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Peter Williams

Melbourne, Australia

  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 128 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

    Brent says: "Most inpirational!"
    "A Great AudioBook To Run Too."

    The story of 3 men, from 3 countries all striving for athletic perfection is a fascinating tale endurance, commitment, belief and inevitably achievement.

    The story of Roger Bannister is etched in time, and being a Geelong/Melbourne Australia boy John Landy's achievements are just sowed into our running culture... yet I was completely unaware of Wes Santee before listening/reading this book.

    I well written documentation of the journey towards a 4 minute mile, which was truly inspiring as I devoured this book on my iPod whilst out training for a marathon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jo Piazza
    • Narrated By Jean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why do celebrities get paid so much more than regular people to do a job that seems to afford them the same amount of leisure time as most retirees? What do Bush-era economics have to do with the rise of Kim Kardashian? How do the laws of supply and demand explain why the stars of Teen Mom are on the cover of Us Weekly? Find out.

    Peter Williams says: "Great read if interested in the economics of fame'"
    "Great read if interested in the economics of fame'"

    How I Heard About The Book...

    This book had been sitting in my Audible wish list for a while before I downloaded it, so I can't recall the exact referal... but I think it might have been mentioned in a Dan Kennedy newsletter a few months back.

    The Lesson/Argument in Three Sentences...

    There is no real applicable lesson in here, as the book is basically a documentary in print detailing how the quote unquote, famous, actually make their money and play the fame-game. It also talks/reveals a lot about the mechanics of the entertainment business; covering things like how to "buy an Oscar win" . I guess if you are trying to be the next Paris Hilton it may help you forecast/project/plan out your income streams, but it's more of a education on 'how the game is played' than a playbook.

    Why Read/Listened To It ...

    Maybe you're not obsessed with celebrity like Fleur (my wife) is, but if you are at all interested in learning the economics of fame' this is well worth a read.
    And if you're not overtly interested in discovering how celebrities earn their income', you should! 'Celebrity' is one of the largest, hottest and most in-demand industries' ... and as savvy entrepreneurs we should continue to stay abreast of other industries and how they work ... especially if we want to partner with a celebrity on an endorsement deal (and there a are only a few better ways to get attention in this day and age than with a celebrity spokesperson)

    Other Similar Books Worth Checking Out ...

    Celebrity Leverage: Insider Secrets to Getting Celebrity Endorsements, Instant Credibility and Star-Powered Publicity, or How to Make Your Business - Plus Yourself - Rich and Famous - Jordan McAuley [If you want to go down the path of using a celebrity to promote your business, project or charity; Jordan's book covers the 'how-to', that 'Celebrity Inc' left out.]

    Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday [Ryan pulls back the curtains on the media and blogosphere in a similar way; but Ryan mixes his own experiences in with the investigator/reporter angle.]

    What Was Missing ...

    The celebrity industry is so large that this book could become a series, exposing every trick under the sun celebrities use to cash-in on their fame. There isn't one specific 'monetisation' strategy I was left wanting to know more about .. but a sports version of this book is something I would really enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Inspiration + Education = Finding Ultra."

    In the format of inspiration memoir, (but there’s also quite a bit of how to that’s both woven into the narrative of the book and with about 55 pages of appendices on nutrition and training) is an amazing inspirational book for most readers.

    Telling the story of how an ex-college swimmer, goes from an over-weight un-fit 40 year old to one of the 25 fittest people on the planet in under 3 years, all on a plant based whole-food diet, got me back on the training bandwagon.

    Having completed marathons and ironman distance triathlons myself, I'm sure it didn't have the same type of impact on me as it has for older (fatter) readers, but the story of Rich's journey and his experience with a vegan style diet is what really grabbed me.

    I actually listened to this audiobook twice as I started to hit the pavement again for my next ironman, and also purchased the eBook version so I could begin to incorporate more raw into my diet.

    If you've seen the documentaries 'Food Inc' or 'Engine 3 Diet' this would will complement that education, with a great narrative of application and achievement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "A Fantastic Book on Running... and life!"

    "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional"

    This quote was my biggest take-away from Murakami's great book; and well worth price of admission alone... and is so applicable to everything in life from running, to writing, to health, and to just 'getting things done'

    “The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school.”

    This book is full of amazing take-aways, and this quote is another one of those.

    Being a son of a teacher, the one thing my mother taught me during my schools years, was that school is about teaching us HOW to learn (not about what you are learning) and I think this quote accompanies those parental lessons perfectly.

    If you are a runner, athlete or motivated couch potato I can't recommend this book highly enough, and along with 'Born To Run' and 'Finding Ultra', are my 'must read books for runners'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A Deep Look Behind The Curtain..."

    Isaacson does a great job peeling back the curtain on the life of one the most influential characters of our time.

    If you are "in" the tech world, a lot of character flaws and tales highlighted by the author may not be new, but if you are a just user of Jobs' products it's a very eye opening account.

    There is no doubt this is one of the most in-depth and complete biographies on Steve Jobs, but I don't believe their was anything new (of great value) shared in the book.

    Wether you knew the life and trials of Jobs, or not, this is a fantastic look at the ups, downs and ups of a very influential character.

    I also suggest you read 'Icon' as a further look into the 'darker' side of Steve Jobs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Very applicable book..."

    In this book Chapman, discusses what he has found to be 'The 5 Love Languages' (oddly enough) which are the 5 ways different people feel and need to be loved.

    Although on the surface, we all know that our partners are most likely different to us in the way "they want to be loved", we often don't have the skills, awareness or desire to "meet them on their terms"

    This book painted a very clear picture on not only the types of love languages, but why it's important, what the different love languages look like and how to make it happen through case studies.

    I listened/red this book a few months before getting married and highly recommend it to everyone in or seeking a relationship.

    {There are also some good marketing lessons in this book if you are open to seeing them - every client or prospect is different, so make sure you communicate to them on THEIR language)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gary Marcus
    • Narrated By Gary Marcus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just about every human being knows how to listen to music, but what does it take to make music? Is musicality something we are born with? Or a skill that anyone can develop at any time? If you don't start piano at the age of six, is there any hope? Is skill learning best left to children or can anyone reinvent him-or herself at any time?

    Alex says: "Entertaining if somewhat superficial"
    "A melodic journey through the learning experience."

    In a similar fashion to, Joshua Foer's Moonwalking With Einstein, I enjoyed the personal narrative this book goes through as the author discovers 'how to' learn to play the guitar.

    Not being a muscian, I found it harder to relate to the thread of the book at some points, then my guitar playing friends who also enjoyed (and related) to the book.

    I found this book more about the "journey of learning", with very little practical and transferable "how to learn" lessons.

    Enjoyable non-the-less

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Write Selling Humor

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Mehlman, Mel Helitzer
    • Narrated By Peter Mehlman, Mel Helitzer

    Humor is ignored and misunderstood in writing. But learning to use humor will improve your writing and your bottom line. These two workshops are from experts who can help you ride the comedy wave to successful humor writing.

    Peter Williams says: "A book for comedy writers, not marketers."
    "A book for comedy writers, not marketers."

    I began listening to this book thinking it was about how to write "selling humor" in the context of "sales copy with humour injected"... I was wrong - It's very much a book aimed at comedians or comedy writers who want to sell their comedy writing.

    If you are in that field, then this audio does provide some good advice, and includes an engaging (but not overly educational) except from a live presentation from a Seinfield writer, which I enjoyed.

    If you are wanting to learn how to write sales copy which includes humour, this is NOT that book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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