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Craig

I like to listen to business, self-development, behavioural and books that challenge my perspective

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  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (366)

    Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

    Michael says: "Pretty light stuff on Big Data"
    "Interest material and worth listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are interested in the discussion of Big Data and how it impacts on society and the impacts to your Internet life, then i recommend this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thought provoking discussion on the ability of Google to predict the spread of the flu


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Ape Standing: The Seven Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Chip Walter
    • Narrated By Bernard Clark, Teresa DeBerry
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Why did the line of ancient humans who eventually evolved into us survive when the others were shown the evolutionary door? Chip Walter draws on new scientific discoveries to tell the fascinating tale of how our survival was linked to our ancestors being born more prematurely than others, having uniquely long and rich childhoods, evolving a new kind of mind that made us resourceful and emotionally complex; how our highly social nature increased our odds of survival; and why we became self aware in ways that no other animal seems to be.

    Craig says: "Loved it - made me look at people differently"
    "Loved it - made me look at people differently"
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    The book made me look at homosapiens as more than the dominant beings but as a stroke of luck in the journey of evolution. I used the information to discuss with my family at dinner and provide different perspectives on why people are different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Great story"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It was an enjoyable story that also taught me some tidbits - would recommend


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Not that I plan to read the entire Britannica it does continue to make me interested in facts


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (182)
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    (182)

    Another extraordinary business fable from the New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge.

    Marty says: "Stripping Down for Transparency and Collaboration"
    "Surprised me"
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    If you could sum up Getting Naked in three words, what would they be?

    This book is not what i thought it would be; it is so much more. I immediately put into place what i learnt and it changed the way i approach people - fantastic and highly recommended


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Randall Stross
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (154)

    Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.

    Tyler says: "Great background on what it takes on startups"
    "Must have for startup folks"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Launch Pad the most enjoyable?

    The story was interesting the whole time and the information was useful


    What did you like best about this story?

    For someone thinking about startups the book gave an insight into the ups and downs of a startup


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (717)

    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Andy says: "one of the better ultramarathon books"
    "An interesting listen"
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    Would you try another book from Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman and/or Quincy Dunn-Baker?

    Sure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat and Run?

    Listening about the struggles as he pushed his body and mind to extreme limits


    Which character – as performed by Quincy Dunn-Baker – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed listening to all the characters


    Could you see Eat and Run being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    I expected the book to be able to the struggles of running ultra marathons and the type of person that pushes themselves to compete. I believe the book achieved this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
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    (1678)
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    (1668)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Taufiq says: "A great read!"
    "Great techniques"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lean Startup the most enjoyable?

    The book had many great ideas that I plan to apply to my work environment. After listening through to completion, I want to go back and take some notes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (2910)
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    (2901)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Enjoyed every minute"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Sniper the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed hearing the life of Chris and how being a Seal and protecting his country was such a strong driver in his life. His stories were fascinating to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (1882)
    Story
    (1864)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Translate to real life"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Every BODY Is Saying?

    The book started with stating how to recognise if someone is happy to see you when you walk in the room. I put that into practise immediately it is on on the money.


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

    You could listen to this in one sitting, I did it in around 3. Now, I want to listen again and learn more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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