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  • 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 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

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

A bit dated but definitely worth it.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

What made the experience of listening to The New Psycho-Cybernetics the most enjoyable?

Psycho-Cybernetics sounds a bit si-fi but its really about directing your subconscious and letting a big part of the business of achieving your goals be done in the background. Its not about just saying affirmations and moving, its more scientific and once you start doing it it makes sense and is actually very normal and structured. Deciding on what you want to achieve, picturing it in your mind and letting part of the achievement happen in the background. A bit like trying to remember someone's name that doesn't come until you stop thinking about it and all of a sudden it pops into the forefront.
The book is a bit dated but the topic has been around for a long time. I have listened to it twice especially when I get caught up in the fast pace of life and things don't seem to be going my way. Definitely worth a listen if this is your sort of thing.

  • Elon Musk

  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323

South African-born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey, Jr. The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight but a little repetitive

  • By Andrew on 15-01-17

Not sure if it's personally inspiring or demotivating but it's defiantly captivating.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

I have been interested in Elon for a while now but this is the first time I fully understand his path from South Africa to Mars.
The book is not all about praising Musk and his achievements but shows the struggle, personal commitment, sacrifices and willingness to loose all for his vision.
It also details his less favourable personality traits and flaws with detailed accounts of people who have fallen out or crossed Musk.
However the story of his achievements and their significants in our world is well researched and well delivered.
The book is inspirational but at the same time left me feeling a little insignificant as you can't help but compare your own achievements to his.
There are real nuggets of information on how a overriding vision can focus you so intently you can force things to happen.
I loved listening to the book and will probably listen to it a few more times.
Fantastically narrated too.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a new author

  • By Renka on 24-01-16

Couldn't stop listening. Was hooked.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

A very good performance all round.
Good story well narrated that kept me hooked from the beginning.

  • Tor and the Dark Art of Anonymity: How to Be Invisible from NSA Spying

  • By: Lance Henderson
  • Narrated by: James C. Lewis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

This manual will give you the incognito tools that'll make you a master of anonymity! Other books tell you to install Tor and then encrypt your hard drive...and leave it at that. I go much deeper, delving into the very engine of ultimate network security, taking it to an art form where you'll grow a new darknet persona - how to be anonymous online without looking like you're trying to be anonymous online.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • informative read overall

  • By Matt on 22-02-16

Really enjoyed it but

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

I really liked this book. But even although it's well read and good content I would have probably preferred the book and not the Audio book.
Very good.

  • Executive Briefing

  • The Power of Persuasion
  • By: Dr. Robert Cialdini
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Cialdini provides fascinating insight into how people avoid the work of making decisions and why they comply with requests in business settings. He has identified six principles which are so powerful that they generate desirable change in the widest range of circumstances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Salesman more than an academic

  • By Judy Corstjens on 16-03-14

Short and to the point.

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

The audio is not great, it's a talk to a large crowd. But the content is fantastic and I just like his voice and demeanor.
It's the first time influence and persuasion is explained as a good for everybody system rather than an I get one over you because I know this knowledge.
Listened to it many times still enjoy it.

  • A Scanner Darkly

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Paul Giamatti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Substance D - otherwise known as Death - is the most dangerous drug ever to find its way on to the black market. It destroys the links between the brain's two hemispheres, leading first to disorentation and then to complete and irreversible brain damage. Bob Arctor, undercover narcotics agent, is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but to pass as an addict he must become a user, and soon, without knowing what is happening to him, he is as dependent as any of the addicts he is monitoring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant resurrection of an abandoned read

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-12-13

Brilliant but not for everyone.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-15

It's a really freaked out book well read and I truly enjoyed it. My partner however couldn't listen to it and it was banned from the car.
I will be listening to it for a second time.

  • Living Low Carb

  • Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss
  • By: Jonny Bowden
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Whether you're searching for a practical weight-loss program, simply want to eat better, or are already a committed low-carber looking for ways to make the lifestyle work for you, best-selling author and nutritionist Jonny Bowden reveals the secrets to finding and sticking with a healthy controlled-carb program. This newly revised and updated edition covers the truth about low-carbohydrate diets and reveals the major culprits in a high-carb diet, as well as provides invaluable ratings of the diet programs on the market.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LIFE-CHANGING for those of us craving RESULTS!

  • By André on 06-11-13

A great informative listen

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

What did you like most about Living Low Carb?

This is not a fad book about crazy diets its a really well presented balanced view of how our understanding of fat, carbohydrates and proteins are changing.
The book has a lot to offer but for me the best thing I took from the book was this.
Controlling weight is about controlling insulin. You learn what affects insulin and what doesn't, surprisingly fat.
Be sure to listen to the reviews of the diets at the end before making a decision on which one to do. He has done all the hard work for you and the summary is excellent.

My best quote from the book comes from the reviews at the end on the discussion of fatty livers.
You don't lose weight to become healthy, you become healthy to lose weight.
The narrator Patrick Lawlor does a fantastic job too. One of the best narrations of any book I have.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Rework

  • By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Think for yourself

  • By Thomas on 25-09-10

Short and to the point.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

I listen to this book quite often to remind myself not to do things the normal way. It's inspirational and like a good album you don't have to skip any bits.
One of my better books.