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Lance

I listen to learn, gain new perspectives, and grow

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  • Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Yaron Brook, Don Watkins
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
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    (51)
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    (52)

    The rise of the Tea Party and the 2010 election results revealed that tens of millions of Americans are alarmed by big government but skeptical that anything can or will be done to stop the growth of the state. In Free Market Revolution, the keepers of Ayn Rand’s legacy argue that the answer lies in Rand’s pioneering philosophy of capitalism and self-interest—a philosophy that more and more people are turning to for answers.

    John says: "Ayn Rand is relevant today"
    "Intellectual and detailed"
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    What did you love best about Free Market Revolution?

    Its explains in depth how a free market system is the best economic system ever created, If you have any doubts about the statement above then read the book :)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Psychology Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Butler-Bowdon
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
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    Spanning hundreds of ideas developed over the past century, 50 Psychology Classics also explores important contemporary writings, such as Gladwell's Blink and Seligman's Authentic Happiness. Listeners will gain insight into the scientific research of leading contemporary psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists. And they'll discover why we think and act the way we do from the landmark best-sellers of psychology.

    Rick says: "50 Success Classics"
    "You can't go wrong"
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    If your interested in a brief overview on psychology you can't go wrong. Its well written and covers a brief history of the writers life which is a really like cap to each book. Narration is good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eight Pillars of Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Allen
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is popularly supposed that a greater prosperity for individuals or nations can only come through a political and social reconstruction. This cannot be true apart from the practice of the moral virtues in the individuals that comprise a nation. Better laws and social conditions will always follow a higher realization of morality among the individuals of a community, but no legal enactment can give prosperity to, nay it cannot prevent the ruin of, a man or a nation that has become lax and decadent in the pursuit and practice of virtue.

    Lance says: "The Power of Right Thought"
    "The Power of Right Thought"
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    James Allen is one of the main Pillar of the self help movement, Read or listen to his works and you will not have to read any other spin offs. The book is full of basic truth and deep understanding of prosperity. All under the same basic principle of his works that "a man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Poverty to Power

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Allen
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Although written at the turn of the century its themes are still current. From Poverty to Power is a concise and informative guide to the development of the human spirit. These two books in one: "The Path to Prosperity" and "The Way of Peace," are both inspirational and motivational!

    Lance says: "Truth"
    "Truth"
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    Profound Truth! Prosperity broken down into its most fundamental form. I've read a lot of self help style books and i feel this book slays the rest. Its one of those books you should read or listen to once a year, because it helps you get your mind in the right place. As a successful small business owner i know these words to be a guiding force to live by and i only know this because my father encompassed these traits and lived the title of this book Poverty to Power, but he had to learn these life lessons the hard way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Al Ries, Laura Ries
    • Narrated By Al Ries, Laura Ries
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    Learn the laws of branding in the branding bible: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding. Brilliant, bold, and mercifully brief, this is the definitive work on branding, distilling the complex principles and theories espoused in other long-winded, high-priced professional marketing tomes into 22 quick and easy-to-listen-to vignettes.

    creative_seattle says: "Difficult to listen to"
    "Corporate"
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    The information is good! I agree with it completely and it taught me a few good things such as PR over Advertising. i just wish it went into the Entrepreneurial aspects of branding more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
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    (399)
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    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Margaret says: "Fascinating debate!"
    "Not worth your time"
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    Would you try another book from Sam Harris and/or Sam Harris?

    I did.. Lying by Sam Harris. I thought it was excellent, and was the reason i got this book, but unlike lying, free will takes much more than an hour to give it any justice. Even though is book brought up a few good points and perspectives, it really is just an opinion piece that is narrow minded considering the subject at large.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
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    (685)
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    (683)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Douglas says: ""Telling The Truth..."
    "Truth"
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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That the truth trumps all and it is the medicine to fix almost all of your problems, only because it gives you the chance to learn from them.


    Any additional comments?

    Even the most truthful among us can always use a helpful reminder. this book will do that along with learning a few other aspect of lying that you may never considered a lie.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Stoned with the Savages: A Trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, Troost was in no hurry to return to the South Pacific until he began to feel remarkably out of place in modern America. He knew it was time to set off again for parts unknown. Here he tells the story of his time on Vanuatu, a cluster of islands where he struggles against typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes but finds himself swept up in the laid-back, clothing-optional lifestyle of the islanders.

    L. Worthington says: "My new favorite author!"
    "Traveling to Fiji and Vanuatu this book is a must"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked how it showed the change in one expectations of ones own self and surroundings


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is a great reader, part of the reason why I listened to this book


    Any additional comments?

    Whats really neat about the book it give you a feel of what everyday life is like on the islands of Fiji and Vanuatu.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (754)
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    (632)
    Story
    (635)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "The free minds guide to statistical probability"
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    What made the experience of listening to Antifragile the most enjoyable?

    The fictional Characters in the book might throw you off at first, but as the book moves along it really helps you follow his talking points and makes the book very enjoyable given it relatively dry subject matter


    What about Joe Ochman’s performance did you like?

    Very well read!


    Any additional comments?

    The majority of the book goes over blind spots or subjective fallacies that the majority of the population holds. He makes you aware of these blinds spots in a very methodical way using great examples that will definitively stick with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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