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robert

Rochester, MN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Poke the Box

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    We send our kids to school and obsess about their test scores, their behavior and theirability to fit in. We post a help wanted ad and look for experience, famous colleges and a history of avoiding failure. We invest in companies based on how they did last quarter, not on what they’re going to do tomorrow. So why are we surprised when it all falls apart? Our economy is not static, but we act as if it is. Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause. In a worldfilled with change, that’s what matters - your ability to create and learn from change.

    robert says: "Highly Motivational"
    "Highly Motivational"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Seth Godin and his prior works, and I bought the audio and Kindle versions of "Poke the Box."

    If you are new to Seth and his works and thinking, this is a great overview. If not, you will find quite a few of the topics he mentions have been discussed before in his prior works - however, the value delivered here is his admonishment that the motivation to 'start' something is more valuable long term than 'waiting to be picked.'

    I found that the audio version of "Poke the Box" to be more inspiring and motivational than reading the book - perhaps because he revisits topics he has covered in past works to reinforce his 'start something' premise - and at a bit more than 2 hours in length - very accessible in an afternoon or evening of listening.

    Worth the price and time to listen, particularly if you are new to his works and thinking.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Thomas. E. Woods
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In his blockbuster new book Rollback, New York Times best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., offers the first critical analysis of the 2010 midterm elections and answers the number-one question on conservatives’ minds: How do we roll back the liberal policies and big government programs that Obama/Pelosi/Reid rushed through Congress before the midterms?

    Kenneth says: "A neccesary book in difficult times."
    "A Must Listen (or Must Read)"
    Overall

    Thomas Woods hits it on the head and delivers on the difficult choices all of us - Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, and Centrist - are going to have to make soon regarding what government can enforce and provide to us, and what it cannot and should not. His reasoned arguments go beyond the fact that government is out of money and near our credit limit with the Chinese - we have to take a very hard look at *everything* - including defense and entitlements, lest we go bankrupt and enter an economic cataclysm that will make 2008-9 and even the Great Depression look tame in comparison.

    This is not a work that merely shouts that the sky is falling and somebody will miraculously save us from all of the spending of the past few decades. It also does not single out any particular administration for blame - this has been going on for decades and is now acute enough that if we do not act, and soon,
    things will be very, very different, and awful for most.

    Well researched, reasoned, and narrated. Get this now, listen, think, and act. There is not much time left to ponder the severe governmental problems we now face.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (349)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "Vital and Necessary"
    Overall

    Dr. Hayek offers very lucid and convincing arguments that socialism never worked, and won't work today or in the future. Buy a copy - audio or hardbound - and give it to your local politician, regardless of their specific political leanings.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Just Who You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Spaulding, Ken Blanchard (foreword)
    • Narrated By Dustin Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the 21st century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships. In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.

    Glenn says: "Another networking book"
    "Nothing New Here"
    Overall

    This year's (2010) model of basic psychology 101 as practiced by and through motivational speakers who make lots of $ off the genre, but really don't offer anything new. Unless you listen to this stuff as 'motivational' caffeine, save your money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (472)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "Best Title on the Meltdown So Far"
    Overall

    I have read or listened to a large number of titles on the Economic Meltdown and this one stands far above the others. Unbiased and detailed prose that puts you "in the room" with the major players, along with key background information on them, and the situations they faced. The title is very long at 13 hours, and took me about a week to listen to, but I was not bored or wandering at any point.

    Narration is outstanding. I was particularly impressed with the narrator's skill in vocal inflections of the characters' statements without resorting to complete mimicry or faking foreign accents. Well done!

    Future titles on the Meltdown will be tasked to top this one - and if you're into this genre, this is a must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
    • Narrated By Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen, Daryl Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Right now, everyone needs trusted, proven, practical advice and techniques for making money fast. In Cash in a Flash, two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country show listeners how to use the skills and resources they already have to generate permanent and recurring streams of income - all in 90 days or less.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awful- repetitive"
    "Promises much, delivers little - typical"
    Overall

    This work is not about getting paid in the next day or two - it's full of the psychological claptrap these two have been peddling to the desperate for years. Here's how you get "cash in a flash:' 1) get a job (not easy to do at this time, I know); or b) get some from the government, they hand it out as soon as it comes off the printing press. Don't waste your $ on these guys unless you want to find the 'inner you' and somehow convert that to currency. Good luck with that!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson, Lawrence G. McDonald
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers - right from the belly of the beast.

    Susan says: "First take: Tale of the narcissist"
    "Entertaining, but not factual"
    Overall

    Author is self-absored and was clearly a low-level trader at Lehman, so a lot of what is proffered is hearsay. Also, I really didn't care to know about his life story in the first 3 chapters - irrelevant and self-serving, not to mention poorly written. If you like hearing lots of dirt, regardless of source or validity, this might work for you. Forthcoming books and audio on Lehman's collapse will have far more credibility - I hope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Face it, whether your company has 10 employees or 10,000, you must grapple with people you can't stand in the office. Luckily Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have written I Hate People!, a smart, counter-intuitive, and irreverent turn on the classic workplace self-help book that will show you how to identify the Ten Least Wanted - the people you hate - while revealing the strategies to neutralize them.

    Wayne says: "You will hate this book too."
    "One Step Above Absolute Crap"
    Overall

    Don't waste your money or time: Repetitive, unoriginal points; horrible narration; unamusing parodies and use of profanity; some suggestions, particularly in this economy, don't help you handle toxic people at work - they'll get you canned. Skip this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Asshole: How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a Damn about Anyone & How You Can, Too

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Kihn
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Marty Kihn was the nicest guy in the world, until he got fed up with being passed over for promotions at work, tired of being suckered into walking his neighbor's dog, and sick of being disrespected by the man who sold him his morning coffee. On the day he turned 40, Kihn set out to transform himself from Mr. Nice Guy into a rule-breaking, power-mongering, Fox News-watching asshole.

    Thomas says: "Enlightening, real info"
    "Get this or be lame...:)"
    Overall

    Hilarious and counter intuitive...had me howling within the first 2 minutes...on a flight where I cued it up. Grade-A prescription for becoming (or dealing with) the subject matter.

    Hilarity/comedy of the work is enhanced by the narration...best I've heard in awhile.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2806)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (559)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Good if you can get past the narration"
    Overall

    Awesome material and thought provoking, if you can get past the sneering narrator droning website URLs on and on and on at the end of each chapter - VERY ANNOYING to listen to and I skipped over those sections. Perhaps they should have been provided as a downloadable PDF supplement?

    Past that - very much worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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