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Patrick

I'm a web developer from Sydney, Australia who loves every opportunity to learn something new. Audible is perfect for this!

Wetherill Park, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • The Founder’s Dilemmas

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Noam Wasserman
    • Narrated By Mark Mosely
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin.

    Jonathan says: "Story is not bad but bad performance"
    "Maybe a good book to read but not to listen to?"
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    Would you try another book from Noam Wasserman and/or Mark Mosely?

    I'd definitely think twice about it (that sounds harsher than I mean it to but I can't think of how to reword it).


    Would you be willing to try another book from Noam Wasserman? Why or why not?

    Maybe not so much as an audio book. I feel that the content of this book didn't suit an audio book style reading of it. Felt quite dry and drawn out... was a struggle for me to listen to the end (but did so as it was a book recommended very strongly to me by others in the startup community). I think in the end it really wasn't a book suited to being narrated? Otherwise I'm not sure what it could have been :/


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm not sure really! He read it clearly and quite well. I just found the content a bit dull to listen to.


    Do you think The Founder’s Dilemmas needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are a lot of questions that require further research, things they still don't know. I'd like to see the stats for things a few years later to see how findings are holding up.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend getting a physical copy. More of a book to skim read and visually see than one to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creative Thinker's Toolkit

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gerard Puccio
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (42)

    According to the latest scientific research, anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively, which involves taking a more imaginative approach to the challenges we all face. Learn how to wield the same research-based tools that today's creative people use and tap into your inner creative thinker with Professor Puccio's engaging 24-lecture series that takes you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process.

    Greg Mcateer says: "Interesting, definitely learned a few things"
    "Some fascinating stories but a tad repetitive?"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Gerard Puccio?

    The Great Courses is a pretty neat series, however the clapping at the start and end of every chapter drives me nuts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular as it was a non-fiction rather than story book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked quite a few of the stories told in the audio book, he uses examples well and I think overall the chapters with examples and stories drew me in a lot more. They'd all be my favourite.


    Was The Creative Thinker's Toolkit worth the listening time?

    I felt it did drag on a bit but I did gain some useful insights into directing my creativity better.


    Any additional comments?

    Gotta say, Professor Gerard Puccio's voice sounded like I was listening to Vince Vaughn mixed with a bit of Barack Obama teach me about creativity :P

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Twyla Tharp
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with 32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable 35-year career.

    Kindle Customer says: "A much-needed shout-out to good habits"
    "Overall an inspiring listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it to friends looking for inspiration, motivation and ideas on how to keep up their creativity and work in it as a profession. Why? I found the stories and such promote all the necessities to successful creativity in a really nice and clear way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She uses a variety of examples and explains things really well. It's a good book on reflecting and learning from a fellow creative's experiences as she explains her own mistakes, pitfalls and areas of success. I liked the examples of other creatives she also researched and read about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the stories on classical composers and their working habits the most.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Creative Habit?

    I'm seriously considering her idea of putting each project into its own box/boxes to keep a log of everything associated to it. That was a neat idea.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a really good job too, it was one of those cases she sounded like she truly did author the book. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenge into SUCCESS

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald J. Trump, Meredith McIver
    • Narrated By Steve Blane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    During his long business career, Donald Trump has known astonishing highs and lows. In Never Give Up, the world's most famous businessman talks candidly about his own biggest challenges, lowest moments, and toughest fights - and how he turned those setbacks into new successes.

    Amazon Customer says: "His title says it all"
    "Quite an interesting listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it as I found it an intriguing look into Donald Trump's mentality and enjoyed the stories of his life and decisions he made.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me a new insight into who he was and the mindset he has which has helped him come back from ruin and ultimately be incredibly successful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed listening to his story of going onto Saturday Night Live and what it was like.


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

    I listened to it in about 24 hours. Wasn't one sitting but quite close to it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3339)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1324)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "A must listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Now to be better than the print version?

    I own both the print version and the audio edition but had read the book first, listening to the audio book many years later. Both are extremely useful and equally powerful. The audio edition (like all audio editions) is hard to skim read and use as a reference but I found Eckhart Tolle brings true enthusiasm and soul in his reading of it :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Now?

    I think the biggest take away was realising that you aren't the sum of your thoughts but you are the being who is aware of those thoughts. For someone who hadn't heard the concept explained like that when I first read the book, it was quite transformative.


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

    This is the first audio book I've read of his.


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

    It is inspiring. Well written, brilliant stories and pointers which really help pull you into his world and see why his points are so crucial to helping people live more enriching lives.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read any of his work and really want to regain a bit of control over the wild emotional ride we live each day with stress, worry, anger and negativity, listen to this book. It's truly worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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