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James Keen

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  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (667)

    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Richard J. Riker says: "2,220 well-invested minutes!"
    "Great story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Snowball to be better than the print version?

    This is one of the best bio's I have ever heard. It's lengthy at 30+ hours but I had a hard time pulling out the ear phones. Warren Buffett truly inspires and this book show's the side of him that you don't often hear about in the media.
    I will warn that this is a "life" story, and not a play-by-play of Warren's investments over the years. If you'd like to hear about this man's personal struggles, and what shapped him to become who and what he is today there's not better book!
    If you'd like to get a comprehensive idea of how he invest, and his process well... There are a few nuggets but this isn't the book you need to be reading.

    Kirsten Potter does a great job reading through the pages with little to no vocal change from what had to have been a great task to finish.

    Worth the time and money.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snowball?

    For me some of the legal battles where the most interesting things in the book. You learn a lot about how being honest played a big role in fixing problems. (Some of which would have truly tested the mighty among us)


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Warren himself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *****Major Spoiler Alert HERE*****

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    The death of Susan Buffet, and Katherine Graham where particularly telling.


    Any additional comments?

    Conservative (Republican or the like) readers will have a few bumps while trying to read this due to today's political issues. However, it's not a book that tries to get you to switch your beliefs, and I was able to sit through and undertand his reasonings for switching parties.
    If you are a conservative like myself don't let the fact that Warren is a domo move you away from enjoying this story.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Michalowicz
    • Narrated By Mike Michalowicz
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (123)

    In Profit First, Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, explains why the GAAP accounting method is contrary to human nature, trapping entrepreneurs in the panic-driven cycle of operating check-to-check and reveals why this new method is the easiest and smartest way to ensure your business becomes wildly (and permanently) profitable from your very next deposit forward.

    Shawn says: "Great Advice For Every SMB"
    "finally"
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    Finally the insight we need to get where we need and want to go. most importantly it is finally simplified.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (605)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

    James says: "This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece"
    "Interesting Perspective"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    I think it depends on preference. I did really enjoy the performance of the narrator.


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

    Joss Ackland does a great job of selling Uncle Screwtape's arrogance.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting perspective of things. C.S Lewis had a great talent for writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3642)
    Performance
    (2267)
    Story
    (2303)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Ayn Rand's usual captive style, but just okay"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't like the stories of Rape. Perhaps things have changed since this book was originally written but the idea of a women being attracted to this man because of this isn't really a good thing. Also Rand's selfish nature appears throughout, maybe more so in this than in Atlas; however, like Atlas she also makes some great points for those who believe in the importance of building something.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ayn Rand? Why or why not?

    Sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Honestly it's hard to say, Rand puts her hero's through some pretty tough paces so when they do win the feelings of exhaustion area apparent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book is a movie... it was okay.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confidence Gap: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Russ Harris, Steven Hayes PhD (foreword)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it's only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it.

    Diana says: "What I needed"
    "Some great points, and some narrow thinking."
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    Would you try another book from Russ Harris and Steven Hayes PhD (foreword) and/or Graeme Malcolm?

    To start I'd like to say that I am not a PhD like the author. So like anything else in this world if you believe that is the qualifying factor and the primary authority on all things than what I have to say will not matter and you can stop reading as what I have to say next will not matter.

    I found this book to be very helpful in parts! My problem in this area has been the "fear" to take the next step... I felt that the author gave great advice on how to overcome this area of life. Unfortunately I also felt like it could all be summarized in the final chapter.

    I don't know if it has been my general upbringing or if perhaps I'm positive by nature but a lot of the examples he used specifically related to negative thoughts do not register with me. By that I mean my natural thought process did not gravitate in the direction he outlined as "natural"... In fact early in the book he went as far as to say that "you have a seriously messed up mind" if you did not think this way.

    I've been of the notion that our minds tend to think with the reason that has been laid upon them. I.E if you have a lot of negative input your first reaction tends to be negative. Now does this mean I have no negative thoughts throughout my day? Of course; However, I rarely have a day full of them or consistent string of negative thoughts. (Again, it does happen)

    That being said a lot of things he had to say about acting or using fear as a motivator did help, and I’m actively using them. I simply couldn’t relate to the other portions of this book.



    Has The Confidence Gap turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'm excited to see what other thought leaders have to say about this subject.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from The Confidence Gap?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Many will disagree with me but skip chapter 5. (The chapter reference is based on audible, not the book)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stay Motivated: Developing the Qualities of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
    • Narrated By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (785)

    How to Stay Motivated provides you with clear and proven techniques to use to enhance relationships, improve your self-image, set and achieve goals, and so much more! Apply these winning steps from the motivational master himself to build a better, more productive, satisfying life for yourself and your family. Change your picture and change every facet of your life.

    Ricardo says: "Zig without interruptions make it worth it."
    "Great motivational listening."
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    Found that I had a little pep and "go git it" in my step while listening to this.
    There's a lot of practical advice which is nice to see too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1422)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "Great story, a tad racist."
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    What disappointed you about East of Eden?

    Some of the language used in this book shows it's age. If the "N" word offends you, or derogatory terms used towards Asian cultures than you should prepare yourself. There's a few chapters where you'll here both with prevalence.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have changed this story at all. There are some life lessons that don't perhaps go to these extremes but it definitely makes a case for not having favorites among your children.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil any of the story for those who have not read it, but I'll say my favorite scene is definitely early in the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from East of Eden?

    I wouldn't have cut anything as the author does a good job crafting the set pieces. I would however change the way some of the characters are referenced. (Though I suppose it's accurate for the time in which the characters live)


    Any additional comments?

    Great classic, has some issues with racism. If you can get past that then you'll have an enjoyable, and memorable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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