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Ben Nesvig

Minneapolis, MN | Listener Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The 33 Strategies of War

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social games of everyday life, informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. Structured in Greene's trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

    Chris says: "Excellent Materials"
    "Better Book Than Audiobook"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The 33 Strategies of War to be better than the print version?

    No. I listened to the audiobook and I just finished the print version. The print/kindle version is superior. I found myself losing interest quickly in the audiobook, party due to the overly dramatic narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, but a much better read than audiobook. The 50th Law, narrated by Robert Greene himself is a much more engaging listen with similar stories and themes.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for "security," everything we thought was "safe," no longer is. But more and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real success. Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

    Ben Nesvig says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you listen to Choose Yourself! again? Why?

    Yes. It's the type of motivational book you wouldn't be embarrassed to tell someone you listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Choose Yourself!?

    All of it. Though off the top of my head, the intro and the chapter on becoming an idea machine.


    What about James Altucher’s performance did you like?

    In 100+ books I've listened to, this is the first one that made me laugh out loud at the first sentence. James proves again why I love when authors read their own book (for non-fiction at least). Also love whenever authors go off the book script, which James did occasionally.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is great while on a walk with your dog. Just as you start to feel embarrassed by the fact that your dog waited to poop until you were near the busiest intersection on the walk, James breaks out self-depricating humor that makes you forget you just picked up dog poop with a plastic bag in front of 20 strangers.


    Any additional comments?

    James Altucher is the most interesting man in the world. I enjoyed this from start to finish.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Derek Sivers
    • Narrated By Derek Sivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (327)

    When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

    Richard says: "Short and poignant"
    "Bite Sized Wisdom Well Told"
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    This is one of the best narrations by an author I've heard. While I read Kindle version of the book when it came out, the audio version was a worthy addition thanks to Derek's great delivery and style. This is a great listen for little bursts of inspiration and wisdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Development of Men, Expanded 2nd Edition: Every Man's Journey from Knight to Prince to King

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alison A. Armstrong
    • Narrated By Alison A. Armstrong
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Making sense of men's evolution... The stages of development describe the lifelong process by which a man's sense of self evolves. Predictable and unavoidable, these stages determine what men live for and what they can't live without. Understanding the differences between knights, princes, and kings is critical for success in romantic relationships, raising sons, and working effectively with men.

    Earl & Susan says: "Plain Awesome!!"
    "The Work of a Genius"
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    No one knows men or women better than Alison Armstrong. She knows men better than most men know themselves. While women obviously have an interest in listening to this, so should every man. To quote Montaigne, "The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 50th Law

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Narrated By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (297)

    In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a "bible" for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin', as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law.

    David says: "A solid and well thought out book."
    "One Of The Best Audiobooks I've Listened To"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book is all about developing a better mindset and becoming independent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book in long stretches of time. I never found myself getting tired of the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This will surely get repeat listens in upcoming years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (Now with a New Middle)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    From the kid who brought you Fargo Rock City, the first book in history to garner the praise of Stephen King, David Byrne, Donna Gaines, Sebastian Bach, Jonathan Lethem, and Rivers Cuomo, comes Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, the first book in history to examine breakfast cereal, reality television, tribute bands, Internet porn, serial killers, and the Dixie Chicks.

    Ryan says: "Well Written/Read but Contrived Conclusions"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    I found this to be a very enjoyable book. The narration is very well done and the book itself is hilarious and often insightful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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