50 Self-Help Classics

  • by Tom Butler-Bowdon
  • Narrated by Jack Garrett
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Discover the books that have already changed the lives of millions. This award-winning, unabridged guide to the "literature of possibility" surveys 50 of the all-time classics, giving you their key ideas, insights, and applications, everything you need to know to start benefiting from these legendary works.
From the ancient teachings of Buddha and The Bhagavad-Gita, to the early American wisdom of Emerson and Thoreau, to such contemporary giants as Wayne Dyer, Joseph Campbell, Daniel Goleman, and Norman Vincent Peale, these are the most influential thinkers and motivators spanning the world's religions, cultures, philosophies, and centuries.
As you hear more about the landmark works of such blockbuster best-selling authors as Deepak Chopra, Phil McGraw, Anthony Robbins, Marianne Williamson, and more, you will learn how to:

Change your thoughts to change your life
Set goals and follow your dreams
Appreciate your depth
Transform yourself and your world


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Customer Reviews

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Must-have for anyone interested in Self-Help Books

This one is the best purchase I've made on audible.com to this date. I enjoy reading a variety of Self-Help / Motivational books, but with as much as there is out there today, you often just don't know where to start. This audio gives you an introduction to many fascinating books I would have never thought about picking up before and lets you get past the ones you don't enjoy in minutes. There are some recurring themes in some books and some basic happiness principles suddenly become clear, others I want to explore further. Everyone will have different favorites, but I can see why some of these books have topped the best seller lists for many years running. Some are already on my bookshelf, but maybe I wasn't ready for them when I bought them years ago, after listening to this, I am ready to revisit them!!
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- Alexa

Surprisingly Interesting

I expected this book to be a "Cliff Notes" for the big name Self Help Books, I didn't expect it to be so interesting. Not only are books and people I never expected included (the Bible, Ben Franklin, Marcus Aurelius), the historical perspectives and background into the author's lives made this a very accessable jaunt through the Philosophy of the past few millenium.

The author does give you a pretty good overview of the "Essence" of each book, as well as the points of both the critics and fans of the book. I really apreciated the historical insight - I never realized Dale Carnegy's "How to Make Friends and Influence People" was ground breaking for his time. The biographys of the authors are well done too - I'm not big into Louise Hay's "New Age" healing, but I have to admit I have more respect for her after hearing the things she's overcome in her life.

One of the most thought-provoking points of the book was in the introduction. Yes, it seems like we're swamped with self-help books these days - but the author points out that we're also facing a dizzying array of options and freedom that our ancestors never imagined. There's no shame in taking advantage of as much self-help as we can get...

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- Cathy Dopp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2006
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC