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Tara

Westminster, CO, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

    Monica Leonelle says: "An organized version of the podcast"
    "Great practical knowledge for authors"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Write. Publish. Repeat. to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio and print versions are very different. In the audio you get to "hear" it, much in the way you hear the podcast, which is how I "met" Sean (I already knew of Johnny from online). I am used to listening to their advice audibly so spent the good part of Sunday hearing Write, Publish, Repeat and absorbing different bits than I got when reading the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Write. Publish. Repeat.?

    The sales funnels. I know that they are not saying theirs are perfect (whose are?), but hearing again that these need to rock solid was a reminder to fix mine. Their description of how they "walk" readers through the process and get them more and more interested in their work was great.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Whistler – was your favorite?

    It took a couple of minutes to get used to Simon reading Johnny's words, but that changeover happened very fast and Simon did a great job!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a writer thinking about making a living of your work, this book may be a real eye opener. First off, they are not sugar coating the truth, you are probably not going to write a best seller right out of the gate so you better learn how to put some marketing into place if you ever want to sell more than a few copies a month.

    On the other hand, their dogged determination to succeed shows all writers that it is possible. That success is hard work but possible with a solid plan and a focused goal.

    A really good listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (340)

    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"
    "My Favorite Seth Godin Book Ever!"
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    Where does The Dip rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read every Seth Godin book ever written, supported his kickstarter and stalked his blog for years and I am here to tell you that this book is the best title of the bunch (followed closely by fan favorite Purple Cow). The ideas are great and help you to see that there is no shame in quitting, that the only true problem is with failing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dip?

    For me it was definitely the information about how medical schools put up barriers that weed out all the mediocre doctor wanna-bes so that the profession can maintain its high standards and prestige.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would call it, Listen To The Bald Guy, He Knows What He Is Talking About!


    Any additional comments?

    I read this originally and have listened to it on audiobook a number of times. Having Seth himself read it definitely adds to the experience and unlike some other authors, he stays really true to the book in his narration if going off script bothers you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara Corcoran, Bruce Littlefield
    • Narrated By Barbara Corcoran
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After failing at 22 other jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from her boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using 24 unconventional lessons learned from her mom, Barbara built that tiny company into a $4 billion business, and today she's richer than her wildest childhood dreams.

    ASH says: "Enjoyable and Inspiring!"
    "I loved this book!"
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    What did you love best about If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails?

    I had heard bits and pieces of these stories during keynotes of Ms. Corcoran's I had listened to, but wrapping them all up into a chronicled story was really neat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wish that I knew Ms. Corcoran's mommy. She seems to have raised a wonderful family with patience and understanding. Hearing how "Mom" handled something and then extrapolating it to a real life business situation was really neat way to frame the story.


    What does Barbara Corcoran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am an audiobook fan so I will always choose to listen, but rarely do you get such a great blend of autobiography, personal anecdotes and business education all in one place. This audiobook wouldn't be the same if she had had someone else reading it.


    What did you learn from If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned that there are ways to get around any business challenge if you look at it a different way. That challenges are just little bumps in the road towards a bigger picture.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was super! I really didn't know what to expect but I knew I loved Ms. Corcoran's keynotes so I figured I would like this and I was right! The time listening flew by and I wanted to know even more when I was done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Narrated By Gary Vaynerchuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (700)

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

    Martin says: "Gary delivers!"
    "Even Better Than The Book Book!"
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    Would you listen to Crush It! again? Why?

    I have listened to this book at least 5 times over the years and I get something new every time. It is an amazing way to get fired up with enthusiasm if you are wondering how to capitalize on your passions.


    What other book might you compare Crush It! to and why?

    Crush It is great for startups the way that Michael Gerber's Emyth is. Both remind us of why we started our businesses in the first place and help to frame a way to grow them with integrity and passion.


    What does Gary Vaynerchuk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh my gosh...Gary's reading so eclipses the book! His vibrant style and going "off script" add to the polished book by showing real world examples that didn't make the cut during editing.


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

    I tend to listen to it over the course of a day or two at the most. I hurry to listen because of the great info that Gary shares.


    Any additional comments?

    The only complaint that I hear regularly is that Gary doesn't tell you how to find your passion. That there should be some way for him to let you know what you should do with the crush it model. Of course no one can tell you what your passion is. You need to figure that out yourself. There are some great hints about how to go about it, but at the end of the day it is only the listener who can know what they should do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inherit the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

    C. White says: "The Best of the 3 Giant books..."
    "One of my favorite books of all time"
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    Where does Inherit the Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you are a fan of Paul Hogan and have read this book over an over again like I have, you will love the audio version! The narrator doesn't try to get cute with it at all, it is a very easy listen that is just like you were reading it yourself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is amazing. I have read this book over and over again in addition to the two followup novels and just think that the way Hogan portrays the human race and all their faults and strengths is super.


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

    Vic Hunt of course...I love him!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Star Trek meets Mad Men


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beam: Season 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Choose Enterprise and the government stays out of your way, leaving you free to sink or swim - no help for the drowning. Choose Directorate and all are equal, fed, sheltered and entertained by the government, every need provided for, and every man another cog in society's machine.

    Roland J. Denzel says: "Dystopian doesn't get better than this!"
    "Interesting & Thought Provoking"
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    Would you listen to The Beam: Season 1 again? Why?

    Yes! There are multiple story lines that all weave in and out throughout the book. It is super interesting to see how each character meets up with others in the storyline. I would definitely listen again as there is plenty to follow and understand about this world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was not made up or fantastical. It is definitely futuristic but you can see the foundations of what is happening during the story. I feel like the future advancements are as cleverly weaved in as the technology of JD Robb in the Eve Dallas books.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved multiple of the characters but my favorites were Ray Chase as Doc and Rachel Fulginiti a Kai (sp). They were easy to distinguish and the readers made them seem likable and realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first fiction work that I have listened to by these authors and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. I was sorry that season one ended and I can't wait until there are more seasons available on audio! I will definitely be getting the next season to find out about the characters. PS - It wasn't in the questions but I liked the plot line of the two parties (Enterprise and Directorate) the best! I am definitely team Enterprise!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (186)

    In her first foray into the sleuthing game, resourceful, red-headed Hannah Swensen must find the right ingredients to solve two perplexing murders. One chilly morning on her way to The Cookie Jar, Hannah discovers Ron, the dairy delivery man, shot dead in his truck. When she begins to investigate, she suspects the dairy owner. But when he, too, is murdered, Hannah must look further afield for the culprit.

    senior sonark says: "so disappointed ..."
    "LOVE This Series"
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    Where does Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 Series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hannah - love that she is a snoop...:)


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

    Some of this book (and the series) is laugh out loud funny. Mostly because Hannah and I have the same maddening and amazing mothers.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters are great and stories are fun and fast paced. Love the Goldie Baer books and this series is a nice addition to fill in when I need a fun listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "What a great book!"
    Overall

    I have listened to the Ender series and so was surprised that this book was a different kind of story. It does have some information about the Mormon religion but not put in a preachy way at all - just as a way to add interest to the story. I was very impressed with the story (I have a brother with a minor form of CP) line as well as the ending. If you can remove yourself from the Ender series and appreciate this as a stand alone book I think you will really like it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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