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The Essence of Success

By: Earl Nightingale
Narrated by: Earl Nightingale
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Publisher's Summary

Discover Earl Nightingale's legendary problem-solving program.

This audiobook is divided into ten volumes. Volumes I through VI help you develop an excellent attitude, enhance your self-esteem, foster your creative genius, set and achieve goals, harness your mind's power, and explain the elements of personal growth. Volumes VII and VIII deal with critical success factors such as writing skills, public speaking skills, effective communication skills, and fostering excellent relationships. Volumes IX and X will teach you how to achieve success and happiness throughout your life. Experience the magic that started the personal and professional development industry and created Nightingale-Conant.

©1989, 2002 Earl Nightingale (P)1989, 2002 Nightingale Conant

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Classic !

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An absolutely brilliant piece of work! This audio program is a goldmine of information on almost every conceivable subject including: The importance of attitude, Enthusiasm, Listening skills, Public speaking tips, Writing tips, How to deliver a talk, The purpose of life, Goal setting, Happiness, Cultivating a healthy self-image, Marriage, What to teach your children, Being calm in a crazy world, The power of persistence, Imagination , Dealing with change, Risk taking, Cultivating creativity, Traits of a good leader, Overcoming stress, Patience, Developing good friendships and much more. Im blown away at how much value I received from this one book, I'm truly grateful to the author for taking the time to put it together. As an author myself, I can only imagine how much work it took to finish this project. It is truly an amazing piece of work.

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Inspirational

I usually don't write reviews but this program is inspirational. A real awaking experience to the truth that you can be and do what you want in life if your heart is really in it and you have the necessary mental attitude. It takes you on a journey through several volumes which really make you question what you really want out of life. listened through and I'm going to listen again 10 stars!

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The goto best self help book out there!

I rarely write reviews however I was a little skeptical and curious about this book. I just got done listening to it and I'm astonished on how good this audio book was! Earl Nightingale narrating it was the icing on the cake :) I've read and listened to many authors on these self help/progressive topics and now I know where it all came from... The original self help guru and author Mr. Earl Nightingale! I love it! thank you!

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Great book really recommend it

This is a great book with key information to help anyone succeed. It is a complete book for anyone who is actively developing themselves.

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Amazing!

This is truly the essence of success! This is a must for anyone looking to accomplish something amazing with their life!

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Ahhhh, Earl!

Absolutely love Earl Nightingale. Even after listening to this entire program, I wish there was more.

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It is a guide for life!

Wonderful lessons for personal growth one of the best audiobooks I have! He is truly a wise man. A must have!

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Meant for success!!

There isn't anything I disliked! I loved it!
I wish I had bought this audio book sooner!

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Good Information, but Redundant and Annoying.

This book has some great insights and ideas. Earl is brilliant. But for me, it's one of the most annoying listens ever. First, there is a narrator that attempts to summarize each chapter before and after Earl speaks. Unlike Earl, the narrator is BORING.

Each chapter is divided into many audio clips of Earl over the years. Some of the recordings are old, difficult to hear, and outdated. Some of Earl's wisdom is repeated throughout the book in various clips from different talks that Earl has given. At least 10 times in this book I thought "wait a minute, I heard this already".

WORST OF ALL, for me, is the horrible music that precedes and follows each clip and chapter. If you removed the narrator, annoying music, outdated clips, and redundancies, you could cut about 5 hours off the length of this book and it would be a MUCH better listen.

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Earl is a classic

This is a great collection of Nightingale wisdom he's been gone for many years but the accuracy of the message never ages. A true gem

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  • elizabeth nyamekye
  • 04-08-15

Brilliant

Beyond measure! I am happy I spent that money it is worth. Every penny. Excellent

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  • deepak
  • 07-25-15

An apt title

Would you listen to The Essence of Success again? Why?

Yes. This book has so much in the way of treasure. I keep going back over it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Essence of Success?

Yes, all of it... I'm defiantly a fan.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There really is too many to list. Just start from the beginning. I think most people will find most of the content very useful.

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It felt as though I was listening to someone who embodied integrity and honour. Such correctness made me want to stand upright. There was also the relaxed soothing delivery in the authors voice.

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  • Owi
  • 05-09-17

Patient and persistence required

The audio book is full of many nuggets..shared in part by other authors.
* Create a time for thinking
* Plan your day etc.
The listen was long...

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  • Kelly Quint
  • 02-08-17

Not as good as the tape cassette version

Would you listen to The Essence of Success again? Why?
Bears repeat listening, if you can find a way of converting the audio files to remove Steve Kings' annoying preambles and interruptions.

What did you like best about this story?
Episodic format

What aspect of Earl Nightinale’s performance might you have changed?
Unfortunately, Steve King, the other narrator that introduces the passages gets in the way - the original version was just Earl. You keep thinking, "Yeah-yeah, Steve, enough already, STFU!".

Steve's introductions are utterly superfluous and pad out the audiobook with preambles of each part that Earl manages to speak himself anyway about the subject with considerable more brevity, avuncular warmth and authority. Steve seems cheesy by comparison.

Nightingale-Conant in the early days messed around far less with its archive material.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
no, it is 16 hours, probably an hour of that is padding of Steve King's cheesy 'gee whizz' comments.

Any additional comments?
The original audio has been slightly sped up and the background music is entirely unnecessary.

lacks chapter markings

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  • M
  • 04-29-16

Simple rules to live by

A classic with simple rules to help you think positively and move forward. I will listen to it again.

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  • ALAN MELROSE
  • 08-07-15

Loved it.

Very thought provoking. Loads of ideas and ways to challenge yourself and become the person you want to be.
A must have if you want to improve in life.

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  • EffMercedes
  • 10-26-15

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What disappointed you about The Essence of Success?

Long-winded, tedious way of saying think positive.

What could Earl Nightingale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Offered more concrete advice with exercises.

How could the performance have been better?

Reader was good but content empty. Very dissatisfying.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Essence of Success?

I wouldn't have commissioned this.

Any additional comments?

refund please.

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  • Lorenzo
  • 02-28-19

Fantastic and practical

Absolutely practical and fantastic advice from a clearly very wise and experienced speaker. Really pleased to have purchased this

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  • terry
  • 05-11-17

really enjoyed this

it's one of those listening experiences you will repeat a few times . you can't listen to this book once you got to return to it

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  • Roi Ostrovsky
  • 08-09-22

A pleasure for the ears, mind, and soul.

Earl is an exceptional orator, and has wonderful ideas that enlighten and inspire. The richness of his vocabulary only adds to the experience. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-20

wonderful

loved it, insightful and a humble reality check. i will listen to it again and apply the advise with gusto!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-18

Amazing book

Earl is easily understood, and a joy to listen to. Talks in a calm and knowledgeable fashion. So many gems in this audio