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  • Talent Is Overrated

  • What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
  • By: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,115

One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Even-Handed Look At Talent

  • By Sasha L. Stowers on 01-30-11
  • Talent Is Overrated
  • What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
  • By: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: David Drummond

awesome

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

So, this book, The Talent Code, David and Golliath, Outliers and The Power of Habbit.
get them all.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,950

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many examples, not enough ideas...

  • By Felix on 04-11-12

another great gladwell

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-17

very good to read along with the talent code, and other similar works. ie the power of habit

  • The Little Book of Talent

  • 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
  • By: Daniel Coyle
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

Daniel Coyle spent the last few years traveling around the world and meeting with top coaches, teachers, and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens. Now he has taken his groundbreaking research and boiled it down to the essentials: 52 simple, proven rules for developing and growing talent in sports, art, music, business, or just about anything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should havegotten the paper book.

  • By Wendy Dethloff on 06-18-15

coyle rocks

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-17

continuing on my pursuit of reading anything related to the book The Talent Code. this book delivers in small bites.

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

lisened twice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

i bought this about a week ago and have listened to it twice so far. this is a must read for today's society..

  • 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 42,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,149

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

hard work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

the constant theme among geniuses seems to be hard work despite the general public telling them they will fail..

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,833

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

willl listen again

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This was a good listen. it shows that preperation is everything.. and that's how giants are slain.

  • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

  • By: Michael K. Salemi, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael K. Salemi
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world. As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious

  • By LongerILiveLessIKnow on 01-14-14

good info on banking

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I really liked the insite given. especially the pros for the fed, as much as we didn't trust them...

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  • Dreaming in Code

  • Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
  • By: Scott Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fine for non coders

  • By Cody on 06-27-15

I've listened to it twice in 3 months.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

really interesting read well written, well explained. Especially if you write software. anyone working in the development of world would enjoy this book.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,132

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

habit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-17

im going to try to implement this stuff into coaching. might need to listen again...

  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

  • By: Nir Eyal
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,932

Why do some products capture our attention, while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? This audiobook introduces listeners to the "Hook Model," a four steps process companies use to build customer habits. Through consecutive hook cycles, successful products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back repeatedly - without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is a guide to building products people can't put down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book. Terrible performance.

  • By D. Saguy on 03-15-14

very good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

i loved it, I'll be hitting it again...
Maybe put it on my yearly re-listen