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  • The Road Less Stupid

  • By: Keith J. Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Keith J. Cunningham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75

Years ago, after suffering a humiliatingly large dumb tax, it dawned on me that I have a seemingly unlimited ability to hit unforced errors and sabotage my business and financial success. I suspect you do, too. It turns out that the key to getting rich (and staying that way) is to avoid doing stupid things. I don't need to do more smart things. I just need to make fewer dumb mistakes. The vast majority of our dumb tax is a direct result of emotional, overly optimistic, and poorly thought out decisions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book on business ownership I’ve ever read

  • By Brettson on 07-12-18

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

To me, the main point of this book is to think more than you act, and to ask the right questions. All that makes sense.

However, I found the book to lack cohesion. How do all the points tie in?

Keith keeps on trying to sum up concepts on a "bumper sticker" but often there is no way the summaries could fit on a bumper sticker, nor make a very concise pithy comment for the back of a car.

He also has "thinking time" questions which while good, are too numerous to really be of value. I would recommend something like Lean Startup over this book as a way to understand measurement and making meaningful gains in your business.

Sorry, but returning this one.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,980

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

One of the most honest accounts of a life struggle in show business and business/life in general. I didn't want the book to end. Thanks Kevin Hart for such an inspirational story. This is a highly recommended read!

  • Call Me Ted

  • By: Ted Turner, Bill Burke
  • Narrated by: Ted Turner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Under-hyped

  • By loix on 12-21-08

Good book though could use with more editing

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

This was a great story though I did skip the first 9 chapters or so of his childhood as I found the story of building the media business more interesting.

  • The Einstein of Money

  • The Life and Timeless Financial Wisdom of Benjamin Graham
  • By: Joe Carlen
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Warren Buffett has repeatedly acknowledged Benjamin Graham, a man he personally studied and worked under, as the primary influence on his investment approach. Indeed, there is a direct line between the record-shattering investing performance of Buffett (and other value investors) and Graham's life. In six books and dozens of papers, Graham—widely known as the "Dean of Wall Street"—left an extensive account of an investing system that, as Buffett can attest to, actually works!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Benjamin Graham should be better known

  • By Paul on 03-18-13

Benjamin Graham should be better known

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

Where does The Einstein of Money rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is not the greatest biography, but does use Graham's own memoirs, and interviews of his children to give us insight into a man that contributed so much to finance and economics. Graham lived an amazing life going from riches to rags, then back to riches. He also had a diverse range of interests. Of course, most people know him as the mentor of Warren Buffett and for his investing prowess. Overall, it is a good listen if you are a fan, or curious, but not for casual interest.

What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s voice?

Walter Dixon's read of this is slightly annoying. I am not sure why, but it is like he is trying too hard, or the whole narration does not seem natural. That said, it does get the book across which is the main point.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thérèse Raquin

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth a listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-18-12

Old French Irony that Depressed Me

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

Reviewed: 07-02-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I would not recommend this story because it depressed me. It is so sad that it is actually annoying. If you like a kind of depressing soap drama story, then this book is for you. For me though, it was just depressing and did not interest me. That said, it is a good portrait of human nature, but again, a depressing one.

  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

  • By: Edwin Lefevre
  • Narrated by: Rick Rohan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

First published in 1923, this lightly fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest market speculators ever, is widely regarded as one of best investment books of all time. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the resource that generations of investors have turned to when they needed deeper insight into their own investing habits and those of others. Listen to this work, featuring narrator Rick Rohan, and you'll soon discover your portfolio growing in new and unexpected ways!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OUTSTANDING

  • By XEVEN on 11-21-09

One of the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-11

This is one of the best books I have read. Open, honest, and true. I have traded future, commodities, and general stocks. I can tell you I could relate a whole lot to this book.

Beyond trading, this is a great book for life and entrepreneurship in general. Do yourself a favor, and read it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,286

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Proceed with Caution

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-10

I read some reviews to the effect that this book was dark, and contains descriptions of many psychopathic crimes. I am the kind of person that wishes to avoid these topics, and if you are also such a person, I suggest that you do not read this book. Beyond that, the book was an easy read with no compelling central theme that leaves you feeling enlightened or somehow a wiser person. I resist calling it "fluff" or "inferior fiction", but it is not far from that. I will admit that it is a compelling mystery, but would recommend other books before this one.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,483

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Surprisingly good and surprisingly deep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-10

I almost didn't download this selection seeing that some of the reviewers felt it was for a younger audience but I am glad that I did. For one thing, Ishiguro is a master of human emotion and interaction, he captures that perfectly. For another, Ishiguro has chosen a surprisingly modern and deep topic with important parallels to life today. This book was heartfelt, nostalgic, thoughtful, scientific, and intellectual. I thoroughly enjoyed it and strongly recommend it!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Ascent of Money

  • A Financial History of the World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,640
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An informative grind

  • By Sigil on 01-08-12

Another book that could be a blog?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-09

While Niall Ferguson's book does present some interesting history on how a system of money and finance came into existence, it is probably something that could be better read in a condensed format somewhere else.

This book is peppered with self-aggrandizing comments, and "I-called-its", that makes it a bit tough to believe, and would probably work better in an informal personal blog than a formal history. It is true that no history is completely objective, but the author should at least have that intention.

As one final note the book lacks consistency. It jumps from one event to another with no set reason, and seems to accelerate to current times (1990-2008) and stay there for over half the book. Any explanations of financial products, like puts, options, swaps, bonds, etc...are not easy to understand, and might as well be left out.
In closing, save your credit and just google blogs on the financial crises, or finance history, you will find much the same material, and at least you will have visual aids.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Cheyenne

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

As the world enters a new century, three teenagers forge a future for themselves on the wild Texas grasslands: Gideon Fry, torn between going his way and following his father's footsteps; Johnny McCloud, whose restless spirit finds its solace traversing an open range; and Molly Taylor, the woman they both love. Rugged, bold and volatile, the three of them come of age in this tender and intimate novel of the heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and sincere novel

  • By Paul on 05-22-09

Beautiful and sincere novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-09

I was looking for a good work of fiction to listen to and feel refreshed, and Leaving Cheyenne was perfect. The narration is spot on, and the story is introspective, charming, and honest. This is one of those novels that you hate to hear end, and I found it hard to stop listening.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful