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  • Leaders

  • Myth and Reality
  • By: Stanley McChrystal, Jason Mangone, Jeff Eggers
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Leaders by General Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone, read by Paul Michael. Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has studied leadership his whole adult life, from his first day at West Point to his most recent work with the corporate clients of the McChrystal Group. In this follow-up to his best sellers My Share of the Task and Team of Teams, McChrystal explores what leadership really means, debunking the many myths that have surrounded the concept. He focuses on 13 great leaders, showing that the lessons we commonly draw from their lives are seldom the correct ones. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best I’ve listened to this year

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-11-18

Exceptional Insight to Leadership

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Reviewed: 03-02-19

Having read the other 2 books by General McChristal, I admired his style of leadership & thought he had a good handle on leadership, but he used this book to suggest otherwise by questioning his leadership credentials and results. Now that takes serious guts & deep reflection.

This book book is simply remarkable!! It covers a good blend of leaders and to my pleasant surprise didn't just include the typical white male. African, Chinese & Arab leaders were explored. Most importantly, women were also featured in order to give this piece a well intentioned all-round view of the topic. I like that the authors were clear from the beginning that there's no such thing as good or bad leadership rather, emphasis was placed on the effectiveness of leadership. The ultimate conclusions of this piece was quite humbling & unexpected.

  • 40 Days with the Holy Spirit

  • A Journey to Experience His Presence in a Fresh New Way
  • By: R.T. Kendall
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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Are you hungry for more of the Holy Spirit in your life? Are you ready for a personal encounter with him that will change your life? The Holy Spirit is greater than our theology, bigger than our denominations, and truly beyond anything we can imagine. In Forty Days With the Holy Spirit, respected preacher and theologian R. T. Kendall takes you on a journey through daily readings from his book, Holy Fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep book

  • By Uche on 03-02-19

Deep book

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Reviewed: 03-02-19

I loved the depth of this book. It could’ve only been written by someone who has a good & tangible relationship with the Holy Spirit. I wasn’t worried about how long it took me to finish the book, so reading each chapter day by day during my morning devotions was a blessing

  • My Share of the Task

  • A Memoir
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal
  • Narrated by: Kevin Collins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value. Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended,

  • By Mr David Haig on 07-01-16

Simply Exceptional

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Reviewed: 15-01-19

Watched 'War Machine' (on Netflix) which I thought was a terrible movie where a journalist basically defamed & derailed someone's career with just one article. I thought to myself I definitely have to checkout who this General Stan guy was & boy was I glad I did!! I knew about Gen. Petraeus from the news but not this chap.

What an exceptional book about leadership & an unrivalled insight into the dirty war in Iraq & Afghanistan. When you move away from the over-politicised media coverage throughout that time & take a look through Gen. Stan's lens, you see a war that's so complex that you see the brave sacrifice of lives including those of the enemy for a cause each believes in. The deep appreciation in this book of the history of each nation's culture, tribes, factions, people & geography gives an insight into why this was not a war that could be won by the barrel of a gun or nuclear bombs or even mere democracy. It would need a combination of a 100 different elements which I believe was made clear to the listener in this book.

The book was so good that my next listen will be on his other book: Leaders Myth & Reality.

Thanks General Stanley McChrystal for the diligence in putting this audiobook together.

  • Superhuman by Habit

  • A Guide to Becoming the Best Possible Version of Yourself, One Tiny Habit at a Time
  • By: Tynan
  • Narrated by: Tynan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4 out of 5 stars 37
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    4 out of 5 stars 37

Superhuman by Habit examines habit building in depth. It covers the principles and philosophies of habit building, as well as the practical nuts and bolts implementing those habits. The second half of the audiobook is dedicated to specific habits in every major area of life, covering the pros and cons of each, the path to implementing them, and specific notes about each one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth the read!!

  • By Mark on 14-04-16

Straight to the point

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Reviewed: 05-01-19

I usually don't purchase any audiobook that is under 4hrs length but made an exception for this. I'm someone who's already very organised but unfortunately I started slipping on productivity due to having kids etc.

This book goes directly to the point & doesn't faff around. Found myself writing down a lot of notes due to how practical the scenarios & advice were. I'll be implementing quite a bit of the strategies especially in my goal to read at least 40 books this year.

One distinct area which stood out for me was how the brain in all its magnificence can undermine you without you even knowing it.

"For all of it's glory & genius, your brain can be a stubborn selfish, lazy brat sometimes. Until you fully train the habit, your brain will try to sabotage you".

