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Tim

Des Moines, IA, USA

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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2846)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (596)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    Overall

    I like some of the time management skills presented in this book. But it seems this book promotes a shallow existence. The last chapter promoting good works sounds like it was pasted on to appease critics and rings hollow.

    What if you like your work? What if you enjoy interaction with people at work? Important things can happen in meetings, hashing out ideas. Returning phone calls can nurture relationships. Reading the newspaper can deepen ones understanding of complex issues. This bare bones existence in order to travel the world or sit at home in your boxer shorts and "work" does not sound like a full life.

    Much of this book promotes using others unfairly. Manipulating your co-workers, employees and your employer. Outsourcing to third-world countries to save a buck and farm out your problems.

    If self centered self-gratification is your goal--Rock On-- this is your book!

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    This book was a good listen. It started out as part thriller, part history lesson--a good combination. As the book wears on it becomes all thriller with some details being pretty unbelievalbe.

    The use of superlatives in the last third was tiring. Everything is "most incredible" or "absolutely unbelievable". We get the picture--just tell the story, darn it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Instant Millionaire: A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Fisher
    • Narrated By Marc Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Darva Conger, 34, had a plan to become an Instant Millionaire by marrying real estate investor Rick Rockwell, 42, on TV last week. Now that her plan has backfired and an annulment is eminent, may we suggest some titles for Darva to get back in the dating saddle?

    David says: "Wonderful ... A 'Must Read'!"
    "Comforting Psycho-babble for the Struggling"
    Overall

    "I'm getting better every day in every way" --say this 50 times a day and you'll be a millionaire in 6 years. This book is full of emotional crap and short on specifics. Things like education,experience,training, social standing, availability of financing and reasoning ability are inconsequential, according to this book. Sorry, I don't think so.

    This book reminds me of "Deep Thoughts with Jack Handy" from Saturday Night Live". I found myself laughing out loud while listening to some of this hokey drivel.

    I'll give the book some credit on its "don't worry be happy" advice. That probalby is good business advice. Thin skin leads is most likely not a business asset.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Tim says: "A Solid Legal Thriller"
    "A Solid Legal Thriller"
    Overall

    Lescroart makes Grisham and Turrow look over-rated. This book uses a very different form of suspense. As in his other books, his observations on relationships, family and marriage make this book interesting. I feel as though he really get inside the bad guy.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
    • Narrated By Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Is it possible to make a million dollars in only one minute? The answer just might surprise you. The One Minute Millionaire is an entirely new approach, a life-changing "millionaire system" that will teach you how to: create wealth even when you have little or nothing to start with, use the power of leverage to build wealth rapidly, and overcome fears so you can take reasonable risks.

    Timothy says: "Enjoyed it."
    "One Minute Fantasy"
    Overall

    From the over-enthusiastic narrator to the ridiculous sappy novel within this "guide", this book is a waste of time. The money making principles detailed are well known and common sense. If making a pile of loot were only so easy.

    57 of 78 people found this review helpful

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