First let me say, I liked this guy. He was energetic, had an odd but cool sense of humor, and generally came off to me as a decent human being, albeit young in experience to an extent although he tried to stress otherwise.
But... with that being said, I was expecting a book on steps to take to quit your job. Maybe things to do to start a business on the side, pitfalls to watch out for regarding setting up the business or taxes or I don't know, anything really insightful. Instead I got a bunch of common sense knowledge wrapped in a "his life" point-of-view, dipped heavily in his sense of humor (yeah, kind of like that).
I have been a Dave Ramsey listener for a long time now and have learned a ton of useful points and things to live by from Mr. Ramsey. So when I saw this book under the "Ramsey Umbrella", I got excited. I almost bought the paperback, but it was priced too high. I got this on audible on sale and for the sale price it was at least entertaining.
The main issue that I had with this book wasn't so much that it was just common sense. I mean, at least that was delivered in an entertaining manner. My problem was that I don't think that the author realized WHY his life worked out the way that it did. He talked about hustle, and continuing to fight for the dream. But hearing his story as an outsider to his life, it sounds to me like the main reason for his successes in life may have been social connections. Which is something I already knew about the real world, and something he may not realize that he had as an advantage, instead crediting himself as a hustler in life.
I have a strange feeling that if Mr. Acuff had the connections that most of us have in life, he'd still be giving speeches to 30 people in Nebraska even to this day. I may be wrong, it's just a hunch of mine, but I'd be willing to bet on this hunch.
I give it 3 stars as it passed the time while doing daily chores and driving, and it was entertaining to a degree. But not worth more than I paid for it on sale as it lacked anything outside of common sense.
It has been a long time since I've read a Stephen King book. I've been a fan and still am. I loved Salem's Lot, The Stand, etc. I guess this is what I was expecting when I bought this book. I just didn't find it scary, and I was expecting scary for some reason (probably a stupid assumption on my part).
But outside of the book not being the genre I thought it was going to be, you do get lost in the characters. In my opinion that is this books strength, the characters. The storyline was slow and dare I say went from "wow what a cool premise" to "kinda boring and slow".
The narrator did a fantastic job. Being my first audible download as a brand new member I was amazed at the quality of the narration. But maybe that is just "shiny new toy" syndrome after listening to free audiobooks from many sites over the years. You know "written and read by the author", in their bedroom, with a highway outside their window.
So I gave the overall a 3 because to me it was average overall, due to the slow moving and really going nowhere storyline, but a 5 to the performance as I think why I was so lost in the characters (which is a good thing) was due to the great job of the narrator.
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