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A. Wenzel

San Francisco, CA United States
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  • Thinking in Bets

  • Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts
  • By: Annie Duke
  • Narrated by: Annie Duke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965

In Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, and trailing by four at the Patriots' one-yard line, he called for a pass instead of a handing off to his star running back. The pass was intercepted, and the Seahawks lost. Critics called it the dumbest play in history. But was the call really that bad? Or did Carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck? Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights on improving decision making

  • By Marcus Bircher on 02-09-18

Chang Your Thinking

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

There are no true statements only levels of confidence in what we believe. This is an interesting scientific way to consider all decision to improve outcomes.

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,901

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Comedic Therapy

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

There are many ways to contend with tragedy and depression. Laughing is a good one. This piece is heartwarming and funny.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Life After Google

  • The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy
  • By: George Gilder
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

You can say goodbye to today's Internet, New York Times best-selling author George Gilder says. Soon the current model of aggregated free content populated with "value-subtracted" advertising will die a natural deat. In Life After Google, Gilder takes listeners on a brilliant, rocketing journey into the very near-future, into an Internet with a new "bitcoin-bitgold" transaction layer that will replace spam with seamless micro-payments and provide an all-new standard for global money. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a lot of inside baseball

  • By R.J. on 09-29-18

Interesting Prognostications

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The distributed versus centralized theme is a bit like a religious pendulum. The prevailing ideas is the distribution is a benefit. I enjoyed the ideas and the supporting information in technology and people.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,511

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Any way the wind blows

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is a fantastic look at how the weather gets forecasted, where the data comes from, what the Commerce Department does, and a part of the government that enables much of what we take for granted. It's short but packed with information.

  • Capitalism Without Capital

  • The Rise of the Intangible Economy
  • By: Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Early in the 21st century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, or software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • INVESTMENT VALUE

  • By CHET YARBROUGH on 12-17-18

A primer on the economy as it exists today.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Intangible investments affect the economy differently. How companies access capital, invest capital, measure value, and manage resources are critical. Brand and intangibles are where most of the value lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 14,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,808

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

Are algorithms everything?

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

A fantastic look at paradigm shift through the past and future. If you've ever wondered about your purpose in the universe, you are not alone. The future may provide an answer and sublimate your mind to the universe for all eternity.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,905

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

A fantastic book for thinkers and philosophers.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

A look at the past, present, and future of the human race. An insightful and exciting look at our species.

  • Radical Inclusion

  • What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership
  • By: Martin Dempsey, Ori Brafman
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and 41-year-old UC Berkeley associate professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost 10 years. Though they have almost nothing in common, their collaboration has produced a powerful message. Their new book, Radical Inclusion, examines today’s leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders. The nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but repetitive

  • By lmk on 03-02-19

the future of leadership in a digital world<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: 03-28-18

this book is a treasure of ideas on the future of leadership in the digital era

  • Principles

  • Life and Work
  • By: Ray Dalio
  • Narrated by: Ray Dalio, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,528

Ray Dalio, one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he's developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business - and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Idea-meritocracy/Principles Reference

  • By Patrick Eberle on 06-30-18

Great ideas in an axiomatic presentation.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Great ideas in an easy to consume format. The challenge, of course, is implementing them and changing habits. However, this provides a solid roadmap to truth seeking and meritocracy.