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  • Summary of The 48 Laws of Power: by Robert Greene | Includes Analysis

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68

Power depends on the relationships between a person and those he or she seeks to control. Powerful people must cultivate their appearances to earn respect and eliminate doubt. They must practice selective honesty, misdirection, and an excess of secrecy to gain a tactical advantage. Timing is central to maintaining power, as is the ability to adapt. The array of strategies available when seeking power include mirroring the opponent’s actions and controlling the opponent's options for action.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Save your $3.95....read the original.

  • By Marvin on 03-23-16

The 48 Laws of Power looks down on martyrs.

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Reviewed: 03-15-16

Robert Greene doesn't promote martyrdom. Instaread states that he promotes martyrdom as an option. Not accurate.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lying

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Confronting oneself

  • By Kazuhiko on 11-23-13

Well formed arguments.

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Reviewed: 05-05-15

Continue the great work. From one atheist to another. Looking forward to your next work.

  • Influence

  • Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
  • By: Kenneth G. Brown, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth G. Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 837

Don't just let influence just happen to you. Instead, take charge of your life by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at using it to your advantage. In this dynamic 12-lecture series, you'll discover how to tap into the hidden powers of influence - and use these powers to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Using clear and accessible language, Professor Brown teaches you how and why influence works.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book you think it is

  • By Artists' Book Publisher on 05-26-17

Through.

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Reviewed: 04-28-15

Complete in subject delivery as well as researched material. Worth every penny. Includes game theory & the science behind con men.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Strategic Thinking Skills

  • By: Stanley K. Ridgley, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Stanley K. Ridgley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

Start making savvier decisions and outsmart your competitors with greater confidence and ease with this simple and comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind strategic thinking. Professor Ridgley has crafted these 24 lectures as an accessible way to engage with thinking that will help you think-and act-more strategically in business and in your own life, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or you're preparing to embark on a new career path.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly Fluff, Could be much shorter.

  • By Robert on 08-30-16

Well done!

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Reviewed: 04-27-15

Patiently lasted out while being detailed when specifics are needed. In the tradition of strategy this is a superior tome.

  • The Virtue of Selfishness

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: C.M. Hernert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
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    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Luck!

  • By John on 12-12-05

Classic!

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Reviewed: 04-17-15

Direct, realistic & accurate. Worth the price as well as the time it took to listen.

  • Free Will

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LIFE/ WORLD Altering sophisticated thinking!

  • By Ellen on 04-23-12

Great work.

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Reviewed: 04-16-15

Interesting science based theory of free will, decision making & Neurology. It's a concise read with good examples used to illustrate the message.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,905

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

Great!

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Reviewed: 04-02-15

Continue the outstanding work Jon. Love your reading voice & delivery. Shame is conquered by greatness not distractions. Googled Lindsey & Justine, they're still fucked.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Willpower Instinct

  • How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
  • By: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,578

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Research based guide to improve willpower

  • By Neuron on 05-27-13

Great work

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Reviewed: 02-02-15

Well read, organized & researched. Amazon stop requiring so many words to place a review of a book. You are encouraging people to give bad or rambling reviews!

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  • Behold a Pale Horse

  • By: William Cooper
  • Narrated by: William Cooper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
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    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

William Cooper, a former U.S. Naval Intelligence Briefing Team member, reveals his theories on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the war on drugs, and UFOs. Cooper draws his information from the top secret documents he had access to while with the Intelligence Briefing Team and from over 20 years of research.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The truth starts here...

  • By Jeromie on 05-04-04

Interesting!

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Reviewed: 01-31-15

If true?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????big big big big fucking IF. But still a great read enjoy. I wish Amazon didn't require so many words in a review!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Money Management Skills

  • By: Michael Finke, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Finke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

The goal of money management is to maximize our happiness at every stage of our lives. Whether you are a novice investor or a seasoned pro, starting your first job or contemplating retirement, these 24 straightforward lectures are an excellent primer for making successful financial decisions at every stage of your life. Professor Finke takes you on a tour of some of the most widely available financial products and tools, from mutual funds to life insurance to college savings accounts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Irresponsible Advice

  • By Christopher on 01-12-18

Well organized.

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Reviewed: 01-16-15

Great Course as usual! Please continue the quality work thank you for making a college education affordable & accessible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful