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  • 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 9,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,115

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful but repetitive

  • By Belle Ho on 11-16-17

A “Read once a year forever” kind of book

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Part one is an entertaining biography with a great style of focusing on his biggest mistakes and the lessons he learned from them. Part two is just a breakdown of how to approach reality to get accurate information. It feels like everyone needs this in today’s environment. Part 3 is how to use the part 2 principles business practices.

  • Rising Star

  • The Making of Barack Obama
  • By: David Garrow
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 56 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later Obama would win election to the US Senate; four years later he would make history as America's first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive biography ever written of Obama in the years preceding his presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly Objective Biography

  • By Roman on 05-31-17

The Encyclopedia of Barack Obama

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

As you may have assumed from the page count, there is a lot of information here. It sometimes reads more like an encyclopedia than a narrative. “Here is an event that happened, here are the 6 people that were involved, here is what each of them ate, here is what each of them commented on that event, etc.”
I give the author credit for the exhaustive research. Typically, the author only chimes in in his own voice with a subtle jab at Obama over a misstatement or something. The number of different accounts of Obama seem to (by law of averages) create an even handed representation of Barack. Only the last chapter (his presidency) gets a unanimously critical account.
This is the first Obama bio I have read. I assume there are better narratives and unique perspectives out there but it would be hard to beat the amount of information contained in this book. Overall I recommend it.

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  • Beyond the Messy Truth

  • How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
  • By: Van Jones
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

In Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump's victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never hated anyone before

  • By Joanna Bugajska on 11-17-17

Excellent writing. Excellent message. Excellent reading

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

The attitude of trying to understand each other and move forward is extremely important and extremely underrated. Van does an amazing job of delivering the message. The writing is enticing and the narrator is perfect.

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,741

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Great Book, Great performance

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

1) I think anyone in any type of management position (present or future) needs to read this. It should be required for leaders to understand this mindset.
2) their voices are insanely badass. But in all seriousness they do an amazing job.
3) I often struggle with whether to read the physical or audio version of a book I'm interested in.
This one is perfect for audio

  • Our Political Nature

  • The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us
  • By: Avi Tuschman
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values. It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Together, these traits are by far the most powerful cause of left-right voting, even leading people to regularly vote against their economic interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have everyone you know read this.

  • By John Stanko on 08-10-16

Have everyone you know read this.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Wonderfully researched. Incredibly informative. Given the current political climate in the US and over much of the world, everyone needs to read this book to understand the basic differences that make some conservative and some liberal rather than just yelling at each other. Pure science. I listened for political bias and I couldn't find any.

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