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  • Power vs. Force

  • The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
  • By: Dr. David R. Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Dr. David R. Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The publication of Power vs. Force by Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., reveals to the general public secret information heretofore only shared by the author with certain Nobelists and world leaders. Analyzing the basic nature of human thought and consciousness itself, the author makes available to everyone the key to penetrating the last barrier to the advancement of civilization and science and resolving the most crucial of all human dilemmas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, poorly read.

  • By Dominic on 04-05-11

Great insights but inaccessible to the masses

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

Reviewed: 23-05-13

I typically prefer it if the author is the narrator of their audiobook. In this case I make an exception. Given that I am not enlightened and that I do not possess absolute mental discipline, my mind still gets distracted from listening.

The drone of Hawkins voice doesn't help to keep my mind engaged in the book and so I was left to use will power to keep my mind from wandering. A professional voice actor with a more colourful delivery would have solved this problem and perhaps made the book more acceptable to more people.

I titled this review inaccessible to the masses because of the intellectual complexity with which it is written.

I expect readers of this book will have the same complaints as they do about Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra..... too intellectual.

Surely a spirital teacher who wanted to make the greatest impact would appeal to the lowest common denominator to ensure that readers of all reading and intelligence levels would be able to benefit from the material? That's not what's happening here.

I can imagine many people who started reading this book up did not finish because the material was too heavy. The ideas are not complex but the delivery, I feel, is.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The New Psycho-Cybernetics

  • By: Maxwell Maltz edited by Dan S. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Since its publication in 1960, Dr. Maltz's seminal text has inspired more than 30 million readers to enhance their lives and achieve life-changing goals - from losing weight to excelling in sports to dramatically increasing their income. Now revised for a new millennium, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz's visionary approach and proven groundbreaking techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and very interesting

  • By Triplecat on 25-10-09

I'll Listen to This At Least Twice a Year Now

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

Reviewed: 07-05-13

I have the paperback of the original Psycho-Cybernetics but went looking for an audio book version and found this. I have to say honestly it's a 5 star book.

I am glad that Audible now have a star rating for the 'performance' because Paul Michael not only does an excellent job of narrating it but he sounds a lot like Maxwell Maltz.

I'd strongly recommend listening to this book repeatedly because it's so deep.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of a Conjuror

  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind. Structured around the various stages of a conjuring trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history of magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He's really a nice guy

  • By Stephanie Jane on 25-11-10

Clever Guy But Also Very Normal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-11

I only thing that surprised me about this book was that I had this expectation that due to Derren's knowledge of the mind and psychology he would have some profound insights into our nature and know some secrets as to how we can increase our personal power. I don't want to use the word disappointed because that's not fair.

I came away going 'oh my god' Derren is just a man. You put these people on pedestals and then now and then you realise they are just like everyone else and it's our perception of them that we see.

That aside this is an absolute masterpiece of writing, it really is. Derren uses such intricate language to give detailed descriptions of situations which paint the most vivid pictures in your mind. I listened to the whole thing in 3 sittings and that's not normal for me. But this had me gripped.

You know sometimes you're attention will switch away from the audio book and you miss a bit? That didn't happen to me with this because it's so entertaining.

I personally didn't laugh at what he was saying but it was very amusing. I'll end by saying that while it's a masterpiece I can imagine certain people not liking it because of the intricacy of the language.

But I loved it.

  • Dao de Jing

  • By: Roger Ames, David L. Hall
  • Narrated by: Robert Lowenstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Composed more than 2,000 years ago, the Dao de jing (Tao Te Ching) set forth an alternative vision of reality in a world torn apart by violence and betrayal. Second only to the Bible, this timeless classic is one of the world's most revered inspirational books. Daoism offers a comprehensive view of experience grounded in a full understanding of the wonders hidden in the ordinary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit Hard Going

  • By Chris on 24-06-11

A Bit Hard Going

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-06-11

If you are going to buy this bear in mind that it doesn't get into the Dao itself until half way through the recording. The first half is taken up by all the explanation about the translation and the justification behind their interpretation. I understand the complexity of translating something like the Dao De Jing but it was a little confusing listening to a 4 hour introduction. Several times I wasn't sure whether they had actually started talking about the Dao but they hadn't so bear this in mind. If you want to get straight into it, skip to part 4.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • It's Not About the Money

  • By: Bob Proctor
  • Narrated by: Bob Proctor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Unleash your unlimited potential, and apply the secrets to success that only an elite few truly understand. The valuable - and simple - lesson contained in this audiobook is that the best way to attract prosperity is to abandon the pursuit of wealth and allow it to flow toward oneself. The ancient laws of attraction are explained in plain language and applied in an economic framework that anyone can easily follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Inspirational

  • By john on 28-11-11

Gotta Love Bob Proctor

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-09

I've always loved Bob's stuff and I also really like this program, especially the format of being in chapters with bullet point lists at the end reviewing the key points of the chapter. The overall program is very comprehensive indeed, one of Bob's best.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to be Smart with Your Money

  • By: Duncan Bannatyne
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Today's turmoil in the financial markets illustrates how important it is to be in control of your money. This book addresses the core fundamentals of financial literacy, how to make your money go further, how to get the best return on your investment, how banks work and why city traders earn such enormous bonuses. It plots paths out of debt and builds financial confidence so readers feel in charge of their finances.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Useful for beginners

  • By Ashley on 17-07-09

Basic but good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-09

There's some good advice in this audio book but my advice would be to just listen to it from the sidelines. By that I mean just extract the bits that are valuable to you. Many of the principles Duncan discusses are sound but others are just his personality coming out. If you're read his biography you'll know he doesn't like paying for expert advice which works for him I guess but his attitude in general doesn't fit with me.

  • What to Do When It Isn't Working

  • By: Bob Proctor
  • Narrated by: Bob Proctor
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Here's how to step back from your life and analyze its facets with a series of all-important questions. You'll learn what to do about your findings, and how to deal with the people in your life as you begin to create necessary changes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missing What I Wanted to Know

  • By Chris on 23-10-09

Missing What I Wanted to Know

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-10-09

I bought this title with the intention of finding out the difference between flogging a dead horse and never giving up.

If you never gave up then you could be flogging a dead horse forever and not realise it because you're taught never ever ever give up.

On the other hand if there's something fundamentally wrong stopping your from progressing then it's right to quick and re-approach the situation.

I had hoped this title would help define when you're in a tough situation that just required a little persistence and identifying when you're working at a lost cause.

Unfortunately it doesn't contain anything of the sort. It assumes you've got a well crafted long term goal to pull you through the hard times. My opinion if that if you have a well crafted long term goal that excites you, then you don't need this audio program.

If you dont have a well crafted purpose then this audio program wont help you find it either.

What it's for is to serve as inspiration to help you through temporary downers rather than dealing with identifying if there's anything fundamentally wrong.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful