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  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible Book Yet

  • By Steven on 06-15-03

Enjoyed the movie, enjoyed this more

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

So good. As interesting as the movie was, getting the full detail is fascinating. although this may he a story people would read or listen to for pleasure, there is also a tremendous amount of useful business, psychology and other knowledge available

  • Siddhartha (Flaneur Media Edition)

  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Audible Edition of this Story

  • By Cycletrash on 11-06-18

this book gets better each time you listen

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I'm not sure how I first heard of this book but I'm very glad I did learn about it. as much as I enjoy the story I learned even more the second time in the first time listening to this.

  • Grunch of Giants

  • By: R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Heyl
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Here, Buckminster Fuller takes on the gigantic corporate megaliths that exert increasing control over every aspect of daily life. In the form of a modern allegory, he traces the evolution of these multinational giants from the post-World War II military-industrial complex to the current army of abstract legal entities known as the corporate world. GRUNCH stands for Gross Universal Cash Heist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will expand your context !

  • By Kham Piseth on 09-21-18

when smart people speak it is best to listen

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I'm a firm believer that anything whose message holds up over the course of time should be reread and shared, this is one of those books. A very distinguished life or a lot was done to positively impact the world that you live in today his thoughts are deep and a bit mind boggling but well worth engaging with

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Not for the meek. well worth absorbing

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

great narrator, not for everyone but can be a nice punch to a sheep or more rational support for a lion or wolf.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,580

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Comedy-Tragedy of Gods Giants Dwarfs & Monsters

  • By Jefferson on 02-24-17

fascinating to hear this post watching the Movies

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Enjoyed it. Not my thing but the author's reputation combined with the topic was enough to have me try it

  • Finding Flow

  • The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
  • By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware of and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: During much of the day, we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, and during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent material, strong concept

  • By @insurancebillvj on 06-08-18

excellent material, strong concept

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

had read before and this was a tremendous great refresher. combines some universal thoughts that work.

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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,175

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

lives up to the T Ferriss podcast recommendations

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

Just really good. Period. Real examples, real story, now blended with the insight only hindsight can bring

  • Trust Me, I'm Lying

  • Confessions of a Media Manipulator
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587

"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying

  • By topsales21 on 09-10-12

1 part apology 2 parts punch in the face

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Liked it on a lot of levels. once you get passed what felt like personal attacks towards other humans this book still maintained plenty of good.

  • Perennial Seller

  • The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

How can we create and market creative works that achieve longevity? Holiday explores this mystery by drawing on his extensive experience working with businesses and creators such as Google, American Apparel, and the author John Grisham as well as his interviews with the minds behind some of the greatest perennial sellers of our time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Holiday marketing success, ironically .

  • By Luke on 10-29-17

As good as a business and life book as I've ever

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

This was so good I just started to listen to it again. Excellent, practical information from a master practitioner

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,870

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

fascinating, detailed, slightly overwhelming

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

really enjoyable, excellent historical piece. At times, tough to follow since referenced pdf wasn't available. Wish I had listened before visiting The Louvre