A 70-year old book doesn't get a new review every day, but this audio version deserves one. Few books have been talked about more, and really gotten less attention than this "manual to success," written by Napoleon Hill and published for the first time in 1937. The text is based on Hill's earlier work, The Law of Success and presents Andrew Carnegie's principals for growing rich, achieving and maintaining success in life, in all areas.
Because of its age, and "because it was published between 1923 and 1964 inclusive, and not renewed at the U.S. Copyright office in a timely fashion," as the law states, the text itself is in the public domain, and can be found in several places on the internet. This audio version, however, is worth the price.
Napoleon Hill researched for 25 years on the subject, and his findings after collaborating with more than 500 men of wealth and success from his era are presented in this book for anyone to read and duplicate as they wish.
Erik Synnestvedt reads this audio version of Napoleon Hill's book, and spends nine hours and 35 minutes doing it, making the overall length of the audio anything but daunting. Synnestvedt has narrated a number of books, focusing on the self-help segment.
Synnestvedt comes across as knowledgeable and certain in his step, showing that he knows his niche and he knows the material. The book itself isn't very challenging, since it contains no characters, no drama to speak of, and it is a very straightforward text without emotion or other complicating factors that has to be faced in a novel. Some listeners have noted that Synnestvedt has a nasal voice, and it is true that his intonation can sometimes be distinctive, but that does only one thing - it keeps your attention peaked.
For those who've listened to this book and annoyed themselves as to Synnestvedt's pronunciation of Carnegie's name, I'd just like to say that he is using the original Scottish pronunciation, which is also ultimately the correct one.