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Too many toys

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 34 titles in library
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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Covey
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    This new audio set is a very special abridgement of two of Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, read by Dr. Covey himself. We've condensed the content of two entire books into just six hours of audio, but you'll still enjoy Dr. Covey's lessons on powerful personal change and how to incorporate his ideas into your life to fulfill your ultimate potential.

    R. Whitten says: "Very good"
    "Useful and Engaging"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 6-Hour Abridgement) to be better than the print version?

    Not better. If you will only get one or the other, you need to get the book. However, using both print and audio is great.


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

    No. It is useful listening to a section and having some time to reflect before listening to the next section.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (909)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "Useful thoughts for current/future entrepreneurs"
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    Would you listen to The E-Myth Revisited again? Why?

    Absolutely. The points in the book are the type that require an occasional refresh since the situations occur in the lifecycle of a business.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The E-Myth Revisited?

    The realization by the pie store owner that she loved to make pies and was less motivated to be a pie tycoon.


    What about Michael E. Gerber’s performance did you like?

    An engaging voice and style kept my attention. I listened to this over some multi-hour car trips and it kept me engaged throughout.


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

    Days in the life of an entrepreneur


    Any additional comments?

    The book primarily orients on retail product businesses. I found a lot less useful information for a non-retail services entrepreneur.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (508)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Not the best, not the worst, overall not bad"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe, but not strongly. This is the type of book that fills some hours with a reasonable return on investment. It exposes the listener to the thoughts of some extremists they might not experience otherwise.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story of the British jihadi. The others groups/individuals were also interesting.


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    There is a degree of humor to the reading and situations that would probably be lost if not performed by the author.


    If you could give Them: Adventures with Extremists a new subtitle, what would it be?

    From off-the-wall to dangerous


    Any additional comments?

    Readers who find Ronson through the movie 'Men who stare at goats' should proceed cautiously with the rest of his work. Listen to one. If you don't like the style, stop. They are all very similar in tone and delivery, only the subject matter changes and Ronson's style tends to be about making the mundane interesting, which he is not always able to accomplish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winners Never Cheat

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jon M. Huntsman
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (82)

    Everyone cheats. Cuts corners. Tells lies. Maybe it was different once. Not anymore. If you want to succeed nowadays, you have to make compromises. Right? Wrong. You can succeed at the highest levels, without sacrificing the principles that make life worth living.

    In Winners Never Cheat Huntsman tells you how he did it, and how you can, too. This audiobook is about remembering why you work, and why you were chosen to lead. It's about finding the bravery to act on what you know is right and building teams with the same courage. It's about winning. The right way.

    A. Yoshida says: "Simple message to do what is right"
    "A bit disappointing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. If someone really wants to read/listen, they should get this from the library.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure it is fixable since it is autobiographical.


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

    Nothing that I can think of.


    What did you take away from Winners Never Cheat that you can apply to your work?

    There were a few either novel or interesting points.


    Any additional comments?

    The analogies were certainly dated and most not that compelling. For a person that prided himself for fairness, it is interesting that Mr. Huntsman choose to name so many names and cast others in a negative light. The streams of platitudes got tiresome for me. While I'm sure Mr. Huntsman is as great as he and others think he is, his story is probably better captured in an article or chapter and not as the subject for an entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

    Too many toys says: "The weakest of Ronson's works"
    "The weakest of Ronson's works"
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    What would have made Frank better?

    A real story


    What was most disappointing about Jon Ronson’s story?

    The story was far fetched and only marginally interesting


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Focus on another story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Frank?

    This might have made an interesting 30 minute or 1 hour story. It was appropriate as an anecdote not a full-length story.


    Any additional comments?

    Even Ronson fans (as I am) should avoid this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (375)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Good story with too much detail"
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    Would you listen to Zodiac again? Why?

    No. The level of detail was sometimes mind-numbing and would be intolerable for a second listen.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrator was entertaining.


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

    Having not read the book, I couldn't say.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The number and variety of suspects.


    Any additional comments?

    A worthwhile listen, but the sometimes excruciating level of detail was not really appropriate for an audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Matt Baglio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    The Rite describes the reality of demonic possession. It also traces the history of exorcism and and treats related topics such as satanic cults and black masses. Since Fr. Thomas was a skeptic and the author is a fact-seeking journalist, this book is more compelling even than the previous best-seller on this topic, The Exorcist.

    VH says: "Excellent"
    "Ratio of background to story too high"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The editor needed to reduce the exposition and explanatory sections and focus on the storyline.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The priest's story was interesting. I would have preferred to hear more vignettes about actual exorcisms.


    What aspect of Matt Baglio’s performance would you have changed?

    It is unfortunate that so many authors don't realize that they don't have an entertaining speaking voice. Coupled with a storyline that often provided too much explanation and background, the authors nasal tone made it easy for me to lose focus.


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

    Absolutely not.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Now Habit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Neil Fiore
    • Narrated By Neil Fiore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (310)

    If you are a professional, manager, student, entrepreneur, writer, or homemaker, this audiobook will help you achieve your goals more rapidly, whether they are large, complex challenges or the small, essential tasks of everyday life and work. If you now work effectively, even though you have too much to do and too little time, The Now Habit will show you how to prioritize your goals to allow more time for guilt-free play.

    Ron says: "A keeper"
    "Some good ideas buried in a mind numbing text"
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    What did you like best about The Now Habit? What did you like least?

    The line of thinking that procrastination is a symptom and the discussion of causes was helpful. Unlike similar books, the author beat each topic to death. The methodical, repetitive style made it very difficult to stay engaged.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Fiore? Why or why not?

    Doubtful. I've got to believe there are better books.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't care for the performance. The monotone and the plodding pace get very frustrating. Dr Fiore would be served well by hiring a narrator (and an editor).


    Was The Now Habit worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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