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Phil Hudson

Santa Fe, NM, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 108 titles in library
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  • The Little Book of Sitcom

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Vorhaus
    • Narrated By John Vorhaus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun.

    ddsharper says: "Incredible insider information: Great delivery."
    "Absolutely Incredible!"
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    If you could sum up The Little Book of Sitcom in three words, what would they be?

    FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've wanted to write for TV and Film for a long time. Comedy has always seemed the hardest. Within 20 minutes of listening my motivation was spiked and I felt I had a stronger insight in how to become a paid writer for not only comedy, but drama as well. Finished the book the same night I got it!


    Which character – as performed by John Vorhaus – was your favorite?

    Kevin - The made up "darling" we all have was important, because as they always say, "We love our darlings, but you have to kill your darlings".


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Little Book of Sitcom?

    The entire thing. I especially liked his guides to focusing on three types of conflict. That was extremely eye opening.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone looking to write for TV or film, this is a must read. This made me want to sit down and write again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Advertising Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Adam Ferrier, Jennifer Fleming
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    In The Advertising Effect, respected advertising insider, Adam Ferrier, reveals the ten techniques used by some of the best-known brands across the globe. These techniques are grounded in psychological theory with award winning real world examples and explore how the most effective way to change behaviour is through action rather than the conventional advertising practices (emotional or rational persuasion).

    Marc Charette says: "brilliant and albeit overly so, well referenced"
    "One of The Best Books on Advertising Ever"
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    I wanted to write "'Nuff Said" but it made me write more words. These are those words. And here are more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
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    Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let’s Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business.

    MDTruman says: "Screw it, I just wasted my money!"
    "Screw It!"
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    Wow, Richard Branson has always been a powerful figure in the world, but never has he been so inspiring. I've lived a life working to gain and grow my own future by struggling every day to change my family tree. I don't enjoy life and I don't think globally. It's time to change that and this book has done that for me. I am excited to look for more opportunities for growth and have him to thank for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1983)
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    (1984)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "What More Can Be Said About Think and Grow Rich"
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    While some of this information may feel outdated or old, that is precisely why everyone needs to apply those principles. The men Napoleon Hill wrote about are still considered the richest and most successful men of all time.

    This is not just a one pass pick what you can and apply it type of book, this requires dedicated study, application, and revisiting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
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    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Very Powerful Insights into the Mind of Consumers"
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    Captivating reader, and great content, but a lot of data to consume without visual aids. Very glad I purchased this however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
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    Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

    Andrew says: "Seth Should Have Quit"
    "Quick but Powerful!"
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    Anyone struggling with life, jobs, or success needs this book.

    Take an hour and a half and change your life. You owe it to yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thank You Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
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    The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

    Scott says: "Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow"
    "Powerful Evidence of a Reformation in Business"
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    This book was incredible. A friend of mine who is an entrepreneur shares this with me and I burned through it in one day.

    Social is needed, but more than that we have to change our corporate structure for both customers and employees. I've worked in the corporate world for a publicly traded Internet Marketing Agency as it transitioned to a new executive team and changed models completely. The new management needed this book.

    I love the lessons the author shares and all of his points resonate with me as I look at the world from an entrepreneurial perspective. I am very grateful to have read this book and will recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares
    • Narrated By Drew Cuthbertson
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    Traction is a guide to getting customers, written for startup founders, marketers, and those interested in how today's startups grow and get traction. This book shows you how the founders of several of the biggest companies and organizations in the world like Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Paul English (Kayak.com) and Alex Pachikov (Evernote) have built and grown their startups.

    Zach says: "Decent book ruined by bad narrator"
    "A powerful plan of attack"
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    Loved this book! It lays out a powerful plan of attack for marketing a new business and it's definitely something I will recommend in the future as well as use!

    Very glad I stumbled onto this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
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    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Knocked it out of the park again."
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    As always, I feel I've come away from this book with a greater understanding of limitations I place on myself and the world around me. I have been changed again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Guillebeau
    • Narrated By Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

    Elton says: "Just love this book!"
    "My Brain Just Melted"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The $100 Startup to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, so I can't really answer this one. I will say that with the steps he lays out the print version will probably make it easier to bookmark and review.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The $100 Startup?

    The coolest part of this was when the author hit right on the issues I have been contemplating for my business' next steps. He laid out a clear plan of how to accomplish what I want to achieve.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Guillebeau and Thomas Vincent Kelly – was your favorite?

    Hearing form the author was awesome. I wish he would have performed the entire book. Thomas Vincent Kelly spoke too slow. At 1.25x speed he sounded normal.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author is a huge proponent of generating quality and value. This was key as too often in business we think only of how to make money. But providing value really is the key to making money. Why would someone pay for something if there is no value in it?


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone looking to start any form of business, especially an online business, should read this book. I put it right up there with Timothy Ferris' "4 Hour Work Week" in terms of helpful information and completeness. You owe it to yourself to reach this book, and then you owe it to your future clientele and customers to follow the processes he lays out. After listening to this book the first time, I immediately recommended it to several friends I have been coaching on how to get a business off the ground. A must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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