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PansyChicken

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  • The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bob Knight, Bob Hammel
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, a classic best seller, has inspired an optimistic perspective for millions of Americans. Now, in an inspirational and entertaining rebuttal, the legendary basketball coach Bob Knight explains why "negative thinking" will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life. Coach Knight, the second-winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 victories, explains that victory is often attained by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. His coaching philosophy was to instill discipline by "preparing to win" rather than hoping to win.

    Elyse says: "Just as Trite as Positive Thinking"
    "Good book - better if you are a college bball fan"
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    What did you like best about The Power of Negative Thinking? What did you like least?

    I just finished "The Power of Negative Thinking" by Bob Knight. While I enjoyed it, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was a bigger college basketball fan.

    Coach Knight believes that by thinking negatively about a situation it better prepares a person for possible "worst case" outcomes. I did enjoy this perspective because it's similar to mine. Sometimes it's more important to understand what you can't do than what you can do. He points out that even at a young age, we learn what not to do. Red marks on a paper graded by a teacher, anyone?

    There were a lot of basketball analogies and stories of his about basketball that I couldn't really relate well to. I enjoyed many of the stories nonetheless. One of my favorites was about his experience with the Olymipic Gold medal winning team he coached.

    Overall, it was a good book, but just didn't hold my interest as well as it could have if I were a big college hoops fan. It would be a great book for anyone who is a big basketball fan or a fan of Bob Knight.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Deep, irritating, powerful


    Was The Power of Negative Thinking worth the listening time?

    It was, but I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't really a college basketball fan. Though, I should have known that going into the book.


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  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3749)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3375)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Short but sweet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? What did you like least?

    It was a bit short for me (expected), but the story itself was very good.


    What does Ben Stiller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book being read in Ben's voice. He did a very good job with it and I think it made me enjoy the story more.


    Was Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty worth the listening time?

    It absolutely was. It is worth sparing 15 minutes of your time to listen to.


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