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manaf

I am a plastic surgeon by profession A father by heart A trader by choice A teacher by passion A child by curiosity

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  • 'Hello', Lied the Agent: And Other Bullshit You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ian Gurvitz
    • Narrated By Ian Gurvitz
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Most of us have no concept of what goes into creating a show, getting it on the air, and keeping it on. Perhaps we assume that the people in charge simply decide what amuses them at the moment, make those shows, stick them on, and wait to see if the public responds. Or maybe they just throw darts at a board? The truth, as with most things, is more complicated. In 'Hello', Lied the Agent, Ian Gurvitz has produced a corrosively funny insider's look at what being a television writer is really all about.

    Debbie Richards says: "Interesting"
    "not worth your time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i cant think of one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i already have 8 books in a row , ideas that changed the world is my next


    Did Ian Gurvitz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    well shows the real strugge of a writer to get something achieved in tv land


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (294)

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    Crystal says: "CALLING ALL PARENTS: MUST READ!"
    "a lot of practical advice"
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    Any additional comments?

    full of practical comments , you need to listen to it a few times to pick all the nuggets of advice specially if you are like me listening while your stuck in a traffic jam :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Sebastian Lockwood (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Sebastian Lockwood
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    A new version of The Epic of Gilgamesh by Sebastian Lockwood. This is the story of Gilgamesh, King of Kings, who brought back knowledge from before the flood - who loved and lost his companion Enkidu and had to find out why we die. The Epic of Gilgamesh was written on clay tablets over 4,000 years ago, in what is today Baghdad Iraq - the Biblical Garden of Eden between the Tigris and the Euphrates. Lockwood gives a passionate reading from a text that faithfully follows the original.

    TAGSfan says: "Captain Kirk reads Gilgamesh?"
    "The story of Adam and eve descent from heaven"
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    Would you listen to The Epic of Gilgamesh again? Why?

    it has the origin of Noah flood mythology , it is an amazing piece of human oral history that turned into one of the first written history pieces by one of the first human writings and the root of so many beliefs that are shared in the middle eastern religions


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You: The Small Business Guide to Raising Your Profits by Raising Your Profile

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Avrin
    • Narrated By David Avrin
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Almost everyone who runs a business recognizes the value of generating high-profile attention for their company, product, or service. Unfortunately, the high cost of hiring an outside marketing or PR firm can put these kinds of efforts out of reach for many small businesses and individual professionals.

    A says: "Useful information but a bit spammy at times"
    "Become Noticed"
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    If you could sum up It's Not Who You Know, It's Who Knows You in three words, what would they be?

    let them see you


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reactions but a few mild aha moments


    Any additional comments?

    an informative book I would read again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Myth of Multitasking: How 'Doing It All' Gets Nothing Done

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Dave Crenshaw
    • Narrated By Dave Crenshaw
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    In a compelling business fable, The Myth of Multitasking confronts a popular idea that has come to define our hectic, work-a-day world. This simple yet powerful book shows clearly why multitasking is, in fact, a lie that wastes time and costs money. Far from being efficient, multitasking actually damages productivity and relationships at work and at home.

    Javier says: "Great book, short and straight to the point"
    "Dave is ON to something"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Myth of Multitasking?

    from the beginning of the book the challenge he offers in the form of an exercise proves his point
    multitasking is such a buzz word but is it really true ? or even possible
    read this book to findout


    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
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1686)
    Story
    (1678)

    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"
    "you can spend your credit on this one"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    it is overall a good book with some practical principles you can use


    If you’ve listened to books by Josh Kaufman before, how does this one compare?

    definitely better than the first 20 hours which was a total waste


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Was The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemy of Finance

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Soros
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    George Soros, called "a superstar among money managers" by The New York Times, shares the investment strategies he uses to read the mind of the market.

    Joel says: "Interesting but not new"
    "show me the money LOL"
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    What disappointed you about The Alchemy of Finance?

    not particularly informative , a wondering story with no particular aim .i read many better financial books


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    ok


    Any additional comments?

    use your credit on something els

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Billion is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T. Boone Pickens
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (56)

    From a businessman who is extraordinarily humble yet is considered one of the world's most visionary, The First Billion Is the Hardest is both a riveting account of a life spent pulling off improbable triumphs and a report back from the front of the global energy and natural-resource wars - of vital interest to anyone who has a stake in America's future.

    Eric says: "A Guide for a U.S. National Energy Policy."
    "sadly "I got lucky I got rich Now i write a book""
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    Any additional comments?

    i was hoping for a thoughtful analytic account that gives insights into markets and trading , sadly it was a mere account of personal historical events with no way to verify any of them . i guess you would like it if you just wanted to know by his account how did boon Pickens make his millions ,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of Closing the Sale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (184)

    All of us are involved in selling every day. Whenever we present a product or a principle, inform a client, or instruct a child, we are engaging in the art of effective persuasion. Allow America's master of the art of selling to explain proven, practical sales techniques all of us can use every day.

    D. Gamble says: "Dated materal"
    "LETS HOPE ONLY THE GOOD GUYS USE THIS"
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    If you could sum up Secrets of Closing the Sale in three words, what would they be?

    very interesting and full of to the point and practical information in my opinion
    and yet not presented in a dry fashion


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of Closing the Sale?

    once they agree to the principle you can make them pay the price you want


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    no characters


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    if you sell it they will buy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Judaism, Christinanity and Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Frank E. Peters
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Professor Peters' studies of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam allow him to offer a series of lectures beginning with Creation and ending with the Final Judgment. In this course, Professor Peters leads listeners through a comprehensive study of each of these fundamentally monotheistic religious communities. As he concludes, only by understanding their similarities and differences can we hope to make sense of the politics of religion which continue to fuel conflicts throughout the world.

    David says: "Informative review of the 3 big religions"
    "as an academic faith scholar peters lost his way"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i hoped for a highly researched academic dissertation , but was more like a superficial glance full of inaccuracies am afraid .it was too poor to be considered academic


    What was most disappointing about Frank E. Peters’s story?

    inaccuracies


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    not realy


    Any additional comments?

    find another academic about the subject

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Douglas
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (288)

    Maximizing the trader's state of mind is the key to successful results. Conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes in thinking can spell disaster for even a highly motivated, astute and well-grounded trader. Mark Douglas, an industry consultant since 1982, sends the message that a "thinking strategy" will profoundly influence a trader's success rate. Douglas addresses five very specific issues to give traders the insight and understanding about themselves that will make them consistent winners in the market. Trading in the Zone offers specific solutions to the "people factor" of commodity price movement. It uncovers the true culprit for lack of consistency when it comes to stock picking: lack of focus and self-confidence. Through simple exercises, traders will learn how to think in terms of probabilities and adopt the specific beliefs necessary to developing a winner's mindset. Along the way, they'll gain valuable insights into their own entrenched misconceptions about the market.

    A User says: "Great a second time"
    "plan your trade trade your plan that's all"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Douglas and/or Walter Dixon?

    not sure really as most of the book was trying to get to that basic concept that you really cant predict the market direction but have some system of entry and and exit plan win or loose and let your winnings run and cut losses short


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Do the work by Steve Pressfield


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he didnt


    Did Trading in the Zone inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    it only brings one idea as i said the market is a gambling game , try to be the house by picking a strategy that gives you an edge then play the numbers game

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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