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Michael

Greenback, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 66 titles in library
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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2501)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1527)

    This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from readers who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

    Jason says: "My favorite book for encouragement!"
    "Great information...audio not the best"
    Overall

    I bought this book in paperback first and was very impressed with the content. There are several KEY thought-changing perspectives that can help you unlock your mind and figure out how you want to structure your work-life. Great information.

    I could never find the time to finish reading it so I bought the audio version. I was able to find the time to listen to it on my commute to work so that part of the audio was good. However, there are two things that made listening to the book difficult for me. One was that Tim provides a LOT of web links and references that people can use as life-tools which the narrator read VERBATIM. That made those sections of the book incredible monotonous. The other small irritation that got worse as the book went along was that the narrator sounded somewhat sarcastic. That's ok for a little while but by the end of the 8 hours or so of listening, I was glad I was finished with it.

    I'll refer back to my hard copy of the book but I won't listen to the audio version again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Body Language: How to Succeed in Every Business and Social Encounter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tonya Reiman
    • Narrated By Tonya Reiman
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    The Power of Body Language is your practical, personal playbook for getting what you desire from others—and zoning in on what others are saying to you without words. In an insightful and engaging narrative peppered with fascinating facts, nationally renowned body-language expert Tonya Reiman illuminates the hidden meaning behind specific gestures, facial cues, stances, and body movements, giving you a life-changing, career-saving, troubleshooting skill.

    morton says: "Helpful in All Areas of Life"
    "So-so...some good information but lacking focus"
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    I learned some good information about body language and perception from this book but I feel that it needed to be better focused on teaching people how to analyse themselves and implement techniques for adjusting their own body language to meet what they desired to be and feel. It did a little of that but there was too much insignificant fluff that clouded it.

    I would be ok with the author leaving out ALL of the tips for how to seduce the opposite sex. I felt like the subject drifted into instructions for hookers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1074)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Garbage...wasted my credit!"
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    Liberal philosophy from a self-described atheist......NOT what I expected....NOT what I wanted!

    This book should include a statement in the preface that states clearly that the views expressed in this book are from a liberal atheist (self-described inside the book). In fact, it should be disclosed in the book's title and/or description so readers will know what the fundamental viewpoint is of the writer.

    I was expecting a more scientific analysis of happiness like "The Happiness Advantage" or "The Myth of Stress", both of which I really enjoyed, but what it turned out to be is a lot of questions without answers (typical philosophy) from a VERY far left thinker.

    On a personal note, we don't need more socialist-liberal-utopian-government-should-control-our-lives thinking. We need more honor-integrity-hard-work-take-responsibility-for-your-actions-government-by-the-people-for-the-people-freedom thinking.

    More disclosure should have been done about the direction of the content. I would have NEVER purchased the book had I known more about the author!

    Note to self.....The phrase, "Don't judge a book by its cover" can go both ways. Seriously disappointed!!

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9957)
    Performance
    (4456)
    Story
    (4470)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Very interesting look behind the curtain."
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    The book mades many facsinating insights about the real story of the "successful". I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Esteem: Your Fundamental Power

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Caroline Myss
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    What is self-esteem? A type of confidence? Or something far greater? In Self-Esteem, best selling author Caroline Myss casts a new light on this often misunderstood subject, redefining self-esteem as an actual core power that is essential to our evolutionary progress.

    Jill M. Stecher says: "A great listen for those ready to change."
    "VERBAL & MENTAL SPAGHETTI. Waste of time & money"
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    I was extremely disappointed with this "book" (which turned out not to be a book at all). It's a live recording of a Self-Esteem seminar. I would probably have been ok with that format if it were organized in a very efficient and effective way but unfortunately it isn't. She might be using notes to make sure she covers all the topics but the continuity is terrible. If you've heard the comparison between people that think like a spaghetti noodle and those that think like waffles, you will understand what I mean. Each point is laced into a mesh of diverging and converging thoughts which makes it very difficult to build a mental strategy for dealing with low self-esteem. Most of the audio is spent just "talking" about the fact that people suffer from low self esteem. The benefit of the traditional book format is completely lost in this seminar version but to be honest, the content is so weak that a "book" format probably wouldn't have helped.

    To make matters worse, when the moment finally arrived to actually DO something to improve self-esteem, you're given a very short (15 minute) exercise instruction. It was like digging three feet into the ground to recover a peanut. NOT recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
    • Narrated By Cotter Smith
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (846)

    Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
    The Millionaire Mind.

    Amazon Customer says: "Its OK to drive a Taurus!!"
    "Not nearly as interesting as I thought it would be"
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    I thought this was going to be an interesting inside view into the lives of millionaires....who they are....how they got there. In fairness, I suppose it has some of that but it's delivered with a level of excitement comparabe to an accounting teacher reading from an Excel spreadsheet. The book could be reduced to a pamphlet-sized document that says, "If you aren't getting rich, you're spending too much money."...... over and over and over.

    Initially I was very excited about this book but it turned into a struggled to find the will power to finish it. If it weren't for the fast-forward button, I wouldn't have made it. Particularly frustrating was the authors tendency to explain a simple subject with nauseating repetition. He went on and on and on about the right and wrong way to buy a car (according to millionaires of course). After I got the point, I rode the FF button a long time to get through that section.

    Besides the repetition, the authors tone was the next most irritating quality. It wasn't enough to just explain methods millionaires us to be successful....he presents it in terms of smart vs. dumb. The frugal people do everything right and the non-wealthy people do EVERYTHING wrong. It was so heavily biased that I expected him to say that non-wealthy people produce ugly babies. He gives lots of kudos for people that don't take vacations, don't buy nice things, and save every penny while those that travel the world and/or enjoy doing things that require spending money are presented as inferior. I don't want to be too hard on the author but his presentation makes me think that he would charaterize Ebenezer Scrooge as one of the "smart" people.

    The book provides interesting information about the habits of wealthy people but I was left with the highly unexpected feeling that I wasn't sure I wanted to be like them. Most of them try to live as close to poverty as possible. Memories of special occasions are described by most people I know as priceless. These people appear to prefer a mizer's life of pinching every penny. No thanks.....

    PS. He LOVES the word "prodigious". That word actually got stuck in my head and echoed for days after listening to this book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Figure Second Income: How to Start and Grow a Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jonathan Rozek, David Lindahl
    • Narrated By David Lindahl, Jonathan Rozek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Here are proven methods for building an online income stream. Maybe you dream of making money with an online business, but haven’t tried so far because you’d have to quit your current job and enter the risky world of Internet startups. Or because you think you need lots of capital and way too much time. If these reasons sound familiar, Dave Lindahl and Jon Rozek beg to differ.

    Katrina says: "not quite second income"
    "Disappointed. Not the content I expected."
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    The description of this book sounds like a BROAD discussion on the subject of creating a lucrative online business. In reality, it focuses on creating an "Information" product like an e-book. Since there is so much information available for free on the web these days, the chances of making any real money for most people with info-products is extremely slim. Look through Ebay or Amazon at all the e-books that sell for less than 10 cents. If you want to learn how to create an info-product and sell it online, this will be an interesting read but if you want to learn how to make money doing anything else online, you will likely be disappointed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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