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Ken

Eagle Rock, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Laptop Millionaire: How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money Online

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Anastasi
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Go from ZERO to $10,000 a month in 28 days and discover financial freedom online! Every day thousands of people are losing their jobs, their income, and their security - perhaps you are one of them. And for others, a job alone might not be enough. With the right strategies, however, you can achieve financial independence - faster than you ever thought possible. The Laptop Millionaire provides 32 easy-to-follow step-by-step strategies proven to make real money online.

    Ken says: "10 Easy Steps to Become an Internet Spammer!"
    "10 Easy Steps to Become an Internet Spammer!"
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    What would have made The Laptop Millionaire better?

    I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Not only is this a sales-pitch disguised as a book, but also a direct rip-off of "The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich" by Timothy Ferriss. Ironically, the author suggests taking someone's work, adapting it, putting your name to it then selling it online as one of get rich quick strategies.

    There is lots of talk about how rich the author is and lots of reference to the programs, webinars, and other materials you can purchase if you sign into his website (membership site). The basic strategy is to sell something online by compiling an email database and regularly spamming them. Oh, and don't forget the up-sell!

    The only person getting rich with this book is the author.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance?

    Mr Synnestvedt's reading of the book, while technically competent, makes listening difficult as he has the tendency to end every sentence with a slight whine. It is like listening to Truman Capote reading a business book - very distracting.


    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (348)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "What happened to funny"
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    I wanted to like this book. I enjoy the Dilbert cartoons and this seemed to be a chance to become familiar with the man behind the comic strip. And perhaps that's the problem. Written like a self-help book based on the author's travails, it comes across as egotistical, dry and preachy. The narrator's monotone voice with its sarcastic inflections would have been perfect for reading the comic strip but it is too much for a full book.

    Couldn't finish the book and gave-up halfway through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (433)

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "Great information but..."
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    I really enjoyed the ideas put forward in this book and I think it is very important that randomness and statistics be better understood in society. That said, the author of the book is long-winded, imperious, and extremely self focused. "I" is the most common word used throughout the book while the author disdains his fellow traders on Wall Street, his fellow MBA's, and his fellow academics.

    If you can get past the author, the ideas and information of the book is worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1236)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "Some good, a little bad, a lot of other."
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    There is good information to be found in this book, but also a great deal of twaddle. The author begins with a "straw man" argument that today's MBA programs are geared to corporate middle managers and not to entrepreneurs, which is quite correct. That is the purpose of MBA programs. Then he touts this work as addressing the needs of the entrepreneur but provides a great summary of the information found in most MBA programs.

    Skip the three chapters in the center of the book that focus on personal improvement. Eating right, exercise and meditation are all topics that belong in a different kind of book. Bully for Mr Kaufman that he has gone vegan, this has no relevance to the topic.

    The distillation of business concepts are where this book shines, but they are often hidden within the author's endless promotion of his own website, his stories of his failed time at P&G, and his lifestyle guides. Mr Kaufman has clearly done a great deal of reading on the topic of business and has the ability to distill the information to be very useful, but he has trouble unifying this work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (301)

    Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

    Donn Gilray says: "Must Read/Listen"
    "Written and delivered in anthesis of Jobs"
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    I must have quit this book too soon as I seem to missed anything to recommend. The author/narrator's only good advice is to watch Jobs presentations on YouTube and model yourself after him. Unfortunately, the author/narrator doesn't take his own advice and delivers his topic like a healer at a revival meeting. Such basic information delivered like it was manna from heaven - I had to stop listening.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (582)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "Interesting topic stretched to fill a book"
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    Though there is more good than bad in Steiner's "Automate This," there isn't enough to fill a book and so reaches to include the history of computing back to Babbich and Turning. Well told, though occasionally erroneous, the story of a repeating instruction set is given more credibility than the subject deserves. Interesting but lacks the significance that the author tries to give the subject.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (225)

    In this classic, the world’s expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association....

    rebekah says: "Good premise, but reads like a text book"
    "Thought provoking and clearly written"
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    I was initially concerned by the length of this book, being a sign that I was in for a tedious listen. How pleasantly surprised I was by this clearly written and interesting work. Fascinating look at how similar all languages are and how they evolve over time. Pinker shows that for the human species, language is instinctual. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Social Conquest of Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edward O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (161)

    Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s preeminent biologists, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the author of more than 25 books. The defining work in a remarkable career, The Social Conquest of Earth boldly addresses age-old questions (Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) while delving into the biological sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts.

    Gary says: "Wow, Wilson has a lot to say and boy can he write."
    "Dreadful delivery of pseudo-scientific speculation"
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    Listening to this book was like being at a boring lecture of a pompous professor. It is the perfect storm of droning delivery, armchair speculation, and obfuscated writing. At the end of a topic, I would grit my teeth as the author would write "In summary..." as that meant I was in for lengthy, pompous, and obfuscating recap. Add to that the fact that the work is highly speculative with little actual science, this book becomes much work for little reward. I couldn't make it past chapter 7 and should have stopped sooner.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Interesting topic turned dry"
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    Any additional comments?

    The Information is a terrific idea for a book. Unfortunately what Gleick has produced is much more like a college professor's lecture notes compiled into book form. Very heavy on the history of information, beginning with the development of language, and continuing to the modern day information technologies. There are no conclusions sought, no parables discovered and no insights revealed, just a retelling of historical progression. Even the long epilogue doesn't really serve to enlighten, more just to illustrate the current developments in information theory and information quantum theory - an interesting topic if developed, but it is mostly elaborately defined.

    Only recommended for those an insatiable interest in the topic; everyone else will be put off by the pedantic tone and drone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (324)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Prepare to have your naivety removed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an important book to understanding the machinations occuring behind the scandals, bailouts, recessions, unemployment and many other factors widening the gulf between the haves and have-nots. The elimination of the middle-class is characterized as the short-sighted goal of the super-rich and the giant corporations.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Very clear enunciation and pleasant tone add to an upbeat performance, which must be difficult considering the breadth of the material and the potentially disheartening information.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is so engaging that I would have loved to have listened to this book in one sitting, but it is too thorough and lengthy to accomplish that feat. However, the length of the book should not dissuade anyone from reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    Though Stiglitz is not above lashing out at the political right, the financial elite, giant corporations, and military expenditures he provides a depth of facts and examples that support his positions. It is hard to disagree with his position when it is so well illuminated. It will be hard to passively watch the news after reading this book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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