You no longer follow Howard Gutowitz

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Howard Gutowitz

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Howard Gutowitz

ratings
4
REVIEWS
4
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
13

  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (509)

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than 15 million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges: Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight. Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others.

    Joanne says: "Not for salespeople!"
    "90% inert filler. Author can do better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a smart guy, and somewhere in here is useful information. But _so_ much filler, so much is useless and repeated constantly. What would have been a brilliant essay is puffed up to a "business book". Try starting at Chapter 7 where the "useful" concentration goes a bit higher.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1581)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "If you're at all interested in Hitchens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're at all interested in Hitchens, listen to the stuff he narrates himself, including this. I don't get those who complain about his narration: his personal delivery is an important part of the experience, and thrilling in itself, in my view. This comment especially to those such as me who think in an American accent.

    It is surprising to me that Audible does not let you search specifically for work narrated by the author. I've suggested it it to them, and it would be incredibly easy to implement. There must be others who would appreciate such a function. Audible will have observed that in-person readings by the author can be well attended. If you agree, please write to Audible as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eli Broad
    • Narrated By Eli Broad, Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Unorthodox success principles from a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist.

    Eli Broad's embrace of "unreasonable thinking" has helped him build two Fortune 500 companies, amass personal billions, and use his wealth to create a new approach to philanthropy. He has helped to fund scientific research institutes, K-12 education reform, and some of the world's greatest contemporary art museums. By contrast, "reasonable" people come up with all the reasons something new and different can't be done, because, after all, no one else has done it that way.

    Al says: "Good Book, but culd have been great"
    "repetition of platitudes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Based on other reviews here, I imagined something along the lines of Richard Branson's autobigraphy which I loved. Nothing like it. This, is ghost written, highly repetitious and boring. There is revealed nothing that one could considered "unreasonable" in any sense of the word. Indeed, no actual content as far as I could tell. It's a shame since this man's life should have been an interesting story. It remains for someone else to write it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Half Empty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (322)

    In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny, gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences....

    Maeghan says: "Even better heard than read"
    "Listen if you're into Rackoff/but not the first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Rakoff and/or David Rakoff?

    Read/listen to Fraud and Don't get too comfortable first.There is some very funny/interesting stuff here. But do not recommend it as first experience of Rackoff. Once you're hooked, get this.


    What about David Rakoff’s performance did you like?

    I wouldn't have anybody but Rackoff himself read his work. An essential part of the experience.


    Could you see Half Empty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure. American Splendor-ish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.