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C. J. Healey


Minneapolis, MN | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Phil Gigante

    In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....

    Chelsea says: "the most powerful information of your life"
    Would you try another book from Napoleon Hill and Sharon Lechter (editor) and/or Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ?

    Never. This book by Napoleon Hill is yet another work of genius from this great author. Unfortunately it has been utterly ruined by Sharon Lechter, at least in audiobook form.

    As the story is told this unspeakably annoying woman interjects repeatedly to echo what was just said, restate it, put her own religious spin on it, or explain her understanding of it.Her interjections completely ruin this book just as a first year art student would ruin a famous work of art if he or she tried to 'improve' it with a Sharpie.

    Just as you are absorbing the genius of Hill's work, you have to patiently wait while Sharon witters on, or tries to apologize for the author's choice of language or opinion (the book was after all written over 70 years ago and has a few dated assertions).

    I am just grateful that Napoleon Hill is not alive to witness this defacing of his great work by this talentless hack. I am angry that I am probably going to have to stop listening to this book because I can no longer stomach the idiotic and mindnumbingly stupid comments made by this woman.

    Has Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I just don't want his work defaced by a simpleton who thinks they can improve upon his writing.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ’s performances?

    I thought the performance was great actually, If only it were not being interrupted all the time while Sharon Lechter tells me what to think, feel or deduce from the work.

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

    The book was fascinating for sure. Napoleon Hill draws on his life experience to produce a very forward thinking and thought provoking piece that essentially reveals how apathy or 'drifting' robs so many humans of their potential. The use of 'The Devil' to further this metaphor is clever, and so far ahead of its time the book was suppressed by family and those with the ability to suppress it after Hill's death in the 70s until now.However, the core message is a great one, and a nice companion piece to the famous Think And Grow Rich.

    Any additional comments?

    Sharon Lechter has not only ruined the book by scrawling her unwanted opinion all over it, but I think she makes the classic mistake of over reaching on her understanding of the religious connotations of the piece.

    The Devil in this work could be any number of things, it's not really important. It's merely a character used to illustrate the power of failure and the patterns of behavior that harm people through self sabotage or lack of tenacity.Unfortunately Lechter pushes her clearly overtly religious Christian beliefs all over the book, pouncing on the authors use of prayer or faith or various expressions.

    It is kind of ironic that The Devil in the book warns about the power of propaganda, and here this woman is pushing her pro-religious, pro-Christian propaganda along with some thinly veiled right wing politics on top.

    What we have is a great book, ruined by a second rate author simply using it as a pulpit from which to spout her views.When I go to see a great play, I want to see the actors perform, and I want to take away a message from the play and internally digest what I have seen. What I don't want to see is a critic from the local newspaper standing on the corner of the stage telling me what the author was thinking as he wrote the play, and then telling me what I should conclude about the play, how it relates to me, asking me open ended supposedly thought provoking questions, and telling me to love Jesus.

    By the same token when I listen to a great book, I don't need someone blathering over the top of it ruining it for me. I sincerely hope that eventually a version is released that is true to the original, without the unnecessary interruptions of a third party.

    38 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neil Strauss
    • Narrated By Neil Strauss

    A tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid. It's one man's story of a dangerous world - and how to stay alive in it. Before the next disaster strikes, you're going to want to read this book. And you'll want to do everything it suggests. Because tomorrow doesn't come with a guarantee....

    Brad Andes says: "Interesting but not great"
    "Really Enjoyed This"

    I really like Neil's work. When he embarks upon a project he throws himself at it hard and is then very candid about the results.

    I've read The Game, which was interesting. And now this Emergency book.

    There is no reference to his other work, this is just his experience growing as a person and preparing himself for bad things happening.

    Although I am not a prepper, I don't have a bug out bag, and am really not prepared for a global catastrophe, and am not planning on readying for such event, I still find the personal journey described in this book fascinating and an enjoyable read. The author takes us on a journey that has a beginning, middle, and end.

    The book was well written, and well narrated by the author.

    I think if you are of a prepper persuasion, you'll find the story interesting. But even if you're not, I still think this is fun stuff to read about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Terrible, stop this train..."

    I have listened to every single book from the Sookie Stackhouse series up to and including this one, to me it seemed like the author had been abducted and replaced with anyone to ghost write this story.

    All we had to hear about for the entire novel was the "Cluviel Dor." It was mentioned so often, I could almost see it as a college level drinking game where one had to down a shot each time the phrase was used.

    Beyond that, nothing really happened, then a completely ridiculous concluding scenario came about where a character had to be saved with the magical Cluviel Dor. It made little sense, and seemed like the entire story had been building to a manufactured conclusion that made little sense.

    I almost get the impression that Charlaine Harris has found herself watching her characters play out on the popular TV show True Blood and that is somehow messing with her head.

    I hate to be a Debbie Downer on this story, but it really was worthless filler in an otherwise great series of novels. I have nothing good to say about it other than the fact there is now only one book left to listen to to be done. I sincerely hope that the conclusion is better than this penultimate book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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