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  • Kick Ass with Mel Robbins

  • Life-Changing Advice from the Author of “The 5 Second Rule”
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Want more out of life? You're not alone. And best-selling author Mel Robbins is here to help with no-bullshit life and business advice that you won't get anywhere else. This follow-up to The 5-Second Rule - available only in audio - takes the classic talk-show format and elevates it to a premium audio experience. Listen to private, one-on-one coaching sessions between the celebrated motivational speaker and people like you - people who want better relationships, to be healthier and more productive, to get unstuck from destructive habits.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A real disappointment

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-11-18

Money grab

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

What a pity 5 second rule was good this is basically a money grab by Mel and Audible - should be a podcast but that would be free...

Ignore and wait for Mel to trot out the soundbites on her social media channels (plus they are free)

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

Simple but brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

go through life meet people ask them one question and write out their responses - such a simple concept and yet so brilliant in execution. From Richard Branson to Corp Andy Reid via Bill Clinton and Joanna Lumley the people in the book are from all walks of life and all have great pearls of wisdom to impart - although Indra Nooyi's is one I 100% won't be following!

Absolute must read/listen

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost.....

  • By L on 09-12-12

finally got what everyone else was saying

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

Heard about this book and concept so many times but had always had a huge amount of scepticism about it. finally got the book and listened and understood.

The idea is simple buy assets and make them work for you rather than you work for them. The reality is a lot of hard work to get to that point but I can at least now see the path and the ideas behind it.

I will be going back to this book time and again to make sure I stay on track...

  • The 12 Week Year

  • Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
  • By: Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington
  • Narrated by: Tom Pile
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • on chapter 14...

  • By Harry Twain on 25-05-16

There are better options & doesn't work on Audible

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

Got this book as I read reviews and the ideas seemed interesting, in truth a) you need to be reading the book to really deal with the concepts so the "book" simply doesn't work in Audible format and b) the ideas are better covered elsewhere.

The goal is to break down your targets into smaller goals and work those to get to the end goal, which in theory is a great concept but the book seems more focused on corporate world in the US than the rest of us so many of the concepts were lost.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Tour de France

  • By: Graeme Fife
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In this updated edition of the highly acclaimed Tour de France, Graeme Fife sets the 2012 race in the context of the event's remarkable history, stretching back to July 1903. Combining meticulous research with a pacy narrative style, he penetrates the mystique of the race and paints a colourful picture of the men whose exploits have given the Tour an enduring universal appeal. Moreover, the book now celebrates a truly historic event: The 99th edition of the race was won, for the first time, by a Briton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen for the great bike race

  • By Mr M P Morbey on 02-12-16

Great if you're a bike nerd

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

I picked this up as I am keen viewer of the Tour and cyclist and wanted to get a better picture of some of the history.

You get that any so much more - in truth for me it was just too long and too much in the weeds to really be enjoyable.

If you're a bike geek or want to be on Mastermind with TDeF as specialist subject then this is 100% for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035

Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we have invented this concept, and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathetic

  • By maria on 20-02-16

Good book for those searching for help

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

A good book and obviously comes from a place experience and no little education as well. Overall I was looking for a practical guide to mindfulness and getting into the process and this didn't fit that bill.

It does give a great deal of background on the process of mindfulness and why it is great for you.

If you are struggling with life and want to know what Mindfulness can do for you this book is for you. If you're already got the idea of mindfulness then this isn't your next step.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-enriching book

  • By Simon on 14-08-18

I struggled probably due to the narration

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

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

the topic is a good one, the ideas are sound I just struggled with the narration methods and to be frank the fact that most of the examples came from one area - Iraq war. Not that war can't be used in business but i'd like to have had some business examples along side war stories.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More real life examples and "better" narration (both subjective)

Which scene did you most enjoy?

NA

Was Extreme Ownership worth the listening time?

Overall probably but more down to the respect for the two guys than what I got from their examples

  • Work Rules!

  • Insights From Inside GoogleThat Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

From the brilliant and innovative head of Google's people operations, the ultimate guide to attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and how to ensure that the best and the brightest succeed. Google receives more than 1,500,000 unique applications for jobs every year. This book shows you why. How to learn from your best employees - and your worst. Why you should hire only people who are smarter than you are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights into a fascinating company

  • By Anthony on 29-12-15

Great book will make you think about HR/people

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

If you could sum up Work Rules! in three words, what would they be?

"thought prevoking", challenging and interesting

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that a range of real life scenarios are used to back up the concepts and that whilst the "sell" is that "this is what Google does" the examples are from smaller businesses too.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

NA

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

No typical business book you read take in apply and come back to it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Box Thinking

  • The Surprising Truth About Success
  • By: Matthew Syed
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about learning from mistakes

  • By Kenny Marshall on 09-10-16

A simply concept brought to life brilliantly

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

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Where does Black Box Thinking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there as one of the best books I have listened too Mathew Syed has picked up on a great concept that he has explored in a great way.

The book flows well and the ideas and concepts are brilliantly simple yet I have not heard or read anyone tackle them as M Syed has here

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Box Thinking?

The clarity of the ideas and the way they are put over

Which character – as performed by Simon Slater – was your favourite?

na

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

no

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Alistair on 16-06-12

Great idea but doesn't work as an Audio book

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

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The ideas and concepts in the book are great and are backed by years of experience and background but they just don't come over as an Audio book. To really get them you need to be able to go back over them or stop the book and "think about" or "action" them. As someone who listens a great deal whilst driving that proves to be a difficult situation.

I think overall I would have preferred this book in hard copy format so that I could read it and review the ideas in a better format.

What was most disappointing about Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins ’s story?

The difficulty to implement or test the ideas whilst listening to the details

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Costanzo’s performances?

No

Do you think What Every BODY Is Saying needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NA