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  • Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Segall
    • Narrated By Ken Segall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011. Thanks to Steve Jobs’s uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers.

    Stefan says: "The inner workings of Apple revealed"
    "Very enjoyable and insightful."
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    What made the experience of listening to Insanely Simple the most enjoyable?

    This was a great book. I really enjoyed it. I am biased as a big fan of Apple and also President of an advertising agency. I do however think the principles of simplicity are well articulated by Ken and they can be applied to any business. The story also moves along well and is very engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insanely Simple?

    When Ken decides to bring forward a colleagues idea which he knows is weak (to be nice) and it puts him in the difficult position of defending it when he does not believe in it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The repeated efforts to keep the name iMac.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It did make me want to apply the principles in the book to my business.


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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    T. Edwards says: "Tremendously Enlightening, could not put it down"
    "Really enjoyed this book..."
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    What did you love best about American Sniper?

    How candid and open Chris was in his recounting of the stories.


    What other book might you compare American Sniper to and why?

    No easy day. Similar content and context.


    What does John Pruden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narrative and flow.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    God. Country. Family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
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    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "A good follow-up read to Born to Run"
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    What did you love best about Eat and Run?

    The focus on nutrition and how it can play such a role in an athlete's life. The candour with which the story is told.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott - hard to pick anyone else given it is essentially a Bio.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Quincy Dunn-Baker?

    Yes, if it was a book I was interested in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It did keep me engaged and wanting to hear more. Tough as I had just come off Born To Run which I believe it my favourite audiobook to date.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Born to Run then read this...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (2631)
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Outstanding! A must listen for anyone!"
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    Where does Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite audio book thus far. It is GREAT!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story, great characters, engaging and inspiring as well as informative. Loved it!


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    Well delivered. Kept me engaged and kept the story moving.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I will also likely listed to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this to a number of people. It really deserves the incredible praise it has received. I had VERY high expectations and the book exceeded them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (776)
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    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Some good info but a long walk for a short drink.."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the use of analogies and stories to make the point was helpful but overall I found the book a little repetitive and uninspiring.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chip Heath and Dan Heath before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did Charles Kahlenberg do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought the narration was fine. Not particularly engaging or inspiring but quite functional.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Made to Stick?

    People with very limited presentation or story telling skills.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Randall Stross
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.

    Tyler says: "Great background on what it takes on startups"
    "Great insight into Y Combinator"
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    Would you listen to The Launch Pad again? Why?

    Likely not, but I have recommended it to others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Launch Pad?

    The whole process from selection to the launch of products on demo day was incredible enjoyable to me. It was exciting to get an inside look into Y Combinator.


    What three words best describe Rene Ruiz’s voice?

    Over-dramatic, Pitchy, Grating


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "Worth a read - startup or not!"
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    What did you like best about The Lean Startup? What did you like least?

    This is a practical guide to growing a business through innovation. Lots in the book can be actioned in your business regardless of if it is a start up or not. It was more applicable to my business than I expected. I found parts of the book a little redundant and preachy.


    What other book might you compare The Lean Startup to and why?

    Launch Pad - Y Combinator. Some similar principles but this is a more practical guide especially for those not in a new tech start-up.


    Was The Lean Startup worth the listening time?

    Yes. I have already recommended it to others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "An interesting story from a first hand perspective"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. It is very enjoyable and provides some insight into what happened that day. The author has a good balance between the facts/details and keeping the story moving and engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    The lead up to the assault on the compound.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken and well paced. A great read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A day just like and just unlike any other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3106)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2265)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "A great and inspiring read!"
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    If you could sum up In the Plex in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, motivating and insightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the backstory behind the development of some of the most powerful aspects of Google's business (some intentional some by coincidence).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The development and evolution of the search algorithm.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The only extreme reaction would be the degree to which it inspired me to think differently about how I approach problems in my business.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen for anyone fascinated by Google, technology or business growth and culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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