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Layla

Yukon, OK, USA

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  • The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lee Eisenberg
    • Narrated By Lee Eisenberg
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The often-avoided, anxiety-riddled discussion about financial planning for a secure and fulfilling future has been given a new starting point in The Number by Lee Eisenberg. The buzz of professionals and financial industry insiders everywhere, the Number represents the amount of money and resources people will need to enjoy the active life they desire, especially post-career.

    Layla says: "Lots of stories, not much useful info"
    "Lots of stories, not much useful info"
    Overall

    I think the publisher's description is misleading--this book is really more of a reporter's documentary about the history of retirement in the United States than ANY kind of a financial planning book. The author talks endlessly about case studies, stories and fictitious examples, but there is VERY little actual usable information in here. I would not buy it or read it again.

    For a much better book about conscious financial & retirement planning, I very highly recommend "Your Money Or Your Life". It was far superior to this book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Victoria Colligan, Beth Schoenfeldt, Amy Swift
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Ladies Who Launch is the first company to define the feminine approach to launching a business and to make the connection between starting a business and bringing creativity into your life with self-esteem and happiness. The nationally acclaimed Ladies Who Launch program has enabled thousands of women across the country to break out of the nine-to-five mold and thrive in entrepreneurial enterprises that reflect their true passions, skills, and desires.

    Diana says: "Does not make for a good audio experience."
    "Skip the Audio Version"
    Overall

    The authors of this book have some really good ideas, so it's unfortunate the audio version was produced as it was. The paper book contains many, many pages of statistical surveys, & unfortunately the narrator actually reads each one VERBATIM. Even worse, most of them are really obvious, e.g. "Percentage of people who are happier as Entrepreneurs", AND there is one chart for men & one for women for almost each quesion, so you have to listen to each table of results TWICE. I gave up after a couple hours of listening to the reader drone on and on and on, went to the bookstore, flipped through & gleaned what I could use from this book in about 5 minutes. I would suggest buying the book if the ideas are new or helpful to you, but I wouldn't subject yourself to the audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Estate

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    How does an ordinary person with an ordinary income reach their seven-figure dreams? First they must own their own home, and do it David Bach's way. The financial coach who has helped millions to finish rich is back with a simple, powerful solution to get rich in real estate. As David says, "Renters stay poor, homeowners get rich, and smart landlords laugh all the way to the bank!"

    Layla says: "Awful & outdated"
    "Awful & outdated"
    Overall

    This book desperately needs to be pulled off the shelf & revised after this year's mortgage fiasco. So much of the info is outdated or no longer useful. You can tell the market was starting to look questionable when the author wrote it, because he spends alot of time waffling & qualifying the book's advice. Alot of times it is laughable.

    Another complaint, I think the title is a little misleading. A more accurate name for this book would be "Homebuying for Dummies" or something similar. It goes into great detail about the basic homebuying process, but the investment info is light & not very helpful. I DO like the author's other books, but unless you're looking for very basic info on buying a first home I would skip this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

    Reade says: "One of the worst"
    "Wonderful, Hilarious!"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful book. It made me laugh so hard, & reminded me in so many ways of my own dog's puppyhood. The author is great at capturing the hilarious & amazing things that happen in everyday life. Loved it! Never wanted it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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