Yes, in fact, I believe if I had to give an audiobook to someone who claimed not to like them this would be the one.
The book Peter Pan is an adventure fantasy that will be enjoyed by children while speaking to adults. I've thought about several books to compare it to, but the best comparison is to the movie "The Princess Bride." Everyone loves the story, and adults enjoy the meaning embedded in it.
I have been an Audible member for a decade, and I believe this audiobook may be my favorite presentation.
but, in the end there is no way I could recommend it.
Unlike others who have been critical, I did listen to the very end. I'm sure Victor Wooten is a fine musician that really feels passionately about the importance of music, but this is poorly written new-age psycho-babble with music playing the part of mother earth.
I was hanging with it for about the first half, actually admiring most of the voices of the different characters, and the way music was interwoven in the background to reinforce points being made in the text. But in the end it just went too far. The story broke down into a new age cliches, bad math, and a comically bad voice/sounds for the personified music.
Basically, I would never encourage anyone I knew to read, listen to, or even borrow the book.
While this is the first time I've been motivated to write a review, I have been an Audible subscriber for over five years and have listened with pleasure to many many books, both literature, business titles, and the occasional motivational program. While I wouldn't recommend everything I have chosen, I have never felt a selection was bad enough to strongly warn others away.
This book, however, is horrible. If I could I would rate it a zero. The title is misleading. The authors seemed to want to write a self-help motivational book, but must have thought a title involving internet businesses would sell better. In ninety minutes I have received no value from anything that has been said (a very difficult feat). It has been a retreaded list of poorly written platitudes from motivational programs (picture your ideal job--picture your ideal day --allow yourself to be successful). The comments on internet business have been useless and obvious to anyone who has been exposed to a cumulative two hours of business news or business periodicals in the last decade. I'm not kidding -- the most informative sentence thus far has been "76% of businesses (in a cited survey, not independent research) report having an internet presence has enhanced their business." I don't want to diminish my credibility as a reviewer by sounding too snarky, but I'm not pulling the worst thing I can find, that is really the most relevant item so far.
In summary, while I normally free ride and don't write reviews, the thought of someone else giving money to listen to something absolutely worthless motivated me to warn others away. Spend your credits elsewhere. If you are interested in this book, I believe Wikinomics or The Four Hour Workweek will help you think about internet businesses in a much more productive way than anything I have heard in this prize.
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