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Giles K.

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  • The Total Money Makeover

  • A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  • By: Dave Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Dave Ramsey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There's one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that's with The Total Money Makeover. It's the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it's based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Dave Ramsey

  • By Sifisosami on 27-01-11

Probably decent advice if you live in the US.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

There is some decent advice in this book but the amount of time God is mentioned in an financial advice book is very strange. It's like reading a book on quantum physics and the author keeps mentioning the influence of fairies on physics. His focus on the long term financial planning is refreshing and it can't hurt to read but the book is very much for an American audience. As far as the performance goes; I did not appreciate the shouting or the overly emotional delivery.

  • Driven to Distraction

  • Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
  • By: M.D. Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Through vivid stories of the experiences of their patients (both adults and children), Drs. Hallowell and Ratey show the varied forms ADD takes - from the hyperactive search for high stimulation to the floating inattention of daydreaming - and the transforming impact of precise diagnosis and treatment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed to hear!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-08-16

Really helpful and insightful book

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

After "ignoring" my childhood diagnosis of ADD after highschool, I've run into myself so many times it's a wonder I made it this far. Still, the amount of unfinished and unfulfilled plans, projects and ideas is weighing me down. This book gave me insight of where it is coming from and how I might cope with it in the future.
I'd recommend this book for everyone that has ADD or a loved one with. It made me work on myself again and recognise that some of my "quirks" have a basis in ADD and can be treated.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Faster Than Normal

  • Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain
  • By: Peter Shankman, Edward Hallowell - foreword
  • Narrated by: Peter Shankman, Bernie Wagenblast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Peter Shankman is a busy guy - a media entrepreneur who runs several businesses, gives keynote speeches around the world, hosts a popular podcast, runs marathons and Iron Mans, is a licensed skydiver, dabbles in angel investing, and is a loving father to his young daughter. Simply put, he always seems to have more than 24 hours in a day. How does he do it? Peter attributes his unusually high energy level and extreme productivity to his ADHD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - Waiting 35 years for this WOW.

  • By Follow @Aaroninspires | Instagram | Snapchat | Twitter on 29-05-18

Great read and tips for the ADHD mind.

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

I liked how it's written in a way to keep even the easily distracted me focused on it. I would recommend this book to anyone that recently got the diagnosis or wants to hear about the positive sides of ADHD. I think it's a little on the light side but it references other books to read after to get deeper into the subject. Basically, the perfect gift from a parent to give their ADHD kid, it will give them hope that things can and will be better if they focus on the pros and minimise the cons.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,785

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

A love song to the nerds of the 80's till now.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but this was a pretty good experience.

What other book might you compare Ready Player One to, and why?

It has hints of some of the cyber-punk books of the past but this is much more like a comic book adaptation of the genre. It really is tribute to some of the sci-fi books, films, comics, and games of the 80's.

Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

There were some funny moments in it but most of emotional arch was rather predictable.

Any additional comments?

It was an easy and enjoyable read without any real depth, it was often predictable and corny. This book references a lot of 80's pop culture and that might be lost on some readers. Although it had its downsides I still really enjoyed to book for some reason. Maybe it reminded me of being a little kid in the eighties that watch Star Wars and the Goonies for the first time. It has a sense of adventure that, though slightly juvenile, is rather addictive.

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 714

Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very different listen

  • By Martin on 04-05-09

The best "long" Murakami book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Where does The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High, it's a long listen but compared to 1Q84 a much better story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

I don't really want to spoil the story but there's a bit in Manchuria that will stick with you.

What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Reasonable to good understanding of Japanese names and their pronunciations, which often becomes frustrating in other audio adaptions of Murakami books. He does a surprising good job at the female voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it will get a bit tedious and events will start to blend... also it's too long for that. The best way to enjoy it is in chunks of a couple of hours.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed "Norwegian Wood", "Kafka on the Shore", and "A Wild Sheep Chase" this is the next level up to get through Murakami's excellent repertoire.