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Nicholas

Boulder, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Eat People: An Unapologetic Plan for Entrepreneurial Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andy Kessler
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Here's how entrepreneurs find the next big thing-and make it huge. The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game - but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? Andy Kessler offers 12 surprising and controversial rules for these radical entrepreneurs.

    Nicholas says: "some nuggets, lots of ranting"
    "some nuggets, lots of ranting"
    Overall

    Free market conservatives will eat this up. Liberals will learn a trick or two but will have to suffer to get to those nuggets. In the end, parts of this are a must read for any Entrepreneur that wants to build a big business.

    I loved much of his inside insights, but he forces me to suffer through his trivial, shallow, rationalizations of his life long career choice around topics like the free market economy, waist and destruction of the environment, unions and more. He beats a dead horse on many occasions with his no bull style of writing that more than being of a "tell it like it is" genre just makes him sound like a bastard. Walter Dixon the narrator pushes this style with a purposeful consistent sarcastic drone that at times gave me a head ache. Like a wooden roller coaster it's a bumpy ride with thrills that make it worth it in the end, but leaves you with a back ache.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4889)
    Performance
    (4132)
    Story
    (4101)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Great story telling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Power of Habit again? Why?

    No, it was so well written I think I got it all the first time.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Habit?

    Changing current habits I already have. The book was light on techniques for habit changing, but still insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    This changes how I think about my own mind and society as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Branding: Create Zealots for Your Brand, Your Company, and Your Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Hanlon
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    What is it that made Starbucks an overnight sensation and separated it from other coffee house companies? Why do many products with great product innovation, perfect locations, terrific customer experiences, even breakthrough advertising, fail to get the same visceral traction in the marketplace as brands like Apple and Nike?

    Joshua M. Hudson says: "Mixed"
    "Too general to be useful"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person who enjoys success stories.


    What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An unctuously sleazy tone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Primal Branding?

    The whole thing. His examples are just to broad to be useful.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend renaming the book to "Brand Tales : Descriptive flowery stories about mega successful brands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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