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  • Find Your Why

  • A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek, Stephen Shedletzky
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Find Your Why is the follow up to Start with Why, the global best seller and the subject of the third most watched TED Talk of all time. With Start With Why, Simon Sinek inspired a movement to build a world in which the vast majority of us can feel safe while we are at work and fulfilled when we go home at night. Now, along with two of his colleagues, Peter Docker and David Mead, Sinek has created a guide to the most important step any business can take: finding your why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very dull and had to turn off!

  • By Mark R on 13-09-17

Interview story brought Start with Why to life

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

I’d read the other books and seen the TED talk but the example of the woman in an interview really brought the principle of Why to life.

  • Focus on the Customer

  • Entrepreneural Growth Strategies
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

In business, it's vital to focus on the customer. Let Brian Tracy, world-renowned international speaker, consultant, and best-selling author show you the most effective way. Learn why people really buy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A trip back to business in the 1950s

  • By Huw Bowles on 19-03-17

A trip back to business in the 1950s

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-17

The Eat the Frog was a simple concept well presented but I found Brian's story old fashioned, patronising and really basic. It was like getting business advice from a pensioner who worked in the pre-computer age. Whilst not completely irrelevant, even at only 2 hours in length, I didn't get much out of those 2 hours apart from revisiting Marlow's hierarchy of needs. Much better books out there so don't waste your time on this one. In my opinion.

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup--practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like they didn't edited the book for audio

  • By Omar on 12-06-17

No nonsense story of someone who has been there &

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

Reviewed: 18-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Really great account, telling you how it is. No corporate nonsense.
I also loved the references to rap lyrics which you don't often get in business books
Thanks to my friend Riaan for recommending this to me.

What other book might you compare The Hard Thing About Hard Things to, and why?

Really hard edged when compared to 7 habits but equally insightful

Have you listened to any of Kevin Kenerly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes if I had the time

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  • By: Chris Hadfield
  • Narrated by: Chris Hadfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth is an inspirational memoir of space exploration and hard-won wisdom, from an astronaut who has spent a lifetime making the impossible a reality. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's ‘Space Oddity' in space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By chikwan on 01-03-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

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

This was recommended in Stephen Covey's book (I think?) as providing an interesting perspective on live on earth from space, but turned out to be a rather dull story about a single minded person doing something where almost nothing is left to chance, most unlike life on earth.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Hadfield again?

No

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

In addition to the uninteresting material, despite the author narrating the work, the narration was dull and passionless

Could you see An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

If you are really interested in space flight then this will be good for you. I had been led to believe this was relevant to daily (business) life, it isn't.

  • Adapt

  • Why Success Always Starts with Failure
  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Everything we know about solving the world’s problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world’s most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A rising star

  • By Judy Corstjens on 23-07-11

really thought provoking re sustainable companies

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

What made the experience of listening to Adapt the most enjoyable?

It really made you think about innovation and how successful companies continue to thrive over time.

  • The Anatomy of Peace

  • Resolving the Heart of Conflict
  • By: Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, The Anatomy of Peace shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content but felt the story format was a bit patronising

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-09-17

great follow-up which deepens understanding

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

What did you like most about The Anatomy of Peace?

The book built on the principles taught in Leadership and Self-deception and deepened the understanding whilst at the same time broadening the subject matter to cover non-work matters.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a genuine story which you could believe.

What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance might you have changed?

I thought the different voices were great and added something to the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It really made me think.

Any additional comments?

It would be really useful in this and a number of other books to have some diagrams which could shown in the app as well when they are being described in the audio.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  • By: Stephen R. Covey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The message is simple

  • By Margaret on 27-04-10

Audible format takes this classic to a new high

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

Reviewed: 13-05-15

Firstly I don't give out 5 stars very often reserving it for things I rave about unprompted.
To be honest I struggled to read the hardback as it was so thought provoking and meant I needed to take frequent breaks.
Hearing Stephen Covey's intonation, emphasis and enthusiasm transforms the material and allows it to wash over you and adsorb it more easily.
Carrying it around in my pocket on my phone means it's always on hand if I need to refresh any aspect of the book.
The only slight criticism is regarding the absence of chapter headings in the index.
Don't hesitate- download- you won't regret it.

Leadership & Self-Deception cover art
  • Leadership & Self-Deception

  • Getting Out of the Box
  • By: The Arbinger Institute
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known phenomenon called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. This audiobook explains what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and - most importantly - the surprising way to solve it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book given a second life on Audible

  • By Huw Bowles on 13-05-15

An excellent book given a second life on Audible

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-15

I've read this book and recommended it to a number of others. The Audible format gives it a new lease of life and I will be recommending it again.
I don't often give 5 stars which for me should be reserved for things you rave about and recommend unprompted.
Up there with 7 Habits in my book ;)

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