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Jonathan

Efrat, Israel | Member Since 2013

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 65 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Trading Beyond the Matrix: The Red Pill for Traders and Investors

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Van Tharp
    • Narrated By Michael Butler Murray
    Overall
    (23)
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    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Van K. Tharp is an internationally recognized expert at helping others become the best traders they can be. In Trading Beyond the Matrix: The Red Pill for Traders and Investors, Tharp leads listeners to dramatically improve their trading results and financial life by looking within. He takes the reader by the hand through the steps of self-transformation, from incorporating "Tharp Think" - ideas drawn from his modeling work with great traders - making changes in yourself so that you can adopt the beliefs and attitudes necessary to win when you stop making mistakes.

    Jonathan says: "Mostly advertisement"
    "Mostly advertisement"
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    This books is mostly advertisement for other products the author offers (most cost several hundred dollars and some are not available anyway)
    Even though i would not recommend this books at all, it does have some positive things (hence the reason i gave it 2 stars).
    The book is written as several testimonials about how good Dr. Tharp's workshops are
    The book is divided into 3 parts the first part Dr. Tharp emphasizes the importance of position sizing and says that one should have different systems for each different market (Bull, Bear, Etc).
    unfortunately that's all the trading advice you'll get from the book after that the book becomes a self help, spiritual guide. Where Dr. Tharp students testify that trading in peace and accepting what the market does without the need to be right will make you happy.
    I am sure that the 2nd and 3rd part (about physiology and spiritual awakening) will help some people...
    But, as far as trading is concerned, the book and this review are equally helpful. The book might be a little deeper, but since the way that book is written is so convoluted even if you would like to go back and read again some part (that you found helpful) you actually need to read a whole chapter about how much good you will get from paying Dr. Tharp a few hundred dollars.

    3 of 3 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
    (2061)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (921)

    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"
    "hard to enjoy the book with his writing"
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    I have to separate my thought on this book in 2 categories:
    1) the ideas discussed
    2) the writing and the way the author tries to depict himself.

    The Ideas in the book are incredible... the argument is strong and even though I couldn't get such a practical benefit from the ideas. I think I have been taking decisions with a new and different light shinning in the background... And if the author would have been more humble I would have given this book a 5 stars review.
    Unfortunately, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, makes such a hard job to enjoy the book with his writing. He writes in a snobbish and condescending way. The only trace of humbleness in the book is when he talks about Mandelbrot, and even then he only feels he's an equal to his own hero...
    During the book the author keeps showing off that he knows several languages. I would assume that from the fact that he was born in Lebanon and he's writing a book in English, no need to rub it in the book.
    bottom line, the ideas of the book make it a "must read"... But, be prepared to suffer while reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (375)

    In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

    Grady says: "Finished the thesis early in the book"
    "This book is 1/3 great and 2/3 mediocre"
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    I have to say I didn't know what I was buying when I first got this book... And that’s all my fault because the author is honest Josh Kaufman about what the book is.
    I saw a the Ted Talk by the author and decided this book should be great.
    And when I read the introduction I immediately understood this will be a great reading… during the first chapters.
    So, I’m writing the review so that futures readers will know what to expect.
    The premise of the book is that with 20 hours of focused practice you can become decent at anything… This doesn't contradict the 10,000 hours rule that says: if you want to be an expert on something you have to practice for 10,000 hours (which is normally done in 10 years).
    The author mainly says that with 20 hours you won’t be able to play an instrument like a virtuoso, but you’ll be able to pick a guitar and play in a bonfire… And that is fine with me.
    The first 3 chapters, Josh Kaufman, writes about acquiring a skill quickly and the importance of focus and discipline… So far so good.
    But the last 6 chapters are the summary of his successful attempts to learn new skills… If you are interested in learning exactly those 6 skills (Yoga, Programming, touch typing, ukulele and windsurfing) then you will enjoy the book in its entirety.
    I’m a programmer so when I read the chapter on programming I was thinking to myself either this guy is a genius or he left out most of the learning process, by the end of the chapter he did say that by trial and error he failed more than what he succeeded… But the feeling is that this should be easy, when it’s really not. So, after that chapter I just couldn't take him serious…
    Summing up, the first 3 chapters are great, the rest is disappointing but I guess a 40 pages book doesn't look to serious or interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3661)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1601)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    Kosmas says: "I'm so glad I got this book!"
    "Painful..."
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    Weak material...
    and the Author reading could put you to sleep immediately... And the worst part is that sleep would be much better than listening to this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2719)
    Performance
    (2122)
    Story
    (2114)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike Kircher says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "The book just gets better and better..."
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    Usually when you read a book you have a very good Idea how good or bad it is after the first hour or 50 pages you read...
    And by that measure this book is great!
    But this book just keep getting better and better as you progress... And thank G-d, Prof. Daniel Kahneman wrote a long book!

    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
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (990)

    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"
    "Good book... I was expecting something different"
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    First of all let me say I really liked the book.
    The reason I don't give it a perfect score it's becasuse I was expecting the book to relate to more personal relations (spouse, kids, parents, friends, etc) Instead of professional relations (clients, managers, emploees, etc.)
    I don't think the author had anything wrong, it was my expectation that was wrong...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3960)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1890)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "One of the Best biographies!"
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    Einsten was exciting character. He was charming, humble and SMART... way Smarter than the rest of us.
    That's why there are so many biographies about him.
    But Walter Isaacson's managed to stand out because his a great writer that can really involve you in the text.
    He also had some new material that no other biograhpy had.
    The Narration is also very good.
    I definitely recommend the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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