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S. Niemi

Traverse City, MI | Member Since 2006

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  • 101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs With Big Upside and Not Much Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Gillman
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Using interviews with unconventional entrepreneurs, the author's own wide-ranging experience with weird jobs, and extensive research, 101 Weird Ways to Make Money reveals unusual, sometimes dirty, yet profitable jobs and businesses. Whether you're looking for a job that suits your independent spirit, or want to start a new business, this unique book shows you moneymaking options you haven't considered.

    Jeanine says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Why would you read all of those links?"
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    Would you try another book from Steve Gillman and/or Donald Corren?

    The narrator's voice is ok and engaging.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Each of the 101 items has a couple of web links at the end. The narrator reads every letter of it. WHY? WHY? Why not just include all of the links in an attached PDF. Example: You can find out XYZ at "h t t p s : / / h o w t o d o X Y Z . c o m / w i k i / 3 4 s g t / s o m e o t h e r s t u f f . h t m l"

    Arg. Its driving me crazy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1238)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Nancy says: "Only if you don't listen to the podcast....."
    "Good content. You don't need to buy the audiobook"
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    What did you love best about Think Like a Freak?

    Think Like a Freak isn't really a proscription about how to think so much as a bunch of stories about Freak-like thinking. It is up to the listener/reader to draw their own conclusions from the story and apply it to their own situation.


    What other book might you compare Think Like a Freak to and why?

    Think Like a Freak reminded me a little of "Fooled by Randomness" by Nassim Taleb. The style is very different and it comes at the main point from different directions, but both books do a good job of poking holes in our theory of ourselves and the world around us.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't actually have to buy the book. You can get almost all of this by just subscribing to the Freakonomics podcast. I don't think there is really anything new in the book that wasn't in the podcast at some point. The nice part of having the book is that it is all put together. Also, go ahead and buy it if you want to support the authors' work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1358)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Great Book (what's with the audio?)"
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    Any additional comments?

    The plot is complicated and enjoyable. The narration was above average (it was good, but I don't want to say every narration is good).

    There is currently a problem with the audio. There were 6 or 7 instances where the audio would get all fuzzy with static and then come back again in 5 to 10 seconds. I did some checking and the problem was with my file, not the device. This isn't really a problem as you can still hear what's going on, but I was expecting a top-notch performance based on the book and author and getting the static makes it seem slip-shod.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (477)

    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Richard J. Riker says: "2,220 well-invested minutes!"
    "Couldn't start it"
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    I was recommended this book by a good source and thought it might be good. I couldn't get out of the first chapter because the narrator's voice grated on my nerves.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful

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