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Quentin

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  • 73 titles in library
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  • Letters to a Young Contrarian

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.

    Mark says: "Something I'll listen to again"
    "Intellectual and Entertaining"
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    Classic Hitchens - well written and highly cerebral. The book has a few dull or repetitive moments but in general is a great listen. As the title states, the book is aimed at young people, especially those who want to think for themselves and draw unpopular conclusions.

    1 of 1 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
    (351)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (248)

    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.

    Dusty says: "The content is much better than the title"
    "Excellent for Those Just Starting Out"
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    What did you love best about I Will Teach You to Be Rich?

    An excellent review of how to run your financial life during your first 10 or 15 years working, or for anyone who still needs to get their financial life in order. Teaches basic methods for managing credit cards, debt, bank accounts, and investments.


    Any additional comments?

    Well read by the author and generally entertaining.

    The author is a strong proponent of life-cycle funds, and index funds. Like anything else, get a second opinion and don't let anyone else tell you how to think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Josh Kaufman
    • Narrated By Josh Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1398)

    Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

    M. R. says: "Good Business Education"
    "High-Speed Summary of Business Topics"
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    What did you love best about The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business?

    This book is filled with quick summaries of various business topics and offers a fast overview of many popular subjects.


    Any additional comments?

    Well narrated by the author with good audio quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4843)
    Performance
    (2578)
    Story
    (2621)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is very well performed and the story works well in audio format.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    The narration is clear and spoken in a natural voice


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting a lot more information about minimalist (no shoes) running: physiology, anatomy, injury statistics, etc. As the book's cover says, this is a story about atheletes and a race. It was less inspiring than I expected and I got bored of the drawn-out story. However, many of my friends recommend this book highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (875)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Good Book for the Brainy"
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    If you like "intellectual" books, you'll probably love this. It's a great book for anyone interested in ancient cultures, European history, the Catholic Church, and old books. The writing is good, the narrator is good, and the story is interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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