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HOUSTON, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 128 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014

  • Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran company-builder Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street- smart entrepreneurs solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. Brodsky shares his hard-earned wisdom every month in Inc. magazine, in the hugely popular "Street Smarts" column he cowrites with Bo Burlingham. Now they've adapted their best advice into a comprehensive guide for anyone running a small business.

    morton says: "This great audio was originally called The Knack!"
    "Eloquently Insightful!"
    If you could sum up Street Smarts in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful Entrepreneurial Handbook!

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every story is just another layer into the entrepreneurial mindset.

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

    As a struggling entrepreneur, this book is inspiring and thought provoking.

    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to everyone because it isn't just for the entrepreneur. It can help people understand the business world better, and thus improve his/her chance at getting promoted or getting a raise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Wish I read/listened to it sooner!"
    If you could sum up The Fountainhead in three words, what would they be?

    Foundational concept for integrity.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The degree to which all the characters are fleshed out.

    What about Christopher Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Made it very easy to keep up with who was talking

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

    Made me ponder deeply about my own work ethic and integrity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jörg Guido Hülsmann
    • Narrated By Paul Strikwerda

    Here is a magisterial book for today and the ages, one that inspires awe for both the subject and the author who accomplished the seemingly impossible: a sweeping intellectual biography, constructed from original sources, of the 20th century's most astonishing dissident intellectual. It has the apparatus of a great scholarly work but the drama of a classic novel.

    Lee Robinson says: "Ludwig von Mises bio with his ideas"
    "Underrated genius!"
    Would you listen to Mises again? Why?

    Of course, and I will because there is so much to absorb when it comes to Mises' and the man that he was that his story is like a tuning fork for resolve and commitment to truth.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I had no idea how close we were to losing the school of thought represented by Austrian Economics until this book. Had we lost this school of thought, that may not have been the equivalent of losing the Library of Alexandria, but it would be on par with losing a section of the library. And what self respecting person in pursuit of knowledge would not fight to save such a body of works, let alone an entire school of thought? That's what Mises did for us all.

    What about Paul Strikwerda’s performance did you like?

    I thought the delivery was elegant and flawless.

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

    The book has inspired me not only to make a stronger commitment to learning, but more importantly to not be so afraid to speak up and voice a contrarian position to mainstream views.

    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that threw me off when listening to the book were the parts in German -- which doesn't really happen that often in the book. And, needless to say, you'd get the English translation right after. However, at the time, I was confused as to why that would be in the audio book. But, looking back now, the book essentially archives these letters or quotes, which is good given that certain nuances can get lost in translation. Had I been fluent in German, I'd be more appreciative of the contrast. But, nonetheless, it still took me by surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    Where does The Lost Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually listen to fictional narratives, but I'm so glad I did!

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I liked the story so much I listened to it any chance I could get my headphones on.

    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Altucher
    • Narrated By James Altucher

    The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for "security," everything we thought was "safe," no longer is. But more and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real success. Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

    André says: "Choose yourself and don't waste your time"
    "How to justify being lucky in life"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone looking to kill oneself.

    What could James Altucher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provide real content, not some BS ex post facto justification for rolling the dice in life and getting lucky with it.

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

    Anger and disappointment. Don't get me wrong. I'm happy the author has lived such a roller coaster of a life, and he's doing well for himself. But the book is absent of content as it's just one big appeal to emotion.

    Any additional comments?

    The book is basically an autobiography where the author is trying to convince himself why he should feel good about rolling the dice in life.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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