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Thrive

Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

In Thrive, Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and one of the most influential women in the world, has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. She likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. It may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg – a Third Metric for defining success – in order to live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and two daughters. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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The reader can't pronounce words!

English is not the first language of the reader. She mispronounces words and it seems as though she really struggles with fluent sentences.

For a book which is 10 hours+ this results in a not very enjoyable experience.

Te content is great; the reading is appalling.

Read the book, don't listen to it!

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Narrator is brilliant!

I would certainly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to take a step back from the day-to-day however I wanted to correct some of the hate for the narrator in other review. The narrator is what makes this audiobook great. She is Agapi Stassinopoulos who I believe is the sister of Arianna Huffington.

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Limited applicability/relevance

Narrator is not very easy and enjoyable to listen to. Strong accent and confusing pronunciation make it at times more difficult to follow.

Certainly an interesting read for people that are addicted to social media but structure and reference to research/theory fell below my expectations after listening to the introduction.

Books seems like a very personal story that I would find difficult to apply to my or other people's lives even though I can imaging people having the need to disconnect and seeing value in being reminded about this fact or getting a list of apps that stop you from checking email /social media.

I would recommend reading better structured books with clear exercises on specific topics that you would want to improve yourself. However I believe that writing about a third metric / self-awareness / work-life balance / living a less stressful live is an important first step to change the current mindset - and can be impactful if the message comes from someone as senior and commercially focused as the author.

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Dreadful Narrator!

Very disappointing and the ruination of what may well be a decent book by a 'shouter' who someone deemed fit to narrate! I wanted to Thrive not go deaf.

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Best mindfulness book so far

Highly recommended for busy women always on the go. Wonderfully narrated, with rich examples and easy techniques to put in to practice.

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Would have like it more if i'd bought a hard copy

The content of this book does not stand up to other similar books I have listened too. There are *some* interesting 'facts' but it doesnt really take you anywhere. The narrator is not suitable to listen to at all , a very thick and harsh accent, If I had listened to a preview I would not have purchased this (and that is being polite)

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Life affirming

if you have at any point suffered from burnout or hit a point in your life where you feel something HAS to change, read this!

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Not what expected

I thought this book was going to be more business related but half way through I’m finding it really hard to finish. Also to be honest the authors voice is a tad annoying which was ok when I though it was Arianna reading it but it’s not. Would not have bought if i’d Known the actual content

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wonderful content

fantastic, full of passion and actionable tips and great advice, I really loved this and will listen to over and over. Recommended for those who just feel a bit...."icky" about the material and selfish way we can sometimes find ourselves living.

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Nothing new here

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

I thought this would give good advice on work life balance. instead, a bunch of statistics and vaguely new age recommendations that lead nowhere. It touches on lots of subjects (meditation) that are much better covered elsewhere. this is a woman who beseeches us all to turn off our phones, but launches an app to help us do so. The narration is awful, the accent so thick that, if nothing else, its unintentionally funny at times (as she pronounces 'focus' as 'f**k -us). Buy '10% happier' instead.

Would you ever listen to anything by Arianna Huffington again?

no

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Agapi Stassinopoulos?

Anyone who can speak english

Could you see Thrive being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

avoid

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  • Dionne James
  • 05-02-19

Too much stats not enough personality!

The concept of this book is great. It began well but soon became apparent there were too many references to statistics of previous studies, which I didn’t care to know about. I was interested in what formula worked for a successful woman such as Arianna. I got what I wanted but the extra stats were unnecessary and spoilt the enjoyment of what could have been a great read/listen.

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  • Jo
  • 01-11-18

insightful and refreshing

A great personal story. Helpful reminder to focus on what is important. Thank you for your wisdom Arianna.

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  • Geraldine young
  • 20-02-17

Grateful life changing

I really enjoyed the this read & the journey to my new life of thriving. It was good for my soul.

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  • Candice Macalua
  • 17-10-14

Turned me into a "sleep" enthusiast ;)

If you could sum up Thrive in three words, what would they be?

Practical, Informative, Commonsensical.

What did you like best about this story?

I don't have a particular favorite but I do love in general that she cited a lot of examples of big shot industry players who made "rest and sleep" a priority and improved the quality of their lives.

Have you listened to any of Agapi Stassinopoulos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first, and I totally dig that she speaks like Arianna. Great job!

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

None.

Any additional comments?

After listening to the book, I tried to tweak my sleeping habit. I used to sleep 3-4 hours a day. Now after reading the book, I am making conscious healthy changes in my lifestyle. Now I get to sleep 8 hrs a day with a 1 hour nap in the afternoon. My brain is more alert and I have more energy which in return makes me more productive. I can accomplish more projects which gives me more income. More importantly, while doing my own day to day tasks - I still get to enjoy the company of my husband at the end of the day and not complain anymore of being so tired and stressed. This book helped me jumpstart creating changes towards a healthy life, rather than the downward spiral that I'm heading which is being burned out. Life is simple - Eat well. Sleep well. Live well :)