This was painful to listen to. I'm an engineer by profession and I love all of the stuff about the "butterfly effect", fractals, etc. But after giving this my best shot and grinding through listening to it for about 6 hours - I finally stopped. I could not bear to go on. It simply was not written in a way to hold my interest. Too many mundane facts. Too dry. Too technical. This was a great opportunity for the author to bring something really cool to the masses and get people interested. Instead, it was written more like a college math text book with dropping a lot of names over and over.
I love Tony Robbins' books and audio books, so I didn't hesitate to purchase this. I rated this a 4 start instead of a 5 star because: (1) it was too long, and (2) it kind of veered off course on the last chapter. For someone who knows little to nothing about investing, this is a terrific book for you. It teaches you the basics about what you need to know and steers clear of the non-essentials. If you are already a seasoned investor, I would still recommend the book for chapter 5 - the all-seasons strategy/portfolio. I found that and Tony's discussion of Fixed Index Annuities helpful. I bought copies of this book for my kids (now grown up) because it really makes investing easy to understand for the average person and provides great ideas on how to prepare for retirement. I wish Tony would have read the entire book. He reads the first and last chapters. I didn't care too much for the professional reader - a little too dry. Tony has a lot more passion when he reads the book.
The title "Killing Patton" is a little misleading. This book is really about the last year of Patton's life. But the author is trying to create a series on famous people (Lincoln, Jesus, Kennedy, and now Patton) under the common title, "Killing person's name ". Nevertheless, the authors did a terrific job of making you feel as if you are there observing the final year of Patton's life (and of WWII). Whatever your opinions are about Patton, he is an interesting character and this is both a very interesting as well as educational read. I could easily listen to this book a second time and I'm sure I would pick up on things I missed through the first listen. If you have any interest at all in WWI and/or Patton, you won't be disappointed with this book.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit long. And in a few places, it seemed to drag. But overall, it provides a historical perspective on the development of the computer as we know it today, and it does so in an entertaining way. This book is more about people and less about technology. It is about the people who had the visions before the technology was available to implement it. And people are always interesting. This book connects the dots and shows how event after event, group after group, generation after generation built upon prior knowledge and technology to give us what we have today. I knew many of the historical characters cited in this book before reading it, but it put them in perspective and provided colorful background information that made them come alive. Even if you are not into computers and its related technology, you'll be able to enjoy this book for the biographical perspectives on the people who made it all possible.
If you ever saw the movie "For Love of the Game" with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston, this book has a similar format. Jim Abbott recounts his life growing up playing baseball and having just one hand in-between while recounting his innings of his no-hitter game he threw against the Indians when he was a Yankees' pitcher. If you like baseball, you will enjoy this book. The title sums it up. It's a great read and inspirational.
I really enjoyed this book. Its focus was primarily on those at the AAA level that had a taste of the majors. The book not only included players, but also coaches, umpires, and even grounds' crew and radio announcers, but the focus was on the players. It was about guys pursuing their dream of playing (and staying) in the majors. A lot of it was bitter sweat. It's incredible the amount of heartbreak that baseball players go through to try and reach the majors. The releases. The travel. The bouncing around. And while much of one's advancement is based on performance, there is still a certain amount of "being in the right place at the right time" - injuries that allow opportunities for others, and hot and cold streaks. If you are in to baseball, this book won't disappoint.
If you are serious about success, then this is a must read for you. It's short (3 hours) and to the point. Lots of good quotes and lots of good real-life stories of famous people who failed a lot but eventually were successful. Not only is this book motivational, it is practical. Don't think twice about getting this book . . . just do it. And listen to it on a regular basis.
This essentially is an autobiography of Chris Hadfield's pursuit of and becoming an astronaut. But it's a fun listen and very interesting. Along the way, you learn about Chris Hadfield, his wife and children. But you also learn about what it takes to become an astronaut and a little about what life is like as an astronaut. The author comes across as a very accessible and down-to-earth (no pun intended) guy. If you didn't know he was an astronaut and you met him on the street, he would probably seem like a great guy to hang out with . . . playing guitar, watching hockey (he's from Canada), etc. He emphasizes a lot of great qualities - such as the importance of preparation, humility, and being a team player. I could probably listen to this a second time and not have any loss in enjoyment hearing it. I strongly recommend it.
I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book but the other reviewers gave this high marks. I'm glad I took a chance. The book did not disappoint. The narrator, Ron McLarty, did a fantastic job reading the book; he definitely made a big difference between the book being good vs. it being really good. The stories were unexpected and disparate. Starting from the American Revolution up through the 1800s and in to WW II and 9/11. The stories were diverse and quite interesting. This book kind of reminds me a little of Paul Harvey's "and now you know the rest of the story." There are about 12 stories and each story is about 45 to 60 minutes. A few of the stories are tough to listen to because of the horrific atrocities described . . . such as the Battle of Wounded Knee and the Mi Lai massacre. This book will not disappoint.
This audio book has good content. However, it is a bit dry at times to listen to. If you are trying to make changes in your life, I recommend this book along with the books called "Change Anything" and "Influencer." There is some overlap in these 3 books, but combined, they provide you with all of the information you need to be successful in making positive changes in your life.
This is typical Gladwell. It is an eclectic collection of stories on a variety of topics. In the typical Gladwell style, it will leave you entertained, educated, and pondering topics you didn't know were so darn interesting.
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