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  • The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business (2nd edition)

  • The “Who, What, When, Where, Why & How” of the Steps That Musicians & Bands Have to Take to Succeed in Music
  • By: Loren Weisman
  • Narrated by: Loren Weisman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music Business, 2nd Edition is a detailed analysis of the subjects that all musicians should understand and apply to pursue successful and sustainable careers in music today. Full of practical advice, this music-industry audiobook provides comprehensive details on how to achieve self-empowerment and optimize your success in today's music business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a necessity for anyone in any part of music biz

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-28-16

Passionately-Delivered but Sprawling & Unorganized

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

It's 18 hours long, so one could argue that it's good value for money. But the author delivers it in a stream-of-consciousness meandering fashion that makes it a frustrating listen. He's passionate about the subject, but the lack of editing is evident. You'll find him starting a section on e.g. social media marketing and then suddenly going off on a rant on why some people make it and others don't, before returning to social media marketing, and then suddenly bouncing to a completely unrelated topic almost in the same breath. This pattern repeats itself. It's made worse by the fact that some genius decided to break it into 261 chunks on Audible. We have the bookmarking feature; we don't need 261 mini-chapters. It actuallly makes it more - not less - difficult to navigate. If you're like me and you like to re-wind and re-listen to various sections while working through a audiobook, then 18 hours could easily turn into 25 or 30 hours, and that's time that arguably could be better spent. I suggest playing it at 1.25 speed.

In terms of content, if you're a live act then you might get something out of it, but it's mostly Tony Robbins-style fire-under-your-behind tough-talking motivation, combined with tips that are out of date even though the book is only a few years old. A lot of it assumes you're looking to get CD sales out of all of your marketing efforts, which in 2018 simply isn't the case for the vast majority of small/independent artists.

There's no money in music for the vast majority of artists these days. That's not the author's fault. But you're better off following some music marketing/business blogs/podcasts if you want specific, up-to-date tips. But again: staying up to date is no guarantee of success. Working hard is no guarantee of success (despite what the author would have us believe).

  • The Millionaire Next Door

  • The Surprising Secrets of America's Rich
  • By: Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D., William D. Danko Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,195

Listen to the incredible national best seller that is changing people's lives - and increasing their net worth. Also available:
The Millionaire Mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its OK to drive a Taurus!!

  • By Stephen Dix on 03-30-05

Great, to a point

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

The book is to designed to make you think differently about wealth, and it does an excellent job of that. But from chapter 5 onward, the examples (e.g. car ownership) are overlong, then two whole hours are spent discussing a single simple theme (don't spoil your children). The final chapter is then a fragmented and rambling discussion on entrepreneurship and business, completey out of sync with the main thrust of the book. Listen to chapter 1 through 4, and re-listen regularly, and you will get that important mindset shift about wealth and money. Just don't bother with chapter 5 onward.

  • The Expectant Father

  • The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
  • By: Armin A. Brott, Jennifer Ash
  • Narrated by: Armin A. Brott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

We are expecting! The 20th anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insights into the emotional, financial, and physical - yes, physical - effects of impending parenthood on men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Useful, but less to non-USA readers.

  • By Jonatan Tierno on 08-23-16

Take Advantage of The Bookmarking Feature

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

The upsells other reviewers allude to are not excessive. Like most American authours of self-help / life skill books, Brott has assumed all readers are from the US. "Deployed Dads" is not something most people outside the US can relate to. I bookmarked a couple of chapters and will come back to them again, but it's not a book I'd listen to cover-to-cover again. Thankfully, there are few in any books for expectant Dads, so I don't have that nagging feeling that I now have to go and find others and cram them in before the birth.

  • Stealing the Corner Office

  • The Winning Career Strategies They'll Never Teach You in Business School
  • By: Brendan Reid
  • Narrated by: Dana Hickox
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Stealing the Corner Office is mandatory listening for smart, hardworking managers who always wonder why their seemingly incompetent superiors are so successful. It is a unique collection of controversial but highly effective tactics for middle managers and aspiring executives who want to learn the real secrets for moving up the corporate ladder. Unlike virtually all other business books, Stealing the Corner Office explores the unconventional tactics people less competent than you use to get ahead and stay ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice and strategies, but too many examples

  • By theTruth on 04-22-15

Solid tips

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Sure, the examples are a bit cringe-inducing, but they contain enough illustration to put make the tips more tangible and relatable. Highly recommend book for any middle manager struggling to be recognized.

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,540

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Read The Black Swan instead

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I'm about half way through The Black Swan, and thoroughly enjoying it. It's both broad and deep, and I've extracted several nuggets of wisdom.

Skin in the Game, however, has been dissapointing, for a few reasons.

First, Taleb writes as if he came up with the term (as was the case with the term The Black Swan). He also mentions the term dozens of times throughout the book, and it gets a little tiring.

Next, he gets a little preachy, and hypocritical in the process. He scorns Ivy League universities, yet he studied at one himself. He attacks academia, yet is himself a part-time lecturer. He rightly mocks "social justice warriors", yet begins to sound like one himself as the book goes on.

Taleb tries to make himself out to be an everyman, preferring pizza with his "blue collar gym buddies" to stimulating intellectual conversation and fine cuisine (perhaps he does, some of the time, but it's a stretch to think that this reflects his day-to-day reality).

While The Black Swan (and I'm not finished it yet) is getting a little repetetive, it at least feels like a work of real substance. Skin in the Game, however, just feels a little too quickly cobbled together, with fewer real insights that aren't already common knowledge or common sense in the information age.

  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art Eats Itself

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-04-16

Good, but read without any expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Not bad, but it really should be called "A partial autobiography and a partial history of music". It's quite comprehensive, if a little selective. Not sure I would have bought the book if the authour wasn't a music legend like Byrne.

  • Success Is Your Own Damn Fault

  • The Unvarnished Truth About Business, Money, and Life.
  • By: Larry Winget
  • Narrated by: Larry Winget
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

That principle guided Larry from bankruptcy and despair to massive wealth, worldwide fame as a best-selling author and star of A&E's hit television program Big Spender, and personal harmony and fulfillment. It has transformed the lives of thousands of people who have heard Larry's message and embraced his philosophy. And it's the foundational idea of an audio program unlike any you've heard before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Jay on 05-14-17

This headline was in fact not optional

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

Refreshing, no-nonsense personal development advice. One of Larry's tips is out of date though: "Eat healthy food; healthy food us cheaper than unhealthy food". Sadly, this statement is no longer true, at least not in Western cultures.

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  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,776

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a self-help book

  • By Jason Crawford on 08-06-18

Personal development via a kick up the backside

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Not much in the way of original personal developments concepts, but Gary delivers his take in a no-nonsense, refreshing style. Gets better towards the end; the last couple of chapters are quite motivating and inspirational. His voice lacks bass but he compensates for this by speaking clearly and slowly.