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  • Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)

  • How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?
  • Written by: Scott Rieckens
  • Narrated by: Scott Rieckens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A successful entrepreneur living in Southern California, Scott Rieckens had built a “dream life”: a happy marriage, a two-year-old daughter, a membership to a boat club, and a BMW in the driveway. But underneath the surface, Scott was creatively stifled, depressed, and overworked trying to help pay for his family’s beach-town lifestyle. Then one day, Scott listened to a podcast interview that changed everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the documentary

  • By Antoine Denis on 2019-08-12
  • Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)
  • How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?
  • Written by: Scott Rieckens
  • Narrated by: Scott Rieckens

Good for beginners or to hear some real life stories to FI

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-13

Me and my husband have been working towards FI for many months now and have both read extensively about it. Therefore, I didn’t feel anything said in this book was new. It was nice, though, to hear about the authors journey with his family. Some of the issues they faced, we have not hit yet (eg social awkwardness talking about FI - as we have not yet told our friends!!). I appreciated hearing their ups and downs and how they got past them. The real stories in the end were also great to hear the many ways others have reached FI. If you are completely new to FI, this is a great book to start with. Overall, I would recommend giving it a read (listen!) if you are a junky in learning more about FI like I am!! I will be watching the documentary featuring this author when it is released!

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  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • Written by: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,343

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it 2 times in 1 week

  • By Jonah Ferguson on 2018-07-20
  • Never Split the Difference
  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • Written by: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer

Practical and fun to listen to

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-27

This is one of my new favorite audiobooks. Particularly in the “self help” category, most of those types you have to sift through ample fluff to actually hear something interesting. This book however is jam packed with useful and practical info only surrounded by useful explanations and interesting examples from both the FBI hostage world and real life. I am a health professional and I already use many of the active listening skills described, but it was nice to have them described from a negotiation stand point. There are many practical skills, some of which you might already do without knowing why (and can better use them with further understanding), and many you’ve never thought of or used elsewhere and can now apply in a negotiation. I like how the examples he uses are from BOTH success stories and utter failures and lessons learned. He also describes why “win win” and other concessions are worse than “no deal” - as someone who is quick to settle amicably and often at the cost of both parties, it’s such a valuable lesson. The author struck me as quite humble but highly knowledgeable - rare in the self help realm where the authors are usually full of themselves. The narrator did an excellent job and was a perfect match for this book. As someone who avoids conflict and struggles setting boundaries, I will re-read this book again and learn and apply the skills in this book. The author encourages healthy and value based negotiation and that shying away from it does everyone a disservice - it certainly helps build my confidence this is something worth field testing over and over!! Get this book - you won’t regret it!!

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