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  • Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
  • By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Narrated by: Tim Wheeler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,153

Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. With perspectives that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage. He is regarded worldwide as a passionate advocate for financial education. According to Kiyosaki, "The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost.....

  • By L on 09-12-12

Motivational but thin on details.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

This is a bit of a mix, really, and there are some issues.

It seems America-centric. A lot of the advice offered is not directly relevant to other countries because the laws are different. For example, in the UK it is not necessary to set up a corporation to claim business expenses offset against tax; you can instead set up as a sole trader or partnership.

It also does seem that Kiyosaki is cherry-picking when it comes to anecdotes offered. This may or may not be the case, but it is the feeling I get. He seems to go off on a rant when talking about an investment that increases in value by 16% year-on-year because he's been told by other people that the investment is "far too risky," but he does not explain the investment.

Nevertheless, some of the advice I do feel is sound. To own businesses (rather than taking time to run them yourself) and to learn to make good investment decisions and make them both seem good ideas from the point of view of the end goal of generating money without working for money. That's obviously the ticket to financial security which is what the book is really about. If you have a regular income and you don't have to "work" 40 hours a week to get it, that's the goal.

The problem for me with this book and many similar books is that it describes what has worked for Kiyosaki. Kiyosaki has a unique set of skills as has every other person. In his case it led to riches; in other people's cases that may not really apply.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor’s New Drugs

  • Exploding the Antidepressant Myth
  • By: Irving Kirsch PhD
  • Narrated by: Richard Powers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Do antidepressants work, or are they no better than placebos? Like his colleagues, Irving Kirsch spent years referring patients to psychiatrists to have their depression treated with drugs. Eventually, however, he decided to investigate for himself just how effective the drugs actually were. With 15 years of research, Kirsch demonstrates that what everyone “knew” about antidepressants is wrong; what the medical community considered a cornerstone of psychiatric treatment is little more than a faulty consensus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights, but depression not a disease?

  • By Manu on 30-03-16

Real-life conspiracy theory

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

Reviewed: 30-04-14

Note that you should NOT stop taking antidepressants as a result of listening to this if you take them without consulting your doctor first, partly because there can be withdrawal symptoms. This warning is included within the work itself.

The work provides pretty compelling arguments for the point of view that antidepressant medications are about as effective as placebos.

I would say that this is a useful listen if you suffer from depression or have somebody close to you who suffers from depression who you wish to help, but you should be careful how you use the information. The end goal is, of course, to get better, and drugs do help with that goal. Other therapies could provide similar or better results without side effects.

The narrator references figures that have not been included with the audio version of this book. Perhaps that's something audible can correct.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silva Method for Success and Self-Confidence

  • By: Hans DeJong
  • Narrated by: Hans DeJong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

For 40 years, the Silva Method has earned its reputation for being the most successful method for personal empowerment by helping millions of people achieve greater fulfillment in their lives. In this audio edition, America's top Silva trainer takes you step-by-step through the Silva Method. It's an audio program that will enhance your self-control, self-confidence, and personal power so that success becomes natural and easy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't work for me

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-12-12

Didn't work for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Unfortunately I found the narrator's voice got on my nerves, and the hypnotherapy used within this material I thought was really very patronising. I have studied many self-help texts and unfortunately this is not one that I feel I can recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,969

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Stuart on 12-06-11

Not bad...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

The reading is OK for the most part, but I did find some of the accents the narrator uses a bit hard to understand. What irks with this is that you only get the first half of it. You have to buy Part 2 as a separate purchase. Most other audiobooks available here can be purchased as a single volume.



It should be borne in mind when reading this review that I read the Hobbit in high school, and I really enjoyed it then. Now I'm 39, and my tastes have probably changed somewhat over the years. This might get a better review from somebody of the target age.