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Matt Lathrop

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  • The E-Myth Revisited

  • Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
  • By: Michael E. Gerber
  • Narrated by: Michael E. Gerber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,030

In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saved my Life

  • By Christine on 09-17-08

Good information, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I got helpful information out of this book. It was worth what I paid. the book had the information that I needed. It delivered what it promised. I am working to develop a more businesslike business. Right now, as the book describes, I am a technician running a business. I own a job.

here are drawbacks which you can take for what they're worth. none of these things take away from what I said above. First, the author's writing style is... Annoying. I think this goes to the fact that he is writing a book as a marketing tool for his business. He needs a 200 + page book 2 convince potential clients to hire him or at least investigate his business. I don't begrudge him this. unfortunately, in order to get 200 Pages out of the material he needs to prevent, he has to write a lot of useless, fluff sentences. he drones on and on making the same point over and over in the same sentence giving new meaning to the term ad nauseam.

next, I found his use of the conceit of Sarah and All About Pies to be very threadbare and tired by the end of the book. his writing style was excessively schlocky. It bordered on a combination of Afterschool special and Hallmark TV. again. It did not detract from the value of what he had to say. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

lastly, the author was also the narrator. If you've read comments by other people regarding this book about narration, you heard all you need to hear. He has a nice voice. But his reading style is... Overacting. I think if I buy the book and go through it, I can probably highlight 30 pages that help with my business plan. The rest is fluff.

  • True Gentlemen

  • The Broken Pledge of America's Fraternities
  • By: John Hechinger
  • Narrated by: Rick Zieff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In True Gentlemen, Hechinger embarks on a deep investigation of SAE and fraternity culture generally, exposing the vast gulf between its founding ideals and the realities of its impact on colleges and the world at large. He shows how national fraternities are reacting to a slowly dawning new reality and asks what the rest of us should do about it. Should we ban them outright, or will they only be driven underground? Can an institution this broken be saved?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Every parent should read

  • By Matt Lathrop on 06-27-18

Every parent should read

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I purchased this book for background research. I am working on a case involving College drinking and hazing. It is very well researched and written. the book explorers the fraternity culture of hazing, alcohol consumption and abuse, sexual assault and abuse, and institutional racism. the book focuses on the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. This is primarily due to the secrecy involved in fraternity life. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as part of a settlement stemming from a hazing-related student death, was required to publish statistics and information regarding their disciplinary record online. Examples of other fraternity offenses are found throughout the book.

If you are a parent, about to send your son off to college, this would be an eye-opening education about fraternity life. I went to college but was not a member of a fraternity. Much of what I believed about fraternities was a caricature. I thought they were pointless drinking social clubs. This book paints with dramatic color, just what goes on in fraternities, and what it will take to change them.

  • The Victory Lab

  • The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
  • By: Sasha Issenberg
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Renegade thinkers are crashing the gates of a venerable American institution, shoving aside its so-called wise men and replacing them with a radical new data-driven order. We’ve seen it in sports, and now in The Victory Lab, journalist Sasha Issenberg tells the hidden story of the analytical revolution upending the way political campaigns are run in the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great history of political consulting and data

  • By JW on 06-29-18

great for any campaign.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I have read this book twice. Each time I read it, I learn something new. It is a greatest stimulant for new ideas.

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant origin story

  • By Jeremy Fairbanks on 03-03-16

great book. subpar narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

very interesting. fantasticly written biography. the story is so good, it makes up for the poor narration.

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,529

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

A life's work.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This is the best True Crime Story I have read since In Cold Blood. T author has put so much effort into detail and narrative, it can only be described as a masterpiece. The book is a unimaginable weeping of 2 extremely compelling stories.

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

Be patient and enjoy.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

This book was wonderfully performed. It is a masterpiece of literature. it was hard work to read in college. the audible book makes it an easy listen. If I were to give one piece of friendly advice, I would recommend listening to the very last chapter of the recording, which is an essay describing Hugo and his vision played out in this book.

  • 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 34,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,265

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

I'm just an outlier, I guess

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This book never caught me up. It was a mystery. I didn't know "who dunnit," til late in the book. There were surprises. But overall, I felt it was a Swedish version of a predictable Grisham formula.
Simon Vance is always good. The story is better than 3 stars but I didn't think it was 4 stars.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,592

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

A true American Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

A great story with great narration. Guaranteed to please. Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a great read. It's a cant-miss selection.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,057

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

A Book To Come Back To

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

The stories were great. The performance was engaging and consistent throughout the entire collection. This is a classic to have and into which the listener can dip in and out.
I listened to this book over the course of a year or more, when I had a short break or drive, while listening regularly to other books. It was perfect as an occasional distraction or a nice "filler" while I waited for my next Audible credit. This should take nothing away from the fun stories and fantastic writing of Sir Doyle or the performance of it by Vance.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,395

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends

  • By Anthony A. on 07-13-13

Fantastic Summary of the Science of Thinking

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

From an author who spent a lifetime researching the mind and thought, this book is a general reference text all of the research on how we make decisions , think, and process the world around us. About halfway through listening to this book , I ordered the paperback.The information is that good and that important, that I wanted it at my fingertips at all times.
While the research and science is heavy, the author, because of his complete command of the subject is able to write in a manner that makes this topic read like a story.
I have read Blink and Tipping Point etc. The style and content of this book is every bit as good as those and better because the author was part of so much of the research that all of these books talk about.
Narration was very good and brought across the author's style and personality well.