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Stephen

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11651)
    Performance
    (10087)
    Story
    (10063)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "If you're interested in Apple, read this book."
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    Isaacson came neither to praise or bury Jobs. He laid out the facts of his life, neither covering up or wallowing in the less praise-worthy aspects. He reveals the aspects of Jobs life that make you go,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs is the central character & there's really no one else worth discussing. The interaction with Gates and evaluations Gates and Jobs give each other are intriguing.

    There's that binary thing about Jobs that makes him fascinating. He's an ulta-entrepreneur who sees himself as a hippie. He's a relentless salesperson that wouldn't bathe and made sales calls barefoot. You have to ask,


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Baker does a good job reading. He's straightforward. Probably my only quibble isn't his fault. There are quotes in the book that can read differently, depending on voice inflection. Baker made good choices, but several quotes could mean something quite different with a different reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is relatively unemotional. It makes you go,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kirk Douglas
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and in this engrossing memoir, he offers wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights. As he explores the mixed blessings of growing older, he looks back at his youth and his glamorous life in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus and includes anecdotes about such friends as Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash.

    Jill says: "WONDERFUL"
    "Half great, half bad"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. When he's talking about his life, it's terrific. When he's talking about world issues, it's just a guy ranting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kirk Douglas again?

    Yes, a full autobiography would be fascinating.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jason Alexander?

    Yes, good narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book doesn't lend itself to becoming a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    About half of this book is about Kirk Douglas, his life in Hollywood, and his career as an actor. The other half is him talking about world problems and what he thinks should be done. What's fascinating about Douglas is his career. Listening to his personal opinions on issues is just like sitting and listening to any other old guy talk about his view on the world. If he's your uncle, you sit and politely listen. If he's someone you don't know, you get away from him as fast as you can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9919)
    Performance
    (4572)
    Story
    (4557)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Unabridged classic. Most other books are copies"
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    What did you love best about How to Win Friends & Influence People?

    Carnegie is the early master of motivational teaching and relationship coaching. This is the original book. Most others are remixes of his original ideas. It's about changing your thought process to improve your relationships. It is not about faking relationships, it's about understanding what motivates other people, and responding it the appropriate way.


    What other book might you compare How to Win Friends & Influence People to and why?

    Think and Grow Rich is similar in terms of changing your thought process to improve your life, but is more dated and covers different subject areas. Listen to both, if you want to improve your relationships and success levels.


    Have you listened to any of Andrew MacMillan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    McMillan also narrates


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The idea isn't to win the argument. The idea is to make a friend. We become friends by being friends. Most people believe that they are the most interesting subject in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in motivational books, you should begin with Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill. Most other books build on these foundations. This book refers to faith in a positive way. Carnegie quotes from several religious and philosophical sources, but this is not an evangelistic book for any particular faith.

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