Although the longest audiobook I've listened to to date, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Of course, the classic book from Napoleon Hill is just a goldmine of useful information, but the narration by Grover Gardner was spot on. 24 hours is a long time to listen to the one voice (I listen whilst commuting and it took two weeks to get through) but Gardner spoke with such ease and familiarity that it was as though he wrote the book, unlike some books where you can tell the narrator has no idea of that of which he is narrating. Well worth it!
I was really curious about this book because I have a family member who joined Amway about 5 years ago and we all became somewhat concerned about her involvement with "the business". I was expecting a juicy expose written by a disgruntled former insider, but this is a well researched book. Amway is not a company with a spotless record and has been likened by many as a type of cult and a pyramid scheme (for good reasons, by the way). Anyway, Amway Forever gives a very detailed background into the company and it's full 60-year history, and does not gloss over the somewhat unsavoury practices and methods Amway uses to make money. If you're a loyal Amway distributor you won't like this book. For everyone else, the rumours that have gone around for years appear to be true. If you're looking for reasons to join Amway, don't read this book.
I was aware of Hercules but never watched the show, still I found this book really interesting. There are some funny behind-the-scenes tidbits on how the TV/film industry works, but most of the book is about Sorbo's recovery from some strokes he suffered in the 1990s. I am impressed at his honesty about how hard the recovery road was; in fact his honesty about everything makes this book much better than it could have been.
Sorbo does a really good job of reading the book and puts on voices for different people in an entertaining, not irritating way. The book is fairly long (9 1/2 hours) but I enjoyed the whole thing.
I'm a big Trump fan and have rated many of his other books five stars. However, this book was just a rehash of the Art of the Deal, and not as interesting. One would expect from the title of the book that it would be an analysis of problems Trump has encountered and the strategies he employed to solve said problems. Instead, he lists out some obstacles he's encountered, says he worked really hard even though to the outside world it may have looked easy, and that everything worked out for the best; sometimes even better than he'd expected. I thought the book was kind of glib, and was glad it was only 4 hours. Disappointed.
I'd never heard of Al Franken (no SNL in Australia) and bought this book on sale because of the high ratings. I really enjoyed it. It's all political anecdotes and him lampooning lying liars who have annoyed him at some point. As it was written in 2004 it's not so contemporary, but most people will know the people talked about in this book. Anyway, I couldn't care less about politics but I found this book very amusing and interesting. If you are a hardcore (or even softcore) republican you'll hate this book.
This book was really interesting. It has some great information that could really give you an edge in your communication skills - if you could just remember it all! This book probably deserves a couple of listens if you actually want to benefit from the knowledge. Tonya Reiman's reading is good and gets better as she progresses through the book. This book is much more interesting that some of the other books about body language.
I think Joan Rivers is hilarious. I love the way she is no-holds-barred, taking a swipe at everyone, including herself. The title of the book it pretty accurate: Joan does hate everything. This book is a very, very long list (borderline rant) of Joan's pet peeves. It's not for people who can't abide very colourful language and if there is anything that offends you it's probably in this book. There are also a number of crude jokes. However, Joan's reading of it is fabulous. I can't imagine anyone else being able to do this book justice. You'll laugh out loud all the way through (and probably blush a few times as well).
I really enjoy popular neuroscience books. Mindsight is an interesting listen. I found Daniel Siegel's reading okay, but a little heavy which means by the end of the book (almost 12 hours) I was happy for it to end. That said, there are some patient cases that I've thought of a few times and when some concepts have appeared in other books I've understood them better because of this book. Worth the listen.
I thought this book was fascinating. I was astounded at the greed of individuals and the gross incompetence of the SEC. Harry Markopolos has written and read this book well. It's kind of long, but this didn't bother me and I managed not to lose track of what was happening. I found myself getting frustrated at the uselessness of the SEC along with the author. It was also interesting to hear a different perspective of the financial services industry. I really enjoyed this book.
This book has some really good tips for presenting and I enjoyed the content. However, I was a little surprised at how stilted and somewhat bland Brian Tracy's reading of his own book was, especially considering the title. You could also hear him moving the sheets of paper that he is reading from, which was annoying. I've also listened to Eat that Frog!, which Tracy reads much better, so it's the performance of this book that's average. In all honesty, I don't think Tracy reading his own book added a whole lot of value here and it could have been better read by someone else. But the book is still helpful for people who want to improve their presenting.
Apart from loving Boston Legal, I haven't had much to do with William Shatner (not a Star Trek fan). I bought this book largely based on the ratings. I'm glad I did because the book is really good. Shatner's had quite a fascinating life and I always find Hollywood insider information really interesting. Shatner is open and honest which makes that book real and believable. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars for the reading is sometimes Shatner almost mumbles and it's hard to make out what he's saying. But I still enjoyed the book.
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