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Austin M. Craig

Provo, UT | Member Since 2015

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  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 132 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015
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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5872)
    Performance
    (3787)
    Story
    (3818)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Fascinating Defense of Self Interest"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    This would have taken me a very *very* long time to read in print. In audiobook format, I can listen while I commute, making the experience much more practical for my busy life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    There are a couple speeches that stand out as phenomenal defenses of enlightened self interest, and the virtue of capitalism.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Francisco d'Anconia. Quite like him.


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

    This book goes for over 60 hours. It'll take you a while.


    Any additional comments?

    Take Rand with a grain of salt. She defends her stance beautifully, but reduces human character to such stark qualities that she misses the subtlety and nuance inherent to the human experience. Atlas Shrugged is not only a piece of fiction that has never happened, it is a piece of fantasy that could never happen.

    But instructive, all the same.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ari Meisel
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    "Less is more" - or, more specifically, the less you have to do, the more life you have to live. Efficiency expert Ari Meisel details his "Less Doing" philosophy, which will streamline your life, and make everything easier. In business and our personal lives, it often seems as if the only way to get more done is by putting in more time - more hours at the office, more days running errands. But what if there were a way that we could do less, and free up more time for the things and people we love? If this sounds like what you need, Ari Meisel has the program for you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Too Much for Less Extreme Lifestyles"
    "Cliff Notes verrsion of 4 Hour Work Week"
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    This is a great hands on application of most of the same principles in Tim Ferriss' 4 Hour Work Week. The difference is, this is short enough to sit down and start implementing in a day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (188)

    "No" is sometimes the hardest word to say. It's also the most necessary. How many times have you heard yourself saying yes to the wrong things - overwhelming requests, bad relationships, time-consuming obligations? How often have you wished you could summon the power to turn them down? This program will help you take back your power by showing that a well-placed "No" can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.

    Amy M. Salberg says: "Authors who should not have narrated their book."
    ""No", The only way to live in authentic life."
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    Hey practical and metaphysical take on approaching life's challenges. We all feel overwhelmed, and saying No is just not something wherever taught growing up (though we are told no many times). James and Claudia do a great job of outlining what to say no to so that we can legitimately say yes to the right things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Branding: Create Zealots for Your Brand, Your Company, and Your Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Hanlon
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    What is it that made Starbucks an overnight sensation and separated it from other coffee house companies? Why do many products with great product innovation, perfect locations, terrific customer experiences, even breakthrough advertising, fail to get the same visceral traction in the marketplace as brands like Apple and Nike?

    Joshua M. Hudson says: "Mixed"
    "Phenomenal, Actionable Model for Branding *Anythin"
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    Primal Branding a lines very well with the last book I read, Start with Why. They both clearly articulate The otherwise intangible qualities necessary for a successful Brandon business.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2333)
    Story
    (2319)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "Fundamental Principles"
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    The lessons Sinek shares are foundational to any business, or ANY venture's success. I've seen many examples of this firsthand, and he articulates them better than virtually anybody else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (825)

    Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."

    Joe Sparks says: "Bought the instant I saw it."
    "Rare insights - Not your average business book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Creativity, Inc. the most enjoyable?

    There were parts of this book that didn't make sense to me when I first listened... but they stuck. And I think I understand them better over time. It's the kind of book that takes a bit to settle in, for the lessons to really register. To me, those are the good ones.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Creativity, Inc.?

    "Your model of reality is not reality itself." This was frustrating when I first heard it. What are supposed to use if our own worldview models are inadequate? I believe I understand now from this that models of the world are simply tools. Use them when they're helpful. Discard them when they aren't.


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

    The Making of the Pixar Legend


    Any additional comments?

    Catmull teaches lessons that will prove invaluable to anybody who works in a creative space. You won't find his perspective elsewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2394)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1970)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "Very Helpful — Not for Everyone"
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    If you could sum up The Lean Startup in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant. Precise. Laborious.


    What other book might you compare The Lean Startup to and why?

    The Lean Startup isn't dissimilar to other business books I've read, except that Ries has very specific ideas on how to grow your venture. They are all excellent, but I'd contend that it isn't for every entrepreneur. Read it, learn from it, implement the fundamentals. To fully implement the book would be a very long term commitment, and applies primarily to those who will be running an organization.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Ries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


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

    No, it made me think. It confirmed some things I already believed, and taught me how to implement certain principles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29490)
    Performance
    (23087)
    Story
    (23308)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Downward Spiral of Attrocities"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    The Hunger Games story is well advanced by the time you start reading/listening to Mockingjay. It's a brutal story, with characters you've grown to care about being subjected to horror after horror. And that pretty well continues all the way through, ending with a slight glimmer of redemption. I wanted a little more sunshine, a little less carnage.


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

    This is my least favorite in the series, though as somebody who needs closure, I had to finish the story. It would be very hard to stop after the first or second book.


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

    She does a fine job.


    Did Mockingjay inspire you to do anything?

    Pray the world doesn't fall subject to despotic power mongers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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