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  • Summary: Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

  • By: Chase Adams
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

This is an audio summary of the classic book Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy, legendary advertising copywriter and businessman. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre

  • By CourtneyWNY on 02-07-19

Bizarre

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I bought this by accident, thinking the real Ogilvy book was on sale. Obviously I overpaid for my carelessness.
The reader sounds like he's yelling, so basically I have the impression that Mr. Ogilvy was a lecturing, loud, obnoxious, in-your-face know-it-all. In this form, important points fly by like billboards on a highway... forgotten when the next one yells in your face a few seconds later.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Driving into the Future

  • How Tesla Motors and Elon Musk Did It - The Disruption of the Auto Industry
  • By: Can Akdeniz
  • Narrated by: Andrea Erickson
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Tesla Motors is undeniably one of the most exciting, innovative, and in-the-moment companies in the automotive industry, but the company's reach will continue expanding much wider in the coming years. From its disruptive reputation to its forward-thinking leader, Elon Musk, Tesla Motors has the potential to change the world as we know it. The questions are: How have they done so much so quickly, and what is their secret to success?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Ad for Tesla Stock

  • By Michael on 04-25-15

One sided history, sort of

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This would have been more interesting if it had quoted the "other side" more. It was pretty rah rah for Tesla, and Elon Musk.
I don't think they prescreened the narrator. She overpronounced words to distraction, and mispronounced many along the way. I kind of feel like I wasted five bucks. If you are learning English, you may find this to be easily understood, but don't base your spoken language on her accent!

  • It Takes Two

  • Our Story
  • By: Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott
  • Narrated by: Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

It Takes Two: Our Story shares never-before-revealed tales of the Scott brothers' childhood and rise to fame - from starting their first business at seven years old and their years modeling and acting to their first house purchase at the impressive young age of 18. They soon found their true passion in life, combining their natural gifts for entertaining with the skills they learned from buying, renovating, and selling homes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Steve on 10-27-17

Nice guys, good parents, a fun read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I love the HDTV shows with Jonathan & Drew, so it's fun to hear about how they grew up, what they do when they're not filming, and some background stories during shoots.
There are also some little bits written by their parents, their older brother, their girlfriend/wife, read by the people themselves.
Their stories of childhood and young adulthood were great. It's refreshing (for me at least) to read about a NON-dysfunctional family! Lots of fun storytelling with their not-so-spontenious style, which works... after all, I love what I see on the shows, and it's a similar vibe. It's the Property Brothers, after all.
I recommend this book to all who love the Scott brothers' shows and want something encouraging and funny to read, in between other more serious and depressing books you may listen to on Audible. :)

  • Ben Settle - Interview with an Amazing Marketer

  • Conversations with the Best Entrepreneurs on the Planet
  • By: Ben Settle
  • Narrated by: Mike Giles
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Ben Settle is an awesome marketer. He has an amazing understanding of what motivates customers to buy, and through his exceptional copywriting skills is able to connect and build a rapport with people he has never met before - almost instantly. Ben always offers far more in value than he expects back in payment (for the services he offers). All the best entrepreneurs understand this – concentrate on OFFERING HUGE VALUE and everything else will fall into line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is an emailing genius

  • By CourtneyWNY on 10-21-18

This guy is an emailing genius

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I love this interview! It's a pretty comprehensive overview of copywriting and its principles. The things he did to prepare himself for this career are things many many successful copywriters have done to learn from previous home run hitters in the copywriting world! He also talks about the importance of understanding the ideal buyer's head... Definitely worth 45 minutes or so!

  • The Last Jedi

  • Star Wars
  • By: Jason Fry
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837

Written with input from director Rian Johnson, this official adaptation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi expands on the film to include scenes from alternate versions of the script and other additional content. From the ashes of the Empire has arisen another threat to the galaxy’s freedom: the ruthless First Order. Fortunately, new heroes have emerged to take up arms - and perhaps lay down their lives - for the cause.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the film but still lacking

  • By I Kisala on 06-24-18

Author excellent, Performance excellent, plot meh

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I wish Jason Fry had written the screenplay! Oh well. He did a great job fleshing out thoughts and backstories that couldn't necessarily be conveyed in a movie. Marc Thompson was an EXCELLENT reader. The sound effects and John Williams' music in the background added to the fun. This book was WAY better than the book for Episode VII, because there was so much more background added, since Jason Fry is a Star Wars writer and genius. :)

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  • Effective Copywriting Techniques

  • The Ads That Sell
  • By: Anthony Ekanem
  • Narrated by: Brigham Sunday
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Advertising is salesmanship multiplied. Nothing more. And advertising copy, or copywriting, is salesmanship in print. The purpose of a copywriter's job is to sell. The selling is accomplished by persuasion with the written word, much like a television commercial sells (if done properly) by persuading with visuals and audio. So it stands to reason that knowing some basic rules or techniques about writing effective copy is in order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By CourtneyWNY on 07-09-18

Meh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Basics of copywriting, yes, but not good for audiobook format. Not very interestingly presented. This verbal performance was lackluster at best. I think you're better off listening to interviews with Bob Bly and other copywriters and entrepreneurs for inspiration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,618

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Every human being should read this!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Read.
This.
Book.
Great, positive, practical principles to live by. Encourages us to think of other people rather than ourselves both in relationships and in the workplace. I will be starting over and continuing to listen to a chapter every day... indefinitely!
Three stars to the performance, he sounds like a 1940's newsreel announcer. It's alright but a bit nerdy. Not in a cool way.

  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

A great story and a great performance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I just love Nicholas Nickleby!!!!! The wicked are entertaining and the good are heartwarming! The description of the boys' school is so clear and awful! But what I really love is how Nicholas doesn't take crap from anyone! He's probably my favorite Dickens character. This is a long book but worth the plot twists at the end!!!

  • The Copywriting Laws

  • 50 Tips & Strategies to Successful Copywriting
  • By: George Lucas
  • Narrated by: Christopher Wyles
  • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

This book is for entrepreneurs, marketers, founders, bloggers, or any other person who wants to compose copy to be in touch with a larger audience and to sell more effectively. In case your plan is to write copy to sell more online or to get more followers, then this book is for you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very well-written, terrible narration

  • By CourtneyWNY on 05-24-18

Not very well-written, terrible narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-18

There are so many other books and interviews about, by, and with copywriters here on Audible. Don't waste your time with this one. For example, he goes on about keeping the writing simple, but does so in an overcomplicated manner. --And this narrator mispronounces 6th grade vocabulary words. Very distracting.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,025

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A nerd's paradise

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

A really fun lead character that you're happy to root for, a jillion references to 80's movies, music, and video games... a dystopian future where Wil Wheaton is an "old geezer" ;)... An interesting exploration into life that is really hard in the real world for nearly everyone, but where everyone can immerse themselves in an easily accessible virtual world. The further I got into the book, the more I wanted to know what happens next! I can't wait to see the movie that is coming out this month! I very highly recommend this book!!!