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Oliver

I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

Copenhagen

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  • Think Fast!: Accurate Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Planning in Minutes a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Hale
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    It's a jungle out there. There is no end to the obstacles, challenges, mountains, and unexpected issues, even self-defeating thoughts, that get in the way of being the best you can be and achieving your goals and dreams. So here it is: a powerful system to enable you to make good decisions, prevent problems, and plan for the future with speed, effectiveness, and accuracy every time! The greatest coaches and leaders today and throughout history have mastered these skills. And now, so can you.

    morton says: "Think Fast! Get this audio!"
    "Anyone can make a list of choices - few can choose"
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    I can't recommend this book. The narration is fine, but bland. Walter Dixon is a good voice talent, but the book contains lots of multiple choice lists. Having such lists read to you ad nauseaum isn't a pleasant experience.

    Furthermore, the author seems to think one decision style fits all choices. It doesn't.

    In make ways this book feels like a remix of Getting Things Done - even though GTD is a productivity book. Why? The solution he's suggesting really boilds down to: collect all your choices. Make sense of them / evaluate, and then choose.

    That's not very useful, since most (at least myself) have trouble making decisions because we have trouble choosing. What's needed is focus on ones modalities, values, intuition, rational methods, and much more. Any fool can say: list your options and ... choose! (tadaaa...)

    A much better choice is Confident Decision Making by Roger Dawson. It comes with a nice, comprehensive PDF plus he covers multiple decision styles and methods, and tells you which ones are good for particular decisions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living a Laptop Lifestyle: Reclaim Your Life by Making Money Online

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Scott, Fiona Scott
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis, Gavin Osborn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Follow the "Five Essential Steps to Success" as you listen to this intriguing and compelling guide for creating your own online business. Each chapter is carefully composed to suit the budding entrepreneur: from the basics of getting started, right through to creating your own Web site and making money online. Greg and Fiona Scott take you on an engrossing journey as they share their own account of "living a laptop lifestyle" through their online business, discussing the many trials and pitfalls they encountered along the way.

    Martin Goldberg says: "Excellent"
    "Good if you're looking for the basics"
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    It's okay - but basic. It's a fine enough book if you're looking for the basics, because you're just starting out, and have never run (or dabbled in) an online business.

    If you're already even modestly experienced, but would like to know specifically about how to make it work "working while travelling the world" I suggest you get Natalie Sisson's book The Suitcase Entrepreneur instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wisdom of Wolves: Leadership Lessons from Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Twyman Towery
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    In Wisdom of Wolves author Twyman Towery, Ph.D., has masterfully constructed lessons on teamwork founded upon the natural instincts of the wolf pack. Rudyard Kipling said, "For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack." What would happen in our business and our personal lives if we worked together towards a common goal like the wolf pack works together for survival? This is exactly what is explored in this breathtaking and inspiring audio. It is the perfect audiobook for leadership training, retreats and teamwork exercises.

    Oliver says: "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing"
    "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing"
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    I've always been fascinated by wolves. After considering getting this book for a couple of years, hesitating (I had a gut feeling it would let me down) I finally purchased it.

    I shouldn't have.

    It's all over the place. One moment he's talking poetically (with romantic, classical music underneath) about wolves catching a bison and eating it. Next moment, we're back in the corporate business world, where you're left scratching the back of your head wondering what this anecdote has to do with the ravaging wolves just a minute earlier.

    Oh, also throw lots of even more unrelated quotes into the mix, and you'll have yourself this book.

    I wanted to like it. I didn't. It feels forced. Man is no wolf. We're not animals. There's nothing to learn from looking at wolves. Perhaps in the rare circumstance of Hermann Hesse's story The Steppenwolf;) And that one depicts exactly why it's not good to be like a wolf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Nate Miyaki
    • Narrated By Greg Zarcone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Have you hit procrastination station? Are you black and blue from trying to (unsuccessfully) roll with the punches that life throws at you? Are you ready to adopt a new way of dealing with the issues in your life that seem insurmountable? Then you’ve hit on the right audiobook. Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity, takes you step-by-step on an actionable path that can help you tackle any obstacle that comes your way.

    Oliver says: "Pearls (quotes?) of common sense?"
    "Pearls (quotes?) of common sense?"
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    I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't easily distinguish when a Bruce Lee quote was over, a new one began, when the author was "talking" and when it was a Hagakure quote.

