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Miroslaw

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  • The Lean Startup

  • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • By: Eric Ries
  • Narrated by: Eric Ries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,379

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Taufiq on 02-17-12

One of the three the bet business books.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book. Alone it's maybe not enough, but with "How To Get Rich" and "Personal MBA" it's a golden mine.

What did you like best about this story?

An implementation of the Lean Startup framework into the Eric's company.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they asked they users about they product and the users didn't like it. They decided to create what users want and boom.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Work Smart - Earn Fast

  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338

This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy

  • By David on 01-25-07

Long and Valuable. That's kind of books I Love.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-12

What did you love best about The Happiness Hypothesis?

Examples with actionable steps. So many AHA moments. It's the book for all people who are looking for answers about our minds.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Happiness Hypothesis?

The idea that we prefer more options, but we can choose/buy when we have less options.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I believe this is the only book I've read which have so many AHA moments. So many answers for questions. Why we do what we do? Why we are happy?

  • The Black Swan

  • The Impact of the Highly Improbable
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,185

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it in the end...I think.

  • By Judd Bagley on 05-27-09

Great concept, but too long.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no. It's too long. The author shows many examples, but starts to make advices and ideas how to use the "black swan" idea at the far, far end of the book.

What could Nassim Nicholas Taleb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The book should be 2/3 times shorter. Less examples, more actionable steps.

What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David is a good narrator. I prefer when an author read a book, but it's ok.

Was The Black Swan worth the listening time?

Yes and no. Yes for idea. No for too much examples.

Any additional comments?

I recommend to read this book (not listen) and skip chapters.

  • Losing My Virginity

  • By: Richard Branson
  • Narrated by: Richard Branson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Losing My Virginity is an amazing memoir, a definitive business guide and an inspirational story that reveals Sir Richard's unique philosophy on business, the Virgin brand and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about Virgin and the Branson

  • By Sean Fitzpatrick on 10-31-09

Amazing book. Amazing Narrator.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-12

Richard was always my inspiration. I started a business a few months ago and decided to read/listen (finally) his book. I love it.

Amazing stories from his childhood, first business, becoming a businessman, starting a Virgin group. And what is more important more advices from Richard. How to build, how to scale, how to have fun.

What is THE most important. Richard reads this book. He smiles when reads about funny moments, he's sad when he read about sad moments (like story about Iraq).

Short, great read, much value for your entrepreneurs.

  • What Would Google Do?

  • By: Jeff Jarvis
  • Narrated by: Jeff Jarvis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great place to start....

  • By Justin on 05-15-09

What Each Business Should Do

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-12

Great book about how any business should look. A great set of information about google's business model, their acquisitions and much more.
Build Platform Not Website.

  • The Thank You Economy

  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667

The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow

  • By Scott T. Hards on 02-28-12

Great story, but narration... just wow !!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-12

I love the thank you economy idea and I can write about it all the time. I want to focus on the narration for that book. Gary Vaynerchuk did something amazing. All the time he adds something new and important to the book.
I should change all the books performance from 5 to 4 starts. All the books should have the same model of narration. Subjective addons from the narrator/author.
Amazing.

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,818

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

Real Face of Running.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-12

I will not tell this book is amazing and you should read that. I will tell you something else. In this book you'll find amazing story with some philisophical aspects, history of running and the real passion. Scott Jurek always was my idol. Now I love him :)

  • Delivering Happiness

  • A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
  • By: Tony Hsieh
  • Narrated by: Tony Hsieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257

In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do one thing exceptionally

  • By Ben on 09-07-10

Amazing Story. Amazing Performance. Amazing Book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-11

I was smiling, I was crying. I was inspired. The amazing book. Worth reading and specially listening (read by Tony and his employes). A great story about begining, bad choises, good choises and happy ending. And everything has only one goal: delivering happiness.

  • Made to Stick

  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Good Story, but too simple and too long.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-11

The concept of the book is great, but... there was missed something. I had really big problem with ending this book. The book is so simple and so boring sometimes. For sure should be shorter.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zen to Done

  • The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
  • By: Leo Babauta
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Zen To Done (ZTD) is a system that is at once simple, and powerful, and will help you develop the habits that keep all of your tasks and projects organized, that keep your workday simple and structured, that keep your desk and email inbox clean and clear, and that keep you doing what you need to do, without distractions. This book was written for those who want to get their lives organized and actually execute the things on their to-do list by changing existing habits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The simplest and right version of GTD. Recommended

  • By Miroslaw on 11-08-11

The simplest and right version of GTD. Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-11

- Small Notebook is the best way to capture things.
- Everything should be done as simple as possible.
- The best way to be productive is to find one single goal and do everything to achieve it.
- One habit at a time.
- Find passion. There is no other way to be happy with your job.

Minimalistic version of ZTD is amazing and really fits to my idea of life and to my new lifestyle desing. Amazing and short book. Much better to listen/read after GTD by David Allen.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful