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Anton Vikoch

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  • The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. In this way much of what we do can be defined as being motivators. From the boardroom to the living room, our role as motivators is complex, and the more we try to motivate partners and children, friends and coworkers, the clearer it becomes that the story of motivation is far more intricate and fascinating than we've assumed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Ariely, but rehash of old stories

  • By Scott on 12-16-16

summary of other books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-17

this was a summary of other books he's already written by it was still very nice.

  • The Inevitable

  • Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
  • By: Kevin Kelly
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,368

Much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives - from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture - can be understood as the result of a few long-term accelerating forces.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predicting is hard, especially about the future

  • By Michael on 02-20-17

Very long and bad book about nothing

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-03-17

It was a very long and bad book about nothing but a man's unsubstantiated claims about many things he likes. Also got many impressions of false contrarianism. The narrator was good!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,340

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

What to say. Mixed feelings but interesting.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Lots of wild unsubstantiated claims and ideas but if you are critical and have a philosophical disposition you will find it interesting.

If you are a (truly) critical reader you will encounter many problems with this book. Primarily he makes many assertions without evidence and moves on drawing conclusions based on those assertions being true. The problem I have with this is that he writes these assertions as if they're facts and I'm sure many people not familiar with a particular topic won't pick that up.

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,079

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

5 points

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Reviewed: 03-11-17

5 points that would take no longer than 60 seconds to say was turned into a book. A good book.

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,470

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I thought

  • By Christopher on 11-03-15

didn't know it was a novel but it was still great

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Reviewed: 02-17-17

when I downloaded this I didn't know it was novel but even when I figured out it was i still finished it because it was a great little book.

  • Weapons of Math Destruction

  • How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  • By: Cathy O'Neil
  • Narrated by: Cathy O'Neil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance - are being made not by humans but by mathematical models. In theory this should lead to greater fairness. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black-box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating and startling look at where big data is blind

  • By Stephen on 10-02-16

way better than expected!

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Reviewed: 01-05-17

Budding data scientists and statisticians will absolutely love this book! You'll love the examples and arguments she brings in particular.

  • Other People's Money

  • The Real Business of Finance
  • By: John Kay
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
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    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

The finance sector of Western economies is too large and attracts too many of the smartest college graduates. Financialization over the past three decades has created a structure that lacks resilience and supports absurd volumes of trading. The finance sector devotes too little attention to the search for new investment opportunities and the stewardship of existing ones, and far too much to secondary-market dealing in existing assets. Regulation has contributed more to the problems than the solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened twice. Everyone must read this.

  • By Tristan on 01-18-16

Overall good book!

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Reviewed: 02-14-16

This book isn't written for someone that isn't interested in finance. It will also make you think twice about your goals if you are like me and thought about taking your math and computer science skills into this sector... It has boring parts but overall its a good book!

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  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,810

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Analysis

  • By Michael on 11-21-13

One of the best books ever

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Reviewed: 02-09-16

this book of so good that you'll have to rethink your other 5 star ratings!

  • Naked Economics

  • Undressing the Dismal Science
  • By: Charles Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For econ class

  • By nooie on 11-28-16

awesome!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-29-16

great narrator and great book. if you like naked statistics outs going to be hard to figure out which you like more

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  • The Rise of Superman

  • Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

In this groundbreaking audiobook, New York Times best-selling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow”, an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • There is no way some of these reviews are real

  • By Mike on 05-01-15

Book of Pseudoscience and Cargo Cult Science

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Reviewed: 03-04-15

ESP, shared consciousness, precognition? This is the biggest book of pseudoscience, cargo cult science I've ever read. A real gallery of new age science illiteracy that I'm afraid the average reader of this book may not be equip to deal with.

Full of tremendous exaggerations and little to no critical thinking. If you are someone like myself you'll be vexed by the fallacious lines of reasoning (look at all of these anecdotes man, this my value research data!) and the, "all these people can't be wrong" mindset of the author. If I knew this was the kind of book I was getting I have never have gotten it.

If you goal is to hear a collection of 'cool' anecdotal stories of a few extreme athletes then be my guest listen away and ignore all the scientific claims he makes just be safe. Otherwise you will not find anything of value there.

PS: The title of this book should be changed.

Please note, I only read 66% of the book so far wishing it would get to talking about the things mentioned in his big think video, but it did not.

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