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Zeus

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 16 reviews
  • 92 ratings
  • 381 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By T.D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T.D. Jakes
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    In Reposition Yourself, best-selling author T.D. Jakes shares insights that will help you adjust to the many changes that life brings. This is a shrill wake-up call to take charge of your life now, confronting areas where subtle passivity, or even poor choices, may have stifled your creativity. It's also a how-to for managing change and maximizing life now. Covering financial, relational, and spiritual creativity, Jakes shows how adapting to transitional moments is the path to an enriched existence.

    Ayonda says: "Great Audiobook!"
    "Forces Tough Questions"
    Overall

    Let's start by saying it's a valuable listen. I tend to listen to a variety of Self Development audio. Many have wonderful messages and have an uplifting feeling to them. This one forces you to look inward and ask yourself some honest and tough questions. Some of the answers are not what you want to admit to. So at times, it was a bit uncomfortable and anxiety inducing.

    But truth be told, coming to terms with your weaknesses and mistakes help you start the process of moving forward. Some chapters are more valuable than others. They will vary based on where you are. I will definitely go back and relisten to a few chapters from time to time.

    The author comes across as sincere, relaxed and not 'all-knowing' but someone who has experienced a great deal. I will definitely look for more from this author.

    I'd recommend this to a friend!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jeff Garlin
    • Narrated By Jeff Garlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Jeff Garlin has dedicated the filming of an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to completely make over his lifestyle in two major ways—by lightening his physical and his ecological footprints. After many false starts, he believes that writing a book about the experiment is the only possible way to help him lose weight and go green.

    Doctor Robert says: "Honest Account of a Difficult Journey"
    "A Daily Log of a Food Obsession...Tiring Listen"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone truly enjoying this book. It's a sad account of a man's obsession with food and lack of self control.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have plenty to listen to, so have moved on already. Just starting "How I Slept My Way to the Middle".


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't feel Jeff Garlin detracted from the book. I always prefer when an author reads his own work. In this case, I was truly looking forward to an Actor reading his own story. Thought he'd add a great deal of fun to it. The material was just overwhelmingly repetitive and sad (in my opinion).


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not sure as I couldn't take it anymore and gave up on the book in chapter 3. If there's a redeeming quality to this story, it may be that he was very honest in his telling of his food addiction.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I 'd read some of the reviews here prior to downloading this title. The negative reviews are dead-on point (unfortunately). I often tend to dismiss the negative reviews thinking this person is just being mean and over-the-top but rarely do I give up on a book. I look for that redeeming quality to pull out for my time invested. But like a bad movie, sometimes you just have to get up and walk out on it and cut your losses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maximize Your Potential Through the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Overcome Fear and Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dr. Joseph Murphy
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Dr. Joseph Murphy’s classic book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind was first published in 1963 and became an immediate best seller; it was acclaimed as one of the best self-help guides ever written. Following the success of this work, Dr. Murphy lectured to thousands of people around the world, and millions tuned in to his daily radio program. In his lectures, he pointed out how real people have radically improved their lives by applying specific aspects of his concepts.

    Daniel Beaulieu says: "OVERLY RELIGIOUS"
    "A REALLY REALLY LONG SERMON - AVOID!!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First, be more honest in the title and add that the book is completely based on religious beliefs. The narration is poor, no energy. Far too much repetition on material covered. Information could have been provided in a much shorter time and with more enthusiasm.


    Has Maximize Your Potential Through the Power of Your Subconscious Mind to Overcome Fear and Worry turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely, this title was a waste of a credit/money. This is the second title I have purchased on the topic that has far too much religion as the overwhelming theme. The other title was by Ben Carson. It really bothers me when authors use general titles to disguise their religious agendas.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

    Being this is really a book on religious faith, any good public speaking baptist minister would have been a far better. How about Billy Crystal? I enjoyed his recent book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book sparked feeling of anger initially as I felt the title is misleading. But I told myself to give it a chance to and be open to the information so as to gain something from it. But the more I listened the more I found myself tuning out. Really disappointed with the time invested in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book needs to be classified as a religious title and not Self-Help. The narrator just rambles on and on and on about essentially the same message for hours. Terrible listen! Wish I could get my money back on this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze
    • Narrated By Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (115)

    In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

    Chris McKinney says: "Essential Parenting Advice"
    "A Key Parents How to Book"
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    If you could sum up Smart Money Smart Kids in three words, what would they be?

