

  • By John-Paul M. on 28-04-18

Excellent - I wish all book summaries were this concise and useful!

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Reviewed: 28-04-18

Excellent summary, a perfect balance of detail and actionable takeaways with highly practical examples and advice. It’s possibly the best book summary I have ever read / listened to. Fantastic work.

  • The Marshmallow Test

  • Mastering Self-Control
  • By: Walter Mischel
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Judy Corstjens on 30-11-14

Superb, life changing.

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Reviewed: 28-04-18

For those who want to help themselves and others develop self control and break bad habits. There are several immediately actionable takeaways that are extremely high impact. This is a book that should be ready once every year.

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  • Book Summary: Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

  • By: FlashBooks Book Summaries
  • Narrated by: Dean Bokhari
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 4

This is a summary of Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good summary but light on actionable takeaways

  • By John-Paul M. on 28-04-18

A good summary but light on actionable takeaways

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Reviewed: 28-04-18

While the key takeaways and talking points are touched on in this summary the reviewer has stopped short of giving actionable examples which would have translated the takeaways into practical actions.