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Wesley

Encino, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Lowe
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Over the years, as Warren Buffett's influence and affluence have grown, one thing has remained the same - his unpretentious, honest, and optimistic approach toward business and life. Now you can discover life's little secrets of success as revealed by the world¿s greatest investor.

    Andy says: "NOT worth it"
    "I could write this book"
    Overall

    Go to Google. Type Warren Buffet quotes. Cut & paste what you find. Have someone record them. Let idiots like me download it thinking I was going to get something interesting and relevant. In short, don't bother.

    29 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies - How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (571)

    In this, his magnum opus, the world’s best known skeptic and critical thinker Dr. Michael Shermer—founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and perennial monthly columnist (“Skeptic”) for Scientific American—presents his comprehensive theory on how beliefs are born, formed, nourished, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

    Leigh says: "Great material. Not-so-great narration."
    "Educational and Entertaining"
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    Instead of just saying that conspiracy theorists are nuts, the author does an outstanding job of explaining how otherwise intelligent, rational people can end up believing things that are either patently false or, at best, highly unlikely. The only reason you should doubt his reasoning would be if you do not believe in the scientific method. If you do, then the his arguments are solid and quite well-explained. If you somehow don't believe in the scientific method, well, I'm not sure what to say about that but you probably won't like this book or much about modern society in general.

    My only quibble is that the last few chapters, while interesting, seem incongruous with the rest of the book. This shouldn't stop you from buying the book nor listening to it all of the way through, but it's just a warning in case you find yourself asking what is the point he is trying to make and what does it have to do with the Believing Brain?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jason Mendelson, Brad Feld
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there really is no definitive guide to venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. For more than seventeen years, they've been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings, and now, with Venture Deals, they share their experiences in this field with you.

    Fabio says: "Great book, but needs a PDF"
    "Delivers What It Promises"
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    If you run or even work at a small company that has or intends to raise money from venture capitalists or angel investors, then this book is a must listen. It delivers exactly what it says it will which is to explain in very clear language, the ins & outs of venture financings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5035)
    Performance
    (4252)
    Story
    (4223)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Small Amount of Useful Information Stretched Out"
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    Take perhaps 60 minutes worth of relevant information and then s-t-r-e-t-c-h it out over 12 or so hours with useless fluff. Unless you have amazing patience, I'd strongly pass on this book. "Outliers" is a far better choice if you are looking for a way to understand human behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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