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Michael Williams

St. Croix, Virgin Islands United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
    • Narrated By Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

    Michael Williams says: "Do this and you have the answer."
    "Do this and you have the answer."
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    If you could sum up The ONE Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Where do I start talking about a book so transformative it leaves you in awe of the potential in yourself. I have been a lifelong student of business and life and I am awash with new vigor after listening to the book. I also own the hard copy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The One Thing. So simple, so unbelievably profound.


    What does Timothy Miller and Claire Hamilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like Claire's voice outlining and reinforcing core elements. Nice touch. I liked Tim too all excellent.


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

    Yes. A few laughs yes. No crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Do this. Get the book and do what they lay out. In my life I've achieved really cool milestones but still feel like it's not enough. Family, relationships, business, spiritually, all benefit from the strategy for better living in this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Overbooked

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Becker
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Tourism, fast becoming the largest global business, employs one out of 12 persons and produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. In a groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Becker uncovers how what was once a hobby has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, and cultural heritage. This invisible industry exploded at the end of the Cold War. In 2012 the number of tourists traveling the world reached one billion. Now everything can be packaged as a tour....

    Michael Williams says: "Complaint fest. All complaint no solutions"
    "Complaint fest. All complaint no solutions"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who want to commiserate with other Debbie Downers


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Becker again?

    By accident maybe.


    What didn’t you like about Alma Cuervo’s performance?

    Probably spot on performance. Wouldn't blame the reader at all


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Overbooked?

    I wouldn't have let it go to print without offering solutions to every issue.


    Any additional comments?

    Bummed me out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Kazuhiko says: "Audio format still useful to get the gist of it"
    "Long book and one listen is not enough."
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    What made the experience of listening to Capital in the Twenty-First Century the most enjoyable?

    This is a complicated book by a very smart guy who spent a very long time putting it together. My first listen all the way through with many rewinds still didn't get me to fully grasp what was being explained. What I did get was that most people who listen won't understand or will take Thomas P suggestions as an affront to the free enterprise system. I didn't. Imagine taking Americans into his suggestions when all it takes is for two of the less rich guys like the Koch brothers to stir up a tea party. Or even to get better gun control.

    Americans won't do anything of the likes of this book suggest but it should serve to wake people up to realize there is a trend line that has historical precedence. Wealth is getting more concentrated.

    What I would like to know is whether the concentration is actually causing stagnation or is it being used more effectively than what the government can do with it. Thats what it boils down to. Who do you think will do a better job with the money? The rich or the government.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Capital in the Twenty-First Century?

    FOR SURE.. Big point and major take away for me was, that the most effective way to gain a more "egalitarian" society as per past history, was by the dissemination of SKILLS.

    Train and educate the populace for them to help themselves. Not hand outs like most people will interpret this book to say.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings eyeballs and a voice. There was a few points in the book that he really made it sound like TP wrote in a derogatory tone about one thing or another and I wondered if the author would have used that tone but I was being as objective as possible so I let it slide.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book is a must for anyone trying to understand the equality vs inequality discussion we hear about from the talking heads.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't NOT get this book because you think it might turn you into a pinko commie tree hugging freak. This is a real work by a very smart guy who spent a long time putting it together. Heavy but you will be a better person for it. You will have a deeper understanding of a very real phenomenon in our paradigm. Wealth is undoubtedly becoming more concentrated. What does that mean? If it means more bad things for more people then that might need to be addressed. If it's just what account the money flows through to get to the same ends then who cares. I'd rather have Warren Buffett run the country than most of the people we have had in the past. Rich people know what to do with money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Trade Ever: How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Zuckerman
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In 2006, hedge fund manager John Paulson realized something few others suspected--that the housing market and the value of subprime mortgages were grossly inflated and headed for a major fall. Paulson's background was in mergers and acquisitions, however, and he knew little about real estate or how to wager against housing. He had spent a career as an also-ran on Wall Street. But Paulson was convinced this was his chance to make his mark. He just wasn't sure how to do it....

    David says: "Better Books Now Available"
    "Absolutely amazing!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Greatest Trade Ever to be better than the print version?

    I did not read this before I listened so I can't comment on if the audio version is better or not.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Had to be John Paulson. I liked everyone described, eve the "bad guys". Close to the best book I've listened to yet. On the edge of my seat the whole time. Even though we know how it ended, the uncertainty of the trade given the irrational exuberance of the hoards, keeps you wondering if they would persevere. Hats off!

    Some may say this guy profited from an unfortunate circumstance but that is not the case at all. He saw the pendulum, calculated the motion and correctly made assumptions on it's movement. Absolutely Brilliant.


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

    Marc was great.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Don't give up on your conviction. The delicate line between insanity and reality when holding a rigid line against the popular view is a difficult one to navigate. To do so and achieve a coup d'eta on the worlds most powerful financial market, words cannot describe.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen once, allow to steep. Repeat. This lesson is repeating itself again as I type. I wonder how short people's memory really is. I wonder what John thinks of this market today?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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