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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-10

OK...if all you want is ice cream.

On the up side this is good listen that should keep your interest. Narrator Ray Porter gives a solid performance on a book well written, but I couldn't help thinking that the author was better suited to writing soap operas or red dress novels. I assume Belfort actually did write it, though it is a bit strange that none of it got written during all those months in prison he spent in prison. The style is different from Belfort's previous book; less self loathing but even more self absorbed which is why you might get annoyed if you prefer hearing about facts more than you prefer hearing about Belfort's inner conflicts. If your main interest doesn't center on the 5 or 6 hours Belfort actually devotes to the securities business you might enjoy all 16+ hours. Otherwise you might wish, as I did, wish that broadband and cheap data storage had not put an end to the abridged audiobook. The rest of the time you'll hear mostly about Belfort's women, Belfort's substance abuse, Belfort's women, Belfort's kids and Belfort's women. So if what you want is lusty entertainment you'll get a healthy dose of it from this ex ice cream vendor. It might even make good screneplay for the casually interested and the underinformed.
Unfortunately there was and there still is a much more serious side to the whole business. Many of us who watched intently while ostentatious brokers slugged it out with over zealous regulators until the wolves, blue eyed devils and high flyers were removed from the equation can't help but notice that not only have markets tumbled but they now seem to lie at the beckonned call of influences with a much lower profile that may be far more sinister. Ones that use new found connectivity to cut like a dagger. We know that markets are supposed to stimulate competition and promote new business activity but we watch as markets keep doing exactly the opposite. Sadly, we will not overcome such problems by waiting for the ice cream vendor.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-10

An approach that makes sense. Goodbye cluddah.

Liked it. Am cautiously optimistic Walsh's approach might do the trick for me.
The book is not much about getting organized. The focus is squarely on the how, what and why of getting rid of stuff.
Since listening I've gotten rid of considerably more stuff than I've taken in...without regret. So far, so good.
Overall this is a very good listen with only minor cons:
Walsh comes around and repeats himself a bit. Also,
Usually I don't mind and sometimes even prefer a reader's British (or in this case Aussie) accent, but the accent makes the word "clutter" come out "cluddah". You hear the word pronounced like that 500 times and it might get annoying. But maybe that's not so bad though cause now when I see clutter I hear cluddah cluddah cluddah in my head, which annoys me and maybe helps me want to get rid of the stuff.
I think Walsh is on point and he definitely deserves a listen.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-09

Liked the science better than the presentation.

Agreed. Minus one for bad humor.
But too much science? That's up to you to decide but I say no, not quite enough science. If only the claims made for leptin and ghrelin, made early in the book & later qualified, were so flat out simple & true. Then there would already be a magic full pill and a lot of people would be rich and I'd be skinny.

No diet book will ever please everyone. If you want psychology or no nonsense put down your fork talk you won't find much of it here. But I've heard enough of that, so it is refreshing to hear about the science. Most especially, it's great to hear some serious talk about the role of digestion. It's also refreshing to hear the words "satiety" and "satiation" used in place of the word "full". Hooray!

There's some good useful stuff in here. Pity though that they followed it up with a same old, same old diet and exercise regime. Some innovative stuff more centered around the science presented would have been better.
I would have liked less humor and more science. But heck, you know about diet books. They all work for somebody.
Meahwhile though if making peace with food or putting down the fork or hitting the gym works for you, skip this book and go for it. If they ever do find the magic pill it will work just as much on people who haven't mastered the science of neuropeptides.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-07

Glad that both of us were listening.

My nine year old son enjoys audiobooks so occasionally I'll use a monthly subscription credit on a book for him. In retrospect it was fortunate that both of us listened to this one together in the car.

The book was certainly interesting enough. It was written well and read well enough to keep us both interested throughout. By third grade though, public school had not yet taught my son the full extent of the horrors of the period. As we listened I became concerned over how my son would react to the author's choice of dealing with such serious subject matter from the naive (perhaps unrealistically naive in historical context) viewpoint of nine year old Bruno.

My son like most nine year old audio book listeners I would bet, is not so naive as young Bruno. It was helpful that I was there to answer some questions, fill in some gaps and have the subsequent conversation with him that was unpleasant but necessary.

The book I guess was an appropriate prelude to the important conversation. To have left my son with only Bruno's words though would not have done full justice perhaps.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-06

OK story. Magnificent reading performance.

Most convenient of audible to let the user click on the narrator's name to see other books read by the same performer. Reviewing a book is straightforward, but with audiobooks there's more. There's a narrator and also possibly an abridgement. I suppose an audiobook could be rated sperately on all three.
The reading performance given by Kerry Shale on Q&A is unquestionably one of the best I've heard since becoming an Audible subscriber six years ago. The storyline is OK. It's entertaining and from the start it is not hard to follow. But the real entertainment here is supplied by narrator. So, if there were seperate ratings, I'd give the story a B and give the narration an A+. As for the abridgement, well that's moot. Unless they put out an unabridged version narrated by Shale, who cares? Simple printed words, abridged or not, could not compare.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-06

A pleasant surprise.

