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  • Frenemies

  • The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (And Everything Else)
  • By: Ken Auletta
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

An intimate and profound reckoning with the changes buffeting the $2 trillion global advertising and marketing business from the perspective of its most powerful players, by the best-selling author of Googled. Advertising and marketing touches on every corner of our lives, and is the invisible fuel powering almost all media. Complain about it though we might, without it the world would be a darker place. And of all the industries wracked by change in the digital age, few have been turned on its head as dramatically as this one has.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How the ad business is changing

  • By Graeme Newell on 02-19-19

Insightful account of still ongoing disruption

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Reviewed: 12-21-18

Fascinating perspective on the forces reshaping an industry once controlled by a few megaholding companies - and in turn, reshaping consumerism as we know it.

  • Smart Couples Finish Rich

  • By: David Bach
  • Narrated by: David Bach
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Whether you're newlyweds, celebrating your twentieth anniversary, or on your second or third marriage - whatever age or tax bracket you're in - this comprehensive, positive, financial lifesaver will help you and your partner communicate comfortably about money and start building a strong financial future together. From the best selling author of Smart Women Finish Rich!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid beginner's book

  • By Scott Wozniak on 01-18-15

Basic

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Reviewed: 10-29-18

This would be better as a $4.99 workbook. I could summarize all the useful tips in the space of this review but that doesn't seem fair to the author.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,759

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

If you're just starting your career

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This is a helpful how-to for anyone who has come of age in the contemporaneous attention-scarce world we live in but for me, there was little new for me to apply to my work life. perhaps I am an exception. more likely this book is better for someone earlier in their career.

  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but hard to listen to.

  • By Chris on 02-02-18

best advice book for managers

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Reviewed: 04-26-18

if you are new to management or just trying to get better at leading teams, read this book. better than any leadership class I took while getting my MBA.

  • Can't Stop Won't Stop

  • A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
  • By: Jeff Chang
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook is read by a robot

  • By Matty D on 12-30-17

about so much more than music

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Reviewed: 02-05-17

never really appreciated the history behind the tunes until reading this. carries the narrative forward all the way to BLM. highly recommended.

  • Messy

  • The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it's important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, and social science as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value - creativity, responsiveness, resilience - are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a neat freak with three kids...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-13-16

Meh-ssy

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Reviewed: 12-12-16

Sometimes it's good to mix things up a little bit. And scene.

This felt like a story that could have been better told in a shorter form Fast Company article. I found it more entertaining than insightful. In analytics, one of the best methods for avoiding a local optimization trap and to find a better global optimum is to introduce a little randomness into your equation, and so it is with life. This is a book of those illustrative examples from life.

  • The Content Trap

  • A Strategist's Guide to Digital Change
  • By: Bharat Anand
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Companies everywhere face two major challenges today: getting noticed and getting paid. To confront these obstacles, Bharat Anand examines a range of businesses around the world, from The New York Times to The Economist, from Chinese Internet giant Tencent to Scandinavian digital trailblazer Schibsted, and from talent management to the future of education.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting topic/thesis – boring execution/book

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 11-10-16

Content? It's about connections

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Reviewed: 12-12-16

I suspect the publisher chose the name for this book. Sure, the author talks some about content but the book is really about connections: social connections that spread ideas and contribute to network effects, product connections that contribute to the whole offering described by Geoffrey Moore and give consumers a compelling reason to buy, and functional connections which are the hallmark of good strategy. Each type of connection has been covered separately in more depth in other books like Good Strategy, Bad Strategy. This book is more of a compilation and the author does a good job connecting the dots and applying them to the digital context.

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  • Last Call

  • The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
  • By: Daniel Okrent
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces, including the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement and the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Thorough Historical Review

  • By Pierre on 11-12-12

slow at points

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Reviewed: 11-21-16

Sheds a new light on all the romanticized Hollywood portrayals of the Prohibition era and provides a valuable perspective on what really happened during an important chapter of our nation's history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Picture

  • On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • By: Sean Carroll
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on the Higgs boson and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping this on REPEAT for months to come

  • By Chris Akers on 06-10-16

New All-time Favorite

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Reviewed: 10-12-16

I haven't enjoyed a book this much since first reading Brian Greene or perhaps Bill Bryson's Short History. Expansive in his reach and ambitious in his treatment, I was impressed by how well the author tied everything together so elegantly. Enthusiastically recommended.

  • Winning the Brain Game

  • Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking
  • By: Matthew E. May
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Science confirms the distinction between the biological brain and the conscious mind. Each day, a game of mind versus matter plays out on a field defined by the problems we must solve. Most are routine, and don't demand a more mindful approach. It's when we're faced with more difficult challenges that our thinking becomes vulnerable to brain patterns that can lead us astray.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better as a Workbooklet

  • By Ben on 06-20-16

Better as a Workbooklet

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Reviewed: 06-20-16

Interesting, quality content summarizing the work of others with someone first person anecdotes to illustrate the main points. The real value added for me came from the recommendations for actionable techniques to overcome the mental heuristics and biases that might otherwise constrain our thinking.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful