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  • Life Leverage

  • How to Get More Done in Less Time, Outsource Everything & Create Your Ideal Mobile Lifestyle
  • By: Rob Moore
  • Narrated by: Peter Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

The Life Leverage philosophy is a way of living your life to get more done in less time, outsource everything and create your ideal mobile lifestyle. It is a way of thinking, feeling, deciding, doing, and then getting the results and feedback accordingly to build momentum and get closer to your vision and legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Jivulivie on 08-11-16

If it's your first, it won't be your last

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes because there is a lot of practical, actionable advice. The repetition of the basic ideas behind the philosophy acts as a brain-washing device so by the end you have no choice but go and improve your life.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

"About time"

What aspect of Rob Moore’s performance might you have changed?

A bit uncomfortable listening to someone who sounds like they're about to sneeze, cough or need to blow their nose all the time. I ended up with a cold, perhaps by osmosis.

Do you think Life Leverage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No need for more of the same.

Any additional comments?

This book needs much better targeting. It is NOT for anyone with a low tolerance for sexist attitudes. "I buy my fiancé handbags because I like sex" is spot-on for Trump tweets but not for intelligent readers in 2017.It is also NOT for people with low net worth who can't just "go invest". Single mothers with full-time jobs and one, rather than 6-12, months' budget saved up will no more be able to "make money work for them" than afford a cleaner, gardener, nanny, cook and dry cleaner. Does this mean the book is not for us? Dearest Rob, I am sure you would not want to discourage such a large segment of your potential target from purchasing your wisdom, so please come up with some actionable advice for us, too, that doesn't suck away our self-esteem and makes us wish we had remembered to ask for more handbags at that point in our 20s where this might still have had an impact on our financial outlook. Just saying.Finally, when you say "I promised you a free gift" and then make us sign up to something before we get the url - that's called a scam and does not increase your "serve and solve" value. Do you make your fiancé do stuff before you give her a gift? Oh sorry you've already answered that one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be Both

  • By: Ali Smith
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142

How to Be Both is a novel all about art's versatility. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dealing with loss

  • By Carien on 21-03-15

Let your brain go out of focus

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

If you could sum up How to Be Both in three words, what would they be?

A higher level of literature

What did you like best about this story?

This story is a highly intellectual investigation of how things can be opposites, at the same time; separated by centuries, yet simultaneous; real, yet unreal, all at once.
This story is a simple, heart rendering description of an average teenage girl learning bereavement, firmly grounded in humanity.
It is both those things, all at once.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

George's interactions with her brother

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Adult Children

  • The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families
  • By: Linda Friel, John Friel
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

It is estimated that as many as 34 million people grew up in alcoholic homes. But what about the rest of us? What about families that had no alcoholism, but did have perfectionism, workaholism, compulsive overeating, intimacy problems, depression, problems in expressing feelings, plus all the other personality traits that can produce a family system much like an alcoholic one? Countless millions of us struggle with these kinds of dysfunctions every day, and until very recently we struggled alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive in a wholesome way!

  • By Phyllis McA on 25-07-15

Packed with insighrs

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

Reviewed: 21-09-15

You'll know immediately if this is relevant to you. If it is, you're in for some hard truths... but invaluable insights.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,875

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Any semblance to a marriage is purely coincidental

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top tier

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Blah. No lessons learned, except that human kind will always be human.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The very first party where they meet... The housewarming meet & greet... And when Amy realizes Desi's true motives, huh!

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

Absolutely. I was home sick and admit to extending my bed-ridden episodes just a tad for uninterrupted listening...

Any additional comments?

Having read some literary reviews, I am confused about the themes addressed here. Until those readings, it did not occur to me Flynn was making a social comment about the institution of marriage. There are many good things here (suspense, plot, fantastic character development, fabulous readers) but marriage, in my opinion, is not an ingredient. To me, the one basic premise of marriage - of any serious relationship, loving, family, friendship - is the readiness to put the other's needs first. Amy and Nick are totally oblivious to this simple premise and so their being tied up in a marriage is, to my mind, no more than a literary trick to provide body and frame to their story. But a social comment on marriage? Heck, I do hope society at large agrees with me, or else I may have just solved the mystery of the 50% divorce rate!