The only negative comment about this audiobook is that in his narration, he repeats an area he'd already read. Got me a bit confused - apart from that, it's definitely a recommended read if you're looking to grab life by the cajones

  • Letters to the Church

  • By: Francis Chan
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 26
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Millions are satisfied to sit through hour-long, weekly religious services. Millions more have left the church, brokenhearted and cynical. But God is waking up his people - people who will risk everything and sacrifice anything to become the dynamic, powerful church seen in Scripture. We Are Church calls Christ-followers, young and old, to hold fast to their biblical roots while seeking radical change. Scripture promises an exuberant and unstoppable church. That wondrous early church of acts can be our reality today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind blowing stuff

  • By Uche on 27-11-18

Mind blowing stuff

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Reviewed: 27-11-18

I used to wonder if I was weird for looking forward to forgoing sleep in order to attend the monthly all-night meeting with a significantly smaller crowd. But through this book it's now clear that God has put something inside of us which wants to praise him with others who are serious about seeking him; especially when regular church doesn't cut it at all.

This is a superb, challenging & inspirational book written with a humble heart. I sincerely pray that the Holy Spirit will lead my family & I into seeking him more genuinely & living the Re-imagined Christian life.

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  • Unbelievable?

  • Why After Talking with Atheists for Ten Years I'm Still a Christian
  • By: Justin Brierley
  • Narrated by: Justin Brierley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 24
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    5 out of 5 stars 19
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Born out of Premier Radio's popular Unbelievable? podcasts, this audiobook invites listeners to unpack some of the most common objections to Christianity, equipping them to respond to sceptics and better understand the reason for their faith. Do your friends find your faith to be Unbelievable? Conversations matter. Yet, recently, good conversations about faith have been increasingly squeezed out of the public sphere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gracious and gentle defence of the Christian faith

  • By R. Kendall on 11-12-17

Refreshing Read

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Reviewed: 24-11-18

Having been a Christian all my life, I've had my fair debate scrap with Muslim friends & have learned that showing genuine love far outweighs any philosophical exchange about my faith.

This book methodically dissects arguments by atheists & beautifully dismantles view points with a clinical approach. I like that the book was fair in its assessment without going all holy & patronising to Christians. I also liked that due respect was given to the atheist characters mentioned.

If you're looking for a down to earth book explaining faith in Christianity & Jesus, look no further.

  • Dirty Glory

  • Go Where Your Best Prayers Take You
  • By: Pete Greig
  • Narrated by: Pete Greig
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 240
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    5 out of 5 stars 217
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You were created to walk and talk with the living God. Prayer is the most natural, powerful, and universal expression of Christian faith. Why then is it sometimes so difficult? Continuing the adventures described in his best-selling memoir, Red Moon Rising, Pete Greig reveals the struggles, miracles, and hard-won insights gleaned from 15 years of 24-7 prayer, mission, and justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly thought provoking

  • By Carol on 11-01-18

A Refreshing View

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Reviewed: 18-11-18

This book has simply shattered the box I put God in. Listening to the amazing things He's doing around the world with people who'll dare to pray made me wake up earlier than 6:30am excited to pray (& then dozed off), made me mutter prayers under my breath whilst on the train to work, made me look forward to my 15 minutes walk from the stn to pick my kid from nursery cos it gave me time alone where I talk to God about anything that came to my mind. Had some leftover tracts from years ago & now I felt led to pray for them & then leave them on seats on the train for commuters to read.

I find myself asking God - Please how can you use me to change my world? And a still word like 'apologise to your wife' is often what I get lol!

If you want God to be practical, alive & real to you, this is the book to ignite that passion within you. God bless you. Amen

  • Play the Man

  • Becoming the Man God Created You to Be
  • By: Mark Batterson
  • Narrated by: Mark Batterson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, and relationships and the reason God made them men. It's into this "no-man's-land" that New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: Play the man. In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable Guidance for Fathers and men

  • By Anonymous User on 10-01-19

No one thought me how to be a man

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Reviewed: 30-10-18

We can't use that excuse anymore. In this book we now have a great opportunity & roadmap on how to partner with God to bring up exceptional sons & daughters. We need more books like this & most of all, the courage & perseverance to execute this in Jesus name. Amen

  • Start-Up Nation

  • The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle
  • By: Dan Senor, Saul Singer
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book - Definitely a keeper

  • By Uche on 12-10-18

Beautiful book - Definitely a keeper

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Reviewed: 12-10-18

Narration was great and the book was superb.

I'm religious and have always believed that Jews/Israel's success could be counted as one of those amazing miracles we see in the bible & continue to see in a nation whose very existence defies any logical explanation. This book however presents a very persuasive narrative with well-documented examples (which I googled of course) to drive home the point about this very unique country being a perfect hub for startup.

I also love the evaluative approach which took apart piece by piece why other similar countries failed to achieve any comparable result to Israel; and how this great country could lose its edge if care is not taken to anticipate the next wave of innovation. Definitely recommend this as a good read.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,581
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    5 out of 5 stars 4,264
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The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Beautiful book & All time favourite

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Reviewed: 06-10-18

Definitely a book I'll read again. Superbly written & exquisitely delivered. The anecdotes in here were more than just laugh-out jokes, they were clinical, raw & never shying away from the truth about one's relationship with Jesus (which the world today tends to edit out)