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Des Moines, IA, USA
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  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,085
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,662

The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, but not that good

  • By Brandon Carlson on 05-11-07

Some good ideas but, not so sure. . .

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-07

I like some of the time management skills presented in this book. But it seems this book promotes a shallow existence. The last chapter promoting good works sounds like it was pasted on to appease critics and rings hollow.

What if you like your work? What if you enjoy interaction with people at work? Important things can happen in meetings, hashing out ideas. Returning phone calls can nurture relationships. Reading the newspaper can deepen ones understanding of complex issues. This bare bones existence in order to travel the world or sit at home in your boxer shorts and "work" does not sound like a full life.

Much of this book promotes using others unfairly. Manipulating your co-workers, employees and your employer. Outsourcing to third-world countries to save a buck and farm out your problems.

If self centered self-gratification is your goal--Rock On-- this is your book!

44 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not history, not theology, just great fiction

  • By Mark Grannis on 11-10-03

Good, not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-05

This book was a good listen. It started out as part thriller, part history lesson--a good combination. As the book wears on it becomes all thriller with some details being pretty unbelievalbe.

The use of superlatives in the last third was tiring. Everything is "most incredible" or "absolutely unbelievable". We get the picture--just tell the story, darn it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Instant Millionaire

  • A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth
  • By: Mark Fisher
  • Narrated by: Marc Allen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

Darva Conger, 34, had a plan to become an Instant Millionaire by marrying real estate investor Rick Rockwell, 42, on TV last week. Now that her plan has backfired and an annulment is eminent, may we suggest some titles for Darva to get back in the dating saddle?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Find!

  • By Bigmo on 08-02-03

Comforting Psycho-babble for the Struggling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-03

"I'm getting better every day in every way" --say this 50 times a day and you'll be a millionaire in 6 years. This book is full of emotional crap and short on specifics. Things like education,experience,training, social standing, availability of financing and reasoning ability are inconsequential, according to this book. Sorry, I don't think so.

This book reminds me of "Deep Thoughts with Jack Handy" from Saturday Night Live". I found myself laughing out loud while listening to some of this hokey drivel.

I'll give the book some credit on its "don't worry be happy" advice. That probalby is good business advice. Thin skin leads is most likely not a business asset.

9 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Guilt

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Influential San Francisco attorney Mark Dooher - affluent, powerful, totally in control - is used to...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Solid Legal Thriller

  • By Tim on 03-17-03

A Solid Legal Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-03

Lescroart makes Grisham and Turrow look over-rated. This book uses a very different form of suspense. As in his other books, his observations on relationships, family and marriage make this book interesting. I feel as though he really get inside the bad guy.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The One Minute Millionaire

  • The Enlightened Way to Wealth
  • By: Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
  • Narrated by: Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Is it possible to make a million dollars in only one minute? The answer just might surprise you. The One Minute Millionaire is an entirely new approach, a life-changing "millionaire system" that will teach you how to: create wealth even when you have little or nothing to start with, use the power of leverage to build wealth rapidly, and overcome fears so you can take reasonable risks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it.

  • By Timothy on 04-22-03

One Minute Fantasy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-03

From the over-enthusiastic narrator to the ridiculous sappy novel within this "guide", this book is a waste of time. The money making principles detailed are well known and common sense. If making a pile of loot were only so easy.

57 of 78 people found this review helpful