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  • Poke the Box

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 612

We send our kids to school and obsess about their test scores, their behavior and theirability to fit in. We post a help wanted ad and look for experience, famous colleges and a history of avoiding failure. We invest in companies based on how they did last quarter, not on what they’re going to do tomorrow. So why are we surprised when it all falls apart? Our economy is not static, but we act as if it is. Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause. In a worldfilled with change, that’s what matters - your ability to create and learn from change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Motivational

  • By robert on 03-14-11

Highly Motivational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-11

I am a big fan of Seth Godin and his prior works, and I bought the audio and Kindle versions of "Poke the Box."

If you are new to Seth and his works and thinking, this is a great overview. If not, you will find quite a few of the topics he mentions have been discussed before in his prior works - however, the value delivered here is his admonishment that the motivation to 'start' something is more valuable long term than 'waiting to be picked.'

I found that the audio version of "Poke the Box" to be more inspiring and motivational than reading the book - perhaps because he revisits topics he has covered in past works to reinforce his 'start something' premise - and at a bit more than 2 hours in length - very accessible in an afternoon or evening of listening.

Worth the price and time to listen, particularly if you are new to his works and thinking.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Rollback

  • Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse
  • By: Thomas. E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

In his blockbuster new book Rollback, New York Times best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., offers the first critical analysis of the 2010 midterm elections and answers the number-one question on conservatives’ minds: How do we roll back the liberal policies and big government programs that Obama/Pelosi/Reid rushed through Congress before the midterms?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A neccesary book in difficult times.

  • By Kenneth on 03-22-11

A Must Listen (or Must Read)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-11

Thomas Woods hits it on the head and delivers on the difficult choices all of us - Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, and Centrist - are going to have to make soon regarding what government can enforce and provide to us, and what it cannot and should not. His reasoned arguments go beyond the fact that government is out of money and near our credit limit with the Chinese - we have to take a very hard look at *everything* - including defense and entitlements, lest we go bankrupt and enter an economic cataclysm that will make 2008-9 and even the Great Depression look tame in comparison.

This is not a work that merely shouts that the sky is falling and somebody will miraculously save us from all of the spending of the past few decades. It also does not single out any particular administration for blame - this has been going on for decades and is now acute enough that if we do not act, and soon,
things will be very, very different, and awful for most.

Well researched, reasoned, and narrated. Get this now, listen, think, and act. There is not much time left to ponder the severe governmental problems we now face.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Road to Serfdom

  • By: Friedrich A. Hayek
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Scott on 12-17-10

Vital and Necessary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-10

Dr. Hayek offers very lucid and convincing arguments that socialism never worked, and won't work today or in the future. Buy a copy - audio or hardbound - and give it to your local politician, regardless of their specific political leanings.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • It's Not Just Who You Know

  • By: Tommy Spaulding, Ken Blanchard (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Dustin Rubin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In It’s Not Just Who You Know, Tommy Spaulding—the former CEO of Up With People—has written the new How to Win Friends and Influence People for the 21st century. Success—in business and in life—is all about relationships. In this powerful guide to reaching out to others, Spaulding takes Dale Carnegie’s classic philosophy to the next level—how to create lasting relationships that go well beyond mere superficial contacts and “second floor” relationships.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another networking book

  • By Glenn on 10-14-10

Nothing New Here

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-10

This year's (2010) model of basic psychology 101 as practiced by and through motivational speakers who make lots of $ off the genre, but really don't offer anything new. Unless you listen to this stuff as 'motivational' caffeine, save your money.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Too Big to Fail

  • The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves
  • By: Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Revealing

  • By Laura on 01-11-10

Best Title on the Meltdown So Far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

I have read or listened to a large number of titles on the Economic Meltdown and this one stands far above the others. Unbiased and detailed prose that puts you "in the room" with the major players, along with key background information on them, and the situations they faced. The title is very long at 13 hours, and took me about a week to listen to, but I was not bored or wandering at any point.

Narration is outstanding. I was particularly impressed with the narrator's skill in vocal inflections of the characters' statements without resorting to complete mimicry or faking foreign accents. Well done!

Future titles on the Meltdown will be tasked to top this one - and if you're into this genre, this is a must listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cash in a Flash

  • Fast Money in Slow Times
  • By: Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen
  • Narrated by: Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen, Daryl Allen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Right now, everyone needs trusted, proven, practical advice and techniques for making money fast. In Cash in a Flash, two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country show listeners how to use the skills and resources they already have to generate permanent and recurring streams of income - all in 90 days or less.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful- repetitive

  • By Miguel A Jaraique on 10-10-09

Promises much, delivers little - typical

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-09

This work is not about getting paid in the next day or two - it's full of the psychological claptrap these two have been peddling to the desperate for years. Here's how you get "cash in a flash:' 1) get a job (not easy to do at this time, I know); or b) get some from the government, they hand it out as soon as it comes off the printing press. Don't waste your $ on these guys unless you want to find the 'inner you' and somehow convert that to currency. Good luck with that!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Colossal Failure of Common Sense

  • The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
  • By: Patrick Robinson, Lawrence G. McDonald
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

One of the biggest questions of the financial crisis has not been answered until now. What happened at Lehman Brothers and why was it allowed to fail, with aftershocks that rocked the global economy? In this news-making, often astonishing book, a former Lehman Brothers Vice President gives us the straight answers - right from the belly of the beast.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • First take: Tale of the narcissist

  • By Susan on 07-28-09

Entertaining, but not factual

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-09

Author is self-absored and was clearly a low-level trader at Lehman, so a lot of what is proffered is hearsay. Also, I really didn't care to know about his life story in the first 3 chapters - irrelevant and self-serving, not to mention poorly written. If you like hearing lots of dirt, regardless of source or validity, this might work for you. Forthcoming books and audio on Lehman's collapse will have far more credibility - I hope.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Hate People!

  • Kick Loose from the Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job
  • By: Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
  • Narrated by: Marc Hershon, Jonathan Littman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Face it, whether your company has 10 employees or 10,000, you must grapple with people you can't stand in the office. Luckily Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have written I Hate People!, a smart, counter-intuitive, and irreverent turn on the classic workplace self-help book that will show you how to identify the Ten Least Wanted - the people you hate - while revealing the strategies to neutralize them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • You will hate this book too.

  • By Wayne on 07-09-09

One Step Above Absolute Crap

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-09

Don't waste your money or time: Repetitive, unoriginal points; horrible narration; unamusing parodies and use of profanity; some suggestions, particularly in this economy, don't help you handle toxic people at work - they'll get you canned. Skip this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Asshole

  • How I Got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a Damn about Anyone & How You Can, Too
  • By: Martin Kihn
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Marty Kihn was the nicest guy in the world, until he got fed up with being passed over for promotions at work, tired of being suckered into walking his neighbor's dog, and sick of being disrespected by the man who sold him his morning coffee. On the day he turned 40, Kihn set out to transform himself from Mr. Nice Guy into a rule-breaking, power-mongering, Fox News-watching asshole.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening, real info

  • By Thomas on 04-24-08

Get this or be lame...:)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-08

Hilarious and counter intuitive...had me howling within the first 2 minutes...on a flight where I cued it up. Grade-A prescription for becoming (or dealing with) the subject matter.

Hilarity/comedy of the work is enhanced by the narration...best I've heard in awhile.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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 4,139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,711

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

Good if you can get past the narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-08

Awesome material and thought provoking, if you can get past the sneering narrator droning website URLs on and on and on at the end of each chapter - VERY ANNOYING to listen to and I skipped over those sections. Perhaps they should have been provided as a downloadable PDF supplement?

Past that - very much worth the listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful