I really didn't know much about Janis Ian or her music. I was familiar with a couple of her hits. I listened to this mainly because it got rave reviews from other listeners. This isn't the typical book I listen to on a regular basis. I am more the business book and self-help type but decided I wanted a break. Her story was extremely fascinating and provided a wonderful glimpse into what it is like to make it and not make it in the music world.
She tells her story, and its a life with wild ups and downs, in such an open and honest way. She is a fantastic story teller/narrator, which makes sense as she is a singer songwriter. This has been one of my favorite audiobooks. Love the fact that in the audiobook you get to hear her music all along the way.
The author seemed to make the same point over and over again about the need to struggle in the second half of life. He also did a great job explaining why it's important. It's a valid point but I was hoping for more insights. Richard Rohr was highly recommended to me so I went through half the book wanting to like it before I decided that I was totally bored.
It seemed like every single point made had to be backed up by a scripture quote. Even taking into account that one should expect this from a Christianity based author, the over use simply became distracting over time.
His voice and pace were fine.
Yes, some insights were helpful. Just not enough to be sustaining for me.
A couple of years ago I became an avid amateur ballroom dancer and at the same time I have parents that immigrated from China. This was an accurate journey into both worlds. The characters were very realistic to me. I love ballroom dancing and in many ways, this book's insider descriptions of this world helps me to articulate why. Also, the clash of cultures is one that I can totally relate to and I felt myself cheering on the main character Charlie to successfully navigate between them.
Angela Lin is one of the best narrators I have heard. She has the amazing ability to credibly bring several very different characters and their personalities to life.
Ever go to a movie because everyone else said how great it was? Then when you go you are disappointed because your expectations were so high? That's what I thought was going to happen with this book. Several people told me to read this and there is so much business news about Apple all the time that I thought that my high expectations would lead me to be to be disappointed. Instead this book far surpassed my expectations even with high expectations going in.
It really explains why Steve Jobs was and is so highly regarded in the business world for his genius. There are all sorts of lessons on what it takes to create a great product and to be innovative. On the other hand, a clear example that business success and success in other aspects of life don't always go hand in hand.
I also really enjoyed getting a overview of birth of the tech industry in the U.S. The research done for this biography is outstanding.
I thought the narration was excellent and enjoyed listening to the narrator.
This book provides good solid practical advice. However I read a lot of business books and found myself getting bored by basic information like communicate benefits vs. features. I was disappointed as I found his previous book, the Art of Non-Conformity so much more interesting.
I have been a fan of Wayne Dyer for years. I think this book really lays out his prescription for creating the life you would like and for me, answers many of the questions I still had from his previous works. With Wayne Dyer, you are either going to buy into his line of thinking wholeheartedly or think it way too "new age" and too "out there". There is no in between, especially with this book. I am buying into his premise and believe it will make a big difference in my life and following his advice in the past already has.
I like hearing books narrated by the author and it works well for me in this read,
Book starts out with solid information about Charisma. But ends up being a compilation of good advice about emotional intelligence in general. In the middle of the book I lost interest because there was nothing really new.
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Shatner has a lot of personality and attitude and it was fun to hear his perspective on many of the different TV shows and movies he has been apart of. However, started to lose interest in the second half of the book. Too much Shatner on Shatner to sustain interest.
Good application to both life and work. The author goes deep on select memorable stories to provide a few solid and interesting points in each chapter. I listen to a lot of self-improvement and business books and found myself very engaged.
Really enjoyed this book. The principles and story are simple and maybe some you have heard before, but I still think they are powerful. They have been put together in a fun and engaging fable. Also, I found the issues addressed rang true to real work situations.
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