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Matteo

I love learning thru books, about life, people and ways to be better. My best listen so far? "The Power of Now" have a good listen!

madrid, Spain | Member Since 2011

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  • Practicing the Power of Now: Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (204)

    Practicing the Power of Now is a carefully arranged series of excerpts from the The Power of Now that directly gives us those exercises and keys. Return to those words, reflect on the words, reflect even on the space between the words and - maybe over time, maybe immediately - you'll discover something of life-changing significance.

    Jan says: "Excellent Refresher"
    "good but a bit of a repetition"
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    I love Eckhart Tolle's books, but having read the Power of now and A New Earth I found some of this things wore pure repetition of earlier books, but still his words and the way he says them bring me a big sense of calmness and peace

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rolf Potts
    • Narrated By Rolf Potts
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks to four months to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

    Matteo says: "review of a well seasoned traveler."
    "review of a well seasoned traveler."
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    I like to read books where I come out with something. I've been thinking about reading this book for a long time, since Tim Ferris was a fierce supporter. But I struggled to see what pointers I could take on this book.

    Many of the "conclusions" are opinionated, posing a right and wrong way of traveling. Myself, I travel rather similar to how the author of the book has done, but I find that most of his advice is common sense, the rest is just his opinion, which sometimes coincides with mine, and sometimes not.

    For someone that has never traveled outside of package tours, this book my pose a different way of traveling, something that many people can enjoy and learn from if they try. I was expecting to find something creative and different from what I saw, instead I just saw criticism of those that do package tours, drugs or alcohol.

    I'm not saying the way he travels is not interesting, I'm saying that if this is what you like, this is what you will do. If someone rather go to a club med, well, there can be something in that too, different tastes make up for different traveling ways.

    My self, I like to mix up a bit of everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8451)
    Performance
    (6860)
    Story
    (6916)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Again, on my top 5!"
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    After reading The Name of the Wind I could not stop, I jumped right in The Wise Man's Fear. It is like the first book, if not better. With more magic and with our hero exploring many different sceneries. Highly recommended series, too bad the 3rd book is not yet available, so it was with a pain that I finished this book. Now I was just waiting for The Second book of the Storm light archive to come out, and I will be on it next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10194)
    Performance
    (7969)
    Story
    (8067)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "On my top 5 books"
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    I loved this book. To compare it to some of my favorites, it inspired me like The Way of Kings or The wheel of time series. I love the character, the type of magic, the apparent normalness of it all. Like if the magic that happens in the book could truly exist, like if it was rational.

    Its a long book, and there wore a few parts that wore a bit too slow, but in general this is an amazing book, with great narration. Loved it, just hope the 3rd book comes soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River God

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Danger surounds all those who oppose the ruling elite. But Taita, a wise and formidably gifted enunch slave, begins the dangerous journey towards his glorious dream: to restore the majesty of the Pharaoh of Pharaohs on the glittering banks of the nile.

    Matteo says: "Couldn't finish it"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    I didnt like the narration and the story. Its nice that is in ancient egypt but I didnt find I was learning a lot about how things wore done then. I read 50% of the book and gave up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Disapointing"
    "Great book, not incredibly exiting though"
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    I loved the book because it helped me understand history by passing it thru the caracters stories. Its not an incredibly exiting book, and is not as good as Pillars of the Earth, but I loved reading it. its caracters as always display all sorts of emotions, and there are some sex scenes. If you like Ken Follet and history, you will like this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6925)
    Performance
    (4436)
    Story
    (4465)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Didnt really like the magic system"
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    I love Brandon Sanderson, been reading quite a lot of things from him. I'm not really sure why I didnt like Mistborn so much. I give it a 4 star because it was a good book, and I might even read the following book, but I wasent particularly trilled by it.

    The Way of Kings is my advice, best book of the kind I have ever read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1136)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    Harold says: "Well done!"
    "Read after books 8 to 10. But I didnt like it"
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    I have read this book after book 10, which most here agree is one of the worst of the series, perhaps even possible to skip it without hindering the whole series.

    Although many have liked this book I found it to be almost exclusively the story of Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. Although I like the caracteres, I was expecting many more interesting things to be added to the plot, for example I would love to know the story of Rand's father and mother, both biological and step father, this is a part of the story I was always missing and curious about.

    anyways, I'm not sure if there is much to this book, maybe it would be possible to skip it all together, read a sumarry somewhere and race to the new books by sanderson, which I've heard pick up the pace quite a bit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholas Carr
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    Weaving insights from philosophy, neuroscience, and history into a rich narrative, The Shallows explains how the Internet is rerouting our neural pathways, replacing the subtle mind of the book reader with the distracted mind of the screen watcher. A gripping story of human transformation played out against a backdrop of technological upheaval, The Shallows will forever alter the way we think about media and our minds.

    Roy says: "Is the Internet Turning Our Brains to Mush?"
    "So Shallow I couldent finish"
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    I imagined a book like this would be based on research. I've only read 50% of the book because it was so Shallow I couldent go on, but so far all of autors arguments wore "Because me and my friends can't read more then one page, then it means the whole world can't read more then one page". Sorry, I read a book per week and although I think internet is making us more shallow and read less, I was hopping to encounter some solid research, instead this books seams a description on how the autor and his friends are behaving, which is not very usefull in my opinion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3461)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1796)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "Love the series but this one is horrible"
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    I loved the whole series. This is kind of obvious since I got this far! But this book had no exitement, I was just reading it hopping the end of the book it would pick up like it usually does, but it didnt. In the end I feel I must continue as I love the series and I am curious to reach the next books, but well, this one was awfull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rework

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (580)

    With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

    Grant says: "Some good ideas. Some not."
    "Arrogant book with very little true value"
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    The autor uses a kind of logic that is, in my opinion, very flaude. He says things like "I eat 5 hamburgers per day and don't have high colestorol, thus I conclude that hamburgers do not cause high colesterol".

    They are constantly saying the "truth" without any real objectivity, saying it works because they made it work and that is a really poor argument.

    I understand not all books can be based on research, in fact I love many business books that are based on experience. But most of the autors that write books based on experience say things like "Have you tried this? It has work very well for me". This way you know what they are saying is a possible thing to do, and give you ideas of what you can try.

    They say things like "who needs a PR agency? we wore featured in this and that paper without one, why would you pay tens of thousends of dollars for PR that you dont need?"

    First of all, not al PR agencies will cost you tens of thousends. Secondly, how long did it take them to get into this big news outlet? Do they know how long it would have taken them with a PR agency? Would it be better? And thirdly their most sucessful product (Basecamp, which I am a user) is a project management tool where you pay by project, not by user. This makes it really easy to invite suppliers to participate on your project page without any extra cost. They supplier sees how it works for us and might sign up for it themselves. This is ofcourse a genious move, and makes the product viral (like dropbox, that gives you extra space for each person you invite) but not all products can work the same, or not al entrepreneurs can find such a clever way to make your product or service viral.

    At one point they say "People say to learn from your mistakes, but what can you learn from your mistakes, we learn from our sucesses" "Other people's mistakes are their mistakes, not yours, so don't get mixed up on it". I am an internet business owner and so far I have never met a person that has not made a mistake. If you do make a mistake, you better learn not to do it again, and WHY it was a mistake. If you don't learn that, then I think it will be hard to move forward.

    I have read many business books, almost 1 per week and this is the lowest rating I have ever given as I recall. It has no new and usefull information, its just a recopilation of statments, some of which I agree fully, so of which I dont agree at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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