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James

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  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (887)

    Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

    Grant says: "Fighting through procrastination."
    "Artists Must Read This 1-2x/Year"
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    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    Yes. This speaks so boldly to many of the challenges artists face and provides a kick in the pants to push past them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of Art?

    The part where I got kicked in the pants...oh wait, that was pretty much the whole book.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a fine job. I'm not sure what he added, but more important to me is that he didn't distract from Pressfield's writing.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    To be professional, you have to think and act like a professional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Beginning with May 29, 1919, when photographs of the solar eclipse confirmed the truth of Einstein's theory of relativity, Johnson goes on to describe Freudianism, the establishment of the first Marxist state, the chaos of "Old Europe", the Arcadian 20s, and the new forces in China and Japan. Also discussed are Karl Marx, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Castro, Kennedy, Nixon, the '29 crash, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's New Deal, and the massive conflict of World War II.

    Mark says: "Relevant History"
    "Excellent book, poor recording"
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    Where does Modern Times rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Low in the top 30th percentile - content would be top 10% but the recording is almost unbearable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think she did a fine job although as an American, her accent makes her harder to understand. However it is truly the poor recording quality that makes this a problem. I'm an audio engineer myself, so these things irritate me greatly. If this was properly processed with eq and compression especially, it would be a MUCH more enjoyable listen probably 4 star)! Also, there is background noise like voices in the adjacent room. This is also distracting. I also think that the narrator's use of French and German accents are superfluous.


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

    No way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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