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Chris

Internet entrepreneur from the Netherlands.

Valkenswaard, Netherlands | Member Since 2010

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  • 13 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
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    (184)
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    In The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs, best-selling author Carmine Gallo reveals the qualities that make the Apple co-founder the most innovative leader in business today. Each principle is backed with research, quotes, and first-person interviews with experts and business leaders, as well as specific ideas for applying those principles to every business, large or small.

    A User says: "Good summary of Steve's approach. Sort of."
    "So happy with it I also bought the paperback!"
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    This book is so great and has so many applicable lessons, that I decided to buy the paper version as well. I listen to audiobooks driving to and from my work, it is hard to take notes while driving. And with this book, you constantly want to take notes! So I bought the paper book as well, just for that purpose. It is read in a pleasant way, not to fast, not to slow. Perfect. Very happy with it. I recommend it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26874)
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    (20638)
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    (20721)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Almost impossible to "get into" this book"
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    I bought this audiobook, because the TV series get such a high rating on IMDB. I started to listen to it during a vacation in France, where I had all the time and could lay on the beach and just kick back and listen. But after 2-3 hours I put it away because it is nearly impossible to get in to the story.

    The narrator uses different voices for different characters, which in itself is nice, but his accent and sometimes mumbling makes it hard to understand, especially if you are not native English speaking.

    The story unfolds slowly but it's hard to keep track of who's who. Sometimes it's not just the reader that needs a few chapters to get into the flow of a book, but in this case it seems the writer needs a lot of time to get the flow of the book going.

    I regret buying all the parts of the book at once.

    If you want to try this book, I recommend to download only part 1 and try that before you move on to the rest.

    If you have already seen the TV series and want to relive the experience, this book might be excellent for you, as you have already established who's who and can follow more easily.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wink and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Roger Hamilton
    • Narrated By Paul Dann
    Overall
    (39)
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    (15)
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    Every day for the last 20 years, a carpenter has visited the Well of Wealth and spent a dollar, because it is generally accepted by the townsfolk that if they give generously to the Well, it will in turn give generously to them. One day, the carpenter entrusts his nine-year-old son, Richard, with a crumpled but treasured dollar and sends him in his place. Richard's subsequent encounters with a number of characters are intended to make the listener think more deeply about the dynamics of wealth creation.

    Jesse says: "Life Changing"
    "This book is now in my personal top 5 books ever."
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    It is a story, not an instruction. And it is jam-packed with wisdom and life lessons that you can easily apply in every day life.

    It is pretty short. Just 2 hours. But you will want to listen to it 4-5 times. It is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (1166)
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    (1155)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "I'm losing a pound a week for 6 weeks now..."
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    Need I say more?

    This guy knows his stuff. He has done a ton of research, but he presents it in a very orderly fashion, so you can follow easily. It shifts your paradigm and it makes perfect sense. The concepts you learn are easy to translate to others around you and they work.

    Though you get a lot of data, it is well written and well read. Especially the narrator did an excellent job, making this research data sound nice to listen to. So thanks for that Mike.

    This book is a basic cornerstone of all the knowledge a person can acumulate during life. It touches on a thing every person on this planet has to deal with every day of their life: food!

    Why do some foods make us fat and others don't? And it's not what you think!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant: Guide to Financial Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Tim Wheeler
    Overall
    (339)
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    (300)
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    (301)

    Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free.

    Chris says: "Everyone should read/listen to this book - period!"
    "Everyone should read/listen to this book - period!"
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    The rich have a totally different set of rules and (fiscal/financial) laws that they live by. And it is not discriminating. Every person can choose to life on the E (employee) and S (self employed) side of live where they are taxed heavily and always struggle to stay on top or on the B (business owner) and I (investor) side of life, where true freedom is possible.

    This book is read in such a way that it's almost as if you can hear Robert Kiyosaki read it himself. Which is great of course. Great combination of great writing (in speaking-style) and performance of narrating it for us.

    Very easy and pleasant to listen to and it changes your persective on society and really makes you think and want to start changing stuff.

