After getting the audio, I just had to purchase the hardbound version as well to take advantage of Tim's suggestions on how to properly "read" a business book! After hearing (and reading) this, I'm going back over my current library. Tim's practical advice on how to build a network alone is well worth the read, not to mention how his tactics can help endure yourself into the hearts and minds of customers. Further, the booklist you put together because of Tim's extensive use of backing-up his ideas with references from others makes this an invaluable book for anyone interested in taking their business further. Sales people, managers, and aspiring employees ALL can get useful and practical information from Tim's "lovecat" philosophy.
I certainly disagree with some of the other reviews (especially those who reviewed the abridged version), as I found the characters entertaining and likable. I even felt guilty for coming to "understand" SOME of the motivations of the terrorist. My boyfriend and I listened to it with another couple while on a long drive, and everyone couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
I disagree that the story doesn't come to an end. . . but, I did feel as if the stage were being set for a sequel. Hollywood does it all the time, why shouldn't the author?
If you're on a particularly long drive, this book is a great companion. If you listen to it in bits and pieces during your daily commute, it will probably seem to go on forever - it should be enjoyed in as few "chunks" as possible to more easily keep up.
Be forewarned. Toward the end of Volume 3, Part 2 and Volume 3, Part 3 there is a radio broadcast that lasts for about 2-1/2 hours (yep, you read that right, two-and-a-half hours). I cannot imagine how many pages this encompasses in written form, and what prompted Rand to keep going long after her point had been made (and what prompted her editors to leave it intact). After the first 5 minutes of oratory, you get the idea and can fast forward past it. I agree that Rand spent a lot more time repeating herself than is necessary, but feel that the book is a tribute to the spirit of what truly built America -- capitalism, and helps to explain where we often go wrong. This book is not recommended for ultra-liberals who believe that the government's role is to take care of the masses at the expense of the corporations and the rich. You will come away feeling that our current system of tax brackets is particularly unfair to these two groups. In short, most dyed-in-the-wool Republicans will find it refreshing. I highly recommend the read/listen to business majors.
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