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Christopher Collett

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  • 232 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3202)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1910)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "One of the Best"
    Overall

    One of the best narration's, if not the best that I've heard. Apparently, Christopher Hurt is very familiar with the book and captures the tone and attitude of the characters perfectly.
    On top of that, Ayn Rand presents her philosophy incredibly effectively in the story. This makes for much better comprehension when you have the characters to exemplify the spectrum of attitudes towards life that exist around us. I personally saw pieces of myself in most of the characters and it has helped me recognize when I am thinking independently and truthfully, and conversely, when collective thought dominates my mind. A very good read for those trying to approach life in a pro-active, self-motivated, and independently chosen way.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1288)

    Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

    Russell says: "Must Have"
    "Very good, wish it was available unabridged."
    Overall

    This book is for those who realize that there is no "magic" in getting on top of finances. It is very practical in its approach. I'm done with the books, theories, and thinking that suggest that there are quick fixes to wealth. God, and much less, "the Universe" will not save you from your financial woes. Only hard work, serious budgeting, and self-control will.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1491)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (986)

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Ricardo says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "Is this a joke?"
    Overall

    I admit my review is not conclusive, I couldn't bear very much of this. It maybe works for car salesman or someone who wants to have "power" over a child or someone comparatively naive, but not the average person with a mind. Plus, the narrator sounded as if he too was mocking the book. If it had been Stephen Colbert narrating it would be purely comedy.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary.

    John says: "The Distilled Wisdom of a Happy Being"
    "Not everyone should write books."
    Overall

    I'm sure that in person Hanh is impressive. I just don't think his ideas were worth a book this long. It sounds like the essays I used to write in high school when I didn't have much to say, but did have a required length. Eckart Tolle's books are close to this in philosophy, but for me are far superior in depth and content.

    3 of 27 people found this review helpful

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