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Dustin Bajer

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  • The War of Art

  • Winning the Inner Creative Battle
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,210

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-have for anyone creative (or not)

  • By kimberly on 02-01-12

Lost me in the middle but well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

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

I'd highly recommend this book for the 1st half alone. Pressfielld's definition and thinking around resistance has the potential to be life-changing. The middle, however, descends into spirituality and the realm of meta-physics - so much so that I actually found it harder to take the 1st half seriously. He eventually rejoins the world in the last act which helped make up for it.

  • Summary of Deep Work by Cal Newport | Includes Analysis

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Dwight Equitz
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Deep Work describes a method of engaging with one's professional efforts in a full and immersive manner to produce better results. This type of focused effort does not require longer hours. Instead, a seasoned practitioner can accomplish more in a shorter time frame. Furthermore, the product of this working style will be of a higher quality than what others produce when they attempt to work while succumbing to the noise of distractions around them, particularly those related to technological overload.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little to short

  • By Ron on 04-19-16

Good as an overview

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

What would have made Summary of Deep Work by Cal Newport | Includes Analysis better?

If you're looking for the general idea of Deep Work, this will do. Though, there's not a whole lot of meat and potatoes here.

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  • Passive Income for Beginners

  • The Ultimate Guide to Earning Passive Income and Making Money Online in 30 Days or Less!
  • By: Ken Mason
  • Narrated by: Jackson Ladd
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

Learn everything you need to know about passive income and how it can help you achieve a more stress-free and productive business life. This book is for people who have been stuck working 458,331,215 hours a week without any economic progress and satisfaction in sight. Are you getting sick of the 9-5 routine? Then this book is for you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but...

  • By Dustin Bajer on 05-02-15

Not bad but...

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

As an introduction, it's pretty good, though, I like Lawrence Benedi's "Passive Income" (also on audible) much better...and 11 minutes shorter taboot.

  • Passive Income

  • How to Take a Thought and Turn It into an Asset That Will Develop Additional Assets
  • By: Lawrence Benedi
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

There are a measure of wealth rules that must be abided by in order toaccomplish financial, freedom, success and prosperity. For instance, rich individuals understand that they have to get paid based upon their final result instead of on their time, they understand the importance of holding unlimited revenue potential, and they know that they must leverage themselves so that they don’t need to work hard in order to bring in monumental sums of money.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Intro

  • By Dustin Bajer on 05-02-15

Great Intro

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

Would you listen to Passive Income again? Why?

This short book was a great little primer on passive income...and, no doubt, a source of passive income for the author. In either case, I would recommend it.

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  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,679

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Worth The Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-12

What did you love best about Start with Why?

The ideas in the book are great and have been very useful in my own personal and professional life; grant writing, etc. The book is definitely worth a listen, though, if you've seen and agree with the author's TEDtalk than you basically already know 85% of what's in this book; any extra information that Sinek provides is mostly more evidence to back up his argument "people don't buy what you do but why you do it".

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  • The Ghost Map

  • By: Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Cheryl Crane on 01-14-07

Another great book by Steven Johnson!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

Would you listen to The Ghost Map again? Why?

After listening to Steven's 'Where Good Ideas Come From', I knew that I had to hear more; 'The Ghost Map' did not disappoint.

Reading like a novel, this masterpiece of investigative story telling chronicles life in 19th century London and the brilliant and serendipitous coming together of the ideas needed to combat cholera.

I absolutely love Steven's analogy of the city as an ecosystem and his overarching description of how very conditions that lead to the pandemic of1854 were the very conditions that solved it.

Great Listen!

Any additional comments?

Excellent narration by Alan Sklar; I know that narration can make or break an audiobook but I would go so far as to say that I can't imagine an audiobook that wouldn't be made better by this guy's narration.

  • Connectome

  • How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
  • By: Sebastian Seung
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Sebastian Seung, a dynamic professor at MIT, is on a quest to discover the biological basis of identity. He believes it lies in the pattern of connections between the brain’s neurons, which change slowly over time as we learn and grow. The connectome, as it’s called, is where our genetic inheritance intersects with our life experience. It’s where nature meets nurture. Seung introduces us to the dedicated researchers who are mapping the brain’s connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Addition to Your Brain Science Library

  • By aaron on 03-24-12

Worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

Where does Connectome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Seung makes a pretty convincing argument of their existence of connectomes and how, if only we could advance our technological abilities to better image the brain, they could provide deep insight into mysteries of the mind.

Overall a good listen and I would recommend it. Seung does, however, go off on a few long(ish) tangents that I didn't add to the book; specifically, the need for better technology (I agree but I wish that he hadn't spend so much time arguing it) and some of the strange hypothetical scenario near the end such as uploading ourselves into supercomputers... interesting, but I felt that it somehow detracted from the more concrete aspects of the book.

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  • What Technology Wants

  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sprawling scope, an ambivalent thesis

  • By David Everling on 04-09-11

Mind-Opening

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

Reviewed: 05-27-12

What did you love best about What Technology Wants?

Kevin Kelly's book is a mind-opening look at technology as an extension of the complex, upward-spiral of life and ecology. This book truly broadened my definition of technology and, indeed, life itself.

An excellent read; I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in technology but perhaps, even more so, to biologist, ecologist, and system theorists.

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