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Richard

Danville, va, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (830)

    We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

    Jason DeFillippo says: "Great book I wish I had 25 years ago"
    "Solid read that is entertaining"
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    What did you love best about The Obstacle Is the Way?

    Solid book with good historical facts and modern day interpretations of ancient scripts. It is a must read for anybody fighting against the rat race.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1659)
    Story
    (1649)

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

    Charles says: "Good in Smaller Chunks"
    "Fun and light read."
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    Better than expected with some funny dialogue. Educational in a twisted type of way. Recommended reading for high school kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel Osteen
    • Narrated By Joel Osteen
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (746)

    In You Can, You Will, Joel Osteen focuses on the eight irrefutable traits and attributes of highly successful people. These personal qualities are tested through the ages and all types of circumstances. These practical principles guide the lives of champions.

    Ardannyl says: "Just What the Doctor Ordered for 2015"
    "Good Message"
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    This is an enjoyable and uplifting book. The message is on point for me and JO is a great and engaging speaker. Short but good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tony Robbins
    • Narrated By Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1789)

    Tony Robbins has coached and inspired more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. More than four million people have attended his live events. Oprah Winfrey calls him "super-human". Now for the first time - in his first book in two decades - he's turned to the topic that vexes us all: How to secure financial freedom for ourselves and our families.

    Dennis J. Taylor says: "All hype and sales pitch for stronghold"
    "Solid advice with a good amount of detail"
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    This book is the real deal. I have reviewed over 100 books in the genre. It covers well the passive way to earn money with your money. It deals with primarily investing your money. It is probably the best book on passive investing for the mass market I have seen in a while. Suzy is probably a bit better at overall financial planning and there are better books out there on actually generating active income. The narrator was good but was hoping to have TR narrate the entire book. He is a more effective communicator in my opinion even though he may have a raspy voice.

    I think it is a must read for almost everyone. I would actually recommend professional financial planners and wealth management advisors read it as well. It addresses the questions and fears of most people (even very wealthy individuals) about investing. I believe it would make the dialogue more productive between clients and the wealth managers.

    I congratulate TR for releasing such a solid product that provides actually data and resources for the reader. I gave this 4 stars as I believe it will be more helpful for readers as 5 star reviews tend to be less credible overall.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3327)
    Performance
    (2886)
    Story
    (2875)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "Entertaining and insightful"
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    Where does 10% Happier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good story and insightful at times. Top 10 more for the actual enjoyment of the story rather than any major insights.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from 10% Happier?

    Respond not react, try not to get attached to the outcome, meditate, compassion and empathy.


    Any additional comments?

    The book got me through a trip to Orlando and back without falling asleep so it must be pretty good. Overall, the question posed by the writer is a good one. How does one balance the quest for Western world achievement and success with an "enlightened approach to life". I personally am not really sure if the two are compatible in their purest forms but certainly I can see how the enlighted approach can make the road to "Western Success" a smoother and more enjoyable ride. I have seen success come in both forms (a--hole vs empathetic approach) with the enlightened and empathetic being clearly the more enjoyable and less taxing on the mind and spirit. This book has some good insight on how take the "success" road utilizing the enlighten approach.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gene O'Kelly
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    At 53, Eugene OKelly was in the full swing of life. Then in May 2005, Gene was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer and given three to six months to live. Now a growing darkness was absorbing the bright future he had seen for himself. He would have to change his plans, quickly, and capture what he could of his last diminishing days. Chasing Daylight is the account of his final journey. Starting from the time of his diagnosis and concluded upon his death less than four months later, this book is his unforgettable story.

    Richard says: "Solid Listen"
    "Solid Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. I imagine there are several stories like this but this one is very compelling and well written.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is important to cherish your life. This helps puts things in perspective and focus on what is important. I am happy he wrote this book as it is an important lesson to hear and hear again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The TenX Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (925)

    Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

    ToddS says: "Not what I expected, and very happy it's not."
    "Not bad - Listen to it on 2x"
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    Would you try another book from Grant Cardone and/or Grant Cardone?

    Maybe. He is good at motivation but lacks a bit on substance.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ok. Nothing special.


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

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is basic and really does not tell you anything new or that is not obvious. However, hearing the obvious sometimes is necessary as few people do what is obvious. The book is useful in reinforcing some very basic concepts that if followed, will lead to better results. Key point of his book which I sincerely believe is true is the concept of action. Action Action Action is the key to almost any strategy in life. I recommend listening to this if you need some motivation to act. I admire Cardone's action attitude as it is what drives results in almost any area of life.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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