Why would the average guy even start to listen to this book? Heck, the main character is an interior decorator (decorating: a boring, expensive and time consuming process that culminates in the imposition of unwanted new restrictions) and he's working on a church to boot! Add to that fact that on first listen Mario Cantone has a voice that might send chills down your spine if you heard it in the other end of a customer service line and you might be tempted to turn the book off. Don't.

This is a most entertaining listen, even if you aren't an Italian American from New Jersey. If you are an Italian American from New Jersey the book transcends into quasi-reality because the characters are all people you'll swear you've actually met. Plus, Cantone's performance brings the people to life, right down to the last lovably annoying detail. Don't be surprised if you find yourself putting familiar faces on Cantone's voices. The person who sat next to me while I listened on the fight to Newark this morning remarked: "That book must be pretty good. I heard you laughing and I saw you crying."

Apart from the entertainment, you may find that the author has something more to say. Many of the characters show simultaneous evidence of both brilliance and dysfunction, not the least of which is a narrator who describes his exhilaration over touching fine fabric and then refers to lovemaking as "an exercise in friction". Reminds me of something I remembered fondly about growing up as part of a large extended family in close proximity. Talent and dysfunction had peaceful co-existence. The group often made good use of the talents and it usually accepted the weirdness even when flaunted. So, it was a very pleasant surprise to find that an interview with the author was included with the audiobook in which she talked of similar remembrance while describing her objectives for the book. I look forward to downloading another Trigiani selection.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-05

Same as Franken's book, in a way.

OK, so now I've listened to both O'Reilly and Franken. Both do a good job of packaging and delivery, but when you unwrap either package you encounter the distinct smell of fish. Sorry, but I don't have much use for either one of these guys, apart perhaps from wanting to see them rip each other apart on an episode Celebrity Death Match. Make Jesse Ventura the guest referee and have him finish off the survivor. Ventura's book is much better that either O'Reilly's or Franken's.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-05

A bridge between Eastern and Western thought.

Science and spirituality have been living on opposite sides of the tracks for a long time.
But there are rumblings on both sides of the tracks, because both scientific and spiritual thinkers are noticing that the two types of thinking are complimentary, not contradictory. If you have an interest in the study of human emotions and reactions, I think that you will find this book to be informative and interesting, regardless of which side of the tracks you come from.

"Destructive Emotions" might not be the best choice as your first book on the topic of emotions. However if you have some background in the writings of the Golemans, Deepak Chopra, Candace Pert and the like, I think that you will find this book to be sort of a common denominator between the scientific and spiritual ideas that such writers present.

Regardless of whether you begin as an Eastern or a Western thinker, if you see a future where both lines of thinking intersect you will find information here that supports your vision.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-05

Excellent. Please send David Stern a copy.

Well written and well read with scientific but very interesting subject matter. Even better I thought, than "The Tipping Point", Gladwell's other best selling book.

Contrary to some opinions stated here, I drew many answers from the book. Gladwell does not point fingers or jump to conclusions, but that's a good thing. If you don't like it when you get sized up in an instant - incorrectly, you will appreciate that and you will probably love this book.

What the book illustrates is that first impressions, appearances, facial expressions, and instinctive responses can be very powerful reliable tools. Sometimes however, they can bring with them both prejudice and potential for disaster. The book is filled with examples of both good and bad usage of first impressions and snap judgments. Gladwell didn't tell me what to do or who to blame, but I still came away with new information and answers.

Knowing when to rely on instincts and first impressions, and knowing when not to do so, is I still believe, a distinct and very important form of intelligence. As with other intelligences, there is potential for both inborn talent and acquired learning and there is also danger of over-reliance and misuse. I came away from listening to the book thinking: "Here is something I can do better and this is how I can work on it". Intelligence does not come just from statistics or from answers written on a page. Proper focus, open mindedness and lots of work and practice are also required.

I highly recommend this book. Also, for NBA Commissioner David Stern, it should be made required reading.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-05

Got it based upon reviews - was not disappointed.

I too found the work well written and well read and fascinating, though I did wonder whether the part that was abridged-out was just as good. Sure wish they had taught this stuff when I went to college 30 years ago. If you're starting your career or if you are thinking about how to run your business, reach your customers or influence your students, you'd be wise to listen. Little things can and do make all the difference sometimes.

I've been an Audible subscriber since 2000 and my original subscription was packaged with a Rio 500 player. I was so impressed with both in the dark days of 2001 that I bought stock in both companies. Audible to its credit acheived the tipping point. But what of Rio? Five years ago my Rio did most of what an IPOD can do today. It still does. Yet Rio was bankrupted twice over while the IPOD made a fortune for Apple and its investors. The IPOD "tipped", while the Rio tanked. Rio didn't get it, but Apple and Audible did. After listening to "The Tipping Point", I understand.

This book and another Audible selection I would recommend - "Linked: The New Science of Networks" (Barabasi) both give an interesting and perhaps essential slant on how things work in our well connected world. Don't set sail on your career without them.

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26 of 29 people found this review helpful