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Niels

Utrecht, Netherlands | Member Since 2012

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  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
    "Good guys don't alway finish last"
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    What did you love best about Give and Take?

    Listening to this book was refreshing, exciting and rewarding. Why? Because it shows that success doesn't need to come at the expense of others but by helping others.

    Personally, I always questioned wether my urge to help others was affecting my success business in a negative way. Maybe I just needed to become a more tough and less compassionate entrepreneur? Now I know that being kind and giving to others can lead to bigger success than being unkind and taking from others.

    Being a (very) successful giver is possible, that's great news!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (924)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "It's Silicon Valley in "1984""
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    The Circle is a dystopian novel that really makes you wonder how the use of (social) media affects our lives. Although the plot isn't very surprising, it is an intriguing story that unfolds beautifully. The fact that it almost sounds like non fiction is quite disturbing. Dave Eggers is ahead of his time and I think there are some valuable lessons to be learned here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sammy Hagar
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Loud rock, fast cars, and Cabo. This is the life of Sammy Hagar. For almost 40 years, Sammy Hagar has been a fixture in rock music. From breaking into the industry with the band Montrose to his multiplatinum solo career to his ride as the front man of Van Halen, Sammy's powerful and unforgettable voice has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written - songs like "I Can't Drive 55", "Right Now", and "Why Can't This Be Love".

    Hillary says: "LOVED it Twice"
    "Unexpected lessons on life, music and business."
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    Sammy Hagar is an interesting character. Here's a guy who has experienced a life that sounds like a moviescript: Born and raised under difficult circumstances with a father who drinks and fights most of the time, Sammy beats the odds to become a very successful rock star and serial entrepreneur.

    I must say that I admire Sammy's upbeat, straigh forward and at times almost naive view on life. He may be in his sixties but he has the joy and energy of an eight year old. The fact that his childlike enthousisasm has lead him to major success both in music and business is quite impressive.

    Throughout the book Sammy appears to be as honest about himself as the other people he talks abouts. Nobody get's spared, himself included but it never comes across as mean. The story of his life is full of extremes, contradictions and even some valuable lessons on life, music and business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rework

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1698)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (718)

    With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.

    Paul says: "Simple, Quick, Timely, Contrarian Advice"
    "Great for old fashioned entrepreneurs, not for me."
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    What did you like best about Rework? What did you like least?

    I guess the authors of this book would be pleased if I call them arrogant. They talk about themselves with an certain superiority that made me want stop listening. But I did finish Rework and I wasn't too impressed. Most of this book wasn't new to me or would be to any modern entrepreneur. However, if you're a bit more conservative this could really be an eye opener. The authors do know what they are talking about and I didn't feel it was a waste of my time. It gave me a few good ideas and made me freshen up my memory.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson again?

    I'm a bit hesitant but never say never.


    What did you take away from Rework that you can apply to your work?

    - Don't wait for things to be perfect, when you have created something get it out there and improve things along the way.
    - Create enough time to work uninterrupted during each working day, it makes you more
    productive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't bad, it's just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Toni Bernhard
    • Narrated By Deon Vozov
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives.

    Shopping Addiction says: "A Buddhist view of Chronic illness"
    "A gentle gesture for the chronically ill"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There are several powerful concepts in Buddhism that do actually offer relief for someone like me, who is chronically ill. The authors personal story is remarkable and her advice is quite valuable. Some parts were more interesting than others but overall it was a listen that I wouldn't want to have missed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in Buddhism and have a chronic disease this is a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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