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Carrlane Quackenbush

Carr Lane

Chicago | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 457 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Elton says: "Just love this book!"
    "Hoplessly, insultingly elementary"
    Would you try another book from Chris Guillebeau and/or Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly ?

    Never from the author

    What could Chris Guillebeau have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make is a 1-page article

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He tried, but his task was hopeless

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The very few redeeming qualities were buried is pages of self-aggrandizement by the author and a hopeless number of personal stories which were force-fit to the author’s slim thesis.

    Any additional comments?

    This book was painful from the outset with flashes of insight (“people must be willing to pay for your business offer”) so blindingly obvious that it made me wince.

    6 of 12 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.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Just great!"
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Visionary, manic, bully

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    "Simplicity is sophistication" (simplicity is VERY hard work)

    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?


    Any additional comments?

    There was so much hype when Jobs died it took me some time to listen to this book thinking it would be too laden with superlatives. Not so! Isaason's telling is balanced, brutally honest and direct; he pulls no punches. Jobs comes across as a vissionary, perfectionist monster whose intense personality takes over his whole beeing and seeps all around him into a wildfire persuit of the next gadget which will change the world. Oh yeah, and on the way he transformed annimated film with Pixar! Jobs must have been tough to work for but he only worked with the best and they said he forced them to do things they did not think they could do; things they were not even sure were possible. Working for him must have been an amazing experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Excellent and thought-provoking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, to anyone in sport particularly cyclists

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Race?

    Tyler paints Lance Armstrong as a bully with a pathological need to win races.

    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    very natural

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Hamilton, Coyle and Runnette draw the listner into the narrow world of professional cycling where lives are devoted to the sport, sacrifice is the norm and the margin between the podium and back-of-the pack is 5%. The question is "what would you do" if you were them and you defined your self-worth by race results?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Get the unabridged version"

    Don't get this abridged version; it leaves out too many good parts

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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