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EntrepreNerd - Looking for good books on tech, life skills and business

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2014

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  • Rich Dad Advisors: Tax-Free Wealth: How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tom Wheelwright
    • Narrated By Tom Wheelwright
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Tax-Free Wealth is about tax planning concepts and how to use tax laws to your benefit. Tom explains how the tax laws work and how they are designed to reduce your taxes - not to increase them. The audiobook explains how to use the tax laws to your advantage and in ways that will support business owners' vision and growth plans for their companies.

    Grace and Kobie says: "If you own a business this is a MUST"
    "Book for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was a decent book and the performance was really good. But, this was not meant for your average tax payer that is getting overwhelmed with the amount of taxes coming out of their check. The person that works 50 hours a week but sees all the fruits of his check go to a government that says they know what to spend his money better than him.

    The magic bullet seems to be to start a business, especially real estate, and find all sorts of deductions for that business. If you already own a business, this is great. Take all this advice use it to save tons of money.

    But, if you don't own a business, suggesting to start one just for the tax benefits is reckless. What he is not considering in this equation is RISK. To be fair, entrepreneurs are notoriously know for not including risk in their equations. I just wish there were some better ways to save on taxes for your average person.


    What other book might you compare Rich Dad Advisors: Tax-Free Wealth to and why?

    N/A


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

    No


    What did you take away from Rich Dad Advisors: Tax-Free Wealth that you can apply to your work?

    If I ever start a business, there are lots of things I can deduct.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth about Retirement Plans and IRAs: All the Strategies You Need to Build Savings, Select the Right Investments, and Receive the Retirement Income You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ric Edelman
    • Narrated By Keith Spengel
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Everyone knows that saving for your retirement is important. Yet only half of all eligible Americans contribute to a retirement plan. That’s because all plans - including the 401(k), 403(b), 457, and even the IRA - are complicated, confusing, and costly. New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed financial advisor Ric Edelman has counseled thousands of savers and retirees and has accumulated his advice in this audiobook.

    LE says: "Very Good Information, but the 2nd Half was Dry"
    "Very Good Information, but the 2nd Half was Dry"
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    If you could sum up The Truth about Retirement Plans and IRAs in three words, what would they be?

    Dollar Cost Averaging


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book and had some great information. But, the 2nd half has too many instances where he either says, "it depends" or goes into great detail about specific situations that I will never face or won't need to think about for a while.

    I'm more of a simple investor and breaking things down into simple terms would help me. I realize there are situations where you need to hire an adviser, but in a book, he should stick to the basics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nomadic Developer: Surviving and Thriving in the World of Technology Consulting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aaron Erickson
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    In The Nomadic Developer, Aaron Erickson brings together his hardwon insights on becoming successful and achieving success as a technology consultant through tough times and relentless change. You'll find 100% practical advice and real experiences - his own and annotations from those in the trenches.

    LE says: "Excellent Book for Developers - Consultant or Not"
    "Excellent Book for Developers - Consultant or Not"
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    What did you love best about The Nomadic Developer?

    I really like the real world stories from the author and the other developers he interviewed. It's good to hear that others have gone through the same trials and made mistakes along the way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nomadic Developer?

    When they related stories of projects gone wrong or things they look back on that they could have done better.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I'm glad you put this on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (863)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "Interesting Look into Early Google from Non-Tech"
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    What did you love best about I'm Feeling Lucky?

    Doug did a great job of narrating and explaining the high tech world of Google in an easy to understand way. There were just so many interesting stories, he kept me coming back for more.


    What about Douglas Edwards’s performance did you like?

    He is an excellent speaker and brought some much needed humor to the subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    It was hard for me to believe I would make it through the entire 16 hours, but it was so interesting, I couldn't stop. And, the ending was superb, alost emotional.

    I'd really like someone else to do another book like this detailing the time after Google's IPO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (734)

    Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

    Ryan says: "How it was"
    "Must Have for Any Geek or Gamer"
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    Would you listen to Masters of Doom again? Why?

    It was filled with interesting back stories and Wil's performance was excellent.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil's performance was just masterful. He made the story come alive and almost made it like I was watching a documentary on TV. His performance was what made this really memorable. I was even recalling parts of the book throughout the day.... Mmmmm!