    Foundational, Structure, Principles


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Smart Money Smart Kids?

    When Rachel describes her college friend getting her first credit card and only planning on using it and paying off the balance every month only to have something come up unexpected and fall into the trap of just putting it on the CC and thus the cycle of debt begins. Hit close to home.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This not a book with scenes as say there would be in a fiction novel. So this question may not be appropriate for this book.

    But a story that stands out is Rachel shutting down her Facebook account to avoid the feeling of envy when she would see her friend's posts about vacations and recent purchases. I think that's a real problem today and it was enlightening to have someone speak about it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The extreme reaction I had was that I saw many mistake I made with money and credit cards as I began to earn a living. It made me want to make sure to teach my son not to do the same. Valuable stuff!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this a great book and one every parent should listen to. If I could make a suggestion to Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze, it would be to spend some time talking/writing about how to begin to build wealth in more detail for young people. Introduce and explain Mutual Funds, and other savings options. Give direction on where to find more information and how to begin with little money and how to start small. Take the daunting nature of beginning to invest and make it digestible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1872)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1699)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "A Great Listen! Made Me Forget I Was Stuck Traffic"
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    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    This is a terrific audio book! Billy Crystal is honest in his sharing. There were moments I laughed hard and others that hit close to home and brought a tear to my eye. When an audio book can make not mind being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, that's a winner! Billy Crystal shares his thoughts, fears, concerns as he ages and asks questions me and guessing many are afraid to ask out loud. I couldn't wait to get back to the book when I got in the car.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy Crystal can play many characters but I enjoyed Billy as a father and husband. You come to see that he has the same concerns and life moments you have and listening to how he navigates them helps me visualize how I can better play those moments in my own life.


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing wrong with his title! It's on point!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audio book! It's done in a heartfelt way. Being a former NYer myself, I found myself daydreaming and remember my dad and wishing he were still here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Selingo
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    What is the value of a college degree? The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that higher education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)Bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken.

    R. Pontiflet says: "The Future is on the Horizon"
    "Interesting but Contradictory and repititive"
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    What did you like best about College (Un)Bound? What did you like least?

    As a father of a soon-to-be high school senior about to embark on the whole college application and admissions quagmire, this book was of acute interest to me. There's definitely information I found helpful and enlightening such why the differences in out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition. Never really understood why the big disparity. But there were moments during the listen that I wondering if I had accidentally hit a rewind button or something on my phone as the exact same information was being read. This happened several times, even the sentence structure was the same or very similar.

    I also take issue with early on in the book, the author talks about how families and students take on debt to attend the college of their choice when they would have been better served choosing the community college route and transfer after two years. Also if you aren't attending a very top school for your chosen major, that it not worth taking on debt to attend an expensive school that ranked second tier in that field. Then later in the book, he states that students should bypass their state school package even if it completely covers the costs of attending to go to an out-of-state school that's strong in your major. But earlier he talks about degree creep, where a Master's is the new Bachelor and your major isn't that important anyway, it's about critical thinking skill development. Not to mention the time spent discussing the emerging and cheaper online options and making them sound like a great alternative, only to later talk about the on-campus experience and development from adolescence into adulthood and the value of studying abroad.

    So what are you saying....Confusing!?!?!

    As another reviewer wrote, I found myself wanting to research more after finishing this book. It covers soo many topics within the subject but in presenting all these pieces I found myself getting frustrated with soo many contradictions.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis
    • Narrated By Ben Carson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    You can find our culture's obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose.

