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RealTruth

RealTruth

Investor Relations, MN | Member Since 2011

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  • The Freelancer's Survival Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Julie Eickhoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Most people become freelancers without any idea of how to run a business. They learn in the school of hard knocks. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has taken the school of hard knocks and made it into one of the most useful business books written in years.

    Jared says: "Unrefined & Narcissistic"
    "good information, especially for beginners"
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    This book has a lot of good anecdotes for the writer with no, or maybe only a few years experience. Helpful information about the business start-up process for any beginning entrepreneur, and insights from the often perilous, shark-bitten world of Sci-fi writers.

    Although there isn't a lot of detailed information about putting together articles or short stories here, the author gives plentiful advice about the publishing industry and different career paths in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (285)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "Logically inconsistent"
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    I found this book by John McWhorter (probably not his real name) to be inconsistent with gaps in the logic and at times insulting to the listener. In short, not the kind of book you would want to bring home for dinner.
    He makes the statement that man (Africans) is descended from apes, but then later says that apes are fundamentally different than humans. No doubt apes have more in common with man than he believes, and some people are unquestionably related to apes. It appears as if the "Great Courses" producers are intentionally trying to make political statements with some of their books as this title about the "Great Ape" demonstrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (905)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Thoughtful book"
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    I was initially not impressed with some of the information this author related, however, after about half way through the title, I started to see his point in some of the anecdotes. One of his main points is basically that the obvious is not always correct in many circumstances.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10635)
    Performance
    (9619)
    Story
    (9704)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Neat book about Italy"
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    Face paced novel which includes lengthy information on historic Italian relics from Medieval or Renaissance periods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
    "Enlightening Overview of China's Economy"
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    Comprehensive discussion of the economy of China in the 21st century. Interesting and enlightening; relates the inner-workings of strategic Chinese economic policy, Chinese entrepreneurs and systems of international trade, and how these policies and systems can or do effect western nations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamestown, the Buried Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William M. Kelso
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    What was life really like for the band of adventurers who first set foot on the banks of the James River in 1607? Important as the accomplishments of these men and women were, the written records pertaining to them are scarce, ambiguous, and often conflicting, and those curious about the birthplace of the United States are left to turn to dramatic and often highly fictionalized reports.

    Michael says: "America's Beginnings"
    "Many unknown discoveries"
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    Kelso does a great job in discussing the finds of his, and the APVA's work over the past 20 or so years. He starts off by telling of how they discovered the site, and then explains many of the most important finds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert McKee
    • Narrated By Robert McKee
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

    Steve says: "Good abridged version"
    "not good"
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    Before I got this audio book, I should have listened to the advice of the previous reviewer who said not to waste your time "on this garbage". I agree. It is only one third of the book this author wrote, and appears to be just put together quickly to earn some easy money.
    The listen is full of quotes like "Star Wars was about saving Luke's soul," and, "Archie Bunker was a pig." A lot of people like Archie Bunker, despite his faults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Randall E. Stross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Newspapers proclaimed his genius in glowing personal profiles and quipped that “the doctor has been called” because the great man “has not invented anything since breakfast.” But Edison's greatest invention may have been his own celebrity.

    Richard Daniel says: "Fast paced account of Edison"
    "Good book about Edison"
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    Thorough biography about Thomas Edison and his discoveries. Lengthy discussion of phonograph, incandescent light bulb, moving pictures and other finds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Brands writes well about Franklin"
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    Detailed expose on the life and times of Franklin. Interesting and informative. One of Brands better works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Masterson
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    If you had the opportunity to work where, when, and with whom you wanted - all while getting paid very well - would you take it? Self-made multimillionaire and best-selling author Michael Masterson did, and with Ready, Fire, Aim he'll show you how to do the same.

    Adam says: "Best Business Book in a Long Time"
    "Good and bad in this book"
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    The author does a good job discussing marketing and different stages in business development, and vibrantly illustrates these principles in action. In this sense, it might be a good first book on business development for some.

    I found some of his other claims, however, somewhat unbelievable and not really so practical. The author claims to be the founder of many hundred million dollar companies. He says he started an investment newsletter which was phenomenally successful the first year, then published 4 more newsletters and in two more years "had sales in excess of $35 million dollars". If he was able to achieve this in such a short time frame, great.

    He also seems to think he should test everything before marketing it, probably good advice, although possibly not to the degree he suggests. He gives the example of a toy manufacturer who wanted to see if a different color product made with cheaper paint would sell as well as the original toy. Masterson advocates the toy maker should have "tested marketing the product with the colored paint to see if there was any degradation in product quality and sales, " this, after going through a complete production run of the product costing millions of dollars.

    I think the author is likely a successful writer and seminar giver although I am skeptical about his knowledge of the hard nosed business world.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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