Yes. The information he shares about his personal growth and business success was very helpful.
I like that the performer used a Scottish accent. Carnegie was VERY Scottish. Unfortunately, the accent was not very authentic.
A few stories made me admire Carnegie's mind and Scottish tenacity.
The first half of the book about his boyhood and business success is great! The second half where he gives away his fortune and meets the rich and famous of his day (who few in 2013 will recognize) was tiresome. The first half is worth the price/credit. Skip the second half.
No, I have not read the print version.
The Chairman - because he is evil and bored.
Pinochet performs many characters distinctly and extremely well!
I enjoyed learning how to read the body language of others. While it would be impossible to carry a list of all the non-verbal things to look for in the body language of others - there are some big ideas here that could provide supplemental insights beyond verbal communication. Some folks might find all the technical information to be tedious but I found the information and illustrations to be fascinating.
The basic premise of this book is interesting and well explored but the way the author chose to write the story is very constricting. First 2/3 are plodding with a few surprises thrown in and the last third of the book is riveting payoff.
I feel that this would have made for a better short story (using the chosen literary device) rather than a novel. My kingdom for a good editor!
The saying "those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it" is accurate. I bought this title on sale with the thought that it would be good medicine to innoculate me against blindly following a dictatorial program and be swept up into madness. This book has done it's work. So many good people could have stopped Hitler and the Nazi's - but they waited until it was too late. The result was the descimation and destruction of many innocent human lives. The content is fascinating. The narrator is excellent. The audiobook is a masterpiece.
OK...you can toss all those books about running a business written by egg head college professors or knuckleheads who are only good at writing books about running a business. You can also toss the books by successful business people that only stroke their ego and personal brand but fail to share the real deal about how to run a successful business on a daily basis. EntreLeadership is a book that will help your business TODAY regardless of what stage you are at. Practical, Specific, Direct, AND Entertaining. My company is growing like crazy and Dave Ramsey is the business mentor that I need right now. I am now listening to the book for the second time.
There is no substitute for working with a genius on a daily basis. Everything I have read about Steve Jobs is from the outside - from somebody who has done interviews and research. This book is from a man who observed the daily working habits and decision making process of one of the most creative and brilliant men of our generation. Until the authorized biography of Jobs is released in 2012 - this is the best book about the man himself.
This book is right up there with Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz in terms of excellent narrative, raw imagination, and a sympathetic protagonist that just wants to go home. Gaiman's narration is spectacular. I have seen the BBC series that Neverwhere was originally written for and the actors who played the villains - Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar - do not hold a candle to the slithering diction and heavy menace that Gaiman conjures here. Excellent!
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