    I recommend you play the online version of Cashflow 101, the online game, after listening to this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
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    (2522)
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    (2555)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "Great combination of story and narrator!"
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    Jeremy Irons (the voice of Scar in The Lion King) does an excellent job in narrating this book. The story is very vivid and entertaining and has a lot of important life lessons weaved in to it, without being to obvious about it. I highly recommend listening to this book over reading it yourself.

    Did you know this is Will Smith's all time favorite book?

    That's the reason why I bought it and I'm glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Founder’s Dilemmas

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Noam Wasserman
    • Narrated By Mark Mosely
    Overall
    (87)
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    (72)
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    (71)

    Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin.

    Richard says: "An important FACT based book on entrepeneurship"
    "Very chaotic style of writing and presenting"
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    The subject of this book is very fascinating and I really want to know, but the way this book is written is pretty chaotic. You can sense that it is written by a researcher-type writer who wants to beat you to death with facts. He uses a lot of other people as examples, but in a way that he constantly switches between characters so you quickly get lost.

    The narrator, though he uses a lot of intonation in his voice, sounds a little like a news anchor which, in combination with the detailed level of information and chaotic writing style, makes you tune out time and again. It requires a lot of effort to stay focused on listening and understanding the point. That makes it unsuitable to listen to in the car in my opinion, which is the whole reason for me to listen to audio book versions instead of reading.

    But if you listen to it behind your desk and take notes, it might work.

    I do recommend reading or listening to this book, because of the topic it adresses, but you must be really focused all the time to understand it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Summary of Rich Dad Poor Dad

    • ABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki
    • Narrated By Ronald Eastwood
    Overall
    (36)
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    (29)
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    (30)

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That The Poor And The Middle Class Do Not!, by Robert T. Kiyosaki, compares the financial philosophies of the author's two fathers: his biological father - the poor dad - and the father of his childhood best friend, Mike - the rich dad. Throughout the book the author compares both fathers, and how his real father, the poor and struggling but highly educated man, paled against his rich dad in terms of asset building and business acumen.

    Chris says: "Interesting sample if you have not read the book"
    "Interesting sample if you have not read the book"
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    It's nice if you have not yet read the book. But if you have already read it, it's not that interesting and worth while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (565)
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    Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

    April says: "Leadership"
    "No instant answers, but it makes you think..."
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    This book will make you think about the way you lead a group of volunteers at an IPO, a team of employees at a company or a group of loyal customers. Heck, any group of people with a common goal.

    It's not a How-to-book and doesn't provide instant answers. But it helps you start to think things through and shifts your perspective. Which is good of course. Realy helpful and highly recommended.

    Nice detail: I didn't know that it was read by the author and was truly amazed that it was so well read. Well, now I know why...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35667)
    Performance
    (26685)
    Story
    (27064)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Liked the movie - Love the book!"
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    I first saw the movie and then learned that it's part of a trilogy. As I liked the movie, I couldn't wait for movie 2 and 3, so I looked up the audiobooks. I first listened to part 1: The Hunger Games and was delighted and amazed that the movie makers stayed so close to the book! They are almost identical.

    This book is so well written and so well read that it's hard to turn it off. I mostly listen to it to and from work in the car, about a half an hour drive. More than once I've found myself sitting in my car seat for 10 minutes or longer, when I already parked my car in the driveway.

    It's that good.

    Now I've started on part 2 - Catching Fire. Looks promising!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (769)
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    (776)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Could be more actionable, but great to listen to!"
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    It is great to listen to this book because they paint pictures with words and use lots of examples. This way the abstract subjects really 'stick'. The only thing is, once the book is finished, you think; Okay, now what? So it could be more action oriented. But over all very happy with it. I ordered the paperback as well to extract more action points. Because when you listen to this book in the car, you get good ideas, but can't write them down.

    I can really recommend this book to anyone that wants his or her point to come across and who wants to make it stick. Business owners, managers, preachers, teachers will all benefit tremendously from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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