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  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,030

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Insightful Until You Think A Little Deeper

  • By Mark Brandon on 10-31-14

nice book. but bad truth

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I got this book hoping to get some secret recipe to startups success, but the message of the author is that great entrepreneurs are born great :(

  • The 24 Laws of Influence

  • Unlock the Laws of Truly Charismatic People
  • By: Robert Pino
  • Narrated by: Robert Pino
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

What makes a leader a true leader? A great leader? Why is it that some people have such charisma about them that you can feel it when they walk into a room? How is it possible that some people get their message across with power and crystal clarity with an almost magical consistency? Well, maybe they've listened to Robert Pino!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh!

  • By Ahmad on 07-05-17

Meh!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

nothing special about the book. mainly commonsense with author's personal anecdotes .
also the book lacks research

  • Emotional First Aid

  • Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries
  • By: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years and often gives us a much needed dose of humor as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than years of therapy

  • By Mona on 08-03-13

decent content but performance is bad

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

I had to speed up the player so I don't lose focus
the narrator needs to be more lively

  • The Prince

  • By: Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,835

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You have to know what you get with The Prince

  • By Cody Brown on 02-10-15

Scary

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

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

I think we all should study this book as means of studying potential evil in this world.
The same way we know how wounds contaminate, and how matches burn, we should learn how politicians are deceptive

  • Green Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 27 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

The initial Martian pioneers had fierce disagreements about how the planet should be used by humans. This led to a war that threatened the lives of billions of people on both Mars and Earth. Now, the second generation of settlers continues the struggle to survive the hostile yet strangely beautiful environment of the red planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Green Mars: a textbook scifi novel

  • By Erick on 08-05-13

Nothing new

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

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

a lame sequel to Red Mars
same old protagonists recycled in daily interaction with nearly nothing new added to the plot
New scientific contribution is almost nill

If you’ve listened to books by Kim Stanley Robinson before, how does this one compare?

Nothing new .. Red Mars, Green Mars, and now listening to Blue Mars...
almost no new addition except for placing the created characters in a simulator

What aspect of Richard Ferrone’s performance would you have changed?

A little bit monotonic

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I don't think so

  • Red Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The first Mars colony

  • By David on 05-17-14

Xenophobic SciFi

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-16

for some reason this book seems to be written by Donald Trump.
as if those privileged pioneers has the right to "build a wall" around Mars and make earthlings pay for it!?!
SciFi part is nice. but the sexuality is over exaggerated.
also, the author needs to do some research about other cultures before putting his own speculations cloaked as facts.
looking forward to reading "Green Mars"

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,449

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Theory and Practice merged

  • By Peter on 11-23-15

I loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-16

this book makrs me feel at home.
with all the jargon and office politics
on a side note, I worked with someone pike Sara, and it was my fantasy that she gets fired.

  • On the Social Contract

  • By: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Narrated by: Erik Sandval
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

On the Social Contract's appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau's controversial masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic. Must read.

  • By David Bonifacio on 07-22-17

great book

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-15

the book was insightful and answers many questions swirling in my mind
yet the narrator was quite boring

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  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-15

great book. made me rethink the way I think. as a graduate student, I definitely need more of this type of books