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  • The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eli Broad
    • Narrated By Eli Broad, Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Unorthodox success principles from a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist.

    Eli Broad's embrace of "unreasonable thinking" has helped him build two Fortune 500 companies, amass personal billions, and use his wealth to create a new approach to philanthropy. He has helped to fund scientific research institutes, K-12 education reform, and some of the world's greatest contemporary art museums. By contrast, "reasonable" people come up with all the reasons something new and different can't be done, because, after all, no one else has done it that way.

    Al says: "Good Book, but culd have been great"
    "Not Unreasonable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it as an autobiography, not as any kind of "how to" book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His life story is interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book about how Eli Broad built himself an empire, but it does not cover any great amount of detail. You could not use it as a template or how-to guide. There are a few chapters that are intended as lessons, and those are good. He is blunt and to the point, doesn't have time to waste and is always moving forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Meg Meeker
    • Narrated By Cecelia Riddett
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (266)

    In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years' experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father's attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the 10 secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life - and his own - for the better.

    Paul says: "My Daughter means everything to me, now I know why"
    "Good, but a little pushy"
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    Where does Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator's pronunciation, and enunciation was excellent. So good that I spent quite a bit of time paying attention to it, haha.

    The content of the book was very good up until the last chapter, on God. If you're not a Judeo-Christian then you're not going to relate to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that she gives actual strategies and practical advice for many scenarios.


    Which character – as performed by Cecelia Riddett – was your favorite?

    There were no characters, it's an educational book with numerous case-studies.


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

    N/A.


    Any additional comments?

    The author can be pretty closed-minded or judgemental in some cases. I can see that being a result of her practice where she has seen so many cases that lead her to these conclusions, but I have to disagree with a few of her ideas/solutions. For example, as someone who has no belief in any kind of God(s), I do not feel that any God is necessary to raise a strong daughter. What is necessary are the good lessons and positive examples. People often confuse religion and God with good teachings. The only thing that I like about any religion are the lessons on being good to one another.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1043)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "I was expecting so much more..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the part where there is no real instruction. THAT is what I wanted to learn, not just his journey.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joshua Foer? Why or why not?

    I am reluctant to do so after this one because he really led me to believe that I was going to learn what he had learned. Instead, this book built up towards some really useful information that never appeared. It felt like a sales pitch at that point.


    Did Moonwalking with Einstein inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to google more on the topic because I was left unsatisfied.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (857)

    What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? What were the similar choices made by Mozart and by Caesar Rodriguez, the U.S. Air Force's last ace fighter pilot? In Mastery, Robert Greene's fifth book, he mines the biographies of great historical figures for clues about gaining control over our own lives and destinies. Picking up where The 48 Laws of Power left off, Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters.

    Gare&Sophia says: "Mastery is both a goal and a destination..."
    "iLove It"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this all the time. Robert Greene structures complicated ideas and concepts in ways that are understandable - like he is taking my obfuscated thoughts and organizing them so that I can make use of my own knowledge, and gain more in the process.


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

    It woke me up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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