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Ed

POINT COOK, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Super Crunchers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ian Ayres
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Today, number crunching affects your life in ways you might never imagine. In this lively and groundbreaking new audiobook, economist Ian Ayres shows how today's best and brightest organizations are analyzing massive databases at lightening speed to provide greater insights into human behavior. They are the Super Crunchers.

    Fabio says: "good, but missing a lot of stuff"
    "References to references that reference research"
    Overall

    If you have read books that provide insightful information on how statistical data can open your eyes to a hidden reality then I would not recommend this book, inversely if you have never touched a book like freakonomics then this might be a good start, although I would recommend going for Steve's book. The author doesn't actually provide any research of his own, rather spends the entire book referencing others research, puts a narrative around it and puts it forward as a conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol Dweck
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (766)

    Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

    Peter says: "Gems sparsely scattered throughout a desert"
    "Growth Mindset Good - Fixed Mindset Bad...Got it!!"
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    This did not have to be a whole book, most of the material is anecdotal which the author repeats ad nauseum. The name of the title implied there was more to the book, after the first chapter the difference between the two mindsets is pretty clear, there rest is just more of the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Goulston
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (853)

    You’ve got a business colleague who’s hostile...a client who’s furious...a staffer who’s deeply cynical—how do you get people to do what you want in tough situations like these? In Just Listen, veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible.“Here's the challenge,” Mark says.

    Joseph says: "Not for everyone"
    "Insightful and informative"
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    I almost didn't buy this book because of the obnoxious comments by the person from VA, who appears so defensive that it now seems as though Mark may have run over their cat, I've had bad experiences with car-sales people and neither the tone used by the author or the narrator justifies the comparison made.

    All criticism for the unfortunate soul aside, I have read books about leadership, neuroscience, social science and management (before anyone points this out....you don't have to be a manager to be a leader :P) and have to say that this has been the easiest and most pleasant to read. I have given the Kindle version to my son who has just entered high school and is having his first encounter with bullies. I believe there is something in this book for everyone.

    Will be looking into more of Mark's books, he may not given birth to the ideas captured in the book but he certainly has articulated them very well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Think and Grow Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1695)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1076)

    Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie - and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original.

    Dave says: "It's a must."
    "My 8 year old loved the cute stories...."
    Overall

    personally, I got nothing out of it. I would not recommend it to anyone unless they would want to listen to short stories about dedication, faith, persistence, desire....blah blah blah.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten Faces of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Tom Kelley, author of The Art of Innovation and the general manager of IDEO, the world-famous design firm, illuminates the strategies IDEO used to beat the devil's advocate and drive creativity throughout the organization.

    Damon says: "Great book!!!"
    "Hard to believe these guys do this for a living."
    Overall

    I have never had so many duh moments listening to an audiobook before. This book would be better narrated by a couple of readers and dramatised to make it a Winnie the Pooh adventure. I stopped listening and restarted a few days later and the book was no less irritating than when I had stopped. This is now the 4th time and I'm giving up. Very basic, nothing innovative about anything mentioned in the book, an absolute waste of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1692)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1033)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Manage carbohydrate and not caloric intake!"
    Overall

    If it is so obvious to reach a weight loss objective through a carbohydrate deficiency then why are there so many obese people that go to the gym, this to me clearly states that there is an obvious nutritional knowledge defecit that even personal trainers don't seem to understand or are reluctant to share with their clients. Day after day though these commited individuals will try to lose weight by burning calories and then try to restrict caloric intake through the use of will power.

    Gary goes over many cases in which different societies have become obese and aludes to their adherence to more 'civilised' feeding habits as the cause for their poor health. I think that it is necessary to go into the detail of where we as human beings became more and more reliant on such a simple and non-essential nutrients and how this reliance has affected us as humans.

    The book gets to the point very slowly, however, changing habitual behaviour for some does require research based evidence and this is about as close as you're going to get in an audio book format. I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone that has been trying to lose weight through dieting or is struggling to stay on their strict caloric restricted regime.

    Will power will only get you so far!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Think!: Before It's Too Late

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Edward de Bono
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The world is full of problems and conflicts. So why can we not solve them? According to Edward de Bono, world thinking cannot solve world problems because world thinking is itself the problem. And this is getting worse: we are so accustomed to readily available information online that we search immediately for the answers rather than thinking about them. Our minds function like trying to drive a car using only one wheel.

    Ed says: "One of the world's greatest..the author thinks so!"
    "One of the world's greatest..the author thinks so!"
    Overall

    The author spends a lot of time talking of his achievements and how companies before they engaged him they were failing and how his methods have even turned countries around.

    The author has been teaching people how to think for some time and he's obviously very good at it, with all the books he's written on the subject you would think that he might leave all the talk of his achievements for his CV and not for a book that I had to pay for.

    As for the non-self edifying parts of the book; repetative and not a lot of substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    leif says: "Great if u live in the USA, don't buy it u don't"
    "Funny and informative."
    Overall

    Yes the advise is very basic if you already have personal finance acumen, the book is aimed at the younger crowd and provides some good foundational advise and background on asset classes and the diffence between diversification and asset allocation. Ramit is a vibrant reader and keeps you interested right the way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (116)

    The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof, is no longer hypothetical - it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0.

    Michael says: "Eye opening look into the future of the US economy"
    "Great breakdown of the facts and insight"
    Overall

    Peter Schiff is able to clearly articulate the cause and effects of inflation in the US the ongoing devaluation of the dollar and how everyone can put a plan to mitigate exposure to these risks to reduce impact to them. I found his 2009 updates somewhat amusing, almost like an adults version of "I told you so". In any case, the audio book was informative and educational and would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security. Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide.

    Mike says: "Poor Narrator - ZZZZZzzzzzzz!"
    "Entertaining and right up my alley"
    Overall

    I'm not sure what the previous reviewers were looking for in this book, as an IS & Audit specialist I found this book thought provoking and entertaining. It really opened my eyes to the power of social engineering and made me see that I was not only prone to being a victim, but a perpertrator of such activity.

    Recommended reading for anyone in an IS role or looking to gain insight into how the other half use their social skills to get around hardened security measures, highly engineered processes and even armed guards.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (812)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Not as straight forward as I initially thought"
    Overall

    It took me a couple of runs through this audio book to really understand the framework that Nassim was putting together. First, by dividing the everyday from the extreme, understanding how scalable vs non-scalable events might allow us to increase our encounter with the black swan event. Second, understanding how our own minds will distort or prevent us from being able to see black swans. The author provides guidance on how we might shift our internal belief paradigm so that we might become more conducive to black swan events and to stop trusting the common as it might be the one thing holding us back from making it to extremistan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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