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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
    (2435)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1468)

    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!"
    "Read with discernment"
    Overall

    I agree with several other reviewers that this book contains some helpful points, but also contains questionable advice and poor ethics.
    There seems to be a newly popular mindset of 'the new rich' (whose majority may happen to consist of immature, self-centered, boastful 20-somethings who have made quick fortunes with ecommerce websites, books & ebooks, affiliate marketing, online advertising, etc) that is very popular with young people who are glad to hear that they too can become millionaires with the least amount of effort possible. The mindset seems to be this: For a person to be free and genuine, he must rewrite the rules and mores of society to his own liking, or at least refuse to acknowledge there are any. The actions that flow from this mindset include: Refusing to accept that success takes hard work, cutting corners whenever possible, justifying any means by the ends, behaving and speaking in ways that have always been considered rude and inappropriate, defining success by income, fame, and 'rock-star' status, using shock-value to attract attention and prove courage and independence, and judging maturity, honesty, respect, self-sacrifice, and patience as worn-out, ridiculous principles that no longer apply to the modern world.
    In other words, apparently the goal is to live as long as possible as if we are still immature rebellious teenagers who want instant rewards without any responsibility. Don't get me wrong, I too plan to become financially independent, enjoy free time, travel the world, and do what I am passionate about; but I don't agree that the path and mindset promoted in this book is the only way or the best way to get there.

    199 of 233 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    What will heaven be like? Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, listener-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.

    Debbi says: "Can't wait for Heaven"
    "I didn't find it informative or worth the time"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was interested to hear specific details about life after death based on Bible scripture. But maybe most of that content is reserved for the companion audiobook by the same author which is only 59 minutes long, "Heaven: Biblical Answers to Common Questions". Unfortunately, in this 11+ hour audiobook the author spends hours arguing against all the incorrect ideas believed by "heretics" and misguided people.
    For example, the first 3+ hours are spent explaining again and again that after you die you won't be a spirit floating on a cloud playing a harp without a body, without memory of your life, without your sense of self-identity. For readers who already understand that, you can skip the first 3.5 hours at least.
    It would be interesting for someone with the ebook version to do a word search to see how many times the author uses these words: body, bodies, and physical. There are several sentences where the word body is used 4 or 5 times in one statement. Yes, there is "resurrection of the body." Who in any Bible-based church is denying that? Maybe this kind of information is useful for some readers who are new to Christianity.
    About the narrator, his style did not work for me. I found him to have one of those speaking voices that focus on "sounding pleasing" instead of actually relaying information. Every chapter started to sound the same after I got lulled into a hypnosis of the nice-guy-with-a-kind-voice-speaking-nicely-and-slowly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
    • Narrated By Marshall Goldsmith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Mojo is the moment when we do something that’s purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it. This book is about that moment—and how we can create it in our lives, maintain it, and recapture it when we need it.

    Marty says: "Some Good, Some Bad, Some In Between"
    "7 hours of what should be 1 hour"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm sure the author means well, and he does make some good points. I probably would have enjoyed this content in a journal article or business magazine, or a one hour speaking presentation. But I could not endure seven hours of what should have taken one hour to cover. I gave up shortly after he spent 20 minutes describing how he sat next to 'Bono' of the rock band U2 at a dinner, and how great a guy Bono is. I probably could have stuck with it if he didn't speak so slowly and simplistically, as if he was talking to a 10 year old illiterate kid who has a hard time grasping new concepts. This may be an example of when it doesn't work out well for an author of a book to be the narrator of the audiobook version, and it may be an example of a 500 page book that would have made a better 5 page article.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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