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Jeff

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  • And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    More than 60 years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence.

    Jeff says: "Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!"
    "Pre-Beat Lit, instant classic!"
    Overall

    I was skeptic... lost book? Burroughs and Kerouac? Does the phrase "too good to be true" come to mind. Yet, to my delight, this could turn out to be one of my favorite pieces of midcentury counter-culture lit. Jack and William take turns with chapters, allowing a really neat multi-perspective view of the controversial plot. Ray does a great job reading, as usual. The epilogue is a great treat, the true story behind the novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (848)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "Surely Overrated"
    Overall

    The entire philosophy of this book was told in the first 15 minutes. Everything after that was painfully redundant. The examples given by the author dragged on and on, as if trying to create some kind of excitement. I listened to the first couple of chapters and nodded my head, "okay, this sounds good. I can use these ideas." Then I waited for him to make his next point... guess what, it never came.

    In my opinion the author had 20 pages worth of decent material and the rest is filler. Boring, useless filler.

    2 of 3 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
    (2826)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (577)

    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. . ."
    "Changed my life!"
    Overall

    No, this is not another get quick rich book. Yes, this book does describe a real 4 hour work week and prescribes practical actions to make it happen.

    The reader is great, keeps your attention and speaks passionately. The entire book moves along at a great pace, keeping you interested chapter after chapter.

    Within days of listening to the first several chapters I implemented many of its suggestions and literally shaved over ten hours of busy work. These practices can't work with EVERY job, that's for you to work out. However, if you're like me and do the work I do, then there is no reason to not put these principles into practice and start working smart, and enjoy the rest of the week how you want to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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