50 Jobs in 50 States

  • by Daniel Seddiqui
  • Narrated by L. J. Ganser
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But despite more than 40 rejections, he knew opportunities had to exist. So he set out on an extraordinary quest: 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks. And not just any jobs; he chose professions that reflected the culture and economy of each state. Working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona, and a meatpacker in Kansas to a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii, and a football coach in Alabama, Daniel chronicles how he adapted to wildly differing people, cultures, and environments.
From one week to the next he had no idea exactly what his duties would be, where he'd be sleeping, what he'd be eating, or how he'd be received. He became a roving news item, appearing on CNN, Fox News, World News Tonight, MSNBC, and the Today show, which was good preparation for his stint as a television weatherman.
Tackling challenge after challenge - overcoming anxiety about working four miles underground in a West Virginia coal mine, learning to walk on six-foot stilts (in a full Egyptian costume) at a Florida amusement park, racing the clock as a pit-crew member at an Indiana racetrack - Daniel completed his journey a changed man. In this book he shares stories about the people he met, reveals the lessons he learned, and explains the five principles that kept him going.

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What the Critics Say

"[T]he memorable anecdotes contribute to an authentic sense of each job and provide an original perspective on the nation's careers…. informative and inspiring." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Whiner can't grow up so he writes a book instead

What disappointed you about 50 Jobs in 50 States?

The first two hours are whining about what a great chance he had but things just kept beating him down. Gee, he WANTS to succeed but life is just so tough on him. Mommy and Daddy don't love him. Wah wah wah. The self-pitying got SO annoying I had to turn it off.


Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Seddiqui again?

Nope.


Would you listen to another book narrated by L. J. Ganser?

Sure, I'd try. Performance was fine but the material was so annoying I began associating Ganser's voice with the dislike I had for the book.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 50 Jobs in 50 States?

The entire book is structured so that you can't really cut just one scene. EVERY section seems to start with the author gearing up to fight the dragons, then he's rejected and falls into another sad, sorry condition and has to bemoan his life. I was really looking forward to a


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- Thomas Cook

Unbearable story telling

What disappointed you about 50 Jobs in 50 States?

This is some of the worst writing I've ever read. If I were slogging my way through the paper version, it would be completely unreadable. As an audiobook, I managed to clear five hours. It's too painful to continue. It's like a twelve year old's travel journal. It's truly horrible. Just the laziest, cliche-littered story telling imaginable, Seddiqui would do well to read Bill Bryson, assuming that's who he's attempting to imitate. I can't believe I paid money for this. I think it was $5.95 and I've never had so much buyer's remorse about anything.


What could Daniel Seddiqui have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could become a writer. The writing itself is unspeakably bad.


How could the performance have been better?

The performance was quite good, but no performance in narration can fix the underlying text. If the best singer in the world covers the worst song ever written, I'm not going to suddenly think it's good music.


What character would you cut from 50 Jobs in 50 States?

The writer.


Any additional comments?

Even if it goes on sale for five cents, save your money. If it goes on sale for free, save your nothing. There's no shortage of amazing books on Audible. Spending a minute of your time on this non-writer's painfully tedious travel blog is the worst possible expense of your time.

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- JJ Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios