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  • The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits

  • By: Michael Masterson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Dexter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs from one of the most successful business creators in recent years, The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits addresses the fears and misconceptions that many people have about starting their own businesses, walking prospective owners through the necessary decisions they need to make before even putting a business plan in place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this book.

  • By Q-Hall on 07-23-18

negation by narration

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-14

What would have made The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits better?

Had the author, or another talent read the work, I imagine I would have been able to stay tuned in for far longer. I assume that Stephen Dexter was contracted to read the book in a certain manner; however, the processing of his voice, the tone, and the speed of delivery contribute to the impression of a speak-and-spell toy from the 1980s.

If you’ve listened to books by Michael Masterson before, how does this one compare?

The content is still relevant. Ready, Fire, Aim echoes in this work (kind of a lot), but I feel that I would have personally enjoyed the author presenting this in his own voice.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Dexter?

Michael Masterson (or relevant pseudonym for narrator).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dumbest Generation

  • How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
  • By: Mark Bauerlein
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 31

Let's take stock of young America. Compared to previous generations, American youth have more schooling (college enrollments have never been higher); more money ($100 a week in disposable income); more leisure time (five hours a day); and more news and information (Internet, The Daily Show, RSS feeds). What do they do with all that time and money? They download, upload, IM, post, chat, and network. (Nine of their top ten sites are for social networking.) They watch television and play video games (2 to 4 hours per day).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thesis: Tech-hip new kids are actually dumb.

  • By Jack on 11-03-11

Ironically banal, dry, and unimpressive.

1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-02-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Boomer generation academics who pride themselves on their antiquated scholarly methods: reading texts in the library, spending an hour a day reading "objective" news in print media, and finding new ways to feign knowledge of social media like blogs, and MYSPACE by referencing those outlets as tech-savvy pursuits.

Has The Dumbest Generation turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but this book's self-congratulatory undertone seemed to laud those of us who grew up into our own ivory towers yet, in doing so, displayed just how droll that particular lifestyle can be.

What didn’t you like about Danny Campbell’s performance?

It would sedate even the most caffeinated group of statisticians. Very dry, very slow. Print version might serve the argument better (which is probably the point).

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The content touches a growing trend, but only tangentially. I agree with the educational and social trends, but the data used was unconvincing, and DATED (e.g., references to MySpace).

Any additional comments?

MySpace v. Facebook? Why is the FB not mentioned?

2 of 6 people found this review helpful