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  • What Is Real?

  • The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
  • By: Adam Becker
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Every physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, "light" "read"... potential caveat below...

  • By James S. on 03-31-18

Amazing Book!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This book is a must read for anyone who is watching the journey towards quantum computers but is not a quantum physicist.

  • Buffett

  • The Making of an American Capitalist
  • By: Roger Lowenstein
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Starting from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, Warren Buffett amassed one of the epochal fortunes of the twentieth century - an astounding net worth of $10 billion and counting. His awesome investment record has made him a cult figure popularly known for his seeming contradictions: a billionaire who has a modest lifestyle, a phenomenally successful investor who eschews the revolving-door trading of modern Wall Street, a brilliant dealmaker who cultivates a homespun aura.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changer

  • By Steven on 03-28-15

Great Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Although the author claims that a sequence is not necessary.

I think it becomes more and more interesting to have one.

Very well researched and written.

Narrator is also excellent.

  • Stress Test

  • Reflections on Financial Crises
  • By: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Narrated by: Timothy F. Geithner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

On January 26, 2009, during the depth of the financial crisis and having just completed five years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Timothy F. Geithner was sworn in by President Barack Obama as the 75th Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Now, in a strikingly candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, Geithner takes listeners behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Credible analysis of the 2008 crisis

  • By Neuron on 09-02-15

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This is an amazing book.

It gives you a real behind the curtain tour of what was going on while I read the newspapers and kept on wondering what is really going on.

We are lucky to have Timothy in the office when we needed him most.

  • 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 4,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949

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

The Book Trump Read Before He Ran For Office

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Reviewed: 10-09-18

I think is book makes a great case that social media is more and more becoming a platform where you say what other people will like and will make you fit in with the “norms” but in this case only social media norms.

It has resulted and continues to become even more a place where people can not say what they really think and only say what they thing will give them rewards. Perhaps that is why we can’t predict political outcomes, because we believe public opinion is our social media opinion.

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  • Finding Ultra

  • Revised and Updated Edition
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Finding Ultra is Rich Roll's incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever. One evening in 2006, before turning 40, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight at the time and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he plunged into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training. Rich morphed - in mere months - from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Revised and updated edition with a new and original foreword and a bonus chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Underdog He Is Not

  • By Daniel on 04-27-18

Great book! With hidden gems along the way!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-17-18

This book is very different than any other I have read so far. It is not advise nor a autobiography, it is a person who changed his life sharing his story and challenges you to do what has meaning to you the same way as he did what had meaning to him.

It was great to hear in such vibrant colors what life is like after awakening from someone who is already on the other side.

  • Rabbit

  • The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
  • By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
  • Narrated by: Patricia Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,622

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two. Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, narration was a bit rough...

  • By Lindsay on 12-05-17

Beyond words!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This book is unlike anything I have read to date.

It is eye opening, inspiring and breathtaking.

The author is an amazing person and a great writer.

The narration is amazing too. She didn’t only tell the story she lived it again while talking.

Thank you Patricia for the gift to the world!

  • Blue Ocean Strategy

  • How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
  • By: W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815

In an audiobook that challenges everything you thought you knew, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne assert that tomorrow's leading companies will succeed, not by battling their rivals for market share in the bloody "red ocean" of a shrinking profit pool, but by creating "blue oceans" of untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get the actual book

  • By Robert Donoghue on 08-29-06

Interesting Book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The book is interesting and makes a very valid point.

It is not always easy to see the blue ocean in your industry but at the end of the day someone will find it, so look hard for it.

  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Great Book. A little misleading title

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The title should’ve been “The year that I stopped* it is basically a story about the author that also includes details about the year she trained herself to live with less.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,415

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

A probably paid for piece of political junk

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-03-18

I was quite surprised when the author started talking trash on the Trump nominees. To me it sounds like the author was looking for something that he can try to make a turmoil about and found the weather. He was never worried about weather safety but rather found it as a means to please his ambition. Not an author I would trust.

I also think that while the AccuWeather app collected the location consistently AccuWeather did not pick it up on the server side.

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  • The Firm

  • The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business
  • By: Duff McDonald
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

A behind-the-scenes, revelatory history of McKinsey & Company, America's most influential and controversial business consulting firm, told by one of the nation's leading financial journalists. In The Firm, Duff McDonald uncovers how these high-powered, high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts. With unrivaled access to company documents and current and former employees, McDonald reveals the inner workings of what just might be the most influential private organization in America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: Non consultants should avoid

  • By R. Jaeger on 11-04-13

Interesting and easy read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

The book runs through the entire history and let’s you chose what to learn from rather than the author sharing what he learned from their history.

It is very well researched and the styles makes it informative and a relaxing book to listen to.

The narrator is great too.