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Dan

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  • Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lewis Schiff
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Ask a member of the middle class what it takes to become wealthy, and she'll tell you it takes a bold new idea. Tell that to a self-made millionaire, and he'll vehemently disagree. What explains the difference in mind-set between the self-made wealthy and the rest of us? It's not what you think, as journalist and entrepreneur Lewis Schiff convincingly illustrates through groundbreaking research and compelling storytelling.

    Hayden says: "The lessons are very different to what I expected"
    "Important for every job seeking college graduate"
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    What made the experience of listening to Business Brilliant the most enjoyable?

    These ideas were being consistently backed up with statistical data and further the ideas were demonstrably valuable. I learned things, like the dyslexic and handicapped aspects, reminders of how failure is a part of the game, the behind the scenes stories of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Charles Schwab, Richard Branson, Warren Buffett. In the end I felt like I had been given a valuable insider's look, another less popularized world view and a removal of some of the rose colored blinders often provided by a sensationalism seeking reportage.
    At one point I felt that much of this information was so valuable that it would far exceed any price that one would have to pay for the book. I think it is beyond an excellent college course and that every student should be exposed to this information prior to entering the job market. There was much good, much much good information on negotiating and overviews. I considered the book important and well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many characters, the bits of information, the presentation... Charles Schwab dyslexic, unable to read, having his subordinates explain the documents was interesting. I did like that thing about how what could appear to be a handicap, actually became a plus by people seeking additional help and guidance... there were many good things!


    Which character – as performed by John Morgan – was your favorite?

    This wasn't a fictional work, and if it were I don't really care for the heavy intrusion of "characters" by a reader who over acts. John Morgan's presentation of this book was just plain solid and proper.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sit back college students, relax and enjoy, and we will have a valuable discussion afterwards and I think the students in this class will have an extreme edge in the direction of a pursuit of their goals and a prosperous future. This author is giving you valuable information and good short cuts, take heed.


    Any additional comments?

    Ah, toward the end, the energy waned and the ideas became problematical. At one point I acknowledged that some of the latter advice being given contrasted to the very paths many of the successful people whose methods had earlier been described could not and would not have been chosen. It fell off, but that in no way made the earlier information less valuable. Can't do an analysis of financial spreadsheets Richard Branson, or Charles Schwab?- well then you certainly must- in order to be successful - according to the latter part but, whoops! You are successful?! So at the tail end the book seemed to break that track, neglected to actually hear it's own initial presentation- but like I say that can all be forgiven. It was good and I highly recommend it to others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Business: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (161)

    This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

    Vinity says: "Been waiting for this"
    "Enjoyable and complex"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifth Business to be better than the print version?

    Yes, just simply from the fact that I can listen to it while doing other things, so I am not as concerned about the time spent on a large book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifth Business?

    It felt very rich and deep, like I was eating second and third helpings of a delicious cake without a concern of gaining anything but mental weight.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I very much appreciated Marc Vietor's performance and there was another reviewer who indicated she would have preferred Frederick Davidson. I personally do not agree. I very much like Marc Vietor's cleanliness of style, crispness of voice, subtleness of accent. He provided an excellent author's voice that I could only imagine Robertson Davies as a dramatist would have been quite pleased. It is nice that the performer doesn't inject too much of his own interpretation and personality and doesn't over act. That, for me, get's in the way of my own interpretation, so yes Marc Vietor is probably singly responsible for me continuing on with Robertson Davies trilogies.


    If you could rename Fifth Business, what would you call it?

    A traveling show of curious characters leading to murder


    Any additional comments?

    Ah, this was a gift of the depth of the human intellect.
    Robertson Davies captures aspects of our culture and tantalizes us with the idea that we are all wealthy in some corners of our mind, certainly in imagination and understanding. We can live in books and that is often good enough. I thought everyone had at least 20 hidden talents and isn't it nice to leave the world of the easy reductions and simplistic generalizations. Robertson Davies is a man that has done Canada proud by elevating the whole of humanity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit From It - Seeing Through Wall Street's Money-Killing Myths

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ken Fisher
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Far too many investors fail to get the results they want, because they make some pretty common mistakes. The problem is, the errors don't seem like mistakes—they seem like smart, intuitive, and/or widely recognized investing "wisdom". But much of what's accepted as investing "wisdom" is, instead, bunk.

    MARK says: "Accompanying reference guide does not download!!"
    "Unfortunate - for me, not worth the money spent"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The basic idea of the long term view toward investing, and the problem of the ancient human psychology, wrestling with one's own primordial nature is helpful, but the creation of a new vocabulary, the use of demarcationing of the creation of it's own languaging "bunk" number 10, 12, 15 etc as cross referencing points became very tedious. It may be good for nerds and mathematicians who would like to create some psychological reference points as reminders for pitfalls but the problem was it created another level of complexity for the ideas. Perhaps the author was struggling to introduce a new method to address old problems and ideas, but unfortunately this particular method did not work well for me, and perhaps not well for an audio book where references were being made to other pages that one did not have at one's disposal. The basic idea of taking a long view, of investing in solid growth structures and holding firm for the long haul and backing that up with statistical documentation was valuable information but I didn't want to go wading through the "bunk" swamps to get it. The ideas could have bee presented simpler, and with a greater respect for the reader/listeners time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Fisher again?

    Perhaps... I have a respect for his articles and have read many of the articles he has written for Forbes over the years


    What three words best describe John Morgan’s performance?

    John Morgan did a good job... I very much appreciated Business Brilliance. Three words? Why 3 words?


    What character would you cut from Debunkery?

    The use of the word and ideas of Debunkery... the languaging.


    Any additional comments?

    We are all on a complex path of attempting to become better investors, and we have choices that we make that may range from things like lottery ticket purchases and high stakes poker all the way to companies coming public and the great swarm of a basket of stocks in the S and P and the DOW, and ETF, and Munis etc. There may be some simple principles to apply- The book "Business Brilliant" was actually very good in comparison and I would recommend that to any person entering the job market. I had hoped this book could provide a similar clarity of ideas in the investment arena, but it lost me as a student. It was a shame for me and the instructor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6958)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2774)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "One of Bill Bryson's best and well worth your time"
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    Would you listen to A Short History of Nearly Everything again? Why?

    Yes, because it is quite pithy. I appreciate Bill Bryson's taking the time to put some aspects of our lives into this interesting context as life passes by, often in a fast stream. Also, the memory is not that great, and I observe I can listen to a book again and get many ideas that I had missed upon the first exposure. These are good ideas! Worthy of integrating. A bit of modern day philosophy.


    What other book might you compare A Short History of Nearly Everything to and why?

    I kind of liked the overview of P.J. O'Rourke, "All the Troubles in the World", that- is another look from outside the general consensus and popular norm but there is also no question that P.J. O'Rourke is a modern day humorist standing clearly in the great shadow of Mark Twain/S.Clements. Bill Bryson has his own bit of irony, added with a sardonic puzzlement that often leaves one with an internal joy of the additional perspective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book hits the ground running, describing how humans are composed of indifferent atoms that if disassembled none of the atoms would have a consciousness of being alive. It is interesting to address these simple complexities and then it goes on from there.


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

    It doesn't make one laugh or cry as much as it informs and makes one think. I believe readers of this book are simply better thinkers from having these perspectives available as part of their wonder and reflections on human history.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to many friends and have received thanks in appreciation. If nothing else it is fun, and I applaud Bill Bryson for his effort in it's creation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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