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

    Gaming Geeks to Programming Gods


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (564)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "OK, But Not What I Was Expecting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was like seeing a journalist go into the camp of each extremist and come out agreeing with their views. Near the end, the story turned ridiculous and boring. I only finished because I am too anal to get that far into a bool and stop.


    What was most disappointing about Jon Ronson’s story?

    There were a few interesting stories, but mostly the narrators voice was annoying and most of the stories were boring.


    What didn’t you like about Jon Ronson’s performance?

    His voice is too high pitched and when he mimicked others' laughs, it got irritating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (696)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Some Good Tips, but Dated Information"
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    What did you like best about Crucial Conversations? What did you like least?

    There were a few good tips about how to approach difficult situations and conversations. The Q&A section at the end was pretty good.

    This information was probably really good 20 years ago, but this book assumes the people you are dealing with will be good, logical, and rational people. This may have been more true a long time ago, but most people that you will run into conflict with these days are entitled, self serving, win-at-all costs type of people. This book does not apply to them.

    This book is for dealing with the people that are willing to step back and apply logic and reason to your conversation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Maxwell Maltz, Dan Kennedy
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (153)

    Psycho-Cybernetics is a masterful synthesis of proven psychological and physiological processes, which took Dr. Maltz 29 years of research and testing to develop. His groundbreaking work, Psycho-Cybernetics, has become an all-time classic in the field of self-image psychology. Since its first publication, this book has inspired and helped millions to achieve ambitious and life-changing goals.

    4Agent47 says: "Simply AMAZING!!!!"
    "Good information, but a bit long and dry"
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    Would you listen to Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Revised again? Why?

    No. It was good information, but an abridged version is definitely needed. They could have conveyed the same info in half the time. Most of the time, I ran the audio at 1.5x or 2x.


    Any additional comments?

    Please come out with and abridged version and include some 'cliff notes' with the audio book to study later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business: How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Parrish DuDell, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Parrish DuDell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (442)

    From the ABC hit show "Shark Tank," this book - filled with practical advice and introductions from the Sharks themselves - will be the ultimate resource for anyone thinking about starting a business or growing the one they have. Full of tips for navigating the confusing world of entrepreneurship, the book will intersperse words of wisdom with inspirational stories from the show.

    Tim says: "Shark Tales"
    "Good book for Entrepreneurs"
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    What made the experience of listening to Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business the most enjoyable?

    I like the 'shark bites' where they had one of the sharks answer questions about business. Between all those high-powered, successful business men/women, there is a ton of information to be gleaned.


    What other book might you compare Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business to and why?

    Maybe EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. But, this was not quite as dry and a little more entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Parrish DuDell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performance was good, but for the 'shark bites', I wish they had the 'shark' actually ready it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not a rehash of the show. This is practical advice for entrepreneurs where they use examples from the show to illustrate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (303)

    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    Loretta says: "listen today and put information to use today"
    "Great, Down to Earth Advice from a Good 'Ol Boy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code to be better than the print version?

    Yes. It's easier to digest the material if you listen to it. Plus, Dr. Phil is an excellent speaker. If he had someone else narrate the book, it would have lost a lot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code?

    Wow, too many! I guess the basic premise that you can no longer 'give people the benefit of the doubt.' He's right, the world just doesn't work that way anymore.


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

    There were so may 'aha' moments in the book. Sometimes, my wife and I were listened together. There were times when we just had to pause the book and talk about what he had just said.


    Any additional comments?

    I know a lot of people think Dr. Phil is an opportunist, a quack and a publicity hound. But, I doubt these people have ever really sit down and listened to what he is saying and how much he has really helped people in need.

    The information in this book is good, solid advice given by a guy with (as he calls it), "Good, walking around, common sense". He's a good old boy, but he doesn't mince words or sugar coat it. He just cuts straight to the point.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze
    • Narrated By Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (163)

    In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving, and moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt for life, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach for changing your family tree.

    Chris McKinney says: "Essential Parenting Advice"
    "Great book for parents and grand parents"
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    Would you listen to Smart Money Smart Kids again? Why?

    Yes. There is timeless information in here and sometimes I need some reminding.
    It really makes you think about your style of parenting and if the money messages you are sending to your kids are the right ones.


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

    These are odd questions.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots a great information in this book about how to teach your kids about money and how to help them not become self entitled 'consumers'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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