Review: Everyone Is an Entrepreneur

  • Title:
    • Everyone Is an Entrepreneur Selling Economic Self-Determination in a Post-Soviet World
  • Author:
    • Gregory V. Diehl
  • Release:
    • March 25, 2022
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Gregory V. Diehl

Everyone Is an Entrepreneur deserves praise for how insightful it is as well as for the relevant examples provided throughout. I noticed a few of the examples throughout pertained to myself or the select few people I associate with.

The one real issue here isn’t whether or not the content is useful or worth your time, it very much is. The issue is the self-defeating attitude a lot of people have which is addressed in the book. One bit of advice given is to continually try to expand your knowledge base and pick up new skills. As somebody who has picked up wiki editing and book reviewing in the last few years, I can see the merits in this.

At the same time though, I also find it difficult to ever excel at anything when my talents are spread so thin. I never have time for all of the things I want to do and often find myself wanting to drop useless skills. Am I just being self-defeating or is this an oversight with the advice provided?

As for the audio/narration: Mother of the gods, I despise author-narrated books. There’s no quality control with author narrations. His words seem to slur and cross over each other, making it difficult to tell what he’s saying. The audio pierces my ears as it’s randomly louder or quieter as he talks, and it’s got this insufferable background static the entire time.

While I normally listen to books at 2.55x speed, I had to slow it down because of how quickly he talks. The author doesn’t seem to understand pacing or natural pauses while speaking and it cums off as if he’s in a hurry to finish this narration asap.

Post-listen edit: First, I stand by everything that I said previously. While emailing the author (Hi there), he said that’s his natural speaking voice. I can’t fault him for that, sure, but that doesn’t mean it makes for professional narration. While the screechy, ear-piercing audio eventually got better, the ever-present static never left cumpletely. Finally, there was the slurring. That too got better, though I did notice occasionally it sounded like words meshed together.

This is a case where my rating/suggestion is mixed. I recommend the kindle or physical version, whichever might be available while I say give the audiobook a hard pass.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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