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful reader, especially of women.

  • By alex on 25-02-14

What an apt title

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

What disappointed you about One Hundred Years of Solitude?

In high school English class, we learned about the run-on sentence.
I appreciate the cultural relevance of this book to Latin Americans and related scholars; however, not being one, there is absolutely nothing here for me to relate to, to clutch at, no common frame of reference, nothing universal enough to compensate for my blatant Europeanism. I hung on for a good few hours... but eventually lost my grip and gave up.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriel García Márquez again?

Probably not, unless highly recommended by someone who's read this review

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Lively, theatrical, appropriate for this material

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

Reading some literary critiques and analysis helped me see the qualities - the political relevance, the symbolism.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Science of Trust

  • Emotional Attunement for Couples
  • By: John M. Gottman Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

For the past 35 years, John Gottman’s research has been internationally recognized for its unprecedented ability to precisely measure interactive processes in couples and to predict the long-term success or failure of relationships. In this groundbreaking book, he presents a new approach to understanding and changing couples: a fundamental social skill called “emotional attunement,” which describes a couple’s ability to fully process and move on from negative emotional events, ultimately creating a stronger relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book save my relationship at the time

  • By Mr on 16-12-14

Keep calm and read on

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

Would you try another book written by John M. Gottman or narrated by J. Charles?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Among the tons of (rather irrelevant) reviews of past research and mathematical equations, hide a few nuggests of wisdom and insight that I found really valuable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not try to play roles in a pretend voice

Could you see The Science of Trust being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the '60s is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it - start to finish!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 04-08-14

Some things are universal: love, for example

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

Reviewed: 20-05-14

What did you like most about The Secret Life of Bees?

The story, the depth of feeling, the style, I was right there down south with Lily

What did you like best about this story?

How simple and deep and universal it is. I have never set foot in the south but I get every last bit of it.

Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favourite?

Lily, of course. And August. And Rosalyn too.

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

Bitter as life
Sweet as honey

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies

  • By GC on 15-10-12

Let yourself be swayed along

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Sweet Tooth to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

This story transports the listener into 1970s England and into the narrative. It will not revolutionise the history of literature but will take you along with it on a fun, poignant, at times unexpected journey.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

Serena: she is totally human, believeable, sincere.

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

"The true face of M: the 007 that never was"

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War

  • The Strategy of Sun Tzu
  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Elkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

The timeless original text; required listening for anyone interested in strategy. This is a work of subtlety and paradox that shows the way to a clean and aesthetic triumph. Sun Tzu insisted that a skilled warrior observes, calculates, outwits, and outmaneuvers an adversary, and in doing so averts the destruction of battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic strategy book

  • By Jim on 10-06-17

About as useful as a fortune cookie

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

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

People who enjoy abstractions, pretend war play and have some time to kill. This is as serious answer as I can bring myself to provide, flower power images come to mind.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sun Tzu again?

No

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was OK

What character would you cut from The Art of War?

There are no characters in this book (is this a metaphysical question?)

Any additional comments?

Don't buy this book - it requires serious help for comprehension. Rather purchase a commented version or one that ventures interpretations such as The Art of War for Women.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ready for Anything

  • 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life
  • By: David Allen
  • Narrated by: David Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Discover David Allen's powerful productivity principles and vastly increase your ability to work better, not harder - every day. He asks listeners what's holding them back and shows how all of us can be "ready for anything" - with a clear mind, a clear deck, and clear intentions. This is the perfect audiobook for anyone wanting to work and live at his or her very best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Follow up to the brilliant Getting Things Done

  • By Kitty C on 23-12-12

Vague inspiration

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Give it more structure; more substance. Unexpectedly, not a single concrete system is described, suggested or explained, only rather vague general concepts and ideas.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Allen again?

Maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of David Allen’s performances?

Not for its own value - only if book came highly recommended

Was Ready for Anything worth the listening time?

Yes as it made going through traffic less boring and contained 2-3 inspirational ideas, much repeated