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Dennis

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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2833)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (584)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "This book is absurd!"
    Overall

    Come on now! This is the same old stuff repackaged with a very clever title. This course must have replaced Basket Weaving 101 at Princeton for the three easiest credits on campus.

    I bought this book due to the favorable reviews here and elsewhere. Boy, P. T. Barnum was right and they snagged me!

    Let me save you the time, trouble and expense:

    1 - Get into a successful business that generates enough cash flow and profit so that you can hire others to run it and you don't really have to do much but collect a check.

    2 - Hire an underpaid person in India to act as your personal assistant so you don't have to deal with any more of your personal business than is absolutely necessary.

    3 - Do what you want to do.

    Better you should read Allen Greenspan's new book and pay attention to his discussion about how inflation will return as the cheap labor starts to disappear. Then what?

    Browse this book at your local bookstore while sipping a latte and then put the book back. Better to spend your money on the latte; something you will truly enjoy.

    52 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Gates Gill
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (59)

    In his 50s, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a big house in the suburbs, a loving family, and a top job at an ad agency with a six-figure salary. By the time he turned 60, he had lost everything except his Ivy League education and his sense of entitlement. First, he was downsized at work. Next, an affair ended his 20-year marriage. Then, he was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor, prognosis undetermined. Around the same time, his girlfriend gave birth to a son.

    Alfred R Good says: "What's wrong with the truth"
    "Story is not believable"
    Overall

    First the audio and then the story.

    I too found the narrator's presentation tedious and uncomfortable; I expected him to bust into tears at any moment. The music added at the end of some sections was annoying and often too loud. Apparently they were trying to add dramatic effect to an already sentimental reading.

    The book has two themes: the author’s fall from a privileged past and his many revelations after joining the real world of the average working guy.

    I can take the stories about his past at face value: privileged kid uses connections to get good job at a prestigious advertising agency, which he loses after getting too old. We have all heard that story before.

    But his experience as an old white guy working with mostly young black people is just too stereotypical to be believed. His mind is constantly challenged by the realities of inner city life; their life is indeed so much different then his. Oh really?

    And of course, everything he observes about his African-American co-workers is framed through the typical orthodoxy: if it’s bad it’s a result of White racism and if it’s good it’s a result of pure self-determination. Nope – can’t buy it.

    And maybe the most unbelievable part of this book is how the author gushes over the praise he receives for cleaning up the toilet. Seems no one can scrub down the restroom like he does! You gotta be kidding.

    So this book is just not credible. Turns out the author quickly got a movie deal with Tom Hanks. That is not a surprise to me as this book is just the type of sappy story line Hanks and Oprah love.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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