I'm big admirer of Martha Stewart. Impressed by her attention to detail, her drive and ambition. Thus was really looking forward to listening to this title but came away disappointed. It started fine but soon became a PR piece for her website, her magazine, her "high quality" pieces at Kmart, her organization. After awhile it felt as if I was listening to a child spweing out how great she was/is and see, look at what I have accomplished oh and hear me pronounce all these French deserts I can make.
Her Baking Cookbook that is in stores now is excellent and it is that kind of attention to detail I was anticipating here. But what "I" got was "here at Martha Stewart Living.com we're great because..."
Sorry Martha, you came across as a boastful salesperson. I greatly admire you but not on this one.
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.
I have plenty to listen to, so have moved on already. Just starting "How I Slept My Way to the Middle".
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundational, Structure, Principles
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is the first.
Nothing wrong with his title! It's on point!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author told his own life story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed this one. I'll likely listen to it again as I feel it worthwhile reenforcing the lesson here.
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.
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.
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