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Simon Huggins

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  • Real Magic

  • Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe
  • By: Dean Radin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and best-selling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No matter what you believe...

  • By LJLC on 02-05-18

Thought provoking and a good meta analysis

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

There’s a strand of something that sits between religion and science that seems to be gaining popularity at the moment. This seems to give excellent coverage of the main points of this evolving belief system.
The first part of the book is like a meta-analysis of this, so it gives a great grounding for people who are curious and want to get a better understanding of this system of beliefs. This does a lot to try to tie these beliefs into a basis of science.
The second part is a lot looser and less about the science and a lot more speculative.
But it is a good listen - pitched just right in tone and level of content to keep the listener interested and fascinated.
I don’t resonate with a fair amount of this, but there’s a fair amount that I can relate to as well, so keeping an open mind is good, as you’ll probably get something from this, whatever your level of skepticism.
Well recommended.

  • Win Bigly

  • Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
  • By: Scott Adams
  • Narrated by: Scott Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We're hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech - a hand gesture here, a phrase there - and if the right buttons are pushed, we decide we agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn't whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this in 3D

  • By Simon Huggins on 09-11-17

You have to listen to this in 3D

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is one of those books that needs a second listen, because once you’ve listened to it once, you’ll start spotting the various ways the author is using those techniques on you as the listener, which brilliantly reinforces the point.
Every time I thought to myself, ‘Erm, isn’t this whole thing confirmation bias on a grand scale’, I would be pulled off track with some self deprecation followed by a continuation of the original train of thought. It all goes in a very specific direction, and it’s extraordinarily playful so that you are sure not to be with the author all the time ... until he pulls it back, and you’re right there with him again. Beautifully illustrating the very point he’s making.
I think it will sell better than the Bible.
Or at least be as respected as the Bible.
Or at least it will be a classic, ranked with books like ‘How to win friends...’
That’s my prediction anyway. And I’m very certain the truth is somewhere in that direction...

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • How to Market a Book: Third Edition

  • Books for Writers, Book 2
  • By: Joanna Penn
  • Narrated by: Caroline Holroyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Do you want to sell more books and reach more readers? Do you want to discover how to build an author career for the long-term as well as spike your book sales right now? If you don't know much about marketing, don't worry. We all start with nothing. There are short-term tactics for those who want to boost immediate sales, but the focus of the book is more about instilling values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally useful - this is staying on my phone

  • By Luke Rirchardson on 07-09-18

Excellent summary of how to market your book

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

There's a huge amount of information to take in with this audiobook, and it's an even mix of practical checklists and conversational advice, which helps to digest it better.
Joanna clearly knows her stuff, and she evidences this throughout.
The narrator is a great stand-in for the author, as her tone and style is very similar to the author's conversational and friendly style, which helps.
However, be warned. There is no way you are going to remember everything here in audiobook format. Take it in chunks, as if you are like me, you may get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information.
My advice is to use the audiobook version to get an overview whilst on the move, but when it comes to enacting the advice, buy the book where I think the checklist style advise will come into its own.

  • Siddhartha

  • By: Hermann Hesse, Gunther Olesch - translator, Anke Dreher - translator, and others
  • Narrated by: Mike Vendetti
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Siddhartha, written by Hermann Hesse in 1920 deals with a man's lifelong search for self discovery during the time of Buddha. He grows up the son of a Brahman, and his quest for self discovery takes him through living as an asthetic until he actually meets the Buddha, but decides not to follow him, but rather discover the joys of sex and a wealth through a beautiful courtesan. He lives the life of the Playboy until one day he renounces it all to seek a more spiritual being. In the end Siddhartha does find enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational story for those finding their way in

  • By Simon Huggins on 30-12-16

Inspirational story for those finding their way in

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

I found the reader's pace, clarity, and timbre just right for the piece.
This is one of those classics of early existentialism that I just have never got around to reading, so having it in audio book form for a bargain price was perfect.
This is one of those books which I would have loved in my teens, as the central character is setting off in life - and that really is the tone of the whole book - the perpetual starter, which I can wholeheartedly relate to many years later.
The references to Buddhism might seem old hat in this day and age, but you have to remember this was written nearly a century ago, and the fable quality of writing does render it almost timeless, although there is the odd strange phraseology that reminds you of the time it was written in.
Well worth a listen, fast paced dash through a man's spiritual journey through his life, so unlikely to leave you bored. Why not give it a whirl. Might make you think.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Ambition

  • Unleashing the Conquering Drive Within You!
  • By: Jim Rohn
  • Narrated by: Jim Rohn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Ambition can be a powerful force for good in our lives. But only if it is legitimate. Sometimes misinterpreted and often misunderstood, ambition - true ambition - is not a selfish quality. It is not another word for ruthless; it is not something to be shunned or subdued. Legitimate ambition is an honorable trait. At its very best, our ambition serves us and other people. In fact, pursuing your ambition is one of the most selfless things you can do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Phenomenal!

  • By WGE Revamped on 16-11-14

Kick up the proverbial - no nonsense practicality

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

I have been hearing from a lot of people on various podcasts how Jim Rohon really set them on the past. People I respect enough to make me curious.
This did not disappoint.
It is delivered in a clipped, no-nonsense style that pulls no punches, but gives you the wake up call you need to help you just stop p***ing your life away and get on with it.
Depressed or in a malaise or just bored with life? This is a good choice to wake you up and realise it's yp to you, and that's a good thing.
Listen carefully. Throwaway lines like 'how you start your morning is everything' have undoubtedly helped spawn 101 trends in personal growth books.
Why not go back to the source?

  • Crystal Healing Crash Course for Beginners!

  • Reduce Stress, Increase Energy and Heal the Human Energy Field with Crystals and Healing Stones
  • By: Solemon Rune
  • Narrated by: Jason Lovett
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

It's time to harness the power of crystals to improve your health, wealth, and happiness today!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rushed and little detail

  • By Simon Huggins on 16-07-16

Rushed and little detail

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

Reviewed: 16-07-16

The narration was fine, but the detail was sparse. After a few brief introduction, a list of stones without any attempt to describe how they look (would have been useful on audio) given and a little on how to use them for various purposes. A bit more background on what the Chakras relate to, and the relationship of colour healing would have been helpful. Ok, but not really enough for a good introduction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful