The basic premise of this book is interesting and well explored but the way the author chose to write the story is very constricting. First 2/3 are plodding with a few surprises thrown in and the last third of the book is riveting payoff.
I feel that this would have made for a better short story (using the chosen literary device) rather than a novel. My kingdom for a good editor!
Yes, it has excellent character driven narrative. The narrator performs many many voices extremely well.
One of the main characters is killed...it was awful. There are many small moments where the characters are teaching the young about the nature of life and the world. Ned Stark tells his children that "The lone wolf dies when winter comes - but the pack survives." That quote is worth the whole purchase price for me.
The man is brilliant. He performs men and women of different races, ages, and sizes. He performs animals as well. Brilliant voice actor.
Yes, When one of the main characters dies I was saying no no no - to my ipod. When the leader of the Black watch speaks to a character about where his true duty lies and that he belongs...got a little teary eyed at that. The conclusion was AMAZING
I listened to this book because a friend recommended it. An excellent friend indeed! On to Book 2!!
Absolutely! Chernow's book on Rockefeller is one of my all time favorites! Writing a book about an investment bank that is both interesting and compelling throughout is a herculean task. Ron Chernow has done as good a job as can be done for such a book. This book is 34 hours and 36 minutes long so keeping the mind engaged was challenging in the end where the company was so fractured was difficult
It depends on the friend but in general - no. Most would not enjoy this book and would find the details of investment bankers dealings quite tedious. If a friend was interested in understanding the financial history of the US economy and the forces that shaped it - I would recommend this book.
Lamont was an interesting and complex man.
No. I think Chernow has pretty much covered everything.
The book is very monolithic in the begining with the powerful J.P. Morgan - but as the company moved out of the hands of the Morgan's and became more fractured I found it more difficult to follow all these little men.
No. I was depressed the whole time I read this book. I was expecting a triumphant tale of taking down the s.o.b. that killed the author's sister but was punched repeatedly with tales of the creepy, criminal, violent, selfish, and controlling men in the author's past. I was saddened by the violence and physical abuse that she suffered. The tale of her failed/ highly dysfunctional marriage was very long and seemed a bit one sided. I hope the author finds health and healing. The story of poor Amy's death was very very sad.
Abuse and violence is always wrong and the author's resource referrals for victims of abuse are greatly appreciated.
No, but I feel that the title is misleading. This is Janine Latus' memoir punctuated by the "If I am Missing or Dead" story of losing her sister Amy.
I like the scene where Janine asks her mother for a large loan to buy a typewriter and her stepfather calls back and refuses to give her the loan. Instead, the expensive typewriter would be a gift from the two of them. Finally! a good man.
If the emphasis were on the story of Amy - I would be interested in that.
The friends encouragement to "Say goodbye" to Amy was very moving.
Yes. The information he shares about his personal growth and business success was very helpful.
I like that the performer used a Scottish accent. Carnegie was VERY Scottish. Unfortunately, the accent was not very authentic.
A few stories made me admire Carnegie's mind and Scottish tenacity.
The first half of the book about his boyhood and business success is great! The second half where he gives away his fortune and meets the rich and famous of his day (who few in 2013 will recognize) was tiresome. The first half is worth the price/credit. Skip the second half.
No, I have not read the print version.
The Chairman - because he is evil and bored.
Pinochet performs many characters distinctly and extremely well!
I enjoyed learning how to read the body language of others. While it would be impossible to carry a list of all the non-verbal things to look for in the body language of others - there are some big ideas here that could provide supplemental insights beyond verbal communication. Some folks might find all the technical information to be tedious but I found the information and illustrations to be fascinating.
The saying "those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it" is accurate. I bought this title on sale with the thought that it would be good medicine to innoculate me against blindly following a dictatorial program and be swept up into madness. This book has done it's work. So many good people could have stopped Hitler and the Nazi's - but they waited until it was too late. The result was the descimation and destruction of many innocent human lives. The content is fascinating. The narrator is excellent. The audiobook is a masterpiece.
OK...you can toss all those books about running a business written by egg head college professors or knuckleheads who are only good at writing books about running a business. You can also toss the books by successful business people that only stroke their ego and personal brand but fail to share the real deal about how to run a successful business on a daily basis. EntreLeadership is a book that will help your business TODAY regardless of what stage you are at. Practical, Specific, Direct, AND Entertaining. My company is growing like crazy and Dave Ramsey is the business mentor that I need right now. I am now listening to the book for the second time.
There is no substitute for working with a genius on a daily basis. Everything I have read about Steve Jobs is from the outside - from somebody who has done interviews and research. This book is from a man who observed the daily working habits and decision making process of one of the most creative and brilliant men of our generation. Until the authorized biography of Jobs is released in 2012 - this is the best book about the man himself.
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