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Danilo Vargas

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A Must-Read for Creative Leaders and Entrepreneurs

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This book is a gift. Do you want to cast off your limiting beliefs so you can dwell in a world of abundant possibilities? This is the book for you. Buy it. Read it. Study it. Apply it. You'll never be the same again.

This books can be a life changer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I love books. I read and listen to them by the truckloads. But this here book is a special one.

It really connects with me. It exudes knowledge, understanding, empathy and it gives you the tools you need to get to the high level of confidence we all desire, and need, in order to express our own brand of genius.

This book can help you get out of your own way so you can pursue what truly matters to you and succeed in the process. No bluster, no stupid affirmations, no faking it till you're making it, and other get confidence quick gimmicks. These are real skills you can work on to get the condidence you need.

The performance was awesome too. I felt like the author was coaching me and only me. Loved the pacing and the British accent. Very appropriate.

That said, the book can feel a bit repetitive, is perhaps a tad too long, and can at times sound annoying (e.g. the constant petitions to "stop and see what your mind is telling you").

I also find that the material is focused on the written page, some of the exercises don't translate well to the audio format (e.g. the section on values).

Lastly, I think the author does not address the woes of people that may have very serious psychological barriers due to some trauma they experienced or some severe type of depression that saps their ability to maintain self esteem and make good choices. I got the sense that A.C.T was being presented as a sort of panacea, which I doubt it is.

That said, this is a FANTASTIC book that really gave me hope that we can truly, and really deal effectively with the negative thoughts and feelings that can sometimes sabotage our success.

With true heartfelt sincerity and without compunction I say to you: get this book and start using it TODAY!

It is a gem.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

I would not recommend this

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-15

I was very disappointed by this book. Some of the advice is good, a lot of it is not and is a recipe for failure. Be careful young reader! Thoreau may have implored us to "Simplify, simplify, simplify!" but Grant has taken that advice entirely too far. Grant oversimplifies the process and makes the case that success is a matter of (a) knowing exactly how much effort something requires and (b) working 10 times harder than your competitors in achieving it.

Grant misses the bus on both counts.

Actually, he doesn't even define what success is and is all over the place on that fundamental point alone. Is success living life on YOUR terms or on acquiring really fancy things? Grant seems to think that it's both, plus other things too.

And how can you know exactly how much effort is required for this un-defined state of mythical success?

Often you don't know! No one really knows, and what you can know, only comes with lots of years of experience in the school of hard-knocks and re-invention. Even Grant admits that he has no formula but warns that you should plan on it being 10 times as hard as you thought it'd be. Okay, sounds too quaint and unreliable, but fine. Unfortunately, that'll probably get lots of folks to be 10 times more likely to avoid making the choice to be brave, shake up their status quo and take charge of designing the life they want. It's not the best way to tackle the challenge. There are countless other books that do a better job on this front. See Seth Godin's work from the last 10 years.

And as far as working 10 times harder than the rest, that's also misguided because getting what you want is not merely a function of exerting brute force. People know how to work 2 or 3 jobs, what they lack is a paradigm for a new age, a world-view that allows them to, not only work hard, but to work smarter and think differently in this new age of revolutionary change.

"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it," said Archimedes, "and I shall move the world."

Cardone gives you neither lever nor fulcrum.

He just spouts what seem to be half-baked, unresearched opinions on what he has seen in his 30 year career. Some of it makes sense, a lot of it doesn't and can lead you astray.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Fascinating at the beginning, quite tedious by end

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-15

Learned some interesting things but the book comes off as the tedious, arrogant and somewhat incoherent ramblings of a mad (and bored) genius. The magnificent performance couldn't save it. Despite a valiant effort, it manages to simultaneously deify and mock physics while managing a clever bit of mind bending alchemy, turning the truly interesting into the inane. Too stupefying for regular folks, too stupid for serious students of science. Move on.

This books is a motherf*****!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Miles to be better than the print version?

The performance of this book is fantastic. Amazing. It felt like having Miles Davis whispering in my ear telling me how it felt to change music over and over again over decades. Man, what a gift. I've never picked up the book, but because the text flows so rhythmically, I wager to guess it's best consumed as the spoken word. Dion Graham, thank you!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miles?

What isn't memorable? In fact, there are some scenes I may never get out of my head. In fact, I think the book's too candid. It's just plain nasty and course at times, and at other times utterly brilliant. But that's Miles. Love it or leave it. I love it. There's an important message in the book about not comprimising your art; about having low tolerance for the fake and the phony; about being true to yourself and not being afraid of holding your ground and expressing your creativity; about being your own man (or woman) and not giving much thought to the critics. That was the biggest takeaway for me.

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

At times I had to remind myself that Miles himself was NOT reading to me. I just had to marvel at the rhythm, the timing and the heart-felt emotion with which Graham reads certain passages. Like I said, it's a gift for all of us to enjoy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At times, it's a bit revolting, off-putting, outrageous. At other times funny, endearing, thought-provoking. In the end, there is sadness because I believe this man had more music in him. He says so himself, that he felt an urgency to create music, stronger than when he started. That saddened me.

Any additional comments?

This book is an unvarnished, honest, brilliant, course and profane work of a musical genius. I may not like everything Miles says in the book or how he conducted himself in his life, but he made me think and I value that. Also, he's real. He's human. You know that no one is perfect. And you know that life isn't perfect neither. Go out into the world and you'll see elements of the sublime and of the coarsest profanity. That's life and Miles was keepin' it real until the very end. You have to check it out.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-13

What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

The great stories that are told and with their curious twists and turns. You're led on an intellectual journey that makes you think, question assumptions and open your eyes to new possibilities.

What was one of the most memorable moments of David and Goliath?

The ending is haunting.

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just as good as his previous recordings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Brought me to near tears a couple of times, especially the ending.

Any additional comments?

The book is 100% enjoyable but on an intellectual level, some of the arguments Mr. Gladwell makes are a bit strained, somewhat contradictory and in the end, too safe. He makes an argument that the underdog can triumph but he doesn't explore some of the bigger, geopolitical implications of what he's saying. He plays it safe by talking about Northern Ireland instead of the current war on terrorism or the broiling turmoil in the Middle East. He possesses the intellectual heft to analyze these through the lens he chose, but refuses to do so. The missed opportunity dilutes the power of the work.

A great book superbly read

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book blew me away because its unlike anything I've ever read. It's a masterful tale told through exquisitely beautiful passages followed by jarring, gritty, and profane descriptions, enhanced by real cool and encyclopedic references to the mythology of Generation X geekdom.

Thoroughly unique and delectable.

Which brings me to the audiobook. To read this book properly required a stellar talent and Jonathan Davis' delivery is near perfect. And Staci Snell does a great job as well

This is a fantastic audio book. Can't recommend it enough.

What did you like best about this story?

This historical context of the story and the expose of Trujillo's ugly reign. The dark humor. The references to things I grew up with like UltraMan, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, The Watchmen, Xmen, Akira. The mix of the "ugly" spanglish with some exquisitely written passages in the best King's English.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Staci Snell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not and I usually don't bother looking at who does the reading but Jonathan Davis is SO good that I had to find out who he is. I am now a huge fan.

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

I don't know.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful