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  • Meditations

  • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
  • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034

One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelent reading of an excellent classic

  • By David on 10-22-16

PATRICIAN BEHAVIORS

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Human Behavior for Patrician Way of Life. A very good book on wisdom, life and approach to death.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,874

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Kaotic Whitehouse<br />

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

This Trump Administration and it's keystone cop level of competency speaks to the mettle of the 60 million citizens who voted for him and the 100 or do million who did not vote.

if Bob Goodard's rendition is close to true the USA needs change at the Office of the President for the USA. 🇺🇸

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,728

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice! A guide on how to change

  • By Mehra on 04-22-12

Comes Up Short on My Expectations

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Narrator was great. The substance relating to habits was not as scientific as I expected

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,120

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I like him but...

  • By Beth R. on 04-05-19

The Most Vile Creature On Earth

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Trevor has shared his history of life as a Black Colored kid in a society of White supremacy in South Africa. White or European humility is a farce. The rapid change of mores with a Black president was astonishing and good for humanity. Behavioral impact of speaking the listeners language is powerful in persuading people or controlling people is illustrated. Religions influence on Black folk can be blinding to the degree of neutralizing human potential but, spirituality can lift one over the impossible. A very God read for those with humility and probably disgusting to those who perpetuate White supremacy.

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  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,624

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

CANDID, ASTUTE, COMMON SENSICAL FOR THOSE IN OR ASPIRE TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

The how-to's presented presented in this book are not what the typical USA parent would teach their kid. Nor will you get any concurrence with most religions on the advice detailed in this book. This book is reality and a must read for those who aspire to positions of leadership. A great listen/read of this audible book.

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

  • By: Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 24 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,297

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio format still useful to get the gist of it

  • By Kazuhiko on 06-14-14

A Comprehensive Presentation on Capital & World Economics

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

A very comprehensive book on capital and world economics. The history of wealth by capital, labor or inheritance during different countries and periods of history. Capital or wealth influenced marital decisions for future economic well being. I would have liked to have more information on central banks. Their is a lot to cover in this book, I will listen again and maybe by the hard copy version. The figure and table charts were very bland And difficult to read. I definitely would recommend this book.

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,649

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strawmen and Ad Hominems

  • By Carolyn on 09-18-12

VERY IN DEPTH PHYSICAL AND PSYCOLOGICAL VIEW OF SEX

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

A good read to explain or consider human kinds sexual behavior with varied views within the context of habit, physiology, culture, religion, common sense, history and views that many have not thought about. A great read or listen.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,601

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING MEN IN THE WORLD

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

A pleasure to listen to an unabridged story of Elon Musk one of the most interesting men in the world. Musk is high energy, result driven, not complacent with the status quo, oozing with creativity with perhaps a callous demeanor unknowingly. Some of the storyline is by those who are not impressed with Elon Musk ventures or purpose in helping mankind. You won't regret this book.

  • More Money Than God

  • Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite
  • By: Sebastian Mallaby
  • Narrated by: Alan Nebelthau
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

The Paul Volker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Post journalist Sebastian Mallaby has garnered New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book honors for his enthralling nonfiction. Bolstered by Mallaby’s unprecedented access to the industry, More Money Than God tells the inside story of hedge funds, from their origins in the 1960s and 1970s to their role in the financial crisis of 2007–2009.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Valiant effort but lacking analytic horsepower...

  • By ND on 01-10-11

A Chronological History of Hedgefunds

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

For one who has traded stocks and options this was very informative. Large volume of money is required to trade at the Hedge fund levels and not much text is covered on ascertaining large volume of capital to invest. The psychology and algorithms of hedge fund trading is covered at a high level. The volume of money made for those that were successful is huge, more than corporations in some cases. A most interesting book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Half Has Never Been Told

  • Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  • By: Edward E. Baptist
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416

In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E. Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves, giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw material of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most definitive history of American slavery;

  • By Robert Fullerton on 01-04-15

Slavery Developed America's Greatness

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

The text of this book regarding untold aspects of American history should be in all school textbooks. If the truth be told, Americans can begin to solve many of its racial problems. A great read. This book makes a case for reparation to descendants of African slaves in America verity doable.