Upfront, I'll admit to being a big fan of Stephen Covey. That said, I wouldn't consider myself a disciple or anything and I think I can write an objective review. This is without a doubt, life changing material for those who are ready to understand it. The 8th Habit is all about taking us from independence to interdependance on a whole new level.
I found it to be particularly relevant for today's world and today's challenges. I'd definitely recommend it.
My 12 year old daughter wants to be a lawyer someday. I am not a big Bill O'Reilly fan, but I thought this book might interest her on a long car trip. I downloaded it and listened to it (in its entirety) before handing it off to her.
There was much common sense to be found, and nothing to object to. It's a most level-headed presentation. My daughter loved it, and it led to some deep conversation between she and I about a variety of topics.
That alone makes it worthwhile! Over all a great book and highly recommended.
This audio has about 5 minutes worth of content in it. The rest is empathizing and story telling and rambling. Her accent is engaging, but it sure doesn't hide the fact that she doesn't have much to say. There are way better books about tantrums out there.
I spent two days in the car with a six year old girl covering about a thousand miles. I am really glad I put this audiobook onto her MP3 player before we left.
I tried listening to it with her over the car stereo, but the story and voice narration drove me bonkers. I soon switched her back to her headphones and she was a happy camper.
I'd highly recommend this for girls aged 5-8.
Interesting material. It's not for or against marriage, but rather a sobering perspective on what you are getting into when you say "I do." It's not boring, as the legal material is interspersed among stories from both the author and others. Overall, this book made a good, if not outstanding, listen as the hours along I-80 continued for what seemed like eternity.
My two complaints would be the lower production value and the reader. The production value is not as good as it should be. The sound volume fluctuates periodically and you can occasionally hear the reader turning papers...Now the reader...He wrote a good book, but he isn't a professional voice and it really shows. He's not horrible, just not good. I strongly recommend listening to the sample before buying this book to make sure you are okay with his reading.
Other than that, listen and learn...
I like Brian Tracy. He has some good ideas. However, if you have read any of his other books (Crunch Time or Eat That Frog! for example) then you have heard this material. It's the same old stuff with the idea that you should have a plan and a goal. It's good stuff, and worth hearing, but if you have been exposed to his work before...save yourself the time and don't bother listening to this.
As a secondary note, I was shocked at how poor the production value is on this. I know it's just the author reading a book, and it's not a $200 million movie or anything, but for goodness sake...at one point in the book you actually hear a dog barking in the background! C'mon Mr. Tracy...record in a professional studio, not your house!
I agree that Dr. Carson is not a professional voice actor or reader, but I enjoyed this audiobook in spite of that face. Maybe even because of it. The content of this book is mostly great (I think the author gets a little preachy at the end) but it's still good stuff.
It's also personal stuff. I think that's why the lack of a professional reader is okay. Dr. Carson is telling you about HIS life and HIS experiences in HIS words with HIS voice. Check out the sample provided by Audible and see what you think.
Overall, this is a good book.
Bob Proctor (author and reader) has a fantastic voice...he just doesn't seem to have anything to say. Let me sum it up for you:
"If it isn't working, you need to do something different."
There now, save your audio credits and download something else.
I have enjoyed a couple of the other Deaver Brown selections, but this isn't really one of them. The entire hour of Mr. Brown can be summed up with, "it's not really worth it to fight with people."
Okay, that's great, but now what? I'd have to recommend a pass on this selection.
Wow...what an awesome book! I think the author did a fantastic job of making the subject matter approachable. This book is written to an audience that is educated, but doesn't assume that you are a mathematics wizard.
I came away with a greater understanding of "number crunching" from both a perspective of understanding the science, and understanding its effects on our everyday lives.
If you are interested in this sort of material, I think Mr. Ayers book is a fabulous place to dive in.
Good information, and a pleasant reader. However, this material is stuff that you would probably want to refer back to. I think that having this book on a shelf as a reference would be more useful than having it as an audiobook.
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