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Al

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 51 reviews
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  • 559 titles in library
  • 87 purchased in 2014
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  • The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clay Christensen
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
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    (146)
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    (125)
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    (128)

    In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact. By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers.

    BRIAN says: "Starts slowly and then... it pops!"
    "One of the best books on Innovation"
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    Explains ideas of great inventors and how they solved various problems and created novel solutions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Edward Frenkel
    • Narrated By Tony Craine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
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    (51)
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    In Love and Math, renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel reveals a side of math we've never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. In this heartfelt and passionate audiobook, Frenkel shows that mathematics, far from occupying a specialist niche, goes to the heart of all matter, uniting us across cultures, time, and space. Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man's journey learning and living it.

    Michael says: "A book that probably loses from being read aloud"
    "Excellent book on Maths"
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    This is a great book, with knowledge quite deep but one does not need to know all the technical details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1293)
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    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Steve says: "Heard it all before"
    "AsGood as the last Two Books"
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    Great book with great fun stuff and contrarian thinking, great book that the authors though very accomplished do not take themselves very seriously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winners Never Cheat

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jon M. Huntsman
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
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    (88)
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    Everyone cheats. Cuts corners. Tells lies. Maybe it was different once. Not anymore. If you want to succeed nowadays, you have to make compromises. Right? Wrong. You can succeed at the highest levels, without sacrificing the principles that make life worth living.

    In Winners Never Cheat Huntsman tells you how he did it, and how you can, too. This audiobook is about remembering why you work, and why you were chosen to lead. It's about finding the bravery to act on what you know is right and building teams with the same courage. It's about winning. The right way.

    A. Yoshida says: "Simple message to do what is right"
    "One of the best books on Leadership and Integrity"
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    Great book with life lessons on leadership and integrity and how to keep focus on the long term and never settling on basic principles of life. Must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence M. Krauss
    • Narrated By Lawrence M. Krauss, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
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    (724)
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    Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing? Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results.

    Dennis says: "If you are new to the subject, listen to it!"
    "Too much complicated"
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    of course the stuff in here is quite good but not for the average person to understand clearly, unlike Brian Greene who explains things in very simple terms this was a bit complicated physics terms and difficult to understand for the common person

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Adam Braun
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
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    (69)
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    Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just 16 years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "A pencil." This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 at the age of 24.

    mystica says: "Intriguing"
    "Excellent work on humanitarian work"
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    Great lessons on enterpreneurship, life and charity. A must read for everyone to read and measure one's life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - The Lessons from a New Science

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Pentland
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (49)
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    (43)
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    (43)

    From one of the world’s leading data scientists, a landmark tour ofthe new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence.

    Atila says: "The most self-promoting book I've read."
    "Very Theoretical and Dry Book"
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    This is a very dry and theoretiucal book for the most part. Sounds most like a research paper than an entertaining book from which one can gather ideas easily.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Billion is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By T. Boone Pickens
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    From a businessman who is extraordinarily humble yet is considered one of the world's most visionary, The First Billion Is the Hardest is both a riveting account of a life spent pulling off improbable triumphs and a report back from the front of the global energy and natural-resource wars - of vital interest to anyone who has a stake in America's future.

    Eric says: "A Guide for a U.S. National Energy Policy."
    "Excellent book on how to succed in business"
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    This is a great book on the success and how one bounces back from failures in life. A must read on strength of character and on coming back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Will You Measure Your Life?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (317)

    In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness. Full of inspiration and wisdom, this book will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

    Jessica says: "Must Read!"
    "Great Manifesto of how to live one's life"
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    Great work with emphasis on long term relationships and not short term relationships and focus on family is the key message of the book. Must read a classic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fate of the States: The New Geography of American Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Meredith Whitney
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
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    (26)
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    One of the most respected voices on Wall Street, Meredith Whitney shot to global prominence in 2007 when her warnings of a looming crisis in the financial sector proved all too prescient. Now, in her first book, she expands upon her biggest call since the financial crisis. Whitney offers a sobering vision of the next few decades, with the coastal states continuing to struggle while the central corridor (Texas to North Dakota) contin­ues to thrive. Whitney also offers practical ideas to help the struggling parts of the country - before the fate of the states becomes irreversible.

    JLynn says: "Statistic Overload.Grateful to the Narrator."
    "Simplistic argument by an overconfident author"
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    The author self congratulates on regular basis her calls on doom and gloom and has a very simplistic argument for states like California that are too much in debt and less tax base. She totally discounts the role innovation plays in economic growth and development. Housing as well has started to recover in California. I would bet on California any day instead of central corridor states like Colorado, Indiana or Montana or north Dakota.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Richard Stengel
    • Narrated By Richard Stengel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
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    (33)
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    (32)

    We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his 91st birthday, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before.

    Jennifer Elliott says: "Loved it! Well Read and well written."
    "One of the best book on courage"
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    great leadership lessons on courage, leadership and forgiveness a great story on lessons learnt .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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