    Jake says: "Ben Carson is a brilliant man, but...."
    "Simple Principle that could be shared in less time"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I hate to say no, but I feel the title is bit misleading and the main principle while good could have been shared within an hour. I always prefer when the author reads his own books. So for me, that component I enjoyed. But I feel it took far too long to develop and he added his own agenda and opinions NOT related to the concept of risk. That was frankly not needed.


    Has Take the Risk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will make me a bit more cautious before committing to purchasing one. I'll read a more reviews and see if I can see the chapter titles first.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Carson – was your favorite?

    Author told his own life story.


    Was Take the Risk worth the listening time?

    To some extent, the main principle was simple and good but it could have been shared in an hour, the rest of the book was an auto-biography and finished with too much personal opinion about unrelated material. That was a turn off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel Lapin
    • Narrated By A. C. Feliner
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds. The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and its culture.

    Doug says: "One of the Best Books I've Yet Read"
    "Very Interesting Listen, Recommended!"
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    What did you love best about Thou Shall Prosper?

    I found this to be a solid purchase and well worth the time to listen. Some great lessons within the stories. Did find some of the points a bit long-winded and winding before getting to the point. Would start to fade out and a key point would be made that brought me back. I think there's real value here. I would just suggest they edit some of the stories down a bit.


    What aspect of A. C. Feliner’s performance would you have changed?

    Found the narration fine, though I prefer when the author narrates his own book. I find authors know when to change their vocal inflection to make their point. Only critique I would make is at times I found the stories getting a bit long and wondering, feeling as the point of the story was getting lost but eventually pulling it back in and making a valuable lesson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rory Vaden
    • Narrated By Rory Vaden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Do you ride the escalator or do you take the stairs? No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world", one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end - and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.

    Darren says: "Read It... Live By It."
    "To the point valuable information well shared."
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    What did you love best about Take the Stairs?

    I've read and listened to many books on the this type of material but I found Rory Vaden to be a terrific narrator and put the information together in a way that was on-point. I think soo much of this book that I purchased a copy to give to my teenage son as I think there are many life lessons here that absolutely will benefit my boy.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this one. I'll likely listen to it again as I feel it worthwhile reenforcing the lesson here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stock Investing for Dummies, 2nd Edition

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Paul Mladjenovic
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    With so many choices, investing can be tricky. Stock Investing for Dummies, 2nd Edition, makes things simple with proven tactics and time-tested strategies for picking winners. This updated edition includes new case studies, resources, and insight on government policy, and will have you investing with confidence in no time!

    Steven says: "Should have started here"
    "Still not feeling confident enough"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Like most who get this title, would like to more about the process and understand the various ways to go about it. Went with a broker only to discover he was making recommendations that benefited his commissions. Lost money in the process. So have been timid going at it on my own.

    This title helps describe some basic components but always seem to warn that one could easily lose money as well. So I felt like I was taking one step forward and two back.

    So for me this title provide a skimming overview. Touching on a number of topics but none in great detail. I wouldn't recommend this title to a friend.

    Still looking into the subject. This one didn't move me closer to investing on my own.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18702)
    Performance
    (14496)
    Story
    (14436)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Good Listen, Book seem to cover a number of areas."
    Overall

    Enjoyable listen, especially since Tina Fey narrated her own book! She injected her own timing and vocal inflection that greatly enhanced the story she was telling at each point.

    The book surprisingly seems to be more than an autobiography, at times it's pure comedy, than other times starts to feel like a Self Development aid.

    My only reason for dropping this listen to 4 stars, is when she spoke about certain co-workers, it felt 'safe' and somewhat phoney. Guessing to not insult or upset mentioned persons. It's understandable but when she's let's loose on other individuals and given the track record of some the 'spared' individuals...it felt as if she was clearly holding back and complimenting beyond merit.

    Overall, easy and quick listen with some definite laugh out loud moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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