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N. Saeed

Springfield Gardens, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
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  • 255 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joe Eszterhas
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood.

    J. says: "MEMO to JOE ESZTERHAS"
    "I rolled my eyes so far back, I could see my brain"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The audiobook starts off well with the writer's childhood memories and how he became what he is-let's face it- a soft porn hack. Peppered with some Hollywood trivia and short stories the book then degenerates in the middle into a petition to justify Eszterhas's hypocrisy claiming he didn't know who/what his father was, and sugarcoating his adultery and abandonment of his family. All the while painting himself as the reasonable, clearheaded, do-no-wrong innocent.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Yes, immensely. I now enjoy listening to people lie through the teeth with halos above their heads. So more books about Hollywood would be great once I 'suspend my belief'.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The writer is a self serving, hypocritical, shameless bag of hot air. His writing is gripping though and the progression of events flows nicely up to the point where his family life falls apart and he "discovers" that his father was a war criminal. Eszterhas manages to twist every incident to his advantage and shows himself as a righteous figure and others as feeble, devious, immoral, sometimes grotesque, piranhas.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator was great, his intonation, pronunciation and ability to deliver the story gave it life.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    I just love how he incorporated his "mistress's" diary entries into the story to justify how he was driven into her arms by his-then-wife.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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!"
    "Business, where the rubber meets the road"
    Would you listen to Street Smarts again? Why?

    Definitely, the lessons learned cannot be reiterated enough and there are so many of them.

    The book is full of sound practical business advice that has crossed my radar in university and in business publications. The difference here is in how Brodsky illustrates every concept through his real life business experience.

    As a business owner myself, I identified with his caveats e.g. about entrepreneurs being too optimistic, or how businesspeople's default assumption is that negotiations are always about price.

    I strongly recommend this book to entrepreneurs and those aspiring to start their own business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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