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  • Captivate

  • The Science of Succeeding with People
  • By: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behaviour investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behaviour patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of shortcuts, systems and behaviour hacks derived from her research, to help you take charge of interactions at work and at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By Jay on 17-11-17

Pointless for ordinary people

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

A better title might have been 'Survival Guide for West Coast Liberals'

This book is a user guide for tip-toeing through the repressed would of the middle classes.

It serves no purpose for ordinary people, in ordinary towns, who learn to chat, drink snog from the age of 18.

It is not just the message that dissappoints. I already knew the the science because it is already out there in the alt-media.

If you feel this book is for you, aim to broaden your horizons and try to meet some ordinary standard men and women on the street.

I promise that you will love the freedom of expression.

Sincere best wishes :-)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Minimalist: Your 30 Days Mental Rework Guide to a Minimalist Life, to Declutter Your Home, Mind, and Emotions

  • By: Beatrice Anahata
  • Narrated by: Anna Doyle
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

What is true minimalism? True minimalism is quite different from what you see in mainstream media. Many people are leading "minimalist" lifestyles to the extreme, eliminating everything they have and living with next to nothing. In reality, this is often a delusional depiction of what minimalism truly is. These scenarios are often attention-grabbing for their shock value, and lead people to believe that a minimalist lifestyle means that you live a life of lack and struggle. After all, how joyful can you be when you have nothing to fulfill your day-to-day needs?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible beginning, legal disclaimer and an upsell

  • By AC on 05-07-18

No insight, just the musings of a greenie

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

The sample sounded OK, but it just became a would be diary of a weirdy tree hugger. It had no surprises.

  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unresearched and unfounded personal advice

  • By Aika on 09-04-18

This is a seriously good book

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

It just gets on with the topic, with a mix of what is at once genius and commen sense.

  • Drive

  • The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

A book that will change how you think and transform how you live.Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people – at work, at school, at home. It is wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential motivational theory reading

  • By Elizabeth on 17-04-11

Unlistenable, I wish I'd had returned it when I had the chance

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

Reviewed: 27-02-17

Waffle layered upon waffle. I tried speeding it up, and I was skipping 30 second increments forward trying to find nuggets of actual content.

The author chooses to feed-in the lame old progressive world view which might work on seventeen year olds and get a NYT thumbs up, but irritating for me since I just wanted information.

I also tried the technique of listening to the first minute of each chapter to find some content, alas, it was just more waffle.

What do these authors learn at Uni?

  • A Brief History of Britain 1660 - 1851

  • Brief Histories
  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In 1660 England emerged from the devastations of the Civil Wars and restored the king, Charles II, to the throne. Over the next 190 years Britain would establish itself as the leading nation in the world - the centre of burgeoning Empire, at the forefront of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. However, radical change also brought with it anxiety and violence. America is lost in the War of Independence and calls for revolution at home are never far from the surface of everyday life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One damn thing after another

  • By Anonimo Nonlodico on 19-02-18

Really, really good - this book is special

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

Reviewed: 27-02-17

It listens wonderfully, picks interesting sources and is thought provoking.
What lifts this above many other good history books is the vast amount of information, all of which is interesting.

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb narrative and intriguing perspectives

  • By Mr. S. Peacock on 15-04-17

So "Europe is parochial" & every else is wondrous?

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

Reviewed: 26-11-16

What would have made An Economic History of the World since 1400 better?

A neutral view of the world. This lecturer is a cultural Marxist and delighted at every instance in cultural self loathing. He should reflect on George Orwell's comments on the English intelligentsia and stealing for a poor box. Had he been present at the 1933 Oxford Union King of Country debate, he'd have voted in favour, to the delight of the enemies of freedom.

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Just make it a history, not an indoctrination. If he doesn't like anglosphere exceptionalism he should just state it plainly, get over it, and avoid mixing the message all through the text.

How could the performance have been better?

Just focus on what happened and the ideas of the time.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Economic History of the World since 1400?

A camera close up on the author studying Cultural Marxism and his expressions of introspection.

Any additional comments?

Is this what passes for academia in 2016?

56 of 107 people found this review helpful

  • The 12 Week Year

  • Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
  • By: Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • on chapter 14...

  • By Harry Twain on 25-05-16

Not for the individual

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

Reviewed: 13-09-16

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

Twenty minutes of the message: "make the year 12 weeks long!" The French revolutionaries made a ten day week, how did that work out? I didn't like this because I bought it for myself to be more efficient. This message which seemed to be set to continue long after I gave up, was targeted toward an organisation manager.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • A Macat Analysis of Abraham H. Maslow's A Theory of Human Motivation

  • By: Stoyan Stoyanov
  • Narrated by: Macat.com
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

US psychologist Abraham Maslow's 1943 essay "A Theory of Human Motivation" established his idea of humanistic psychology as a "third force" in the field. He outlined a new approach to understanding the mind, saying humans are motivated by their need to satisfy a series of hierarchical needs, starting with the most essential first. He thought it important for the advancement of psychology to identify, group, and rank them in terms of priority.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Macat designed this to sap one's hope for humanity

  • By DaveW on 31-08-16

Macat designed this to sap one's hope for humanity

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

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

A poor wretch, of mediochre IQ that is up to their eyeballs in state education and university social sciences indoctrination.

Has A Macat Analysis of Abraham H. Maslow's A Theory of Human Motivation put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Macat.com?

-

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Macat Analysis of Abraham H. Maslow's A Theory of Human Motivation?

-

Any additional comments?

I read a paragraph on Maslow in an education book. I wanted to learn more. This 4 hour audiobook doesn't offer more. Loosely speaking, it just repeats about three paragraph of knowledge, with the words in a different order.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autobiography

  • By: Margaret Thatcher
  • Narrated by: Margaret Thatcher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

A newly edited, single-volume commemorative edition of The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years; this is Margaret Thatcher in her own words. Combining her memoirs The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, this definitive account of Margaret Thatcher’s life is published as a one-volume commemorative edition for the first time. Margaret Thatcher was the towering figure of late-20th-century British politics. Now, following her death, in 2013, this is the story of her remarkable life, in her own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Voice of Britain

  • By S.D.Eyles on 21-04-13

Soothing!

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

Reviewed: 23-02-16

Obviously the book is great. In addition, there was something about it rather soothing too :-)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How We Learn

  • By: Monisha Pasupathi, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Monisha Pasupathi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Learning is a lifelong adventure.It starts in your mother's womb, accelerates to high speed in infancy and childhood, and continues through every age. Whether you're actively engaged in mastering a new skill, intuitively discovering an unfamiliar place, or even sleeping-which is fundamental to helping you consolidate and hold on to what you've learned-you are truly born to learn around the clock.But few of us know how we learn, which is the key to learning and studying more effectively.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great for scientist minds

  • By Dror Speiser on 27-05-15

Virtually no content

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

I listened for two hours on two separate occasions.
Throughout i was just hanging on to be told something but was 100% disappointed (seriously).
I am a fan of the teaching company and am bemused as to how the start-to-finish waffle was recorded?

I cannot un-recommend this audiobook enough.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful