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  • Octopus

  • Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con
  • By: Guy Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Born into one of America's most illustrious trading families, Sam Israel was determined to strike out on his own. After apprenticing with one of the greatest traders of the 1980s, he founded his own fast-growing hedge fund, promising investors extraordinary returns. But it was all an elaborate charade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Audible Choice

  • By M. Morris on 06-22-16

Truth stranger than fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Bizarre but fascinating story. Outstanding narrator.

The story drags a bit towards the end, but the finish is worth holding on for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playing Dead

  • A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
  • By: Elizabeth Greenwood, Elizabeth Greenwood - introduction
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Is it still possible to fake your own death in the 21st century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood is tempted to find out. So she sets off on a foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear - but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some flat spots, but overall fantastic.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-12-16

An enjoyable essay on a fascinating topic

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

While this is not nearly in-depth enough to be called a how-to, nor a deeply researched expose, it is a well written essay on a topic that the author found herself curious about. The research interviews are collected into fun stories that inspire further reading.

I, for example, want to learn more about Sam Israel who is briefly discussed in this book. I think that will be my next listen.

The narrator was good - easy to listen to.

  • The Creative Curve

  • How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time
  • By: Allen Gannett
  • Narrated by: Allen Gannett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

We have been spoon-fed the notion that creativity is the province of genius - of those favored, brilliant few whose moments of insight arrive in unpredictable flashes of divine inspiration. And if we are not geniuses, we might as well pack it in and give up. Either we have that gift, or we don’t. But Allen Gannett shows that simply isn’t true. Recent research has shown that there is a predictable science behind achieving commercial success in any creative endeavor, from writing a popular novel to starting up a successful company to creating an effective marketing campaign. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best!

  • By Junaid Ahmed on 06-27-18

Not the 5 star book I had hoped for

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I purchased this audiobook in part because it had many 5 star ratings. Between the author's gaspy narration and the content, I really can't understand those ratings.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,397
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,379

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Greeny on 05-29-18

Well researched account

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This book is deep on factual information, but still manages to stay interesting throughout. Very good narration.

  • Exactly What to Say

  • The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
  • By: Phil M. Jones
  • Narrated by: Phil M. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,559

Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over 50 countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Handful of Good Scripts

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-28-18

Good but many of the techniques are overused

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

This short book has many good techniques, but some of them are so commonly overused by sales people that they probably have the opposite effect of what they are intended for.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

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 Taleb's best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This book seemed particularly light on valuable information and particularly heavy on rants about the people that Taleb doesn't care for. Way too much opinion, way too much rambling.

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Enlightening. Fast Paced.

  • By W. Brooks on 01-11-18

A bit disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I hoped for a lot more insight on the psychology of perfect timing. A significant portion of the book was focused on circadian cycles, but the content didn't seem like it evolved much vs what we learned in high school psych class 25 years ago.

I stuck with it to the end because the narration was pleasant, but overall was a bit bored with it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life

  • By: Grant Cardone
  • Narrated by: Grant Cardone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,724

Whether it's selling your company's product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can and should be treated as a sale. And as sales expert Grant Cardone explains, knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind. In Sell or Be Sold, Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sales Book

  • By Darrin on 02-02-17

Very Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This is a great listen, terrific narration . Probably could have been 4 hours, as there wasn't that much depth to the content, and a ton of repetition but the enthusiasm of the author made it worth the extra listening time.

  • The Oligarchs

  • Wealth and Power in the New Russia
  • By: David Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

A brilliant investigative marrative: How six average Soviet men rose to the pinnacle of Russia's battered economy. David Hoffman, former Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post, sheds light onto the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men Hoffman reveals how a few players managed to take over Russia's cash-strapped economy and then divvy it up in loans-for-shares deals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supreme Chronicle of Murky Times

  • By ivan on 03-01-14

Very comprehensive account

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

This book was well written and very thorough in its account of the rise of the Oligarchs. Perhaps it could have been a little less in depth in some places, as at times the story got quite slow and the overall listen time was quite lengthy. Generally very good, however.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,518

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

  • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

Excellent work

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

This book does a great job of walking through the very complex topic of obesity and weight gain. Very well researched and extremely easy to follow. Narration was outstanding, conveying the author's humor as well as presenting the subject matter in a very enjoyable tone.