Content is excellent but the format and reading is dry. If you don't have time to listen to the full 24 hours of the original from Napolean Hill, then this is a good summary of some of the main ideas. But if you can affort the 24 hours, listen to Napolean Hill's original book.
I was very conflicted about how to rate this book. I know it is a classic. The content/info is 5-star. But it reads like a college textbook and is very difficult to listen to. The narrator has perfect diction but is somewhat monotone and boring to listen to. I really had a difficult time keeping focused on listening to the materical. This is my 20th+ audio book I have listened to in the car while commuting to and from work each day, and it was one of the most difficult to listen to. The only reason I stuck with it was because the info is very worthwhile. To summarize:
Content = A
Presentation = D (textbook, dry)
Narration = D (monotone)
Unlike Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln" - which focused on the last week or two of Lincoln's life, this book covers the entire "1,000" days of Lincoln's presidency plus some of Kennedy's WW II time. I'm not criticizing that, but I expected the book to focus on the last week or so of Kennedy's life and the the assansination. Instead, the assananation got just a fraction of the entire book. I thought the book was very engaging and reads well. It covers all the major events in Kennedy's presidency - Bay of Pigs, Europe, Cuban missile crisis, ties to the mob, Marilyn Monroe, etc. For anyone who knows about these events, you still might learn a few more things you didn't know before. This is a good overall view of Kennedy's presidency. I liked it and would recommend it.
I am biased. I like John Stossel's news stories and his presentation. I don't always agree with his conclusions, but he is provacative and never boring. When I purchased this audio book, I bought it more fore entertainment than to be educated. I thought I already had a pretty good handle on the problems of government. However, Mr. Stossel raised a lot of points and issues I simply was not aware of. I still find it difficult to agree with his position on drugs because of the death and destruction it has caused, but he makes a lot of good points. Whether you are pro big-government or anti big-government, this audio book is sure to entertain, educate, and make you think. Two thumbs up.
I really enjoyed the story. Unlike many people, I hardly new anything about Steve Jobs. Yes, I knew he started Apple. And yes, I knew he came back and saved Apple. But beyond that, I knew very little about the man. So I had little knowledge of what to expect. I didn't realize how mean he was to people. He certainly lived a very interesting life and he was a very passionate person. I appreciated that the author presented both positive and negative aspects to Jobs' personality and his achievements (and failures). I was never bored and would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a passing interest in Jobs.
I have read or listened to many, many of the well-known authors and lecturers on success or success related topics: Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Napolean Hill, Zig Zigler, etc., and this book is a good summary of much of what you will find with these other authors and motivational speakers. The audio book is fairly short (under 6 hours) - a plus - and it is straightforward and practical. If a person puts in to practice even 1/10th of the suggestions in this book, it should improve their "success" in life noticeably. Parents - this is a good book to share with your kids.
I am really conflicted about this book. I believe that about 80% of the book has some good info, good alternatives, and provides the reader ideas to further investigate and explore. However, Dr. Coldwell's presentation is such a turn-off, that he really does himself and his book a disservice. He constantly throughout the book bashes the medical preofession as greedy little money mongers that are only perpetuating chemo, surgery, and radiation to get your money. This was a major turn off for me and, completely unnecessary as well. In addition, Dr. Coldwell glorifies himself as one of the few people who know how to cure cancer. This type of presentation - bashing the medical professional and holding yourself on high - repeatedly throughout the book, is both annoying and a turn off. The reason I give this book review 4 stars (and not 1 star) is because there are many alternatives he presents that are worth exploring. Read the book for the cancer treament alternatives and try your best to ignore the soapboxing and you should be OK. I agree with 80% of what Dr. Coldwell says (about diet, stress, exercise, etc.), the other 20% strikes me as out in left field . . . but at least it provides ideas for one to investigate further.
What I really like about Malcom Gladwell's books (Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink) is that he uses real-life stories to illustrate his points. The stories are not only relevant but also interesting and fascinating. This book helps you better understand why you are able to make good snap judgements with almost no information as well as why we sometimes make very bad snap judgements. Some of the information in this book overlaps a little with the book "How We decide" which is another good book to listen to. Two thumbs up for Blink.
I picked this audible book up because I kind of liked some of the messages in the book called "The Secret" (which was about the law of attraction). So I figured this might have some more insight and I would find it interesting. I was wrong! I couldn't even listen past the first 60 minutes. This was way too "out there" - too esoteroic - more so than the Secret. There was about 10 minutes of a very repetitive . . . "Before your birth . . . you knew that . . . blah blah blah . . . and here your are. Before your birth, you knew that . . . and here you are . . . and here you are . . . and here you are." I usually force myself to listen to an audible book I paid money for, but in this case, I had no hesitation about hitting the pause and then the delete on my smartphone. Save yourself $15 and don't bother.
Should be required reading in every high school in America. This is good stuff. It is practical and easy to understand. The authors provide example after example about why something works and how to do it. This is an easy and quick read. I highly recommend it.
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