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Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
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  • 284 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone in their early 20s with little experience in their life might like it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Kaufman again?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Josh Kaufman?

    Not sure. Really not going to.

    What character would you cut from The First 20 Hours?

    I'd kill all the stories about things he learned in his past.

    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, he finishes his thesis early in the book. The rest is just fill. He talks about how he learned yoga and computer programming (that's all in the past). This was all about 20/20 foresight. How about talking about his thesis and then actually applying it to something he knows nothing about. Write about that. Write about how it's something he wants to learn, but is fighting with all the self doubts, frustration and aggravation of finding the motivation to do what he intellectually wants, but has trouble finding the discipline to actually learn. Prove that thesis. Don't just introduce the thesis and then look back into the past about how it worked for things he already learned. Don't talk about things he had to learn for his business. I have to do that all the time. I have to learn about things I could care less about because I have to do it for my business.

    All in all, this book talks about a thesis that could be stated in 3 lines. Only focus on learning one thing at a time. Devote the time to do it and don't let any other learning distractions stop you from this goal. And finally, think before you do. Plan how you're going to learn and do it intelligently. I have a problem with that idea because it all falls back to 20/20 foresight. You can't learn what's important and what isn't until you learn something about it.

    In the end, this was a brief thesis that didn't need the full space of a book. It makes money for the author because it's not a brief article that he can put on his website--it's a book. And this book is a waste of time and money.

    153 of 168 people found this review helpful
  • Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex, and Porn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky

    From New York Times bestselling author of Symptoms of Withdrawal and Moments of Clarity Christopher Kennedy Lawford comes a book that will save lives. For most of his early life, Christopher Kennedy Lawford battled life-threatening drug and alcohol addictions. Now in recovery for more than 25 years, he works to effect change and raise global awareness of addiction in nonprofit, private, and government circles, serving as the goodwill ambassador for drug dependence treatment and care for the United Nations.

    Grady says: "I didn't know I was a workaholic"
    "I didn't know I was a workaholic"
    Any additional comments?

    This helped reinforce what I already knew about addiction and taught me a lot about why people get addicted to different substances. I have a problem with Alcohol. One of the reasons is that I'm a workaholic. I really didn't know that about myself, but there was a chapter toward the end that described me when I didn't expect to find that part of me in the book. I've been using alcohol to 'relax' and to forget about the ongoing self-imposed pressures of the job. Wow, no one talks about that in AA. Now I know that I have to work on my 'work' addiction, it's helped with the alcohol problem. It's helped me to figure out how to relax a little. This was helpful.

    The author has had a very interesting life and he drops parts of his life's story into the book. That was very cool and very well done. Addiction can be something clinical, but it's also very personal to everyone who addiction touches. It helps when the help comes from someone who's actually been there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lose It for Life: The Total Solution - Spiritual, Emotional, Physical--for Permanent Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen Arterburn, Linda Mintle
    • Narrated By Brandon Batchelar

    Tired of that old yo-yo weight-loss/weight-gain cycle? Lose it for life! "Every other diet I've tried ends in despair; Steve's plan ends in hope!" Most weight-loss plans will help you drop a few pounds, but for how long? You deserve better. You deserve Lose It for Life, a time-tested, uniquely balanced program that deals with the physical, emotional, and even spiritual elements that lead to permanent weight loss. Even if you have already experienced some success on another weight-loss program, this audio will give you the information....

    Diana says: "A great way to look at weight loss"
    "They said spirituality, they meant Jesus"
    What would have made Lose It for Life better?

    They tried to give you an unique twist on weight loss. They meant to give you the Alcoholics Anonymous approach to weight loss. I have a great faith in God. But in this case it's if you don't believe in Jesus, you can't loose weight. They didn't say faith in Jesus in the reviews; instead, they dodged the issue by saying "spirituality". To me spirituality is in meditation, prayer and a profound connection with God. Jesus is a part of that. But why lie? Why use the word "spirituality" instead of Jesus. It's because of marketing. I wasn't looking for a sermon for may weight loss. "I'm fat because I'm not putting my faith in Jesus?" This is just another cheep excuse to connect religion with personal problems. I don't believe that the people who wrote this for any other reason than to make money. Why else would they take advantage of my faith and tell me that my weight problems are problems with my connection to Jesus. My weight problems are connected with my love for MacDonalds, Popeye's, and overeating. My faith, my connection with Jesus, is between me and God. Spirituality is a metaphysical issues that goes beyond this book. Shame on them for telling me that my weight problems are because of faith. This is just another ploy to sell books.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a book that uses the term "spirituality" instead of Jesus.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Narrator didn't do a bad job.

    What character would you cut from Lose It for Life?

    None. Anyone who tells me that I can't loose weight unless I believe more in Jesus doesn't deserve my respect.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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