I found the amount of information in this audiobook to be simply overwhelming for a beginner. Part of the problem is the audio format: listening to brief descriptions of many different types of wines makes it almost impossible to retain any of that information, whereas if I had a book in front of me, I could highlight, reread, and easily refer back to certain sections.
Some of the information is interesting, but downright useless for the average wine drinker--sure, if I can't get the cork out of my old port, I'll just pull out my red hot tongs to heat the bottle neck to that I can then cool it and break the neck off. Right.
Some of the views the author expresses seem pretentious, as well. For example, he seems to think that there is an absolute correlation between wine quality and price, which I would disagree with.
I wouldn't recommend the audio version of this book, especially to a beginner.
If you have read The Automatic Millionaire (also by David Bach), Smart Couples Finish Rich will not have that much new information for you. Surprisingly, most of Smart Couples is about basic personal finance skills and not specifically about how couples can avoid fighting about money. Get The Automatic Millionaire instead.
This book might be more interesting if it had a different narrator. Steinem's voice lacks the enthusiasm you would expect from an author reading her own work.
The first story, about her undercover work as a Playboy Bunny, was very interesting. Other stories, like the one about her mother, weren't. You may want to purchase the print version of this book since the uninspired narration may make this book seem less interesting than it actually is.
This book is more of an advertisement for the author's research firm than anything else. He talks at length about how he got into his field, "the science of shopping" (which would be a more accurate title for the book), and is very self-congratulatory. The narrator does read the book with a lot of enthusiasm and expression, but his tone has an advertiser's lilt which can be difficult to listen to (though not as difficult as a some of the monotone narrators you'll come across). Some of the information the author presents is actually quite interesting, but the book seems to lack structure and organization, and there is a lot of statistical information that is unlikely to be of interest to the average consumer. If you manage or own a retail business, this book may be useful to you. If you are simply interested in the psychology of consumption, I would read The Overspent American by Juliet Schor. Why We Buy will not help you curb your purchasing habits, but it might make you paranoid about being spied on by market researchers.
This is one of many books that makes becoming wealthy seem accessible to anyone. It focuses on common characteristics of millionaires that wouldn't be obvious to the average person, like the importance of choosing a good mate or the kind of furniture the wealthy buy. It also discusses more likely topics like how to choose a house wisely. The book is redundant at times, but the messages are interesting and sink in. However, this book does not really deal with how to make money in the first place.
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