    I like Bruce Lee, big fan of his JKD philosophy and martial art, and i also own Hagakure. But it felt as if half the book is made of quotes from these two sources.

    Hagakure is an insane collection of writings. Some of the texts are downright hilarious, and Hagakure only serves as a mood booster for me, whenever I need to read something totally of the charts crazy.

    The author is apparently part of the Paleo fan club. Crossfit fan club too. Mental toughness fan club also. Problem is: he seems to be too young to understand that he'll likely burn out in 10 years. Overall his thoughts seems naive as hell. I know, as I've been there. Young, thinking I knew everything, had every fact right, and that differing opinions were just a sign of people not "getting it" or being too lazy. It's a dead-end road though. Life is more complex, and and "complete life success" is more a matter of managing your energy, directing your thoughts wisely (and not just towards work and exercise as if that's the only valuable aspect of life).

    "Don't care what others think about you!" – well who would have guessed?! Giant pearl of wisdom there huh? :D

    Which books would I recommend instead for some of the same, but better?
    Mark Divine: The way of the SEAL.
    Greg McKeown: Essentialism (this one is AMAZING).
    Dain Heer: Being You, Changing the World.
    Richard Manning and John Ratey: Go Wild (wildly interesting!).
    Russell Simmons: Do You! (changed my life).
    Nathaniel Branden: 6 Pillars of Self-esteem. As genius as it comes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
    • Narrated By Blake Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awesome Content. Hard to listen to."
    "Mildly interesting"
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    I have no doubts about Peter Thiel and Blake Masters' business / startup skills. But as book writers... well... it's just not that interesting. It doesn't have a solid structure, and the content vague. It's not all over the place (as in Daniel Goleman's structural catastrophe Focus) but more like... a little here... a little there.

    The conclusion at the end of the book centers around stagnation vs singularity. Sounds cool and concrete, but no; it isn't. Even the conclusion is vague.

    And, they talk a lot about Tesla and PayPal – expected, because of their involvement in these – but it mostly boils down to: we did things right and for these reasons, not those, blah blah, yeah we're great, we're real startup'ers.

    Do I sound sour? Hmm, I hope not. It's just that the book is... vague. It's like a happy meal at McDonald's.

    I wanted more. MORE. If only the authors had been asked to REALLY come up with something hard-hitting. And did.

    But they don't.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Levitin
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel - and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives.

    Oliver says: "Finally a book about productivity that delivers!"
    "Finally a book about productivity that delivers!"
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    This is one crazy interesting book! It's long yes. And some reviewers find it way too long.

    Me? I find it amazingly well-written, well-edited and deep. Daniel explores various concepts and elegantly connects them in a brilliant fashion.

    This is one of those book I hope will never end. Each minute is packed full of info. No fluff in this book.

    Beware though: the book does talk a lot about the various regions of the human brain, their interconnectedness and role in various situations related to procrastination, productivity, organisation, etc. So if you'd rather like a lighter read, this book probably isn't for you.

    But if you like books with more substance, ones that challenge you, and have perhaps read and enjoyed Your Brain at Work: this book will be a surprisingly good listen for you.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
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    "No" is sometimes the hardest word to say. It's also the most necessary. How many times have you heard yourself saying yes to the wrong things - overwhelming requests, bad relationships, time-consuming obligations? How often have you wished you could summon the power to turn them down? This program will help you take back your power by showing that a well-placed "No" can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.

    MAL says: "A Must Read for All Ages and Personalities"
    "100% self-absorbed"
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    This book is weird. And it's one of a kind. One of a kind in the sense that I couldn't listen to more than an hour or so, before giving up. In retrospect, I can't believe it took me that long to realise how useless this book would be to me.

    The book is weird, in that the authors, who are a couple (as suggested by their last name Altucher) reads it themselves. Fine and fair enough, but they really stretch that format, by talking on top of each other. Suddenly having her voice interrupt, or vice versa, after one person talking solo for maybe 15 minutes; feels weird. As if you're in your friends living room, been there for a few hours, and suddenly you realise his partner was also home, sleeping under the sofa. Yes, weird example, but this book IS weird - and you get the idea.

