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Horley, United Kingdom
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  • True Strength

  • My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My LIfe
  • By: Kevin Sorbo
  • Narrated by: Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day it all came to an abrupt end. Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder and was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real must have for your library

  • By Adrian on 24-11-11

A real must have for your library

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-11

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best book I've listened to since joining Audible.

Kevin and Sam's story should be compulsory listening for anyone who is going through a life changing illness or accident.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack

  • By: Napolean Hill, Jamie McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Jai Hutcherson, Bob Hennesy, Jamie Nesvold
  • Length: 44 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Love Think & Grow Rich? Then get this Mega Audio Pack! It is simply the #1 Think & Grow Rich audio pack available in the world today. You get: > Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich updated for the 21st Century, What I Didn’t Learn At School But Wish I Had, Time Rich, What I Didn’t Learn From Google But Wish I Had; all these audio books for one low price!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Take a chill pill!

  • By Simon on 11-04-11

Too tiring and too many errors

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-11

Narrated at a hundred miles per hour which gets really tiring. Far too many pronunciation mistakes as well (Richard Bronson rather than Branson for example.

In the second book (Jamie McIntrye) there are whole chapters that are word for word repeats of previous ones.

Some interesting ideas but nothing really new.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Intelligent Entrepreneur

  • By: Bill Murphy Jr.
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting and Relevant

  • By Adrian on 27-01-11

Very Interesting and Relevant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-11

Fascinating book from the perspective of three friends who meet at Harvard Business School and go onto found very succesful but very different businesses.

The start of the businesses is in the late 90's but the narrative continues on through the credit crunch and right up to 2010.

The insights into the decisions taken by the three people are fascinating and it's interesting to see the mistakes they make and how people can mix up being prepared for being lucky.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winners and Losers

  • Creators and Casualties of the Age of the Internet
  • By: Kieran Levis
  • Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Winners and Losers tells the stories of some of the most innovative businesses of recent times, explaining how a few succeeded in creating and dominating entirely new markets while so many others die in today¹s ferociously competitive online era. Explaining clearly, with many interesting examples, what contributes to success and failure in creating and developing a company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting all the way through

  • By Mr. David Walker on 02-08-10

Good listen but very irritating at times

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-10

Some fascinating insights into the early days of some of the biggest new age companies around. Especially worth listening to for those who weren't adults in the early 80's.

The authors love of Apple and dislike of Microsoft comes through to often for my tastes and the different voices the narrator uses are annoying after a while.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool's Gold

  • By: Gillian Tett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A best seller on both sides of the Atlantic, Fool's Gold is a key commentary on the causes of the recent financial crisis. Taking readers back to the invention of credit-derivative obligations (CDOs) at J. P. Morgan in 1994, and the subsequent exponential growth of that market, Tett explains how credit derivatives seemed a win-win for the financial world, freeing up capital, increasing profits, and diversifying risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very revealing of corporate greed

  • By Kirstine on 17-11-12

Very informative

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-10

A really good listen, if a little hard to follow sometimes with a lot of the players having similiar names.

It really does bring home how good intentions can be seized on by others with lower morals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flip It

  • How to Get the Best Out of Everything
  • By: Michael Heppell
  • Narrated by: Michael Heppell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

It seems we're all growing more negative. Bad news on the TV and in the papers makes us all feel fed up and we find it easier to talk about what's wrong instead of looking for what's good. But imagine knowing a simple trick that you could use to help you feel better about everything. That simple trick does exist, and it's time to learn how to "Flip It".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great easy listen, practical, no-nonsense advice

  • By Glen on 18-01-10

Not the best

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-10

So-so book. The whole principle of the technique was pretty much exhausted in the first twenty minutes. The rest of it was just ad-nauseum covering of the same ground.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Around the World in 80 Trades

  • By: Conor Woodman
  • Narrated by: Conor Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Market Analyst Conor Woodman decided to test his negotiating skills and eye for a bargain against some of the world's oldest trading cultures. He sold his house to finance the trip and plans to return with a lot of money. Whether trading teak or tea, surfboards or seafood, Conor goes head-to-head with the best operators in the world's most hotly-contested markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alistair on 13-02-10

Was the TV program a mirage?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-10

Not a bad way of passing some time but nothing particularly enthralling.

I watched the TV series and I was hoping the book would provide some insight into the mechanics of making such a program but there is no mention anywhere in the book that the TV show existed.

It's all written as though he did the whole thing on his own which I find very strange as we know he didn't.

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  • Every Second Counts

  • By: Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Continuing the inspiring story begun in his first book, Every Second Counts captures the mind-set of a man who has beaten incredible odds and considers each day an opportunity for excellence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Lee on 16-11-05

What a book and what a man!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-09

Truly inspirational. I never really knew what to make of Armstrong as my only opinions of him came from newspaper reports. After listening to this book he is now firmly at the top of my list of people I want to meet.

There are some fantastic insights into how the media lies and spins plus the amazing sportsmanship that is still alive in this day and age in the Tour De France.

The insights into his personal life, his religious views and what makes him who he is are without doubt the real gold of this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tycoon

  • By: Peter Jones
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Dragon's Den star Peter Jones will demonstrate how anyone can become successful: you just need guts, determination, and ideas. In Tycoon, Peter offers his personal insight into the qualities and skills he believes every successful entrepreneur possesses. His 10 Golden Rules provide key building blocks for turning your ideas into successful businesses. This is the ultimate guide to thinking like a millionaire and becoming one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Duncan's

  • By Alistair on 18-01-09

Very poor

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-09

Compared to the books by his fellow dragons and Branson for that matter this is a poor showing.

There is a lot of repetition and I'm far from sure that Peter has the right voice for an audiobook. I found it very hard to give this book my full attention and my mind wandered a lot while listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful