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  • Law School for Everyone

  • By: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
  • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opener

  • By Dustin Wilson on 04-15-18

A fine course

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This course has given me a richer understanding and appreciation of how the legal system works and has evolved in the US.

  • The Learning Brain

  • By: The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Thad A. Polk PhD Carnegie Mellon University
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At least every teacher should listen to it

  • By Anonymous User on 06-29-18

Recommended!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Mind expanding. Moderately engaging. Very worthwhile survey of what is known about learning by humans.

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

Very Important Concept. Long for a Book

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I’m glad to have listened to the audiobook for the simple yet important understanding of what makes a great checklist, how they align teams and how they enable game changing results. This book cannot be distilled into a checklist but it could be better if it were shorter and if it included a few good checklists on checklists.

  • Measure What Matters

  • By: John Doerr, Larry Page - foreword
  • Narrated by: John Doerr, full cast
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854

In Measure What Matters, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that the Objectives and Key Results system has spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Last chapter covers what matters most

  • By Dan Richards on 06-08-18

The secret sauce that drives the worlds greatest innovators

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Except that it’s not secret. A collection of practical first hand account of top tech and NGO leaders on how OKRs focus and align and motivate diverse organizations repeatedly to achieve the unachievable. Now I feel ready to develop my own experiences with OKRs. This is an outstanding listen from the preface to the end of the post scripts.

  • Leading Change

  • By: John P. Kotter
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

John Kotter, the world's foremost expert on business leadership, distills 25 years of experience into Leading Change. A must-have for any organization, this visionary and very personal audiobook is at once inspiring, clear-headed, and filled with important implications for the future. Kotter identifies an eight-step process that every company must go through to achieve its goal, and shows where and how people—good people—often derail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Key Resource for Any Change Leader

  • By Marty on 10-24-12

Transformative!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This book provides an enriched sense of how change and transformations proceed and the points where it can derail. The last two thirds of the book is the best, imho

  • Mission Impact

  • Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits
  • By: Robert M. Sheehan
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Tecosky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Create powerful strategies for your nonprofit organization to achieve breakthrough performance in mission impact. Does your nonprofit have a reliable way of knowing the impact its making? Beginning with an eye-opening discussion of what strategy is, Mission Impact: A Breakthrough Strategy for Nonprofits reveals how the process of strategy development should be designed with authoritative coverage of mission impact, vision, five-year strategic stretch goals, strategy implementation, and management.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable

  • By Michael on 07-05-18

Invaluable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

The book starts with concepts and explanations that come across as academic. Even the references are stated verbally. But any shortcomings are overcome as Sheehan articulates a compelling strategy framework with very good illustrations. I tracked down a print copy I will use to guide my work in the non profit and government sectors. And one of his references (John P Kotter) is the audiobook I will start when I finish this review.

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

  • By: Jane Jacobs, Jason Epstein (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Donna Rawlins
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic text, dull on audio

  • By Meghan on 02-13-15

New light for understanding cities!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I learned about this book in "Scale" by Geoffrey West. Jane Jacob's classic lived up to West's high regard for her systems thinking about cities. Her book changed the way I look at a city.. Although it discusses situations from 70 years ago, the perspectives seem fresh and relevant now. If you're on a path to learn how cities function, this book adds fresh rays of light for understanding what is actually going on.

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

  • By: Joseph Campbell
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Lee, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meaningful and thought-provoking

  • By Learner on 02-09-16

A classic.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This is obviously a classic, must read ("must listen") book for understanding the structure and impact of stories. At times, getting through it is a bit of work. I'm glad to have the audiobook option for this one.

  • Scale

  • The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks. The term complexity can be misleading, however, because what makes West's discoveries so beautiful is that he has found an underlying simplicity that unites the seemingly complex and diverse phenomena of living systems, including our bodies, our cities, and our businesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and clear enough for a lib arts major

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 05-29-17
  • Scale
  • The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
  • By: Geoffrey West
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann

Best book of 2018

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The year isn’t over but Geoff West’ audiobook has greatly enhanced my ability to understand and think about the world and sustainability issues at many levels. It may take some time to find another such book.

  • Accurate Thinking for Coaches and Grapplers

  • The Insiders' Secrets to Increased Productivity on and off the Mat
  • By: Rhadi Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Accurate Thinking for Coaches and Grapplers is a book that will allow you to align your personal behaviors on and off the mat with your thoughts about success. As competitors and coaches we understand that the currencies for success on the mat which are accepted in order to achieve a spot on the medal stand are sweat, blood, tears, sacrifice, and repetition.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not meet expectations

  • By Michael on 12-05-17

Did not meet expectations

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

But it does little to explore accurate thinking processes beyond the judo scenarios presented by the author.