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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (800 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spencer Johnson Narrator: John Dossett Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780743583084
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Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a series of conversations and experiences that occur up on peaks and down in valleys, the young man comes to make some startling discoveries. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

Now you can take a similar journey through the story and use what you find to your advantage in your own work and life. In the story of Peaks and Valleys, and in the bonus audio interview with Spencer Johnson, sharing exclusive insights on how to put these principles to work -- you will discover how you can:

Get Out Of A Valley Sooner

Stay On A Peak Longer

Have More Peaks And Fewer Valleys

Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 2/20/2014

    " This is a quick read (or listen on CD like I did). It was a perfect follow up to The Secret because it invoked action. I liked the concept of the "sensible vision" to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gautam Mohan | 2/18/2014

    " This book is about 2 sides of same coin Life, Peaks and Valleys,how to deal with Peaks without being arrogant and how to deal with Valleys without feeling as a looser,as they are the two sides of same LIFE... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/13/2014

    " This is a good, simple read filled with great reminders about living happy and harmoniously with yourself and others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Kirman | 2/8/2014

    " Simple (sometimes a little too simple), practical advice to manage life's ups and downs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/7/2014

    " Great principles to use in good and bad times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd Croak-falen | 2/7/2014

    " Some good lessons in here. A bit simplistic for my taste, and I could have done without the bookends (they serve no purpose whatsoever), but a helpful message nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hashim Al-Zain | 1/26/2014

    " This book made me rethink my entire view on life! I didn't read this book, I studied it! I've already red it twice and plan on reading it many more times!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tt | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoy these small thought provoking books. This book offered me different ways to view my work/life situation. When asked I will always recommend the works of Spencer Johnson, Ken Blanchard, and Patrick Lencioni. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2014

    " This book reminded me of the messages found in Paulo Coelho's books, albeit in a more straightforward manner. It's an easy read, 100 pages. It tells the story of one man and how he learned to turn his valleys (low points) into peaks (high points), a philosophy we can all benefit from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/5/2014

    " A positive way to view life told in a parable....not sure how easy it is to apply this outlook without environmental prompts to interrupt old thought patterns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fransiska Irma | 1/4/2014

    " It's simple and it has changed my life. That's how i will write about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/31/2013

    " It's a very simple message that everyone knows but sometimes need to be reminded of: Remember the valley's when you are on the peaks and vice versa. Remember and be grateful for the lessons wherever you are in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bahaa | 10/28/2013

    " i was really disappointed this time from spencer, the book seemed empty "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Rockwell | 10/23/2013

    " This was a great read. It provides an easy to follow system for getting through valleys (bad times) and staying on peaks longer (good times). Don't let go of your copy, it takes time to make these strategies into habits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Connelly | 10/19/2013

    " "Peaks and Valleys" was much slower than the preceding book, "Who Moved my Cheese." It was essentially the same message, but told in a much more boring way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree | 9/9/2013

    " I enjoyed this short, quick read, but not as much as Who Moved My Cheese. It's a decent inspirational title that gives tips about how you feel about events in your life. There is a silver lining to every cloud. When you are on the cloud, it helps if your thoughts can keep you there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/17/2013

    " one of the best ! really useful smart and inspiring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gidget Brown-l pugh | 3/15/2013

    " I read this book a number of years ago and I plan on dusting it off and rereading it this weekend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dante | 2/3/2013

    " Another business/personal motivation book. It can be read in one sitting at a bookstore, next to a large plate glass window watching the people walk by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 10/7/2012

    " The author of "Who Moved My Cheese" again writes a short story to illustrate some truths about how we can move through the peaks and valleys of life and work with greater peace and control. The insights are fairly basic, but the story communicates them in a refreshing way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Koivu | 4/3/2012

    " Self-help books are usually not my thing...and neither was this. I gave it an extra star because it's not embarrassingly horrible or too preachy and there is a redeeming philosophical quality to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcos Junior | 3/2/2012

    " Esperava mais. Um conjunto de lugares comuns, superficialidade e poucos bons insights para aproveitar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anji | 2/23/2012

    " Just seems like a "common sense" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edwin Si | 11/3/2011

    " A simple, short and intuitive story about the management of the highs and lows momemt of your life. The story is so simple and is of a common sense to anyone that sometimes we did not realize we had wasted many opportunities which come with the good times and disguised in the bad times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 10/24/2011

    " I read this for work. It was an easy read, had some nice ideas in it, but I've never been a fan of this style of writing, so it's certainly not going to rank high on my list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 9/7/2011

    " I loved Who Moved My Cheese, and I wanted to see if this was as good. Borrowed from library. Short! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faabomalik | 8/5/2011

    " Beautiful, easy to read, enjoyable and lots to learn from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fabian | 5/7/2011

    " Excellent short book that is thought provoking. I warmly recommend this to any worriers (like me). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/19/2011

    " Fun quick book about being positive and always looking to innovate and improve. Attitude! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hashim | 4/2/2011

    " This book made me rethink my entire view on life! I didn't read this book, I studied it! I've already red it twice and plan on reading it many more times!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 3/22/2011

    " Great inspiration in dealing with life's struggles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/16/2011

    " Great principles to use in good and bad times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sangeetha | 1/29/2011

    " Good, but not better than "who moved my cheese"! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faabomalik | 1/8/2011

    " Beautiful, easy to read, enjoyable and lots to learn from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/19/2010

    " A positive way to view life told in a parable....not sure how easy it is to apply this outlook without environmental prompts to interrupt old thought patterns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stan | 11/13/2010

    " I never understood why these books ever make it as best sellers.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimara | 7/30/2010

    " it's a good book. short and a bit too preachy, but overall good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 7/28/2010

    " Some good lessons in here. A bit simplistic for my taste, and I could have done without the bookends (they serve no purpose whatsoever), but a helpful message nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 6/24/2010

    " "Peaks and Valleys" was much slower than the preceding book, "Who Moved my Cheese." It was essentially the same message, but told in a much more boring way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anuradha | 6/5/2010

    " wonderful book very practical and very inspiring. tells how you are responsible for everything you have or will have, which is a fact which most people ignore unknowingly
    i truly wish that the book had pages which never ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quantum Gardener | 5/28/2010

    " I read this book over lunch. As a parable it was easy to read. And as a parable requires further thinking. I could match my own journey through peaks and valleys yet want to revisit soon in a quiet moment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 5/24/2010

    " Was given this at a conference and read it because I finished my book and was still on the plane with nothing to read on the way home. Very quick read, about an hour. Simplistic parable about how you are in control of your own happiness, really. Nice story. "

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About the Author
Author Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world’s most respected thinkers and beloved authors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, an MD from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller The One Minute Manager, and more than forty-six million copies of his books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.