FRESNO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011
I had read Howard Schultz first book and was already a fan of Starbucks but this book made me even more of a fan. Starbucks is one of those rair companies who manages to stay true to ther roots and their small store beliefs even after they turn public and have thousands of stores. But this is the story or a turn around, of seeing the problems even before they affect the bottom line, of making hard decisions, of treating their people, and customers right. I learned a lot from this book and if your at all interested in Starbucks as a company, or if you have a company that's having trubble, then I recommend this to you. The only drawback, and it's a small one is the reading style is a little slow. I wished at times that Bowlby would speed things up a bit.
The Three Simple Steps has no real new ideas, but these ideas are put in terms that make them easy to understand and to put into practice and that is its true brilliance. I have read numerous self help books in the last twenty of thirty years and non of them put the basics in such terms that allow you to follow them.
You are what you think about, has been taught through out the history of the subject, but my trouble was always how to put that into practice. Blake tells you not just to think positive, because we all know that is hard to do, but how we react to the negative thoughts that makes the difference. When a negative thought come into your head, try and think a even better, positive thought to drown it out. Think about what you hear and say, as he says, map it on your tough before you speak, change a little, change a lot.Good advice.
I had listened to "The Secret" and it all made since, but it never told you how to keep the positive thoughts in your head, to keep from getting bogged down in the negative. Blake gives you some great advice. It's the next step, at least for me.
The other two steps are to take quiet time each day to get to nothingness, that is where the great ideas come from and then have intentions, not just goals. Intentions are something that you can see as already happening, goals are something that is going to happen. It's a subtle , but important difference.
He did sometimes get bogged down in too long story telling, the stories were good, just a little to long, and the narration was just ok, but I will listen to it again.
This book has some great concepts and I did gain a lot from it, I can relate to Dyers ideas and philosophy and his idea of "I Am" is worth the price of the book. It's a way of looking at yourself and saying I am already what I want to be. Nothing new, but put in an easy to use form.
I agree with other reviewers that Dyer should have someone else narrate it, his style is not smooth and you hear a lot of pauses. Plus there is a lot of fluff, stories that do have a reason to be their but get long winded and boring. At the tend, I couldn't finish the last thirty minutes or so of it. It was just to much junk, but that being said, I am glad I listened to what I did of the book, the ideas are valuable. They just could. Have been presented better.
Charles Manson is perhaps the most famous serial killer of all time, just mention his name and you know at least part of the story, but the details are fascinating. The story is told in just enough detail to make it interesting, and Scott Brick is the perfect narrator for it. It's a very good book to listen to.
I had this in my wish list for almost a year before downloading it, I should have done it sooner. This was a detailed account of not only the building of the dam but of the reasons for it. A history of the imperial valley of California starts the book out and then the appropriation of money that took years in Congress. the story also talks about president Hover, who had little to do with the dams creation but whose name was put on it. Stories of how Hover rewrote the way events transpired in his memoirs to make himself look better was a little surprising.
The story of the construction was well don and you could picture the men at work and almost feel the heat. There is even a story of a dog who became the dams mascot that was very touching.
This was a vary detailed book and I think you need a real interest in the subject to enjoy it fully.
It was a good listen, the narration was good and fit the subject. The next time I visit the dam I shall listen to this again.
This book is full of very useful information, but don't try to read it on your commute. There's just to may things that go past as your just listening. I need to just be at home, maybe with a pen and paper or at the computer with this book. I listen to a lot of audio books with my hour and a half commute each day and I started to listen to this one on that commute, but decided it';s best to leave this one fore a time when I can really listen.
I knew little about Lyndon Johnson before reading this book, yet having lived through his presidency as a young boy, and being fascinated with this period in history I was drawn to this book. I came away knowing that Johnson was a shrewd politician, a manipulator of men, a lier and the perfect person to be vice president when John Kennedy was killed. This book covers the period of time up until his first state of the union address in January 1964 in great detail, but it's hardly ever boring.
