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  • Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew R. Wilson
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew R. Wilson Ph.D Harvard University
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    From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. These 24 thought-provoking lectures give you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action.

    Glen Sears says: "Great for new students and military professionals"
    "A look through the ages of war and its people"
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    I struggled to finish this in all honesty. The lectures are well put together and well delivered, I just found the topic a little dry. I like military history but due to the lectures covering so many topics and people, there really wasn't the depth that was needed to inspire me to keep going.
    That said, this was a primer, it would guide you to reading more about the individuals who played roles in war.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Johann Hari
    • Narrated By Johann Hari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

    Elizabeth says: "Must read"
    "Staggering. Mind blown. "
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    As with chasing the scream, Hari has taken a subject we all know so well. It is a subject that has affected people we know and are so sure that we have all the facts about. Hari plainly outlines what we think and then proceeds to show us the actual evidence which will probably shock you that what we have been doing for so long is wrong or at least not enough. As the name of the book suggests we have lost our connection to home, community, life and this may we'll be the first of many guides to get us back to reality.
    well read by the author comma the book is perfectly paced to give you enough information without overwhelming you. One of the best books I have read and now sits with chasing the scream as one of my most recommended books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

    Matt says: "Essential Reading"
    "A new way of seeing your business"
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    A great breakdown of how you can go about redefining your business. Giving good examples and well thought out plans this book challenges you to reconsider how you deliver to your customers.
    Easy to read and practical steps to begin your journey into better business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sellout: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul Beatty
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

    Bonnie B. says: "Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!"
    "Don't listen where people come in and out"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sellout to be better than the print version?

    Hilariously dark humor, better to be listened to so that you can have a flow of characters


    0 of 0 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
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    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.

    Judd Bagley says: "Worth it in the end...I think."
    "Prioritise the right way."
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    If you could sum up The Black Swan in three words, what would they be?

    Stunningly simple revelations.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Bad things will happen, better think about them at least.


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

    Would have loved to, but I take my hat off to the person who could digest it all in one go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
    • Narrated By Brian Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

    Hobbit Taz says: "I will Re-Read this one!"
    "A guide to thinking about what you do."
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    Where does Algorithms to Live By rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book shows you that you are not different from the majority of people that you are around. It does show you that you waste a fair bit of time doing things that others have worked out.
    Good examples and analogies to relate to the world of computers.
    You don't need to be a computer programmer to listen, good fun and lots of little `ah ha' moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Cal Newport
    • Narrated By Jeff Bottoms
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    Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

    Oliver Nielsen says: "Taking a stance!"
    "Stop, focus, achieve. Not a self help book."
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    What did you love best about Deep Work?

    This book lays out a path for you to achieve more in your life. Not in the self help way of imagining. It is about reminding us that we do our best work when we are engaged and focused on a task. It also talks about how to work out what those tasks should be and to stop wasting your life on facebook and all the rest of the garbage that our lives are polluted with.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it dawned on me how much time we all waste on things that don't matter.


    Any additional comments?

    Will be reading regularly to remind myself of how much potential we all have as humans if we are willing to do the work in the right way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard E. Nisbett
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Many scientific and philosophical ideas are so powerful that they can be applied to our lives at home, work, and school to help us think smarter and more effectively about our behavior and the world around us. Surprisingly, many of these ideas remain unknown to most of us. In Mindware, the world-renowned psychologist Richard Nisbett presents these ideas in clear and accessible detail, offering a tool kit for better thinking and wiser decisions.

    Neuron says: "Sound scientific advice on how to live your life"
    "A way to think about thinking"
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    this book is really well put together. It gives insight into how we go about making small and large decisions. I would recommend it to anybody who is planning to ever make a decision from this point forward. It explains logically and clearly how we can go about becoming better decision makers in our personal and business life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Tad Davis says: "Riveting!"
    "Revolutionary but not new"
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    This engaging story takes you through what should be a fairly simple sell. Use checklists like pilots and avoid disaster (actual or metaphorical).
    This tells of how a simple concept can be pushed back from areas that need it most. If doctors, lawyers and engineers can use them to prevent catastrophic failures then why can't we use them in our jobs or lives.
    Well read and inspiring, this is a book that I will be recommending to many of my colleagues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Holmes
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
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    When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery—astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical—swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution.

    Ethan M. says: "Voyages of discovery and ages of wonder"
    "An in depth look at the romantic science period"
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    A great story of the beginning of the science most of us know about, before after Newton and before Darwin, there was a time where they found the beginning of the universe, the idea of electromagnetic forces and many other sciences that the Victorian era stood upon to reach such lofty heights.
    This is the story of the men... and women who made science something that people did as a pursuit for the good of humanity.
    A well told and often gossipy tone, the story of the time of science is well told. A good read for the history and science buff in us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Dan Savage eviscerates the right-wing conservatives as he commits each of the Seven Deadly Sins himself (or tries to) and finds those everyday Americans who take particular delight in their sinful pursuits. Combine a unique history of the Seven Deadly Sins, a new interpretation of the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, and enough Bill Bennett, Robert Bork, Pat Buchanan, Dr. Laura, and Bill O'Reilly bashing to more than make up for their incessant carping, and you've got the most provocative book of the fall.

    Cather says: "Not my favourite Savage, but still a must read."
    "Let Dan take you by the hand on a journey"
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    Dan Savage is a great story teller. He is happy to show you what other people are doing, hire they make themselves happy and the large point that it is there right to do that.
    I am happy to read stories of sex, drugs and other fun things when they are the truth and Savage shows that one's head will not fall off with the puff of a joint, your balls won't root off if you try swinging with other consenting people and that your children won't all die of plague because two people of the same sex like doing things that you aren't too keen on.
    A fun time read that could be given to grandma or the rebellious teen-ager alike... maybe the local bigot won't be too appreciative of your suggestion though, but it's worth a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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