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Faisal Karkari

Kuwait | Member Since 2008

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  • 18 reviews
  • 162 ratings
  • 237 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2018
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  • The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (780)

    Napoleon Hill, born into poverty in 1883, began writing as a reporter for small town newspapers while just a teenager. When industrialist Andrew Carnegie commissioned him in 1908 to interview over 500 successful men and women to help prove his theory that success could be distilled down to a clear-cut formula, Hill met with hundreds of the richest and most famous people of the time.

    Michael says: "Terrific Guide to Success"
    "Don't miss it"
    Overall

    It is the father of all self-improvement ideas. A holistic approach to all kind of success in life. You will never regret spending the 24 hours that is needed to finish the book. And more than that, it would be hard not to repeat the experience and have a second listen to the whole thing.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Principles: Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ray Dalio
    • Narrated By Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (4838)
    Story
    (4821)

    Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

    James Adams says: "The Management/CEO’s Handbook"
    "Not what i expected "
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ray Dalio and/or Ray Dalio and Jeremy Bobb ?

    When i first heard about Ray Dalio writing a book about his principles i thought it would be full of "investment" insights. The one a listened to was so generic and hardly related to investment. Sure it is a good idea to listen to a great guy talking about his experience in life, but what i wanted out of this book is the investment ideas that lead this person to become one of the most successful investors in the world. Ray ventured into areas totally beyond his field of excellency. If i want to read a book about the "brain", i would pick one written by an expert not an investor (however great he is). The same goes for all the other areas that Ray spent a good deal of the book talking about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mason Currey
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (984)

    Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

    Debra B says: "Nothing else like this one"
    "good read, not exceptional "
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book offers a good habits to be followed (or inspired by) from a huge variety of sources (people). However, the rituals mentioned are not necessarily the ones that lead these great people to outperform the others. if someone is used to drink a certain amount of drugs at night doesn't mean that is this ritual was the reason for his great achievements. It would be better if the author divided the book into specific areas for each category of rituals. one for timing another for sleeping a third for dieting..etc.


    What about Adam Verner’s performance did you like?

    The narrator made a great job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (472)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Overly Factual"
    "Great book about a great man"
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    Loved the book and I believe anyone who is just beginning to know either chess or Bobby Fischer will enjoy it.

    Great narration as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By MJ DeMarco
    • Narrated By MJ DeMarco
    Overall
    (2748)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2434)

    Since you were old enough to hold a job, you've been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by blindly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market. I call this soul-sucking, dream-stealing dogma "The Slowlane" - an impotent financial gamble that dubiously promises wealth in a wheelchair. For those who don't want a lifetime subscription to "settle-for-less", there is an alternative.

    Preston says: "Best I have read in a long time"
    "good read"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    For the first hour or so of listening to this book, i thought it's just another "get rich quick" thing. then after forcing myself to complete the whole book (a thing that i highly recommend others to do), things started to shift to the other side. the author begin to describe his way of accumulating wealth, and how he overcame popular obstacles in order to be rich.

    Although he criticized some of the most famous personal finance gurus, yet he used some of their methods. not so nice but a clever move.

    One of the most moving aspects in the book, is the idea of having money while still in "relatively" young age. That reminded me of John Maynard Keynes's famous saying: " in the long term, we all will be dead".

    Finally, i believe that any one searching for wealth probably will find some useful tips in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Erard
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    We all learn at least one language as children. But what does it take to learn six languages...or seventy? In Babel No More, Michael Erard, "a monolingual with benefits," sets out on a quest to meet language superlearners and make sense of their mental powers. On the way he uncovers the secrets of historical figures like Italian cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti, who was said to speak seventy-two languages; Emil Krebs, a pugnacious German diplomat, who spoke sixty-eight languages; and Lomb Kat, a Hungarian who taught herself Russian by reading Russian romance novels.

    Faisal Karkari says: "Great read"
    "Great read"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Babel No More to be better than the print version?

    This book inspired me to start learning a third language. Michael Erard take you in an amusing journey to the history of language learning processes and the most famous polyglots.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish for the Busy Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rappoport
    • Narrated By Hadassah Davids
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (39)

    This book is for travelers in need of a Spanish beginners or refresher course. Due to our unique method of teaching, you will be amazed at how much Spanish you will learn and retain in just five hours.

    Peter says: "Simple and easy to learn! Great Method!"
    "Good for travelers"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Spanish for the Busy Traveler again? Why?

    In genera, this book is a good reference for those traveling to a Spanish speaking countries. Also for those studying Spanish may found it useful. Still there were three things that I didn't like about this audio:

    1- The narrator's voice was loud and kind of sharp.

    2- It focuses on Latin Spanish without any mentioning of Spain Spanish.

    3- Some times, it waste the time by associating some vocabulary words with an English words or some other thins, which I found unnecessary.

    Overall, I cant say I didn't benefited from spending money and time on this audio, as a mater of fact I highly recommend listening to as much as you can on these audios in order to enhance your Spanish.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3270)
    Performance
    (2915)
    Story
    (2918)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Amazon Customer says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Good read"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast with Buddha to be better than the print version?

    The performance is amazing. The way the narrator change his voice to imitate the foreign language is so professional


    What other book might you compare Breakfast with Buddha to and why?

    Compared to other “seek yourself” books, this one is considered one of the best. Linking the ideas of the author with a story makes it very enjoyable journey.


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

    I didn't encounter a complete change after reading the book, but it really helped me with reviewing some aspect of my current “material” life.


    Any additional comments?

    worth the cost

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5029)
    Performance
    (3802)
    Story
    (3755)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Sara says: "Putting Positive Thinking To Work"
    "Great value for your money"
    Overall

    Just what you need to hear again and again. If you find it difficult to keep an optimistic, enthusiastic, and positive attitude, this is what you need to get. The author keeps you impressed with new approaches and technics that you can utilize during both happy and unhappy events. You’ll never regret buying such a master piece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt Free For Life: The Finish Rich Plan for Financial Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Most of us grew up with the idea that there is good debt and there is bad debt. Good debts are generally considered to be debts you incur to buy things that can go up in value—like a home or college education. Bad debts are things like credit card balances, where you borrowed money to buy things that depreciate or go down in value, like most consumer goods.

    Kevin says: "Advertisement for the desperate"
    "Pure commercial"
    Overall

    Other than few immaterial, known information, the book offers nothing. from the beginning to the end, the author talks either about how great financial planner he is or about his products, as if you’re watching a commercial ad. Not worth reading.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How to Get Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Felix Dennis
    • Narrated By David Ryder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    This is a book about getting rich. It's different from any other book on the subject because Felix Dennis made himself rich. Very rich indeed. As a matter of fact, he is one of the richest self-made men in Britain. How to Get Rich doesn't pull any punches, and shows that the highway to riches is littered with pitfalls, heartbreak, and obstacles. But for those with the drive and determination to try, this book provides a witty and authoritative road map.

    Anders says: "Hitchhikers guide to the Money"
    "Honest, fun and insightful"
    Overall

    One of the good things about this book is the real-life experience of the writer. No theiories, no (BIG) ideas, no suffistication. A plain language with frank and direct opinions, in addition to the fun way of the writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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