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  • The Age Curve

  • How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm
  • By: Kenneth W. Gronbach
  • Narrated by: Max Bloomquist
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

For years, marketers have held on to unwavering beliefs that have dictated how they market to their consumers. But the hard truth is that the changes we see in marketing and business are based on one undeniable factor - the size of the generations we are selling to. As each generation ages, what they buy and how much they buy will change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eye opening book

  • By Marian Hanganu on 05-25-09

Good Book about Demographics

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Reviewed: 01-18-19

Good information but his latest book upside is more detailed and is more up to date. I would recommend this one but read upside first.

  • The Downfall of Money

  • Germany’s Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class
  • By: Frederick Taylor
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

A hundred years ago, many theorists believed - just as they did at the beginning of our 21st century - that the world had reached a state of economic perfection, a never-before-seen human interdependence that would lead to universal growth and prosperity. Then, as now, the German mark was one of the most trusted currencies in the world. Yet the early years of the Weimar Republic in Germany witnessed the most calamitous meltdown of a developed economy in modern times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended story of German hyperinflation

  • By Lance on 09-21-15

Good book about the history of Germany and Hyperinflation

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Reviewed: 12-27-18

Great book to understand some of the effects of hyperinflation. Chapter 19 had a lot of useful information on the topic. There were several things that plunged Germany into the abyss after WW1. Good history book. It has some areas that drag but it is worth finishing.

  • Upside

  • Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead
  • By: Kenneth W. Gronbach
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Demographics not only define who we are, where we live, and how our numbers change. For those who can read beyond the raw figures, they open up hidden business opportunities that lie ahead. What will happen when retiring Boomers free up jobs? How will Generation Y alter supermarkets? Which states will have the most dynamic workforces? Will American manufacturing rebound as Asia's population declines? Upside puts this powerful yet little-understood science to work finding answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book and Perspective

  • By Lexx on 01-04-19

Great book about coming demographic shifts

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Reviewed: 12-19-18

I love the business projections the author made using demographic data. The author used a substantial amount of information to support his research describing the different generations. If you want to learn how to see the future read or listen to this book.

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  • The War of Art

  • Winning the Inner Creative Battle
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,196

Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-have for anyone creative (or not)

  • By kimberly on 02-01-12

Great Book for those on the fence of action and those taking it every day

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Reviewed: 11-05-18

If you are evaluating if you want to move forward on your goals this book will convince you to go for it. If you are taking action everyday it helps to improve focus.

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Jane Jacobs, Jason Epstein (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Donna Rawlins
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

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

Great book about basics of city planning

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Reviewed: 06-04-18

I enjoyed learning about the basics with a lot of detail my concern is if all recommendations are applicable in this day and age. As an investor who buys existing real estate with improvements in place I may not be able to appreciate all of the information. It may be very helpful for developers especially master developers.

  • The Road to Ruin

  • The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis
  • By: James Rickards
  • Narrated by: James Rickards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: The US government's cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit are driving us headlong toward a cliff. As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Same story he's written twice before

  • By Richard on 01-17-17

Great Book To Understand Economic History and Know How To Financially Prepare

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Reviewed: 03-18-18

Chapter 11 has the solutions on what we can do to be prepared for the upcoming depression. The previous chapters discuss the history that led us to where we are today as a global society. Frankly, the stories seem a bit like conspiracy theory similar to the Creature From Jekyll Island, however, they may be true for all I know. I will be taking his advice about portfolio allocation just in case. I enjoyed the history lessons and explanation on how the major institutions in the USA and world work. The formulas were confusing to understand as I purchased the audioboon but I appreciate James sharing his work. Good read. I will listen to again.

  • The Goal

  • A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929

In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Goal - still relevant today

  • By Wooden Nichols on 05-03-15

Great book about productivity

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Reviewed: 02-10-18

This was a well written story about supply chain problems and solutions. I like the style of the author presenting it in a story format making it seem real life. The theory that workers can have idle time to operate at high productivity levels is ingeneous. Great read for those working in supply chain related businesses, however, I think everyone can benefit.

  • Never Split the Difference

  • Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
  • By: Chris Voss
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,343
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,188

After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a hostage negotiator brought him face-to-face with a range of criminals, including bank robbers and terrorists. Reaching the pinnacle of his profession, he became the FBI's lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss' head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Needs PDF companion file

  • By John L. Pinkowski on 03-07-17

Great Great Book

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Reviewed: 12-06-17

Practical information to be a better negotiator. Analyzes other books that have been very popular and brings up great points why the techniques don’t work and his do. Not a sale pitch just real tips. Read it!

  • The Creature from Jekyll Island

  • A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
  • By: G. Edward Griffin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting novel. Oh and it's economic history.

  • By Stephen on 08-31-13

US History of the Government systems from an interesting perspective

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Reviewed: 09-04-17

The book has some interesting stories and many historical items are mentioned with many twists. For example a ship was sunk that brought the USA into world war 2 was actually a military ship not a transport ship. It was how the government secretly got the US into the war. There are a lot of conspiracy items like that. If you like stories like that you will enjoy it at the same time if you question it you may think its a little crazy. If you have the extra time you can go and verify all that but frankly I don't have the time. It's interesting at times but very dry at others. Prepare yourself mentally if you are an optimist as it can get very gloomy.

  • The Courage to Act

  • A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath
  • By: Ben S. Bernanke
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

In 2006, Ben S. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, capping a meteoric trajectory from a rural South Carolina childhood to professorships at Stanford and Princeton, to public service in Washington's halls of power. There would be no time to celebrate, however - the burst of the housing bubble in 2007 set off a domino effect that would bring the global financial system to the brink of meltdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Way, way deep into the weeds...

  • By farmhouselady on 10-14-15

Great book about the great recession and understanding economics

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Reviewed: 05-30-17

Good information on economics the decisions made in the great recession and details on why they were made. Highly recommend.