His intuitive knowledge of how to keep the government running, his ability to keep the Kennedy men on and working for him, thus keep some communality in the government was brilliant, especially given the fact that most of those men regarded Johnson a “corn pone” He was not educated at an ivy league school, did not have the family linage of JFK, yet he had the working knowledge of how to get a bill through congress that Kennedy didn't have. He was able to get part of Kennedy's agenda passed at just the right time, and then continuing to move forward with his own agenda.
The story was good, Grover Gardner's narration was good, not great but I wanted to continue to listen till the end. I will be looking for the next book in the series.
I was in my first year of high school in 1970 and a Beatles fan, I remember the newspaper story telling of the Beatles brake up. I was sad and for several years I wondered around trying to find something that excited me, but I was not a fan of the other three this book followed. In fact, I thought I would go back and visit their music after all these years and see if I was missing something. I was not. I didn't likle their music then and I don't like that music now ; but that being said I enjoyed this book. It was a much about the times as the groups and it was interesting hearing about the trials and tribulations of creative people trying to make music while personal issues pushed them apart. Sean Runnette's reading was very good, perfect for the story and the music it talked about. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who lived through that period of time. Oh, and by the way, after drifting through old 50s rock for a couple of years I heard Deep Purple's Machine head album and was hooked. I've been a hard rock fan ever since.
I had read The Hell's Angels back in high school in the 70s, well before I began riding motorcycles myself. It was a good read then and an even better audio book now. The story will make you cringe at one moment and laugh the next. The Angles are part of American folklore. Hoodlums that are feared my most of the rest of us, yet they hold a certain kind of fascination. The modern day outlaw, riding on his steel ride across the land with little regard for the law. Of course, reality does get in the way.
Thompson tells it like it is, not glorifying the Angles but seeing them for who they are. At the same time, he understands them and seems to have a bond with them. He rides with them, parties with them and in the end gets a beating from them. This is a good book if you ride or not, a look back at part of American life in the 60s without the rose colored glasses that so often go on when this era is talked about. It was not all peace and love.
Scott Sowers is the perfect narrator for this book. His gritty delivery fits perfectly and you feel like your riding right along with Thompson. I have been listening to audio book for over a year now and this is perhaps the best fit of any book-narrator.
I have been familiar with the law of attraction, which The Secret deals with, for many years and have read several books dealing with it. But, and it is a big but, applying the law to your life is hard. The law is simple, you are your thoughts, and what you think about you are. think thoughts of abundance and abundance will come to you. The hard part is applying the law, you read a book, try to put the ideas into practice and it works for a few days or a week or two and then your back to your old ways. Negative thoughts trickle back into your mind and your back to where you started.
With this audio production of The Secret, (which I have listened to it a total of four times in the past three weeks) I find that when I get into a negative mood, or need a little boost, I put it on. I like the way it takes the listener through various areas of your life where one would need help. Money, relationships, health and wellness. It is concise, with not a lot of fluff, and it has a variety of different people who narrate it, making it a lively listen. Other reviewers have said that the music that they use make it dated but I find the music to be timeless and very appropriate to the subject.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve there life, to get out of a rut of negative thinking. In fact, I thought I had been a fairly positive person before I listened to this book but found that a lot of my thoughts were dragging me down. The Secret has made me think about my thinking, and some of it was stinkin thinking.
I'm 57, so I grew up with the Beatles and I knew most of the story, but not in this detail. It has just enough history of the four Beatles to give you an idea of who they were before they became Famous, and their life during and after Beatlemania gives you an idea of what they went through. The old saying "be careful what you which for, you might just get it" comes to mind. When the Beatles said, in 1962-63 that they were going to be the toppermost of the poppermost, they certainly got that. But by 1966, they may have wished for a little less. I greatly enjoyed this book, and Alfred Molina's narration was very good. Perfect for this subject.
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