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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Make Your Bed, written and read by William H. McRaven.

The incredible number one New York Times best seller.

Make your bed to change the world....

'What starts here changes the world' was the university slogan that inspired William H. McRaven to take charge of the small things that could change his life...and even the world. Here McRaven shares the 10 life-changing principles he learned during his 37 years as a Navy SEAL. These 10 philosophies helped him to overcome challenges not only in his career but also throughout his life. What's more anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves, and the world, for the better....

Begin each day with a simple task, help one another through life, respect everyone, know that your life won't be fair and that you will fail often, take risks, step up when times are tough, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up.

Do these things, and we will live in a far better world than the one before it....

Told with great humility and optimism, this timeless book provides simple and universal wisdom, practical advice and words of encouragement that will inspire listeners to achieve more even in life's darkest moments.

©2017 William H. McRaven (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic Reviews

"Superb, smart, succinct." ( Forbes)
"A book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything they can." ( The Wall Street Journal)

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overall great content

inspirational stuff. wish it went longer especially the stories about seal training and combat, but guess that's what his other books are for..

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Great life lessons

Make your bed is filled with 10 life lessons that are memorable and universal for any situation we find ourselves.

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a summary of life's biggest pains

The life of the author is filled with impressive events and the narrative shows the strength of character he needed to overcome each of them. i didn't feel motivated by the book though. each chapter described an even greater drama than the previous, up to the point where I could not listen anymore to the last couple of chapters. While you develop as a reader sympathy for the author, I wonder if it is meant as a autobiography or as a motivational book. In my opinion, the book does not motivate, it rather showcases the tragedy of life.

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Good life lessons

Interesting how much Navy Seal training teaches you about life. The Admiral is very admirable.

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he repeat many times the same histoy

after the first hour, I was able to repeat the histories of the book, he repeats the same all through the book.

Definitely, I don't recommend this one,, however, the positive thing is that I´m making my bed every day.

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Excepcional 🙌

Este es un libro para darte humildad, confianza y valor en los momentos que más lo necesitas. Contiene grandes lecciones de vida.

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Sublime guidance

I don't have anything to do with military, but this speech and book has impressed me and guided me for the last few years.
It is a short book but you can read it or hear it many times and always find something new and underdtand deeper it's content.

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Missed opportunity

Basic. On the surface. Emotionless. Detached. Seems like the book was produced in one day. I genuinelly believe that Admiral has some nice and inspiring stories to tell. But he did not put the effort to tell them to us. This short book felt like an avarega ad to become a navy seal. I recommend listening to Cant hurt me by David Goggins as that is a verz similiar book in terms of its topic and goal, but is just SO MUCH better.

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Excellent, Concise.

Great book/listen. Some peculiar repetitions, but the whole experience was great and is recommended for anyone to take part of.

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Skip it

This book is so trivial. If you like sentences like "Don't give up" this may be your book, if not skip it.

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  • 04-21-19

compelling advice, but...

Some great examples here, from someone who's clearly been through a lot, and his approach to life has helped him do this.
However if you have no interest in the military, or the elite squads, or how awesome commander X was, the constant military terms are quite tiresome.

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  • 04-04-18

Some good stories and points but quite short.

Once you get to the points of do one task like make your bed and never quit there wasn't much else apart from how hard Seal training is. I felt there was more which could of been told.

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  • Mr.Gerard Gallagher
  • 12-08-19

For U S Army

This book should have a warning that you need to be a member of the. U S Army to understand

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  • Steve V
  • 08-07-17

A guide for life

Would you consider the audio edition of Make Your Bed to be better than the print version?

Any book narrated by the author will have an extra "something" compared to the printed version and this book is no different.

What did you like best about this story?

The short chapters make this an easy book to "dip into".

What about Admiral William H. McRaven’s performance did you like?

The Admiral isn't a trained actor or performer but this adds to the authenticity and enhances his genuine respect for those who have guided and influenced his life.

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I would like to think one day the Admiral will write a more extensive autobiography and share an insider's view of the World we now live in and it's recent history.

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  • Tracey
  • 01-15-19

to the point, no waffle.

Excellent. The last chapter is the perfect summary and something I'll keep referring back to.

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  • Joe M.
  • 02-25-19

A Guide

I’m a final year college student and I am beginning to form the habits that will last me the the rest of my life (good and bad).
I try to listen to this book every second month or so, to focus myself up and ensure that I get the most from my life, outstanding book.

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  • Tim
  • 08-03-17

Mind blowing!

This book and it's author are both inspiring and incredible. I highly recommend it and look forward to listening again!

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  • H7178
  • 07-06-17

good information that simplify life and thoughts.

it was well contextualised and put things in perspective. could.relate.to the lessons learnt and inherent in the military manner.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-13-18

Less is most definitely more.

No need for flowery prose when the best lessons are simple.

Accent isn't the easiest at first but coming from the author gave the narrative greater authority.

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  • Ash
  • 05-15-22

OK but very short

if you have already seen the speech then there is not much point in reading this. the narrator is good and the story is good but I would have liked to learn know more about him

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  • Zoran Stopar
  • 07-18-21

Great guide for anyone

This book solidified what I already applied in my life to be a better human and to inspire others to be better every day. Admiral MacRaven writes it in pure military sense and with great comparisons to the process of training for the SEAL.
Great book for younger generation that strive to be the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-18

Life changing

I absolutely loved this book! Not only were the stories real, but the narrating had me on the edge of my seat and it had me crying, laughing, and cheering along the way. Although I thoroughly enjoyed it I did find it somewhat confronting at the same time. When someone can relay stories of such unimaginable occurances of some incredible men to get across the morals that are very relevant in your life is crazy! I have learnt alot about myself through listening to this and have identified not only some of my strengths, but also how to deal with some of my weaknesses.
A very powerful story indeed, absolutely loved it.

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  • Seeker
  • 07-23-17

Best audio book of all time.

This audio book teaches you 10 simple but very effective ways of improving not only your life but the life's of those around you. Thank you very much Admiral McRaven

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-21

Great simple strategies to change your life.

Start the day by making your bed. Sounds simple and it is so true. One properly completed task at the beginning of the day compounds into many tasks being completed that day. I tried it and it works.
The author narrates his works. The admiral is easy to listen to and tells of many of his personal experiences while training and being a Navy Seal throughout the book. It’s a brief book full of simple concepts you can put into practice daily to improve your life and accept and overcome the times when life is not fair. I enjoyed and recommend this audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-18

Recommended quick and useful.

Practical, easy to implement ideas and an entertaining book.
The narrator is pleasent to listen to, and the book is short and succinct.

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  • winston
  • 08-23-18

change you life or the world

never ever give up, face down the bullies, make you bed. change your self or the world.

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  • FiFi
  • 07-13-18

Awesome audio

Life changing perspective at its simplest. it's pearls of wisdom are straight to the point and easy to remember and apply.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

great book!

this was an amazing book, such great life lessons and so applicable to every day life. this book has changed my outlook on life and encouraged me to try harder at everything I do.

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  • Chat
  • 08-17-17

great book

Simple, effective and to the point. easy book to take in . great to listen to for a short book

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  • Lyn
  • 06-27-22

Uplifting and easy to follow

I liked it because it was easy to understand with practical commonsense advice to be a better person therefore helping to make the whole of humankind mentally stronger, compassionate and kinder to one another.