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Brandon

Santa Monica, CA, United States

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  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    leif says: "Great if u live in the USA, don't buy it u don't"
    "great advice"
    Overall

    Technically you could find all of this information for free elsewhere, but Sethi very clearly, very entertainingly and very practically gives tons of advice on how best to automate your money to go to the right investment accounts, what you should look out for and what you should avoid. In a similar vein to the "Four-Hour Workweek," Sethi trains you on developing habits for looking at investments and expenses that stick with you after you've accomplished his weekly action lists.

    Although I enjoyed this audio recording, I might recommend getting a printed version because there's a lot of information you'll need to reference at later times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
    • Narrated By Chike Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Here is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

    L. Lyter says: "Just Wonderful"
    "Thick accent"
    Overall

    I was very interested in the story and was really looking forward to listening to this, but the narrator's accent is simply too thick to listen to for a long amount of time.

    The accent isn't difficult to understand, and is perfectly fine for a short amount of time, but listening to it for hours on end is exhausting and I had to give up.

    I'd recommend reading this book over listening to this audiobook recording.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of The Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Florida
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    The national best seller that defines a new economic class and shows how it is key to the future of our cities. The Rise of the Creative Class gives us a provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today - and where we might be headed. Weaving storytelling with masses of new and updated research, Richard Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in our economy.

    Roy says: "Thought Provoking"
    "A Sociological Study"
    Overall

    Florida writes a lot about the creative class by providing a decent history of its growth, how all of the variables brought it to be, and he gives some very detailed descriptions of who the creative class is and how they behave.

    So what?

    What are you trying to say, Rich? Is this good or bad? Should something be done about it? Is there a way a business could use the "no-collar" class for their advantage, or a way for a creative person to be better wanted in their field?

    There are currently five books by Florida available on Audible all about the Creative Class; if you're interested in the sociological study of economic trends, this will be a good listen. If you're seeking to gain an opinion or some sort of relative knowledge of how you can apply this to the real world, you may need to check out his other books or a different subject (because you won't find that here at all).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Badass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!

    Saud says: "Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing"
    "A bit slow"
    Overall

    The humor gets a little tiring after a few chapters, and if you read for ~30min at a time (ie commute to work), you get lost in each historical figure and have a difficult time remembering who's story we're hearing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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