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Blair

West Hollywood, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1117)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Very Little Insight, Montone Reading from Steve"
    Overall

    I really wanted to read this book as I am a great fan of Steve Martin. Yet his reading of it, short of some of his comedy bits, is rather monotone. The insights he gives are somewhat interesting, but few, there are huge gaps in his life (like only one mention of his marriage, and that is to counter a quote from some newspaper when he divorced). Didn't want all the dirt, but did want something that would make me 'feel' like I knew Steve Martin. I feel I hardly know the man at all.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

    William says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Bill Shatner does William Shatner"
    Overall

    The first chapter pretty well sets the tone for the book and gives some insights to philosophy and inner workings to Shatners life. Steve Martin could have taken a page from Bill on how to write an autobiography, alas he did not. Very happy with the purchase. But then I am a William Shatner fan, so I might be prejudiced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2335)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1357)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Needed an editor to rein him in"
    Overall

    To learn about Woz the book will give you great insight, yet because it is audible you will find it difficult to get through the 10+ minute explanation of practical jokes and details that Woz thought important (example a practical joke with a TV Jammer in college for the main TV Viewing room and all the different positions he got the students to hold while making the TV Signal work...10+ Minutes of this... too many things like this). Yet some stuff does give you insight for down the line. Seems like the last 2 chapters of the book probably had an editor involved as it picks up and really comes together and really gives you an insight to Woz nowdays (pre-Kathy Griffin meeting...now I would have liked to read that).

    Maybe the book will really appeal to geeks. Maybe it is what it is like letting the Geek Personality really come through in the book. In either case I would have skipped this if I had only known about the long passages. But now I have insight on Woz.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward), Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in years.

    Blair says: "Steve Jobs History painted with a wide brush"
    "Steve Jobs History painted with a wide brush"
    Overall

    I saw in a previous review that someone said it must have struck home as it was removed from I-Tunes downloads of books. This isn't true, or as of last look it is back up there. Yet I found the reader a riveting voice. The facts got me up to speed on stuff I did not know about (but left out lots of stuff I did know) hence me saying it is a history book painted in wide swaths, covering the large areas but avoiding some of the more interesting minute' of Steve's Character. The book does not paint Steve as a very nice man. It also paints him as somewhat lucky in his success. In the end the book begrudgingly gives Steve some cudos and even voices some 'he's become a better human being due to his current wife and becoming a father'. So I would look at this book for it's 'not through rose colored glasses' appeal to get a perspective on Steve Jobs and take the 'tone' of the book with a grain of salt.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sex Money Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gene Simmons
    • Narrated By Gene Simmons
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    New York Times best selling author Gene Simmons is back, revealing his unique philosophy of life in this funny guide to getting more out of every aspect of life, Sex Money KISS...how he got it and how you can too.

    What will you say right before they put you six feet under? Will you say "I wish I could have...," "I wish I would have...," "I wish I should have...," or will you say, "I did it all. Thank you and good night."

    William says: "Not worth buying..."
    "Oddly Enough: A great marketing book"
    Overall

    I heard about this from a podcast on being a creative artist. Their current topic was on promoting yourself and tooting your own horn. They recomended this book. I enjoyed most of it. Plus the perspective of keeping it on the straight and narrow leads to less problems and more money. Along with ways to promote yourself. I may not be a rocker, but I will deffinately use these ideas in my graphics career.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. Harv Eker
    • Narrated By T. Harv Eker
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (233)

    In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: "Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!" Eker does this by identifying your "money and success blueprint". This blueprint determines your financial life. If your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money, and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it!

    Robert says: "He's in your face . . ."
    "Very personalbe and understandable"
    Overall

    I liked the authors down to earth talking with a tounge in cheek note to it. I could see a lot of this working as one works to incorporate the action/thought patterns suggested. Even the author admits some of the actions seem hokey, but he is rich and we are not...so what do you have to lose but proving him wrong. Some people might object to his promoting his seminars/programs...but I wasn't offput by it. It tells you where to further hard wire the ideas given. I applaud him for making such strides and found his suggestions doable and in line with much of the 'self improvement' consistancy I have heard from the successfule people in life. I am relistening to it and will start the suggestions on the next listening. The toughest parts was all the different accounts one needs to open. But once again I can take what I like and leave the rest. SO I will see what works for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism Plain and Simple

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Steve Hagen
    • Narrated By Steve Hagen
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The observations and insights of the Buddha are practical and eminently down-to-earth, dealing exclusively with awareness in the here and now. Buddhism Plain and Simple offers listeners these fundamental teachings stripped of the cultural trappings that have accumulated around Buddhism over the past 25 centuries.

    Sean says: "Delivers What It Promises"
    "Good meat and potatoes book"
    Overall

    I have read a few books on Buddhism. This one is pretty straight forward and although needing a few listenings to wrap your mind around it, it presents the basics of Buddhism. I found the first 1/4 of the book wandering a tad, but I kept with it and was rewarded with a more direct and personable approach. I recomend it for a first time person instead of trying to figure out the Dhali Lama's or some of the other more mystical and subtle buddhists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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