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Born a Crime
    Stories from a South African Childhood
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    116,459 ratings
    Overall 4.9
  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,803
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,285

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17
I Am Malala
    How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
    
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        Archie Panjabi
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    9,063 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,142

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13
Bossypants
    
    
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        Tina Fey
    
    


    
    Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    50,949 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,460

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not enjoy the whinny quality of this book.

  • By Sharon Blunk on 11-29-17
Capital Gaines
    The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
    
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        Chip Gaines,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Joanna Gaines,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    6,896 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Capital Gaines

  • The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,896
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,321

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I expected

  • By Belinda on 11-16-17
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MASTERS OF SUCCESS

A rich collection of business titles that answer the big question: How did they do it?
Elon Musk
    Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
    
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        Ashlee Vance
    
    


    
    
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        Fred Sanders
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    44,419 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,618

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16
Shoe Dog
    A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
    
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        Phil Knight
    
    


    
    
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        Norbert Leo Butz,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Phil Knight - introduction
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    29,736 ratings
    Overall 4.9
  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,734
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,722

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16
Steve Jobs
    
    
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        Walter Isaacson
    
    


    
    
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        Dylan Baker
    
    


    
    Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
    25,758 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,699

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11
Principles
    Life and Work
    
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        Jeremy Bobb
    
    


    
    Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
    11,340 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,812

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idea-meritocracy/Principles Reference

  • By Patrick Eberle on 06-30-18
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BIOS & MEMOIRS

Intimate portraits of movers and shakers that prove truth is stranger than fiction.
Educated
    A Memoir
    
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        Julia Whelan
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    46,667 ratings
    Overall 4.8
  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,187
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,001

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18
Hamilton
    The Revolution
    
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        Lin-Manuel Miranda,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Jeremy McCarter
    
    


    
    
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        Lin-Manuel Miranda,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Jeremy McCarter,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Mariska Hargitay
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    3,306 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Hamilton

  • The Revolution
  • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Mariska Hargitay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, is as revolutionary as its subject: the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the idea of the book, get it in print.

  • By Adam Shields on 04-13-16
Code Girls
    The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
    
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        Liza Mundy
    
    


    
    
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        Erin Bennett
    
    


    
    Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    1,863 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17
Endurance
    Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
    
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        Alfred Lansing
    
    


    
    
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        Simon Prebble
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    13,817 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,178

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14
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