    This book is also mindlessly boring and full of anecdotes that few other people than the authors themselves can get excited about. I'm all for transparency and authenticity, but in this book, it's feels like being at a wedding, positioned between two guests, who also happen to be a couple ("The Altucher's" also know as "The MeMeMe's") that can't stop telling you about their life, in every little detail, and make much grandeur of each and every little event, as if it's the biggest since the birth of Christ.

    Come on.

    I do realise the book may be in a good format for some listeners, just not me. It feels like they just pressed record, started rambling, sent it to a foreign language virtual assistant for editing (meaning that this person couldn't editorially edit it) and pressed the "Publish to Audible" button;)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Design Is a Job

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Monteiro
    • Narrated By Mike Monteiro
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    Co-founder of Mule Design and raconteur Mike Monteiro wants to help you do your job better. From contracts to selling design, from working with clients to working with each other, this brief book is packed with knowledge you can't afford not to know.

    Oliver says: "Brilliant, bright and extremely useful."
    "Brilliant, bright and extremely useful."
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    Mike tells it like it is. Here's how to sport a healthy web / design business. His advice is sound and valid. I agree a 100% with him, as it's the way I've run my own business and dealt with clients since I started in 2009. It's what has made my business profitable and stable while some of my "best" competitors have burnt their noses on bad clients, big projects that drag on forever, doing too much free work due to lack of clear scope at project initiation etc etc etc.

    He gives great advice on how to deal with problematic clients, how to charge, what to charge, what to look out for, how to work with freelancers, and more. Well, basically it's how to deal with all the stuff most web / designers struggle with.

    I have already recommended this book to three people, all of whom I know will benefit greatly from it. One of them has already praised it as much as I do.

    It's extremely useful and to the point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nir Eyal
    • Narrated By Dave Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

    Renan Cakirerk says: "Can't believe I paid for this audio book"
    "Good content but bad audio and little overview"
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    The narration is done by Nir Eyal himself. Overall he does it okay, but the microphone he has used must have been really cheap. And post-processing (compression, noise gate, etc) skipped altogether.

    Add to the above that he occasionally stumbles over his words. These mistakes have not been edited out of the audiobook. Not a huge problem, but it leaves an impression of a very unpolished, maybe rushed, audiobook.

    The content itself is good. Nir Eyal certainly knows his stuff. I watched an interview with him on Growthhacker.tv before getting this book. But: the content lends itself much more to a written format. As an audiobook, I miss a sense of overview.

    So I'll be getting this in kindle ebook format instead, and I recommend you do the same;)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Brown
    • Narrated By Joe Bronzi
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    Smart but Stuck offers 15 true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD. Dr. Brown highlights the often unrecognized role that emotions play in this complex disorder. He explains why even very bright people with ADHD get stuck because they can focus well on some tasks that interest them, but often can't focus adequately on other important tasks and relationships.

    Oliver says: "Is this a good book?"
    "Is this a good book?"
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    This book is a collection of case studies covering people with ADHD.

    While the stories themselves are somewhat interesting – but not particularly touching or engaging due to the clinical way they're presented – there are zero actionable advice in this book. Zero specific recommendations for treatment.

    Yes, the author does describe at the end of each case what helped the person. BUT, all of those sections sound alike! He'll say something along these lines:

    "I started Johnny on medication. He benefitted from the added focus the medication gave him. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Johnny. After a while, Johnny improved."

    "I started Anne on medication. She benefitted from the added focus the medication gave her. I also had weekly talk therapy sessions with Anne. After a while, Anne improved."

    And so on.

    No specific details about *which* medications worked, and which didn't etc. In that sense, Daniel Amen's recently revised Healing ADD is a much better, more useful book.

    And don't be misled by the title of this book. "Smart" gave me the impression it was about those with ADHD who are gifted with great intelligence, matching and even superseding non-ADHD people. Due to the high level of intelligence, their surroundings never saw, understood, or believed ADHD to be present in these people. Hence a life full of challenges. Add to that the fact that intelligent people (broadly speaking) tend to "think more" and therefore trouble and burden themselves with way too much stuff, every day, in every possible way... Then you'll have the kind of ADHD person I thought this book was about.

    It's not.

    Rather, it's about regular teens, who are "smart" in the sense that they're not dumb, but need some treatment and care, to live a normal life.

    ... Which is also fine. Just not what I thought the book was about.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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