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Double Bay, Australia

  • 8 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 74 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Really enjoyed it!"
    If you could sum up The Pixar Touch in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, accurate, exciting

    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    It was clear and not over dramatic

    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was a fantastic audio book. I personally really enjoyed it because I am in the computer graphics industry. But I do think this would make a great listen for everyone who is even remotely interested in computer graphics or computer science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "OK but not fantastic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to a complete history buff. But for someone like me, not really. After having listened to all of Dan Carlings hardcore history this one seems a bit lame. Its a very well researched book but as a story it is a bit boring. The story is told using the same language they used in writing in John Adams time and I feel like I am reading one of those history books from the 50's we had in High School. To me its a bit of a lost opportunity.

    What three words best describe Nelson Runger’s voice?

    Old school, strong, flat.

    Was John Adams worth the listening time?

    Not really. This is the first book from Audible that i did not finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    smartchickdina says: "Read by the author, my eye!"
    "Oustanding. Inspiring."
    What did you love best about Total Recall?

    It was impossible to stop listening. His story is simply awesome.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Total Recall?

    His bodybuilding years were great.

    What about Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger ’s performance did you like?

    It really did not feel like i was listening to someone else than Arnold. His tone was great.

    Any additional comments?

    Best bio sofar.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

    Wade says: "The Casey Anthony Saga - required reading"
    "Outstanding. My favourite audiobook sofar."
    What did you love best about Imperfect Justice?

    The narrator, Jeff Ashton was phenomenal.
    Well spoken, with just the right amount of emotion.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It got me hooked. I literally drove around in my car for hours after work just listening.

    What does Jeff Ashton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Its different to hear form the guy who lived it. Makes it feel like you are there.

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

    ha. No

    Any additional comments?

    I cant recommend this book enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "Very useful for some type of start ups"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah I sure would. I think its a must read for anyone in the process or that is planning to launch a start up. Not all of it will be relevant to your business but I'd be very surprised if anyone didn't find something in here that is directly helpful.

    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was how the stories were real life examples. The author wasn't trying to justify selling you some silly 10-step approach or similar. This book is based on real examples from real businesses.

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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No not me. There was too much information to digest in one sitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "Seriously, who falls for this crap?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was certainly not for me. Its just another one of those "fluff" books where the author tries to fool you into thinking that they have the simple answer to all the complicated problems in your professional and personal life. What this book repeats over and over again is that all you need to succeed is to be positive and never give up. How do you get there according to the book? -By deluding yourself with repeated monologues of course.

    Although confidence is an important part of the mindset of a successful person, its far from the whole package. And in some cases its pure madness to just be positive and keep on pushing when you are clearly on the wrong track.

    Has Think and Grow Rich turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely. I got this book from the "business" section. This is not business, this is cheap pop psychology and in my opinion does more harm than good. In the future I'll be sure to screen the books I choose a bit more carefully.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Synnestvedt?

    The narrator was fine.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Think and Grow Rich?

    I would have made it into one chapter perhaps of a motivational book for people with very low self esteem.

    Any additional comments?

    Although feeling empowered for a short period of time, most people reading this book will not benefit at all from it. Eventually that initial empowerment will fade and they move on to the next "scam", probably from Tony Robbins or some equally naked emperor. In my personal experience, the people I know that listen to and believe this rubbish are "self help" junkies and they are without exception failures in life in every single way.

    They are often the same kind of people who get caught in Amway style pyramid scams or new age healing courses.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

    morton says: "This great audio was originally called The Knack!"
    "Well written, engaging and very useful"
    Would you listen to Street Smarts again? Why?

    Yes I would. So much good information for any small business owner and Im sure I missed something.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is very relevant to anyone that has a small business or who is about to start one. This book is full of great business insights that you can apply immediately to your own business.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite part was the part where he explained the importance of high gross margins. I immediately made some changes to my own business after hearing that part.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, almost. Took about two days.

    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David J. Schwartz
    • Narrated By David J. Schwartz

    Millions of people throughout the world have improved their lives using The Magic of Thinking Big. Dr. David J. Schwartz, long regarded as one of the foremost experts on motivation, will help you sell better, manage better, earn more money, and - most important of all - find greater happiness and peace of mind.

    Brittany says: "Life-changing literature."
    "Same old same old"
    What disappointed you about The Magic of Thinking Big?

    There was nothing new to learn. Same as Think and grow Rich but in a simplified format. The whole book could have been written in one paragraph rather than several hours of just repeating the same thing over and over.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it was written in an engaging way.

    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if this is a business book. Comes across more as a self help book for seriously disadvantaged individuals. Like Tim Robbins for kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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